Welcoming arms. And a long wait.

Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Thursday, October 6, 2011

I've been in Cebu for three weeks now. The time is rushing past like an adrenaline fuelled night in London city. Already, I am starting to remove my preconceptions of how countries far removed from the west are. The murmurs, the pointing, the giggling from 4 foot nothing Filipino girls are losing there initial their hidden meanings from within my thoughts. I'm finding it easier to take the country and it's people at face value now. Everyone here, bar the odd screw faced old lady, is incredible welcoming. Walking down the streets of Mactan the locals often say 'Hello Suirrr' as you walk past. For no other reason than to say hello and to find out where you are from.

Despite the niceties of the local people, there is a fundamental flaw with the workings of the country. The concept of time is completely absent! Let me give you an example. Yesterday, during our lunch break, we ventured down to Marina Mall. A 10 minute Jeepney ride past the air port - 8 pesos, not 7. There was eight of us and we had decided to go a small restaurant called The Yacht Club. Uppon arrival Fred had asked one of the waitresses how long the food might take to arrive, just to gauge if we had enough time to eat there. The restaurant was busy, with a big group of Filipinos at the far end. Despite this, the lady blurted 'fifteen to twenty minutes suuirrr'. And so we proceeded to to sit down and down. We left that small blue restaurant 2 hours later. A good hour and a half over the allocated time Bigfoot have set for a lunch break. It's was a long day making up the time.

Getting used to full time work has been an interesting experience here at Bigfoot. The so called 'Internship' is an entirely self motivated learning experience, which proves challenging at times. Mainly when the internets around. The other interns and myself have been placed in small edit suites, which are slightly less equipped than expected, where the dividing walls don't quite fill the gaps between the window metal structure and the glass. Sound proofing obviously wasn't an issue here. I've been pushing various people around me to learn various bits of colour correction and sounds engineering software. The company, the way it's run and mostly importantly the communication here is something to be desired. However, I am determined to push myself and use anyone I can find to learn and teach me a much as possible before moving on. I'm already in a very different roll than I was back in the broadcast industry back home, and it is defiantly a move in the right direction.

We're are off to a beautiful island called Bohol over the weekend. I've managed to persuade everyone that getting motorcycles would be the best way to get up close to the island as we travel around it for the two days. One of the first things I had decided I wanted to do here when back in the UK was jump onto a motorbike, and I must say i'm very excited!

More to come after the weekend…… and hopefully some videos!
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