Anyway I had another issue which was my late night arrival hostel in Taipei
. I had emailed the owners twice and finally got a response quite law at night. I would arrive and have to let myself in essentially. Evening time and Manilla was pissing down with rain. This I had absolutely no clue of, was to cause an onslaught of traffic. Traffic that had me stuck in a jam and resulted in an arrival at the airport 45min later than planned. Still I was good for check in, which is all that battered. Now the plan was to check in then get some food as by now I was once again starving but the staff member at the check in desk must have ben new as I ended up in the queue one a half hour. Once my check in was complete, it was the added pleasure of having to to woft down some food before boarding, which of course was achieved but to no avail as my flight ended up being an hour and a half delayed. So I was to debut Taiwan at an extremely late hour.
Finally got to Taiwan and I had to marvel at the glorious sight that was Taoyuan international airport. It had everything but more importantly it had these bed couches which you were allow to sleep on. So instead of me having to taxi or late night bus into the night looking for my hostel, I was to get some kip there and start in the morning. AWESOME! Justice I believe; for what turned out to be quite a pain in the arse journey. The airport was seemingly quiet and the help and welcome of the Taiwanese was extraordinary as airport staff there were absolute diamond.
From Borocay Island to Manila I got quite lucky as for 600pesos I had a tout offer me everything included. The journey had all the thrills and spiels one would be a custom to expect by now but so is the life. Getting back to Manila wasn't exactly something I was looking forward to but what I was glad to be back to was MNL hostel to see Celine and the rest of crew again. As expected they were most welcoming and were more than happy to let me and my stuff crash for the day as my flight wasn't until 22:40pm. My thoughts were of course about how to fill in time until I had to leave to head back to the airport, which didn't turn out to be such a problem, as conversations, my hunt for food and all my business affairs involving the internet, actually somehow managed to take up most of the day - looking for a decent priced flight, in and out of South Korea being one of them. Jeez that was hard work!