Manila magic meet up

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I start the day by getting on the first jeepney of the day leaving Kiangan at 6 in the morning to Solano. And yet again the jeepney left at 6 sharp. Not anything like being a few minutes late even though the jeepney was almost empty.

 

The jeepney drives along and stops down at Lagawe where it waits for a while to try to pick up more costumers. But there is not really coming anybody, hence we drive along semi empty.  I talk with a couple of the people onboard and then suddenly we get to a T-cross on the road. And one of the other passengers tells me I can actually get out here to catch a bus to Manila.

Yheleen and Dennie
Hence I jump out and pay for the ride. Then I am ready to wait for an unknown period of time for a bus going to Manila. I actually expect to be waiting for a while. But I actually only have to wait a few minutes before a bus comes along. And I get in the bus going to Manila.

 

After several hours we get to somewhere in Manila. But I have no clue where. Afterwards I think we actually had gotten to Bonafacio Monument where I really should have gotten out. But I did not and I went on in the bus driving all through Manila. It actually was supposed to go somewhere close to Malate but it got itself stuck in an absolutely mad traffic jam. After we had spend about 45 minutes driving two blocks I decide it is time to get out and go walking towards a road with less traffic. And I succeed and get a taxi to drive Friendly’s once again.

The foreign people there

 

I get there and need to be ready to go to my very first Travbuddy Meet up. I had expected the first ever meet up would have been the Friesland Meet up in August - but by change there was a meet up in Manila just when I would be passing by. So I would join up. I had had some problem finding out where and when the meet up would actually be. Because I had not had an internet connection since Banaue and that connection were just so unbelievable slow that I could not load the topic in the forum to see where and when in Manila the meet up would be. But in my last attempt I found out it would be in the CCP area close to Malate at 7. Hence I needed to be ready for the meet up at 7 sharp.

 

I get to Denico’s Grill where the meet up is taking place.

Part of dinner
I realize I am running late. It took a little longer to get a taxi and drive to Harbour Square than expected and it is now a couple of minutes after 7. And I know how precise all the public transport is in this country. Hence I expect I am the last one arriving. I need to prepare all kinds of apologies for being this late. I should have known better. I am preparing a long speech about how I got on the jeepney really early in the morning and got stocked in traffic and really needed to take a shower before I could go to the meet up. Yes this story is actually true it should work - I hope.

 

I go into the restaurant looking for the giant group of travbuddies who must already be waiting for their dinner to arrive. I go in to the front room of the restaurant. And there is no big party anywhere to see hence the meet up must be in the back room of the restaurant. I walk in there. And there is a big table set up - but no people around it.

Bringing something to read just in case the meet up is too boring
I must be in the wrong room in the restaurant - but I can’t see any other places to eat in here. Well there are a few people around the two big empty tables. It turns out it is actually a couple of travbuddies. I guess it is only the public transport which is punctual - the same is not the case for travbuddies in the Philippines.

 

But it all turns out for the best. Because the once who are punctual is yheleen (bestblog), Rochelle (ellekape), Nickie (Minx2812) and Dennie (nomaden) who were all going to Taal the next day. Which I also planned to do. And they invited me to come along the next day.  There were a few more early arrivals namely Raquel (moonvera) and Foyan (Coffeefairy) who I guess have both have lived so long abroad that they have forgotten everything about Pilipino time - which explains why they were so punctual.

Taking photos all the time

 

Eventually more people start to arrive and the mood gets better talking start to take off.  I have noticed a couple of things in the Philippines. Everybody got either rotten teeth or perfect teeth. The perfect teeth are probably why there are so many dentists all over the Philippines. Back home you will never see anybody who are not teenagers having braches on the teeth - but in the Philippines this is not uncommon for the people with a reasonable income. Even though they are past their teens a few years ago. That’s probably the reason you see so many people with a perfect set of teeth. And when it comes to favourite topics for conversation it seems to be height follow by marriage and kids in that kind of order.

 

Travbuddies are not that different from the rest of the population in the country.

The list who came
Hence they all seem to have perfect teeth or a few still working towards it using braches. And here I am with a set of teeth that do not really match the standard of this country not really straight and featuring a few bits which went missing meeting a couple of hands and boots when I was about 12.

 

For conversation height seems to be a favour topic - as it is all over the country. At home I am just a tiny bit above the average height of adult males in my age group with only 6’4’’. Clearly not anything to talk about - given most of my friends and colleges is above 6 feet’s anyway. Actually any man who is less than 5’10’’ is either not yet fully grown or considered borderline dwarf. Here I am about ½ a foot taller than the tallest men and a lot more than the average of the ladies. Well at least it is an easy conversation starter - you don’t have to look too far for a topic.

 

The dinner for the evening was different traditional Pilipino dishes which are always a good thing in the Philippines.

Me, Yheleen and Nina in front. Josh the organizer and ted in the back.
And in the middle of dinner our host finally arrived. Josh (the_bloodsucker) claimed he had been in a meeting with a client. But he probably just been too tired to get here due to lack of sleep because of the preparations for the meet up and he needed a nap. But at least he got here to the dinner and the party afterwards.

 

After the dinner nobody seemed to know what to do. It was a Thursday and I guess a lot of people might have to get up the next morning for work. Myself I had to get up to go to Tall - but still nobody really wanted to go home just yet. Hence we all went to a nearby bar and stayed for the drinks, music and dancing - ok maybe the last part weren’t really but more Andiboi.

 

After a while I realized if I was gonna get to meet up with the group for Taal the next day I probably would need to go back and sleep for a few hours soon.

After party at a bar somewhere around Harbour Square.
So even though it was fun to hang around this place I had to leave.

sunstroke says:
great blog! ;)
Posted on: Nov 03, 2008
yheleen says:
this is a fun read Mickey :) interesting bits about the teeth and the height, hahaha.. that was indeed a great meet-up ;)
Posted on: Sep 23, 2008
ellekape says:
great!!!
haha
Posted on: Sep 15, 2008
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Group shot
Group shot
Yheleen and Dennie
Yheleen and Dennie
The foreign people there
The foreign people there
Part of dinner
Part of dinner
Bringing something to read just in…
Bringing something to read just i…
Taking photos all the time
Taking photos all the time
The list who came
The list who came
Me, Yheleen and Nina in front. Jos…
Me, Yheleen and Nina in front. Jo…
After party at a bar somewhere aro…
After party at a bar somewhere ar…
Dinner
Dinner
Yes there were rice - cant live wi…
Yes there were rice - cant live w…
Looking at the pictures
Looking at the pictures
What to do now - go home or go som…
What to do now - go home or go so…
Lets go somewhere else
Lets go somewhere else
Ok in the end there were a few bee…
Ok in the end there were a few be…
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