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Feb 4, 2010 - Corregidor

Thursday January 3, 2010 I really have to look for a cool place on deck to do some writing. I hate being inside on this beautiful day. Parts of the deck are 90° but I’m on a shady area and outdoors with a lovely breeze. Yesterday we spent most of the day on Corregidor Island. A couple of days ago there was an excellent ship lecture on the history of the island and its role in the war. Looking at the map, it’s hard to believe that I’m in the heart of an area that was so devastated and crucial during the war. How close each of these places...

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University At Sea

Feb 4, 2010 - Manila

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Today was a very special day for the crew and the ship. Bands were playing on the dock with costumed dancers performing, and people distributing straw hats to passengers disembarking. This is the first time Discovery docked in Manila and with almost the entire crew Filipino it was an opportunity for the crew members to be joined with their families. My cabin steward was expecting his mother to come on board at 9:30 AM and then see his girl friend in the evening. Family members were welcome aboard; however we never...

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University At Sea

Jan 19, 2010 - Manila, Philippine Islands

Mabuhay ! Landed in Manila around 6:30 PM. Got through immigration and customs with no problem....no long lines either. Definitely a lot more organized that the last time I visited. Had to text Mommy that we had arrived as she can't meet us inside the airport, so we followed her instructions and made our way to the airport waiting/pick up area. Weather was a humid 76 degrees. A little more chaotic outside as lots of people were waiting and porters trying to haggle with you to carry your bags. We spot Mommy standing next to her Toyota Vios...

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Dec 22, 2009 - Manila

Welcome to Manila, the huge sprawling capital of the Philippines with more than its fair share of problems. Now its fair to say I was a little apprehensive about Manila, after all its reputation is tarnished by talk of slums, armed gangs, dirt and endemic corruption. I met a Canadian guy by the name of Wade at the airport at KL who happened to be on the same flight and we ended up at the Townhouse Guesthouse which proved to be a good move, the staff are a friendly lot and the owners, Bill and Lorna, have been travelling for years themselves...

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Where's Malcolm?

Dec 6, 2009 - OPA!

My final leg. My amazing adventure comes to an end. I'm saddened but at the same time, knowing that life is different again. Regenerated. Refreshed. This is what I long for. A new outlook. New experiences that craft my existence. My final days in Borcay were INCREDIBLE and bad all at the same time. For those of you that don't know I came down with the flu. It was horrible. It seems to have passed (hopefully) We all went to dinner at Friday's. Friday at Friday's. A feast fit for a king, queen etc. There was live music and local dancing. It...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Philippino Israeli Restaurant with our friend, Ferdi

So, one day my friend Ferdi showed up in class. I met Ferdi when I was in the Philippines four years ago, and have communicated with him a few times since then. As it turned out, he had shown up on his birthday and had his bride with him. In the Philippines, when it's your birthday, you buy a meal for everyone else . . . sort of backwards from the US, but it does seem to fit with the Filippino generosity. Ferdi was not exactly forth-coming with it being his birthday, but I thought it was coming up and asked. When I asked what day his...

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Apr 12, 2009 - Philippines on a G-String

d (NOTE: poor internet connections and a packed travel schedule are conspiring to prevent me from posting these in real time, but hopefully I'll catch up at some point) Bangkok Airport And so another trip begins, as they often do, with a stop in Bangkok. Some drama tonight as apparently a state of emergency has been declared in Bangkok, but luckily no protesters have shut down the airport this time and it looks like I’ll be flying as scheduled on the 12.10am Cebu Pacific flight – a “red eye” if a 3-hour flight can be labeled as such....

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Mar 5, 2009 - Corregidor

Bonjour a tous J'ai perdu la page du 4 mars parlant de Manille... pas le temps de recommencer, nous devons aller manger sur la terrasse... il faut un beau 30 degres... =) Nous avons visite l'ile de Corregidor aujourd'hui, theatre de guerre entre les Japonais et les americains lors de la 2eme guerre mondiale. Une tres belle ile. Difficile de croire que des milliers de soldats y ont trouves la mort. Un beau 34 degres, pas trop humide, un magnifique soleil et une belle brise... I lost the entry made on the 4th about our visit in Manila... no...

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Trip aux Philippines

Feb 9, 2009 - Corregidor Island Military Outpost

The entry features a day tour I took with Johnny to Corregidor Island. This was probably the highlight of the Philippino leg of the trip for me. The day did not start out so well, as I had to be up at 6:00am to catch the 7:30am ferry, and the evening from the previous night post went until about 3:30am. However, ultimately I was glad I went. Corregidor Island is an island about 25 miles of the coast of Manila Bay, so we took a ferry across the bay. For centuries, it served as the ultimate defense of the capital of Manila. Most recently, it...

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Feb 8, 2009 - At the Aussie bar in Manila

These images are from a night out at the Slouch Hat Inn, an Australian bar in Manila right near my hotel. It's where I met Johnny, the Dutchman, and a bunch of Australians. The video is of us singing "New York, New York". Jack reqested it in honor of me, the only "Yank" in the bar, who also happens to be from NY. I also got up and did a duet with the DJ, but I'll spare you that one.

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Feb 8, 2009 - Trip to Old Manila (Intramuros)

These images are from a trip (it was only about 6 blocks from my hotel) I took to the Old District of Manila. It's actually a separate wall city within the city of Manila. It features old original buildings built as early as the 16th Century. It also features Fort Santiago, built in the late 1500s. From Wikipedia: " It is located at the mouth of the Pasig River and it was once the premier defense fortress of the Spanish Government in the Philippines. During World War II it was captured by the Japanese, and sustained heavy damage from...

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Feb 7, 2009 - A night out in Manila

These images are from a night out in Manila. The photos are from one bar I went to - I think it's called the Butterfly Effect (almost all signs and advertisements in Manila are in English). The place was practically empty, so I got a lot of attention from the staff and the about six waitresses there. I asked to get a photo of the bartenders and then the waitresses, which were wearing schoolgirl outfits. After I got the photos, while I was talking to someone, one of the girls asked to borrow my camera. When I got it back, there were more...

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