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  • Day2

    Tag 2/3: Manila

    January 10, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    Willkommen auf den Philippinen 😍🎉
    16:09 Uhr Ankunft auf dem Flughafen - es regnet!! ☔
    Erstmal Geld gewechselt (1€ = 50PHP), dann Taxi in das Hostel (natürlich viel zu viel gezahlt #touri-falle).

    Dann für ca. 8€/Nacht/Person in einem Dorm, also Schlafsaal gepennt; Jetlack macht sich bemerkbar..👌

    Am nächsten Morgen nach gutem Frühstück zum Flughafen, denn es geht ja weiter Richtung "Tuguegarao". ✈
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  • Day3


    August 14, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Gestern landeten wir in Manila um ca. 01:00am und fuhren dann mit dem Taxi zu unserer Unterkunft. Leider wurde unsere Buchung irgendwie verschlampt und so mussten wir erstmal eine Stunde warten :D Trotz dieses Problems fand die nette Rezeptionistin noch ein Zimmer für uns und wir fielen totmüde aber glücklich in die Federn.
    Jetzt sitzen wir schon wieder am Airport und fliegen gleich nach Kalibo, von wo wir nach Sebastian, Abtique fahren um dort die Familie von Ka (einer der besten Freundinnen von Conzi) zu besuchen. Wir sind schon gespannt und freuen uns riesig!
    See you
    Das Alonz
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  • Day289

    Manila - 2 Tage

    June 11, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Manila sind 2 Tage geplant um sich vom Flug zu erholen und den Jetlag zu über winden.

    Deshalb auch nur ein Programm Punkt. Das kulturelle und historische Zentrum Intramuros.
    Schöne Überraschung - Museen sind umsonst oder extrem billig.

    Schock. Kulturschock. Eigentlich dachte ich wir sind von Südamerika abgehärtet.
    Aber wir haben uns einfach so an die Latinokultur gewöhnt, dass es uns hier wieder voll trifft. Auf den Philippinen tickt es dann doch noch mal anders und wir stehen vor den Anfangs Problemen.

    Wie heißt welches Essen? Wie sagt man danke ? Was darf ein Taxi kosten ? Usw.

    Aber wird schon.
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  • Day317

    Flug nach Vietnam

    July 9, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Nach einer Woche verlassen wir Siagao. Unser Visum ist abgelaufen. :-((

    Der Flug ist OK. Die freundliche Angestellte am Check-in gibt mir einen Sitz am Notausgang also ausnahmsweise mal keine schmerzenden Knie.

  • Day1

    In Manila with no luggage

    February 24, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We just arrived in the Philippines after two flights from Phuket earlier this morning. We had a layover in Singapore, which felt more like a lay-run as we literally had to run from one plane to the next. Obviously our bags did not run 😜 so they did not make the connection.

    The flight was delayed due to very bad weather coming in for the landing. It was probably the scariest landing I have ever experienced. We we're bobbling up and down as the ground came closer and bounced on the wet runway a couple of times before the plane was firmly running on the runway. It felt like the pilots did not hit breaks as hard as usual due to the slippery runway, I kept thinking we are going to run out of runway soon.

    Luckily the plane stopped before the runway ended. We were in the last row of seats and we knew if we were polite and just waited our turn to get off we will miss our next flight. In true Asia style we jumped up as soon as the plane stopped and rushed forward bypassing at least 15 rows of people.

    As soon as we stepped into the airport there was ground officials directing us and others to connecting flights. I thought to myself wow this is good service by Singapore airlines.

    We started walking/running in the direction of gate E5 and all the signs indicated that it was about 19 minute walk from where we started. We only had 15 minutes before our boarding gate closed, obviously I am thinking as we run if this gate is 19 minute walk its about a km, surely an airport this size must have an air train or some quicker way to get there. Isabel on the other hand just wanted to put head down and run.

    Long story short we arrived at the gate seconds before the gate closed, a bit frustrated with each other.

    As we settle in the plane for our next flight we did not even give our luggage a second thought as the put stickers on the bags "Hot bags" which means it has a tight connection to ensure they make the connection.

