Philippines Travel Stories, Page 16

Baguio Tropical Storm

Baguio Tropical Storm
It has not stopped raining since I entered Baguio City in the Philippines; this is what people think of when they say “Rainy season.” This is cliché, truly the words “rainy season” are writers and tourist exaggerations to make people believe they are suffering some form of hardship. Rain is natural; I have traveled in tropical storm areas for the last 11 years. What is normal? It rains one time in the afternoon for an hour then stops, then often starts to rain at 10:00 pm and rains until sunrise.

I suspect it will stop today, the sun will come out, and I will be able to walk around the rolling hills called the Baguio City. I want to know, do people walk or drive cars in Baguio, I do not like cars.

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Baguio, Philippines
Southeast Asia
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Hotels in Baguio City, Philippines
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I carry an umbrella, I always have an umbrella with me, I do not own a car, I walk, and this to me seems like an obvious and reasonable decision. In tropical storm areas, I make big plans for the mornings that should be finished by noon. Walking around in rainstorms is not natural, however many tourist do this because they slept until noon.

I am here in Baguio to interview the city, give it a lick and see if I want to take a bite. I will cautiously say that I am here to see if a good place to retire, people pervert this word.

Hmm, my mind drifted to a website called EscapeArtist.com. In the past, this site was preoccupied with escaping the culture of the USA and living a different life. Now the site is preoccupied with helping Expats sell their bad Real Estate Investment to the newbie that is just arriving overseas, so they can return home.

I am cautious when I say retire, readers think I am looking for a house to buy. Why do Americans think they need to buy Real Estate? They do not escape the USA culture; instead, they recreate it in another country.

Retiring in Baguio means, I would stay here about 3-4 months per year and try to find some stable friends who do not change. Are there stable people here in Baguio, or is it just another version of Angeles City.

The Philippines can be a very hot and muggy place, I do not want to spend 3-4 months hiding in an air-conditioned apartment and call is paradise. I



It is possible there are times in Baguio when it rains too much, however the taxis are heavenly cheap and easy compared to Manila. I believe one U.S. Dollar will get you anywhere in the city in a painless simplicity. Taxis are great when they function correctly, no parking, no maintenance, more convenient than owning a car.

I am asking myself this question,
“Do I want to live here for 3-5 months?”

Do I feel stronger here, or weaker, does this city give me energy? It is a rainy day, a good day to relax, watch a few movies and savor the taste of a new city.

Baguio Tropical Storm


Chiropractor in Manila Philippines

Chiropractor in Manila Philippines
A USA citizen is working as a Chiropractor in the Ermita, Malate, Mabini area of Manila. His name is Dr. Heath Motley and I have went to him twice, he is very knowledgeable. He told me to return on Saturday, ooops I went up to Baguio.

He says my hip joint is coming out or wiggling in the joint and pinching the nerves, I agree, now I am working on all possible ways to self adjust this joint and keep it in the proper position. I also am working on exercises to hold the thing in the socket. I am feeling better, however I still have a nodule sitting on my hip joint, it is not on the skin, it is deep inside.

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Baguio, Philippines
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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This is a bad photo of him, the AC in my room froze my lens and when I took it out of the bag if fogged over. He has obviously spent many hours working out, I think he is about 40.

2000 Peso for the first visit and 1800 afterwards, 2000 Pesos is about 40 US, this is about the same as the USA. This is about 50 percent of the MONTHLY wages of Philippines person, it is quite amazing how expensive Manila can be.

http://unchiro.blogspot.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/mottdog2002

His philosophy is to eat lots of fat, I am sure every fat cigarette smoker man walking down Mabini will enjoy these pages. Now, please do not dismiss him, there is some validity to the arguments and he is in the perfect place to sell this…. (Beware of small hotdogs in the Philippines, they like to give them to you for breakfast.)



This is a map to his office, there is nothing more enjoyable than going to a Chiropractors office, I have yet to ever here one to say stop coming back.



This is the building where his office is located, it is on the 6th floor, if you want some fun, bring a gun so the guard at the door has something to validate his existence. There are guards at many entrances in Manila, looking for bombs and other Islamic crap.



Walk down Mabini towards United Nations Avenue, turn right on UN Ave and look for the LBC sign, the building is to the right, his office is on the six floor and you do not need an appointment.

If I was a Millionaire, I would go to a Chiropractor once or twice a week and get a massage daily. I would not buy an SUV, maybe have my clothes custom made by tailors in the USA.

I have now paid about 80 dollars for two visits, I think his advice and knowledge of bones, muscles and exercise is superb.

Ok, how do I self adjust or how to I put my hip joint in proper alignment myself?

I also need a Chiropractor in Baguio, Philippines.

Chiropractor in Manila Philippines


Baguio Philippines Bus

Baguio Philippines Bus Trip
I paid 700 Pesos to Victory Lines for a first class bus to Baguio, the trip took 6 hours and was quite pleasant. I have traveled right into a rain cloud, I am now living in a rain cloud. I have not checked the altitude, but is supposed to be about 5000 feet or 1500 meters above sea level. The water is a problem, however this altitude in the tropics is as close to ideal as the world gets, I am in Baguio to check out the weather and environment. By the way, rain is natural, the more rain the richer the people, or in this case, the poorer because of the resource curse.

