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Big angry salt water crocodile!

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Josh, Ted, Jay (Philippines)

For the duration of the 2 hour flight from Hong Kong, i was simply buzzing to be heading back to the Philippines. I kept smiling for no reason and i think the passenger sat next to me was beginning to question my sanity. But i just couldn't control my emotions, as i new what lay ahead of me could turn out to be one of those weeks to remember! Travbuddies, Whalesharks and Wine Appreciation night... could i take all these stimuli and still come out of it a semi sane creature?

Arriving into Manila airport at 9.30pm, i was a little dubious about whether i wanted to leave the airport in search of a taxi, but after been quoted 400 pesos and up, i decided i'd take the chance.

Giant Python
Its a crazy system whereas walking 100 metres to the main road that passes by the airport, you can catch a taxi to Malate for only 100 peso! I decided this 300 peso saving would be best spent on a couple of cold San Miguel Lights, oh how i'd missed their sweet sweet taste :)))

Within half an hour of arriving at Friendly's Guesthouse i'd already made friends with a group of people who were heading out to the funky little Penguin Bar to watch a live band, and the selling point was that the owner Benjie was there! Once at the bar, Benjie greeted me with a big hug, whispered something in the barmans ear and told me the first drink was on him. 2 minutes later i was presented with a pint of lager that had some naughty little shot in the bottom of it and all i can say about it is: 'that it will put hairs on your chest!'

The night continued at a similar frantic pace, as the band banged out some quality tunes that had the whole joint rocking.
Beautiful tiger at the Crocodile farm
By 3am i wasn't really in the mood for heading home to bed and after happy memories of my last trip to the casino in Manila i decided to check out if it would prove to be a lucky venue for me again. An hour at the pontoon table and i'd won enough to pay for my plane ticket to Legaspi and return journey by bus, so i contentedly stumbled my way home.

Saturday morning i showered away the cobwebs before heading to Robinsons shopping mall, where i had an arrangement to meet up with fellow travbuddy Josh. We'd communicated through the site on numerous occasions before, but i always find it a little nerve racking to meet up with people for the first time like this. But i needn't have worried and within minutes we were deep in conversation and heading towards a great little restaurant that Josh new.
Gimme gimme gimme!
I'm sometimes not too good at sampling the local foods, so decided that now was the opportunity and Josh ordered up pork sisig and squid dishes, which really hit the spot.

I had no idea that Josh had the rest of the day off and half expected he would have to head back to work, so i was delighted to find that he only had a half day and had scored a couple of complimentary tickets to go and see the travelling Davao crocodile show. A short taxi ride and we were soon there, witnessing some pretty crazy antics. This included a tight rope walker, walking across a pond full of saltwater crocodiles, now thats something you wouldn't get me doing for love nor money! Slightly more to my liking was the chance to interact with the animals and hold some snakes, a baby crocodile and play with a chimp. Also on display was an alpaca, a hornbill, an eagle and a very cute baby tiger.
Me holding a snake
It was an interesting afternoon and i felt like we had bonded pretty quickly and thus couldn't wait for what the night may have in store for us!

My night kicked off around 7pm as wine appreciation night got into full swing and i enjoyed Benjies generosity by sinking a few glasses of red. It was great to catch up with him again and i was impressed with the hostel, which he had renovated since last year. It was sociable as ever, only now it had twice as many guests to accomodate! I was a little sad to be leaving the party early, but there were more important places to go to!

Just after 9pm I met Josh in a bar in Malate and after wolfing some chicken and chips down, it was time to meet travbuddy number 2, Ted, who had been patiently waiting in his car to give us a lift to the Mall of Asia.
Deats, ted and Josh enjoying the food and beers at Mall of Asia
Josh assured me that this was Ted's local stamping ground and he would have us sorted for a good location and more importantly good beer, within no time. I wasn't disappointed, as within 15 minutes we were sat with our first of 3 buckets of San Miguel Light.

The 3 of us chatted, ate and drank until the early hours of the morning and it was only when we realised that the whole bar had closed up that we took the hint and decided that they wanted to close! It had been a fantastic evening with the central topic been that of the 'Butanding' or 'Whalesharks', which i was going to see later in the week. Ted's eyes began to glimmer at the mention of these gentle giants and i thought he was going to choke on his beer when i told him that he could snorkel with them, as he thought that he had to dive.
Ted and Jay at Pier One, its beer o'clock folks!
By 3am i was half convinced that the 3 of us would set off for Donsol there and then!

The following day was much more laid back as i chilled at the hostel and only ventured out to Robinsons for some lunch. It seemed most of the Filipino travbuddys were tied up for the evening, so i'd settled on an early night, when all of a sudden i got a message from Jay saying that he was more than willing to meet up for the night, which suited me just fine! By 8pm i was meeting my 3rd travbuddy in 2 days and after a very nasty early insult from Jay, when he called me Australian, we were getting along just great. After enjoying Dinner together, we were joined by Ted once more, who couldn't pass up on the idea of a bucket of San Miguel and some more talk of the Whalesharks! It was again a really great evening and it was sad that we had to call it off around 1am, as both the guys had work in the morning and should have been tucked up much earlier!

Although i was completely psyched to be heading to Donsol the following day, i did so with a tinge of regret that i couldn't hang out with these 3 guys a lot longer.
Jay, Deats and Ted at Day 2 of my travbuddy meet up
I'd had an amazing 3 days and made 3 great friends in person. Plans were made for where and when we could meet again in the future and hopefully i will get the pleasure of showing them around my home town someday soon!

Deats says:
Me too!!! Next time :D
Posted on: Apr 08, 2008
kickasstunner says:
wish I was here. lol!
Posted on: Apr 07, 2008
the_bloodsucker says:
NIce one, mate! ;-)
Posted on: Mar 16, 2008
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Big angry salt water crocodile!
Big angry salt water crocodile!
Giant Python
Giant Python
Beautiful tiger at the Crocodile f…
Beautiful tiger at the Crocodile …
Gimme gimme gimme!
Gimme gimme gimme!
Me holding a snake
Me holding a snake
Deats, ted and Josh enjoying the f…
Deats, ted and Josh enjoying the …
Ted and Jay at Pier One, its beer …
Ted and Jay at Pier One, its beer…
Jay, Deats and Ted at Day 2 of my …
Jay, Deats and Ted at Day 2 of my…
Beautiful tiger at the Crocodile f…
Beautiful tiger at the Crocodile …
Angry saltwater croc at the Crocod…
Angry saltwater croc at the Croco…
Lots of baby crocodiles at the Cro…
Lots of baby crocodiles at the Cr…
Lots of baby crocodiles at the Cro…
Lots of baby crocodiles at the Cr…
Guy doing a tight rope walk over a…
Guy doing a tight rope walk over …
Hornbill
Hornbill
This python weighed a tonne!
This python weighed a tonne!
Me holding a small saltwater croco…
Me holding a small saltwater croc…
What a face :)
What a face :)
I was soooo thirsty, mmmmm
I was soooo thirsty, mmmmm
Oh boy, its all gone!
Oh boy, its all gone!
Alpaca at the Crocodile Farm
Alpaca at the Crocodile Farm
Ted and Josh at our TB meetup
Ted and Josh at our TB meetup
Ted and Josh still drinking when e…
Ted and Josh still drinking when …
Deats and Josh
Deats and Josh
Ted and Deats
Ted and Deats
Ted, Deats and Josh at the end of …
Ted, Deats and Josh at the end of…
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photo by: Deats