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23rd April 2009

As I said in the email I sent you I didn't give any opinions about Burma, I just reported what I saw and the conversations I had. Any information in my blog about Burma comes from quotes from other people. And they all referred to it as Burma. Please refrain from writing such unconstructive, ignorant and unhappy comments on my blog or anywhere else in future.
23rd April 2009

myanmar or ruili
It appears that you did not in fact spend any time in the country of Myanmar which you happen to write a lot about. I'm impressed that you have such an abundance of knowledge on the present conditions in the country, without ever visiting it. I was in Myanmar (not Burma) for over a month in the summer of 2008 and visited 10 different cities including Mandalay and Yangon. I have written about my personal experiences from an eye witness perspective. It is misleading the readers on Travel Blog, to write about countries that you have not visited, and experienced what is really going on in Myanmar. Please refrain writing about subjects that you have little direct knowledge about. Thank you
22nd April 2009

This is very interesting. Thank you!
21st April 2009

Hi from Moscow!
Hi Edward! Glad to see you in China)) Have a good journey!
18th April 2009

Good decision
I think it was a wise decision not to tell where this village is. Let happy people be! I wish we knew more about their spiritual beliefs. Maybe the secrets of happiness are a life free of worry, freedom of choice, living for the moment, and time to play and laugh with each other along with awe or worship of Nature. Enjoying your travel blog, really hope you two can stay at my apartment while you are in Beijing!
18th April 2009

another symptom that you're in a non-english speaking country is when you start forgetting about english grammar and starts talking like "how much this?" ... "one this and two that" ... "where this?" ... hahaha ... it's a fun challenge but it's not fun when you're all tired and all you want is to be where you need to be...All luck to you!
18th April 2009

hi there!
so you are now in china! just got back from my trip, actually stopped over in shanghai, and reminisced about it reading your blog. looking forward to your future blogs! stay safe.
18th April 2009

Gary Winnick
Nice post Gary Winnick. I like your blog.
13th April 2009

Just got home from the Chinese territory. Goodluck!
11th April 2009

wonderful time in san carlos, u can feel the excitement of the city. i was there last year 2008 . u got to c the parade, it is truly one of a kind.
8th April 2009

pump boats
I was thinking about taking a pump boat from danao to camote islands. After reading your story, will stick to the ferries. Thanks, nice read
7th April 2009

thank you!
Thank you for visting the Philippines. Your adventure is truly an eye opener even to Filipinos like me. Hope to see you again here soon.
6th April 2009

Great job!
So, you're moving out of the Philippines? Am still in China but have kept myself updated with your very interesting blogs about my own country. Got to say.......great job, Ed. Good luck to you!
4th April 2009

What was in November
Ed, hi. Thank you for your answers in comments! What was between October and December 2008? You still were on that island? Did there something interesting happen? The description of Takukang was great! Really admiring person.
3rd April 2009

Amazing that Filipino people dreaming about Moscow. It's too far from them, however they read Dostoevsky. I'm really ashamed that I know nothing about Philippines.
2nd April 2009

survival of the fittest
wow. this is kinda heavy...sad. corporal punishment is somewhat related to our Spanish colonization history. during that time, it was tolerated; a way to "discipline" children. ..apparently until now. my dad used to tell us how his parents beat him and his siblings with a stingray tail when they were just kids. he's not bitter about it though - sort of part of the culture back at those times (and i do love my grandparents :) they've grown old to be the most gentle people). decades long of family/tribal wars are still true at several places too; mostly because of land ownership issues.
2nd April 2009

For the Attention of Ann
Ann, I know this blogger from here and from his posts on the Lonely Planet's Thorntree Travel Forum. He often writes about places that few other travelers visit. I've read most of his blogs and I can say for sure that they are all very well written and truthful and give a good picture of the place he visits. Just because you would never go to a certain type of place doesnt mean no one would.
2nd April 2009

Ann sorry, i only just read the ridiculous title of your comment. You think I WANTED to see any of that stuff??!! If you'd read the blog properly or any of my others then you'd understand that I went there looking for traditional tribal culture, not a miniature Texas, and actually I was pretty disappointed and shocked by what I found. Nothing is imagined as you suggest although I do try to use colourful language to convey what I saw to the reader.
2nd April 2009

Ann have you ever been to Tanudan? The place is wild, not my imagination. Actually I hate action-thriller novels.
2nd April 2009

People see what they want to see...
You surely have a wild imagination. I can tell with your style of writing you're into action-thriller novels. It's a good read nonetheless :) .
30th March 2009

I miss them tau't bato
I went there on July 2008 I dont know if the Tumihay you're talking about is the Pastor "Lumihay" that i met. But I'm going back in June and hopefully we get to go to Tau't Daram. Did you go into the caves? It was beautiful there the streams and stuff. Anyways I'll let you know if there really is a Tau't Daram.
30th March 2009

paano kumuha ng cultural minority
paanu po mag apply ng cultural minority for the height waiver
29th March 2009

Yes, the place was so special and the people so peaceful that I didn't want to cause streams of other travelers to go there and change their way of life
29th March 2009

Sorry, this is the second time I replied to your question Oleg as I mixed up the blogs last time I replied :) I speak 6 language well enough to have a conversation, and a little bit of Tagalog (national language of the Philippines) as a 7th. With this tribe in Espiritu Santo I spoke to them in Bislama. It's the national language of Vanuatu and a few of the men in the tribe knew it. It was easy for me to communicate because Bisama is a pidgeon form of English that developed in the days when lots of different Vanuatu islanders were working together as slaves on the British plantations and had to find a way to talk to one another and their British masters. Examples: we = yumi. I have = me got! my house = haus blong me. Didnt carry a laptop with me, used internet cafes. Carried 24 of the highest power batteries for my camera that I could find, a set of 4 usually lasted a week. Then when I got out of the jungle, back to a town with electricity, I'd recharge them.
29th March 2009

The people in that area had been Christians for about 20 years. Missionaries had converted them and then ordained some local tribal people to act as priests after the missionaries left. He was one of them

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