LIFE IN MANILA : DIET
Household Budget in 1892. For a family of three adults and three children.
House-rent per month 100
Servants' wages and food.....a 80
Forage and grain for two ponies a 16
Allowance to cook for market a 60
Extra for two dinner-parties of six or eight guests each . 20 Bill at Almacen (grocery store) for groceries, ordinary wines,
spirits, and petroleum.....per month 65
Bill at Botica (drug store) for soda water, ice and various
articles.......per month 20
Case of champagne for dinner-parties. ,, 25 Repairs to carnage, shoeing horses, materials for cleaning
stable, etc........per month 10
Garden expensesaplants, tools, hose a a a a 5 . Subscriptions to cIuds, telephone, newspapers, and
charities .......a 20
Tobacco and cigars ..Aaaaa 7
Taxes on servants and horses a 10
Clothing for self and family a 50
Pocket money, entertainments, and sundries . a ioo
Per month 600
Say i7,200 per annum.
For the benefit of Boston readers (if I should be lucky enough to have any in that learned city), I may say that pork and beans is not a suitable diet for a tropical country. I should also forbid the " New England dinner," and roast goose, or sucking pig, stewed terrapin, and pumpkin pie. A light diet of eggs or the excellent fish to be had in Manila, chickens fattened on maize, beef or muttoa, once a day, and rice, vegetables and salad, with plenty of ripe fruit, according to the season, is desirable. The fare can be diversified by oysters, prawns, crabs, wild duck, snipe, and quail, all of which are cheap and very good in the season. There are no pheasants in Luzon, but the jungle cock (labuyao) is as good or better.
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