Philippines Travel Stories, Page 18

Study and Travel with Student Financial Aid

Study and Travel with Student Financial Aid
Wade of Vagabondjourney.com, wrote what think should be screamed at every student.

You can TRAVEL and STUDY and the financial aid will help fund your trip!

If you are a student, or you have children ready to go to University, here is a truly great revelation on how to study and travel the world.

International Study Travel

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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I truly have been prodding Wade saying he needed to explain, this way of funding his trip is brilliant.

If you want to learn about a traveler, you need to figure out where the money came from or will come from, there is not travel without a little money in your pocket.

Study and Travel with Student Financial Aid


Walk at Step at Look at

Walk at Step at Look at
Walk right at a person
Step toward the person, not away.
Look at the person.

I stumbled the other day right at a big macho type man, the dodgy sort, the test of my alpha male shadow type,

I step right into his path; I made a feint right at him. He backed off, hmmm, that was an accident, and however it taught me something a way to be safer on the planet.

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Macho is a strange behavior, nonetheless, any Male wanna be world traveler better instinctively know how to be macho.

I am former farm boy, sort of second nature, plus a few years of American Football, and other macho type activities. I think working concrete construction with an inner city crew took me a little too high over the edge on the macho scale.

Wanna be safe, never walk away from men, never look away, give them a nod, and look them in the eye. If they are really too big and menacing walk right at them, then step right at them.

There is another fun thing I like to do, there are plenty of people who like to follow me. What I do, I stop, letting them pass and proceed to follow them just a couple of steps behind them.

Too much fun, walk soft, and understand the game.

Note, there is nothing very tough and macho about the Philippines, however if you go to Ghana this will work just great.

Walk at Step at Look at


Wireless Landline Telephone

Wireless Landline Telephone
Hey, I did not come up with that phrase; I think it is an oxymoron. Whatever the case, many countries on the planet’s telephone companies are evolving faster than the USA or Europe.

They are no longer running telephone lines to houses, they install wireless phones.

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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This is a phone, looks normal, however, there is no wire or line going to the wall, there is just a small antenna. This is present generation, what I see as cutting edge, it has been around for years. I am not sure they use it in the USA yet.



Now the name, this is the shirt of the man installing this wireless telephone system in a business in Quezon City, Philippines. The word to line to me means cable, and the land means a line or cable on the land, yet this is called Wireless Landline.



Are the Philippines and many countries telephone systems evolving faster than the USA or Europe?

My answer would be yes, because necessity is the mother of invention. This is a photo of wires in Manila, who cares whether they are cable, electricity, or telephone, this is SOP, standard operating procedure in the Philippines and half the planet.

I guess they see installing wires as tedious, so instead of doing it corrects, they just run another one. I also think they are paid by the length of wire, so the more the merrier.

Whatever the case, the mobile phone industry is questionable has better features, cheaper, and more competitive pricing. They never ran lines and now they are just skipping the landline step of telephones all over the planet and installing Cell towers.

Wireless Landline Telephone


Manila Philippines Rooms with Craigs List

Manila Philippines Rooms with Craigs List
I am always annoyed at the price of Hotels in the Philippines, they are double or triple the price of Thailand. I see that Craigs List a USA centric internet page has reached the Philippines. I was hoping it was in Africa, however it appears to be where the 90 percent of the planet goes.

http://geo.craigslist.org/iso/ph

http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites.html

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Craigs list is a way to post request or advertisements for free, it is simple yet comprehensive in use.

You type in your request or you read the already posted request, more or less a free message board or forum.

Manila Philippines Rooms with Craigs List


TSA Recognized Baggage Locks

TSA Recognized Baggage Locks
If I buy and use a TSA recognized baggage lock…? Doe this mean a Security Checkpoint guard in Florida has the key to my bag?

I think this means the Mexican culture has the keys to my bag.

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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I do not live in the USA, I do not have to deal with the USA airport often, however some of this TSA recognized luggage locks appear to me too stupid to comment about.

What does the officer get to do, use his or her key, open my bag, steal something and put the lock back on to make it look like nothing happened.. Hehehe too silly for words.

Here is a much better solutions and 20 times cheaper.
Wire Ties Zip Ties Cable Ties

Transportation Security Administration Quote from Wiki
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a U.S. government agency that was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. The TSA was originally organized in the U.S. Department of Transportation but was moved to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on November 25, 2002. The agency is responsible for security in all modes of transportation.

