There are many threads on here about this and that so I thought I would start a new one about the pluses and the minuses of living in the Dumaguete. But on second thought (I get those a lot these days) I said why not put how it was back where I came from and how it is here now (which sounds less negative) based on my experience (and the experience of my family only). Please feel free to add to this list and be honest not cruel. Thanks. Doctors appointments at the hospital: In the States: Normally when I have a scheduled appointment, it is set by time and the doctors try to stick to that schedule (try being the key word), and the doctor has a nice office with A/C, magazines to read and a comfortable place to sit. My experience in Dumaguete: I have been to many offices located in Silliman and Holy Child hospital, so I am speaking from my experience in both hospitals. You are scheduled by date and seen on a first come first serve bases. The doctor may not be in until 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30 in the morning or that afternoon, but you have to be there when the office open so you can be seen early or you may be there all day. If you arrive an hour after the office open, be prepared to be there for a long while (you may want to bring lunch, or even dinner). The waiting area is in the hallway and you have a hard bench to sit on. There is no A/C in the hall, but there are fans that you can feel once in awhile. If you have to take X-rays or require, lab work or medicine taken at the hospital, this must be paid before they will do any of these. Once you have made a few of these visits these things become just another part of the life you live here in the Philippines. Gas Station In the States: Normally when I go to the gas pump, I just fill my own tank, and then go inside and pay the cashier. My experience in Dumaguete: When you pull up to the pump, there is an attendant there who will pump your gas for you; you just have to tell him/her how much gas you want in pesos. If you want a full tank you tell them “full tank”, not fill it up please, the attendant is not use to that term. You pay them at the pump and they will give you your change after they calculate how much you owe them on a hand calculator. It just another thing for you to get use to here in the Philippines. Going to a public Restroom In the States: Public bathrooms are everywhere you go to in the states, at fast food joints, restaurants, theaters, gas stations, shopping centers, everywhere, and most of them are clean (required by law) with toilet paper and something to dry your hands with.:p My experience in Dumaguete: (Now this is funny to me because restrooms are kind of scared to me. It is a place that you can release your bodily function and leave feeling good in general. But not here!) First they are called comfort rooms, and they are not everywhere. The one that you can locate (like in a hospital or department store) has no seat cushion and no toilet paper. That’s right no TP, ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! And most of them smell like urine. So everywhere I go I take my TP with me, that’s right, if you see me on my motorcycle you will see me with a pack on my back, in that pack is a poncho (for that unexpected downpour) and a role of TP (I never leave home without it). Now what do others do that do not carry toilet paper with them? That’s a good question and I have an answer for you (I didn’t say it was a good answer). There is normally a bucket in the stall some times with a pale and a place to get some water near or at the sink. You get some water and you use this instead of TP. Then you go and wash your hands when you are through, but normally there is no soap and nothing to wipe your hands on, so you will have to let them air dry. Just another thing to get use to here in the Philippines. Driving In the States: We have a lot of traffic signs and traffic lights in the states we may not obey them all the time, but we do most of the times and it is a good system. It cut down on accidents and normally dictates who has the right of way. My experience in Dumaguete: The only right of way you have here is the one you get when you buy your land (and that is a right of way you better hang on to). The best way to drive here is to drive defensive at all times. Look for an accident anywhere and beware of animals crossing the roads or laying in the roads (sometimes I think the animals think that they own the right of way to the roads). I have seen no traffic lights and only two that’s right, 2 stop signs in the entire city and only a few people pays attention to them at all. Believe it or not, this system works too. You just have to learn to give and take as you drive and control your temper at all times because an accident will happen here, eventually.