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I’m not sure ladies if you’re like me, I really like to have facial massage at least twice a month. Have foot massage once in awhile. Facial massage here cost ranges from $5 to $15, foot massage cost $5, whole body massage cost $5. It so cheap here you could almost have it everyday. My mom’s here with us for quite a while now. She had stroke 3 years ago. She can’t hardly walk. If she stands up she has to get a hold on something. So I hired a physical therapist for her, the therapist works with my mom everyday for one to two hours and she just charges me $5 every visit. I can’t go wrong with that. By the way, all of the facial, foot and body massage and massage for my mom are all home service too.

I also know somebody that would do acupuncture. He charges $20 per session. Thats already including new needles everytime you have session. When my mother-in-law came for a visit, she tried acupuncture and she loved it. She had it almost everyday. I haven’t tried it, I don’t have the nerves to do it. Gosh, just watching my mother-in-law I felt I’m the one having the pain though. Maybe I will try that later.

Tagalog Buddy

Right now with our e-commerse business we are busy all the time. I would want to have massage everyday. When we’re still living in the States I never experience having massage there. As you know it’s so expensive there. Here I also like to have manicure and pedicure done regularly, cost $3.

I hope I didn’t make you girls envious. I just want you guys to have an idea when you come here of how much you should pay. Don’t pay the foreigner price though. When you come to Davao I can show you good places to have it.

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Hi Feyma! This is one luxury my husband and I miss. Whenever we're in Davao, we go to the spa for a massage regularly. We request our regular massage therapists. I remember once, we went everyday that my fingers hurt! We had to stop going for a while. πŸ˜‰ So, we went every other day πŸ˜‰ We do this as a family affair, all the men together and all the women together. This is where we do our family bonding – chatting in the jacuzzi, sauna, then massage! It is so relaxing, you can't get enough of it! We still… Read more »

Tommy
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Tommy

is that how tagalog got started ?

Bob
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Bob

Hi Tina – Massages have gone down in price considerably here, because in the last 2 to 3 years the massage business and spa business have really blossomed in Davao. There are Spas and Massage places on nearly every street corner it seems! Often I get into the habit of going for a massage every day for a couple of weeks or so, then I take a break. It's a nice thing to do, though.

ken
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hello feyma my fiancee lives in davao she is a massage therapist her name is sol celphone # is 0927-5395046

MindanaoBob
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Hi Bob New York – Thank you!

jul
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jul

Hi Feyma!
When I went to visit CDO last May I had my hair trimmed, pedicure and manicure all for P120 pesos (roughly $2.50). Tip isn't customary but I gave about $1.50 for both girls. How about tooth cleaning or propylaxis for P300/$6 coming from my dentist who's considered one of the most expensive dentists in the city ? Here in a small town USA, hair trimmed is $11.95 excluding tip.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Bilal – I am sure you could have gotten your deposit back. Sometimes, if the landlord says they can't refund it, tel them you want to live there rent free for the number of months worth of deposit that they got, etc. It has worked every time I've used it or recommended it to others. Good luck!

Feyma
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Hi Ken,
I will try to contact Sol one of this days.

Hi Jul,
Wow, the manicure and pedicure in CDO were even cheaper than Davao. The dentist in Davao charge $5 for tooth cleaning. They charge $1 for haircut. It's really cheap here in the Philippines. πŸ˜‰

Feyma
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Hi Phil n Jess R.- The way you cook sounds good too. Really here at the house we cook mostly chicken meat. The kids doesn't really like other meat. So we have to learn a lot of chicken recipes.

Take care and happy eating!

MindanaoBob
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Hi Jan – I don't agree. Just because you live in the Philippines does not mean you should act like a Filipino. I have written many times on this site that I am not Filipino, and no matter how I would ever try, I will never be Filipino. I believe that you should act like who you are, and not try to be something that you are not. My story here is that my kids are half Filipino, and they may follow the Filipino tradition.

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Liklik

Hi Feyma,

When I was still in the Philippines and working, I have weekly pedicures. When I came here in the United States, I was stunned for a $25 pedicure. Never done it here. I buy a bottle of nailpolish and do it myself but it's not the same when someone else will do the job for you.

Liklik

Feyma
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Hi Liklik,
Same here, I didn't have any of this stuff when I was in the States. Very expensive. I did the same thing as you, just do it yourself. You should do a lot of vacation to the Philippines and indulge yourself here. πŸ˜‰

MindanaoBob
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Hi Paul – Sorry about that… I have fixed it now. I should have caught it, but my latin is…. well…. non existent! πŸ˜‰

sol
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sol

Hi Feyma Im Mirasol I am masage therapist. My fiance ken told me about your site he introduce me to you.(:smile:) I do combination massage for whole body like swedish massage, basic thai,basic shiatsu and foot reflexology. It takes 1hr. and 30 mins every session. If you are interested just text or call my mobile # 09275395046. God bless!

MindanaoBob
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Hi johnray – If I recall correctly, you are a teacher yourself, so I certainly value your advice! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts.

Marilou
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Marilou

Hi Feyma, I love massages and other spa treatments too but it's very expensive here in the UK. A whole body massage here costs about £50 so I only have it on special occasions as a treat. When friends and work colleagues ask what I want as a gift, I ask for spa treatment vouchers instead – it's much more appreciated! I try to get a massage or two when I'm in CDO. Last August Jim, my daughter and I went for massages at Marco Hotel. It was very cheap and they even had a half-price promo so we went… Read more »

Ellen
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Hi Mita, yes! I should add after "the bank will be happy", "the country will be happy". πŸ™‚

MindanaoBob
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Hi John in Austria – You and I are in the same boat! I have renew my passport this year too, as does Feyma.

Charriz
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Charriz

Hello Mita, I agree with you. I work as a company nurse and all I hear from my fellow employees is how kuripot the company is and how low our salary is compared to other companies. I keep telling some of them to be thankful because many of the benefits here are more than enough. But most of my co-employees are just plain complainers. They do not realize how much benefits are actually being paid by the company. I tell them it is better than nothing. Some even have the gall to call the management "gwakaw" or "maramot" and yet… Read more »

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julius

Living in the Philippines, diet has become a real simple task. Eat normal. Just cut back on salt, sugar, and red meat (beef are a bit pricey here). Eat more fruit, vegetables, and fish (all 3 foods are abundant and cheaper here). The climate will take care of the rest. You'll sweat and sweat and sweat in this country. In fact, you'll start sweating as soon as you finished taking a bath. There are not that many overweight people in the Philippines because everyone sweats. Those who are overweight and have coronary diseases usually eat everything in sight, including pig… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi macky – Unfortunately, Justin won't be joining us any longer. He blew a fuse yesterday, started going into swear filled tirades and such on this blog and others too. I think the guy has a problem.

Thank you for giving a better explanation of the whole Davao mixing pot. The thing I was trying to point out to Justin is that Davao has always been a melting pot, a culture full of many different people, and moros were never a big majority here, but only part of the mix.

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