Just drank two Pale Pilsen and finishing off my halo-halo after dinner.
Supposed to fly to Palawan tomorrow, but I have too much work to do, so I may just head back to Hong Kong in the evening.
ethan, Manila has changed a great deal since 1990. I've been in and out of the Philippines since I was two years old. I didn't visit for around 13 years between 1995 and 2008 (I was in the US for much of that time).
You can get Taiwanese oolong to go at the mall now. I haven't tried any yet since I brought my own tea, but the bubble tea craze has hit the Philippines hard. There are also speciality coffee shops opening up, but they're few and far between. Starbucks is in every major mall in Manila now.
Two things I haven't had much of since I've been here are homebrewed tea and vegetables. My diet in the Philippines seems to consist of beer, soda, pork, eggs and rice. It's hard to avoid if you're eating local and on the move.
Aside from drinking some gaiwan-brewed shu that I later added to my thermos for the road, this is the tea I've been drinking:
The red one (apple) is sold on long distance buses in the Philippines, so I've had three or four since I've been here.
Ten years from now, the Philippines is going to be a much different place than it is now. Glad to be able to watch it grow, although life is still incredibly tough for most people here. I need to buy less crap, work harder and chill out on the tea obsession when I get back. As always, traveling deep in the heart of the Philippines countryside is always eyeopening and food for thought.