Philippines Travel Stories, Page 29

Andy a Jaded Traveler

Andy a Jaded Traveler
I have been warned, everyone wants me to know,
- Andy, do not trust anyone in the Philippines. -
I believe it is possible to turn every problem into an opportunity.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Friday, November 30, 2007
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I have been having a great time; some man said to me, only in the Philippines can you have in one week,

- An attempted military coup.
- A typhoon
- blah blah blah

I do not know what happened last week and on hindsight, I am curious why I was not curious. I can only derive that I am incredibly jaded. I am a little angry with myself for minimizing the importance of the attempt Coup on the Philippine government yesterday here in Manila.

I feel like a subject in an experiment, which goes like this….

Ok, we will take an American who reads 3-5 newspapers per day in the USA, watches CNN, FOX news while walking on the treadmill after work at the health center. I also woke up and watched the McLaughlin Group or maybe the Beltway Boys.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLaughlin_Group

The experiment goes like this, we will take this person and not allow them to see Television or read a Newspaper for a month.

For the last 10 years I have experienced times of total news blackout, I have had times from one day to two months where I learned after the fact or never what happened on the planet in this time period.

What is my opinion about the value of the Television of Newspaper news on the planet?

Zero value

I do not miss anything of importance, my life does not change.

What is great and wonderful about not watching the Television news or reading a newspaper is I do not have any negative input into my life. Watching the Television NEWS has to be the most negative experience in my life.

I think a good movie can be the most uplifting and moving experience in my life.

I truly think my life is better when I do not see CNN or BBC, then I do not watch and feel these negative emotions.

I promise myself, I will not turn on the television and first turn to CNN and check the news; I will turn on a movie. I am positive I do not become a better person by watching the news.

I really do not want to know I cannot trust the news or people; I do want to be ignorant of problems I cannot change.

I promise myself to be jaded enough to view the news as entertainment and not as something of real value if I do learn what is happening on the planet.

Andy a Jaded Traveler


Media Coup Attempt on Philippines in Progress

Media Coup Attempt on Philippines in Progress
Presently a humorous and annoying non-violent attempt to over-throw the government of the Philippines is in process here in Manila, Philippines.

A Philippines Senator by the name of Trillanes has barricaded himself on a floor of the Manila Peninsula Hotel here the Makati area of Manila. I am calling this a Media Coup as it appears the weapon being used is the Television Media to control or attempt to control the country.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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It appears that as of 3:35 pm, Senator Trillanes has surrounded his groups with the Television Press to guarantee the Philippines Police and Military have great problems in performing any legal process. It will be interesting if this Senator Trillanes can get himself shot by the government of the Philippines.

Strange as it sounds, these Military Coups whether with weapons or media manipulations are more interesting than real problems Unless, I suppose you happen to be in the Hotel where he wants to play his manipulation of media.

This is more or less a game; he is playing with the government of the Philippines daring them to enforce the legal laws. Senator Trillane appears to have close to zero support by the normal people here on the ground unless maybe he can get himself accidentally shot.

I am going to walk down to the LA Café and use the WIFI to publish this for kick; this is would be the proper place to publish this kind of blog post… Hehehe

I suppose I could also change the channel to HBO and see if a better show is also in progress.

I walked down to the lobby of the hotel, I asked,
- Who wants the Government of Philippines overthrown? -

I think maybe six people, I think two understood my English, one said, I think not possible and the other said, a few of them.

I am now in the LA Café and they are watching sports with almost zero interest.

Media Coup Attempt on Philippines in Progress


Manila Philippines Internet 60 Pesos Per Hour

Manila Philippines Internet 60 Pesos Per Hour
The cost of internet in Manila, seems to be about 60 pesos per hour as of November of 2007 in tourist hotel areas of Manila. The best option is probably the Free WIFI at Taste Buds Restaurant area on the second floor of Robinson Mall in a food court providing you do not drink too much over-priced coffee. I have not found any hotels acceptable with WIFI.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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For 70.00 PHP or 1.6 USD I get a cup of coffee with Free WIFI, no key or crazy crap to deal with. Philippines Pesos United States Dollars 1 PHP = 0.0233770 USD 1 USD = 42.7770 PHP

WIFI is not free in Starbucks, or here the San Francisco Coffee. They want you to buy a cup of coffee, thereby your net cost to use the Internet is expensive. If you like to drink overpriced coffee and hang out with people who buy over-priced coffee you are good to go. If you just feel nothing, no guilt, go and use the internet at Taste Buds, and do not buy coffee or food, I will then call you a mooch.. Hehehe

I am as only as good as my battery, if they really wanted me to stay, I would have an electrical plug like the internet café.
Mobile Office

Too clever, the world is always wanting to be too clever. I cannot even blog about some of these things as it takes hours to explain all the catches to deals, as used in the English phrase,
- What is the catch? -

This is the problem with the Philippines and travel in general, there is always a catch.

