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I have a little project that I have been working on for the past couple of months.  I want to provide more video content on this website.  I am not an expert, or anything close, in terms of doing video, so I have to learn.  Over the past few weeks, I have been buying some equipment that I will use to hopefully make some quality videos to show here on the site.  I have most of my equipment package complete, but I still need to practice in order to provide the quality that I desire to produce.

Because of the need for practice, the videos that I am currently making are far from perfect, in fact it is probably not even appropriate to use the word “perfect” in the same article where you will see the videos! 😉 But, practice makes perfect, or hopefully so, so practice I will.

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Today, I have a new video that I want to share.  The other day, I decided to take a trip to the barbershop to get my hair cut, and decided to shoot a video of the trip!  You can come along by watching the video.  We start out taking a walk up to the highway where I will catch a Jeepney ride into the downtown area where I go to a certain barbershop there.  You can ride along in the Jeepney, see the sites along the way, and get some comments from me to explain what you are seeing! Have a look at the video below.

One question that I get asked a lot… “How much does it cost for a haircut?”  Well, it varies with the style of haircut you desire!  At the barbershop that I am currently patronizing the minimum charge is P45 (less than a dollar!), and prices range up to about P100.  My haircut is P50 for the style that I have them do.  Additionally, I always give a nice tip.. I give P20 tip.  P20 (less than 50 cents US) is not a lot of money, but it is a 40% tip, which is a large percentage to tip.  I have always found, though, that it is worth it to give a nice tip, because you never know when that barber might be needed to help you out with something, advise you in some way, etc.

I hope you enjoyed the trip!  I go to the barber at least a few times per month, sometimes every week.  I enjoy having a haircut here in the Philippines.  It is always a relaxing thing, especially when you finish with the haircut part and the barber then gives you a shoulder and back massage to comfort you a little before you depart!  I always find that the barber does a great job and is very attentive in his work.  Over the years, I have developed some nice friendships with various barbers around Davao.  They have always been friendly people, and fun to practice my Cebuano with!

Thanks for joining me today for my haircut day!  I hope to be providing you more videos in coming weeks… and hopefully of improved quality! 🙂

Maayong adlaw!  Good day!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Lou Zola
5 years ago

Nice vid Bob! Having only experienced Bacolod City and Cebu on my trips to the Philippines it is nice to see other areas as they really are. Keep the vids coming!

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Lou Zola

Thanks, Lou! I am glad that you enjoyed the video! Yep, I intend to do videos regularly, so keep visiting!

queeniebee5
queeniebee5
5 years ago

Hi Bob,

I’m curious–what time of day is this? I’m amazed in the difference between Mandaue and Cebu City traffic and pedestrian wise. Is this a typical Davao City section? I can’t remember Cebu City ever being this quiet.
Queenie

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  queeniebee5

Hi Queenie, this was around 9:30am. Now, where I live it is not in the busier downtown area, I live in the southern part of the City, and it usually is pretty quiet. Still convenient access to stores and other things, but not crowded. But, I will say, Davao is way quieter and better organized than Cebu, based on the time I have spent in both cities.

Lenny
Lenny
5 years ago

Woke up with my coffee and cig and watched your video…The things that jumped out at me where…Stop Lights ?? What are those???…Heee…. And same here in Dumaquete 7-11 has just put in 5-or 6 of them here and they have been well received….Picture quality was xlnt.. ..Quite a producer and was very entertaining

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Lenny

Thanks, Lenny. I have been saying it for years, but I know that most of you guys don’t believe me or understand… Davao is not like the rest of the Philippines! Yeah, we have lots of stop lights here, and people obey them! If you don’t obey, you will either get a ticket for a lot of money, or you might end up in jail! In many ways, Davao is kind of a perfect center point between living in the USA vs living in the Philippines. 🙂

Glad you enjoyed the video!

Richard R.
Richard R.
5 years ago

Hi Bob – interesting video of part of Davao. Please do more of them. It is nice to see what it would be like to live in that city.

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Richard R.

Hi Richard – Thanks for watching! Glad you find it informative. I will be posting more videos of Davao and other places around this area!

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
5 years ago

don’t you have a youtube channel that you frequently update?

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

I have a YouTube channel, but it has been years since I updated it until the last couple of weeks! 🙂 That is not very frequently. ha ha… But, I hope to start updating it frequently, though.

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
5 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

i have not been on that youtube channel in years!

i just thought you regularly updated it weekly.

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

I don’t think I’ve ever been active enough on YouTube that I updated it weekly. I think that back when I was active doing videos I probably updated it once a month or so.

lgbalfa
lgbalfa
5 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

good luck with the future videos.

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  lgbalfa

Thanks! I want to improve my video skills and by doing it a lot more, that should help me toward my goal.

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago

Hi Bob

I did a similar trip earlier in the year and there was some construction work in progress on that bridge. The traffic certainly wasn’t that light then!

The worst time to go that route, so I have discovered to my cost, is when the students are going to the University Of Mindanao and when they leave in the afternoon. Other times it is pretty much as you showed.

Nice to see Davao again and it made me feel quite homesick!

Cheers

AJ UK

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

Yeah, I am glad that the bridge construction is done, that went on for a long time and played havoc with traffic!

Certainly this was not filmed during rush hour! But, this is typical traffic during non-rush-hour times, and thankfully rush hour is fairly short.

James Ogle
James Ogle
5 years ago

Always love getting a Haircut in the Philippines. I get the full treatment including the shave. There are only a few ole time barbers left here stateside that will do a shave. Only issue I have is that they always want to dye the grey out of my hair. 🙂

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  James Ogle

Thank you James! I also really enjoy going for a haircut. I have gotten a shave a few times, but not so often. I prefer to shave myself! 🙂 I feel I can do a better job than they do. 😉

Tim
Tim
5 years ago

Hey Bob! Great vid. Love that HD! The picture is so clear, I felt like I was right there. Thanks for bringing back great memories of the Philippines, for me!

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Hi Tim – Thanks! Glad you liked the HD. It took a LONG time to upload that Video! I started the upload to YouTube when I went to bed, and it was just finishing up when I woke up the next morning! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

Bob New York
Bob New York
5 years ago

Excellent picture quality Bob. What kind of camera are you using for this ? I havn’t done anything much with video since the days of VHS where I used a full sized camcorder. Thanks for the tour. I’d like to see details of inside of the barber shop. first time i had a haircut and shampoo in PH a few years ago i had to prop myself up on the cashier counter when they told me the price for both as I recall was less that One US Dollar ! Where I live in New York it cost me $20… Read more »

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Hi Bob – Thanks for commenting, I enjoyed hearing from you. I shot the video in 1080P, but when I produced it I took it down to 720P to save on the size of the video. Even at 720P it was almost 2GB, so very large! Believe it or not, I shot that video on my new cellphone. I bought this phone particularly because it has a great camera. It is a Samsung Galaxy S5. Very convenient to carry around, yet a great camera too. Perfect. I produced the video using Camtasia Studio software, and a few other tools. I… Read more »

Jon B
Jon B
5 years ago

Great video, Bob! Loved it.

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Jon B

Glad you liked it, Jon. I am sure you recognized all of the places in the video!

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