Old Manila II

You Want Wires?

You Want Wires?

More from my few days in Old Manila.  This adventure ended with the mother of all missed connections.  I arrived in Guam two hours late only to find  the once a day connection to Honolulu had left.  United found room on a flight to Tokyo connecting to a direct flight to Houston.  I wasn’t expecting to go to Japan that day, and arrived home only 6 hours late.


17 responses

  1. "Occam Blade"

    Nice photos! All brought back memories of my time in the ancestral land. The B&W of the power lines struck a chord. All those smaller wires loosely wrapped helter-skelter are pirated. In other words, folks who don’t have electricity string together extension cords and various cables and tap into someone’s power line….crazy, but not surprising considering the poverty level and very low wages.


    February 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

  2. I like the collection of photos! My favourite are the street food ones, but they contrast so well with the beautiful fluffy clouds in the sky and the stark wires against buildings.


    February 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    • Thank you Denise. I think the street shots are the most fun to do because I like it when the people get involved.


      February 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

  3. Awesome picture! Sort of classic


    February 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  4. Life is full of the unexpected! A 6 hour delay is not too bad.


    February 8, 2014 at 5:00 am

    • Considering that I probably was due to be stuck in Guam for 24 hours, 6 hours was nothing.


      February 8, 2014 at 7:30 am

  5. Nice shots of the PI. I’ve done a couple hundred dives there, mostly around Panglao and Bohol. Had the opportunity for some great photography in the jungles of Leyte.


    February 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    • I have only done about 20 dives there, and would like to multiply that.


      February 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      • If you’re ever around Panglao (a extension of Bohol), try the Atlantis Dive Shop, if it’s still there. Two really interesting dives are Snake Island, a submerged island literally covered with sea snakes….and Apo Island….great marine terrain and visibility.


        February 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        • Sea snakes, LOL.


          February 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        • Just found a little write-up: “Dive Spots surrounding Panglao Island: SNAKE ISLAND Attraction: Wow! Adventure for the brave ones! A glimpse of the underworld. Sea Urchins around the upper areas, Lion Fish, Moray Eels, Nudi Branches and Starry Moray Eels at the lower areas. And not forgetting the amazing colorful striped sea snakes hence, the name of this dive spot! Composition: an underwater island with a sandy bottom. Depth is around 8-30 meters with a relatively strong current through all seasons. Snorkeling: Not advisable (attractions too deep)”


          February 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        • I had better find a snake resistant wet suit. Should I do 100 minutes at 8 meters, 18 minutes at 30 or multilevel?


          February 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm

        • We did multi-level, 50 minutes, including safety stop. You don’t need any special suits. The snakes are very shy and, despite being poisonous, are not aggressive. They are sometimes very curious and will swim all around a diver. I remember one snake that wrapped itself around one diver’s video cam. As long as you don’t grab one, the snakes a pretty harmless. Because the snakes are air-breathing, there is a constant flow of snakes moving to and from the surface. It’s pretty cool to watch.


          February 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  6. The photos are beautiful! Thank you for posting this! x


    February 23, 2015 at 2:53 am

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