Statistically, the most viewed blog post on our website has been the one I wrote a while back about the cost of living here in Davao City. In fact, it is still getting regular hits from people who, I assume, are looking for more information before they come to live or visit here.
Now that we have been here for 5 months, I feel that I have an even better grasp of what things cost here, so I present a continuing list of prices here. These prices will vary somewhat, depending on circumstances of course, but it should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. (All prices are in Philippine Pesos, and converted to Canadian Dollars. For those of you in other countries the exchange will be a bit different. Sorry!)
Monthly electricity bill (using aircon some of the time): Approx P3500 ($82)
Monthly water bill: Approx P250 ($5.86)
Monthly internet (kind of high speed, sometimes reliable): P995 ($23.32)
A used vehicle (obviously will vary considerably, but we bought pretty much the cheapest vehicle we could find, so that is our reference point. See our post from August 2011, http://followingwheregodleads.blogspot.com/2011/08/catching-unicorn.html, for more details): P120000+ ($2818.89. This was much more than we had expected. Vehicle prices seem to be even higher than back in Canada...)
Gas for a vehicle: P55/liter ($1.29/liter). Diesel: P44/liter ($1.03). While this is cheaper than we had been used to in Canada it was higher than we expected, and a shock for our American friends who were used to much less!
Two games of bowing for a family of four: P120 ($2.82)
2 liters of Coke: P44.55 ($1.04)
2 pizzas from a really great pizza place (delivered, including a tip): P600 ($14.05)
Tires for our van (pretty much the smallest tires ever made): P2000/each ($46.83)
Cost to get a wheel removed from the van, tire removed from the rim, new tire installed, and wheel put back on the van: P30/each ($0.70. Yes, that is right.)
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino (tall): P160 ($3.74)
Movie admission at one of the nicest theaters in Davao: P135/person ($3.16)
Men's haircut (complete with shampoo, scalp and neck massage, straight-blade razor shave - best haircut ever. Including a tip): P150 ($3.51)
A small jar of Cheez Whiz: P70.05 ($1.64)
1 liter of milk (processed for a longer shelf life, the most common stuff here): P62.70 ($1.47)
Jello pudding powder: P51.75 ($1.21)
Chicken breast (bone-in): P116/kg ($2.71/kg)
Kitten food (1.4kg): P274.15 ($6.41)
Loaf of good bread: P26.00 ($0.61)
All purpose flour: P48.50/kg ($1.13/kg)
Good quality rice (2kg bag): P78.50 ($1.84)
As you can see, some things here are quite a bit less expensive than back in Canada, especially when it comes to services. Other things are a lot more than we had expected before we came here, most notably vehicles and imported consumer goods.
I will continue to list various prices every so often. If there are any particular things you are interested in knowing prices for please feel free to send me a message below!