Opposite ends of a continuum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:32

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

I make this fantasy adventure   trip very often and it doesn’t cost me a thing. I simply go to those Internet  links that advertise  high priced houses that go for a million dollars or more. One the most expensive houses being advertised is priced at more than $100 M. Now if that is not a fantasy trip for someone like me I don’t know what is.

I have seen the interiors of the Obama residence in the pricey Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C where the family will live until the younger daughter finishes high school.  Pres. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, also bought a residence in the same neighborhood for something like $6.5 M. I must say though that I think I prefer the Obama house to Ivanka’s. The latest house I have “visited” is the new home of Angelina Jolie, which used to be owned by Cecile de Mille. It cost a pretty penny at  US25 M.

In one report it appears that the Trump daughter and her husband have become unpopular to the neighbors. It has nothing to do with their politics. It is just that the security detail for Ivanka takes up so much of the street  parking spaces around her house that the other residents are put to great inconvenience.

One of the high-priced houses I came across in my fantasy adventure  featured 9 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. I feel so blessed that I have a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom even if the plumbing is just plain chrome and the bathroom itself is not much bigger than a closet. I just can’t think why in some of these  houses there would be more bathrooms than bedrooms.

In some of these ritzy residences there would be what is called a breakfast room aside from the dining room where the other meals are eaten. I have spent some time in Cambodia and stayed in the homes of some friends, some of them definitely middle or upper-middle class families. In some of these houses there isn’t even a regular dining room. The family eats in the kitchen and in place of a table a mat would be spread out on the floor. It is  not a sign of poverty in the country to do this.

Looking at the photos of all these beautiful and elegant ( and expensive!)  residences I can’t help thinking of KADAMAY forcibly occupying  many, many  units in  a  number of housing developments the government put up  in Bulacan for soldiers and cops.  Just one of these luxe houses could have funded  all the houses in this  government program.

My fantasy adventure trips confirm  what sociologists and economists claim, that one of the social ills of our present world society is the gap between the wealth of the very rich and the diminishing middle class, where I most definitely belong.