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Katja and Arne's travel stories

Moving in Manila

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We got up early for breakfast, as it was included in the room, and because Katja wanted yoga at 8.
Me? I just went back to bed after a nice portion of eggs and bacon.

We thought of trying the roof pool before leaving the house. Yeah right. No access without the guard from the entrance to unlock the door… In the upper penthouse on the 25th floor. That didn’t happen in the fifteen minutes we waited after they said they sent someone up. So much for sun and fun this morning.

No swimming for you!

No swimming for you!

We packed and checked out, and walked to the other place. Here we got to leave our bags on the room while it’s being cleaned so we can step out to have lunch.


Katja did a little research when she came back from yoga. It’s just one street over from our new home, by the way, and found a nice restaurant we’re trying out. Plantation served delicious food and was a real treat. We might do dinner here as well, as it’s just across the road from our house.
Back up in the room to clear out a backpack to bring along and then out into Manila. We sent some more stuff to Norway (relax a Ben, you’re not on the receiving end this time.)

Makati central post office

Makati central post office

Makati central post office

Makati central post office

Presently we’re sitting at the Coffee bean and a Tea leaf and enjoying a warm beverage. We’ve been talking about the weather during our walk here. There is a storm being there it’s no doubt about that. The temperature has dropped noticeably and the humidity is a bit lower, probably due to the wind that’s starting to pick up. It’s not blowing our hats off yet, but the wind cones in gusts through the city.

Coffee bean - best coffee in town!

Coffee bean – best coffee in town!

The forecast for Typhoon Ruby at the time

The forecast for Typhoon Ruby at the time

Yesterday I mentioned that I had install Swype add a new keyboard. Damn, I’m happy. Already my writing is up with as much as 20-30 percent, if I’m to guess. Mostly for not having to go back and correct my typos. And today I found it’s been translated to Norwegian which means I can use it all the time. I can’t promise I’ll write more, though.
We went once again to Rustans supermarket for oatmeal and cereal for breakfast. Shopping on a Saturday it’s not recommended in Manila as all the locals want to use the malls on this day of the week. Combine this fact with a lot more patience for standing in line than us and you have a recipe for disaster. For the Filipinos have an endless patience for standing in line. They just seem to pass into some kind of lane trance until it’s their turn. One of the elements that make this necessary is the lack of ability to pack up your own groceries. When the cashier needs to do this for every customer, in small paper bags, it’s bound to take it’s time in the line before it’s your turn. On our way we also encountered Santa and Katja wanted to have a chat.

Katja and Santa

Katja and Santa

Santa and Katja

Santa and Katja having a great time

Finally we got out of there and headed back home.

Example on the line up. This one is for entering the Jeepney leaving the mall

Example on the line up. This one is for entering the Jeepney leaving the mall

We found a small speaker on the way. We’ve been looking for such a device to use when skyping, playing music and movies from the pc without a tv connected. It sounds good and worked alright on first try. JBL is a good old brand and my speakers in the bachelor pad I had back in the days was just this brand. Bought from a now departed friend, Mads. It brings back memories here I sit and write.
Well back at home we unpacked and took out all the dirty clothing. Now that we have a washer in the room we put on a wash before we left for a date night. Dinner and a movie, the old classic. We’re now at Mario’s kitchen awaiting our orders, then it’s off to watch the new big movie: Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The movie was good. Not brilliant, the story is kinda predictable… but the kid (you’ll know when you see it) should be nominated for Oscar as supporting actor.
Now at 21:15 Ruby entered land in the Philippines. It’s forecasted that Manila will suffer bad weather tomorrow, but right now it’s nice and decent here.
Were closing the night off at Bo’s Coffee on our way back to the hotel. Katja seems to try to compensate for four years with no coffee. The cup don’t get to leave a mark on the table before it’s empty. Uuups.
We’ve spent some time in the shopping mall today as the cinema is located there as well. The malls here are so big you wouldn’t believe me if I tried to explain. The stores range from the cheap Mobil cover stall to Gucci, Louis Vutton etc. You want it? It’s probably here.
Anyway, it’s time to call it a night. We’ll walk the last mile back and do our first night in our new home on the 17th floor. Guess we’re not gonna notice any flooding at least.

Our house

Our house

Some street art we encountered on the way  to the mall:

Author: arnber

Humongen! The big guy! The man, the myth, the legend! And then theres' me. The nice guy in the house. The man without cooking skills, but with five stars on the Playstation. Boss at work, relaxed at home. What you see is what you get. Life is good. I choose it to be.

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