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May 28, 2011 - Trip to Manila

Today has been slow and easy. I woke up early, packed up, checked out, and headed for the airport. I took the Metro into town from the airport when I arrived, but discovered there is a bus that stopped a block from my hotel that took me straight to the airport for a third of the cost of the metro. And I wouldn't have to walk for 15 minutes from one end of Hong Kong Central to the other. Sign me up. I arrived at the airport before they started checking people in for my flight. Starbucks. After I checked in, they didn't have a gate for the...

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Apr 23, 2011 - Manila, Take Three

March 10-12 We went into our third stopover in Manila with a 'third time's a charm' kind of attitude, and it started off great. We weren't necessarily happy to be back in the capital, but at least this time we felt much more confident. We found our way to the same pension we'd stayed at the last time - the Adriatico in Malate. The only room they had available was TINY - maybe 6x8 feet at most; we literally had to crawl over our bags which were stacked all over the floor just to reach the bed - but we were stoked to save the money. We ate...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Manilla

Apres 2 faux départ nous voila finalement parti pour les Philippines... "encore" diront surement certains d entre vous mais oui le nord-est Australien est a moitié détruit par un cyclone depuis Février, Le Japon on ne va pas s étendre sur le pb et le Sri Lanka n est pas l endroit top pour les femmes enceinte d un point de vue vaccin et état des routes. Donc nous voila repartis vers les Philippines dont notre dernier voyage ne nous a pas vraiment laisse un souvenir impérissable il faut bien l avouer (beaucoup de route et pas beaucoup de...

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Mar 12, 2011 - Day 6 - Our trip to the SM Mall of Asia in Manila

Today we rented Alan and his car to driver us into the Mall of Asia in Pasay City which is a part of Manila. The metropolis of Metro Manila is the 5th largest urban area in the world with a population of 20,654,307 people (2010 estimate)..... Traffic was insain! Walking in the mall itself was even worse. It was wall to wall people every were you tried to move. Irma had to carry Jimmie in her arms and I came behind trying to fight my way through the crowd with the stroller while trying to keep an eye on Irma. Along the way into the mall we...

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Mar 12, 2011 - Mayboohi from Manila, Phillipines

We sail into Manila (meaning where water lilies grow) early on Friday morning and you can feel the excitement of the crew, who will grab this rare opportunity to invite their family onboard. The majority of the employees on the cruise ship are from the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. Everyone tells us to “go to the Mall”, so we do. The Mall of Asia is a huge shopping paradise, at least 4 times the size of West Farms Mall. We walk around one section which houses a cinema and an indoor ice skating rink. The mall has a very European feel...

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Mar 8, 2011 - Day 3 - A trip into Manila...

Today is a quite day. Jet lag didn't seem to catch me, maybe because I'm a shift worker.... In Cavitte, were I'm currently staying is very restricted as to modes of transportation. So we had to rent a car [P715]to drive us into the Canadian Embassy in Manila. It was a little over an hour drive one way. The driver waited for us and drove us back home. The sites were unbelievable! The traffic was very heavy with vehicle and pedestrians going in all directions at once, each doing their own thing. First into the spot won regardless of size....

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Feb 28, 2011 - The monkey looked up at the stars....

And thought to himself Memory is a stranger History is for fools.... My time in the Philippines is coming to an end for now. I will definitely be back, if only for another visit to Sangat Island. My friend Roger left yesterday to head back to South Lake Tahoe to do a little spring skiing and slowly ease back into the American way of life. I'm spending the last few days here in Manila trying to make some plans for my continuing adventures and figure out what the world has in store for me next. My next few moves were solely based on Cheap...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Retrospective on Manila

I have always loved big cities. There's so much to see, so much to hear, so much to smell (whether good or bad...) and so much to explore. I'm usually filled with regret at the end of a visit to a big city, feeling that there's just one more corner I left unexplored. Unfortunately, with Manila, Charles and I spent the majority of our time trying, in vain, to find a corner worth exploring. I was warned ahead of time about the city. Friends told me I would be shocked by the congestion and filth and poverty, but that truly wasn't the problem....

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Feb 2, 2011 - Manille

Nous passons la nuit a voyager même si ce ne sont que 3h de vol. Nous atterissons vers 4h30 du matin à Manille, capitale des Philippines. Nous avions un contacte couchsurfing, Josel, et il avait insisté pour nous chercher a l'aéroport lors de notre arrivée. Notre arrivé dans ce nouveau pays commence bien! Nous restons deux nuit chez Josel qui est vraiment au petit soin avec nous et chaque soir, avec l'aide de ses cousins, ils préparent pour nous des plats typiques du pays, a base de riz et de poissons. Manille n'est pas vraiment la plus...

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Jan 25, 2011 - Rotary and Volunteer Work

As a member of the Toronto Twilight Rotary Club, it was one of my goals to visit a local club while in the Philippines. Thankfully, the Rotary International website has a list of all the clubs, where they meet and their meeting times so it was easy to find one that was in the area and fit my schedule. I had chosen the Rotary Club of Manila but due to a mixup I ended up at the Rotary Club of Forbes Park which both meet on Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Manila Polo Club. Unbeknownst to me, they had switched meeting rooms for the day and halfway...

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Jan 21, 2011 - Let's Eat!

It truly amazes me how Filipinos are able to remain stick thin when they eat all the time. For example, a typical day usually includes 7-8 meals: 6am - pre-breakfast snack. Usually just a pandesal (a rounded bread that is popular in the Philippines) to tie you over until breakfast. 9am - breakfast 10:30am - mid morning snack noon - lunch 2:30pm - merienda 5:00pm - late afternoon snack 7:30pm - Dinner 10:00pm - night time snack And note that when I write snack, I don't really mean snack because it's a full out meal. Also, as rice is a...

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Jan 14, 2011 - "Let's get Physical"

For a number of years now, my new years resolution list usually includes something on "getting fit". But, the problem for me is when do you find the time to balance work, a social life and exercise? So, its no surprise that by March of each year, this item tends to be long forgotten. Well, this year I promised myself would be different. First of all, I don't have a job so I obviously have more time on my hands. Secondly, there's a gym right across from the condo I'm renting!! Golds Gym is amazing and is equivalent to a GoodLife in...

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