Philippines Travel Stories, Page 23

Four Light Bulb Hotel

Four Light Bulb Hotel
This Hotel room is abnormal, I have four lights in this room.

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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- Center of room, the standard one.
- Toilet another standard one.
- Above the bed
- Over the desk or vanity area

It also has four plug electrical plug outlets, I am in a room with doulbe the normal number of electrical thingies.

Oops, five plugs, rather amazing, there is an electrical plug in the toilt and shower whereby I could use an electrical shaver if I had one. I do not, even though I am an electrical shaver person. It just does not work, electrical shavers have too many problems, my solution is to avoid shaving for five day periods. Then there is not normally adequate lighting in a room.

I am intrigued, I keep thinking about checking into a Five Star room and see if they designed the room correctly. I think any Hotel over five years in age is not even worth the time to look.

I was being teased about going to Indiana University, and I was not sufficiently annoyed, I more or less said,
- I should have went to another University and studied Architecture and not Philosophy.

It was a Karmic rift in my life.

I did superb in mechanical drawing class in high school, sloppy drawing but was capable of seeing every imaginable detail that should be included in the drawing. I dwell on this type of mental thinking, to see all the many corners, facets, dimensions of any issue or subject, can you teach this.

The computer would not remove my sloppiness, I must remind myself to go to Panthip and buy a Cad Drawing program, or Architecture program. I need another hobby,
- I think I will design and engineer a hotel. -

Stupid as it sounds, I do not believe an Architect could compete with me on how to design a hotel. It is up there with a backpack, I just have personally, mentally, emotionally suffered too many problems of a hotel. My laundry list of needs is phenomenal, and another reason I am extremely qualified to design a Hotel site like our new HoboHideOut.com

Now take a break, and think, a very complicated thought is more difficult to implement than a simple one. I told my friend, the average hotel site is 10-100 times less dimensional than HoboHideOut.com is designed to be in the future.

Whatever the case, I do know that four lights in my room is a lot, however they still do not have a reading light next to the bed. I would hope that a Five Star Hotel would have close to 20 light sockets in the room or more, and 100 percent sure, I think those little plate jobbies that turns on the lights when I enter is a tragic joke for a five star hotel.

…. Are the Key Tag Electrical people saying I cannot charge my computer, camera and cell phone batteries when I leave the room? ….

Four Light Bulb Hotel


Singularity

Singularity
The future is already here...it's just not evenly distributed
- William Gibson

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- The first decade of this Century will see the same amount of technological change as the entire previous Century had and the rate of Change is almost exponential now. All graphed Rate-Of-Change indexes have already merged in a straight-up curve defying prediction and an unimaginable future beyond 25 year estimates. Termed as the Singularity. -
Quote from Hot Springs Freak - Chris

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Monday, January 21, 2008
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Please take a pause, read that sentence a few times and consider the implications of what is the future of man.

The noise makers of the planet will miss the boat. The world is not on the same timeline, the USA and a few countries in Europe are on the cutting edges of development then the mass of countries are 25-200 years behind.

The revolving door of the future is open to every person on the planet. There are people so busy making irrelevant noise, being irrelevant people, consuming, but not listening, they will delay for years entering this door. There is no way to understand the future, there is no need, there is too much, however allowing change to happen is required for admission to the future.

Singularity


YKK Hasp Zipper Pulls

YKK Hasp Zipper Pulls
We found a source for backpack zippers pulls; it appears that the YKK company back in the corner had a good pull for sale.

It is called a Hasp Zipper Pull; I was searching for a Padlock Zipper Pull a cousin of the Hasp Zipper pull. I have a real example of this thanks to Rodney in the Philippines.

I may have also in all this jumble of confusion found one of the most well read, knowledgeable persons about travel gear.

Go here to explore some great information:
Zen Zippers

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Saturday, January 26, 2008
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YKK Hasp Zipper Pull

There are no secrets here, all is open to observations and opinions, I am trying my best to show all the parts of a backpack and suss out the best possible design and materials. Comments about backpack generally are one dimensional and short sighted; this is why a person that has traveled continuously for over say 2 years and more is the best source of ideas.

I am impressed with the marketing done by backpack companies; they have truly transformed some luxury ideas into perceived needs.

The Camel Back Water pouch is a great example, so is the Swiss Knife, both have good uses for very specific type of travel, however of the most part just tells me the stereotype about the traveler or tourist.

I think to understand living on the road, a person should take these products and use in their home for a month. I have a feeling the will find they do not like to drink from a tube or eat with a Swiss Knife.

My biggest problem with these products is disease, I just cannot figure out how to clean these over-priced products. I especially consider a plastic water pouch prone to harboring all sorts of small water borne problems.

