What's this about?

Ladies and gents our story begins with our author who one day packed up his bags to spend the next 5 years of his life on some tropical island far far away. This land is not like any place he has ever been to before. There is no telling of what he may encounter during his stay there but one thing is sure he is going to be in for one crazy adventure. And this is where you get to read about it.

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The stories told here maybe appear larger than in real life and at times may even appear outlandish. However, all actual events are in fact real (well, most of them). What may appear as a distortion of reality to some may only be due to the author's perspective of the actual events. Some say he is just not right in the head.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Magic milk

Nestle makes everything here.

I remember my friend talking to me in amazement (actually more like complaining ) about how long the milk in the States last. Apparently in Japan, where she's from, the milk is good for only about a week or two. In the States a carton of milk is usually good for about a month. I just figured the difference was due to the US being a superior milk advanced nation. Then I went and bought a carton of milk from Makati Supermarket in Alabang.

The milk here is good for about 5 months. Now, that's magic.
...Except for the taste.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Over budget

It's time to have a budget plan. Despite being thought of your typical "rich American" I find my self short of money way before the end of every month. Not exactly sure why either. Maybe it has something to do with 250+ we have to give to each proffessor to cover the 6 pages of exams they'll give us for the entire quarter. Well, whatever it is guys I'm gonna have to say no to some of those Yellow Cab pizza nights and Tiborin VIP rooms. Time to be Mr. Kuripot.

Minus a box of cereal, a bag of pasta noodles, a 5lb bag of rice, parmesan cheese, and a bottle of cooking oil what you see there is over 3,000 pesos (US$60) worth of food. I didn't even buy any beef. Now, who said living in the Philippines is cheap? Then again maybe I should have checked my recipt.

The wildlife

Coming to live in a tropical country I was expecting to see a lot of strange and unusual creatures (other than human). You know like what you see on the National Georpahic channel. However, that hasn't been the case. Usually the only wild life I see here are the house gekos and toads.

I think I have three of them living in my dorm.

Then the storm came and brought a few other interesting creatures (other than human).

This guy was hanging out in one of my dormmate's room during the storm. I don't know what was more surprising, the bat taking shelter in her room or her not caring at all that it was there.

Oh and guess who's room was it Kissey? Ooh, I know you're jelous.

Right after the storm I saw this guy chewing on papaya leaves. It's kind of hard to determine this guy's size by just looking at the picture. It was huge, about 4 – 5 inches. I have never seen a grasshopper that big.

When I was little me and my cousins would catch grasshoppers in the field next to my grandfather's house. Some times we wold pull off the head and then put it back and watch them hop away. For reals.

On the first day of class this guy decided to also show up. He was sitting up near the top of the wall. I wanted to get a better shot but I didn't exactly feel like reaching up there and pulling him down to do it. Like the locust this spider was one of the biggest of it's kind I have ever seen. And as you can see not only was it big it was hairy.

Well that's all wildlife (other than human) I have necountered for now. Stay tuned for more strange and exotic creatures (other than human) to come.