I really, really love South East Asia. Going to Manila was a huge treat. One thing that’s always important to me whenever I visit a place is to see the place in it’s authentic beauty and warts. I want to see the best and not best of a place. We were staying at the amazing Shangri la hotel, one of the most beautiful hotels in Asia. They are famous as having 5 and 6 star hotels in the big capitals in Asia.
Paul (black t-shirt) and I (in the red shirt, yes flash, and yes Big Bang Theory) were happy to pose with the staff. Beautiful hotel. Very posh. We were definitely very pampered. One thing you should know about Manila is it is very easy to spoil yourself. Manila is very modern, and you can get anything you need. My friend Dux Raymond Sy, who is very popular in the SharePoint community grew up in Manila. It was great to meet his family. Dux moved to the U.S. and if you talked with him you’d have no idea where he came from in fact he speaks perfect English. No accent at all, and smart, very smart guy. We were all in town for Sharing The Point Asia which would get us to China and Vietnam as well. Fabulous tour.
We had a day in the nicer parts of Manila, and had some amazing food. I was then very anxious to try other foods. One early morning Michael, Dux and I escaped early to catch the sunrise over the sea. We got up early enough we could get the first catch. We had squid in it’s ink, prawns, and very fresh sushi. Amazing seafood breakfast.