The simple life
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I met Liz (from South Africa) and Daniella (from Holland) at the airport back from Saigon. Since our flight got delayed, I looked up from my book and decided to strike up a conversation with these 2 anxious looking backpackers. I discovered that they both met in Belgium and have kept in touch. This was their first long awaited 6 month backpacking trip together and they were on their 3rd month, the Philippines being their 3rd Asian stop.
They had no knowledge of where to tour or stay at and I offered them whatever advise I could during our short talk. Giving them my email address, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from them the next day.
We decided to have dinner and coffee 2 days after the airport meet and had a blast. This time we ate at another Filipino restaurant, Recipes, at where else but Greenbelt which was one of the closest malls from where I work at.
The girls enjoyed the tradition of having all the dishes in the middle so everybody could share, as is customary to most Filipinos, which they have been most curious about after seeing it a few times. We all automatically fell at ease and had non stop chatting about anything under the sun for over 3 hrs, not bad for a first meet. Most of the time was spent though on answering their cultural questions about Filipinos and comparing it to how it is back in their respective homelands.
So we decided to meet up a second time. This time my bestfriend Meg joined us. We toured around the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex and sadly discovered that they no longer rented out bicycles which you could use to go around the area:-( We moved on to meeting Meg at Rizal park and enjoyed 'taho' (see my Commuter's blog) which health buff Liz loved! and the green mangoes with salt, since we also found out that the vendors were already prohibited from selling fish paste. Enjoying the sunset with tons of chit chat seated on the grasses of the park, it was quite a relaxing meet. Feeling that our butts were starting to get damp we opted to then head out for dinner.
Dinner was enjoyed at one of our famous ' Dampa's' near the Mall of Asia area in Manila.
What I loved most about them was the fact that we never ran out of things to talk about, I also loved their candidness which made hanging out with them light and fun. This being their first time in Asia and Daniella's first try at backpacking.
This was sentimentally my last time with Daniella and Liz, these wonderful girls have kept in touch ever since. My second try at touring foreigners.