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Offering Services in Davao

You might be wondering is this an advertisement, and maybe it is. As you can see, I have had this site for about 2 years. Originally, it was a free site on Google BlogSpot. After a year, with some encouragement I purchased a server service and registered my own domain. Now this is not the main reason for this article, but I want to explain a little history. I had dreams of making an income from advertisements on the site. I...

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...

Is there Courtesy and Consideration in the Philipp...

In the Philippines respect and hospitality is part of the culture. Slight acquaintances will offer you part of their meal, offer a seat and most times a total stranger will offer a smile and a kind word. This is one of the first things you notice here when you visit or move here. I have written many times how I have been well treated by clerks in the Palengke, or at someone’s home. You will be offered part of their meal if...

Road Trip to Agusan

  Last Wednesday the foreigner group I belong to, Friends of Mindanao, made a road trip to Agusan del Norte to visit the home of one of our members, Richard and Jesa. Their home is in Agusan which is about a 3 hour drive north of Davao. We arraigned for two private vans to accommodate the 20 members and their wives/girlfriends. We met at a local shopping mall parking lot, where our cars would be safe for the day, early...

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...

How to Drive in the Philippines

In the past I have written about how crazy the drivers are in the Philippines. Now I want to tell you how to drive here. I basically know how it is in Davao, but it is similar all over the country. Sometimes better, sometimes worse. I will describe using the theory of being on the right side of the road, not the English system of driving on the left. Defensive driving is the key. You need to watch the vehicles in front of...