Eight lovely TBs... Some good fish... One great meetup!

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January 3 marked the first ever Travbuddy Meetup in Manila, well, that is as far as we all know (if it isn't, make that first in 2008), attended by eight free-spirited travbuddies who all have one common denominator--- WE ARE ALL CRAZY FOR TRAVELS! After a series or postponements and two weeks of invitations, the long- been planned meetup finally happened  at the Fish and Co. Resto in Shangri La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. As expected, it wasn't really as loaded as other TB meetups... but surely, it didn't matter for we Pinoys are known for our natural character of making FUN in all ways and means.

As the organizer, I was the first to arrive in the venue. I made it sure to be early as I feel guilty, somehow, that I wasn't able to make reservation for the meetup.

Standing: jenneth, ted, josh Sitting: elaine, panisphere, ryan, 1agrace Behind the cam: Sarj
Fortunately, there are lots of tables available so I had the chance to choose the best spot for us. That was my first time in Fish and Co.

I'm not really a big fish fan, but the pictures on the menu made me salivate for what the resto has to offer. Actually, it wasn't at all fish, they also serve other sea food dishes, and some chicken and beef. After some minutes of browsing the menu as my way of keeping busy so as not to bore myself with waiting, the next travbuddy arrived. Well, she was still on time, she arrived at 6:59 (7PM was the time set).

Credits:  Thanks for the pictures, Sarj and Ted! You guys were very kind to someone who forgot the most important thing called "camera" one should bring in a meetup. :-D

 

 

 

 

the_bloodsucker says:
aaaahhhh... na-senti tuloy ako bigla, apo... miss you, guys. ;D
Posted on: Nov 02, 2008
planisphere says:
revisiting this blog... brings back some thoughts. wala lang nakakaaliw. hahaha drama...
Posted on: Oct 21, 2008
dhonie_3484 says:
woooaaahhh!!!! astig naman ng mga pic... ang sya nyo naman!!! sana mkasma n kmi next tym!
Posted on: Jan 22, 2008
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USERNAME:  1agrace   REAL NAME:  Ar    AGE:  Secret    LOCATION: Pasay City

Yes, she completed the lucky 8 travbuddies of the Manila TB meetup.  She came as a surprise, making her presence felt by enumerating (and memorizing) our usernames and real names. Well, she was successful! Great memory, Ar. Of course, who would ever forget her famous first question to some of us: "Do you have a girlfiend/boyfriend?" Ar just made the meetup more colorful!

We have always believed that 8 is truly a lucky number. But it is us who are luckier to have met each other and found 7 wonderful friends in just one meetup. :-D

Credits:  Thanks for the pictures, Sarj and Ted! You guys were very kind to someone who forgot the most important thing called "camera" one should bring in a meetup. :-D

Josh and Sarj
USERNAME:  Ryan_84   REAL NAME: Bryan   LOCATION: Quezon City  AGE: 23

USERNAME:  Tedph   REAL NAME: Ted   LOCATION: Makati City  AGE: He's our "kuya (big brother)"

This is not the first time i met these two guys. We hang out before with a Howyoodoin when he visited Manila. But this meetup is more exciting as will be joined by other Manila-based, and some girls, TBs as well. They are our 6th and 7th TBs.

We call Ted as our Kuya who is a veteran in travelling. His job allows him to travel extensively, which gave him a lot of travel tips to share with us. He told us that he will relax from travelling in the coming months as he has just invested into something but I doubt it. Travelling is in his very bones.

With Ted was a young, shy-type guy Bryan. Perhaps, among all the TBs i was meeting that day, he's my closest. We've met a lot of type, hanging out in our favorite Starbucks coffee shop in QC, planning our many future travels. So far, all his international trips were done all by himself.

If Elaine gave us her confirmation to the meetup the same day, who would beat the 8th travbuddy who just informed us of her  attendace when all 7 of us were already in the venue? I was so delighted to have received a text message from her saying "Are you there in the meetup now? Can I still join? Am just 30 minutes away from the venue."

USERNAME:  Laineey   REAL NAME: Elaine   LOCATION: Paranaque City   AGE: Sweet 18!

