First few days in Manila
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September 6th, 2007 – by: Laurasteel
Woke up to a hot sunny day. Headed to the corner shop to buy a phone card, got a lot of looks! Boiling boiling outside. Ellen and her daughter picked me up in a taxi and we all headed to Navotas, to the cemetry to meet the ladies. The area was getting worse and worse, polution appauling, kids crossing the roads wherever they could, street sellers below their shack houses, tricycles and jeepneys all over the show. Eventually arrived near the cemetry. Rds very narrow, people everywhere, dirt, grime, then water started filling the rd. We drove through practically knee high diseased manky black water, which flows through the streets daily from the sea! How do people live like this? Ended up literally in the cemetry. Now the cemetry is where there are coffins stacked ontop of eachother.
In a little room in the middle of all of this where the ladies busy in their class, led by Joanne (26 year old Filipino employed by PCF) Everyone was friendly and chatty and seemed like a lot of fun. They were busy making a jewellery order for a UK buyer. I dished out their tools, they love them, and just watched for a bit. So hot in the room. Had some lunch make for us - rice, beans and chicken liver...I passed on the liver.
Worked on jewellery and got to bed at 1am, woke up a few times with the sound of very bad singers at the kareoke club.
Today, set off to the office. Easy to get to but about 1hr away. Boiling hot again. Stopped off at Starbucks on route, met a Californian - love them- then spent the day with Joanne sorting out the stock. WEnt to buy some stuff in the mall, and met up with Jane at her apartment. Got lots of exhibitions and orders coming up - so lots of work for the ladies. Time to go home and chill.
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