Too Silly for Words TSA Locks

TSA Recognized Baggage Locks


Filipino Made Backpack

Filipino Made Backpack
I am excited; there was a sudden turn in events here in Manila, Philippines. The number two factory on the list is 80 percent finished with a good sample Backpack. I have discovered a way to communicate with the company, a strategy that is working.

You can say and believe anything you want, however the bottom line is the Philippines people do not speak the same English as an Indiana Farm Boy.

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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I asked,
“Is this an Opening, a Lid, a Cover, Entrance or a Door, what does your company call it?”

Every time I have made samples in any country, there is a constant battle to agree on Backpack Jargon, the terms used to describe the parts of a Backpack.

I am excited, I believe in two days, maybe by Thursday or Friday we should have a completed sample. We will then take the high end, expensive materials I brought with me from the USA and make a top-level Backpack sample.

I am hoping or believe it possible we make two top-level Backpacks, and hopefully make a couple of small revisions with each subsequent Backpack.

Filipino people speak Tagalog, they do not speak English, and they just are exceptionally good at this second language.

Filipino Made Backpack


Computer Data too Big for Virus Program

Computer Data too Big for Virus Program
I have developed a small Virus problem, for the last week, I have been trying to perform a deep scan of hard drive. The computer has close to 80 gigs of data, photos, etc.

This takes about 20-30 hours to run the scan and even more if I am using the computer.

I know I can skip some files, but it is not as comprehensive or conservative.

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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I very seldom have my computer running more than 10 hours, and to run the computer over 24 hours is a real problem.

Then even when I am capable of running my computer for 24 hours, the Virus Program eats up all the resources.

I downloaded a small program that remove a annoying Klez viruses and this small program has been running for 10 hours, I cannot choose which folder or directory it tries to cleanse.

It appears I will have to use an external hard drive for storage, there seems no value in having a hard drive in the computer bigger than 100 gigs, the virus program just becomes too onerous to use. I am proceeding to upload 100 gigs of information for a backup, this is a huge problem. I am a traveler; I do not have these types of connections and cannot just carry two extra hard drives.

I have always envisioned that one day the on board hard drive would be come of little value on a computer, and all the data or photos of a computer would be stored in Data Centers on the Internet. For me, what I viewed as the future must happen today.

Computer Data too Big for Virus Program


Asking For Travel Directions

Asking For Travel Directions
I cannot remember the last time I opened a map inside a large city, the second the city becomes too big to walk across easily, I lose the map.

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Manila, Ermita Philippines
Monday, August 11, 2008
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I had a friend asking me where Khao San Road is on the Google Maps, I had to admit,
“I do not know.”

I have an idea, but the truth is, I could not point Khao San Road on a map, even thought I have gone to this area over 50 times, and closer to 100. I just do not know where it located on map.

I do know, it cost between 200 and 300 Baht for a trip from the Airport and to MoShip the northbound bus station is about 150 Baht. I also know how to ask the reception desk to write in the Thaland the words Mochip or Moship, so the taxi does not have to understand me.

I am here in Manila, I have a trip to Quezon City now to two separate businesses a few times, and have been playing perfect travel golf. Every trip has been a hole in one; I make it without any sand traps in my way.

Why, because I do not try to know where I am, I get in a taxi; call up the host business with my mobile phone and say,
“Please tell the taxi driver how to get to your business.”

AIRPORT SHUTTLE or LIMO SERVICE

I believe a super business traveler should not need an airport shuttle service; they should not need to be picked up by a limo driver. The business traveler who is really a capable person should not need to live in a Five Star Hotel.

I really think a highly effective, highly capable Business Traveler should be able to find any address in a city.

I believe only 1 in 100 can, the others are lost.

I on the other hand know that 1 in 100 travelers can find their Hotel easy; most are wandering around lost looking for their Hotel, it rarely is found first attempt.

What saves all of them; they live in well-known areas of the city and in well-known Hotels, never wanting to admit they are lost.

There is an art to finding locations in a city; I could talk for hours, maybe days on how to effectively find locations in a large city. Then again, I also am not afraid to ask for directions.

If a person wishes to travel the world, either they learn to enjoy being lost, or they learn the art of asking for directions. I can do it in at least 50 different ways, it is not just asking, you also must know if the person knows.

Asking For Travel Directions