Philippines Travel Stories, Page 26

It is Work to Travel in Philippines

It is Work to Travel in Philippines
It is three times more complicated to travel in the Philippine than the normal country. Tomorrow I travel to a city north of Mariveles, Philippines, and I hope life is easy...

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Quezon City, Philippines - Southeast Asia
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I keep trying to put my finger on it, I think what happens is everything seems simple, they speak good English, everything should be easy, however it never is simple. Every set of plans seems to always have a but on the end, it was supposed to go along this way, and it went that way, all was ok, but...

In many ways, I can fly to another country and I can see the path, and I just cannot see the paths in the Philippines.

I really do not know what happens, however it happens.

It is Work to Travel in Philippines


HoboHideOut.com Over 200 Unique

HoboHideOut.com Over 200 Unique
On December 10, 2007

Busted over the 200 threshold mark for unique visitors in one day.

I am in Quezon City, Philippines Southeast Asia
Monday, December 10, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com

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Quezon City, Philippines - Southeast Asia
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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We passed the 100 mark on October 3, 2007
HoboHideOut.com 100 Unique Visitors

I am very excited about this as 200 to me indicates enough daily traffic to jump categories in Google.com and other search engines. It is my opinion they more or less do not start to truly classify your theme, site, or topic until you are over 200. Then they match your site better to others and more or less enter the game.

Sitemeter Statistics about HoboHideOut.com

Sitemeter.com sends me a daily report, this report is my constant reminder of failure or success, giving a feel and the tempo of the sites. A person need to know history to plan the future, there is a song in the world that can be heard. At the bottom of all Hobo related site there is a small box, click on that to see the statistics.

HoboHideOut.com Over 200 Unique


Philippines Elephant Ride

Philippines Elephant Ride
Video of children in the Philippines taking rides on Elephants and other large animals in the Mall. This video was made in the Tesco Ever Mall in Quezon, City and I am jealous.

I never had a big wheel and I never had an Elephant.

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Quezon City, Philippines - Southeast Asia
Monday, December 10, 2007
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I think if they did a University research project, Ethnological cultural study they would prove…

Philippines people like to play.

I am jealous, I want an Elephant Ride.

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Sometimes cover with Chaos, hidden under layers or who knows what, you will find some fun, I wish life was this simple, or maybe life is simpler than we think.

Philippines Elephant Ride


Non English Readers

Non English Readers
Non-English readers write me letters, they post comments on blogs, and they submit their webpages to HoboTraveler.com and HoboHideOut.com. I delete many, and cannot reply to most.

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Sunday, December 9, 2007
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My site is about 50 / 50, about 50 percent of readers are native English Speakers and the rest are not. Communication with a person who does not speak English is a 50/50 proposition, I have a reasonable responsibility to write clear, simple words and help them listen or read. They have a responsibility to try to understand.

I speak Spanish, and when I traveled to Brazil, people would ask,
- Does Spanish help?-
- Yes, if the person you are talking with wants to understand. -

I have been toying around with the idea of having machine translations more easily available on the page. A click here and translate from English to Spanish, Japanese, etc.

I sometimes am wildly amazed how culturally and language insensitive the big corporate sites can be. I am also amazed how companies like Google.com and Yahoo.com can be very sensitive.

China wants to do business, they submit pages to my HoboTraveler.com, import - export pages continually. People want visas to go work, India is continually submitting to my Embassy pages.

I delete about 50 percent because they do not understand and are off topic, more or less they submit in the wrong category most of the time.

If a person from another language group writes badly, miss-spells words, etc, I am very forgiving. If they use abbreviations used in chats, like coz or b4, or lol, I just delete and do not worry, they are not focused. They are learning the wrong habits, chat language is not English, and for sure is not well mannered.

It is a fun experience with the site to learn how the rest of the world thinks. In then end, I can see their intentions, and the ones that are not lazy, do a good job will make it where they want to go.

Non English Readers


Thank You Dole Bananas and 7-11

Thank You Dole Bananas and 7-11
I sometimes feel all is hopeless, I am doomed to eat potato chips the rest of my life. Thank you Dole Bananas and 7-11 Convenience Stores for giving me some Bananas to eat.

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Sunday, December 9, 2007
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This photo is from a 7-11 Convenience Store in the Ermita Area of Manila, They are selling Bananas for 10 Peso or about 25 cents per banana, and I can purchase one banana without them getting angry. I am single, not married, to buy bananas even in the market is annoying, they do not like me to rip off two or three, and one is totally a great way to get them annoyed.

I walked into the Robinson Mall grocery store and asked, can I tear off three Bananas and buy them, they said yes. However, they are marketing and selling the bananas in clumps of six and above, the are not encouraging anyone to buy one.

Not having a family is a continue hassle, and the restaurants of the world continually have less and less fruits or vegetable on the set meals.

