I'm in the Philippines. What now? A guide from the airport and into your room.
Alright you've just got to the Philippines. So you naturally ask yourself what now. Well, hopeful you've got a Filipina woman waiting for you at the airport. But maybe after getting here you aren't sure about the Filipino culture, the Filipino religion, any specific to the Cebuanas region, here in Cebu.
So, in short you're stumped and just plain so tired from your 24-hour flight plus the insane layover that you're ready to scream. All you want to do is lay down and rest.
First off, if you're not going to get handy you could probably work out a deal where you stay at her families place for free. Filipino religion is very Catholic, but so long as you respect her virtue at her parents house, it shouldn't be a problem. However, many of us don't like the idea of charity or anything of that nature, we want to stand on our own two unassisted feet.
Bantayan Island Beach
So go and hop in a taxi. First off, guys, don't let this Filipino taxi guy juke you for an insane amount of money. 150-200 pesos will get you to SM, the biggest Super Mall in the island. It puts most every mall you've seen up to now to shame. 200-300 pesos will get you to a nice hotel or affordable pension house. 250 pesos if you have really done your homework and are driving somewhere far off. I can get from one side of Cebu city, a city of over a million people for less than 400 pesos and that's not taking the direct route.
The Lapulapu airport is near the middle of the city of Cebu. No Cebu taxi ride I've ever taken from the airport will cost you 400 pesos. Like I said, 150-300 and that's if you're going to ride for a while. Don't let them con you into 'just pay me 500 or 1000 and I'll take you wherever you want. Especially when all you want is to go to sleep. In short, tell them to can it (Cebuanas) Cabbie and let's go meter only. If they won't do it, sick your Filipina woman on them. If your Filipinas woman won't get indignant and start angrily babbling at them in her native Cebuanas language, there's something wrong with this situation. She can tell if they're trying to take advantage of you and unless they just nod, turn on the meter and get going, they are following the Cabbie code of Filipino culture and are trying to bleed the white guy. Filipino culture is big on sticking it to the foreigners. We are their cash cows. This is a good way to test your Filipina woman. Tell her you don't want to be taken advantage of by the Filipinas taxi driver and see if she gets you a straight meter. If Taxi after taxi is turning you guys or she gets a straight legal meter price, she's doing something right.
Some places out in the suburbs you might have to pay a taxi guy meter plus 50 to get there. But please remember, technically, it's illegal to pay meter plus anything. If they get you to pay them meter plus 100 you can be pretty sure they've got the better end of the deal.
Now you've finally arrived at wherever it is you're going.
For a Philippine motel a good price is to pay less than 3,000.00 pesos per night ($1.00USD=42.00 Pesos) you want something close to $1,800.00-$2,000.00 unless you're living it large in a 4 star hotel.
For what they call a pension house, it might not look like much, but you can get air conditioning, a TV, your own lockable private room and a bathroom set up for between 800-1,200 pesos, depending on if you need the top of the line master suite or if you can settle for a basic single bed room. Filipino Culture is they expect you to want the best, and the Filipinas for sure want to rent you the most expensive stuff. You have to say slow down, I want the bargain basement, the same stuff you offer the Filipinas. 800 pesos a night will get you a very reasonable accommodation in a safe location. Ask for a brochure, it will have their standard pricing schedule. So 20-25 bucks a night is completely doable, if you aren't in a place to stay for free in your girls cramped little house. Because face it, 90% of the girls you meet live in what we would consider squalor. To her, you'll naturally want the top of the line rooms, so you have to enlist her in the cause of saving your wallet as much stress as possible.
Finally having some idea of how much things should cost to get from the Filipinas airport and into Air-conditioned comfort you can lock the door and safely fall asleep.