I am embarrassed to say that in my 5 years living in Manila, I can count with one hand the number of times I had filipino food. We tried it in our first few months but each time we were disappointed so we gave up.
Yesterday I didn’t have lunch plan, was working nonstop and one of my colleagues was going out for lunch. I joined her. I told her let’s go where you were planning to go, not those places that non-locals go for lunch. So she took me to where our local staff goes for lunch most of the days. They serve several meat dishes (chicken or pork), one vegetable dish, rice and noodles.
I went with double vegetables, chicken, and rice. It costed one dollar.
I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it but it was a good experience to live like locals and time to catch up with Karen.
In our office, 2/3 of staff are filipinos, 1/3 foreigners. The two groups don’t blend well in non-work context for several reasons. First, the foreigners like me stay only few years, so locals are hesitant to invest in the friendship. Second, local staff perceive us as being superior thus a bit hostile. Yet, I prefer to hang out with filipino colleagues because they are the kindest people. Such beautiful personality, always eager to help, and just good heart. I’ll miss them so much and glad that I developed few friendships that I will carry over even after I leave.
Update on Cookie: I’ve made my mind to bring her with us. She got the rabies vaccine a month ago so yesterday it was blood test for rabies. It costed 500 USD!!! Insanely expensive because they send the blood to UK for the testing. She was so calm when they injected the micro chip (to identify her) and withdraw blood sample.
After we get the blood result, we’ll have to get export permit, and import permit to enter Indonesia. Unfortunately she’ll be quarantine for 2 weeks somewhere, hope she survives being away from us.
Moving timeline (things are getting real)
August: wait to get Sofia’s new passport
September: get our Indonesia visa and sell/give away things we won’t take
September 30: packing for our shipment
October 6: vacate our unit and stay in a hotel with our luggage and essentials
October 8: departure day!!!
2 thoughts on “Trying local food & Cookie’s blood test”
That would be an interesting dynamic to have locals and non-locals. I can see how they don’t want to invest in the non-locals, knowing they are there temporary and might not keep in touch. I had a somewhat similar experience when I was relocated to Charlotte. My company acquired another big company during the financial crisis, but I Charlotte was were the acquired company was HQ’d prior to the acquisition… so it was also interesting to go from the culture of the acquirer to the culture of the acquiree. I knew I did not want to stay in Charlotte longer than I had to, which was a year, so I did not make a ton of effort to get to know people either. In hindsight that made for a lonelier year, though.
That is an expensive test!! Oof!
Aww, so glad you can take kitty with you!!! My sister adopted a street dog from Micronesia when she lived there years and years ago, and the dog moved with them all the way from the Pacific island back to the U.S. to different places and eventually to Ireland, where they live now. Hahah. Lots of $$ to deal with all of that… but very hard to just leave a pet behind…