The Philippines Adventure: Committed to Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising #1

We have made it to the island of Palawan and the city of Puerta Princesa – a first class city. Well, in the Philippines, a first class city is one which has an average annual income of 400,000,000 pesos or more ($11,288,491.18 Cdn). An interesting way in which to define first class. Puerto Princesa has a population of 222,673 people. (Ed. note: I’m not sure if this is an accurate measurement or not, but if you divide the average annual income by the population, it works out to $50.69 Cdn each, annually.FYI Canada in 2006 was $53000. Just sayin….)

Truth in Advertising #2

They tell us that this is just one of many department store chains moving in to the Philippines

They tell us that this is just one of many Chinese department store chains moving in to the Philippines

Truth in Advertising #3

Nothing subtle about the drug trade in Puerta Princesa, apparently.

Nothing subtle about the drug trade in Puerta Princesa, apparently.

Truth in Advertising #4

At least they don't explicitly say she has to be attractive to look at.

At least they don’t explicitly say she has to be attractive to look at.

Truth in Advertising #5

We stayed at one of the finer hotels in Puerta Princesa – The Sunlight Guest House. It was quite unique, I must say. It took up the entire fourth floor of a five story shopping mall, with the fifth floor being devoted to a bar and roof garden. By the look of it, the mall was as successful as say, Westwood Mall in Coquitlam, without Superstore, The Brick, Greg or Gary.  Every room number starts with H – H25 was our room. I suppose H indicates it is part of the Hotel. Below is the floorpan. As you can see, 50% of the rooms don’t have an outside window, so they have a “patio” with a sliding glass door and with bright lights overhead. (See right photo below). They also have windows from the hallways looking in to their “patio”, so not a whole lot of privacy. (Ed. note: Whoops a mistake – the block of rooms on the left don’t have the patio as they have actual windows looking out over the water. Sorry. Too busy to go back into Photoshop and change it.)
“Sunlight” Guest House?

Sunlight Guest House

Sunlight Guest House

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Truth in Advertising #6

For when you need that dozen donuts delivered.

For when you need that dozen donuts delivered.

Truth in Advertising #7

There really should be a limit in what you have to state in your advertising, don’t you think? I mean, how long are these poor people going to be in business with this name?

How do they ever come up with these names?

How do they ever come up with these names?

We did have one interesting experience while in PP. On the way from the airport we rode with an American who claimed that he had a factory in the States which made the best piccolos and flutes in the world and a second one in China which made secondary level ones. He then pointed out a restaurant where he would be playing that night with a couple of other guys. After dinner we walked up there. Now walking in PP isn’t all that easy – no real sidewalks, lots of drivers etc. etc. we walk for about 45 minutes and are just about to go back when there it is – The Rusticana Restaurant and Bar. We go in and say that we just want to listen to the music and have a drink. The waiter just looks at us. The owner comes over and we say it again. He generously says there must have been a misunderstanding – there is no music and he’s likely to know since, after all, he is the owner. We have a refreshing Limoncello on ice, hop into a Tricycle named Romeo and Juliet and go back to the Sunlight Guest House, wondering if the guy even knows what a piccolo is.

Catching Up

When flying to and from Boracay they are quite strict about baggage weight. 10 kgs. checked baggage and 5 kgs. carry-on. We never did figure out why they want your weight too.

Do you get more check in baggage if you weigh 50kg/ Or less if you are 100kg?

Do you get more checked baggage if you weigh 50kg/? Or less if you are 100kg?

Now THIS is a burger! This was at Epic Restaurant in Boracay.

Good luck pal

Good luck pal

The Shoe Blog

These wouldn’t be easy anywhere – I have no idea how she manages to get around the streets of Puerta Princesa without breaking something.

Nicely Painted Toenails, Though

Nicely Painted Toenails, Though

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