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March 25th 2007
Published: March 25th 2007
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After flying into an old US airforce base in north Luzon, we were disturbed to see half the Man U squad painted on the side of our plane. That's our last flight with Air Asia.

First stop was the old Spanish colonial town of Vigan - very picturesque and historic etc. We then headed into the mountains to Baguio where we stayed in a Liverpool pub. We discovered that you can buy bottles of San Miguel for 18p and it all went downhill from there. After mostly healthy months on the road, it was time to get ill. Mark started leaking/exploding out of various orifices (further detail not necessary/appropriate). On our arrival in Manila, Jo took him to a Korean pharmacist who asked a few questions and decided the cause was menstruation. We think, and hope, he thought Mark was gallantly speaking on behalf of his wife. That night, we both stayed in the female only dorm of a hostel. Something strange is happening to Mark.

In between stomach cramps, we have learnt that karaoke was invented by a Filippino. The population are almost as obsessed by it as they are Catholicism - 90% of all graffiti appears to be scripture.

The Philippine elections are happening next month and the favourite is Senador Chavit - the spit of Frank Butcher complete with orange tinted aviators (though probably with a lovely Filippino on his arm rather than fat cuddly Pat).

On our way out of Manilla we said hello to the really small dwarves who run a bar called Hobbit House and headed for our weekly challenge: climbing up Taal Volcano - a volcanco in a lake. Luckily it's the world's smallest, hasn't erupted for 40 years and we had horses to take the strain.

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2nd April 2007

Sorry to hear that you are having such significant health problems, Markie.
4th April 2007

Godson or God-daughter?
Dear Mark I take very seriously the question of whether you are metamorphosing into a god-daughter in front of my very eyes (though distant and via blog only), especially considering the scriptural graffiti which I have organised to keep you in the paths of righteousness. I hope that your health will soon be restored. Dear Jo To cope with a sick man abroad, you can aways try sending him to the nearest hospital with his wife's best friend...... Love to you both - and Happy Easter Roz
6th April 2007

Albert Square
Round the globe only to bump into faux-Eastenders players! - maybe that's where the scriptwriters source their material these days. Or is the scriptwriting itself outsourced to AsiaPac?
12th April 2007

Apparently the Philippines raked in offshore services generating revenues of $2.1 billion in 2006, placing them third behind India and China. Mainly due to their being the third english speaking nation of the world (they claim). We are slightly concerned by this (and their possible script writing) as our attempt to ask in english for the nearest internet cafe resulted in us renting a boat for three hours.

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