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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...

Peso Mentality for Foreigners in the Philippines

Sunday we started our day as usual, Elena left before I woke to go to Church. My alarm woke me at 7am and I had my juice and a few cigarettes in the Sala (Living Room) as I watched CNN. By 8am I was dressed and drove to the Church to pick Elena up. From there and we headed to Agdao Palengke for or meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. A friend from England has been joining us to get his provisions for the week so we picked him...

Bargaining in the Philippines

  In the Philippines, there are many bargains; you just need to know how and where. The first rule of advice is sending your Filipina wife or girlfriend to go alone. If they see a foreigner, the price might actually go up. The worst places to ask is in the department stores or the chain mall shops. You might be able to get a small discount, but most store managers to not have the freedom to give any decent discounts. In...

Robinsons CyberGate Opens

Sunday morning Elena and I decided to drive to Lanang and see the new mall Robinsons Cybergate. Robinsons is one of the leading property developers in the Philippines, opened its newest project in Davao on Friday. The first floor and the area about the restaurants is for shopping and the second floor above the market is for businesses and I think gearing up for the IT industry, such the name CyberGate. The first thing we...

Fruits Available in Davao, Philippines

Recently I posted an article about all the fresh vegetables available here in Davao. Well there are many fruits plentiful here too. A lot of Filipinos know the health advantages of eating fruits and vegetables. You see fruits available in the Mall markets, wet markets and even little stalls along the roads. They will be bought for a snack, to be brought home or eaten as a refresher as they are just walking long. Fruits are a...

Food Shopping Observations

There are so many things the same as in the USA and so many that are so different. Produce is different. In the states you can go into the market and find many varieties of vegetables and fruits. One of the items I miss is large ripe red tomatoes, even if they were picked green and some procedure ripened them. Eggplant is the Asian type which is small and thin, not like the main variety in the states that is huge and can feed...