I wish I knew how many days I’ve been in Manila. I left home on Friday morning and it is Wednesday morning in Manila (Tuesday night back home) and I’ve worked 2 shifts. The class has been great – with the usual hardware and software glitches – providing lots of opportunities for troubleshooting. The students are happiest when they get things working, and we’re doing OK with planned and unplanned hands-on troubleshooting. So far, Spanky has made a dozen or so new Facebook friends – far more than I have….
The food and lodgings are fantastic and since its already 81 degrees with 91% humidity outside at 8:00 AM, sleeping through the day looks like a pretty good option. We’ve had one monsoon-worthy downpour each day and last night’s drive into work had the car throwing a wake worthy of surfing on. The weather forecast each day is for more of the same.
We’re planning a group tour of the Taal volcano (the smallest active volcano!) this weekend and a trip to the mountain city of Baguio the following weekend. In between, we’ve planned forays to various local food places – and lots of sleep.
The switch to night work has been interesting, and everybody is tired, but its a good tired. Every single person I’ve encountered has been just plain nice. I mentioned to someone that the Philippines seem to have invented ‘nice’.
Its getting early, so its time to rest. More from the other side of the planet soon.