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Saturday, October 6, 2007

I didn't really know what to expect before going to the Philippines.  I didn't read much about it before going and I really didn't know much of what the country had to offer.  I'll just say right off the bat the Philippines rocks.  It's fun, the people speak really good English and are extremely friendly, there aren't a lot of foreigners (especially outside of Manila), and it is a beautiful country (untouched in many places away from Manila).  

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First I met my Pop's in Manila and we stayed in a freakin' sweet hotel and for lack of better words I just kind of soaked it up in Manila for a few days.  My Pop's was doing some business so I took advantage of my Dad being a gold member at the hotel, which entitled him and his guests to free food and drinks (alcohol included) all day on the 25th floor of the hotel overlooking the city of Manila.  It was quite posh and I enjoyed it immensely.  I hadn't really eaten any Western food in about six months so it was really nice getting some bomb food and sitting with a cold beer and my book overlooking Manila.  The breakfast was phenomenal, and while I did partake in the pancakes, eggs, fruit, hash browns, and plethora of other fine food, what really caught my eye was the vast selection of cereal, which is my favorite food and so I ate too much of it without hesitation.  We also went out to some nice restaurants and did some shopping.
 
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There are however a lot of bad and sleazy areas in Manila, which are quite unappealing.  I went out one night to a sleazy area and just felt sorry for the girls that work in these bars catering to disgusting, old, hopeless men, so I just went back to the hotel.  There is also a lot of security in Manila because of terrorism.  You can't walk in any entrance to a mall, hotel, and some restaurants without being greeted by a man in an army suit clutching an AK47 with a bomb sniffing dog at his side, who looks through your belongings and then you are finally allowed to pass through a metal detector and in to the building.  However this security is obviously needed; I don't know if anyone heard about the recent bombing at the shopping mall in Manila where nine people were killed and 100 injured.  Well I was in that exact spot just days earlier...freakin' crazy eh.  Our hotel was right across the street from that mall.  So anyways from Manila we went down South to Davao.
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jgamelin
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McGee!!!!!
Ry guy! What up, geezy? Sounds like you are causing ruckus as usual all over the globe - I'm jealous. But my cubicle is nice, too, I guess. I want to come visit, but I'm broke as a joke right now. But I'm excited to see you in March...and you're lady friend!

Did you see that Ice is engaged?? Looks like you'll have to make another trip of it:) Linds and I are talking about roadtrippin' to D.C. (assuming that's where it is) - woop woop! You in?

Welp, gotta run. Can you send me your address please??

Love you and miss you!
Jen

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