Possessing a very sweet smile, Elaine was the 5th TB to arrive. She was one of the last-minute attendees, confirming her attendance the day of the meetup itself. Thanks to the persistence of Sarj! You'd really see that this girl is a born traveller as she unceasingly asked questions about some travel info like "which is a better destination...?", "how do i arrange a tour in...?", "how do i secure a visa...?" Her next destination is San Francisco , but if the plan won't push through, Thailand or China. But don't worry Elaine, you will surely get that US visa. Surprisinlgy, she, being the youngest in the group, is the most senior member of Travbuddy. I was about to say looks like we will be outnumbered by girls when good buddies arrived, the 6th and 7th travbuddies who sat beside Apo.

USERNAME:  Planisphere    REAL NAME:  Apo   LOCATION:  Singapore   AGE:  Unknown

As I have mentioned, he is the main reason why January 3 was the date set for the meetup. It's either he wanted to end his Manila vacation with a bang and spend his last night with us; or we are the least of his priorities. Hahahaha! Jen and I were so excited to meet Apo in person that we just stared at him as he approached us. Good thing, he sat in front of us so we had the chance to interrogate the guy. But Apo posseses a very charming aura which made him too good to be placed in the hot seat. He even invited us to visit him in Singapore, and perhaps do a little Southeast Asia TB Meetup there before he move to New Jersey by the end of the year. The invitation was a big welcome idea as long us he will provide the accommodation. Surely, the night wont be complete without talking about Apo's famous poses (matched with costumes) in his profile pics.

Not so long after Apo's arrival came a fine young lady who was also wearing black (unintenionally became the color of the night). She sat beside Apo and introduced herself....

USERNAME: Kickasstunner   REAL NAME: Sarj   LOCATION: Quezon City   AGE: Well, one of the youngest in the group

Sarj in one TB i was excited about meeting in the flesh.  Like Jen, we are somehow familiar with each other as we are regular text mates. I have invited Sarj in my previous meetups but this is the only time she was available. As expected, she has a lot of stories, mostly funny, to tell. She calls herself, actually and jen, BAKLA (gay). I think it's because she adapts bakla's way of talking, and some acting. Actually, she were not that really gay because she and jen talked about some cute male travbuddies ( i can tell who they/you are, just name the price ). Sarj was perhaps the TB who took pictures all the time. No wonder why she has the most number of candid shots. Yeah, Sarj was funny, too like Jen.

We were having some funny conversations when (this is not serious) all lights turned off, leaving nothing but pure darkness. Drums rolled before a spotlight flashed towards the entrance of the venue, focusing the grand entrance of the very reason why this meetup pushed through that very day. Presenting...  FROM THE UNIQUE LAND OF SINGAPORE....

The beauty of the Philippines
USER NAME: Jennethm   REAL NAME:  Jen   LOCATION: Nueva Ecija   AGE: Same as Lauro and Aoisoba

Jen was one TB i have been exchanging comments and messages (TB and text) with. Logging in TB isn't complete without leaving a comment for jen. She sat beside me. First thing i did was touch her arms, a reality check that i was actually talking physically with someone i have become friends with in the net. The conversations in TB helped us adjuest with each other quickly ( i suppose ) as we both know what to talk about, what interests each other... of course, that includes some of our favorite TBs like.... ( you know who you guys are ). Hahahaha! I actually though that Jen was petite, but she was tall. Wearing a black girly shirt, she was actually prettier in person. Naks! We decided to get our drinks first and an appetizer. What about Prawn Fritters which we decided to share munching. We thought one serving would be too much for us to finish but holla... overflowing six pieces medium-sized prawns came!!! Hahahaha! After some minutes of chatting, a cute girl approached and sat next to jen... Wow, we are now joined by third travbuddy--- KICKASSTUNNER.

Standing: jenneth, ted, josh
Sitt…
Standing: jenneth, ted, josh Sit…
twins?
twins?
Josh and Sarj
Josh and Sarj
The beauty of the Philippines
The beauty of the Philippines
Ryan and Sarj
Ryan and Sarj
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"How many more bottles of beer sh…
Beautifulll.... mirror!
Beautifulll.... mirror!
4 boys staring at a babe
4 boys staring at a babe
Are we still hungry? Do we eat mor…
Are we still hungry? Do we eat mo…
Choco Fudge
Choco Fudge
Apo with the winning gesture!
Apo with the winning gesture!
We love you, Sarj!
We love you, Sarj!
jen and ted
jen and ted
yum yum! beer day!
yum yum! beer day!
why not?
why not?
look at the camera in the ceiling
look at the camera in the ceiling
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look who's here
guy and pi!
guy and pi!
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sisters
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ted and sarj with her cut and pas…
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Pulutan!
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