Good morning. Leaving the Eurotel Hotel in Manila to the airport. I see some nice views of Manila. A few Embassies, the Philippines Army’s Headquarters, Marines Headquarters, and then I reach the airport. I buy some rum cake and fly to Dumaguete City, Philippines!
Free airport pickup from Hotel Nicanor and I see some sites on the ride to the hotel – Silliman University and the Lee Super Plaza. The driver helps me find a motorbike to rent (not cheap at 6,500 pesos). Another hotel employee helps me on my apartment search. Hungry so I hit up Jollibee‘s competitor called Scooby’s.
Later I hit the boulevard and Pirate’s Bay. Then I check some more apartments, the Why Not Disco. A random Cialis vendor tries to sell me some, then I hit the gym and a small convenience store called Steds for some razors. Back to the hotel to shower up and then I head out to Quezon Park for a free Colt 45 concert. I finish the night off at Jollibee.
Waking up on my last day here, now leaving for Manila and then off to Dumaguete. Oatmeal for breakfast. Off to SM mall. I’m not happy with my new camera and its shakiness so I’m testing different stabilizing walking/holding styles. I hit up Healthy Options for my Apple Cider Vinegar because I fear there will be none in Dumaguete.
Robi takes me to his new place to check it out. He’s moving out of our love nest since I’m skipping town. The AC guys come to install his new air conditioner, and then I head to the bus terminal. I reach Cubao and get to my hotel, the Eurotel. Finally I’ve arrived and I’m about to jizz my pants due to the fact that I’m about to feed myself Taco Bell.
I hit up the Gateway Mall and enjoy. I also spot Burger King and Wendy’s and I’m a little upset that I can’t fit it all in before I leave. Back to the hotel, and then back out to Taco Bell again – yes, I’m insane, I know. I watch the movie Source Code and then head back to the hotel to get ready for tomorrow.
So you’re in the Philippines already? Awesome, sweet, eat some balut. Ok, you did that. Wash it down with some Red Horse? Yup, conquered that. Now where’s the girl? It’s…8pm, and you’re having trouble getting a girl to go out (or in) with you. Why is this?
First off, this obviously does not concern those of you interested in the bar girls, because that is their job – to go with you at those naughty hours of the night. But what I’d like to focus on is the non bargirl. Perhaps that cute Filipina working at SM, Robinsons, or just a random food stall on the road. Ahh the wonders of the Philippines.
So why might it be difficult to get one of these girls to go with you? Oh, read on my students…
I am an average guy who grew up in a large city here in the states. Since my retirement, I’ve been wanting to move to the Philippines. My wife who is a Filipina tells me that it is too dangerous that I would be kid-napped.
I tell her that I could take care of myself with anything that comes my way, in other words I am not a push over. Should I say; I worked as a longshoremen, teamster, as well as 23 years inside three different prison. No not as an inmate, as a prison guard and retired sergeant. So to put it mildly, I watch my back.
Now with all that said, do I have much to worry about? My wife and I have a two story home in Sta. Margarita, Samar. When I was there in Samar and Manila, I felt comfortable among the Filipino people. As a matter of fact I found them to be very inviting and nice in general. So what’s the big deal? Is my wife just trying to scare me? I don’t scare easy.
So what do you say? Would like any advise from any American who permanently lives in the Philippines.
I randomly found an article on the front page of cnn.com this morning. It was just titled “Surviving on scraps.” It had no mention of the Philippines, but I clicked it anyway. It’s an article about the poor in Manila and how they eat food called “pagpag.” It’s quite a sad reality.
They made a mention of Tondo as being the poorest of all the slums. Interestingly enough I went to Tondo with Kuya Robi and Grindkind back in August.
What is the best way to transport my luggage with all the Philippines airlines baggage requirements?
I will be leaving Canada soon to live in the Philippines for the next 6 months. I am planning on starting off living in AC, Manila, then Cebu, and then Davao.
To begin the trip, I will have 2 bags of luggage that are 50 pounds each. So my concern is how do I get these 2 bags of luggage on the Philippines airlines if I'm hopping around city to city. Most airlines only allow 15 lbs of luggage (ex. Cebu Pacific if going from AC to Cebu)
Cruise ship drifts in S. Philippine waters after loss of propulsion due to fire
A cruise ship and 1,000 people aboard it drifted aimlessly in the sea south of the Philippines for 24 hours due a loss of propulsion caused by a fire in one of the engine rooms. The ship has since gained power and docked safely in Malaysia. Further reading: Washington Post
Large dog-fighting organization revealed by police and animal rights group
An orginazation responsible for coordinating underground dog fights was discovered just south of Manila by an animal rights organization and police. 300 pitbulls were found, many badly injured. The organization was headed by Filipinos and South Korean nationals. They were of course arrested. Further reading: Inquirer News
What is there to do in Makati/Ermita/Malate? to keep a tourist entertained? Suggestions for nightlife?
The last time I was in Manila, I went to Republiq but it was a Las Vegas sort of environment that enforced a certain dress code with button down shirts and was too posh for me. what else is there to do in Manila?
I went with Robi and Grindking to that area. There was the EDSA complex and Manila Bay Cafe. I believe those are the only tourist spots we hit up.
Diplomas of six Philippine high school boys withheld after steamy Facebook photo discovered
Don’t kiss your fellow man. Not while wearing school uniform at least, especially if you’re a Filipino in a Catholic school. If you do, don’t let it be discovered on Facebook by school authorities, unless you don’t mind having your diploma witheld, as recently happened to six male students of a Philippine Catholic school. What seems worse than having your diploma delayed is the public ridicule that resulted for these boys. Perhaps that’s the whole point. A group of girls were also recently punished by school officials after lewd and sinful acts were discovered on Facebook. Further reading: NY Daily News
Harsh punishments delivered to Chinese nationals for posession and sale of meth
Following arrests two yeas ago in Manila, life sentences were finally handed to three Chinese nationals for posession of 15 pounds (7kg) of methamphetamine. Fines were also given to two of the dealers (USD $140,000 and $70,000, or 6 million and 3 million pesos). Further reading: Washington Post