Are you a foreigner about to visit the Philippines?
Here, take these tips with you:
NAIA may be rated as the world’s worst airport but I assure you the government is doing rehabilitation works. It may take a year or ten though.
They might belong to a syndicate led by a mustached guy like what you typically see in Philippine movies.
The alternative is to give them food. Minimum offer is bread, best offer is to treat them to their favorite ‘happy insect‘ fast food restaurant.
It’s customary for Filipinos to be very hospitable. Especially during fiestas, even if you’re already full, they would still offer you food.
Just pretend you’re about to puke to stop them from offering you more.
It’s just common here if you look foreign. Some may even want to take a picture of you.
If someone wants to take a picture with you, pay attention to where they put their hands. They may lead to your pocket.
Chances are, he will ask for a fixed, much expensive taxi fare.
If the driver refuses to turn on his meter, just leave the cab. He will be forced to turn it on.
For the best Philippine transportation experience, it’s still best to take a jeepney.
Filipinos call it ‘CR’ or comfort room. Restrooms in malls are fine but public restrooms are another story.
There’s no tissue and public restrooms are usually very dirty.
Dirty is just an understatement though, public restrooms are like the gates of Hell.
It’s considered rude. Call them Mam/Sir.
And don’t forget to ‘bless’ or ‘mano’, that is, taking their hand and pressing it on your forehead. It’s a sign of respect.
Here in Cebu alone, you can enjoy many alluring beaches. You don’t have to go to Boracay to have the finest experience.
I’m not saying there are a lot of snatchers here, but to be safe, don’t display your belongings in open places.
Most snatchers are very athletic and you may not be able to catch them. Call the local police immediately.
The streets are full of hooded gangsters and whatever beings who thrive in the dark.
If travelling alone can’t be helped, walk on the side of the street where the well-lit lampposts are.