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"So, where would you like to go?" I asked Crystal.
"Japan", she replied.
Doing my best not to show the staggerment felt when one's eleven year old niece, a very nice, quiet, shy girl, calmly informs one that she wants to go and be a prostitute (a "jappayuki") in a foreign country, I said:
"But where would you like
From the age of 20 until the age of 28 I was an avid practitioner of various Martial Arts disciplines, then from the age of 28 until about 33 I pretty much left that behind me for all intents and purposes, just heading back for the odd training session. Why was that? To this day there is no straight answer, for many years it was pretty much the only hobby I had and after work each day I would make a bus journey into the city centre to train as well as taking time out on my days off of work to practice.
I am still looking for Filipino (Filipina) to help our charity. Would you like to be a Trustee? Would you like to give a donation?
Please look at our web site www.britishpalawantrust.org.uk. There is a report on my recent visit and some photos. There are more photos on our Facebook page.
Louis Deliss, Chairman of the British Palawan Trust.
Overall, Manila is a city I came to enjoy even though I was always cautious of the place. Paranaque is one example of this! The condo I was staying at is on reclaimed land in the area where the Mall of Asia is located. Close by to a small shopping area which contained a McDonalds and a Greenwich, so western food was never far away. Though this is lso near to the market area and red light district, so danger was never too far away if I had wanted to find it, so I kept pretty much to the reclaimed
The following day after arriving in Manila, I went with Joy and her Tita Tess to Dasmarinas, Cavite. This is where some of her family live, including her brother Jojo. The drive down was pleasant enough, the coldness of the aircon within the car is something I have come to like when it comes to travelling in 30 degrees heat.
Once there I had the Filipino meet and greet session, which involved meeting the family and neighbours to boot. Some of Joys family I had gotten to know on Facebook