Well, I am trying to separate needs from marketing induced fantasies, the world really does want to be sold a bridge, it is hard to fathom how the mind of man has become incapable or making good decisions and rely on people selling products. Note, I do realize, I am making a product to sell and this is suspect, this is why I blog about it, trying to make all the idea open, free to observer and to copy. What can I say; a good idea should be copied, shared and not hoarded.

Kind of interesting link on zippers
http://www.bookrags.com/Zipper

YKK Hasp Zipper Pulls


Tricky Business Repairs in Thailand

Tricky Business Repairs in Thailand
HoboTraveler.com traffic continually slowed while I was in West Africa for seven months. I have now increased traffic by about 120 percent from the time I arrived back in Thailand.

AAAGH!
There is a Fox in the Hen House, today I saw the Fox.

I am have captured my computer screen of what I see as being impossible to randomly happen with the traffic of an internet site.

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Friday, January 25, 2008
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Thailand and the Philippines has some of the best cheap country internet on the planet. I am in these countries to do maintenance on the sites and prepare for even more traffic. The number of variables is staggering to what are problems and solutions needed to implement.

NOW
Somebody is playing with my paycheck…
Something or somebody is playing with my hard work...



644 ---- 644---- 644 three hours in a row

Here is the Fox in the Hen House.

How is it possible for three hours in a row, HoboTraveler.com has 644 unique visitors exactly on the site?



FLAT line Bar of site traffic.

I looked at this statistic and thought.
- I am being flat lined! -

There is some ceiling, throttle on something, something is really screwed. There is are many ways this can happen, and what makes me frustrated is this, I just work hard, do my best. We have a dedicated server, we or I am continually told there is no limits to the traffic, the site will just go slower and slower.

It is also possible site meter the little box guy at the bottom of all pages has a ceiling.

Note, I have shut off the ability to comment because I am tired of hearing from all the crazy nuts who travel in Thailand and Philippines.

Tricky Business Repairs in Thailand


Philippines Child Helps Mom Shower

Philippines Child Helps Mom Shower
Life is the street, just taking a shower is difficult, I have taken similar photos in India, and other countries.

I guess this shower ritual makes me grateful for the on-off Hot Water Shower, with intermittent pressure in my hotel.

My life is good, and then some people life is difficult.

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Hmm, about 8:00 am in Metro Manila, I was walking to the Internet Café, and saw this woman squatting. At first, it did not quite hit me what was happening. She was fully clothed and as best I can understand, she sought the assistance of her this small boy to clean her back or the exposed areas of her body.

This type of cleaning is normal on most of the planet, the vast number of people, and especially in Tropical areas take a dip shower outside. They will be clothed, often in a sarang and slowly work to clean their bodies.

The pure poverty driven difficulty of taking a shower gave me one of them pains I try to ignore. I try not to feel too much, keep my mind closed. However sometimes, the small pains just hurt.

I am happy for the union of Mother and Child, I am sad they have to work together in this way. This is a very busy street, many people walking by, staring, looking, and removing any sense of shyness or pride the woman could muster.



The little boy is diligently cleaning mom.



The boy is happy, the mother is hiding.



There is no solution you can just take off the shelf and insert into this situation. I only think the people who came back from the Provinces should go back to the Provinces. Maybe life was poor, but not in this way.

A few families always seem to live in front of Hotels in Malate area of Manila. There is nervousness when you walk through their living room on the sidewalk, and in this instance walking through their shower.

Photos. Why take photos, this is the real world, take it, love it, and know that only by seeing the real world can we continue to make it a better world. This is real life in as I walked through the person shower.

Note, I took a distance and took effort to keep the women face out of the photos, as I can see the embarrassment is her eyes still remains. I do not want to assist in jaded removal of pride.

I am always indignantly upset, and angry when orphanages, NGO's, any save the planet people do not have these photos. A person would have to be drunk continuously to not be able to take these type of photos in Manila Philippines. Then again, I often think that is what the NGO's on the planet do for work, they drink... hang in the Five Star Hotels and talk talk talk and take the nice people donations money to drink.

Philippines Child Helps Mom Shower


Beta Testers for Backpack

Beta Testers for Backpack
I received my third volunteer to be a beta tester today in my email box. I apologize for not answering these people.

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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I made a comment on another blog that was more or less talking about the same idea of buying the perfect backpack, if I remember correctly.
One Travelers Quest for the Ultimate Backpack

Interesting article, written in travel writer mode, however has some good points. I have no opinion on this issue of testing yet that is clear, and as of now, I do not have a backpack to test. I may have one soon, or supposed to have one in eight days Filipino time.

I am not going to hurry or attempt to slap a backpack out just to have number 12 example made. I will test one I hope for a couple of months, and then go for an upgrade. Materials is still a huge problem, however I think the zipper problem is solved. I will now collect all the best possible materials and send or bring to Rodney in the Philippines.

