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Philippine Connection - July 28, 2002 Sunday

Call of the Wild

The family took me to the best buffet in town at Sheraton Hotel where TJ met us for lunch. Pricey for the average Filipino at P695/person + tax (CAN$21), it has all the Continental trimmings and then some - prime rib roast, roast pig (lechon), smoked salmon, tuna sashimi and an entire array of local delicacies. I particularly like the raw seaweed (lato) and the creamy Macapuno ice cream. Makes me feel guilty having the family spend that much money on me for lunch and what I end up liking is the cheap stuff.

We headed to Greenbelt 3 , the latest commercial mall-type offering within the Makati area. Only the fast food and cinemas have been completed but the whole thing shows promise. Surprisingly, movie prices P120 (regular sound system) to P150 (with THX sound system) were 50% more expensive than the neighboring and likewise upscale Glorietta Mall (still cheap however, compared to Canadian prices).

Later, we headed to Mega Mall to buy more clothes for my kids (another treat) and then to the Durian place selling the Puyat variety, known for its creamy texture, deep yellow hue, rich taste and more meat. I believe it's been cultured from the world-famous Bangkok variety.

Upon reaching home, I suddenly became restless...hurting for the rough kind of adventure - backpacking in some remote wilderness doing the caves, beaches, and coral reefs. The monsoon rains ruled out the trip north (Baguio, Banawe, Bontoc and Sagada) due to landslides and flash flooding in caves. Ferd, my former high school mate had ideas about the beaches of Infanta, Quezon, about 3 hours by land from Manila.

--- TheLoneRider

July 28, 2002

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