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

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

A queue of aircraft at Heathrow

Terminal 5 is being built

The M4 motorway

The plane flies over Felixstowe

A very smelly horse and cart

Part of Fort Santiago, the oldest buildings in Manila

There are loads of semi-feral cats sitting around

Fort Santiago

Julian looks out

Lots of buildings still show damage from WWII

More pony rides

A cannon and some WWII shells

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

A bronze soldier with rolled-up trousers

Julian roams around

This former admin building shows bullet hole marks from the war

A small snack shack

A brightly-painted Jeepney

The church of San Agustin

Roaming around the streets on Intramuros

A building wrapped in bunting

A curious thatched shack

Julian walks about, nervously

People in the streets

A collection of statues on a street corner

A silver Willys jeep

Some dudes in a rickshaw cycle past

Another Jeepney

A metal-framed motorbike side car

Julian leans on a wall

There's some major overhead electric stuff going on

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

Julian checks his phone in the hotel

We set up for a presentation on the 33rd floor

The city and pollution of Manila

Julian on a laptop

getting the lift

Downtown buildings

Julian ends up trying out shoes in a fancy shopping mall

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

The arse end of a silver Jeepney

Derelict huts

Out in the countryside, 80km away from Manila

Looking out towards the Taal volcano

More flowers by a roadside

The crater of the Taal volcano straight ahead

Rural street life

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

A fruit seller's shack

An abandoned-looking motorbike and sidecar

More street scenes

A big sign for Tagaytay

Nosher's driver Dinu wanders back to the car

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

The view from the People's Park

Another view over volcano lake

Parasols in the People's Park

A family of fruit sellers

The fruit family

Back in Manila

We have dinner with the local contact

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

A serene view out of the plane window

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