Philippines Travel Stories, Page 34

Manila Typhoon Brownouts

Manila Typhoon Brownouts
Manila Philippines Southeast Asia
Friday, December 1, 2006

Morning in the Philippines and the biggest Typhoon maybe related problem is electrical brownouts.

I think it is an electrical outage, not really a dimming, not a brownout.

However, there is not electricity; I am in a very large 24-hour internet Korean managed internet café in the Malate area of Manila.

There are crickets or locust in the room, the squeal of the electrical backup systems make me feel like I am in a tent, the room has zero windows so only the small exits signs and my laptop computer screen provide lights. Fortunately, up to this point, the electricity has only stopped for short times, 5 minutes, I somewhat expect that one of these times it will stop and stay off for hours.

I have this squeeze powered flashlight in my computer bag, this is where I store it, I chose good on that one… hehehe, The electrify just came back on, maybe it is a brown out, and a dimming of an area because of over-use.

Manila Typhoon Brownouts

BBC Inquiry

BBC Inquiry
Manila Philippines Southeast Asia
Friday, December 1, 2006

I am watching BBC or the English TV 24 hour per day news show, same as CNN, they just ended a segment on United Nations in Haiti. They say the words inquiry, like they are the government of the world.

I guess, I have problem with the word - NEWS -

1. recent information
2. current events
3. Program

Now, as the lady says the words,
- BBC Inquiry -
I know and feel, the News Media has indeed become the,
- Fourth Estate -

Quote from Michael Kinsley - (Encarta Encyclopedia)

- The press in America is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Estate. This term dates back to 18th-century Britain. It was meant to suggest that the press was a force in society and government equal to the three recognized “estates” of the time—the nobility, the clergy, and the commoners. Today the term still signifies that the press plays a special role in our system of government. - (2)

This is more of a French thing, and roots of where the term, - Third World - was derived.

The news is the oversight of the government; however, I am now sure there is need for oversight of the press.

It has become impossible to separate innuendo from the truth, I am a currents events traveler because I do wish to learn the truth, and I trust the governments of the world more than I trust the press.

The BBC was reporting that UN Soldiers were going to strip bars and buying girls…
- Duh… -
Be real, you are kidding me, soldiers doing this…

I guess the UN peacekeepers are not big advertising dollars, like the other - save-the-world- UN funds. So they are on the attack, howver, the real problem, is overlooked, their big advertisers, the NGO. They do not seem to find the mass corruption in NGO - ONG of the world.

BBC Inquiry

Catch 22 Philippines

Catch 22 Philippines
Manila Philippines Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 30, 2006

The movie Catch 22 is on HBO, as I am lying here in bed in Manila, typing on my computer, a person has to wonder how this enter the plot.

There is a Typhoon coming towards the Philippines, supposed to arrive around Friday morning. I thought about flying to southern Philippines quickly, however as I like to fly and visit current events sites. It would make sense to stay in Manila or closer to the center so I can see the current events as it happens. However, to choose to stay in the center of a Typhoon does seem to be a Catch 22.

Catch 22 Philippines

Newsletter on West Africa from Manila Typhoon Coming

Newsletter on West Africa from Manila Typhoon

There is a Typhoon coming.... I am in Manila, here is my current newsletter.

Newsletter on West Africa from Manila Typhoon

Annoying Phone Calls

Annoying Phone Calls

If you think the phone ringing is annoying in the USA, come to Philippines. The average young Philippines person has the phone ring about once every 3-5 minutes. They are texting or sending SMS message.

Is getting the call annoying or the ring...
What a nutty world.

Annoying Phone Calls

Manila Reruns

Manila Reruns
Manila Philippines Southeast Asia
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

There are people that return to the exact same tourist destination every year. I personally have returned to a few places, some many times, call it my vacation from vacation. However, I am aware of this, as there is a traveler’s creed that says, never go back, and never follow the same path, no round trip tickets. We are supposed to go and see the new, never experience reruns of old movies.

Good, bad, and real, the real situation is somewhere in my Hobo search for money, the lost Hobo going from place to place, looking for temporary jobs, day jobs, begging, finding a way to survive, is we need to make compromises. The glamour of travel, is travel, the reality is I need money, everyone needs money.

I am amused when I hear colleagues, partners in crime, persons who desire to be long-term, never-go-home-travelers. I presently know and can list four persons who somewhat wish to travel indefinitely. The four of them have one characteristic in common, they refuse to compromise their travel plans to earn enough money to continue to travel. They also plan their travel; this is an earmark of a person that is planning to go home.

Why do you need to plan, it is endless?

Ok, traveler or tourist, most are tourist and will leave the game and return to a job.

