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160    September 14, 2004
TIP: Recon Mission
LOCATION: Manila, Philippines
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      Banaue Philippines Rice Terraces
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When years described me as mature the remedy prescribed was
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THE THRILLER IN MANILA - PHILIPPINES

Cassius Clay one of the world’s greatest boxers fought here,
that is the first things I think of when I think of Manila, Philippines.
Probably fought here to avoid the taxes and laws of the USA and
I am sure there are lot of other American citizens here doing the
same, as this seems to be a retreat for people hiding.

I came here only on a reconnaissance mission and will return for a
3-4 months tour of the place I hope in the next year. This place is
great having most everything in life I would like to experience. The
only negative point is that grab and take mentality of the Spanish
pirates also known as Conquistadors that semi-civilized this land
is inbred into the people so this is a land of scams and quick
talkers always reaching.

But all of Central and South America is the same,
so I have experience in dealing with Pirates.

My two week recon is almost finished, and give myself the go
ahead to plan the next trip here. I entered Manila, went up to
Banaue to see the rice terraces and stopped in Angeles city
to see if it really was Sodom and Gomorrah. I tried to meet with
a couple of people but while they are sleeping I am awake, and
while I am awake they are asleep.

COMPARED TO THAILAND
I think this place is richer than Thailand, but have the poor me
mentality, of course that is easier to express when you speak
English. Cost of living is about the same as Thailand, but
harder to find cheap food.

I know that some of you want my impression of this country…
So here goes briefly as possible. If bored go read below
about Rice Terraces.

MY NOTES:

Banaue has water hoses that run above your head to pipe
water down the hill.

The Peace Corps is here and to me this is silly, this is not a
poor country, although they do have their hand out.

The workers along the road wear hard hats and orange protective jackets.
Sign of wealth.

There are wheelchair ramps on the sidewalks.
Sign of wealth.

Sugar cane is grown and that usually mean moonshine exist.

Toll roads outside the city and a way to collect money for corrupt
government officials. Like Robin Hood lots of cities in the world
have toll roads to enter or leave a city.

Angeles city is the parallel Paid Girl city like Pataya in Thailand,
but the real place is called Dau.

Rumors that there are 8000 USA soldiers here, a new deepwater
port, and they are building secret airports close to the former Clark.
All paid for in the name of US aid and not in the name of US military.

Loan companies - sign of wealth, the money seems stable. Come
and live here on the cheap and put your money in Singapore or Hong Kong.

The have concrete mixers and bulldozers.
Sign of wealth.

The scaffolding is steal and not wood.
Sign of wealth.

The place looks poor not because of poverty but because they use
steel roofing and not asbestos, so the roof are all rusted and ugly.

The place looks poor because lots of building out of wood and
they deteriorate.

Rice is a big commercial crop farmed by machines.

The way to get rich here is normal, be a corrupt public official.

Alex Garland is supposed to hang out here, the writer of the movie
the beach. This appears to me to be the place where I would say
the smart money hangs out. I always say follow the smart money.
So I would also say to follow the Smart Backpackers like Alex.

Girls are sort of flat and squatty, but sometime can be outstanding
exotic. Like the girls of Argentina on the whole not that pretty,
but they have some real kickers.

The country is westernized and has chain restaurants galore.

The chew that beetle nut stuff here in the countryside and it is disgusting.

Girls do not shower like Thai girls… hehehe

They play country western music on the buses.
“But for the Grace of God.”
“I love this bar.”
Jimmy Buffet - Its Five O’clock somewhere.”

Note: I hate to use the ( ‘ ) in Asian countries because the computer
could turn it into an Asian or Chinese character.

Everyone has a cell or mobile phone so you can sit around watching
5-10 people text message, drives me crazy.

I found a great Hostel in Manila just down the street from the stuffy
and overpriced, boring Malate Pension called the Friendly Guesthouse.
It is on the fourth floor of the building and sort of hides, owned by
a couple or what appears to be friendly and young Philippines trained
in the USA rich kids by the name of Benjie and Miguel. Great place
to hang out with a kitchen for the use of the travelers. I think this
is the first proper Hostel I have found in Asia. Note they have dorm,
but I do not equate a Hostel with dorms, I think a Hostel is where
you meet other travelers.

I think the it is better to come here in the off-season or the cost
of living could double because they do not appear to have adequate
Hotel facilities and would extort money if they had the chance.

