Chuck Hillig's Travel Blog

Well, I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling over the next 6-7 months so I thought that I'd better re-activate my travel blog. The last time I posted anything here was way back in 2006 when I was traveling through SE Asia. Feel free to read my entries back then about my earlier adventures through India,Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and Hong Kong. This time (at least for the next six weeks), I'll be traveling through Greece and Turkey.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Around Manila...

Manila has a major problem with traffic. Ironically, the pollution helps to create the magnificent sunsets on Manila Bay. The cars and other vehicles run on diesel and leaded gasoline and you spend a lot of time just idling your engine. The poverty here is out in the open. For example, just walking around the streets near my hotel, you could see whole families stretched out on the sidewalk sleeping. As an obvious Westerner, I was immediately targeted by street vendors and sad-eyed kids looking for a handout. Gambling is legal here, and so I decided to walk through the casino at the Hyatt Hotel. Pretty unimpressive by Las Vegas standards but people seemed to be enjoying themselves. There are a lot of karaoke bars around and the locals never miss a chance to belt out a well-lubricated song for their friends. Lots of great fun for all. More later...

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