I may have posted prematurely on this other site, however was just tagging the writer. I am not sure how to proceed with the Beta Testing, however I plan on sending 10 bags to travelers to try, or throw away as they please.

I need people who have probably over two-three years of continuous travel under their belt, and are moving as we speak. They then must be able to write and explain in words what they feel and think. This is not a game for me; this is as the man says a quest. I cannot buy the bag; I know I must make the bag.

Maybe the Windmill is a good name.

Beta Testers for Backpack


Philippines Internet Friends

Philippines Internet Friends
Many men from the USA become friends with Philippines girls over the internet.

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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I travel on both sides of the planet; I have been accidentally traveling between two large groups of people who know each other.

As best I can figure out, there are people who daily get on the internet at the same times. For example, a man in the USA may get on the internet at about 10:00 am in the morning at work in the USA, and a girl in the Philippines gets on the internet at 11:00 pm the same time.

It is 6:10 am here in the Philippines, I have just woke up and started work. When I am in Africa, I wake up about 6:10 am and start to work, when I am the USA I wake up at about 6:10 am and start to work. It does not really matter which country I visit, after my brain is adjusted for time zone jet lags, I am up early in the morning working on the computer. I do not have a connection; I do not need a connection to work. (But it is easier)

I enter into internet cafes daily, I see people chatting, and now talking, yesterday I saw a girl in a place called E-café expose both her bottom and her chest to the webcam camera in the internet café. She just pulled down here shirt and showed the camera.

As a kid, my parents told me,
- You are known by your friends. -

I was laughing at the girl, then slowly as the day went on, as the true implications of what I seen sunk into my brain. I started to put 2 and 2 together, fuzzy memories or observations in many countries. Some countries have private room, doors on the internet café, private computer areas.

I remember a Canadian man who lived in Bangkok told me a few years ago,
- Never trust a girl who chats. -

I have traveled for 11 years, these people in the internet have now graduated from chatting, to actual talking and videos, it is becoming more up close and personal. They carry on these conversations; they are talking next to me on the internet.

When a person chatted, I did not know what they chatted about, now they are talking right next to me in the internet café. I can hear their conversations.

I have been to 77 countries, I more or less just wander around on the planet, and I do not need a good reason to visit a country. I have for the most part traveled to easy places to visit. I am now trying to go to the countries more difficult to visit and take more planning. I am presently trying to plan trips to Bishkek, Kyrgystan and Sao Tome, Africa.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to travel to Thailand or the Philippines and blog about these countries. There are so many of these men on the internet searching for information on these two countries.

I make a few girl jokes; I title blog post as I have titled this one.
Philippines Internet Friends

Now, I am an expert on the internet, I know how to generate traffic on my site, and for sure a page about titled Philippines Friends will get about 10 times more traffic than if I title this blog post maybe.Blogging from the Philippines. A rather boring title and not much temptation to read.

This is a game for me, I enjoy playing little word and writer games, the newspaper does and television news does this constantly. They have these blaring headlines of phrases that infer something that is not real. Now, I have made this headline here about Philippines Internet Friends.

The number of angry, sarcastic and off-topic comments on the blog increased ten-fold when I left Africa and entered Thailand. I need to work on the internet so I stayed longer than normal in both internet friendly countries, Philippines and Thailand. I need to update pages, fix problems, just do damage repair. I have come to Manila for a few years for three major reasons. 24 hour excellent internet cafes, American food in Robinsons Mall, and a few Semi-Sane English speaking Expats hanging around.

More or less a way for me to go home and work, without going home, I cannot spend more than 30 days in the USA or have a serious tax bill.

I am sad, as I have discovered that the semi-sane expats have left the Philippines, and they have been rapidly replaced by a man from the USA or Europe, Australia who has been chatting with the girl who exposed herself in the internet café yesterday.

These men assume that if I am in Thailand or Philippines, then I am in these countries for the same reason they are, and the jokes I make about girls and such feeds this belief. They believe I also sit on the internet, chat, talk, and have some form of cyber friendships with these girls in the Thailand and the Philippines.

However, these men are wrong, and they get very angry with me, make very sarcastic, off-topic, angry remarks on the blog. I try to just ignore, as I know they will stop reading the blog the moment I leave this area of the planet.

These men have secret lives they live on the internet. They are often married men, two children, working in an office in the USA. They go to work and start having these extra-marital relationships with girls over the internet in both Thailand and the Philippines. The guilt builds up, they go further and further down the road to adultery. They play games with themselves and one day they get divorced and they travel to places like the Philippines to find the replacement for their wife.