I found the funniest bar in the world called the L.A. Nites. A very
good place for the male ego to feel appreciated. Looks and seems
like a normal bar, complete with band and normal drinks but the
girls all love the guys. None of that buy a girl a drink for 3 dollars
so you can talk to her crap, but then again same same.

It will cost you a minimum of 230 dollars to buy a ticket in Manila
and fly to the mainland Southeast Asia. You should buy a round-trip
ticket with an open return for up to six months. There is no way
you can see anything here in 21-30 days.

You can renew your visa easily and forever it seems for about
one dollars U.S. per day net cost. You can do this on the Islands
of Palawan and Baracay and do not have to return to Manila.

I go now to Bangkok and then to Nepal… I hope, or maybe.

Life is good in the Philippines.

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BANAUE RICE TERRACES

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BANAUE RICE TERRACES
Hmm… Maybe you should not visit.

Three-fourths of the earths surface is covered by oceans or seas,
then the remainder the world wants to cover it with a lake so they
can grow rice. Rice is a crop that can be harvested in three to
six months

WHY RICE?
Unlike most crops where you can only harvest one time per year
rice can often create two or three harvest per year as best
I can understand.

Rice is the number one food for half the planet, and the planet is
covered with rice growing in water. I often I muse that maybe the
real cause of supposed global warming is that the diverting of water
from rivers and lakes that then evaporates at an extreme rate has
caused a change in the eco-system of the planet.

So intent is the world on growing rice that for over 2000 years in
the area around Banaue Philippines they have been making
flooded terraces. The mountains are like huge sponges that
absorbs the rain and snow slowly releasing the water from the
sponge it becomes a river, and then a rice field and in the case
of Banaue rice terraces.

The flatter the land the less terraces, and the greater the inclines
the more the terraces. All rice fields have terraces because water
flows downhill with gravity working its way to the sea. So as the
water proceeds downward the next rice field is required to take
a step or terrace down.

Machu Picchu in Peru is mostly one big terrace area full of river
rocks where over centuries the natives have built one level of flat
area after another to create tillable land.

Banaue Rice terraces is the Machu Picchu of the Philippines, but
even more extraordinary. One cannot but be amazed when you
seen the large archeology sites that a slave or human has carried
that so many rocks from point A to point B. I suppose the larger
the rock the harder to carry. Tikal in Guatemaula and the Pyramids
in Egypt are probably the experts on carrying large rocks.

Banauue and Machu Picchu are the experts in carrying small rocks,
Babylon is about the stacking of clay bricks made from digging the
clay from the ground and making walls.

IT IS ABOUT WHAT A HUMAN CAN DO!

What the human animal is able to make is sometime a wonder,
it is truly a wonder of the planet that humans could create this
many rice terraces.

What is amazing to me is they did this for food or the need for
food, and not because some crazed King or Queen or the fear
of Gods told then they needed to or die. This place only needs
a few places of torture, statues of some the mystical God, or a
place where they sacrifice virgins and this place would be one
of the most visited places on the planet. But nope it about the
engineering of rice terraces.

ENGINEERS AT WORK

I sat in Batad a four skyscraper climb up and down a few hours
away from Banaue and truly one of the most romantic spots on
the planet looking at the mountains of rice terraces.
(Note that Batad has Tappia Waterfalls.)

I counted as many as 140 terraces in some locations from the
lowest point to the top of the mountain, that is 140 small waterfalls,
bamboo tubes, channels or 140 times the water made the fall from
one level down to the next.

Looking I was amazed, how did they know which way to go? How
did they keep the terrace level, why, what, where, who did this amazing feat.

I allowed myself 3 more days of wonder in the village of Banaue
to look and think, always asking myself how was this engineered?

So for 2000 years more or less generation upon generation of mother
and father barefoot worked as engineers in the mountain region around
Banaue to create one of the largest areas of rice terraces in the world.

UNESC0
They have marked this area as any area that should be saved and
I agree, but hmm… Maybe we should not visit this place.

Tourism is quickly turning farmers into Lodge owners and taxi drivers
and the terraces are in need of farmers. Too many jobs catering to
me and you has robbed the terraces of the cheap labor needed
to cultivate by hand each terrace.

NO MACHINES
Rice is mass produced in the Philippines and they use small two
wheeled tilling machines that allow farmers to prosper. I have seen
almost no subsistent farmers that wish to remain poor that are
needed to farm the rice terraces.

So until further notice unless you only wish to contribute to helping
the locals to prosper by tourism and the decay of a wonder of the
planet, better to stay home.

