I was stationed at Clark AB from 1980 to 1980 and lived both on and off base. I would not drink water
anywhere except for in a major name hotel
and then only the water
provided specifically for human consumption
. ie I would not drink the tap water anywhere.
Do not eat any food
from a street vendor.
I also do not care for Philippino food
. Cuisine and Philippino food is a dicotomy. I would eat food at most any large Chinese restuarant. The Chinese cook everything well done. It's cultural.
Usually places where you see many non-Philippino looking people eating is probably safe.
I would not recommend a rental car. Liability was high for those of us covered by a Status of Forces Agreement. If you are in a vehicle involved in any kind of accident
immediately vacate the scene. This will insure your complete non envolvement with any possible after effects. (this assumes that you are not driving) Transportation is cheap, liability is expensive. (All Americans are fabulously wealth).
Never refer to any young (or not so young) lady in any manner other than in glowing terms, you would not believe the slander laws there. For example, you were were cheated by the nice young hostess and by all means not the slut or whore or whatever her line of work would be in comparable US occupational standards.
Beware of pick pockets. Philippinos do not gamble, you might, but they fleece. If you are invited into a game
of chance, every one there is playing with each other against you.
If you play golf the PI is dominated with excellent courses. Caddies are excellent and ask the other player how much to tip your caddy. If you play golf wear a hat and drink lots of fluids.
San Miguel beer
is excellent in moderate quantities. Over do your celebrations and the aftertaste the next day is like varnish
. (of course this is what I'm told) Do not in any case overindulge on RED DOG!!!!!
This time of year is the rainy season, if it is not raining, it will shortly.