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Getting Real Honey in the Philippines

Getting Real Honey in the Philippines

I once talked with a professional beekeeper in the Philippines and he described a pretty sad situation. He told me that most of the honey collected is not harvested by beekeepers. It is found by Filipinos who go out into the jungle in search of hives and in the process of collecting the honey destroy […]

Making Palusot

Making Palusot

Many Filipino words simply cannot be translated into an equivalent in English, and often have a cultural construct that also needs to be taken into account. Without understanding the cultural construct the real meaning will always be illusive. Palasut is one such word. Look up the translation in a dictionary and you will see that […]

What do heavy traffic, slow Internet and open defecation have in common?

What do heavy traffic, slow Internet and open defecation have in common?

We know that the Philippines is a developing country that faces many challenges. It presents opportunities and challenges at the same time to those that want to live here and maybe do business or invest in the economy. How do you measure the Philippines economy. We can work of the various published financial data and […]

Very Traffic (beree trapik!)

Very Traffic (beree trapik!)

In addition to having one of the worst internet services in the world it also has some of the worst traffic congestion. Manila is the worst.  People commuting to work can spend 3 or more hours each way.  An hour is considered nothing. Cebu is getting almost as bad. Is there a solution to this […]

Milk in the Philippines

Milk in the Philippines

The Philippines does not have a big dairy industry and most of the milk-based products are imported. They are also relatively expensive. Yes Filipinos love milk and consider is to be miracle food as it was in the west last century. There has been a campaign to try to convince mothers that its better to […]

It’s not easy being a waitress in the Philippines

It’s not easy being a waitress in the Philippines

Bad Reputation Sadly there is often a stigma attached to being a waitress in the Philippines. The association with G.R.O.s that some restobars employ is one of the main reasons. Girls that work at respectable establishment that do not provide G.R.O.s, will often be viewed as prostitutes by many locals, or thought of as easy […]

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