What a catch 22 if you go you will help the people to live a better life,
but if you go you will destroy the reason you went to visit… anyway
you do the world lose, but this is life.

SOLUTION
Now find and dandy that UNESCO pays some money that makes
the local politicians have a better than normal lifestyle and contributes
to the local economy. However what these rice terraces need are to
be financially profitable, and being that human labor is presently
competing with machine labor the terraces will lose. I would
propose instead of paying for skyscraper upon scraper of steps
for the tourist what this place needs is concrete ramps that would
allow the local farmers to take there rice cultivation machines
up the side of the mountains, but as normal, blah blah blah

So, as you wish.

UNESCO
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Banaue Rice Terraces
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Batad Philippines
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RECON MISSION

RECONNAISSANCE a country.
Reconnaissance
Reconnoiter
Recognize
Cognition

The source of the word reconnaissance starts somewhere in
French or Latin and mean to know, but to have knowledge we
need to go see or have someone go see for us. So you may get
sent on a recon mission, or better yet send yourself on a
reconnaissance mission.

The military sends out airplanes, spies, or looks down with a
satellite to learn about the strengths or weakness of the enemy.

WHY DOES A TRAVELER NEED A RECON MISSION?

I want to know the good and the bad about a country, I want
to know whether I can travel the country with ease and within
a budget or I need to be a rich kid who really does not have
a budget to survive. I want my budget, my time, and my energy
spent in pursuit of pleasure, so life is not only good, it is the best.

WHAT IS THE ENEMY OF THE TRAVELER?

Extreme cost of hotels, transportation and food or the amount
of proper time needed to enjoy and explore, length of visa, or
the stress of mass confusion.

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO COLLECT

1. TRANSPORTATION
I buy one-way tickets, but what if I buy a one-way ticket to
an island, and I discover on the island that it cost five times the
cost to fly back to the mainland. I could pay extortion fees to leave.

2. HOTELS
It is one hundred percent possible to enter a city where the cost
of a Hotel is 5 times what you planned to pay. The guidebook says
there are rooms for 20 dollars U.S. but the clincher is there are
no room available so you have to opt for the 100 dollar room.
This I translate as Europe, you need a reservation or an escape
route, in the end you can just live on the train or bus.

3. VISA
How difficult is it to enter the country?
Can I go to the border and enter (South America),
or must I make an application, (China)
or do I need a paid invitation? (Russia)

How do you extend your visa or do you have to leave the
country or is it done by a travel agent or the immigration office?
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MASS CONFUSION
This is where the combination of transportation, hotel, and visa
add up to where the only way you may wish to enter is with an
all inclusive tour. I suppose maybe countries like Russia, Bhutan,
Iran and more. Although with a little reconnaissance you can
probably make the trip on a backpacker budget.

HOW TO RECONNAISSANCE?
Find and talk with groups of travelers.

If you spend five day in a group of friendly travelers in a Hostel
like environment where the group has new people entering and
leaving you can learn a lot. I call this the Center of the Backpacker
Universe, the place where you can hopefully meet the core travelers,
please do not think that expats living in a country are going to give
you the best travel information. They will know about the local area,
but they normally stay in one location and are not traveling the
country, pay too much, and are not Hoboes.

STRATEGIES
- On the fringes of the Center of the Backpacker Universe.

1. Get close to the country, or the adjoining country so you can talk
with people coming and going from the country you wish to enter.

2. Enter the country and leave the country. Decide that you can
spend 100 dollars per day and enter the country for the amount
of days you can afford until you run out of money.

3. Pass through the country by bus or take the train. As you
pass other traveler or tourist ask lots of questions, and when
possible check the price of rooms.

4. Internet, this is highly unreliable, but if you follow a persons
travelogue or blog you could get a good feel. One email from
a trusted friend is not the way to go.

5. Round trip air ticket that is open so you can extend.

6. Tours - This will or should limit your expense. Note that I have
never found food to be the problem, unless you are crazy and
think you have to eat in a restaurant three times per day, or you
are a snob and above going into a store to buy food off the shelves.

7. Go visit a friend and stay in their home.

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Forums
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Travelogues and Travel Blogs
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Transportation
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Center of backpacker universe.
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Reservations
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Visa
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ROUTES OR THE PATH TO TAKE
This is the essential reason why you need to find a the
core travelers or the center of the backpacker universe
so you can discuss with other travelers and find people
like yourself to help direct you toward the best places.
What is right for me is not right for you.
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Just another day in Paradise!
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Life is good.
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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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