Bel-Air Three

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  • Day2

    Makati, Manila

    April 14, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    De vluchten duurden lang, maar we zijn heelhuids (en niet echt uitgeslapen) aangekomen in de drukte en warmte van Manila.

    We probeerden meteen te mengen door nonchalant mee de jeepney te nemen. Echt snappen deden we het niet, maar het kostte amper iets en we kwamen op onze plaats uit 😃.

    Thomas ging meteen cultuur opsnuiven in een museum, maar ik bleef toch liever wat in de zon rondwandelen.
    Makati is een bruisende wijk met een chique shoppingcentrum en park. Pal in het midden van dat park staat er een openluchtkerk waar een mis bezig was met mooie zang.

    Bij ons hotel in de buurt was er een marktje met allemaal streetfood, maar ons buikje was al volgevreten met Burger King (we konden niet weerstaan)... Stom! Maar het coverbandje van Simple Plan wist ik wel te appreciëren!

    Toch maar vroeg het bed in, de jetlag begint te dagen...
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  • Day134

    Day 134: Back to Manila

    October 27, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Time to leave the bustle and cosmopolitanism of Hong Kong for the crumbling concrete canyons of Manila. Due to flight prices for our next destination (Palawan), we've decided to basically spend the entire weekend holed up in Manila catching up on work and stuff.

    So after our last hotel breakfast, we spent a bit more time before heading for the airport. Enjoyed Hong Kong's transport system one more time by catching the MTR then the Airport Express - about 35 minutes from our hotel door to the airport terminal which was pretty great.

    It's a huge airport so we took a while getting to the gate but as usual we had plenty of time left. One last fill of baked goods for lunch before our flight took off on the now-standard uneventful journey. Grabbed an Uber when arriving which was a bit difficult to find since we arrived at terminal 3 - way larger than terminal 4 but eventually we tracked him down and hopped in.

    The ride took ages like usual because of Manila traffic - it's honestly amazing how bad it is. According to our driver, Uber and Grab are a big part of the problem because they offer really low interest, low deposit loans to new drivers. So you basically get a new car and a new job, though obviously a big chunk of your profit goes to Uber/Grab. Obviously that sucks, though if you ask me the disregard for the road rules and a total lack of infrastructure are probably bigger problems!

    Our hotel this time was in Makati, a slightly more modern district to the south-east of the old town, and one of the main commercial areas of Manila. Unfortunately for us we were staying right in the middle of the red-light district, so surrounding us on all sides were go-go bars, "massage" parlours, hookers and Western sex tourists. Alas.

    Checked in and retreated to our room to rest up for a bit. Wandered out for dinner to a Mexican place a couple of blocks away which was highly rated on Foursquare. Tasty food though the service was a bit crap. Back to the room for an early night, though I stayed up a bit late playing video games - I've just bought Civilization VI and am keen to really sink my teeth into it. Hard to believe I've been playing this series of games since the early 90s!
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  • Day135

    Day 135: Gaming in Manila

    October 28, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Did very little today, as was the plan. Hotel breakfast was in the 24-hour sports bar downstairs (very weird feeling considering there's pounding music and black-lighting while you're eating your omelette), then headed back upstairs. I did some washing since we were woefully behind, and in the 50 metres between the hotel and the laundry I got solicited by three taxi drivers, one prostitute, a guy selling fake Ray-Bans and another guy selling fake Nikes. I hate this city.

    Went to a fancy hipster coffee shop nearby for lunch which was very good though pricey - but the apple pie we had afterwards was excellent! Unfortunately their internet connection sucked so our plans of relaxing there for a couple of hours were dashed. Back to the room where we stayed for the day, Shandos working and dozing and me playing games.

    In the evening we went to a Korean restaurant around the corner which was nice. I don't eat Korean that often as it isn't really my favourite cuisine, but the food here was good.
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  • Day136

    Day 136: Still in Manila

    October 29, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Second-last full day here. Once again we spent basically the entire day inside our room doing much the same as yesterday - gaming and working respectively.

    Lunch was from a nearby bakery which did typical Asian baked goods (though this being the Philippines they were mostly sweet ones), and then for dinner we went downstairs to the sports bar again. We shared a giant pizza which was pretty gigantic! Spent most of the time people watching as the geriatric white guys wandered in and out with their teenage Filipino girlfriends. So sketchy.

    After dinner I decided to stay in the bar and watch some Premier League football since the games were on - first up was Arsenal vs Sunderland, followed by Manchester United vs Burnley. Not a good result for United, a 0-0 draw at home against a much poorer side. Not looking like a good season!
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