Hello everyone from the other side of the world (lol). Here’s a quick update on my Philippine trip so far…
After the almost 18 hour flight (this includes the international flight waiting lines, as well as flight change in Seoul), we arrived on what was the Philippines next morning. We were WIPED (not really being able to sleep on the 11 hour flight) and the next one was worst (they seriously get the oldest, stinkiest planes) per Michael and Chris (his colleague) who also comes here several times. Ellis (Michael’s other employee), whose on his FIRST international trip (as I’ve mentioned before) and its actually amusing to see his fascination. (Like I think I’m some world traveler now – after only 2 international trips). HEE HEE
Chris negotiates a taxi for the four of us and we zoom through traffic to our hotel in the more ‘affluent’ district of Rockwell. Ellis and I both laugh as we watch this family (dad driving, mom holding the little son) on a SCOOTER – the poor little kid is held on mom’s side as a van passes what is unbelievably close to him… scary!
When we get to our hotel (Aruga) we are sooooo excited to get to our rooms and a bed! While they start their day, we all just want to sleep!
Next morning Ellis had to go to meet with Prim (their local employee), to look at buildings (for new offices for their call center). Funny to hear (after) the story of how that went… with all the construction (or reconstruction) here, new buildings are costly (of course) and others have huge limitations. How we in the U.S. take it for granted (air-conditioning, facilities (for men & women), cleaning crews, etc.) those are considered LUXURIES here! Ellis tells us that there are places where the elevators don’t even work – literally they have a generator attached to one on a pulley system… (scary)!
Michael, Chris & I are hanging out and I go for a walk while they have a quick meeting and eventually meet back with them in the afternoon. This is where I find out (from the several armed security guards in the Rockwell neighborhood, that I apparently should have a PERMIT to take photos). Michael later explains to me that it is most likely because of the whole terrorist scares (makes sense). So here’s the few photos I was able to snap (quickly) to show you some of the surroundings (including the NOT Rockwell area).
Wednesday evening (again our time here) they all have meetings and I am now suffering from a nasty sinus migraine, apparently from the heat and the AC unit (I get them because I’m claustrophobic). Our room isn’t super small, but I need fresh air to avoid them – which I’m not getting at night. SO, I spend most of the day TRYING to get rid of this damn thing while I spend time out by the pool (not moving quickly is a good thing) but manage to sleep and drink LOTS of water. I did take some photos from the pool balcony though, of the other side of our hotel (the side with ALL of the traffic noise – as I posted on FB – LOTS of honking here. For people who are literally very polite and friendly, when they get in their cars, I think they then show their not so nice side and lay on the horns… HA HA Colleen, does that sound familiar?
We are across the street from a mall too (former Power Plant so they kept the name for the mall) and I did manage to go in once, and laughed at how I almost get run over because everyone is ALWAYS texting or looking at their phones and they will run into you. LOL The airports were the same way. You’d think I came to the world of Millenials… (ha ha)
Oh, one last funny thing – they cover the fencing around construction to avoid the dust & to make it hidden, I realized though it is the SAME as what WE use for Christmas garland, just not as fluffy (or like the crap you get from the dollar store). HA HA
Sorry but I had to miss the Karaoke last night (since the migraine was still killing me) but hopefully I’ll have something more FUN to share with you all! I’m enjoying reading though (managed to finish one book) and just being in another country has been interesting. I will add though that my Spanish/Irish personality DOES want to smack some men (Aussie’s, fat Americans and even one stupid ugly gay guy) for their ‘reason’ for coming here (poor Filipinno’s)both the young girls and guys! But I’m controlling myself – still enjoying though giving them the evil eye – and yes, as Michael said, they seem to think I’m actually Filipino too. 🙂
~ Looney Laura