How much does life in the Philippines

We publish notes of Russian journalist Maria Dobroskokinoy who are tired of apocalyptic television controversial editorial policy and abuse in Facebook and one morning, I went to the Philippines.

In this story, practical advice for those who are going to live or just to travel to this country. So: shopping, medicine, transportation and, of course, the price of food, clothing and other basic commodities and not very necessary.

How much does life in the Philippines

dzhipni: extreme Russian analogue of minibuses

How much does life in the Philippines

modes of transport in the Philippines, in fact, two - taxi and jeepney. Taxi - classic, go as over the counter and without, but the prices are more affordable, and cars on the streets than in Russia. In all the time that I live here, specifically ordered not never had enough to stop at the curb - and after a few moments beside another passenger car brakes.

A little harder to find them at peak times, but this is not a big problem. The average price for a city trip over the counter does not exceed until 80 pesos (a little more than 100 rubles, or about $ 2), it's a good price, especially if you go somewhere now.

But there are ways to more economical movement. Jeepney. Why do they call it, you'll understand when you see it. Because it is - a cross between a jeep with a boxcar. They are collected by hand from the little that God sent - so that each model is unique, it can be said designer thing. Often called exotic jeepney transport the Philippines, and the trip to them by tourists equates to easy and pleasant extreme.

Why i do not know. The only place where here in the Philippines, I feel completely at home - this is the jeepney. Because he plays with an accuracy of an indescribable atmosphere of brotherhood and unity of Russian bus.

How much does life in the Philippines

Sunset in the jeepney from the end. The "cabin" on both sides are arranged long narrow seats. Fit for them, as the case may be from 12 to 20 people. A nice bonus - in dzhipni not have to stand, in most cases, you "move" a place, and if you do not want to, then the conductor prikriknet - and they will.

Unpleasant bonus - a stranger sweaty ham side by side, but in principle it can not be. Conductors there is not always, but often, ride on the back of the stretcher, engaged in distribution of ladies and gentlemen of the cabin, collect the money and heart-rending scream if necessary stop.

Dzhipni as Russian bus, of course, are a list of stops, but in reality, just slow down the hands of the sign or the request of the passenger compartment. Only this request be delivered in Tagalog (the local language): "! Lugar Lang" (ie, "Stop here!"). Basically, if you shout in English, it is also understood, but it is - common.

If you have a soft voice, you hesitate to speak Tagalog or suddenly forget what to say, then you have another option - just take a coin or any other metal object and tap on the metal railing. I have a hundred times wished that such a signal to stop is not practiced in Russia. The fact that the metal rattle of metal able to block not only tryndezh neighbor on the phone, but also Valerie lyrics, Michael Krug and Stas Mikhailov, sounding simultaneously.

Shopping Cebu "general store" and "feshen" on one hanger

How much does life in the Philippines

Before you go to Cebu (Philippines oldest city), I naturally tried to the maximum learn what life is happening in this city. Where people eat, shop, have fun, be treated, and so on. In search of information I clambered different forums, and, frankly, about the Philippine shopping I had a mixed impression. Someone to listen - because here there are no shops and malls as a flea market. Someone said the other way around - nothing more. I was convinced with my own eyes - shopping in the Philippines is. And Molly, too. Most of the Filipino malls occupies department store, in Russian speaking - one-stop shop. We had these before, they are usually called "Trade House", and it was possible to buy everything from sewing needles and ending with a pair of pliers. And it was not shopping, but simply "departments". I remember them in my childhood. Then they disappeared, to be replaced by just came large malls (shopping centers or, if you prefer).

But in the Philippines, I have found such "Trade House", only, of course, in a new, more attractive way. They usually occupy several floors inside are connected to a system of escalators - a shop in the store. On the first floor there are products on the second - everyday objects, on the third - the clothes.

How much does life in the Philippines

General Store in Ayala (the most advanced mall Cebu) - a typical "Metro". There usually are always discounts the mountain, and on their own prices low. Unfortunately, the quality also. Visually, the clothes look good, you can collect quite a decent bow. But on closer examination it turns out that all the mostly of synthetics. And it's not that the thing will quickly lose its presentation, but the fact that I can not imagine how it can be worn in the tropical heat. The Filipinos, however, are. The average price of the dress in the "Metro" varies between 800 and 1,000 pesos. This compares, for example, "New Yorker" (and quality too).

Clothing collected by color, but not in style. So that the "general store" and "feshen" hang on a hanger, it is necessary to take the time to collect a sane set, but the result is sometimes obtained very even. I sometimes come here purely to have fun, rummaging in things and imagine myself Evelina Khromchenko in the program "Fashionable sentence".

How much does life in the Philippines

In addition to department stores, there are some shops with clothing brands familiar to us. So, I found the "Mango", "Zara" and "Terranova". The price is slightly higher, but the quality is somewhat better. Milan's shopping in the Philippines, of course not, but those who are accustomed to the Middle-class brands, will find familiar and loved. Then I discovered Forever-21. Price similar to "The New Yorker", the device - also, at one point sold shoes, clothes, bags and jewelry for both sexes.

