Philippines Travel Stories, Page 27

Drinking Water in Philippines

Drinking Water in Philippines
People buy water to drink in this housing development in Quezon, City, in the country of the Philippines.

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Friday, December 7, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I drink the water in all countries.

If the management and staff of my hotel drink the water.
- I drink the water.

If the poor people do not drink the water.
- I do not drink the water.

If I am in a convenience store and the average people comes in and buys a bottle of water, or these same people area walking around with a bottle of water in their hands, I will try to buy water.

Ok, I assume I drink the water in all countries; therefore, I drink the water in all countries. I truly believe it is impossible not drink the water of a country. They wash dishes, ice cubes, restaurants, etc, I am 100 percent sure I consume the normal tap water in all countries.

However, if there is bottled water around and it is cheap, I drink the bottled water. Cheap Water is about 25 Cents US per Liter Bottle, one dollar is not cheap. The water is not cheap in the Philippines in the 7-11 or Mini Mart.

The big five-gallon bottles are maybe cheap.

Cheap Water and health of the country improves, there is some percentage of water we drink that is a factor. For example, if I drink 100 percent faucet water this is not as good as to drink 10 percent faucet and 90 percent bottle. I think the body becomes supersaturated with water and the nasty stuff in the water comes out of the body in colorations on cheeks. When I see nasty colors, or zits, pimple or other skin problems, I try to access if the sewer water is leeching into the water supplies.

The Philippines has many skin problems, more than the normal country, but the population density is wildly high compared to most also.

The weird part is the normal people in the Malate Area drank the tap water, and the people in this expensive housing area in Quezon City where I now live do not.

Drink Water is normally a countrywide phenomenon. This may very well be a rich and poor country more than I understood. I do not see anyone in this area drinking the water. I will walk around the Ever Tesco Mall today and see if they drink the water.

Rich People seem to believe they have to drink bottle water, so Rich People are not a good thing to observe on any culture or brains aspect. Rich people buy many things that are just ridiculous and are prone to all the fads, trends, and snake oil salesmen. I more or less look for normal person, the receptionist in the hotel is normally a good persons lead to follow.

The receptionist in my Hotels in Malate area drank the water.

Drinking the water will not kill you; however, it may supersaturate your body over a long period of time with a lot of junk. How something entered you body to kill you is not clear, personally I am wagering it the food you eat, not the water from the tap. If it was the water the whole country would be dropping over dead, but one restaurant can have a problem.

The safe thing to do on a two week vacation is not drink the water, but a two week water budget will not kill you either.

Drinking Water in Philippines


Skype Speed Test Failure

Skype Speed Test Failure
I use Skype.com to test the speed of internet connections, there are Skype friendly and all the many speeds below. I moved into a room for 500 Pesos and an Ethernet Internet is provided. I will now change houses and move into one for 230 Pesos with Ethernet and WIFI internet because the first connection does not work.

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Skype.com is a way to make cheap phone calls over the internet. IF and providing the speed is fast enough for the telephone call, then it is fast enough to keep me happy on other uses.

I came to this room, checked it out before I rented, I turned on my computer and did the Skype.com Test Call. The ladies voice was clear, then I made a message and it was clear. I thought great I have a very good connection, my world is in great operating shape.

From 3:00 PM till about 8:00 AM the next day I tried to email this one half meg PDF file, the book called, The Art of War. This is about 16 hours of bad connection. At about 7:30 AM, I tried to make a Skype.com call and it worked.

This was annoying, I could make a telephone call, but I could not attach and send a mail.

I think filesharing or downloads was robbing the signal or dominating the shared line. I saw a man using skype.com in the Taste Bud Free internet area of Robinsons Mall and he could talk easily and I could not email.

My signal reads at 100.0 MBPS.

I am moving to another house today for 230 Peso per night, TV, Cable, AC and both WIFI and Ethernet Internet Connection. I am hoping this is not the same as sharing the shower, maybe I have to wait until one person is off before another can enter.

The Ethernet wire connection really makes me happy as WIFI sucks.

Skype Speed Test Failure


Starting Work on my Dream Backpack

Starting Work on my Dream Backpack
Today, December 6, 2007 I start to work on my dream backpack, the perfect traveler backpack. The biggest problems is dreams are not clear, they are fuzzy thoughts in my head that need to be taken from my brain and transformed into a bag.

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Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I am working with a man by the name of Rodney, he makes custom backpack as a living here in the Philippines.

