I have heard Filipinos described in so many ways, but I have to admit that "shiny happy people" is a novel tag. Happy, yes. We do tend to smile at everything. You wouldn't know that that grinning girl has tons of debt to deal with. You wouldn't think that that raucous woman is having marital problems. It will not occur to you that that jovial guy is having issues at work. When we have fun, we have fun.
But, shiny? Hmm. I do get shiny after several minutes out in the sun. My genes make sure of that. In spite of facial scrubs meant for oily skin, I get shiny anyway.
Anyhow, I was thinking of this description the earlier when I was at the mall for lunch. Being the second weekend of December, sales were going on left and right; and the shiny happy people were out in droves! And, why not? You could buy anything for at least 20% off! (Puma merchandise, honda generators, furniture, perfumes, mobile phones - name it, it was on sale!)
Needless to say, I was one shiny person (yes, the happy was deliberately removed). Remind me never to go to the mall again this month; that is, unless I want to go on a suicide mission.