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Conclusion On Our Philippine Vacation

For those of you who do not know, I used to work at the airport in Manila before I moved to Norway. (This was where I met my husband).I was working as ticketing/check-in/gate agent for Lufthansa. So, when we got to the check-in counter, it brought back a lot of fun and some bad memories. I was not so surprised when I have met just a few of my former collegues as most of them are now in Dubai or Abu Dhabi Airports employed by DNATA, some in London, and a few in the USA. Sometimes I miss working at the airport. I miss the excitement and meeting new people all the time and most of all, I miss going home and leaving the problem at work. I met some of my former colleagues and was able to catch up (tsismis) with some of them.

On the 10th of January, we tried our luck getting seats for the Manila-Frankfurt flight. Unfortunately, we were not taken in. Even Lufthansa employees didn’t get seats that day. My husband is employed by SAS, naturally, lufthansa employees would be prioritized. The prognosis on the next days was the same. We decided to try Manila-Hongkong on Cathay Pacific and would take Hongkong-Frankfurt from there. There were 5 flights to Hongkong on the 11th but there were like a thousand airline employees on standby the whole day. We tried again on Lufthansa that night, the configuration on the flight changed — we got seats!!! We got lucky. Flying on ID tickets (airline employee tickets) are way cheaper than full price tickets but it can be a nightmare.

Manila Airport
Lufthansa Gate

Cris at the counter. He visited us in Norway last 2002.

My aunt, Gel (saying goodbye in the aircraft)
Me and my Aunt

Although I know that my family comes to visit us in Norway whenever they can, the hardest part is saying goodbye to them. I do not have any family (from the Philippines) in Norway and it is quite hard not to have anyone here. I am sure some of you can relate to this.

Auntie Bot and Tatyana
My family (Auntie Bot and Auntie Nene, Angel-Jane, Mommy, Rylle, Uncle Jun and Tatyana

Tatyana and my brother, Alvin
3 Generations – My mom, me and my angels

Home Depot and 3 Star Hotels in Manila

We visited Home Depot at The Fort at found a lot of interesting things both imported and locally made products. I found out that more and more filipinos are starting to be into home improvement.

I went to some stores selling kitchen furnitures. They were selling a 1set (14 cabinets) kitchen for 250 000pesos (almost 4000 euro).I sell almost the same type of kitchen in Norway at almost the same price. The same mechanisms – Blum drawers and door mechanism. Solid Wood Doors and fronts, and Laminte Carcass. There were about 2 or 3 shops selling kitchens but none of them were made in the Philippines. It would probably be cheaper if doors and the cutting of the laminate would be done in the Philippines. This is if there are no good quality laminate made in the Philippines. I am sure that there are enough wood and MDF (medium Density Fiberboard) in the Philippines to make the doors.
A middle class family would not be able to redecorate their kitchen if they would be spending that much amount of money. I hope that there would be a home improvement store that would cater not only to the rich but to also to the working class. The only solution would be using local resources.

Imported Products

Made in Denmark

I think this is by far the most beautiful marble I have ever seen in my life
From Italy
6000pesos per square meter.

More Italian Stones (granite)

Filipino Products

As importers, we are always scouting for products to be sold. We were very happy to find a lot of Philippine products that are of high quality and of excellent design. Support Filipino Industry!!!

Some of the places we stayed at:
Victoria Lodge (Las Pinas City)

2700 pesos (43 euro) per room per night
Room with Jaccuzzi
24 Hour Room Service
Try the Tuna Sandwich (Skip the fries- Ugh!)

Copacobana Apartment Hotel (Pasay City)

3300 pesos (53 euro) per room per night (with extra bed)
10-15 minutes from the Airport
Rooms with Kitchen and Receiving Area
Recommended for longer period of stay (they charge cheaper )

Good restaurant by the pool
Offers Swedish Massage for 700 pesos
Could use some room upgrading!

The room we had has a veranda overlooking some parts of Manila and Makati. We spent so many hours from the veranda watching the traffic flow —- VERY INTERESTING! As my husband says: There is a system in the chaos.

Eurotel Las Pinas

1900 pesos (30 euro) per room per night

Excellent Service, Friendly Staff
Modern Interior
Located right across SM Shopping Mall
24 hour Room Service
Newly Built – Grand opening was in October 2005
Tlf +632 805 0095 / +632 8067646

Ain’t No Place Like Manila

One of the highlights of my Philippine vacation was meeting some of my friends from Our Lady of Grace Academy (now St. Mary’s Academy). We have not seen each other for 20 years and I was really happy getting reacquainted with them. I still see the “Gracean” in them after all these years. (Our old school is a Catholic School for girls) Very well mannered, good conversationalists, very well poised (HAHA!). Thank Goodness we were raised well by the sisters of the Religious of the Virgin Mary :). See Annalyn Jusay’s post on our reunion here

Ervi Lacson – my very very good friend since the first grade.
Me (in the middle)
Cecille Ayubo (to the right)

Annalyn Jusay (in the middle) – Visit her blog :
Magnolia Domingo (Right)

Honestly, I was really surprised about how my friends look!!! They are more beautiful now than they were 2o years ago. It is a shame that I didn’t have so much time with them. I have such good friends during my Gracean days, I just couldn’t figure out why I did not get in touch with them after graduation. I am making up for it.

This is the place where the biggest Mall in Asia is being built

I grew up in the Philippine Metropolis, Metro Manila. It is consist of 17 cities and municipalities. The main language in Metro Manila is Pilipino which is based from the dialect, Tagalog. English is widely used. There is approximately 12 Million people living in Manila ( I do not think anyone knows how much people there are in Metro Manila— Hey but who’s counting!).

When I was in Romblon, I met a Danish man who said that Manila is not a nice place. Goodness knows what disease you might have when you are in Manila, he said. It is not the first time I heard someone makes a bad remark on Manila. I have to admit that some of the remarks I have heard are true and I think one has to live in it before one can trully appreciate it. I will not specify all these comments because I would end up defending and making excuses why Manila is what it is today.

I miss Manila. The heat. The excitement. The sound. The warm smiles. My husband and I has one good description of Metro Manila —- Boiling. I love Manila.

Glorietta (Makati City)


Greenhills Shopping Center

More shopping…

Greenhills Shopping Mall. A place where you can buy original Designer Clothes, Bags and Shoes but you can also buy all kinds of immitations- Breitling, Tag Heuer, Gucci Watches, LV bags, Shoes, shirts, pants, pirated Cd’s and Dvd’s and more

You can just guess what I had in my luggage.