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Motorcycle Usage in the Philippines

Here in Davao and I would guess in all areas of the Philippines, the motorcycle is the most used type of motorized vehicle. This is because it is cheaper to purchase than a car and is able to travel in bad terrains where a car could not maneuver. Online I found statistics for 2006. In this year, the number of registered motorcycles was 2,409,363 whereas the amount of cars was 792,373. I do not know if this number includes...

Allergies and Air Quality in the Philippines

Recently I have developed a skin rash on my leg and this got me to thinking. Except for a lactose intolerance allergy as a child, I never suffered from allergies growing up. Twelve years ago, when I moved from California to Florida I developed some skin conditions. As most of us know, an allergy is a reaction to some intolerance to something environmental, usually plant pollen or food. Therefore, if it is touched, in the...

How to Drive Safely in the Philippines

I have written many articles about driving here in the Philippines but I still hear people ask “How to drive safely in the Philippines.” This is an interesting question. Here in the Philippines driving is, to me, controlled chaos. Most drivers drive very aggressively. They will force a 3rd lane in 2 lanes going in one direction. They will drive up on parking lot entries to pass vehicles on the right. IF their 2...

Philippine Car Wash

Here in Davao there are many roadside car wash businesses. I went to Junbac’s Car Wash on Mamay Road just off of Diversion road. I remember a few months ago seeing it built. If it is morning they even offer a free cup of coffee. The whole car wash is covered with seats in the waiting area. They offer a newspaper to read while waiting too. I was surprised when I first used one. I had thought it was a bunch of people with...