Living in Cebu
I have arrived in Cebu, one of the major cities towards the south of the some 7000 Philippines Island group. Maybe Davao is another of the major cities in the area also. Many people will say the province name and not the city, therefore when I ask them where they live they could say,
- Leyte - or - Mindanao - as the State they live in, however if I look at the map all I clearly see is major cities. I have to go back and forth between concepts, are they talking about a city or a Province / State.
Mindanao is the State, however the could say they live in Davao the large city and I would be happier to understand.
I AM FROM THE PROVINCES
If or when you talk with a person from the Philippines they will proudly say, - I am from the provinces - then the may put the identifier in the sentence, Leyte or Mindanao. It is the same as asking me where I live and me saying,
- Indiana -
There are 50 states or provinces in the USA, why would a person in the Philippines be expected to know all of them. When they do know, it is only because of the Football or Basketball teams in the state, without sports, most people would not have a clue.
I love to not be stupid with people that talk as if you know or should know. I feel zero compulsion to know all geography on the planet; I just like to know where I am at, and maybe why. The why is not very important, I sometimes believe I should say,
- I live in the Philippines -
It would be much more correct than to say I live in Indiana, it is in the middle of the country close to Chicago, plus I really hate to say I am from close to Chicago, I am not the same culture as Chicago. I am a Hoosier.
I could say,
- I live in the Philippines, because today, now, I am living in Cebu, Philippines. Tomorrow, I may live in Manila, Philippines or who know where I live, it would make people feel safer I believe, although if you wanted a Philippines wife, you need to say you are from the USA or Europe and you go home soon. The last thing you want to do is learn the local language or care about staying, you are selling your good passport in exchange for a lesser passport.
Perceptions or interpretations are more important than reality, I feel and sense more each year of my life that in reality the human is not genetically a big jump from a dog or cat. It is obvious when traveling around the planet that people will the same as dog, stop and piss on the closest tree. I would feel arrogant to believe I am better than a dog; however, I am not sure I am the same as the person that just stops at the nearest tree and does not have a small amount of introspection�
- Why am I pissing on a tree in the middle of a city -
- Am I aware, people are watching? -
I am living in Cebu with my friend Chris a man from the USA that runs a call center, I often call him Hollywood because he like to wear the button down shirts, collar rolled upwards, and has this sort of spiked, on purpose, rumpled hair. He is a smart person; however, I am not sure I would pay to work nights in the Philippines trying to convince myself that all the person working for me worked good English. His hours are from sunset to sunrise, he has to be awake when the USA is awake as most of his clients are from the USA, and they hire a full time person to listen to them for 700 dollars per month.
Cleaning Lady Winging
Chris has a housekeeper, I commend him on his housekeeper, I think it ludicrous for a person to live outside the USA and not have a cleaning person, janitor, maintenance man, and gopher. If, I were living in Cebu long enough, I would have at least five people working for me as my personal entourage of do anything I do not want to do persons.
2000 Pesos per month or 1.25 Dollars per day.
That is the salary of the live in the house, 22 year old, wingy type maid; she is nice, however knows very little about anything and should go back to her mother for training. She is nice, just not fully trained, what do you want for 1 dollars and 25 cents per day. Chris says he is paying her double of the normal wages.
This is includes food and a roof, she can then send most of her money to her parents that would expect her to send all of her money, and who knows why, but they all do. I think if I married most women, they would then expect me to send money.
Full time cleaning person, living in the home, like and extra kid, that will actually do their chores. What a windfall, this is the luxury of living on the other side of the planet.
I personally think when Hotel is paying this type of wages they could sit one of the persons down and say,
- Sew these sheets, make them into fitted sheets -
There are many small little annoyances in the day of a person. These little mis-placed items, small clusters of problems, many ideas of things to do, all require time to perform. If for instance I wanted to clean my gym shoes, this would take me about one hour to do correctly. In the USA, it is more cost effective to just buy new ones, however here with the Maid; I could have her do it.
I was laughing though; it is time to clean my clothes. The house cleaner in reality is bored out her head, and does all these repetitive type cleanings, like wiping the counter just to look like she is busy.
I opened or a made a pile of clothes. I live out of my backpack, I do not have that many clothes, I open live by the two day for each shirt, and three days of wearing the pants before I wash. The underwear and socks are only on the one-day concept; however, I do believe most travelers are on the 3 day for the underwear. I am a very clean person, I am not normal
I make a very small pile, about 5 T-shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, some socks and such. I ask her if she would clean them. She says,
- What a lot of clothes, I have never washed that many -
She then wants money for laundry soap.
All this is making me nervous, Chris has a business, he has a few employees, washing clothes is not a new concept in the world. She is probably on the two pieces of clothes to wash per day method.
She is wearing the same clothes as yesterday; I will look at here tomorrow, and count the days.
I cannot fathom paying a person 1.25 per day and not having the cleanest body and clothes on the planet. I would live in a spotless world.
She is cleaning her clothes. I told here I would pay her 4 dollars or 200 Pesos; she was still winging about this. This is four days pay for washing clothes.
I do get this feeling,
- You are lazy -
I often in the poorer countries want to say.
- IF you was not so F22king D23m Lazy, I would not have to listen to you tell me how you have no money.
On the other hand, when the going pay is 1.25 dollars per day for menial labor, hard to get motivated. On the other hand, she does not get motivated for the 4 dollars for one-hour work, hard to believe it makes a difference.
I am living in Cebu for four or five days, or less or more, I really do not care. I am looking for something to do. If another person says,
- Go to the mall -
I think I will slap them, I can go to a Mall anywhere on the planet, and it is the farthest from special or unique on the planet.
There is fish here, I think I want to find the water, find the fish, and see how they are fishing. I saw some damns on river, grouped up into fish farms from the airplane. I wish the people of the Philippines could understand English better; I could get a taxi driver to wander around the city with me.
I am starting to dwell on the idea of buying a small day tour in cities. I am annoying myself by trying to read the guidebooks.
The normal comment is
- Do you scuba dive? -
Living in Cebu
One thing about the maid. She works for your friend, not you. In the Philippines it is customary to have specialized helpers. Cleaning, cooking, babysitting, laundry, driver.
As a guest it is also customary to leave a "tip" for services from the help when you leave. We usually leave 20 bucks US (1100 peso) per helper for a two week stay.
things to do in Cebu:
Visit "Topps" which used to be the private helipad of the Osmena clan.
Visit the LapuLapu Shrine on Mactan Island andlearn why the locals call the area, "Shoot to Kill".
Visit Carbon Market.
See Magellans Cross and the Old Spanish Fort.
Visit the Buddist Temple on the hill.
See a cockfight.
Visit Danao and try to see a "Paltik" factory.
Go to Malapascua Island.
Take part in a Sunday run with the Cebu Hash House Harriers. They have a website.
Re comment by hoz "Visit the LapuLapu Shrine on Mactan Island andlearn why the locals call the area, "Shoot to Kill"." --- it's not Shoot to Kill, it's Su-Tu-Kil for sugba (roast), tuwa (stew) and kilaw (raw fish prepared much like the mexican ceviche).
I plan to go to cebu and trying to do my homework. I want to stay for two months in cebu and this is my first visit to Philippine. Hotel may be too expensive but do they have paying guest system in philippines? If they do then please guide me to the right path.
If going to Cebu, check out SKIPS BEACH RESORT.
Great hospitality there and nice people.