However for good fun, and real entertainment, stop thinking of them hawkers in the street as annoyance and try think to think of them as the entertainment. I have great fun listening to the scams being explained to me, however they work on many people, so they should be afraid and run, or get angry.

Manila Philippines Internet 60 Pesos Per Hour


Philippines Not Girl Friendly

Philippines Not Girl Friendly
The Philippine is not the best place for female tourist; a person could say is it not Girl Friendly. A country often encourages certain types of tourism and inadvertently discourages other types.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Southeast Asia I believe started mass tourism with war, the Second World War, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The men defined and started the flavor or tourism for many countries in Southeast Asia.

Not Girl Friendly is not a good thing, it is a bad thing, and I really do believe all types of people should be able to live together. However, in real life, I would strongly advise a person to ignore that idealist advice and find the place where they are welcomed.
Life is good, life is fun, and it does not and should not be a continuous day in and day out social statement. This is for people who are mentally nuts. I go find my paradise and hope to avoid the places that do not want me.

I listened to a comment yesterday that was hilariously correct about the Malate Pensionne and the Friendly Guesthouse in the Malate part of Manila. I am living in the Ermita - Robinson Mall area and, and slowly feel myself moving towards some Island, as I am not wanted in the Malate area, and worried about Emita.

If you looked at the big picture of my travel, then I am moving towards Africa or even back towards South America because this is where I am more welcomed.

I for sure do not fit in on Khao San Road or Thailand; however, this is one of the best places on the planet to buy plane tickets and to live cheap and easy with the least amount of annoyances for the money.

This is funny, the Malate area is discouraging me from living in that area, more or less a subtle form of discrimination against men who like women.

I am somewhat lost, I love Island life, and I like to normal English sometimes, therefore the Philippines is a great place. I also think the extremely friendly females put a smile on my face. I heard Christmas Carols in the Robinsons Mall super market yesterday, this made me feel good, and I do not feel this in Thailand, I feel an Asian thing.

The Philippines is about, what I call what-is-leftover-logic

What is left over after you ignore a lot, and for sure, I need to ignore a lot in Manila, however for me after I ignore a lot, what is left over is

Had to ignore is…
Hotels that are 30-50 percent more expensive than Thailand.


What is left over is…

English
Smiling and Joking Philippine people in Robinsons Mall.
Tons of flirting girls.
Super good Internet Cafes
A lifetime of Islands to explore
English speaking Expats with some wild stories to hear.

The traffic is hard to ignore, I wish there were more female travelers so there was more balanced conversations.

I am not a tolerant person, I am person that can ignore, and not comment about things I see as wrong. I have many friends with some really strange lifestyles, if they are respectful of me, if they are not respectful of me; I leave and find new friends.

It is a funny world, I am not part of a minority group, I am more or less the all American man from the USA, it is interesting how many minority groups do not like me, all else is welcome, except for normal.

Here is complicated travel advice, if a place is asking certain groups of tourist to come and visit or they say it is friendly to this group. This could be translated to mean, the country has too many of the opposite and they want to change the ratios, or if you are not that group you are not welcome.

What they say is welcome is also saying who is not welcome. I try to notice when I become the minority, then keep my mouth shut, and find a new place for me, getting difficult for the normal man or women.

Example: An Alcoholic would fit in better here than a person who does not drink. In the new world you need a good personal problem to fit in… hehehe

Philippines Not Girl Friendly


Two Philippine Expats

Two Philippine Expats
An Expatriate is a citizen who has left his or her own country to live in another, usually for a prolonged period. I am probably an Expatriate however do not appreciate being called an Expat because it implies I left a country I do not like, I love my country.

I meet and know many expats in the Philippines, there are two dominate types of Expats.

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Manila, Philippines - Ermita Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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1. Men who like women and go find women who like them.

2. Expats who know they can work two months a year in high pay country and live for 11 months in the low cost of living countries.

