MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Continuing with our Adobo Chronicles’ Philippines tour, here are the top 10 signs that will remind you that your’re in Manila:
Everybody calls you ‘Sir.’
Security guards don’t carry pistols. They carry AK-47s!
Entering a mall is like going through airport security check. Each and every time.
A hotel restroom attendant turns on the faucet for you and hands you a paper towel. If you’re lucky, you get a neck and shoulder massage.
Your hotel’s café is packed during the buffet breakfast each morning– with Balikbayans (visiting Filipino expatriates). They fill up their plates like food is going to run out by the time they go for a second serving.
Your Filipino friends won’t answer your telephone calls but will respond instantly to your text. They will greet you, “Gud-am”(Good morning). Hey, phone calls are expensive!
Why spend money to go to a karaoke bar when you can go to the mall and sing at no charge? You might even become a YouTube sensation!
The price of a cup of coffee at your hotel is 175 Pesos. That’s twice the price of a grande at Starbucks!
Even in 90-degree weather, people don’t need airconditioning in their homes. They just go to the malls.
Your restaurant server apologizes for the delay in getting you your check. He says, “Sorry sir, your check is being reprinted.” And you can only hope you’re not being charged twice!
Seattle, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles) – There is so much competition in the food and beverage industry that it has come down to the survival of the fittest. And smartest.
First there was news of McDonald’s phasing out 8 menu items beginning in January, including the Big Mac and apple pie. The Chicago-based international food chain has seen a decline of its revenue ever since the introduction of the popular Filipino fast food company Jollibee into the U.S. and international markets. Jollibee sells burgers and chicken, along with other Filipino delicacies like sweet spaghetti and breakfast rice plates.
Now, with stiff competition posed by its competitors, Seattle-based Starbucks has agreed to a merger with Dunkin’ Donuts, the American global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain based in Canton, Massachusetts. Like McDonald’s, Starbucks has experienced declining sales with the growing popularity of Peet’s Coffee, Tully’s and Seattle’s Best.
Who eats donuts without coffee? Capitalizing on this inseparable combination, Starbucks took the bold move of merging with Dunkin’ Donuts as a way to boost its coffee sales.
Not to be outdone, Peet’s Coffee followed suit and has announced that it has signed an agreement to sell Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at all its locations.
It’s turning out to be a one-stop shop for coffee and doughnuts.
San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Buoyed by an earlier approval to include in November’s ballot a proposed two-cent tax per ounce of sodas, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed another measure in its war against sugar.
The new measure, which passed 6-4, will ask San Francisco voters to approve a new city law that would ban Starbucks and other coffee outlets from serving or offering sugar or whipped cream with their coffee. Tall, grande or venti, only black coffee will be be sold at these outlets, and no sugary enhancements, according to the proposed regulations.
“We want San Francisco to take the lead in the fight against obesity and diabetes,” said board president David Chiu.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles how far the city is willing to go in this healthy obsession, Chiu said: “This is just the beginning. If the two measures are approved by voters in November, we will go after cake shops and ice cream parlors next. We are very confident that with voter support, San Francisco can go totally sugar-free by 2020.”