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Back to Manila after a year. It feels strange and familiar at the same time, but I am happy I don’t have to deal with the city, just in and out the hotel basically.
Trying to get to the Philippines from Frankfurt
I had to cancel my flight with Cathay Pacific because Hongkong ist closed. and booked a new one with Kuwait Airlines. At least now I had a travel mate, my friend Edwin who recently moved with his family to the Philippines, was on the same flight.
The flight was uneventful and on time. We had a long stopover at the airport in Kuwait and I ate an overpriced, but delicious Szechuan Chickenburger, whatever this is, it was spicy!
After another flight nine hours later we finally arrived here in Manila. Right now it is surprisingly cool in Manila, only 28 degrees Celsius.
Staying in the Savoy Hotel
The Savoy hotel was a good decision. Hotel is pricy for here,around 60 €. But free airport shuttle, nice big room, hot shower and a cool bar at the swimming pool! I am planning on living modest and I don’t need much. But after a long trip like this it is nice to spoil yourself with a little extravaganza.
I went out and the area here is not bad at all. That is where you can see the impact of the growing middle class, or let’s call it gentrification. Nice restaurants, clean streets, no beggars. Of course, probably walk 15 minutes and the world looks different. It’s not the reality.
I went to a simple chinese noodle restaurant and had seafood noodle soup. Now, this kind of soup is very simple and good. Basically seafood, noodles and some greens in hot water, no extra spices, I really like it. It cost around six Euro, but this is because of the fancy area and next to the expensive hotels.
So, it was tiring, but a good trip and I am looking forward to finally arrive in Dumaguete this afternoon.