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A Postcard From Manila: a Working Trip, Philippines - 9th July 2004

Nosher is required on a working trip to Manila to do a few presentations of Trigenix, accompanying sales-dude Julian. Following an 18-hour trip via Hong Kong to get there, most of the four day trip is taken up with work stuff. But there's still the odd afternoon to roam around a city which re-defines the concept of seething humanity and pollution, thanks in part to the many Jeepneys running around the city, belching fumes. Nosher also charters a taxi for an afternoon in order to explore the countryside a bit, and ends up in Tagaytay, with a nice view of the Taal volcano. It's also the time of Nosher's dyed red hair, which given that there are very few westerners in Manila anyway causes quite the stir, with people in the streets actually stopping to stare. It's interesting to be interesting for once.

next album: The BBs do a Wedding Gig and the BSCC go Sheep Rustling, Gislingham and Redgrave, Suffolk - 10th July 2004
previous album: Longview play Revolution Records, Diss, Norfolk - 2nd July 2004

2004 Nosher gets a photo of Hani in the office for some reason

Nosher gets a photo of Hani in the office for some reason

2004 A queue of aircraft at Heathrow

A queue of aircraft at Heathrow

2004 Terminal 5 is being built

Terminal 5 is being built

2004 The M4 motorway

The M4 motorway

2004 The plane flies over Felixstowe

The plane flies over Felixstowe

2004 A very smelly horse and cart

A very smelly horse and cart

2004 Part of Fort Santiago, the oldest buildings in Manila

Part of Fort Santiago, the oldest buildings in Manila

2004 There are loads of semi-feral cats sitting around

There are loads of semi-feral cats sitting around

2004 Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

2004 Julian looks out

Julian looks out

2004 Lots of buildings still show damage from WWII

Lots of buildings still show damage from WWII

2004 More pony rides

More pony rides

2004

2004 A cannon and some WWII shells

A cannon and some WWII shells

2004 Looking over the river towards one of Manila's many, vast, suburbs

Looking over the river towards one of Manila's many, vast, suburbs

2004 A bronze soldier with rolled-up trousers

A bronze soldier with rolled-up trousers

2004 Julian roams around

Julian roams around

2004 This former admin building shows bullet hole marks from the war

This former admin building shows bullet hole marks from the war

2004 A small snack shack

A small snack shack

2004 A brightly-painted Jeepney

A brightly-painted Jeepney

2004 The church of San Agustin

The church of San Agustin

2004 Roaming around the streets on Intramuros

Roaming around the streets on Intramuros

2004 A building wrapped in bunting

A building wrapped in bunting

2004 A curious thatched shack

A curious thatched shack

2004 Julian walks about, nervously

Julian walks about, nervously

2004 People in the streets

People in the streets

2004 A collection of statues on a street corner

A collection of statues on a street corner

2004 A silver Willys jeep

A silver Willys jeep

2004 Some dudes in a rickshaw cycle past

Some dudes in a rickshaw cycle past

2004 Another Jeepney

Another Jeepney

2004 A metal-framed motorbike side car

A metal-framed motorbike side car

2004 Julian leans on a wall

Julian leans on a wall

2004 There's some major overhead electric stuff going on

There's some major overhead electric stuff going on

2004 One of the many shanty towns on the edge of the city

One of the many shanty towns on the edge of the city

2004 Julian checks his phone in the hotel

Julian checks his phone in the hotel

2004 We set up for a presentation on the 33rd floor

We set up for a presentation on the 33rd floor

2004 The city and pollution of Manila

The city and pollution of Manila

2004 Julian on a laptop

Julian on a laptop

2004 getting the lift

getting the lift

2004 Downtown buildings

Downtown buildings

2004 Julian ends up trying out shoes in a fancy shopping mall

Julian ends up trying out shoes in a fancy shopping mall

2004 We have a nice dinner out at Oodl's Noodle Restaurant in 'Greenbelt 4'

We have a nice dinner out at Oodl's Noodle Restaurant in 'Greenbelt 4'

2004 The arse end of a silver Jeepney

The arse end of a silver Jeepney

2004 Derelict huts

Derelict huts

2004 Out in the countryside, 80km away from Manila

Out in the countryside, 80km away from Manila

2004 Looking out towards the Taal volcano

Looking out towards the Taal volcano

2004 More flowers by a roadside

More flowers by a roadside

2004 The crater of the Taal volcano straight ahead

The crater of the Taal volcano straight ahead

2004 Rural street life

Rural street life

2004 A PNP Outpost shack, with a quirky hand-made sign to Manila

A PNP Outpost shack, with a quirky hand-made sign to Manila

2004 A fruit seller's shack

A fruit seller's shack

2004 An abandoned-looking motorbike and sidecar

An abandoned-looking motorbike and sidecar

2004 More street scenes

More street scenes

2004 A big sign for Tagaytay

A big sign for Tagaytay

2004 Nosher's driver Dinu wanders back to the car

Nosher's driver Dinu wanders back to the car

2004 Nosher gets a Jeepney up to the People's Park in the Sky, for 30 Pesos

Nosher gets a Jeepney up to the People's Park in the Sky, for 30 Pesos

2004 The view from the People's Park

The view from the People's Park

2004 Another view over volcano lake

Another view over volcano lake

2004 Parasols in the People's Park

Parasols in the People's Park

2004 A family of fruit sellers

A family of fruit sellers

2004 The fruit family

The fruit family

2004 Back in Manila

Back in Manila

2004 We have dinner with the local contact

We have dinner with the local contact

2004 Julian on the plane, as we head back to the UK

Julian on the plane, as we head back to the UK

2004 A serene view out of the plane window

A serene view out of the plane window

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Nosher gets a photo of Hani in the office for some reason

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