Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How the Philippines are Administratively Divided And Other Cool Facts

This post is describing how the Philippines are administratively divided. This is a topic that may interest some and bore others! However, it something of interest to me when I visit a new country or at least study about it. 

Administrative divisions

The Philippines are divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Then the Philippines is divided into, from the highest division to the lowest: autonomous regions, regular administrative regions do not have political power, provinces and independent cities, municipalities and component cities, and barangays. As of March 2010, these islands were divided into 17 regions, 80 provinces, 138 cities, 1,496 municipalities, and 42,025 barangays. A barangay (Filipino: baranggay, [baɾaŋˈɡaj]) is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays, and they may be further subdivided into smaller areas called purók (English: zone), and sitio, which is a territorial enclave inside a barangay, especially in rural areas. In writing, barangay is sometimes abbreviated to "Brgy." or "Bgy.". As of June 28, 2011 there are a total of 42,026 barangays throughout the Philippines.

For those of you who like diagrams here you go:

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Most Expensive Cereal I've Ever Seen!!!

As of yet I haven't had any cereal during my stay here. So today I went to Robinson's Supermarket which is only a ten minute walk from my apartment to get some. Needless to say the cereal section is very limited. I saw the family size box of Honey Nut Cheerios which is one of my all time favorites, but then I looked at the price. I was shocked to see that the price was 468 pesos which is $10.88!!! The regular size box was the equivalent of $6. Those prices are nearly twice what they cost in the States o_O

However, I found a Nestle brand cereal that both fit my taste and my budget. It cost roughly $2. Not as delicious as Honey Nut Cheerios, but still tasty. :D

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Snack-time at Kuya Ed

A couple days ago Janlie and I went to Kuya Ed for a "snack." A snack in the Philippines means another meal as you will be able to see from the pictures below. Kuya is tagalog for "older brother" and is used as a term of respect when addressing men that are older than you. Kuya Ed is an all you-can-eat buffet style restaurant. This includes an all you-can-eat snack time as well for only 69 pesos or $1.57. 

Here is what we had for our snack....

Go Nuts for Donuts!

Go Nuts fo Donuts!!! 

Yes, there is one donut missing in the last picture, and at the time of this posting one of the mickey mouse donuts is missing as well. :D 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Warning: Jeepney Pickpockets

A few days ago I had the pleasure of being exposed to something that native Filipinos and tourists should be vigilant of.

What to be on the lookout for: Pickpockets in groups of two or three with backpacks will ride on the same jeepney and pretend to not know one another. They place the bag on their laps to conceal their hand as they try to pick your pockets.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Traffic and Transportation in the Philippines

This post is just to give a brief description of transportation here which in all respects is very different than the United States, even in the larger cities. 


The pictures showing what traffic in the Philippines looks like doesn’t do the experience justice! Vehicles have no problem doing u-turns in the middle of the highway in order to head in the opposite direction. Motorcycles weave in and out of traffic; in both the traveling lane and the oncoming traffic line! In order for people to cross the street you pray, look for an opening, put your hand up to signal the oncoming traffic to slow down, and hope that they let you pass!
Videos of Philippine traffic: This is only one video. I don't like any others I found on the internet so I will make my own and post it later.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Question Asked and an Answer Given

Oh, by the way she said yes... as if I didn't already know the answer!