October 21, 2017, 7:29 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01642 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01474 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01481 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08518 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91421 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 174.2236 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14253 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.96933 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15143 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45421 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12329 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19002 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.04988 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 262.46118 Indonesian Rupiah
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.26145 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.63199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 665.74146 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.46487 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.00019 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33191 Kyrgyzstan Som
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1 Philippine Peso = 8.11083 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.46894 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.96991 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.49204 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 26.37811 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.36633 Mexican Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.26335 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.15441 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0099 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02778 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00746 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01941 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06268 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.11374 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.1349 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07279 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15088 Solomon Islands Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0264 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01475 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43102 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.90373 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.81134 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 402.56018 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16984 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.99573 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26335 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64344 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04808 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04338 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07108 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12963 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58637 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.42003 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51417 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.78804 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01941 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5722 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 155.95885 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1936 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 440.93556 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02426 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04922 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76747 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05241 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.69488 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.94759 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.85151 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26339 South African Rand
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1 Philippine Peso = 7.02446 Zimbabwe dollar

GMRC on the Go (2)

8. Refrain from talking or laughing too loudly wherever you are. Period. Talking like a fishwife or a street bully will just cheapen all the branded things you happen to be wearing. That La Coste alligator on your shirt will curl up in shame. Of what value are the expensive things you’re wearing if you behave like a canto boy? Or a palengkera? 

9. Help people whenever you can -- even if it means a little inconvenience. When a friend and I were literally bogged down by our heavy luggage (the elevators were full and the hotel staff was assisting the tour group that arrived ahead of us), our Australian group mates got our biggest luggage and brought them up to our rooms -- without our asking them to! Such kindness! 

Years later, when my husband and I were traveling with a Filipino group, I quickly helped a lady with her luggage since we had left our extra bags at our hotel, while on a side trip to Wales. The lady was surprised and all smiles -- we became fast friends after that! 

It’s a wonder what a little kindness can do. 

10. Bring extra snacks and supplies, and share these with others! Surprise someone with a bar of muesli or chocolate, a small tin of breath mints, an extra shopping bag for those “shopping emergencies” -- these little unexpected gifts from a fellow traveller is much more appreciated when you’re on the road. Once, I became a friend’s surprise lifesaver when I lent him my extra international adaptor. And I lent another group mate an extra water bottle. Yes. Little things mean a lot, especially when you’re on the road and it’s such a hassle to look for things that you really need on a trip. 

11. Don’t compete with your group mates. Don’t over-dress just to catch attention. No need to advertise it if you had dinner in a high octane restaurant that others can’t afford. Don’t flash around your “signature” shopping bags -- save yourself the embarrassment. What’s classy to you might just be loose change to someone else. 

We had this lady in our group who was quiet, shy, simply-dressed, very low key. She hardly shopped. People in our tour group, on the other hand, were in a shopping frenzy, especially in London, Italy and Paris. How they’d display their big paper bags with a flourish every time they went on the bus! This quiet lady just enjoyed herself, doing her own sightseeing in the side streets, while the group shopped to death. 

Until we stopped by this famous jewelry store in Switzerland. I had to get off to buy my mom’s diamond. As I was waiting for the certificate and tax rebate to be printed, I saw the shy, quiet lady choosing from a handful of diamonds in another counter. The special counter. The counter with the most expensive jewelry. I had to suppress a chuckle. 

I smiled to myself as I went back on the bus with her -- there were only two of us who bought diamonds. And I saw how the others (mostly Caucasians) gawked at the packages of jewelry that the shy little lady was holding.

I knew they were all diamonds. Minimum of one carat each -- for herself and pasalubong for her daughters. She bought them like she bought a bag of peanuts. How did the rest of the bus know? Well, just for fun, I made sure I told them, very casually, at our next lunch stop! And that kind of shut them up for the rest of the trip. They learned to talk about the scenery for a change -- instead of bragging about the Chanel they had just bought. Entry level Chanel, by the way. 

12. Do a random act of kindness for someone who needs it in your group. Another time, my husband and I heard that a couple in our tour group was staying in the hotel that day because one of them wasn’t feeling well. When our tour bus got back that evening from our sightseeing, my husband and I quickly looked for a grocery near our hotel and bought a bag of fruits. We saw the most wonderful smiles and heard squeals of joy from this American couple when we brought the fruits to their room! I’m positive that we were more blessed than they were that evening. 

13. Don’t be too exacting with money. Some expenses need to be shared, yes. But you don’t have to be a descendant of Scrooge. It doesn’t hurt to treat some people in your group a bit -- to pay for their meal, or coffee, or dessert -- whatever you can afford. 

One time, we took a black cab in London from a lovely dinner-cruise on the Thames. It was a pretty pricey ride. And we shared the cab with two men who were the wealthiest in our group. They were very pleasantly surprised when my husband, without any hesitation or fanfare, quickly paid the cab driver when we got to our hotel. Then one of the men said, “Hey, thanks, Ito! May I take care of the tip?” (Very GMRC, by the way.) My hubby smiled and said, “Ok na. No problem. I took care of his tip na also!” 

And the two men smiled -- very widely. I think rich people love it when someone (who’s not rich) picks up the tab! Because they’re not used to being treated by others. People always expect them to foot the bill. Well, thank God, not my husband. I think that’s not just GMRC. I think that’s real class. My husband isn’t kuripot at all. Thank goodness. 

Lastly, in one of our recent trips, I learned another precious thing. There was this lady who became my friend during the two weeks we were traveling together as a group. With her husband, we were an accidental foursome for four hours as we shared a table on a scenic Virgin train ride (we love train rides) from London to Edinburgh, one of my husband’s favorite cities. We had more dinners and lunches after that. But it was such a marvelous surprise that at the end of our trip, this lady, my new friend, gave me a lovely gift that she had bought during our trip -- to thank me for being her new friend, for making our trip such a good one. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. So I’m adding that as my final travel tip. Number 14. 

14. Give a little gift, a gift of remembrance, a gift of thanks, to someone in your group who has made your trip particularly pleasant or memorable for you! We did this, too. We bought a St. Andrews golf cap for a friend in our group who made the trip a special one for us. His smile was priceless as he wore that cap with so much pride and pleasure! He also happens to be our senior pastor. 

So when you’re traveling with family or friends, please make sure you’re a pleasure to be with. Be a person who makes things nice and easy and uncomplicated. Traveling is stressful enough as it is. 

Don’t be a source of conflict, stress, embarrassment, or antagonism. Your group might never say it to your face because they’re too polite -- but you’re going to be bad news to them for the rest of your life. 

Remember: not all the postcard-pretty, perfectly-posed pictures in the world can ever make up for crass behavior and bad manners.
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