This was my second visit to the Philippines and I'm still blown away by how friendly the people are. I think I am lucky as because I'm part of a company which has a big 'family' vibe in Manila it's like I am part of that family there. This time I got to see and try some new things including expanding my Filipino food experience. My Manila friend and I found time to get our nails done and have (what turned out to be an incredibly painful but effective) massage. I also got to meet some of her friends and actually hang out and BE friends instead of just work colleagues this time. I also got to visit the University of Santo Tomas for work which was cool. I had very little time to explore on this trip, but I had a great time. It started a little rocky with the Hyatt City of Dreams but ended on a better note. It's a new build and a Casino hotel - not somewhere I might choose, but very close to work. Gambling, meh, never been interested.
Mostly I'm always aware of how much of the country and city I haven't seen yet. One day I will see those islands!
Despite having been to a few places in Asia I was not prepared for the heat this time. I coped but it was rough, my body is happy in snowy Northern European winters also I just don't own the kind of wardrobe which works for heat and humidity. As a very curvy tallish woman I had a few dresses from PhaseEight and Coast (Debenhams sales FTW) in kind of stretch jersey material and bright colour prints. These were with either leggings or shorts under. Leggings may seem counter-intuitive but for me Maidenform Lycra actually helped keep the sweat at bay and stay comfortable while walking a lot. I did take a couple of Lady Voluptuous dresses, but cotton in humid heat just don't work sadly. In contrast with my last trip to India and Philippines in September when I stuck to black or blue conservative items this time I went all out colour and felt more myself. I still haven't perfected my long haul flying outfit but I'm getting closer...
I'm still massively humbled by the fact I've been to these places. It was always my dream to travel and I find it incredible I get to do it sometimes. I'm pretty independent, but the only thing was that when I was looking out at these incredible views I found myself turning to the space where Rockin' Roy should be to share it with me. A memory shared is often a memory with a little more colour.