People do not like to be labeled, however only with a label can I isolate the specific identifiers that helps a person to understand who they I am or not.

The words labels and tags are not being used in YouTube.com, blogger.com and is more of a spinoff I think of words Keywords. This is all a never-ending attempt to keep the people together who want to be together. YouTube.com has developed a second level of grouping that to me is tracking or channeling as way of forcing you to associate with like kind people.

I would say, the complaints help me more than the compliments to make travel choices.

I met yesterday with Mark from USA with his wife and children by accident in the Robinsons Mall large food Super Market, he just returned from the USA and is doing great with his coin business.

I met Bjorn from Norway, who just returned after Nine months in Hong Kong and is hopeful on his oil trading business.

I would say both of these Expats would live in highly developed countries if they were rich. Bjorn was outlining a plan to move to New Zealand and some idea of Argentina. Mark does live half the time in the USA and half the time in the Philippines.

The cost of living in the Philippines is double of Thailand; however, I think the business opportunities are ten times greater here for an English speaker than in Thailand. Singapore is annoying and Hong Kong is a mess of Chinese confusion. I think to live in Singapore; it would be easier to just move back to the USA to work, why pay a lot of money to talk with Chinese, Malaysia and India people.

The Philippines is good after you walk beyond the people trying to grab you in the streets and the trash. Manila is the first impression of the Philippines and for the most part, they put their worst foot forward, it is sad, a first impression is not the way to judge the Philippines.

I found it interesting Mark and Bjorn are here, these two men wish to work, this is a good sign for me, I believe that the Philippines is a good place in Asia for a man to do business.

Two Philippine Expats


Nigeria One Laptop per Child

Nigeria One Laptop per Child
The Minister of Education interviewed on BBC Television news, and I think to myself,
- This is Africa. -
The leadership of Africa are not leaders, they are selfish jokes, annoying to watch him on BBC news.

One Laptop per child is a project where they are giving away 100 US dollars Laptops to children, and I guess doing some test in Nigeria now.

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Manila, Philippines - Malate - Ermita Southeast Asia
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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He more or less said how can a laptop help when they need uniforms, facilities and schools. I would translate, send me money for this to line my pockets. A computer it tangible, hard to redirect to his home or resell.

Learning does not need all this, it can happen anywhere if there is some passion and a student, when there is a student the teacher arrives, I guarantee it.

My memory of schools in West Africa is 20-40 children using a hoe to clean the grass out of the school area, maybe the soccer field as a man watch with a stick.

This is the mindset of Africa, like a slave driver, I could feel they just did not get it, a mind is valuable, and you need to feed it ideas. I always felt they went to school to keep the grounds of the school cleaned and maybe the soccer field free of grass so the adults could play. The mindset more that children are workers than students.

Nigeria One Laptop per Child


Home Away From Home Hotel

Home Away From Home Hotel
I would love this, I have yet to find it. The best hotels in my opinion are managed by the owner and family, with a lot of small workers to do the work…

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Manila, Philippines - Malate - Ermita Southeast Asia
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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The taxi pulled up to the front of my hotel in Manila, Philippines at about 5:30 am, and a girls opens the gate to welcome me into the hotel. I am now Manila, Philippines, a place I have visited a few time before, it is closer to home than most cities, it helps they speak small English.

There was some jokes, some discussion, I said something about whether one room was available. I want my room, Andy has a room in this hotel and in all hotels, I choose the room that is mine and I become a squatter. I think a few people panic a little when they enter a hotel, like this is a big business decision. I tend to walk around looking over the place that is my new home and deciding, it this my new home.

Often if my room is not available, I go to the next hotel on the list and see if my room is available there.

Home Away From Home Hotel


2007 Leave Thailand Enter Philippines

2007 Leave Thailand Enter Philippines
November 28, 2007 I left Bangkok, Thailand with Cebu Pacific Air and entered Manila, Philippines.

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Manila, Philippines - Malate - Ermita Southeast Asia
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Cost of Taxi from Khao San to Airport was 220 Baht, and then adds about 75 Baht for toll highway; I paid 300 for taxi to new Airport.

Walked out of the Airport of Cebu Pacific in Manila, found a meter taxi for 150 to Malate - Ermita Area. The shuttle inside wanted 600 Pesos, it was 5:30 in morning, no reason to rush.

2007 Leave Thailand Enter Philippines