Archive for November, 2008

Manila

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Most places, even the hottest places I’ve been, have the common deceny to cool down a bit at night. 

Not Manila tho’, it just keeps the dial cranked up. 

It’s a weird city, a complete culture shock as I expected something a little different. I was expecting Hong Kong, Manila is much more like Mexico City — if that comparison means anything to you.

It’s a good place tho’, my overall impression has been favourable so far. It’s massive so getting around takes a while, and I’ve not had much change to explore many areas. But being massive means that there’s always somewhere else to explore. 

Plus I’ve already lost money playing poker so I know I can do that as sucessfully as I can anywhere else. 

I’ve no real idea how the interview process is going, I think I’m putting a good impression of myself forward, but we’ll just have to see how it all goes.

Things not to do …

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

… the night before a big business trip.

One, go to bed three hours before you need to get up (after copious amounts of booze) and manage only one hour sleep due to the general worry about the next day.

Two, lock yourself out the flat while putting the bins out and have to do a twenty minute walk/run to the nearest friend that has a spare set.

I’m impressed by my lack of panic when I discovered what I’d done, glad I did it last night and not this morning …

Now I’m in the airport and generally calmer since that’s the first hurdle done. Although the reality of what I’m doing, interviewing for a job on the other side of the world, has only just started to hit.

Never mind, the wine will calm that down.

I’ve already been scolded by airport staff for drinking at 7:30am in the morning, she was gone before I could explain that somewhere else in the world it’s half nine at night

In transit …

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I’m just back from another trip around bits of Europe, which was OK even if Bucharest is a complete hole. 

And I’ve just finished prepping for a trip to Asia, I leave tomorrow. 

I’ve had four days in Edinburgh between trips, it’s been a little hectic. 

So don’t expect too many posts for the next week or so. 

All of next week is a bit of a two-way job interview for the position in the Philippines, there’s a proper sit down interview on Tuesday too. After that I’m stopping off in Hong Kong to catch my breath before heading to Guangzhou to spend a few days with one of our big customers. 

Eeeek.

Hopefully after that I’ll be back in Edinburgh and I’ll have time to post about my experiences. 

Unless my boss decides to divert me to see someone else, since I’m in the area …

Presented with limited comment …

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

rent a car bulgariaBaconnaise

Mmmm, bacon.

Travel

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Well my travel request got approved, in record time apparently. 

So I can now reveal where I’m going. I’m going to Manila. 

In the Philippines. 

For a job interview. 

Eeeek. 

It’s with my current company which is why they’re shelling out for the flights and hotel. And the fact they’re paying to send me must be a good sign. 

But still, eeeek.