Sounds like an environment with little to no introverts.2. The noisy environment doesn't really allow people to delve into intellectual pursuits. Honking, endless chatter. munching on food, loud music and karaoke, constant drinking and partying, and 50 cafes and restaurants on every street make for constant distraction. I'm convinced precious silence makes them nervous. They all love noise pollution.
She makes up for that with a great work ethic and is bright. I take her for who she is. I need her to accept me the same way.I'd really like to find someone with a little bit of introspection--emphasis on lil bit. But even that may be asking too much. Your wife seems to follow your lead so at least you got that.
There is definitely something wrong with the Filipino society though. They are smart, productive, and obedient enough to have a rich and prosperous society (Filipino Americans are I believe the #1 wealthiest foreign group in the US and I knew a couple in college who just worked hard, didn't party and were super good Christian guys). There is something systemic in their bureaucracy or society that is a structural flaw that is holding them back. It's still a fairly patriarchal and Christian society, which are the first places I would start looking, so I can't quite put my finger on it.