We have decided to proceed this way on the project; we will meet daily at 8:00 am for two hours to discuss the pack. After maybe 5-10 days when both of agree we understand the backpack being proposed we will make a test pack. I present have 705 specific questions to ask Rodney and discuss about the bag. The simplified explanation of what we will do is we will discuss how the bag is to be used, what problems of a bag are, and how to design a bag with the benefits and features.

The principal I am using is that a very well thought out project can be explained easily. The backpack should be extremely easy to use.

I am also going to explain in a webpage slowly why some choices were not made, sort of a strange methodology. We could say, these are our four options, we chose this as the best because of this and that.

The purchase of materials, clips, and straps and is a problem; therefore, we decided the first pack would be constructed with the best available parts. We will order the necessary materials from other countries and have sent if needed or in the worst-case scenario, I will go to the country and buy. The zipper pull and the essential material of the bags both seem critically difficult to purchase in Philippines.

Starting Work on my Dream Backpack


No Bag save a Turtle Please

No Bag save a Turtle Please
Plastic bags kill turtles, the world now believe every purchase needs to be put in a plastic bag. I buy a pack of gum and they put in a plastic bag.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I refuse 9 out of 10 plastic bags by just saying no. I do admit, the plastic bag is good way to stop shoplifting.

However, I now say,
“No bag, save a turtle please.”

I realized the store was apathetic about the bag, they do not care yes or no, however when I say the turtle thing, they sometime think. I am by one on one lobby educating the people that a plastic bag I do not need will kill a turtle.


Malate Tourist Disaster Zone

MalateTourist Disaster Zone
I have decided the Malate and Ermita of Manila Metropolitan area is a tourist disaster zone. The culture of the area is so abnormal it would be insulting to call this part of the Philippines or to comment unless I take great care in the use of words.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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What has happened in the last few days is so over the edge stupid, I am going to review and think about what I have already written and publish later.

I am in luck today because I can move to Quezon, City whereby I will be able to regroup, work on the backpack and try to understand this Malate and Ermita Tourist Disaster Zone.

Two true small or big events that have lead up to this decision are I have not had water in my hotel for 18 hours because the whole area is having water line construction here in Christmas high season. The second reason it two boys were kissing in G-point the other night. There are too many signs on the wall, I just do not see any reason to ever return to this area of Manila again.

Malate is now... Craptastic!
As told to me by Craig of Travelvice.com

MalateTourist Disaster Zone


Smile When You're Lying

Smile When You're Lying
A book called - - - Smile When You're Lying- Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer. An email was not sent to me explaining this book title and author.

I think one of them public relations type people, no he has a title, ok the Marketing Coordinator sent me this ready to go written statement, I call these Public Relations Releases. I think it was a compliment and the book does sound interesting. I for sure do not like Travel Writers. Hmm, is this guy a travel writer?

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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Sending me good book information is funny, it is almost impossible for me to read a new book published, so... Maybe if I am nice, publish this, they will send me a paper copy by UPS or Fedex... I would love a PDF file.

The book is about something I say or allude to all the time, and one of the reason I consider when a person calls me a travel writer an insult.

Chuck Thompson, travel writer, editor, and photographer, has finally decided to come clean about the travel industry. After more than a decade in the industry he had enough of the half truths that were demanded by his editors and was especially annoyed that the best stories didn’t make it into the articles.

In Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer Thompson recounts his career as a travel writer and dishes the dirt on what really happened while he was abroad. From getting swindled in Thailand to running into trouble with customs inspectors in Belarus and media junkets in the Caribbean to experiencing the penis Olympics in Japan. Chuck’s work has appeared in Maxim, The Atlantic, Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and Escape, among many others, but the stories you’ll read in this book never made it to the pages of those magazines.

While debunking the myths that the travel industry forces down our throats, Thompson also dispenses some brutally honest advice. His tips include how to get the best accommodations (you pay for it), how to get bulkhead seats (bribe the departure-gate agent with chocolate), why you must always hang up on morons (100 percent annual turnover at call centers means you most likely aren’t gonna get a dedicated helper), and that spicy is never as spicy as you expect (unless it’s in Thailand where “when they tell you it’s spicy, it’s going to taste like someone shoving a blowtorch down your throat for the next twenty-five minutes”).

Smile When You’re Lying is a laugh out loud behind the scenes look at the travel industry. If you would like a review copy of this book, please reply to this message with your preferred mailing address. Please visit
http://www.chuckthompsonbooks.com/
for more information.

