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    lesliefu is offline Registered User
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    we don't give her additional money, except for the $900+ (?) stipulated by the government. she buys fresh food with it and is happy that she has her own fridge so she can store things. whenever she goes to the market for our food, i ask her to buy something for herself from my budget - she's always very good - actually I stipulate a budget ($20-30) for a meal, which she says is way too much...anyhow, she says that $10 can buy a REALLY good fresh meal of fish and veggies...anyhow, she is given the budget to buy as she pleases...luckily for us she does not take advantage of our kindness...there are days when she would rather have an instant noodle...that's fine with me - it is her choice -

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    Thank you for all your comments ladies. I still have not decided if I want to give food allowance, I am pretty sure she would be sending all the money home and would end up hungry instead of eating crab:p in any case, I will take the final decision when we come back from long summer holiday.

    lesliefu $10 can buy a REALLY good fresh meal of fish and veggies..? waw. It must be something very local that I keep avoiding:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiling face1 View Post
    Thank you for all your comments ladies. I still have not decided if I want to give food allowance, I am pretty sure she would be sending all the money home and would end up hungry instead of eating crab:p in any case, I will take the final decision when we come back from long summer holiday.

    lesliefu $10 can buy a REALLY good fresh meal of fish and veggies..? waw. It must be something very local that I keep avoiding:)
    yes -local market of course and nothing organic! :) veggies she buys enough for a few meals and fish she can buy up to 4 pieces at $10...don't know what fish it is though...she says all filipinos like them though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesliefu View Post
    yes -local market of course and nothing organic! :) veggies she buys enough for a few meals and fish she can buy up to 4 pieces at $10...don't know what fish it is though...she says all filipinos like them though!
    It should also be added in here that while imported crab can be very expensive, local wetmarket crab, especially when purchased as parts (eg: small bowl of claws) is not expensive at all. If you can time your visit toward the end of the day when traders all want to go home, you can get even better bargains.
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