Two weeks ago I saw on my newsfeed on Facebook some really awesome pictures of a public market. I thought at first it’s somewhere from other countries in Asia. I didn’t really look at the text or anything. Then I saw it again, so I checked it out. I was so amazed and so happy that the place, it’s here in the Philippines in Maramag, Bukidnon in the island of Mindanao to be exact. It’s shocking, don’t you think? I never thought it could happened here in the Philippines. I’ve dreamed of places like this for so many years. I’ve seen places like this on TV. I’ve seen the Pike’s Market in Seattle and it’s really clean and orderly. In Europe I only saw that on TV. As you know the public market in the Philippines most really smell bad.
We like to watch cooking shows and those shows traveled to many places in Europe especially Spain. Seeing the public market there I’m in awe of it. Loved their market there, you can just eat at the side walk. They had so many different vendors for almost everything. They’re selling almost anything. I’m so wishing we had like that here. I’ve seen also some public market here in our neighboring Asian countries. Some of those countries have nice and so clean public markets. They have fresh seafood, meats and produce that the vendors will cook for you there on the spot. They also cooked some exotic foods. Bob and I will always says we want to try their food because it looks so good.
Speaking of Maramag we’ve been to that area too many times. It’s one of the many stops to go to Cagayan De Oro. One time we stopped by there for a friend to check out his sort of bed and breakfast. I forgot the name of his B&B though. Not been in that area for awhile now. Honestly it’s not really a big of a town. So good that they started the trend here hopefully the rest of the Philippines will follow.
I really wonder why that small town can make their public market so nice and clean? Here we got so many big cities but the market were so super dirty and smells bad. We’ve been living here in Davao for almost 14 years. I think I only saw the Bankerohan so clean and orderly when there was that conference held here in the city a few years back. I’ve never seen the market so clean again after that. The Agdao market is the same too. Well, maybe less smelly I guess than Bankerohan. Same in GenSan, I’ve never seen that market there to be so clean either.
I’m so hoping that Maramag will be the beginning of the public market clean up around the Philippines. If the people of Maramag can do it I’m sure the rest of the public market vendors all throughout the Philippines can do it. I think the public market officials all over the Philippines need to see and meet up with the officials in Maramag and learn from them. It’s really a must for them to do it. Majority of the People in the Philippines go to public market to buy almost everything they need in the house especially their food. Reason public markets are way cheaper than in the grocery mall.
The people that will be shopping there also be discipline to not be throwing their garbage wherever they want. Do you think we all can do this? I really hope so. I hope it’s not too late. Do you think people will like the idea of being discipline what to do? Don’t throw garbage all over the place? Don’t spit anywhere? Please be orderly?
I’m hoping really for the best for the people here. I hope they like the change if ever.
Last week we went to Tupi, South Cotabato for a business meeting. The trip from Davao to General Santos City took 4+ hours. The usual travel is supposed to be only takes 3 hours or a little over in the bus. Why it’s taking a long time this time is due to the road construction on the way there. Heard so many people complain about it in the bus. I just smiled upon hearing the comments. Some people said “constructions again because it’s election time so tiring”. Why can’t they fix the road even if it’s not election time? Even around the cities all over the Philippines you will see construction going on.
It’s almost election time here in the Philippines which means road construction time or other people call it “road destruction time” here. LoL. Have to laugh when I hear people say that. I can’t blame them for saying that, because it really looks that the politicians here will do something when its almost election time. Have you noticed it when you take vacation here during election time?
On the way from Davao to GenSan there might be over a half a dozen road construction jobs on the way there. With the construction and the check point the delays were endless. The good thing we had a good and comfy bus that goes on that route. When we first arrived here, Bob did the driving for every trip we made. He knows all of the delays with all the constructions here. Nowadays we use the public transportation whenever we go. Bob likes it because he can now enjoy the scenery and he is busy surfing the net. LoL
With the bus you have good choice either with air-conditioning bus or bus with air-conditioning and Wifi or the latest one with air-conditioning, Wifi and bathroom. We also have the bus with so many stops (called Deluxe bus), one stop or the non-stop. We tried all those buses already. Sometimes the Wifi is really slow. For us we’re okay with the only air-con bus. The price ranges from Php190 -Php300. I’m not sure how much is the fare for the deluxe bus. I haven’t been on that bus since grade school. No air-conditioning bus yet at that time.
Another election mess is the brownout. Geez, we’ve been experiencing brownout right now for weeks already. They promised for only 10 days. Ain’t happening that way though. It’s really annoying and totally we are pissed. Actually not just my household. We don’t know the reason behind the brownout for weeks. It could be months again. If talking about brownout people here will always say because it’s almost election time. It’s really damaging to a lot of the businesses here. The complaints are endless.
Generators are a hot items here right now. Not just the business owners buy generator, even the regular homeowners. We are even thinking of getting one if this brownout will continue for weeks on end. Honestly it might be a wise move for the business owners here to get one. Our helpers tried to buy candles at one of the mall that was close to our house. The malls were out of those big candles that are good for brownouts. People now are stocking I think at their house, I know we are.
Have a good one everyone!
While on a jeepney ride from our place to the downtown area, I overheard another passenger’s conversation with an older lady and a not so young lady sitting next to each other.. It intrigued me big time. The traffic did not bother me, that’s the good thing. Lol. Thank God.
The conversation goes: Older lady talking: Her son got and accident and badly injured his head. They were staying in a hospital here in Davao City at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC or formerly called DMC) for 2 months and it should cost them like over 300K. It’s a government hospital. The older lady said with the help of the social services and PCSO and local government here and the local government in the place where she’s from when they got out of the hospital they paid only 1K. All of the medicine for her son was paid by her local government and some donations from others. She’s not from Davao City area. The mom just said that they come to the hospital every month for check up. The medicine were already taking care of by donations and some from their local government. She said she doesn’t mind waiting at the hospital for hours or almost a day. She’s just thankful that the government helped them out. She said even if they wait a few days, it’s okay for her. She adds they got everything almost free anyway.
The other younger lady chimed in about her neighbor. The kid of her neighbor got ill. The parents of that kid brought the kid to the hospital SPMC hospital. The kid needs surgery and other sickness comes up. He comes to the hospital for therapy, eye care and other medical needs. I guess they also are happy to wait in line for hours because the kid got free medical care.
While listening to those ladies, I was thinking of my nephew when he was hospitalized in that hospital a few years ago. I posted an article here a few years back. My nephew got burned on his feet, the heel of his 2 feet were burned, he lost almost all his toes. He stayed in that hospital for a little over a month. The school that my nephew got injured paid some of the cost and others from charities. My brother was really happy that the school worked out everything with the social services and charities. I think my nephew was given some free medicines from the pharmacy too. I’m not sure on that though. It was really a scary time for my brother seeing his son suffered. I saw my nephew last month, I’m happy to say here that his feet healed pretty good.
The older lady said the only thing if you want to be treated on that hospital, you have to have patience. Just don’t get mad if you went there early in the morning and it’s not uncommon that you will be seeing the doctor in the early afternoon or late afternoon. That hospital really catered for the poor people. Those ladies said they go there every time they have medical problems even if they wait long hours.