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Trip End Apr 07, 2008


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Friday, April 4, 2008

Alas, we have left the PHilippines. We appologize for taking so long to keep you up to date on the site here, but as "being on the move" implies - it is hard to sit in one spot to write at times such as these. We left the Philippines in a whirlwind on April the 4th. To start, we called about 20 different numbers for about 3 days at the end of March, trying to get a hold of ANYONE who can help us change our flight back to Bangkok to an earlier date. I suppose we felt our time had come, and we were ready to move on. We finally decided that we needed to go to the airport office (of Air-Philippines) and try our luck there. (For anyone flying Air-Philippines, take it from us, and just avoid changing your ticket at any cost!.... the consequences are not worth the hassle)
We waited in line all day on the 1st of April to change our ticket from it's original date (april 7) to april 3. Doesn't seem like much of deal huh? Well, at one point it would have gotten us to Thailand 2 weeks earlier... now it was getting us there only 4 days earlier... oh well, we went through with it, payed the fine, and came to the airport on the 3rd, ready to go.

Now I have to interupt with a side story;

When we first came to the Philippines in early Feb, I chatted with my mother about the appropriate visa's we would need upon entry. She initially told me, "You are a Canadian Citizen, you don't need a Visa to enter the Philippines." I responded by telling her I have been in close update with the Canadian Government website, and have been in contact with our consolate in the PHilippines.... for some reason, they seem to think that we DEFINATELY need a Visa!..... Being Filipina, my mother has never had the need to show a visa permit to enter or leave the philippines (even though she no longer has a Filipino Passport). A quick discussion on the matter turned into a full blown argument... By the end of it, I asked my Tita (Aunt) Celia if she could confirm what my mother was saying. Due to the extremely flakey judicial system in the PHilippines and heavy corruption along side it, I began to flow with the thought that Canadian's (especially with Filipino relations) do not need to go through the Visa procedures. This was one less cost & one less hassle, as we would have needed to extend our visas while in Manila, twice during the 2 months!
So we never did get a visa extention....

Back to the Airport on the 3rd.... As the Customs officer was about to give back our passports, he noticed (almost at the corner of his eye) that our visa's we're LONG overdue). He held us to the side, and explained that we needed to get the visa fee's paid off which was to be done at an office on the other side of town... and the point was - WE WERE NOT GETING ON THIS FLIGHT!... the words rung through our ear's.....
Turns out, (thanks to my mother's unhealpful certainty about the visa's)  we would need to stay in Manila until we sorted all this out...

This was another full day of lines, traffic, corruption and pollution... just another typical day in Manila.
We ended up paying another fee to move our ticket date and hopped on a flight a day later.

A second side-story I have to drop in, takes me back to my Europe tour in 2003 with my brotha Tal. We traveled 15 countries in a two month period that summer. That's alot of travelling in a short time! We played it as rough as we possible could, sleeping on beaches, roof tops, and in sketchy parks.... We barely had money for food, and would even have to skimp out on cheese/butter etc, and just eat bread!... Needless to say, by the end of our trip, we we're more than ready to go back home and sleep on a big comfy bed in our big comfy country. Approaching the Airport that summer was like approaching the 'pisser' after holding it in for too long. The thing is about this analogy, is that if one were not aware of the approaching toilet or opportunity to release, one could hold it in longer. But as you approach a toilet to find that it is locked, then your screwed!... It's the rise, and sudden hault of anticipation that can drive you mad!

The same was said for us in this situation.... we arrived at the airport after our 2 month trip, 1 hour and 15 min early to find out that the last bags had just left the check in - and we were not able to get on our flight! We we're shocked... "HOw could this be?" We NEEDED to get home, as one would NEED to get into that Lavratory.... the two months seemed like years, and we were set in our minds that this was the day we would return home.
(I suppose I don't need to mention that we we're late in the first place because Tal needed to stop at the market to pick up a shirt.... OH well, too late)

So, back to our situation at the Airport in Manila. It too had been 2 months, and we were more than ready to go back to Bangkok... the thought of the beaches, kind welcoming "wy's" (or bows), the food, the Curry..mmmmmm.... curry.... ANyways, we were opening the door and ready to explode, when we found it was locked!

Back again to the story in London -

Turn's out, that this was a particularily bussy season of the year, and all flights to Toronto Pearson Airport were booked for two weeks! We were left to wait on standby in Heathrow Airport, London.
Since we didn't have the money to stay in any hotel, we stayed in the airport for 3 days, checking in every couple hours at the reservations booth. By the end of it, we had made friends with all the tellers and store clerks in our area, and made use of the time as best as we could.

ON the third day, We went up to the booking agent and asked - "ANything yet?".... she replied, "Yes actually... It's not Toronto, but there are two options in your Country; Calgary or Vancouver?"
We both looked at each other smiled at the thought of the BC mountains and simuntaniously replied, "VANCOUVER!"

The point I am trying to make here is that all of a sudden, this disaster of a situation turned into a whole new adventure... We extended our trip in Vancouver, and had an entire week on the coast with friends.
 
Back to Manila -
We arrived in Bangkok on the 4th, late night. We stayed in a hotel which we felt we deserved after all the hussle and busstle of running around Manila, and ending up in Bangkok late. The next day we left for the beaches in the south west.

We we're told by Zoe that a brother was out here on his own, named Collin. I remember Collin from Kelowna, but never got to know him that well. Eileen had never met him, so it was great to add a new character to our journey.

(Just for the old folk out there, who trying to decipher wheather I am refering to a blood brother or not.... The term brother of sister is used to identify a person among the same mindset as yourself... the same "tribe" if you will. It is a timeless reference for a friend beyond companion).

We met up in Cha-am, a city about 2 hours south of Bangkok. We didn't want to go very far, seeing as we had a flight booked for Nepal on the 15th. The concensus was to hit up a national park - one with a beach, lots of trails, and somewere close... This was the description of "Khoa Sam Roi Yot National Park" It was meant to be a glorious experience, but after the first night of camping, we were all covered in aunt and mosquito bites... (I guess it's that time of year). Turns out that our tent had a bunch of fresh holes at the bottom, which was a warm invitation for the little buggers.... The next day it began to pour, and we took the hint - and got outa there. We moved to "Hua Hin" and basically exchanged the Mosquito population for People. This is a beach-side, touristy town, as opposed to the quiet distant front of the beach in the national park. We just stayed a couple nights before deciding what to do next.

Collin's birthday was comming up, right on the Thai new year; "SON KRON." He had the suggestion to go to this quiet beach guesthouse which he had heard of, for this time. So we ended up going early, and spending the week there. This was on the other side of the Gulf of THailand, and to get there, it required us to go back through Bangkok, and just about the same distance in the other direction... hmmm...
Anyways, This is where we are now, catching up with our journal entries.

We will begin posting in a new Blog entitled "Road to the Rainbow"
(ie - there will be no more posts in this Philippines blog)

So again, sorry for the confusion, we're just trying to keep the entries somewhat organized.

Speak to you next time about SonKron Festival! (THis will be the first entry in our new blog)


Love and light,

Daniel & Eileen

 
"Not all those who wonder are lost"
-Tolkien



 
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