In order to survive adulthood, there are some life skills that are necessary for us to learn. Driving and cooking are only some of them—but for Filipino millennials, things can get pretty specific. Here are only four of the skills you must learn in order to survive life in the Philippines.
1. How to Process Necessary Documents
Learn how to get your documents as early as college—trust us, it will save you a lot of legwork. Make sure to have the following from your university: transcript of records, diploma, and proof of Graduation/Clearance. Here are some documents you might need to secure for work: NBI clearance, barangay clearance, PhilHealth, and SSS. You might also need to process some government IDs (postal ID, passport, and driver’s license) to make applying for these documents a lot easier. Find out if which ones you can apply for online to save you time, and find out how to renew these documents, just in case. After getting these documents, create both digital and physical copies of these and save them on a cloud storage for easy access. Just make sure to secure your accounts.
2. How to Make Adobo
While we’re on the subject of food, you should also learn how to make at least one ulam, and the easiest to learn is definitely adobo. Each family has their own recipe, but the basic recipe is the simplest. Place meat, chopped garlic, soy sauce, peppercorns, and a bit of water in a pot and let simmer until the meat is tender. Add a bit of vinegar, let the vinegar cook into the sauce and you’re done. There are three things about adobo that makes it the holy grail of all ulam: one, it keeps really well; two, you can do a lot with its leftovers; and three, the steps are nearly the same for all types of meat. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can add a variety of spices and ingredients to make your own signature adobo.
3. How to Haggle
For a millennial, shopping is more than just a pastime, it’s stress a stress reliever. So it’s very important to get as much as you can with the money you have in order to maximize the experience. This is where haggling comes in. When you haggle, it’s important to have these two C’s: charisma and confidence. At first it may seem embarrassing, but trust me, vendors are used to it. The best way to do it is to go as low as you can, and don’t break that poker face until you meet in the middle. You can hone your haggling skills at night markets, flea markets, pop-up bazaars, street bazaars and of course, Divisoria.
4. How to Commute To and From your Home
In the Philippines, commuting is an art. We have such a variety of ways to commute that other countries probably never have heard of. Whether you live close to school/the office, or are always to getting an Uber/Grab, it’s still very important to know your way around. Find out where the PUV terminals are. Pay attention to jeepney signboards, tricycle colors, and fares. Finding out how to commute makes you a lot less likely to get lost, just in case you can’t make it to your location for some reason.