The past is remembered. Live in the moment. The future is in you.
-Mike Caceres, who is a blogger, hiker, and traveler
Picture taken from Makati Shangri-La, Manila in Horizon Club Lounge.
I arrived in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Many stories to talk about.
Now, these are my memorable stories. (Not in chronological order.)
Story #1 (A friendly encounter.)
Flying from Hong Kong to Manila, I met a lady in plane. She was my seatmate. (She works at Hong Kong.)
She was going to celebrate her 3-year-old daughter’s birthday on the next day.
She was traveling with her friend and her family.
As the plane was slowly taking off, her friend’s baby was crying.
I told her, “This is normal for babies. Their ears cannot handle the huge increase in altitude.”
Her friend was seated further away from baby crying. (She panicked, and jumped off her seat. The flight attendants wanted everybody to remain seated.)
So, I told my seatmate, “Your friend can exchange seats with me, once we are able to get up from our seats.”
The flight attendant thought we were together as a couple.
Story #2 (A hilarious moment.)
At the hotel’s horizon, my uncle jokingly advised me how to talk to our server.
The attractive server, Precious, came to us.
I nicely told her, “I really wanna have a precious moment with you.
Then, I asked her, “Are you free tonight?”
She laughed, and nodded her head.
A few seconds later, my uncle was embarrassed, and apologized to her. Then, she apologized as well.
I told her with a smile, “I respect your word. No need to apologize.”
Story #3 (My first date using Bumble.)
I met a girl on an online dating app, Bumble. (I wrote a blog post about her.)
We went on a few dates together.
Then, she wanted me to visit her at work. (She works as an entertainer at a salon lounge spot.)
I told her, “I am so sorry. I promised to visit you at work before I leave. Something came up. I suck at keeping promises. Lesson learned.”
Story #4 (Relationships come unexpectedly. They are very powerful as well.)
I was tagged along with my Uncle at a wonderful wedding (located at a beach resort).
The bride was his former colleague's daughter.
A few days later, his former colleague and wife visited us at hotel's horizon, where they serve cocktail and food.
The couple asked me, "Did you find any attractive women in the wedding?"
I answered, "I found a few, but I was timid to approach them. Yes, I can talk to women. I still do get butterflies in my tummy."
The colleague's wife asked me, "Which one?"
She knew who it was.
Then, she called her, so we can video call each other.
Apparently, she is currently seeing somebody.
I answered, "That is fine."
A few days later, the colleague's wife tried matching me with her friend's daughter. I was interested.
Then, I told her, "I am so sorry. This weekend, I will not be able to make it. My cousins want to visit me. I am very grateful you have the time to match me with somebody. Eventually, I will find somebody. No rush. I am glad I met you and Uncle. You two are very caring and loving. Thank you very much."
Story #5 (My Uncle introduced me to his family.)
They were very welcoming and caring.
I am only a family friend to Uncle.
I am family to Uncle and the rest of his family.
His sister (Auntie) is from Phoenix, while his brother (Uncle) is from Toronto.
They told me, "You are welcome anytime to visit us." (One of his nephews told me this as well.)
Also, his daughter told me, "You are best friends with my brother. So, you are my brother."
One of his nephews surprisingly told me something like, "This is rare. You and my uncle went on a long trip together, without his son. This is amazing."
All in all, I was very touched.
Story #6 (3 days before I fly back home. Highlight of my trip.)
Every morning, I always accompanied my Uncle with him at the hotel's clinic, so the nurse can check on his blood pressure.
After we walked out of the clinic, we went to the mall.
I told him, "That nurse was very pretty. I will come back to her after this."
I did. I went back to the clinic.
I asked the nurse, "Where is that nurse that took my blood pressure earlier today?
She answered, "She is on her lunch break."
I told her, "I will wait for her. I forgot to tell her something. You will be entertained as well."
15 minutes later, she walked towards me.
I told her, "I was the guy from earlier today. I am nervous right now. I forgot to tell you something. You are very pretty."
She laughed and giggled. (Her coworker and a patient were entertained.)
She was mesmerized. We went on talking.
Then, we exchanged Facebook contacts.
She told me, "My birthday is tomorrow."
We still remain in contact Facebook messaging each other.
Story #7: (TOO EXPLICIT to read this only story. SKIP IT if it is too much.)
Somebody dragged me into a massage parlor spot. (The place where men from the States tell me about.)
Somebody told me, "It is your choice. I wanna show you this place." (Day 3 or 4 in Philippines.)
I looked through a hole-wall.
Women sat down together on a multiple benches, while they stared at you in a fully sophisticated way.
(Obviously, they want you to choose them. Each woman has a number on them. So you decide which one you want.)
8 minutes later, I made my final decision. I chose the girl.
Then, a worker led me to a private room with a bed and a shower.
He said, "She will meet you in a few minutes."
She appeared. We both showered together.
I was laid in bed, while she massaged me. (Not the best massage ever.)
Then, the action began.
I asked her questions.
She was focused on me to "go," but it was not happening.
I wanted to connect with her. (Highly, unlikely in this atmosphere.)
She told me, "You ask too many questions."
I nicely told her with a smile, "I wanna know you."
She was stuck with me in this private room. Surprisingly, I was still "up."
An hour later, I went. She was excited.
Moral of this story: I developed a new skill. I can stay long for an hour. I do not regret coming here, but I will not come back. (My younger-self would have came back here multiple times. Easy way in and out. I admit it.) Say what you want. Most importantly, this is my first and last experience over here. It reminded me of a live-on masturbation. First and foremost, I realized I want to find the special lady I can connect, cuddle, and chill with. (No rush.)
Side note: The cover and tip fee was only a total of $88. No wonder, this is always talked about.
Story #8 (I was inspired.)
My Uncle's grandson told me, "I read your blog from time to time."
I answered, "I really appreciate it. I enjoy writing my blog. I get an average of at least 1,000 views every week. Most importantly, I continue on writing without getting paid. I enjoy it."
Story #9 (I was trying to be cupid.)
I matched my cousin with my good friend (my brother as well).
We were eating at a restaurant.
I Facebook video called my brother.
My cousin was getting nervous.
They talked for about 14 minutes. (Although, I was in the background. I was still entertained anyway.)
Story #10 (Trying to help a young kid.)
A 23-year-old kid was dumped by his girlfriend of 2 years.
He was depressed.
So, he took a drug, shabu. (It is common in the Philippines. Similar drug to meth.)
I told him, "I will not tell you the don'ts. Instead, I will tell you my stories and experiences. Also, stories and experiences from people who I have met. Do not idolize me. I make mistakes as well. Even myself, nobody is perfect."
Also, I told him, "Worst-case scenario. You have your family and friends. Also, me, who you just met. This is unconditional love. Loneliness kills us. You do not have that."
Ending my words to him, I said, "Respect the lady. Follow your instincts."
Lastly, I gave him a huge hug.
I did my part.
Now, it is up to him. It is his life.
You cannot force somebody to change.
12 days in the Philippines. Last night, I arrived home.
My stories continue on...
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