Manila – Hello Warm Weather (December 9, 2017)

by FI Fighter on December 8, 2017

in Hong Kong, Philippines, Travel Updates

Hello everyone from the other side of the pond! This is Day 3 in Manila for me now, and I must admit I’m still doing my best to get settled in. Prior to leaving, I let readers know that I was looking forward to publishing the first edition of a “newsletter” for the generous donors who are supporting this site, but unfortunately, since I’m so much behind schedule now, I’ll probably need a few more days to put that together…

Please bear with me…

In the meantime, here’s a quick update on the travel adventures over the last few days…

After checking in at SFO, I made my way to the Cathay Pacific lounge…

I enjoyed some good eats while browsing my phone and being astounded with the recent insane off the charts one for the record books performance of Bitcoin…

No, I don’t own any BTC (well not really in any kind of meaningful quantity), but kudos to all the investors who are making out like bandits!

Anyway, you can’t win em all, so I’m just gonna take things and stride and try my best to refrain from chasing up (that’s usually how I get burned in the game of speculation)…

It’s about a 14 hour flight from SFO -> HKG so yeah indulging on a lot of good eats certainly helped pass the time…

It wouldn’t feel like HK without some noodles and dim sum…

But they were somehow out of their famous HK warm milk tea (*gasp*)!?!

First time I’ve been on Cathay and didn’t get my fix… sigh.

So it goes, sometimes…

Anyway, when the plane landed in HKG and we unbounded, I started to get seriously nostalgic… This normally doesn’t happen to me (not to this extent), but I almost teared up thinking about how much I miss living in HK…

Welcome “home”…

Prior to flying out from SFO, I had connected with @Samson and we made plans to meet in HKG… But since I arrived at 6:00 AM, I had a bit of time to kill…

So, I stepped outside the airport and got even more nostalgic…

No electric buses… yet…

HK still has ways to go to catch up to Shenzhen in terms of the EV moment…

7:30 AM, time for our meet up!

What an awesome meet up! Smart guy and we’re into too many of the same stocks…

Whether in the US, HK, pretty much anywhere, I always look forward to connecting with and talking shop with like-minded individuals…

Since my connecting flight from Hong Kong to Manila wasn’t for a few more hours, as usual, I checked into the lounge to pass the time (more eating)…

The Wing.

Yummmm…

Wonton noodle soup…

Short flight, but hey, if they’re going to offer me some more food…

Welcome to Manila!

Now go get yourself a phone plan (I went with Globe; 4 GB for 399 PHP)

Oh my stars… the weather was hot and humid!

Damn it FI Fighter, why do you ALWAYS keep making the same mistake of overpacking when you’re traveling to destinations that do not require so many layers?!?

I made the same mistake in: Hawaii, Miami, Vietnam…

And knowing me, I’ll keep on making the same mistake, over and over again…

Similar to investing, it’s all about “experiences in the immediate past” that “set the stage for our expectations in the near future“…

The Bay Area is freekin cold right now…

So, I thought it was cold everywhere else in the world?

Moving on…

The Taxi ride took about 2 hours (I landed conveniently at the apex of rush hour traffic)…

Super exhausted, I finally arrived at the apartment complex…

I crashed around 8:00 PM and woke up the next morning at 3:00 AM…

Yeah, it’s gonna take me awhile to get adjusted…

As soon as the sun rose the next morning, I was amped to get out of bed and start exploring town!

Welcome to the “real world”…

A gut check and punch in the face is something I’m overdue for these days, I will admit…

Nothing wrong with being humbled to keep you grounded with reality…

I’m very fortunate to be in the position I’m in and I count my blessing every single day…

I’m staying near the SM Aura Premiere shopping mall right now… so it made for a natural first destination.

It’s a pretty large mall…

Looking for grub… and located a “favorite” I haven’t had since I was in HK earlier this year…

Genki Sushi — Good, quick, cheap.

Check out the affordability of Jamba Juice (it’s like 2x the price in the Bay Area)…

Oh yeah, I’m gonna enjoy myself out here for sure!

After some light Day 1 exploration, I checked into a new apartment….

$30/night USD gets you this…

Clean and cozy…

Yup, that’ll do the job…

And today, I am writing to you all from Makati!

Nope, when I woke up this morning, I had no idea where I was gonna venture off to…

I’m a random, sporadic kind of guy…

But gone are the days when I lived (existed) to please other people…

I very much don’t mind the “for no rhyme or good reason” type of lifestyle…

 

Life is too short.

 

Just do you.

 

Fight On!

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1 dividendgeek2045No Gravatar December 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm

warm weather caught my attention. We just had our first snow. Have a great time.

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