STOP

Ok, that was nice, I am a traveler, I travel, a little difficult to say if this book is good or bad, or the truth is this, for a traveler it is almost impossible to buy these books. Then again I am a traveler... not a travel writer.

Thanks
Andy in Manila, Philippines

Smile When You're Lying


Bad Genetics

Bad Genetics
People are not created equal; some have better brains and bodies than others. I get angry when a skinny person tells me I eat too much, therefore I am fat. I think, my DNA, and genetics gave me brains, what happened to you.. oops.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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There are some stupid opinions on the planet; one opinion is that Americans somehow are stupid for eating McDonald’s food and getting fat. I have done this long enough to know, this is some penis envy thing of Europeans as an attempt to say they are smarter, or maybe have more will power.

This is truly a Michael Moore way of thinking.

I said,
- I think about food 24 hours per day, I have to resist the temptation to eat 24 hours per day. -

Maybe this is some Alpha Male, predatory characteristic, which makes sure I survive, continually hunting, while others stop.

It is hard to believe that people can believe that Asian people are small because of genetics, and they cannot accept that they are also smaller and less fat because of the same DNA groupings.

Europeans and Americans are for the most part the same, the big difference is Europeans must walk about 10 times more than American and impossible to avoid. The roads are too small to accommodate cars, they must walk.

There are some genetically large differences between tribes of the planet.

I have either good or bad genetics, according to the situation, however this annoying set of genes my parents gave me is my bodies desire to get fat. I obsessively think about my desire to be thin daily, I have played so many mental games with myself, I sometime just give up and eat. I ate too much in Thailand and now I am eating less in Manila, trying to get the man in the mirror to look smaller.

I cannot control my daily variables, the situations that happen daily are never the same, I cannot just run, the streets of Manila are nuts, I cannot eat salads; they just do not sell Salads in Ghana.

One thing I have learned to trust, if you tell me,
- You love to eat. -
I believe you.

Although if you also live and do something, I also believe you. A person is what they do, not what they say or do not say.

An example of this is when I hear a person say,
- I am a travel writer. -

I ask, where are you? They will write and say, I am at work, in my office in the USA.

I think, you are a writer, I not sure about the travel thing. A person does do what they are in life, and I should trust them.

All this because I know if I walk towards food today, I want to get fat, or not lose weight.

The am working on some complicated travel problems here in Manila, or the Malate, Emita, Mabina area of Manila, Philippines. I am becoming increasingly annoyed with this area of Manila, and I am trying to know why, I find I hide in my room, watching TV and do not leave. When a person arrives at their travel destination and they do not want to leave the room, this is not a good sign. We do what we want to do in life, and we are what we do.

Bad Genetics


A Philippines Backpack

A Philippines Backpack
'Look, your worship,' said Sancho. 'What we see there are not giants but windmills,

From Don Quixote
By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I met a Philippines man yesterday who has a room full of sewing machines used to make backpacks.

My friend Gary says or alludes that I am chasing my Windmills when I start talking about Backpacks.

I have made over 11 examples of what I hoped to be the perfect backpacks; I have gone to many countries chasing my Dream.

Katmandu, Nepal
Saigon, Vietnam
Cusco, Peru
Bandung, Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia
Hong Kong
Panajachel, Guatemala
Toledo, Ohio USA
Hampi, Indian
Subic Bay, Philippines

I went to Quezon, City Philippines yesterday chasing the Giant.

Hope, I find myself lying here in bed afraid to think about this project, this long-term project of mine to make the perfect travelers backpack.

Gary also said something to me saying you cannot beat a man that will not quit.

There is a price to pay when you go chasing dreams, I have to ask myself today, am I willing to cough up the price, do I have the energy, the will, the motivations to pay the price.

I will reach into my pockets today, do I have enough time and love to devote to this dream, can I forgive and forget pas failures, can I overlook all the past frustrations and angers and chase a dream.

This is an idea so simple you think stupid.

I am trying to draw the perfect circle.

I want to make a backpack for a person that needs a backpack, I want to make a backpack that I can sell and never give any excuses. I do not wish to say, I am sorry, there is a problem, a backpack I would be so proud of I could say, this is a backpack a true traveler would use.

I need a backpack, when you meet the women of your dreams; you had better marry her today, not tomorrow.

Bakit Hindi

The Philippine Tagalog languge for?

A Philippines Backpack