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Manila here I am

Just a short note — I left IloIlo this morning around 10am, and flew into Manila (the capital) where we will stay a couple days before we fly out on the 29th. It was a bittersweet good-bye. I am excited to go home and see my family and enjoy some creature comforts (like warm showers, my own bed, a plentiful supply of TP,etc). But I really enjoyed my stay in IloIlo, and it was hard leaving all the wonderful people behind, not knowing if I’d ever see them again! I especially will miss our “host” family, the Tans. They welcomed me (a complete stranger!) into their home, and treated me basically as family, providing me with a place to live, eat, sleep, and including me in all of their holiday celebrations. Such hospitality is hard to come by in the States.

But talk about making a transition! I had gotten used to the rural, almost primitive life in IloIlo. And here we are in this bustling, smoggy, traffic-congested huge city. Complete with a Starbucks on every corner. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think I was in L.A. We are staying with one of Christianne’s cousins, Dimple, in this gorgeous house with a winding staircase, valued at 7 million pesos! Tonight we visited one of Dimple’s cousins in a 5-star hotel called The Westin Philippine Plaza — talk about ritzy! From the hotel balcony we watched a beautiful fireworks display over Manila bay.

Tomorrow we are taking a day trip to Tagaytay, the site of an inactive volcano near Cavite (Side note — Intel has a site in Cavite). Its supposed to be a pretty cool touristy place. I’ll be taking pictures :)

3 Responses to “Manila here I am”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad you’ve had such a fun trip. Looking forward to more pictures! FYI, your adopted sisters will try to see you before they go back to school for a “2nd Christmas”!
    -Dave

  2. blue_makai says:

    try 7 million pesos lol

  3. admin says:

    yeah I know, I meant to go back and change it…I knew that $20,000 was too cheap….$140,000 sounds about right

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