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Baguio, Philippines
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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The map from Manila to Baguio, I would guess that 90 percent of the men with small girls in tow normally stop in Angeles city, either to drink or to rent the small girl. I believe most small girls want to visit family in other cities and tow the man along, the first step along the path to have small children.

I was sitting at the bus station, a Philippines man who lived in Los Angeles started up a conversation. He asked me where I was going, I say Baguio and we start exchanging locations and lives.

I have been to Palawan, Mindanao, Cebu, Banaue Rice Terraces, Angeles, and Manila, and now Baguio. I have been to cities around these cities.

He said,
“I as born in the Philippines, however you have been more places than me.”

This is 100 percent normal, there is little reason to ask a local about a tourist destination. If one is explaining a place ask
“Have you been there?”

It is amazing how few people have been to a place they are applauding or explaining. A very beautiful bar girl in the Philippines may have been more places than most because someone else picked up the tab, it is often a curse for a girl to be beautiful here in the Philippines, she goes pro faster.

I am happy to say, I had a conversation with two Expats hanging out in my Hotel, the one has a job and the other is retired with a wife. The sanity level of Expats has risen from a 2 to a 6 on a scale of 10. Neither had a girl in tow and this is unusual, and a good sign, I truly do not enjoy men who need a pacifier in their mouth to feel safe.

Men here normally travel with a women that serves as their guide, they often walk in front of the women, therefore I say
“girl in tow.”

Baguio Philippines Bus Trip


Gunsmoke in the Philippines

Gunsmoke in the Philippines
I grew up watching a Cowboy Western by the name of Gunsmoke where Matt Dillon shot the bad guys and he went into the Saloon and said hello to Kitty. I had a little déjà vu the other day walking down Mabini towards my Hotel.

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Manila, Philippines
Ermita - Malate Area
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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I see this little guy holding up his first in some twisted way, a very good statue and good interpretation of the Philippines.



I walk by these young men playing Chess, I take a photo without asking and the one jumps up to come after me… too funny, I give him a look and he stops.


I turn from Manila Bay where just the day before I took a photo of children walking on trash in the water and work my way back into the Wild West here in the Philippines.



I am stumbling along, not really, thinking, a person has to concentrate when walking down the streets of the Philippines or you may fall into a hole. I would advise you to never look to close, or get too close; you truly do not want to know what is in the big holes in the road.

Suddenly I hear a voice,
“Where are you going?”
I look up, I can see an L.A Café girl, I start to laugh, I feel like I am in the television show Gunsmoke and few saloon girls are hollering at me from the balcony. There is something great about a saloon girl with no remorse, confidences that eludes me, but exist.

It felt like she was saying,
“Hey cowboy, where are your going?”



I pulled out my gun and shot her with my camera, shrugged my shoulder and walked down the street. There are people who are afraid of everything and there are those with no fear.

I cannot remember Matt Dillon getting too excited. I do not remember John Wayne paying much attention to the silliness around him. The world is a silly place, and the Philippines is a soap opera on steroids.

Gunsmoke in the Philippines


Manila Bay Children

Manila Bay Children
I found children walking on water in Manila Bay here in the Philippines. I took my morning walk Sunday, walking down towards the United States Embassy I came upon children walking on water.

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Manila, Philippines
Ermita - Malate Area
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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This photo was taken just to the left of the USA Embassy; in this area, trash has collected. The floating trash is thick enough that small boys were able to walk on it.



What is a Beachcomber? These children are searching for something, they are Beachcombers who took it one step further, and they are off the beach and walking on water.



These two boys are working their way out to deeper water in search of some unknown treasure.



As the boys would choose their steps, they would sometimes drop into softer spots.



Two boy chest deep in floating trash in Manila, Bay Philippines.

I took a video of this; however not sure if I want to put on YouTube.com, I took a video the last time I was in Manila of some street children walking around. A very small boy did not have on clothes, and YouTube.com pulled the video, I am not sure, reality of poverty is edited, so hard to get excited about doing the work.

As I was sitting on the wall next to the bay, I started to talk to a man who was riding his bike for 60 kilometers; he was in complete gear, gloves, riding shorts, a special bike. He said,
“The rivers come down into the ocean, and then the trash washes back to the shore.”

The contrast between a super motivated Philippines man riding his bike a great distance and a few boys walking in trash is the novelty of coming to the Philippines. A person can get whiplash by the sudden cultural differences, from one extreme to the next without a caution light.

The is a nonchalant ability for the Philippines people to accept these situations as if they are 100 percent natural. I on the other hand try not to become jaded and also ignore them along with the groupthink.

Manila Bay Children


Philippines Malls by Social Class

Philippines Malls by Social Class
I enjoy walking around the Robinsons Mall here in the Ermita - Malata area of Manila, Philippines.

