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    You are a bad man...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Great thread, nice photots. Thanks a lot.

    BTW we have one Filipino restaurant in Berlin. Visited it with a group of Filipina friends. We solemnly swear we will never go there again. They had a nice big Salmon on the buffet and managed to make even that inedible.

    Mall of Asia is nice, I liked the place. An airconditioned area open to the sky to let light in for the trees was new to me. But the Starbucks there stuck in my memory. It was my first and only encounter with Starbucks. Don't know what was about the coffee but I can say given the choice of drinking that coffee or 3 days of heavy migraine I take the migraine without hesitation. The chocolate cake was great though.
    "don't attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence"

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    top thread booboo

    nice buns katie


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    ^hello Loopy dahlink. Me and my buns thank you for your appreciation. Heh.

    Yes, TD peeps, I did meet with Bettyboo. He was a dashing, polite gentleman, and because of that, he was able to get a free guided tour of Intramuros, the old walled city of Manila.

    I'm now in a minivan, headed back to Manila from the North (Ifugao province). I've just finished hiking my first 7/9 mountain and my legs & knees ache! I'll prolly update my hiking thread when I get back home if/when I've got time. Most of my hike mates are asleep now. As for me, I've slept on/off the past 5-6 hours, so I'm awake for now and browsing TD in case Mr Boo put up a thread.

    Cheers Betty, it was nice to meet you. I'm glad my thread and other tips helped.

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    you can see battys future

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    The sooner I get there the better...
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    This was the food at Hawker Chan restaurant. There's also a branch of this resto at Terminal21 mall, top floor, near Asok in Bkk - saw it during my trip last year. There are also branches in SG.

    I first read/heard about Mr Chan from a news article (BBC or CNN?). He's based in SG but originally from Malaysia. He's a rags to riches story - very inspiring. His business started out as a small hawker stall/kiosk. Then word got out - long queues for his food. He was awarded a Michelin star, and after that, his business boomed. I was pleasantly surprised to see his restaurant in Bkk and also in PI (Mall of Asia) - I ate there with some friends last year.

    Cheers all, and regards to you, Betty, Mrs Boo and Chokdee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    This was the food at Hawker Chan restaurant. There's also a branch of this resto at Terminal21 mall, top floor, near Asok in Bkk - saw it during my trip last year. There are also branches in SG.

    I first read/heard about Mr Chan from a news article (BBC or CNN?). He's based in SG but originally from Malaysia. He's a rags to riches story - very inspiring. His business started out as a small hawker stall/kiosk. Then word got out - long queues for his food. He was awarded a Michelin star, and after that, his business boomed. I was pleasantly surprised to see his restaurant in Bkk and also in PI (Mall of Asia) - I ate there with some friends last year.

    Cheers all, and regards to you, Betty, Mrs Boo and Chokdee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Then word got out - long queues for his food.
    It always makes me shake my head when I see long queues at restaurants or hawker centres.

    When I was living in Singapore, there was a show on TV that would travel around and try different hawker centres. Any that recieved a good review would have long wait times every day after that.

    Even here in BGC, Marugame Udon (Ramen) always has a long queue at meal times, and newly opened Tiger Sugar regularly has a wait of upto 1 hour.
    %&#@ that. I've got better things to do with my time.

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    totally agree Tiz
    its not as if there aren't 7000 ressies next door with almost as good/ noodles/ rice/ veggies

    would only wait for a table if there was a bar
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    Thanks BB looks like a similar trip to that which I am planning. Given me a few hints. On Reflection would you stay at PG or Sabang?

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    Unless you are going there for ugly cheap hookers, or intend diving.... choose White Beach.

    Or my favourite place, The Manor in Yacht Club Road, which ironically is near the yacht club...

    Here's a video I made 2 years ago when I went there with my lady, my daughter & her husband.

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    Thanks TM. I hope to get some diving in and a bit of drinking time. The hookers not so much. Was thinking of just staying in PG not sabang. White beach is nice but I live next to a beach in Qld.

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    ^Sabang is in PG. It's one of the barangays/ villages in PG. White Beach is also in PG, but different area - opposite direction. There are many beaches in PG, White Beach being the largest, while Sabang beach is where there are lots of dive/tours and bars/hookers. Lots of Koreans & Chinese too, when I visited during Easter break. Saw a bar in Sabang near the beach, most of the clients were whiteys. Beach/shoreline in Sabang is short and not really a "lounging" beach.

    Cheers and enjoy your vacay!

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    We had a couple of days in Puerto Galera last weekend.

    For a change we stayed in Talipanan, which is about 4klm west from White Beach.

    It was pretty quiet for the most part. I'm not sure if that is usual, or just a consequence of what is happening due to COVID19.

    Anyway, we enjoyed the peace and quiet at the Infinity Resort.

    Here's a video I created..


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    As of Oct/Nov 2019 the best, and only consistently good, restaurant in Sabang was Tamarind. Yes, it costs a bit more but I doubt you'll regret it. Lovely bamboo & wood premises too, right by the beach, and it's been going about 30 years now- that says something. Wish you'd checked Betts! Tropicana used to be good too, but I think the Swiss owner was away- or maybe it's just gone to pieces. Seashore bungalows (towards the Grace hotel) is generally OK, their arroz caldo is a standout. Fairly cheap beer too, for Sabang. Surprisingly, a pretty damn good Italian pizza place in PG (up the hill some from the ferry pier, towards the RoRo terminal)- but it's a bit out of the way. He's a wine wholesaler, so if you like wine make a beeline. Other than that, check for the BBQ night at Captain Greggs- just charcoal grilled, with salad and spuds. If you want your steak just so, cook it yourself. Sabang is no foodie destination. Certainly not if you eat tapsilog & that awful version of siu mai they do at Chow King!

    But I do like Sabang, some might even suspect I named my nic after it. Used to have half of a small resort there- not far from the Grace actually. Next time, do visit the Ponderosa, a nine hole golf course & club up on the mountain. Absolutely spectacular views, and a nice white knuckle ride in your motocab to get there. So you didn't check out Sabs small red light area? You didn't miss much, but worth a poke into the Sabang or Village disco. You're quite right- one of the pleasures of the Filipines is the people you meet, and how easy it is to engage with them.

    Thanks for sharing mate, enjoyed it. A heads-up for Katie too, nice of you to be such a gracious host. more visitors to Manila should check out Intramuros- but you have to brave manila traffic to get there.

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    On the Friday night, we left the resort and first went to the Hamsa Restaurant about half way between the resort and White Beach.
    Food there was excellent.

    After dinner we went down to White Beach for a couple of drinks.
    White Beach was dead... had never seen it like that before. There was hardly anybody there.

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