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Getting a hair cut in the Philippines

By on August 15, 2010 in Travel & Expat Living

While living on Mactan Island I would go to a beauty parlor at the local shopping close to the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ 2) for a haircut, pedicure and manicure.   In Filipino they were my “SUKI” meaning I was their regular or loyal customer.

This is a picture I took during one of my visits

In general Filipino’s do not like to take life too seriously and look for any opportunity to introduce enjoyment into what is otherwise a mundane task like getting a pedicure.   You can see the lady in the background holding a microphone in her free hand singing karaoke while her other hand is being worked on.

In the foreground a gentleman is receiving a short in-the-chair massage after a haircut. This was a standard inclusion in the cost of the haircut which is approximately $1 but generally a tip around twenty pesos is given.

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