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Trip Start Feb 24, 2011
Trip End May 09, 2011

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Time for winding down

Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It has been 11 weeks since I set off from the uk and perhaps time to re charge my batteries, I am spending the next 5 days here in Manila and will sort out my washing ( getting short on clean undies ) amongst other things!!

When I first visited Manila it seemed very uninspiring, dirty, poor and a good place to get mugged in or shot.
So after spending some time here and actually looking around the place, I have been opened up to a city that offers much more than an Airport transit to other destinations as I have done in the past and have had the chance to make a better judgement on Manila.

I wont be writing my normal daily blog but, keep on topping up this one, it seems I don't want to have a countdown to home and this way it feels more appropriate way of ending this trip, so thoughts of home have crept into my head with some sadness because of the ending of this adventure, also a mixture of needing to see home again. 
Manila is like most Capitals around the world, and has the same mix of people, life,crime,attractiveness, and horrors, and I have seen my share of this, from the poor shanty towns where 10 people live in a room not much bigger than the average kitchen, to the new skyscraper's and building projects in the financial district of Makati.

The pick pockets on the MRT and LRT train systems, twice I saw the results of this and thankfully not personally.
The 24 hour traffic jams and everyone inching along with horns blazing around you, nobody seeming to lose their cool but using the horns like conversation.

The beggars pressing there faces to a restaurant window whilst you try to eat inside, the crazy bands that samba down the streets and brass bands in the shopping mall's all strike great tunes into the air, and makes you think your on a beach somewhere else perhaps a Latin or Caribbean isle.  
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