Manila Reruns

Manila Reruns
Manila Philippines Southeast Asia
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

There are people that return to the exact same tourist destination every year. I personally have returned to a few places, some many times, call it my vacation from vacation. However, I am aware of this, as there is a traveler’s creed that says, never go back, and never follow the same path, no round trip tickets. We are supposed to go and see the new, never experience reruns of old movies.

Good, bad, and real, the real situation is somewhere in my Hobo search for money, the lost Hobo going from place to place, looking for temporary jobs, day jobs, begging, finding a way to survive, is we need to make compromises. The glamour of travel, is travel, the reality is I need money, everyone needs money.

I am amused when I hear colleagues, partners in crime, persons who desire to be long-term, never-go-home-travelers. I presently know and can list four persons who somewhat wish to travel indefinitely. The four of them have one characteristic in common, they refuse to compromise their travel plans to earn enough money to continue to travel. They also plan their travel; this is an earmark of a person that is planning to go home.

Why do you need to plan, it is endless?

Ok, traveler or tourist, most are tourist and will leave the game and return to a job.

When, they talk with me, they do not like what I say, I say,
- Make some money. -

I am older, I know the compromise is life, the life of being a kid will end, Peter Pan, over the rainbow, delusional ideas of endless summer do end. I want them to be Hoboes. I want them to be tramps, bums, and vagabonds. A person that cannot stay at a job, loses a job, and ends up working temporary jobs all their lives. I want them to make some small compromises so they can continue to travel and not return to that endless rerun of a job they quit.

Somewhere in the USA, everywhere on the planet, some man in a truck is driving into a parking lot, he gets out of the truck, says,
- Who what to pick strawberries? -
- 40 Dollars per day. -

The man makes an offer that is an insult to a person with money, but to the man who needs the work.
- They compromise their values.-

Throw them lofty, I want this; I want that out windows, I want enough money to survive, they get into the back of the truck, and they earn the minimal amount of money to survive.

I do reruns to Manila, it is my vacation compromise, or was, a place where I can go from one hour per day on the internet, to a 24-hour work in an internet café. I compromise my traveler’s value system of never returning to watch a rerun, so I can earn enough money to continue to travel.

I have to work to travel, a traveler works, a tourist does not work. A traveler must make a compromise of tourist; find a way to earn enough money to stay.

Bangkok Thailand is where I save money on plane tickets, Manila is like an office to me, where I do concentrated work on the internet, upload, download the big bandwidth.

It is a temporary job; it is how I make the compromise to continue to travel. I can fly direct and pay too much; however, I fly to Bangkok buy a cheaper ticket. A non-stop flight is not my idea of travel, it a tourist concept, only pleasure. I take the five-stop plane ticket to save any amount of money.


9-5, going to work everyday is what makes money.

It is endless runs, one day, some people say, take this job and shove it.

I suppose this is the cathartic value of a diary, I eventually work my brain to the bottom line. Manila has or is becoming an endless reruns, and on the plane I thought, Thailand with the GPRS cell phone connection is better internet.

The value of Manila is negligible now, both from tourist view, and from a temporary job view. It is just a short-term place to visit and comfortable.

What is great, I saw a path; an explorer looks for a path. I am looking for paths presently to North Asia, Japan, Korea, and other small expensive places. I look for cheap paths, it is easy to find a path, but to find the budget path is difficult. I will find it.

The travel agents will not tell.

I learned that Cebu Pacific flies to Korea from Manila, maybe an easy way to travel to Korea cheap.

In a ways Asia is the same as Europe, I can go to a city, and then take any flight, LCC to anywhere that is less than 75 US Dollars. This to me is a traveler’s mode of travel.

I think today, this morning, I will do this; I will get on Cebu Pacific and buy any plane ticket that is too cheap, going somewhere in Philippines. I think this is actually the best way to travel the Philippines, get a one-way ticket to anywhere in Philippines than take a land path back, never take the same path, no reruns.

The compromise is you have to transit.

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