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Things you do in the Philippines you don't elsewhere

Apr 27 | By David_Roxas | Views: 566 | Comments: 18
Here is a list of things I do now that I live in the Philippines.  I have certainly not gone native but I have acquired new habits.  How about you?


1. Eat rice 3 meals a day.


This is beyond my control.  I only supply the money for the food. I do not dictate menu nor do I cook.  It's not so bad.  It's inexpensive.  At first I was put off.  "Rice 3 times a day?", I asked.  "In the West you eat potatoes," was the reply.  "Yeah but not 3 meals a day.  And if we did then it would be hash browns for breakfast, french fries for lunch, and a baked potato for dinner.  Not the same dish for each meal."


2. Having a servant.


It can't be helped. This is simply part of the culture.  You hire a guy to do all the chores and you pay him a pittance.  He lives with you and is basically working 24/7. Finding someone trustworthy can be a real hassle.  Luckily the guy I hired has not been a lying thief.  He's reliable but sometimes not so.  Often he gets yelled at for not listening when he goes to he market.  Once the wooden basketball backboard rotted and all day (six hours) he worked on it making the best basketball hoop he could.  I was the one who got yelled at when I pointed out the disparity in priorities.


3. Having 13 dogs.


Yes.  13 dogs. They are mostly tiny shih tzus who run around the big yard. The two large dogs are in large cages. One lady asked, "Why is your dog in such a large cage? It's big enough for an elephant!"  An exaggeration but no way is the cage too big.  Its housing a Doberman Pinscher! The servant feeds the dogs. 


4. Relying on public transportation.


I have not driven a car in years.  I would never own or drive a car in this country.  Jeepnies are cheap and will get you far. I know some do not like them but I think they are a necessity.  7-10 pesos to get across town. Why would you waste 200 pesos on a taxi?


5. My clothes.


I do not wear a shirt or shoes anymore except when I go out. I also wear a shirt when I eat. Shorts and either flip-flops or house slippers.  That's my attire these days.


That's all I can think of for now.  So what new habits have you acquired while living in the Philippines?

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David_Roxas
Apr 28
They are very popular here and of course with that comes the scammers. Some breeders will try and sell you a "princess type shih tzu" for more than a regular shih tzu. There is no such ting as a "princess type" all they are selling is a runt or a smaller dog.They are very popular here and of course with that comes the scammers. Some breeders will try and sell you a "princess type shih tzu" for more than a regular shih tzu. There is no such ting ...See more
Mike
Apr 28
David, Just took my son to the park and the live in "driver" of landlord was there walking her dogs. Yes a Shih Tzu with long matted hair. and her other dog that looks like part wolf.
Jackson
Apr 28
No ice fishing!!!!!
CaptainPFB Admin
Apr 29
I "wasted" 150p per taxi trip because I'm not a fucking animal to be treated like livestock in transport. Nothing strips dignity more than to be squished between two sweaty pinoys and to keep getting squished more and more during the trip because the drivers think there's always room for one more.

The fucking jeepney is bursting at the seams, people piled and stuffed in so fucking tight you can't even breath, while the pinoy next to you is digging for gold in his nose, and the fucking driver just keeps stopping to load more passengers. Fuck that shit. I'll spend 100 or 200p and keep my humanity and dignity. It's worth way more than the price of a taxi.

Not to mention, when I stopped taking Jeepneys, I didn't get sick with a cold or flu half as much. Those fucking Jeepneys are worse than a dirty unmaintained public restroom.

Eeew!
I "wasted" 150p per taxi trip because I'm not a fucking animal to be treated like livestock in transport. Nothing strips dignity more than to be squished between two sweaty pinoys and to kee...See more
CaptainPFB Admin
Apr 29
The only thing I really changed habits was I used public transportation. I agree with you, I would never drive a car in Philippines. So I would take a taxi.

I got steaks at S&R that were fairly close (in flavor) to steaks in USA. I kept potatoes in the house. Basically I set up and lived as close to an American standard of living as I could when I was in Philippines.

I just never could get myself to adapt that much to their icky yucky stupid ways. They want to always to things the hardest way possible. I tried my best to remain time efficient and labor efficient as I could.
The only thing I really changed habits was I used public transportation. I agree with you, I would never drive a car in Philippines. So I would take a taxi.

I got steaks at S&R tha...See more
David_Roxas
Apr 29
The way they pack the jeepnies is unbelievable. That they let people hang on outside the back is dangerous. I always sit in the front seat or, if I am in the back, as close to the front as possible to avoid pick-pockets and so I don't have to shout to the driver to let me off.The way they pack the jeepnies is unbelievable. That they let people hang on outside the back is dangerous. I always sit in the front seat or, if I am in the back, as close to the front as possible to...See more
Mike
Apr 30
Capt, I hear you. I have taken over one of the bedrooms and turned it into a man cave. Got a fridge, desktop and so forth. I stock it with my food, cake mix, corn bread mix and other food I can cook.
Mike
Apr 30
HeyJoe, careful where you step. That squishy stuff between your toes is not mud.
Mike
Apr 30
HeyJoe, go to youtube and look up "everythings alright" by Luke the Drifter.
Mike
Apr 30
One of the classics!!
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