martes, 26 de agosto de 2008

Product and services price list !

This a some interesting figures for you to have an idea of how cheap life can be here for European people:

(All prices are in euros)

1-Real estate:

  • Buy: example, 90 square meters in a good area of Manila, the capital will cost around 30000€ with building swimmingpool and aircon in the flat.
  • Rent:Studio from 25€ (no air con not furnished) to 300€ (fully furnished, gym, swimming pool and air con)
  • Restaurant: from 1.5€ to 9-12€(in a very expensive bar)
  • Hyper market:Milk products are quite expensive, like Cheese (100 gr 4€), Chorizo and stuff like that is difficult to find and really expensive, i paid 8€ for 6 chorizos from Spain.
  • Fruits imported are expensive, 6 apples 2.5€.
  • Seafood is CHEAP!! you can buy alive seafood in a place and go straight to the bar where they will cook it and spend 4-5€.
  • Imported alcohol is expensive as in Europe i would say but the local one: Tanduay Ruhm 8 years 1.2€ 1 litter. San Miguel beer: 1€ 6 bottles.
  • Marlboro 1€
4-Clothes: As in Europe the fake clothes are found here.
  • Lacoste polo 5-6€
  • fake shoes Nike, vans, Adidas, etc... 10-15€
  • Basketball clothes: 5€ pants and 5€ T-shirt

  • Massage: 1 hour 5€
  • Taxi: The longest distance inside metro-Manila 5€
  • Haircut: 2€

If you are curious about any particular thing that you would like to know the price let me know :)

Smile please !!

Traffic jam as way of life !!

In big cities is where the proximity to our work becomes crucial and even more in Manila where the public transport is close to NULL, only 2 "metro lines" ( a train that goes over the road), for a Metropolis of 11,553,427 million people where the most popular way of transport is the jeepney.


They are manufactured in The Philippines and they start being totally grey, the colour of the metal and their owners start pimping their Jeepneys getting results like this:

Pimped Jeepney !

Other way of transports:


Pimped Tricycle

And of course the Taxi, is what i usually take cause is not expensive for foreigners and you dont have to wait for schedules(they dont know what is schedule in Philippines xD ).

This is a global picture of the transport situation in Manila

Experiencing the Traffic jam

As you can see from the videos, the transport in Manila is a chaos and the lack of traffic lights and signs does not help at all. Fortunately i found a nice place to stay close to the office, about 5-10 min without traffic and till 20 if there is traffic.

Next post full of product and services price !!

Smile please :)

jueves, 21 de agosto de 2008

More Malate lifestyle

Magandang hapon! (good afternoon), I will talk a little bit more about Malate, my favorite area in Manila for many reasons:
  1. Is located in the center of Manila city.
  2. Is where Intramuros is (small city sorrounded by walls that belong to the Spanish period)
  3. Nightlife full of bars with life music.
  4. Represents the real Manila, as i said in my previous post.
  5. Is where I found the cheapest but nice Spa. (600 php = 9 euros for 2 hours body massage)
Coming back to night life in Malate, the first time there it was a full experience. First speaking with the taxi driver, he warned me about that place. There are pick pockets, people that try to exchange you money in the street using fake money, hypnotic people (it doesnt matter wether you believe in this or not) i experienced a man tried to do that with me but i didnt stare at his eyes, didnt want to proof if it was real or not.

Last Thursday Oriol took a video from the streets in Malate, it was not that busy at that time so you will not get the real feeling as when you walk there and the kids come to you grabbing your hand and asking for money, people try to convince you to go to a place where you can get a chic easily, etc ...

Malate Streets Day

Malate Streets Night

As you see in the video from malate at night, it is impressive the big amount of kids everywhere. Philippines families have around 4 or 5 kids average, i met people with 8 or 9 kids.

In Malate is also where Oriol works at the Instituto Cervantes, the institution that promotes the Spanish culture and language across the world and i would like to show you another video where Oriol shows his work place.

Instituto Cervantes

As i previously mentioned, Malate is a place that will not leave you indifferent if you pass by or hang out there. My first 10 min in Malate was a big shock, i was with some other friends on the street, children coming to us begging for money, 2 or 3 guys coming to us with big sticks and beside me a man with snakes in his hands trying to selling them to me :D. But it was more impressive to see that the guys with the sticks were not coming for us but for the kids, they were hitting the ground with them to make the children run away and stop disturbing us. This is Malate and this is Phillippines, a place were everything works somehow and nobody tries to change it.

