Cherry Blossoms Hotel
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... call it the 'Gracious Dame’ and it certainly is a ‘classic and stylish’ old hotel.
The ship was also very ‘alive’ as all the families of the Philipino component of the crew came aboard to enjoy time together and then we were treated to a charming musical event given by a group of orphans that some of the crew are involved with.
... inadvertent violator of this but was afraid to ask what the actual offense was. I later learned that a wang wang is like a siren thing that is on top of old school police cars. Apparently, foreign diplomats would come in there with sirens or other things that make them look important and try to get quickly through the immigration process. No sir, there will be none of that here.
We caught a ...
... safe, the driver is not drinking nor participating in any singing. None-the-less, this was truly a unique experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. The night ended with new friends and a great beginnings to my journey.
The next day was our day to fly out to Puerto Princessa, Palawan, Philippines.
The adventure through the Philippines begins here.
... holed up in my hotel room updating this blog with just random thoughts and observations. To say this region is undergoing brisk growth is an understatement. Malls are popping up a stone's throw away from each other, high-rise condominiums are growing like weeds, resorts (Vegas-like quality with high-end boutiques) are filling in once abandoned or highly squatted areas of the city. Every (well, a lot of) American franchise is ...
... stated the ferry service has been suspended indefinitely. Bummer! :-(
Unable to see the region by boat, I left Intramuros and walked about 20 minutes to Manila City Hall, a sprawling yellow complex complete with a clock tower. I wandered around inside the building for awhile, trying to see if there was a way to get up in the tower. Not finding any, I went outside at 4:38 and saw a couple hundred people on the south plaza. Then a band started playing and I noticed a ...