Travbuddy meet up

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Benjo, Julia, Me and Richard at our travbuddy meet up :)

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Hannes (Sweden), Ash (England), Richard (Philippines), Benjo (Philippines), Adrian (Switzerland)

The main reasoning for Julia, Hannes and I to head back to Manila on Saturday evening was to experience Benjie's wine appreciation night, at Friendlys Hostel. We unfortunately arrived a little late and after heading out for some dinner, most people had begun to go their seperate ways. The 3 of us accompanied by Benjie and Ash, therefore decided to head out into Manila to see what the city had to offer. Our first stop was Penguin Bar, which had a really good vibe, with live rock music and lethal red horse flowing freely.

Volcano situated at Clark airport
After a couple of drinks here, we caught a taxi from Malate to Makati, to visit Havana Bar, which again had a live band playing, this time salsa. After a beer in here, we went to a really up market club called Empire, where a girl called Annie, who had earlier been at the hostel was dj'ing. We spent the rest of the evening here, until finally it was time to head back to the hostel terrace for a night cap.

The following days were spent mainly in the air conditioning of Robinsons shopping mall, as evening temperatures hovered around 32 degrees and goodness knows what they were in the day! Whilst in the mall we played some ten pin bowling and went to see Shrek 3 at the cinema, which i didn't like as much as the first 2.

Also on the agenda was collecting a Brunei visa for Julia. Unfortunately after half a dozen phone calls and even a visit to the embassy for an interview, they were unwilling to issue her with one. The excuses that they gave were based around having no flights booked in and out of the country, which is pretty stupid as we actually wanted to enter by either land or sea.

But surely the highlight of this trip to Manila came with a Travbuddy meet up in Makati with Richard (chad0926) and Benjo (jovenson_v). Julia and I spent an afternoon with the guys, enjoying some fantastic pizza and conversation in the green belt shopping mall. It was cool to meet up with some fellow travbuddys and share our experiences first hand. Hopefully we will all get to meet up again in the future, but until then, we have travbuddy to keep us in touch! :)

We also spent several nights on the hostel balcony playing Uno, although it was never the same as our first experience, partly due to Richard and Isobel not been present - Rich always had some stupid new rule to include, which normally led to someone having to drink something! Still, it was nice just to spend a few days in a familiar place, relaxing and winding down after our travels in the Philippines.

Our final tale occured on our last day as we made our way to the airport. We thought we had given ourself ample time as we set off at midday for a 16.45 flight. But due to terrible traffic and the bus departing half an hour late, we arrived just as check in was closing. Luckily we made it through and boarded our air asia flight, to bring down the curtains on our 2 month stay in the Philippines.

Deats says:
I thought we were aiming for spring 2008? Things keep changing and i dont know how we have fallen a couple of months behind where i thought we'd be. Laziness probably!
Posted on: Jul 19, 2007
Amanda says:
And when is OUR meetup again??????

You really need to get on CS honey, it's all about getting together like this...
Posted on: Jul 18, 2007
Deats says:
Im playing with the idea of heading back to the Phils in 5 months, not sure yet, i'll let you know nearer the time!
Posted on: Jun 28, 2007
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Volcano situated at Clark airport
Volcano situated at Clark airport
photo by: Deats