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Recovering from the loss of Cebu wasn't quite as hard as it felt yesterday. I had set up meetings with two people that I've met online, and meeting nice positive people is allready a joy.
The day started acctually at lunch with Hernie. I allready met him on my second day here and that meeting was a pure joy so we decided to meet up for lunch (at Jollibee hehe) and did spend a couple of hours together.
After that I continued on my own down United Nations Blvd. all through to Roxas Blvd. - decided to make a right turn trying to escape a horsetaxi driver who kept beging me for a ride around the block.
The suddently I was at Rizal Park and thought "WHAT?" - I wasn't in this part of the park the first evening I was here.
Walking further down Rizal Park the next atraction was the Chineese Garden. It's acctually quite an oasis and a small piece of freedom from the sorounding metropolis. If you are lucky then you can acctually see people do Tai Chi here as well.
After finishing with the park I walked down through the forrest park on the other side of Roxas Blvd.
A much needed shower later made me ready for my next apointment - I was meeting Josh who'm I've met here on travbuddy.com for coffee at Robinssons Place. Spend aprox. an hour with him, had a really nice talk and was very delightfull and inspirational. And belive it or not - I've met up with quite a few people here and acctually Josh was the first to insist on buying the coffee. Now I don't mind buying coffee, dinner etc. when people show a lonely tourist around or accepts to keep him company - especially since I'm visiting a country where the average income is 10 times as low as in my home country - but just the fact that it never happend before was enough to leave me in a "WOW how do I handle this" state of mind but so much the better experience : THANKS A LOT JOSH!
After we split up I decided to take another coffee and then stroll around the mall, bought a few clothes and then headed out to the street to find a taxi back to the hotel for a late dinner.