My blog is in the middle, mostly by accident, what I thought was harmless playing word games with titles to get more traffic on my site. These men find my site, and assume I am the same as them; it can be very trying on my patience.

I learned that people who go to South America know about South America. People who go to Southeast Asia know about Southeast Asia. People who travel to Dubai know about Dubai, a very few who travel to West Africa know about West Africa. The summer vacation backpackers, who travel to Europe, know about Europe.

Very few of these groups know much about the other groups, there is a few who know two of these groups, however very few actually have traveled in what may be about 12 major backpacker regions of the planet.

I do not like to travel to India because the majority of travelers in India are insane; they are searching for God, some mystical, herbal, dope-smoking solution that will end their life of being a loser.

Now as I wander in and out of Southeast Asia, I realize the majority of Philipines tourist were sitting on the other side of the planet watching that girl in the internet café expose herself.

They are the same a this girl in the internet café, they are the male mirror image of this boom boom girl who just walked over from L.A. Café to expose herself to a camera and talk over the internet.

I am not easily influenced or tempted to do anything I do not want to do, I am in 100 percent control over my brain and body, except for when it comes to Ice Coffee and maybe French Fries. I do not drink, I am an alcoholic, and I can sit and talk all day with drunks and not even get tempted, repulsed sometimes, but not tempted to drink.

I am clear whom I am, and who I am not, I do not get angry with person drinking or what a person does or how they live their lives. It is not possible to travel the planet if I got angry every time I listened to some comments I totally disagree with, or opinion opposite of mine.

I am dreaming a lot about Central Africa, the Congo, and are there really Gorillas in the Mist or is this just another Fantasy not-true movie. I dream of flying to Estonia, getting a visa to Russia and finally doing the Siberian Railway. I am reading a book from Paul Theroux about Oceania or Polynesian Islands, maybe the South Pacific. I talked for hours with Jeroen the travel agent on Khao San Road about how to enter, get visas, and travel to these more difficult places.

India is easy to figure out, the travelers are proud of their crazy behavior and talk for hours about the crazy things they do. Thailand and the Philippines is different, there are these people who are doing all these bizarre and perverted things, they have secret lives they live in their offices, their room, with that girl in the internet café I saw yesterday.

I used to think that the Philippines was some better than normal English speaking country, where maybe I could find a few expats to discuss Global issues, talk business, or eat a Pizza with what I hope is real cheese. Now as I have accidentally put two and two together, I realize there is a majority of tourist or traveler here with some type of agenda or secrets. The people who are talking, chatting and watching this girl in the internet café expose herself to the webcam camera; this man is doing it also to her. This is creepy, and I am surrounded by these creeps, all the former military have left, or too old. Yes, there is usually a problem around military bases, however now the Philippines U.S. Military bases are closed, and the normal soldiers men have been replaced by a new generation of men. They thought the Military men were bad, the future looks rather bleak, as these predatory, lurking men, who know everything about video cameras, chatting, discover the Philippines and Thailand.

Any way you try to understand this, it just keeps getting creepier the more I understand, and there are things on the planet you do not want to learn about or understand.

Well, if there is the girl, there is also the man on the other side who is chatting, so I would say the advice also is mirrored to the man. I should never trust a man who chats.

I do not have any Philippines Internet Friends and to tell you the truth, if I hear a man say he does, I think I will walk on the other side of the road. It for sure is time to wander to another part of the planet.

There are men becoming internet friends with men in the Philippines and this story is even more creepy.

I was laughing to myself, I also have these lurking silent journalist and travel writers who read my blog, and they mine it for ideas. Well here is your story,
- The USA Soldiers have left the Philippines, who has replaced them, did the Philippines exchange one problem for an even worst problem? The Cyber S…..x Tourist comes to the Philippines.

Philippines Internet Friends


Losing Interest in Philippines and Thailand

Losing Interest in Philippines and Thailand
There arrives a time when a person should not travel to a country. I am reaching this with both the Philippines and Thailand.

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Manila Philippines - Southeast Asia
Malate Mabini Ermita
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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There are many good things about a country and many bad things, all countries are the same in this way. As we visit a country we hope there never arrives the time when we will say goodbye. It is becoming incredibly difficult for me to ignore never-ending small pains of these two countries.

There is too many straws, my back is broken. I will do my best to not visit Thailand or Philippines longer than one week per visit. There are other business reasons I need to come to Philippines, like the Backpack project. and I use Thailand as a base to buy plane tickets.

Theses activities are possible, however to rest or relax is full of too many small pains.

They say that Alex Garland, writer of the book the Beach, was known to floating around in the Philippines, however I think he moved on to somewhere else. The best I can tell most of the good type expats have moved out of the Philippines and Thailand and all that is left, is what is left.

Losing Interest in Philippines and Thailand