‘Money for Picture, Sir…’

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“No thanks! Keep your money and I keep my picture!”

 

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TWO SIDES OF WHITE BEACH

Every coin has its two sides and so has White Beach.

White Beach had shown its best side on calm, sunny conditions, just when I returned from Europe. It changed dramaticaly when the southwest monsoon (Habagat) introduced itself.

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First stirrings of a change in the weather pattern.

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White Beach, Boracay

 

Wind is comming up; first driftwood washed ashore.

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Boracay White Beach. Such a massive root is always good for something.

 

But there is more to come. A moderate southwest monsoon changes the face of the ‘White Beach’. Floating things, like plastic, debris but mostly driftwood or coconuts etc, gets washed ashore in large quantities and leaves behind a wild mess on the beach.

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Stay Over Manila

My international flight arrived late at Manila airport, Terminal 1. I had also an early flight in the next morning, so I booked a hotel  close to the airport. After checking some reviews I decided for ‘Go Hotels Manila Airport’. I put imortance on cleanliness an quiet. Booking via Agoda: 42 Euro. There are of course also cheaper hotels close by.

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The hotel is only a 7 min drive with the taxi. I did not know it was so close. The taxidrivers – as usual – try alway to take advantage of you, even if it is a yellow metered taxi. I had to ask him to turn the meter on. Anyway, it didn’t work and I didn’t care, because I was just too tired. Usually such a distance is about 100 peso with the yellow taxi (the meter in this taxis usally is preset on 70 peso already). I paid 150.

The Hotel

Check in no problem. It was also not busy at the time. My room was very small but most important clean! Toilett and shower is sperated. Especially the toilett with the sink is small, but clean and quite new. There is a good aircon, two beds, a TV and a deep shelf to put some things or clothing. More or less, that’s it.

Despite the room, the hotel offers nothing. Almost nothing! There is a massage service and a little shop. I was hungry a thursty. The shop however had not even a bottle of water so sell. That’s poor. The only shop outside the hotel is a 7 Eleven store across the street (at least!!).

Check out

At 11 pm at the latest. My domestic flight went from Terminal 3. This terminal is about 15 min from the hotel. The hotel offers a taxi service. They want to charge you 400 peso for that. That’s far to expensive. After a little negotiation talk they offered me the service for just 180 peso. That’s more reasonable.

After all, the hotel met my most important demands – cleanliness and quiet!

For a stay over, just right!