    Just before takeoff one of the air hostesses came to us and asked if we would like to move to a different row where it will be only the two of us and way more comfortable, this was great, no other airline has ever done that, we always have to ask first. Then came the complementary food and drinks, it felt like business class, we got menus and it had good Australian Shiraz on the menu, so we both chose red wine. Isabel even asked if she can taste the white first and they gave her a taste. The food was amazing it almost felt like a restaurant and then the desert arrived, my favorite magnum ice cream. After they cleared our food trays I tried my luck to ask for more ice cream and wine and I couldn't believe my luck when they said yes sure and gave us each one more ice cream and another glass of wine.

    After passport control in Manila as we went down the escalator to the baggage collection hall, there was someone at the bottom of the escalator with Isabel's name on a little clip board. All the way down we contemplate what this could be as we didn't order a taxi or anything.

    It was in the airline to let us know our bags did not make the connection. Normally airlines just let you wait till all the bags are gone and then you have to go ask them to trace you bags. Singapore airlines are so proactive, they let us fill in a few forms with address they can bring the bags to, hand us each an overnight toiletry bag and 4,400 pesos to buy ourselves some clean clothes and off we went. We were done before most people even had they bags.

    Despite the great service, I was extremely irritated as I know we will get clothes for Isabel no problem, but I think I will have to buy two shirts and stitch them together to make them fit me in this country where they love basketball but the average player is less than 6 feet tall. Naturally Isabel did not share my frustration as she couldn't wait to go shopping for new clothes.

    Anyway luckily our bags arrived at 1am the next morning, not ideal to be woken up in the middle of the night but good to know I will have something to wear the next day.

    I would fly with Singapore Airlines in a heartbeat, best airline experience I have ever had.

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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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  • Day4

    7 eleven

    February 27, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    America runs on Dunkin Donuts, Asia runs on 7 eleven. Everywhere we have been in Asia there is a 7 eleven across the street or just around the corner. Clearly locals don't frequently do major grocery shops as they live of street food and 7 eleven - you can basically get everything here. Its extremely convenient for water. When we are in an airbnb our standard purchase is a 6liter water, eggs and bread, because it tastes like home as we prepare it.

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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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  • Day2

    Denpasar -> Manila

    November 22, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Der Tag der Sicherheitskontrollen⛔️👮‍♂️💯

    Oh man, ich hab schiss und überhaupt keine Ahnung was mich erwarten wird 😬🙈

    Um 13:00 Uhr geht der Flug von Auckland nach Bali. Ankunftszeit ist 18:00 Uhr Ortszeit, aufgrund der Zeitverschiebung sind es letztendlich 8 Stunden Flugzeit. Und leider war auch dieser Flieger wird voll... aber es war okay 😊

    In Bali heißt es dann erstmal Gepäck abholen und Einreise und Visum klarmachen. Es ist mittlerweile schon dunkel, aber trotzdem noch unglaublich heiß 🥵 In Bali habe ich um die vier Stunden Aufenthalt, bevor es dann weitergeht nach Manila. Ich irre etwas am Flughafen umher, wobei es bei der Hitze und mit meinen ganzen Sachen eher mühsam ist.. und gehe dann schließlich wieder zum Abflugbereich. Das heißt mal wieder Sicherheitskontrolle, Check-in, Gepäckaufgabe und schließlich Ausreise aus Indonesien! ☺️
    Um zum Abgluggate zu kommen, muss ich dann nochmals durch einen Sicherheitscheck - gefühlt der zehnte heute!

    Und dann geht der Flug nach Indonesien mit AirAsia. Mittlerweile ist es kurz vor elf und das Abenteuer Philippinen beginnt...
    Auch dieser Flug ist wieder ausgebucht und so wenig Beinfreiheit hatte ich noch nie.😳 Ich sitze an Gang, finde aber trotzdem keine gemütliche Sitposition 😏 - Puh, das werden wohl lange 4 Stunden werden.. irgendwie schlafe ich dann aber doch ein und kann die meiste Zeit auch schlafend verbringen!

    Gegen halb vier landet der Flieger dann schließlich in Manila! Das Gate war wohl das, dass ganz am Ende des Flughafen liegt. Bis zur Gepäckabholung und Einreise, ich glaube es war auch nochmal ne Sicherheitskontrolle dabei, liegt ein ewig langer Weg! Und nun ist es soweit ich stehe im Manila am Flughafen im Arrival-Bereich!🤨

    18:00 Uhr in Bali - Einreise
    Um 23:30 Uhr dann weiter nach Manila - wieder Ausreise in Bali 😜
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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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