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Manila, Philippines
Ermita - Malate Area
Southeast Asia
Sunday, July 12, 2009

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This is Robinsons Mall in Ermita, Malate and Mabini area of Manila, Philippines. A first class, high end mall almost surrounded by a red light district.



I asked my friend Bjorn, an Expat who has lived in Malate for about 11 years where I could buy business cards. He said the Harrison Plaza, so I started on a Safari through this land of beast to find the Harrison Plaza. I got on Jeepney going the correct direction and asked this girl by the name of Melody,
“Where is the Harrison Plaza?”
She says,
“I am getting off there.”
I said,
“Good, I will follow you.”



I took this photo looking out the back of my Jeepney. This antiquated, noisy and obnoxious vehicle is a comfortable way to travel from place to place however probably stops development in the Philippines.



I followed Melody to the Harrison Plaza, said goodbye and went in search of Business Cards.

Wow, another Mall within walking distance of the Robinson Mall, however two social classes down. I was delighted, I never buy anything in the Robinsons mall except for groceries, the place is outrageously expensive, and I think possible the same or more than the USA.

I am always amused how the world shops, the world shops about the same as children would buy cereal. If the packaging is good, they will buy.

Shopping is social statement in any country on the planet, and I believe one of the reasons the world deserves the economic problems it is now having.

Chuck, Melody is 25 years old.

The Printing shop was closed for Inventory,
"Welcome to the Philippines."

Philippines Malls by Social Class


1000 Travel Room HoboHideOut.com History

1000 Travel Room HoboHideOut.com History
the Free Encyclopedia of Travel Room as of July 10, 2009 now has had 1000 Travel Rooms submitted.

The snowball is slowly increasing speed as it rolls onward.

The average Hotel site has about 15,000, and Hotels.com one of the largest has about 100,000 Hotels listed.

I Andy Graham am the Chief Executive Officer of .

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Manila, Philippines
Ermita - Malate Area
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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This is what I call a Historical Marker, a way of me remembering the history of in an easy manner.

There are over 13 Million pages or files on .
There are over 6.5 Million cities listed.

The number of pages increases daily, I never can explain this in words the general populace can understand. However, again I will try, the base or footprint of self propagates or expands, this site grows larger on its own. We more or less maintain the site, and work on proactive expansion, it is a machine. As of today, we have only had about only 10 support questions; we strive to have it self-supported by giving examples whereby users can find their answer in an intuitive way.

My support focus is on countries like China where the language is radically different than English. We are presently going to implement a way for countries like China to look a photos and copy.

A site should be self-explanatory, this is a ying and yang problem, there is the need to empathize with every possible scenario, in the end it is some type of cycle cybernetic approach.

1000 Travel Room HoboHideOut.com History


Philippines Travel Plans 2009

Philippines Travel Plans 2009
I need medical help; I came to the Philippines to find Doctors who speak English well enough to diagnose the problem. Many Medical Tourists already have their ailment diagnosed and travel to another country for cheaper services. I do not know what is wrong with my body, there is a lump on my back and I have severe sciatic nerve problems.

I visited a Chiropractor yesterday, an American citizen with an office close to the United States Embassy, I am making progress.

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Manila, Philippines
Ermita - Malate Area
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Explaining all my decisions is impossible and would be boring for the most part, however here are a few for clarification.

1. STRESS
I have been alone in Africa for 3-4 months; I do not enjoy the type of tourist in Thailand do not truly like the Thailand people. I need some friendly conversations, it is not a want. I can speak English in the Philippines; I have a couple of long-term Expat friends and can make friends and have half a conversation here.

2. BAGUIO
I have learned along the path that Baguio is at around 1500 meters above sea level, that coupled with being in Tropics is the formula for the best living conditions possible. Warm days, and cool nights, no snow, no need for Air Conditioning and just a small need for heating this could be ideal environment. I will stop traveling someday, at this time; I will be spending three months at each location and will not wander around as much.

3. LIVING FOR FREE
I will be living in Hotels or Resorts here in the Philippines for free; I will take 60 photos, and submit their Hotel to

4. VISA RUN
I needed to leave Thailand and apply for a visa outside the country; I also need to understand my feeling about Thailand. I have visited Thailand many times and know only one person well, more or less the country has good cheap servants and services, however I do not make friends with the locals. If I wish, I can apply for visa here in Manila, Philippines.

5. TWO MONTHS OF MEDICAL TREATMENT
If I need to have surgery, I want to be in a location that is acceptable for two months, a location where I would be happy stationary. This is truly a difficult situation, what keeps me happy is leaving locations, not staying in locations.

6. ROBINSONS MALL
I enjoy walking around Robinsons Mall here in Manila.

7. VISA RENEWAL
I can continuously renew my Visa here in the Philippines, I do not need to leave.

Problems

1. The Philippines is double the cost of Thailand.

2. The noise, clutter, trash and slimy people is double of Thailand.

3. Traffic is horrible here in the Philippines

I am hoping to travel to the countryside soon, I am working through issues on my back presently with a Chiropractor, and I think I need to give him another two weeks.

Philippines Travel Plans 2009