Where to buy the right mango: food prices

How much does life in the Philippines

Habitual us Russian products in the Philippines are more expensive, exotic and unusual - it is cheaper. For example, because the apples do not grow here - it is too hot - they cost 135 pesos per kilo. The same song with potatoes, which is priced as a divine nectar and ambrosia.

But mangoes worth about 85 pesos per kilogram, and the market you can buy and do 40-50, and there is still a chance, cute smile seller, dokinut surpluses in the package. One coconut at the store costs 25 pesos in the market about 15 Delicious papaya, durian (just hang the clothespin on her nose, odor-specific), dragon fruit - all very affordable.

And year-round watermelons. Buy fruit at the mall is not worth it - if you want to make a really a bargain, you have to go to market.

How much does life in the Philippines

Another unusual product is cream. It then only one species - the company "Nestle" - and costs 90 pesos per jar. By local standards, it is expensive. But milk has Filipino - Magnolia product - a very rich taste and thick. Another "Magnolia" does not bad yogurt and ice cream, as well as margarine and butter. All this, in addition to milk, cheaper than imported products.

The cult of purity

How much does life in the Philippines

In the Philippines, products for skin care is much more than makeup. Dekorativka there, but very expensive, and obviously for the few, the others contain just the face and body in order. And in this case, men women sometimes even ahead of, the line's Skin funds for them perhaps more widely.

Local brands available, mostly international, produced by "Henkel". For fans of the so-called "natural products" is the American Human love Nature, the production of which is based in the Philippines. Creams, shampoos and conditioners pricey (170-190 pesos, in comparison, for example, "Pantin" 100), but you will smell the pleasant smell of fresh cucumber. And yet everything is obsessed with fair skin, so when choosing products for face care, need to be very careful - 90 percent with whitening effect. What I want to particularly note is a cult of cleanliness and tidiness, which exists in the Philippines. This is particularly surprising, if you look like a whole people live - at home, some like cardboard boxes and sleeping there for five people. One stiralka the entire yard. But they go to the white shirts, almost every day, wash clothes, use cologne, even the cheapest, and carefully placed hair.

It is objectively difficult to do in a tent, and therefore doubly worthy. By the way, Filipinos necessarily take a shower before going to work. It is sometimes surprising the Europeans, the Chinese and Japanese, for which the shower rather attribute preparing for bed.

And the most intimate. I believe that the level of a society's culture can be defined as public toilets. Or at least by their presence. So in Oslobe (town in southern Cebu) I was faced with crystal clarity inside freshener and toilet paper. It looks as if it is removed on schedule, both in the restaurant.

And it Oslob, which is half an hour you can go from one end to the other. Nearby is a box for voluntary contributions to the toilet contents. Because in fact it is free. And by the way, is not the only one. Hats off to the Philippines.

How much does a cheer?

How much does life in the Philippines

Most of all, if in Cebu there are health problems of immigrants, have to apply to the institution called the Cebu Doctors Hospital - one of the best and biggest city hospitals. This place is well known to all taxi drivers, so it will not have long to explain. But kindly tell the driver to drive up to the entrance of, because inputs - this sort form. Most emergencies are taking a reverse, all other drive up to the main.

Everyone who waits to receive a doctor sitting in a lobby. As such, no queues, and the reception too. You just say your name in the registry and start waiting. Sometimes long. More often than not - long. Initial reception takes place directly on the spot. Periodically you will come out different people in white coats, call your name, query on the subject of disturbing symptoms, as well as to measure the temperature and pressure. And it's - all because, as I know, our people have come to expect when they are invited into the office, would get a map and begin intimate conversations tête-à-tête. Primary reception by the doctor is from 500 to 800 pesos (US $ 10-20). Then everything will depend on the action plan. Blood tests and other procedures will be charged separately. For example, X-rays can cost from 900 to 1,500 pesos (20 to 25 dollars), in most cases, if history is present the temperature, you have to immediately donate blood, because even if it is only a banal flu, blood parameters needed to rule out any other disease.

A blood test also will cost anywhere from 500 pesos, the price may vary. The laboratory at the hospital working round the clock, so wait for some time to pass is not necessary, and the results will be ready in 2-3 hours.

If you require hospitalization, you must be prepared for the amount of 5,000 for the Chamber (110 dollars) per day. Chamber in this case is similar to a hotel room not bad, however. However, in this case, it all depends on availability - because if there is space, you can find cheaper options for 2-3 thousand pesos, but certainly not with the king's terms.

When making insurance a look at the conditions carefully. The most important thing - whether your insurance company will work with the hospital directly. If yes, then you do not have to burden yourself with expenses. Calculations they will spend together. In this case it is better to call the insurance even before thinking to go to the hospital, the sooner the better - the more likely it is that at the hospital you will be waiting with open arms.

However, more often it happens that the customer pays for everything on the site itself, and already on his return to Russia comes to getting insurance indemnity. This option has less profitable, but if it happened, then pay heed to checks, collect every last piece of paper. Because only they can provide proof that you are really something sick and something they have paid.