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  • Day2

    Mall of Asia

    February 25, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    A retail therapy and movie day. We headed there for lunch, we picked a wonderful small Italian place with fresh homemade ravioli. After lunch I send Roedolf to the IMAX and I browsed the shops. It was fabulous to shop on my own without any time constraints, the first time in a very long time. I didn't really look for anything particular I enjoyed the unknown brands, Philippines shops and the old faithful chains like Zara, Nike and Mango that you get across the globe. There is loads of beautiful lace dresses and tops etc, I walked away with a beautiful black lace cami. I met Roedolf for a 7pm movie date, we watched Hidden figures.


    After my IMAX movie I walked around for about an hour before I found a barber to get a haircut. Its unbelievable how many people are in this mall, it almost looks like a bunch of ants 🐜 crawling through this mall. I get why they built an even bigger mall than this one, there are just so many people in Manila that justifies plenty of shopping.

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  • Day121

    Day 121: Hibernation & Party

    October 14, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Today Shandos was on a photography walk around central Manila. She's having a good time at these things, but they're organised by the conference and I didn't register in time to be able to come along. Alas.

    I played video games all day again, though I took an hour out in the morning to do some laundry and catch a shuttle bus over to the convention centre to pick up my badge and familiarise myself with the place. It's huge! Several large convention halls, breakout rooms and so on. It's nice enough, though it's got that concrete brutalist feel to it that a lot of 70s era buildings had. The whole area was a redevelopment project overseen by Imelda Marcos back when she was First Lady

    Shandos's photo walk finished up around 3pm, and after a rest and freshening up we headed over to the nearby SM Mall of Asia, supposedly one of the largest in the world. It felt a bit dingy though, and I wasn't a huge fan. It was right on the waterfront though, so we took advantage of the location and time to grab a drink at a waterfront bar and watch the sun setting over Manila Bay. Beautiful stuff, and you almost forget where you are for a while.

    Next stop was the official Conference Opening Party at the BlueLeaf Filipinas by Marriott. Beautiful venue and some incredible production. Lots of dancers, music, singers, with some audience participation as well. We did a bit of dancing but not a lot, as we still didn't know anyone that well aside from a couple of Shandos's acquaintances.

    Food was good though I felt off colour for the next day, not sure if it was related! Definitely passed on the "balut" - it's a boiled, fertilised duck egg. Yes, you peel a boiled egg, bite into it, and the duck foetus is in there. You're supposed to just crunch through it, bones, feathers and all, but only a couple of folks were brave enough to give it a go. Apparently the egg part was quite nice!

    There was a company there making cocktails with a Filipino spirit called Rakan, which I had quite a few of. Thankfully we left around 11pm before things got too out of hand - conference is starting tomorrow!
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  • Day119

    Day 119: Moving in Manila

    October 12, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Still in Manila today, but it's time to move hotels in preparation for the convention. We ended up spending most of the morning hanging around our initial hotel, getting a few last minute preparation things done as we knew we weren't going to have much time during the conference. And of course we made a quick trip out to Jollibee's for lunch!

    In the afternoon we caught an Uber to our new hotel. It's over on the waterfront side of town, about 5 minutes in a car from the convention centre (and as an official hotel, all of the conference's transport options would drop by the hotel). The room itself was small but modern, similar in style I guess to the Formula 1 motels but obviously a bit nicer (and without the hookers). We spent the afternoon settling in.

    In the evening we'd agreed to visit an unofficial TBEX welcoming drinks party over in Makati City, so we gamely set off at 5:30pm for an intended 6pm arrival. It was only 9 kilometres, so surely it couldn't take that long, right? Wrong! It took us an hour and a half sitting in a taxi - very painful. Manila traffic is genuinely unbelievable - easily the worst I've ever seen, even beyond Jakarta and Cairo.

    At least everyone else was late too! Shandos knew a couple of the ~12 people having dinner & drinks, and some knew of me via her (and the guy we'd met on the film shoot a few weeks earlier was there too). Met some interesting people and had some good chats, but as Shandos had a guided food tour of the city starting at 7am the next morning, we decided to bail pretty early. Eventually pulled the ripcord at about 10:30pm and got back to our hotel by 11:15 (yes, even at that time of night travelling 9 kilometres takes 45 minutes). A good (but unofficial) start to the conference.
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  • Day5

    Hello Philippines

    July 24, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Hello Manila - arrived in the Philippines and now need to find out where to transfer to get domestic flight to Catlclan for Boracay. After heading to departures we realised we were in the wrong terminal so needed to transfer to T4. Waited a short time for a transfer then got to T4 to find out flight has been cancelled - and now need to get to T3 for a Philippines airlines flight..Read more

  • Day120

    Day 120: Hibernating

    October 13, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Not much to report today! Shandos was on a food tour of Manila for the entire day (7am - 8pm). I spent basically the entire day in the hotel room playing video games! I had Jollibee's for breakfast, Japanese for lunch and went to the cafe next door for dinner.

    You may be able to tell that I'm a bit over Manila!Read more

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