Day 2 = Twenty Years of Catch-Up

This is only my second day back home in the Philippines after being gone for over two decades, and I’ve (re)discovered a bevy of truths:

– It’s nearly impossible for non-natives to drive in the Philippines without resulting in cardiac arrest

– Lane markers are all but ignored

– Traffic signals are mere suggestions

– Crossing the street is an extreme sport

– McDonald’s has a delivery service

– Even Starbucks has a security guard at the door

– Movie theatre seats are assigned; the earlier you purchase your ticket, the better seats you’ll get

– You can bring outside food into the movie theatres; perhaps a delivery from McDonald’s is in order?

– When the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius (86 degress Fahrenheit), the natives don sweaters

– Garment sizing run smaller than U.S. based sizing; for instance, if you wear medium shirts in the U.S., that’s equivalent to a large shirt in the Philippines

– Nearly every building has a security checkpoint at which you have to declare where you’re headed, and be subjected to a bag and/or body check

– Banks have signs on the doors that advise patrons to surrender their firearms (and other “deadly weapons”) to the security guards upon entry

And that’s just the start.  Plenty more will be presented to me in the next ten days.  I’ll make sure to share those other revelations soon. 🙂

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2 Responses to “Day 2 = Twenty Years of Catch-Up”


  1. 1 smysore July 21, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Sounds a lot like India!


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