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"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Palengke, Business Permits, Illegal Vendors) – Part 2

I politely asked these two young ladies to give it their best pose so I can take a good photo of them which I would then add to my blog. They both agreed and here they are now. Both are vendors on this store located inside the public market near my place.


We call it here “suki” or someone who’s a regular or loyal buyer and I am their “suki”. I often have had a short conversation with the owner of this vegetable stand and she’s one of the kindest business owners in this market. You can see from her shop huge variety of products she’s selling. This shop can earn a revenue of around 10,000 pesos to 20,000 each day.
Palengke (Local Market)
If you want to know where to find the products produced by a town or a province, the best place to go is in its public market or “palengke”. It has all the commodities you want. Back in the old days, public markets in many places in the country is just a temporary commerce place where sellers set up their stalls for a day and then leave and come back a w…

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1

I asked the shop owner about these old unused tires on what are they doing with it. The Vulcanizing shop owners says, “Oh, someone will pick up those tires and pay us 5 or 10 pesos each. Sometimes they just take it for free”.


Vulcanizing Shop - A Classic Example of Filipino Business
You’ve most probably seen and been into a local, typical vulcanizing shop like this one in the photo. The business concept is very simple. Here’s a customer with his flat or deflated tire and the vulcanizing boy will repair it using a rubber compound patch, a heating tool, and an air pump. If it’s a regular car or van tire, repairing one may only take 10 minutes the cost of which is around 30 to 60 pesos. If it’s a tire from a truck or bus, it could be around 30 minutes and the repair would cost the vehicle owner around 100 to 150 pesos.

Here’s the thing. A shop like this one could potentially earn a revenue of 1000 up to 2000 per day just by repairing a flat tire. Why? Well, with thousands of vehicles like j…

Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 3

Hello Filipino job seekers! Today, you are about to read Part 3 of the practical tips on how to get a job within and outside the Philippines. I know, we all want a good job, a job that will give us the satisfaction we deserve and the financial freedom we aim for. Before I lay down the last list of tips (which more likely is the most important tips of all in these post series), let’s have a quick re-cap of Part 1 and Part 2.


In Part 1, I give you tips on how to write a good resume, how to get yourself ready for the interview, and how to find and apply for a job that fits your personality or profession. Also, I offer some advises that will help you put that budget for your job application into a good spend. Using the internet smartly, getting a temporary job while applying for the big one, and seeking the help of people around you are some of those important to-do’s when applying for jobs.

In Part 2, I list down all the requirements of your future Philippine employer which mainly includes…

What’s Wrong with Us Filipinos? A Sensible Evaluation of Philippine Street Markets, Public Utility Vehicles, and Public Places

Many of us, millions of us, used to commute in going back and forth to our work as well as during our “lakad” or personal trips. With jeepney, tricycle, and bus as the most convenient means of transport in the Philippines, we are fine with taking these rides just to reach our destination.
Let me ask you. What do you observe or notice while riding these vehicles? I guess many of your will agree, it’s not that comfortable to sit on them. But we’re used to it, aren’t we? Also, how do you find looking into the open window of these public utility vehicles or PUJs? Well, I noticed a lot of things. So let me share my riding experience.
In this post which what I want to call “Passenger Window Photography”, I will share with you some photos and what I did notice on them. All these photos were taken in same day as I travelled from my place going to Manila. Come with me and experience this one of a kind ride of a Filipino in a typical day in the Philippines. You will be surprised!


So here we’re i…