Continued…

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The trip continues in Bangkok. XOX, DC

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Comfort and Joy.

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Christmas Day: back to Tiwi. The same traffic conditions apply. It’s just crazy. And we’re hurtling along in the little van we rented (with driver). And occasionally, the roads have been washed out by mudslide. Reunion, Part Two: The Departed A stop before Tiwi. Mom visits the graves of her parents, which she’s never seen before. Tiwi’s graveyard has a

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The road home.

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Mom’s home province, Albay, is a beautiful place. A seriously beautiful place. Not pretty, but beautiful. It’s dominated, as I said by Mount Mayon (“My own,” Not “Mae On”), the “most perfectly symmetrical volcano in the world.” That has always sounded to me like a Tourism Board grasping at straws for a superlative, but it’s true: Mayon is the perfectly-drawn

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Still waiting…

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Just arrived in Bangkok and haven’t yet had a chance to write. So… what’s waiting without hold music, right? Here’s something you’re sure to like. XOX, DC

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While We’re Waiting…

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Big Long Christmas post to come. In the meantime, we wish you Merry Christmas in the best way we know how: Hilarious Hotel Shorty Bathrobes: XOX, DC

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Krismas Balikbayan

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Yesterday we left the Shangri La to travel to my mother’s home province of Albay for Christmas with the family. Albay is on the Bikol peninsula, and the dominant language here is Bikol. (The rules of Taglish still apply, though: “#!%@^ @!^ #&*&! blood sugar testing #$!%”) In the Philippines, a homecoming is called a balikbayan. The people making the

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Admission, please.

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Okay. Time to come clean. Admission #1: I’m a Bad Son. Well, tonight, anyway. We’re supposed to be at a party tonight with my mother and a bunch of her fellow alumni, but we bowed out. I don’t know if it’s jetlag or a case of White Man’s Tummy or what. But we relinquished mom to the good care of

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The Ladies Who Lunch

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Well, here (as at home) I don’t seem to be able to sleep past 4am. Yesterday, we spent time with the women of the Protacio family, old friends and benefactors of my mother from her early days in Manila. The family runs, among other things, a hospital. Which happens to be next door to a hotel they also run. “Come

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Magic to Do

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So, with this long evening going on, you’d think they’d try to keep the program short, right? Leave the rest of the evening for the attendees to socialize with long-lost friends. Right? Wrong. There was lots of entertainment. And that entertainment consisted chiefly of various graduating classes performing choreographed routines. Which really begs only one reaction: Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Middle-aged medical

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The Main Event

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Okay… I know this is all a lot to digest, and it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet. Like I said, Blog=ZZZZZ. But this first day in Manila is really what the trip was all about, so it merits going on about, don’t you think? Yeah, I thought you’d agree. Okay, so we’re in the Jose Rizal Ballroom of the

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Putting it Together

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Okay, so it’s yesterday afternoon, and it’s time for mom’s salon experience. It is, I believe, written into the Philippine constitution that all Women Of A Certain Age must have Hair Above A Certain Height. You can check that if you like. Get back to me. So, mom hits the salon. She gets the hair. Check! PLUS, she gets makeup.

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Mabuhay!

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It’s about 6am Manila time, and Peter is happily snoring in the bed behind me. Naturally, I’m screwing about on the computer, seeing if I can set up this blog for family and friends to follow this crazy adventure. This is new. To paraphrase Catherine Tate, “Who, dear? Blog, dear? Us, dear? NO, dear…” But what the hell… First of

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Oh no. They blogged.

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Hi! Well, Tremendo’s on tour! Okay, we’re not on tour. But we’re touring. We thought that since we’re making this Great Asian Trek, we’d use this webspace to post photos, videos, experiences, etc. It’s a blog. So… I know… ZZZZZZ. But we’ll try to keep it zippy. Since it’s in story form, latest posts will come last. If you’re checking

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Please note that because of the verbosity of these posts, we’ve subdivided the Asian Adventure into subcategories. Click on Tremendo Oriento 2011 in the menu above and you’ll find subsections based on Country!

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