I FOUND A NEW MANILA GUESTHOUSE

Friday September 10, 2004 5:10 AM



Quality of travel has everything to do with a good room and good friends, but mostly good friends; I can deal with a bad room if the people inside the Hotel are good.



I have found a new Hotel, I think the name is the Friendly Guesthouse, but I will be certain later today. I will move there even if I have to stay in the dorm, it is so much better there is no comparison between it and the



MALATE PENSIONE - Good but the Friendly is better.

It is just across the street and towards the water from my present Hotel on the fourth floor of the building, the bad part is the advertising on the building is not good, just chrome letters saying Friendly Guesthouse or something about a guesthouse for backpacker made by backpackers.



The Malate Pensione has a Web Page



MATTRESS SMELLS AND PILLOW

I forgot to say one reason I am leaving. My room is very clean in the Malate Pensione but the mattress smells or the bed, room or something really stinks like a body odor that has permeated the pillow and mattress, it is just too obnoxious to handle. I could move rooms but I have paid 10 dollars for this room and feel cheated, that is a huge amount of money for this bad of quality of room. The mattress is very soft and nice and exceptional but smells.



GREAT CONVERSATIONS

I had some my first really informative and helpful conversations last night about the Philippines, it was great. Nice to learn the inside scoop about the place and not just read or observe, but some collaboration on my thoughts.



On older man that does business here said,

“I have no use for Philippine men, the women are 70 percent ok.”



I am getting the feeling these men are Mexican friendly, or they will be you best friend and steal everything when they make you their friend, I have already been involved in situations that I am sure were scam or starts of scams. They try to bring you into their friendship too much, and for no clear reason.



WARNING - PHILIPPINES

If a person walks up and wants to talk to you for any reason in the Philippine do not for any reason go with person, especially the men. They will come up with something they really want to show you.



NO RHYME OR REASON FOR HOTELS

Thursday September 9, 2004 2:08 PM



I checked into my room in the Maleta, Pension, the dorm is 250 and the room is 550 or 10 Dollars U.S. I am only here a couple of days and want to finish my newsletter, I suppose if I was staying longer I for sure would look for a cheaper place, although this is nice.



Very Small and not TV by clean, while last night in Angeles I had Very large, TV and dirty. Therefore, I guess clean means more money. Oh yea the New Liberty in Angeles was probably safer as I had my own hasp on the door. I will lock my bag to the built in desk. The bed is exceptionally soft and good. This place has a feel of an old Spanish house.



I Carmen I paid 20 peso for internet and here is 60, so pretty high for internet, I would say in the normal areas they probably pay 20.

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