Having a ball in the Philippines

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 Makati

Since arriving in Manila, I have had a ball, in bed!  It’s only today that I have started recovering, thanks to the anti-allergy and Vitamin C tablets prescribed by the doctor!  It was the usual case of allergy against pollution and dust which is very common among balikbayans (homecoming overseas Filipinos) who come from clean-air environment such as the Americas and Europe. Hence, I advise everyone to start taking Vitamin C long before you fly home.   It enhances the body’s immune system and essential for defending it against pollution. (I told you, this thread covers all topics under the sun including Health and Medicine!)

Now for the real ball!  H is joining me in January and  I’ve been busy organising our itinerary for trips to Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete.  We are both excited and looking forward to some snorkeling and eco-touring. We’ve been to Coron, Palawan before and the beauty of the islands and the people are forever etched in his memory!  I can’t wait for January and take note, he will bring our brand new Canon EOS40D of 10 megapixels, hurray! Move aside Nikon Coolpix 5700 (5mp)!  Finally our dream to upgrade our 5-year old hybrid camera has been realized!  The continuous shooting mode of the 40D would be perfect for the dolphin-watching in Bohol!

H adores the Philippines but not Manila.  He cannot stand the traffic, pollution and the crowd.  I chose Bohol, Cebu and Dumaguete because they are within short ferry rides to each other, and Dumaguete reminds me so much of Penang, Malaysia, a garden city by the sea.

Another reason why my homecoming is a ball. we had our grand reunion with my high school class/batchmates of X years ago!  If I was not homebound the past few days due to allergy, my face would have been a permanent feature in our high school website where photos of the daily gatherings are posted!  Add to that the invites of my ex-officemates and other friends to their Christmas parties.  The spirit is willing but the body can only take so much

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