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A lot of interesting things made me hungry…the third day of my travel Vol.1

This is the first half of the third day in my travel in March.

I had no plan to do in the morning this day, so I decided to get out from the hotel and take some pictures.

“Mr, what would you do? Going out alone? I think I should be with you.” said the staff of the hotel. “Don’t worry. I think I can handle it. I’m just going to take a walk along the main street.” answered I to him. It’s quite dangerous for the Japanese to walk on a backstreet alone. That’s why he worried about me.

“Yes, I’m American. No speaking Japanese.” saying it to myself, I walked around the hotel. lol

This is the hotel I stayed at, which is located in Pasay city.
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This is the Gil Puyat avenue. The five-lane roadway. Although people can commute or move with a cheep toll thanks to Jeepneys(A customized Jeep in order for as many passengers as possible to ride. I just forgot to take the picture!), it is said that their frequent stops can cause traffic jams.
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A river crosses this avenue. Take a look at this picture. People live in along the river! I guess this area is set for many rains or a flood. It’s so dangerous! What if it rains too much? What will happen? Besides, the houses look like they have no foundations. Ummm…I don’t know how I could describe them.
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Since I arrived at the Philippines, I had been thinking about some differences about atmospheres between the towns in the Philippines and the ones in Japan. I found the luminance was different. For example, there are also covenience stores in the Philippines, such as SEVEN-ELEVEN or MINISTOP. This is MINISTOP in the Philippines.
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And this is MINISTOP in Japan. You can see the difference on the luminance from the picture? One of my friends gave me his guess. It said that they cut a cost.
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There is a lady selling some things in front of a gate of the station nearby the hotel. Take a look at the picture. You can see several newspapers on the left side and colorful things on the right side. The things on the right side are lollies(candies?). I don’t know why, but pedestrians bought them while I was watching. One more thing, can you see several cigarette boxes right in front of her? Surprisingly, customers buy one cigarette, not a box. For customers’ convenience, she put a lighter on the table. Customers pay their money for one cigarette, borrow the lighter, and smoke it. There is no such system in Japan.
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Instead of a permission to take this picture, I bought a newspaper. “Which is the most famous newspaper in Manila?” asked I. “MANILA BULLETIN, I guess.” said she. During the tour in Instramurus, I heard the name. “O.K. I’ll take it. How much is it?” said I. I got surprised with the paper. Look at this picture.
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Look at the volume! “Day’s paper? Not week’s?” said I. “Yeah.” said she. I just read it after I was back to the hotel. The paper had many advertisements with the same type of the paper.
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Incidentally, this is a newspaper in Japan. Advertisements are beside the paper. Colorful, aren’t they?
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Not so thick.
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I had had another concern since I came to the Philippines. It was to cross wide streets without any signals. Ofcourse there are also signals in the Philippines, especially in emerging ereas. However, the avenue I introduced above has its width, but there’s no signal! I had to jaywalk the street.
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First, I tried to follow residents. They threaded the street between cars and sometimes stopped in the middle of the street like a bascketball player. I didn’t know when the right cue was for a while, but I got used to it.
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One more surprising thing. Take a look at this. I saw a lot of sagged parts or holes on streets. I don’t know why the officials leave them. I guess they have no budgets? The people seemed they didn’t care. What if children stumble on them?
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A lot of interesting things and curiosities made me hungry. I finally missed Japanese rice. As a matter of fact, I choose the hotel because a Japanese restaurant was nearby. I thought I could rush the restaurant just in case…lol katsudon, pork cutlet on rice, is the best cuisine I love. Ofcourse a bowl of katsudon was what I choose there.
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After eating katsudon, I got back to the hotel and prepared for the next adventure. I had a few mistakes at the next one.

To be continued…

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  1. April 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Hi H.P 🙂

    This reminds me of here. We call them Jitneys though, and their constant stops, yes, even in the middle of traffic can cause a jam. It costs $1.25 cents; some say it’s cheap. Pot holes, yes. Selling one cigarette and having a lighter, yes. Selling things like in the picture, yes. We do have convenience stores, but they don’t stay open all night. When I read about the stores staying open all night in Japan, I think it’s cool. Things shut down here at that time. Crossing the street is an adventure. Living here is an adventure. 😆

    • honeypotter
      April 22, 2010 at 2:20 am

      Hi, girlgeum! 😀

      Oh, there are similar jeeps in your country? And ‘pothole’! I learned a new word from your comment. Thank you so much. You have the same situations as the pictures above in your country. Then, I think I must be excited and love your country when I visit. 😀

      Yes, most of convenience stores in Japan ran 24-hour. Sometimes, they got burglars, but basically, it’s not dangerous. I used to work at a convenience store when I was a college student. Luckily, I had no such dangerous people.

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