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Getting a hair cut in the Philippines is more fun

While living on Mactan Island I would go to a beauty parlor at the local shopping close to the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ 2) for a haircut, pedicure and manicure.   In Filipino they were my “SUKI” meaning I was their regular or loyal customer.

This is a picture I took during one of my visits
getting a hair cut in the Philippines is more fun

In general Filipino’s do not like to take life too seriously and look for any opportunity to introduce enjoyment into what is otherwise a mundane task like getting a pedicure.   You can see the lady in the background holding a microphone in her free hand singing karaoke while her other hand is being worked on.

In the foreground a gentleman is receiving a short in-the-chair massage after a haircut. This was a standard inclusion in the cost of the haircut which is approximately $1 but generally a tip around twenty pesos is given.


About the Author

I have been visiting the Philippines for the past 30 years and lived here full time for the past 10 years. I have travelled extensively around the Philippines and lived in many locations. I was married to a Filipina for over 20 years and been with my current girl friend for 8 years. I have also operated businesses in the Philippines including a Dance and Fitness Studio, Restaurant, Family karaoke and disco. My background is IT and my real interest is in online marketing and outsourcing and these are the areas I currently focus on. I have made heaps of mistakes along the way and I have always enjoyed helping others and passing on my experience so that they might avoid making many of the same mistakes. - Chris Bennetts
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