Whatever the motives here, I appreciate 7-11 to allow this display, and there is a 7-11 logo on the display, so this is a joint venture. Dole is helping the store to sell bananas. This is a very serious problem, malnutrition is rampant in many of the modern countries as they find the convenient food easy to buy like potato chips and bananas become more difficult to purchase. A person can be very fat and have malnutrition, the earmark is when a person has skin sores, and other infections that do not heal rapidly.

The Philippines is great mix of extremely modern convenience, and the other side of life in one place. I enjoy coming to the Philippines to see what is going on in the USA.

Life is very convenient in the Philippines, easy to buy about anything I could ever dream of, same as the USA, this is great. There is also many gyms or places to exercise in the Philippines.

Thank You Dole Bananas and 7-11


Is a Perfect Backpack Possible

Is a Perfect Backpack Possible
Rodney challenge me today, saying maybe should use the word,
- Excellent. -

I said,
- No, this is an excuse to say good enough. -

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Saturday, December 8, 2007
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More or less the idea of perfection is an only accomplished as a goal that gets continually closer. I am only happy when I trust a person is continually improving, when they stop, I would say they do not want perfection.

Wikpedia.org is a work in progress, it continually is better; it is that which all others follow.

I did an introspective moment a couple of years ago, thinking to myself, what do I want in the perfect backpack.

If the bag was destroyed, I would like a second one ready to be sent to me anywhere on the planet. This is closer to perfect.

Somewhere in this, I know when I accept that perfection is not possible, then I believe imperfect is real, and perfection is not. The intention is to create perfection.

Is a Perfect Backpack Possible


Mariveles start of Death March of Bataan

Mariveles start of Death March of Bataan
The Bataan Death March started in the city of Mariveles, Philippines in the Province of Bataan as best I understand today. I have discovered there is a company Dong-In Entech K1 Inc. that manufactures backpacks and one of the brands produced is Kelty, what seems to be a trendy brand name for packs.
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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Friday, December 7, 2007
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There are two great reasons to now to visit this area; one is to pay respect to the location of many humans who died here at the starting point of the The Death March of Bataan. I think there is a marker there that indicates the start of the walk. This is also hopeful it is possible to manufacture backpacks in the Philippines.

My essential goal is to find materials, brains, people who can help contribute to making the perfect bag, however mostly suppliers of raw bag materials.

THE DEATH MARCH OF BATAAN
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March

The Bataan Death March (also known as The Death March of Bataan) took place in the Philippines in 1942 and was later accounted as a Japanese war crime. The 60 miles (97 km) march occurred after the three-month Battle of Bataan, part of the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), during World War II.

The march, involving the forcible transfer of 90,000 to 100,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war captured by the Japanese in the Philippines from the Bataan peninsula to prison camps, was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse, murder, savagery, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon the prisoners and civilians along the route by the armed forces of the Empire of Japan. Beheadings, cut throats and being casually shot were the more common and merciful actions — compared to bayonet stabbings, rapes, guttings (cut open bellies and left to die), numerous rifle butt beatings and a deliberate refusal to allow the prisoners food or water while keeping them continually marching for nearly a week (for the slowest survivors) in tropical heat. Falling down, unable to continue moving was tantamount to a death sentence, as was any degree of protest or expression of displeasure.

Mariveles City of Province of Bataan in Country of Philipines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariveles%2C_Bataan

Mariveles start of Death March of Bataan


Photo and Blogs of my Friends

Photo and Blogs of my Friends
The blog is a permanent record of events; it could be there for a lifetime of annoyances to your friends and family. When you no longer friends, the blog post will still be there. I would rather have my photo in the newspaper being a jerk, then on a blog.

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia

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10 years of travel, maybe 12 years, I have continually published photos of people, places and things.

I have some regrets, many, and this is starting to accumulate in the back of my mind like a Monkey on my back. I will ask a personal friend if they want there picture taken, if not a good friend or acquaintance that I just do not worry. Everyone on the planet could be on front page of the paper tomorrow, so I figure we had better always take care what we do, or who we are.

A photo of a person being a jerk slows down people being a jerk. Therefore, I try to take photos of jerks. Photos of corruption, stops corruption.

I refuse to make a good person into a jerk; I do not take photos that can easily be misrepresented or portrayed as different from the real event.

I have had the experiences, I have people write me later and are angry, however I do not remove, if they do not like their reality, then change it. If I was taking a picture of a jerk, it was a jerk.

I for sure do not want to use Journalist as examples to follow; they would do anything and hurt anyone to make money. I have been musing as my friends talk about their girl friends on their blogs. It will be interesting in the future to hear how this plays out; there is a lot of very personal information going up, names, and places, on all these blogs.

Invasion or privacy is not the issue, I am trying to be a good man, I like to be polite, have good manners, be a person my friends and family say is a good guy. More than anything the man in the mirror has to have a good day and think well of him, however, I do not know blog manners, and this is still a nebulous subject.

What are good manners?

Photo and Blogs of my Friends