Manila

One week on a business trip to Manila!
  • En route to Manila, I had a layover in Seoul, Korea. Each of the airport's bathrooms are works of art.

    1 En route to Manila, I had a layover in Seoul, Korea. Each of the airport's bathrooms are works of art.

  • My home for the next week...the 5-star Makati Shangri-La.

    2 My home for the next week...the 5-star Makati Shangri-La.

  • Marty and Loni at the Shangri-La!

    3 Marty and Loni at the Shangri-La!

  • The opulent lobby of the Shangri-La.

    4 The opulent lobby of the Shangri-La.

  • My swank Executive King Suite!

    5 My swank Executive King Suite!

  • Nice, huh?  I could get used to this.

    6 Nice, huh? I could get used to this.

  • My bathroom...with marble shower and PHONE BY THE TOILET.

    7 My bathroom...with marble shower and PHONE BY THE TOILET.

  • Marble and brass, gotta love it...

    8 Marble and brass, gotta love it...

  • The view of Manila from my suite.

    9 The view of Manila from my suite.

  • The Shangri-La lobby at night.

    10 The Shangri-La lobby at night.

  • One of the Shangri-La's lovely open spaces- at night, live music in the "tea room."

    11 One of the Shangri-La's lovely open spaces- at night, live music in the "tea room."

  • But I am here to work! This is the Aegis Call Center, the major call center for Expedia's customer calls.

    12 But I am here to work! This is the Aegis Call Center, the major call center for Expedia's customer calls.

  • The busy entry to Aegis.

    13 The busy entry to Aegis.

  • The call center's interior.

    14 The call center's interior.

  • Working graveyard can be fun!

    15 Working graveyard can be fun!

  • The Manila office had some entertaining signs. This sign is on the interior of every women's toilet stall. Sitting is compulsory!!

    16 The Manila office had some entertaining signs. This sign is on the interior of every women's toilet stall. Sitting is compulsory!!

  • For the record, I am not the only one who originally read this sign as Hand JOB.

    17 For the record, I am not the only one who originally read this sign as Hand JOB.

  • The Shangri-La has an amazing all-you-can eat breakfast buffet, which for graveyard shifters is "Dinnerfast."  Best part: SUSHI!!

    18 The Shangri-La has an amazing all-you-can eat breakfast buffet, which for graveyard shifters is "Dinnerfast." Best part: SUSHI!!

  • My Dinnerfast: sushi, dried mangoes, and marshmallows. For realz.

    19 My Dinnerfast: sushi, dried mangoes, and marshmallows. For realz.

  • Mmm cake porn at the buffet...

    20 Mmm cake porn at the buffet...

  • Poolside at the Shangri-La.

    21 Poolside at the Shangri-La.

  • Loni enjoying the sunshine

    22 Loni enjoying the sunshine

  • One thing about the very Catholic Philliippines: If you don't have Thanksgiving to hold you back, you can go full-throttle Christmas mode in late October.

    23 One thing about the very Catholic Philliippines: If you don't have Thanksgiving to hold you back, you can go full-throttle Christmas mode in late October.

  • The Shangri-La is a block from Makati's Greenbelt, home to some very excellent restaurants. The first night, we tried Peoples Palace, and exceptional Thai restaurant. This is the kitty who ate our leftover fish heads.

    24 The Shangri-La is a block from Makati's Greenbelt, home to some very excellent restaurants. The first night, we tried Peoples Palace, and exceptional Thai restaurant. This is the kitty who ate our leftover fish heads.

  • The next night, we tried Mesa, a Filipino restaurant. We had duck adobo and whole tilapia- all amazing.

    25 The next night, we tried Mesa, a Filipino restaurant. We had duck adobo and whole tilapia- all amazing.

  • Posing with our tilapia fishies...

    26 Posing with our tilapia fishies...

  • The cuisine at this place is obviously very subversive. You've been warned.

    27 The cuisine at this place is obviously very subversive. You've been warned.

  • We ventured out of the 5-star lap of luxury to see Manila's Old Town.

    28 We ventured out of the 5-star lap of luxury to see Manila's Old Town.

  • Loni at Manila's Cathedral.

    29 Loni at Manila's Cathedral.

  • Manila is not a pretty city...Old Town and its Cathedral are two of the more picturesque parts of the city.

    30 Manila is not a pretty city...Old Town and its Cathedral are two of the more picturesque parts of the city.

  • A shot of Old Town.

    31 A shot of Old Town.

  • A lovely golf course is a rare green spot in Manila.

    32 A lovely golf course is a rare green spot in Manila.

  • Old Town is surrounded by an old stone wall that you can walk on, and get a bird's-eye view of the city.

    33 Old Town is surrounded by an old stone wall that you can walk on, and get a bird's-eye view of the city.

  • One doesn't often see golf ball warnings while walking Old Town walls...

    34 One doesn't often see golf ball warnings while walking Old Town walls...

  • We discovered a gift shop. We liked it because it was air-conditioned and featured a very comfy chair. :)

    35 We discovered a gift shop. We liked it because it was air-conditioned and featured a very comfy chair. :)

  • Loni got a taste of real Manila- a street vendor macheted a coconut for her, and served her the milk in a plastic bag.

    36 Loni got a taste of real Manila- a street vendor macheted a coconut for her, and served her the milk in a plastic bag.

  • Our last dinner was a lovely seafood restaurant in the Greenbelt...with a side of Christmas.

    37 Our last dinner was a lovely seafood restaurant in the Greenbelt...with a side of Christmas.

  • I found my restaurant!! Go Team Jones!!

    38 I found my restaurant!! Go Team Jones!!

  • After a crazy week, a Town Car takes me to the airport. Love the white glove treatment,...

    39 After a crazy week, a Town Car takes me to the airport. Love the white glove treatment,...