Next episode... Traffic jams in Manila and products price list !!

Smile please :)

miércoles, 20 de agosto de 2008

Malate vs Makati

Today i would like to speak about the ''2'' realities in Manila. In Manila you can find 2 different scenarios, as an example of the first one is Makati City (Business center), Here you can find clean streets, high buildings, well dressed people, good bars, restaurants, shops, everything reminds me to European countries.

Makati City @ night

But this is not the reality, In Manila the 42 % of the population lives under the poverty threshold, as and example is Malate, an area in Manila City (See map of Metro-Manila). In Malate is where I found the biggest contrast, on one side you have a big Mall, lot of people shopping, eating, having a drink...etc, as soon as you get out of the mall and cross the street you can find people begging for money, and what is worst, not only homeless people but homeless families, all of them sleeping in the street, garbage everywhere, kids coming to you and grabbing your t-shirt in order to atract your attention and ask you for a few coins.

Malate streets
Beside all this, Malate is one of the best places to go out, is full of bars with live music and lot of people hang out there among all that sad scenario.

Live music Bed Rock Malate

The first time I went out there it was with Oriol and some spanish people we met, it was a great night and we had a lot of fun, Oriol and I experimented how things work in the night life regarding girls hehehe. If you are a foreigner you will be sorrounded by girls trying to dance with you, they will just dance. You dont have to try to do anything (In public Phillippine people doesnt do anything even if they have a gf), later they will come to you, give you her cellphone number and then is when the game starts.

Potorrismo Filipino

I will ilustrate this with Oriol's experience hehehee (I already asked for permission for this). He met a girl in the bar, he almost did not speak to her, they just danced, she gave him her phone number, after 2 days they met for dinner. ATTENTION !!! The very first moment they met in the street she took his hand as if they were a couple, they went to a restaurant and she was playing the whole time under the table, she even feed him and after that they went to Oriol's hostel. I will not give more details, just a picture of the girl.

Oriol's "friend"

The story does not end here, next date he was supposed to have, the girld text him (everything here works with sms), and wrote : "If we meet today you will buy me boots ?" :|, after this Oriol didnt reply and it was clear he was not going to play that game.

This is also the the sad part here, many girls would come to foreigners because of the money and is simple to see old people (45-50) not specially good looking, with beautiful young girls (20-25) . So, it is a matter of principals if you decide to play or not that game.

More stories to come, stay tuned and smile please :).

miércoles, 13 de agosto de 2008

Arrival to the Philippines!!

This was my second trip to the Phillippines so i was kind of expert on this and was ready to feel the heat under my shoulders and start sweating from the second 2 when i got out of the Airport.

On the plane i met some spanish people, one is Oriol, he is staying in the Philippines for a month, till the 23rd of august and he became my first non-filipino friend here. We started the experience together and it was great to have someone to share all my impresions about what was waiting for us in Manila.

Oriol and the robinson's Cakes !!

The other people is a half spanish half philippine family that invited Oriol and me to visit their relatives in Manila, and so we did. They were crazy, funny and friendly, the perfect combination!! I would like to thank them for everything they did for us.

Spanish-Philippine Family Thanks for everything :)

From now on i will probably most of the times refer to us (oriol and me), since we have being exploring and traveling together all this time.

Ok back to the arrival, i will not go into many details, a taxi was waiting for me to drive to the hotel, these are the advantages of travelling for business hehehe. In my company they booked a Suite for me with living room, kitchen, 2 TV , microwave, fridge, Hi-fi sound system and internet. Moreover i had transportation from the hotel already paid by the company :).

My first home in Manila

That is all for now so... smile please !!

Welcome to The Philippines !!

Hello everyone,

This blog is where i am going to reflect all my thoughts and experiences while i am working in Philippines from 16th July 2008 to 16th January 2009. I will write it in English since i think is the way more people will be able to follow it. And also a good way of forcing your self to learn English for the ones that are not good in it.

Smile please!!


P.D. Como ya he mencionado arriba, el blog sera en ingles, asi que los que os cuesta o os da pereza espero que hagais un esfuerzo y de paso os sirva para mejorar vuestra habilidad con el idioma universal.