manila meet up, meeting travbuddies in the philippines and meeting old friends again!
Makati City Travel Blog› entry 43 of 106 › view all entries
April 19th, 2009 – by: lauro
we packed our bags and stuff including kermit our tent! kermit was perfeclty snugged in ben's backpack! sleeping like a frog she is! hahaha.
but before that, i wanted to meet my friends in travbuddy from the philippines! so i organized sort-of a meet up that would bring us together! but it was really hard to sort things out as i live in a 6 hour different timezone from the philippines! it was getting chaotic and i dont know what to do, then suddenly came reychel and i asked her if she can coorganize with me in the meet up, she didnt hesitated for the second and said yes automatically! she reserved the restaurant for us and rounded the travbuddies who are willing to go!
thank you very much reychel! i really appreciate that! you made it easy than it looked like!
the meet and greet will start at 5 pm at starbucks in greenbelt 3 in makati city.
now with our heavy backpacks, it was difficult specially for ben to ride the bus because of the small space, so we had to pay his huge backpack for a seat.
arrinving at makati city was bit early. it was again another world for ben, because makati city is the business and financial district of metro manila, where tall and huge skyscrapers abound, compared to las piñas where it is mainly quiet neighborhoods and residential areas. we also passed so many slum areas along the way, making ben think about the huge contrast between the rich and poor in the philippines.
we had an hour to spare before the meet and greet, and ben wanted to chill and cool off. greenbelt 3 is one of my favorite malls in the world, and as i still remember the food court is upstairs in the cinema, when we got there! it was gone! aaarrggghh.
at half past 4pm, we went down to starbucks and cool. still 30 minutes to go before the meet and greet, ben washed and changed himself. now i told the guys at the meet up that its gonna be german time! at exactly 5 pm! hahahah. i am very strict with time! hahaha. as i was impatiently waiting for the people. someone put his/her arms around my eyes! and i know exactly WHO IS SHE IS and i said byiang!!! i know! hahaha because she knows the german time as i met her in germany already!! it was sooo good to meet byiang again!!! as i showed her around düsseldorf and were supposed to travel eastern europe together but i backed out due to money problems.
then a couple of minutes after byiang came, dee finally arrived! hahahaha dee also know the german time! as ive met dee also in germany! i am very excited to chat with them!!! as they are one of my favorites! after almost a year we met again! i am so happy!
then came my co-orginazer! reychel! she was very shy! but i really pushed her buttons to talk! and to make her feel comfortable! hahaha. after waiting for a couple of minutes, nobody showed up! arrrgghh. so we went to the restaurant called "masas" because the reservation is only minutes fter 6 pm and reychel told me that they wanted to be sure that 12 mor more people are coming! hahaha worrywarts!
so we had some drinks while "waiting for the others" and chatted! and soon one by one came! amazing!
ted and jenneth were there! i met them last year when i came briefly to the philippines! it was amazing to catch up again and jenneth gave me present of filipino delicacies and chips! thank you jen! then came darlene who i chatted with in the forum! in the chat she was so bubbly and everything but in person she was so queit and shy! few minutes passed came winnie who is a friend of dee and she sat next to me, was also shy and quiet but like the others, i really pressed her buttons to talk! hahaha
the group was getting bigger then came andre and lynne! i havent met andre or made any contact with him in travbuddy but he was so nice, the fact that he speaks cebuano dialect which i speak too makes an interesting conversation! plus lynne! it was so nice to finally meet her in person, because i am a big fan of her blog about the central visayas part of the philippines!
i thought the night was complete but then came my favorite of all isabel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! together with her sidekick apo! hahahaha it was finally good to meet them again! as we had hundreds of laughs when i visited the philippines shortly last year! then my personal friend rex came in also! last time i met him was in germany about 2 years ago!
i was so happy meeting old friends and new friends! and ben was having a great time as he was hyper again! hahaha
as we were having fun, it fucking rained! arrghh and the guys laughed and wish me and ben good luck for the camping in the mountains! hahaha.
as we were about to go hom, ted offered us a ride to the bus station! he was so nice, everything went perfectly!
thank you guys for a nice meet up! salamat salamat!
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