Philippines Trip: August 15th, 2012
Weird how flying over the International Date Line screws with your schedule! We leave the US on the 13th, fly 13 hours, then land 2 days later! 10:10AM on August 15th to be exact.. still can’t get over it!
Once we landed, it was all coming back to me now: I literally am halfway across the globe. It’s amazing how technology can get you places now.. think about it: a metal tube that flies 7 miles above the earth for 12 hours and lands without anyone dying? Thank You to the Wright brothers!
The first thing we do is jump right into a van. It wasn’t just any fan, it was a 2012 Turbocharged Toyota passenger van! It wasn’t like the passenger vans here in the states. It’s about half the size, and fits almost 16 people. We crammed 18 from the airport to the house.. I wish I had a picture, it was definitely a really comfortable ride to the house!
But before the house, we decided to go get something to eat. My parents knew of a place called JJ’s Seafood a little way from the airport. It was our first meal in the Philippines. It was funny because everyone was pronouncing it as “JiJi’s” until Irene, Randy and I saw the sign. It was a good chuckle for awhile because we forgot about the Filipino accents.. lol
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After lunch, we dropped everyone off at our house in Bool District. The house’s nickname in the neighborhood is called “Biasong.” Don’t ask me why. I still don’t know why, and when I ask, no one does either! It’ll be a mystery for all eternity.
My mom decided that it was a good idea to stay at a hotel for the night so we can shower and clean up after our long commute here. Apparently, when someone dies, the body is preserved and kept in the coffin at the house until the day of the funeral. During that time, no one is allowed to shower/bathe in the house until the person is finally laid to rest. Luckily for us, our family has houses all over the city, so we quickly got around that little speed bump.
MetroCentre is a 4-star hotel right in the middle of the city. For it being in a third-world country, it had all the amenities any hotel in the states had: clean bed, TV, refrigerator, toilet, and a nice shower. You don’t get that very often. We paid P2700 for the night. That is roughly ~$70. We had some time to kill, so we decided to check out the pool.
When they said that it was on the 7th floor, I thought it was going to be some crazy nice infinity pool, overlooking the city and the shore. Turns out it turned into a mediocre pool, sitting in the shade, surrounded by some ghetto bamboo fence. That was definitely a fail. lol. Luckily, next to the pool was a workout room/gym so we definitely will be using those fine facilities tomorrow morning.
We ended up back a Biasong for the night to catch up with family and friends who we haven’t seen in over 14 years! (The last time I made it back to the islands was 1998.) It was good to see familiar faces and to meet new ones!
After being sleep deprived for 2+ days, we finally ended up back at the hotel around 11PM and knocked out to get some much needed sleep.