TPE ✈ MNL ✈ DGT From Rain to Sun

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I did not arrive late at the airport this time. I had plenty of time to kill before my initial flight to Manila from Taipei. I decided not to sleep in order to avoid a neck ache. I’m too tall for these small seats on these flights but it’s not for long. The Taipei airport has free Wi-Fi now which surprised me. The same was true for Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

That airport seemed a lot less hellish than last year. Lots of renovations and modernizations. I snagged a Globe SIM card which promised me unlimited data for 500 php (~$11 US) for my entire stay (11 days). But before that, on the plane, I snatched a cunning plan to get me some local currency. I had a late departure after work and all the banks and currency exchanges were closed.

I paid for a meal in TWD and got back enough Philippine pesos  to get me where I wanted, but it was all for nothing because foreign exchanges were open in Manila even at 4AM.

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On the flight to Dumaguete they made me check my backpack. They didn’t on my international flight but I was past caring.

I had too many layers on and took them off in a smelly bathroom. I met some students from Vancouver here to party. On the flight to Dumaguete I lapsed in and out of wakefulness.

By the time I got into a cab, who naturally overcharged me, I was nearing exhaustion but the excitement of being somewhere new re-energized me.

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I arrived at Harold’s Mansion and organized my room reservation. $12US got me a double bed with air-conditioning with a private bath. I thought I needed it. My open water scuba diving class begins tomorrow morning.

I met some young Québécois while eating my breakfast and waiting for my room to be readied. They had been travelling for a few months and were planning on going to Borneo, Indonesia, and back to Thailand before going home.

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