When, they talk with me, they do not like what I say, I say,
- Make some money. -

I am older, I know the compromise is life, the life of being a kid will end, Peter Pan, over the rainbow, delusional ideas of endless summer do end. I want them to be Hoboes. I want them to be tramps, bums, and vagabonds. A person that cannot stay at a job, loses a job, and ends up working temporary jobs all their lives. I want them to make some small compromises so they can continue to travel and not return to that endless rerun of a job they quit.

Somewhere in the USA, everywhere on the planet, some man in a truck is driving into a parking lot, he gets out of the truck, says,
- Who what to pick strawberries? -
- 40 Dollars per day. -

The man makes an offer that is an insult to a person with money, but to the man who needs the work.
- They compromise their values.-

Throw them lofty, I want this; I want that out windows, I want enough money to survive, they get into the back of the truck, and they earn the minimal amount of money to survive.

I do reruns to Manila, it is my vacation compromise, or was, a place where I can go from one hour per day on the internet, to a 24-hour work in an internet café. I compromise my traveler’s value system of never returning to watch a rerun, so I can earn enough money to continue to travel.

I have to work to travel, a traveler works, a tourist does not work. A traveler must make a compromise of tourist; find a way to earn enough money to stay.

Bangkok Thailand is where I save money on plane tickets, Manila is like an office to me, where I do concentrated work on the internet, upload, download the big bandwidth.

It is a temporary job; it is how I make the compromise to continue to travel. I can fly direct and pay too much; however, I fly to Bangkok buy a cheaper ticket. A non-stop flight is not my idea of travel, it a tourist concept, only pleasure. I take the five-stop plane ticket to save any amount of money.


9-5, going to work everyday is what makes money.

It is endless runs, one day, some people say, take this job and shove it.

I suppose this is the cathartic value of a diary, I eventually work my brain to the bottom line. Manila has or is becoming an endless reruns, and on the plane I thought, Thailand with the GPRS cell phone connection is better internet.

The value of Manila is negligible now, both from tourist view, and from a temporary job view. It is just a short-term place to visit and comfortable.

What is great, I saw a path; an explorer looks for a path. I am looking for paths presently to North Asia, Japan, Korea, and other small expensive places. I look for cheap paths, it is easy to find a path, but to find the budget path is difficult. I will find it.

The travel agents will not tell.

I learned that Cebu Pacific flies to Korea from Manila, maybe an easy way to travel to Korea cheap.

In a ways Asia is the same as Europe, I can go to a city, and then take any flight, LCC to anywhere that is less than 75 US Dollars. This to me is a traveler’s mode of travel.

I think today, this morning, I will do this; I will get on Cebu Pacific and buy any plane ticket that is too cheap, going somewhere in Philippines. I think this is actually the best way to travel the Philippines, get a one-way ticket to anywhere in Philippines than take a land path back, never take the same path, no reruns.

The compromise is you have to transit.

Manila Reruns

2006 November 28 Enter Philippines

2006 November 28 Enter Philippines

I entered the Philippines and left Singapore.

2006 November 28 Enter Philippines

United States Embassy in Philippines

United States Embassy in Philippines
I went to the United States Embassy in Philippines to get extra pages installed in my 2 USA Passports. I have 2 passports and both are almost full of stamps, I need extra pages.
I told the woman,
- I am ashamed of my country. -

I am in the United States upon entering the Embassy.
The woman said,
- You are not in the USA, you are in the Philippines. -

The Embassy is ran by clueless Philippines persons.
- I am ashamed of my country. -

I have gone to the Embassy twice, both times now I failed to get the pages inserted in the passports. I was able to get a new passport after mine was stolen in Madrid in 2 hours.
I can guarantee 100 percent that a person could carry a bomb into this embassy through gate 3 of the Embassy. I walked in the no entry gate two times and took a photo on the last time out. There is more security at the Cowboy Grill close to my Hotel.
I am ashamed of my country.
I leave tomorrow for Singapore. I need my passport. I was asked to leave the passport until 3:00, therefore at this time I could pick it up. I do not trust a Philippines person with my passport for three hours. I would not trust an American in the USA for three hours with my passport, when I need it to leave the country tomorrow. Note, I went on Friday; the embassy was closed in the afternoon, and is closed when they wish me to pick up. The last time they closed it because of a fire alarm.
I came back on the last day possible, and they want me give them my passport and return when the office is closed. Yes, this may work, but the downside is way beyond the need.
I am ashamed of my country.
The solution is easy, hire a few of the many United States Citizens that wish to live in the Philippines. I am sure there exist native-born citizens who speak English.
The Philippines is know for one thing, that it appears to do very well, and they are standing in line waiting to get permission to immigrate to the USA.
United States Embassy in Philippines