Jan 03, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Today we were also introduced to Manila's way of doing laundry. You drop off all of your dirty laundry and within 3 days they will deliver freshly clean and folded laundry to your door all for 124 pesos ($2.88 US). I think this is the greatest process for tackling the horrid duty of laundry. US please adopt this so all the women in America can be free of the laundry duty. We ended our exhausting day by getting our ears candled ($12 US for both, in the US it would have been $60 for both) to help prevent a cold in this foreign environment. All in all this day has been very educational in order to live economically in Manila. More to come!
We began our day with hitting the local Supermarkets and discovering all the crazy foods. Many foods in the store were the same price as in the US. Many of the US brands are even more expensive than in the US. So, for 2 people that are on a very tight budget we had to shop smart. It was fun converting the Pesos to the US dollars and seeing what was the best for our money. Veggies and Fruits are so fresh. You can see how they were literally pulled from the garden and wrapped in plastic and put on the shelf. We came home from shopping and looked at what each item cost to make a meal to compare if it was cheaper to make our meals or eat out. The result was a meal for 2 consisting of: Raw green beans, raw carrots, raw potatoes, raw onions, raw green onions, raw leaf (not sure what it was, but it was high in fiber), 3 chicken breast, and seasoning package all for 70 pesos ($1.60 US). Where as eating out at the average diner for 2 costs 270 pesos ($6.25 US). Clearly our best bet is to cook at home in our tiny place