I am nervous and excited for another new international trip. Happy that I have the time to ‘tag along’ with Michael (while he goes for business) to the Philippines and Singapore.
In order to prep for this trip though, Michael was/is making me nervous (being silly too) about the food, culture and what to expect (this isn’t like Italy or Bora Bora). He’s warned me since we will be with two of his colleagues too, besides my own free time (while they are in meetings), I’ll get some site-seeing by myself but I will ‘laugh’ at some of the other activities. His colleagues (there) like to go to Karaoke bars (no surprise) and Midget Wrestling (is that a joke at MY short expense? HA HA) and kept saying they want to take ME now. Oh but I keep hearing I need to be aware of ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ (ewww) also…
I’ve gone to the drug store (also because I am trying desperately NOT to get this darn cold/cough that everyone has (my sister, Ethan & several others have it) before the 17 hour flight and for the trip (getting meds in foreign countries is not so fun), we’ve done that! From What to Pack for Manila:
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tampax – generally, most Filipino women do not use tampons so it’ll be very hard to find these in supermarkets. (You probably won’t find any in the provinces/rural areas!) You will find an assortment of feminine napkin pads in different shapes and sizes. If you’re apt to use tampons, do bring enough for your stay in the country. (Thank goodness I just need to worry about Menopause!) LOL
Mosquito Repellent – if you plan to walk in the city, you WILL need this. But if you’re the businessman who shuttles from one place to another in an airconditioned car, you won’t really need this. (Obviously “I” will be taking mine).
Michael also laughs at how much ‘work’ I’ve done for our pet sitters (besides the usual clean sheets/towels) I also had to make sure to clean up some of the back yard & deck (from Sammy the dog) since its been so slimy, I want them to be safe. Hey, it’s not like I’m cleaning up before the CLEANING LADY would be here… (friends that have house keepers tell me they do this)! Really, isn’t that what you PAY THEM FOR? LOL Besides, our pet sitters just got married (I also bought them a wedding present). I’m a dork, I know.
Michael’s dad used to live in Singapore, so he’s given us some great advice on places to eat, some fun things to do and seems very happy they we are going there as well. He also gave Michael more advice for his work (I was always amazed at how some of my old bosses used to NOT think about the diplomacy of other cultures when going for business). It’s a sign of respect. So the same goes for tourist. I also just think it IS respectful – you get what you give! Thank you Josh (one of my other ‘second sons’) for telling me that his friend just got back from there and said it IS amazing – but also reminded me not to chew gum there (it’s a fine)! 🙂
Besides the shorts/shirts (for the hot weather) I wanted to be aware of dressing while I am with Michael & his colleagues. Glad I had mom make me some loose/light weight dresses. Seriously I don’t know what I would do with out. But I’ll still look like a tourist with my camera – click, click, click… ha ha.
From Climate and Attire blog: If the local people are smiling and or laughing and you are not fluent in the language – it is likely because they think your shorts are inappropriate! Look around! Note that foreigners are the only ones that dress like this – in very short soft/light material – short shorts! Lord- I know it is hot, (If you are not in air-conditioning) but if you want any respect just wear knee length shorts! then if they are smiling in your presence you may assume they are flirting. Listen for the word “Gwapo!”
I can’t wait to take pictures, catch up on some reading (semi-work related) and having another trip(s) to share with you all! Now off to finish more of my to-do lists.