If the grey hair didn't reflect my age, this next comment will:
I am so thrilled with the Internet!
Look at us, all of us from all over the globe, talking to each other.
And now some cultural info from Adeline. It's great. I love it.
Well, it makes sense that people would be honoured to be asked a "personal" financial question .... doesn't it? It's a kind of flattery really.
My husband and I went to China once (a furniture fair in Shenzhen) .... and we had just a blast. The taxi rides were enough to trigger a cardiac arrest. The people were wonderful. In general, we can make mistakes with differences in culture .... but most everyone knows that it isn't done intentionally. So, all is forgiven. I can't wait to go back to Asia .... maybe next year.
Mind you, here in Vancouver, I can get first-class Asian cultural experiences by just driving into Richmond or Chinatown. But not those taxi rides. You have to go offshore for those. :-)