this map gives some perspective... 9000 islands...
a street in Cubao area of Manila, I am always attracted to Cubao... not a big fan of big cities... but Cubao has a nice feel to it... easy to get around, plenty of shops, movies etc... and it is well connected by MRT and LRT lines...
plenty of night life in Cubao... cafe's restaurants etc...
street near my love hotel... 460peso for12 hours... not bad... no reason to rent for 24 hours... I had an early flight to catch
three wheeled small motor taxis... love em... but they are a bit small for me
that is Shim... I was walking around the mall... looking for a Globe shop to get some GPRS time on my phone... I asked Shim for directions... since he had nothing to do he hung out with me a bit
my finer is touching the lens... was trying to capture the night scene
one of the most inefficient forms of public transport you can find... the Jeepney... dirty, loud and obnoxious... killer to get in and out if you are over 170cm.. but they are fun nonetheless..
my darned finger on the lens again... I'll have a talk with it later
the ever present jolliibee... awful food.. but what are you to do at night when you are hungry and there is nothing else around.
ok the model poses... actually shim said he is a model... and does a bit of TV extra work
horrid spaghetti at Jollibee... but I was so hungry anything would have been good enough at that time
was trying to get the moon... condo building construction...
the signature dome at one of the entrances to Gateway mall
Eurotel hotel... I think they are a step above the place I stay
there is my place... Crest hotel.... don't get the rooms closest to the LRT... you cannot sleep through the noise of the train
these guys begged to get their pics taken...
up early heading to the airport... was a real mess trying to get on the MRT...
this is light morning traffic... it gets much worse
I waited hoping it would get better... it didn't... so in desperation I took the train in the opposite direction ot the end... hoping to get on... still was a major push to get on... but I made it.. took an hour to get headed in the right direction..
arrival at CDO...
I always get a kick out of mass at the shopping mall... this scene is not uncommon... they pack em in for periodic masses...
night scene near my CDO hotel
chickens roasting... Filipinos are big meat eaters... hard to find vegetables...
I went for the garlic fried peanuts... 5 peso for a small bag about 20 grams
chess in the park... reminds me of my first trip to Manila... I played chess with an old timer near the fort... beat him... he wanted a rematch but I wanted to get on my way... chess skills have deteriorated since then
in MacArthur park CDO
a group of students came over to chat
the guy in black insisted in saying "hey Joe" to me... an old Filipino greeting to white skinned people... especially to Americans I think.. my response is always...hey Juan ..Juan de La Cruz.. they get confused... I like to confuse them... A jeepney driver said hey Joe tome today... I said hey Mario... the look on his face... loved it...
this guy wanted me to take as many pics of him as possible... so he did a small dance for me
my hey Joe friend.. was sitting next to me... so I clicked his pic when he was not paying attention
there is usually a large games section in every mall... this is at LimKetKai mall in CDO
being a daily vitamin junky I have been interested in the vitamin stores that are popping up in the Philippines
no thanks... do you know what this is? noway..nohow..not gonna try that stuff
my home for the week...
Cogon market -a huge sprawling 3 floor market in the center of Cagayan de Oro
inside the Cogon market
bread sellers in the market
40 peso for a cuticle cleaning.. I was tempted to give it a go
beautiful bananas... yummy... a blender, some ice and a bit of plain yogurt will do nice with these bananas
the kids were excited to get their photos taken...
the girl in the black t-shirt wanted her photo taken, but the photo hound on the left kept jumping in the way
I was trying to get a shot of the veggies... the kids kept jumping in the pic
her daughter begged me mom's pic... the first one was not good a s she hid from the camera (see the next pic for a better pic)... check out the veggies... I find it hard to find vegetarian food in restaurants in the Philippines... yet they have plenty of vegetables in the markets...
her daughter begged me to take the mom's pic... the first one was not good a s she hid from the camera.. this one turned out lovely - and check out the veggies... I find it hard to find vegetarian food in restaurants in the Philippines... yet they have plenty of vegetables in the markets...
the fish looked so scared... then again if you were water animal hanging in a translucent bag among thousands of strangers I guess your heart rate would zoom also
the start of our 4 day workshop for ICT coordinators in Cagayan de Oro under the iSchools project
Limketkai shopping plaza in
Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao
great to see bikers in Manila... along Manila bay night or day you will find many bikes, groups biking, singles biking and a variety of styles.... love it
I was trying to shoot the trick BMX bikers... my camera is too slow and I am not good at these kinds of shots
ok there they are... bikers
a kind of bike.... the rolling convenience store... nice...!!!
Manila bay at night- looking on to what seemed to be a port
these bikes are used to get to and fro work... everyone should bike to work if possible
my hotel in Malate area of Manila- a 200x100cm room goes for 250 peso/day toilet shared and outside
inside of my hotel.... Marbell Apartel
nice way to get around town,but I feel sorry for the horse subject to breathing the pollution of the streets
carbon fiber bike
why they swim in that dirty water ---- you got me...
love this one... a free swimming pool... yes free... the world needs millions of these
these guys were taking lots of pics with their camera phone... they wanted me to snap a few of them... they said they will upload them on Facebook... I think every Filipino has a FB account
homebrew motorcycle taxi... check out the 6 HP engine
my foot .... still there...have to check every once in awhile, never know when something might go missing
Manila floating hotel - see here to learn more - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Augustus_(1952)
In Thailand they use small fish for the fish therapy tubs... here they look fairly big.... the customers said they really liked it...
the sharks in this tank would not slow down for me to shoot them... I asked politely... they just refused
the lighter colored streak is something much bigger... maybe the same family as a whale shark
there you go... sharks everywhere.... small ones though - a teenager stuck his hand in the water... the attendants were not too happy with him... he still keeps his hand as normal...
spiral cut and deep fried potato... they seem to love these everywhere I see them
there they are in the fried form.... must be tasty... but I have not tried it yet... a bit afraid of the oil
the Miramar hotel on Roxas Blvd...art deco styling... looks interesting
typical slum living right in the middle of affluent high rises
these kids were getting a shower from the water dripping from an A/C condenser... I suppose that water must be fairly clean... it is distilled isn't it?
Mall of Asia
peanut butter... love it... a restaurant that uses PB in everything they make... I had my favorite... a PB dark chocolate milk shake...