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If you've ever wondered how people can survive here on very low income..... or what their living conditions are like.... you can take a highly itemized picture tour through their abodes. You can see and visually visit inside of the homes of people who live here in the PI on MONTHLY incomes of: $86 USD, 93, 98, 169, 170, 194, 195, 228, 238, 262, 501, 865 and $1,087. Their possessions and daily living tools are surveyed pictorially along with brief interview scripts. There is a web site that takes nations and U.N. economic and social data bases and makes them available for educational illustrations of current global realities. Its is an attempt to dis-spell many erroneous preconceptions about global lifestyles. The site was mentioned in a video lecture by a Swedish professsor who teaches courses in global awareness of the changing social and economic realities of the last 70 years vs older, now dated stereotypical viewpoints. The website is <gapminder.org>, and the images are on the "Dollar Street" section, which features a huge number of families of the world w/ income levels and attendant physical lifestyle items. I've just begun exploring it and am giving the PI families my first read. So the next time someone asks, "How cheaply can a person/family live in the Philippines?", you can give them a well documented reply of...... (your choice)..... $ 86.... or $98..... or $228, etc. Of course, after they see the pictures, I don't think that they'll be in any hurry to come here and take up the illustrated economic lifestyle. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these survey pics will save an immeasurable amount of writing.
My wife tells me that they nationally unified the date of school Xmas parties this year. (This is my sole source of this info... not confirmed by any secondary sources by me, e.g. news articles. She said she heard it on the radio and from other mothers, students etc.) She says the nationally set date is Dec. 15th for all. Locally, the expected 'contribution' to attend is P 500 @. Years ago it was usually P 200, but times and inflation must have taken their toll. Since my wife is the 'guidance parent' for 4 of the extended kin, we usually bear the misc. schooling costs ourselves. Not a real problem and happy to help. I was surprised, and pleasantly pleased to a degree, when our 7th grader asked my wife if it was OK for him, unlike his brother and two sisters, NOT to attend. He told her it would be much better if she could spend the money on a pair of new rubber shoes (sneakers/athletic shoes) for him instead. Now maybe it has something to do with him being the star player of his school basket ball team, but I think not, since we always pay for the boys' uniforms and sports needs. I know he is aware of the value of things and not selfish because the other day when he went with us to Chow King for breakfast (my wife treats him once a month to a resto meal, before sending him home to the other barangay with rice, veggies and fish for the other 3 kids), the wife ordered him a maximum breakfast plate. He seemed to nibble at it while we finished our own. About to leave, I looked at his still full plate, and was at first a bit miffed, hoping he didn't intend to just leave it. I asked my wife, 'What gives?". I would have thought that a skinny, hungry pre-teen would have wolfed it all down. She then informed me that he was full...... and he wanted to take the rest home in a take-away bag for his little sister. I'm now pretty sure that little Joseph isn't growing up spoiled in the least.
Since I joined this forum, I have noticed a lot of changes... Mostly in the answers that people are giving to the same questions... How much do we need to live in the Philippines and why... Unfortunately, with a membership as diverse as this forum enjoys, that is not an answer that is easily answered... And the answers that do come back often set up a debate amongst those who live differently... So... I'm going to ask that same question but a little differently... If anyone has suggestions on how to ask better than I am attempting to, please feel free... Hopefully, this will help those looking at coming to the Philippines with their decision and how much they can expect to pay in the areas they select... Please state in the following order what you spend monthly on the following items: How many are living in your household on a regular basis Rent: (where - city or province, subdivision, upscale or average area, apartment/condo/house, anything else that you can add to identify the value) Utilities: (water, power, internet, cable, etc) Food: (wet market, grocery store and name, specialty stores, what you generally purchase, etc) Transportation: (Own or public transport, kind, costs, how often used, etc) Entertainment: (Only regular events such as theater once or twice a month, karaoke at home or out, sporting events, visiting friends, regular bar hours, etc) Miscellaneous: (Anything else you would like to add) The strange one is back... hehe!