Philippines and Thailand March 2013

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Crissy in Bangkok — so cute it hurts

I visited the Philippines to see my then girlfriend Crissy José in March 2013, and we went to Thailand for my birthday. This is a small selection of pictures from the trip. Most of the pictures were taken either with a Nikon D90 or a Canon Powershot G12.

We met at the airport, as before, but this time it was close to midnight. At least that meant it was cool. In late February the Phils has not really warmed up, though their idea of ‘winter’ is ‘tops off and down the beach’ for a Scot like me.

I had booked a few nights at the Oasis Paco Park Hotel, which I can highly recommend. It is reasonably priced, very clean, nice staff and very central. It’s under ten minutes’ tricycle ride to Luneta (Rizal) Park, for example, Manila bay is about 15 minutes in a taxi and Mall of Asia only a little further. Although Malate has lost the colourful gay night-life that gained it a reputation, it is still lively and nearby.

Gallery Philippines and Thailand 2013

Paoay Church, Paoay.

Paoay Church, Paoay.

Guess who? At some campanile or another in Vigan.

Guess who? At some campanile or another in Vigan.

Holy Week procession, Philippines.

Holy Week procession, Philippines.

Crissy at Alcazar Cabaret, one of Pattaya's famous ladyboy shows. Well, when you're with the best-looking girl in the place...

Crissy at Alcazar Cabaret, one of Pattaya’s famous ladyboy shows. Well, when you’re with the best-looking girl in the place…

Eating at the hall opposite the National Bakery, Laoag.

Eating at the hall opposite the National Bakery, Laoag.

Crissy sleeping (she did that a lot). I likeed the juxtaposition: sleeping ladyboy with Camille Paglia's 'Sexual Personae'.

Crissy sleeping (she did that a lot). I likeed the juxtaposition: sleeping ladyboy with Camille Paglia’s ‘Sexual Personae’.

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Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya, Thailand..

Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya, Thailand..

A Holy Week procession at Maybunga.

A Holy Week procession at Maybunga.

Crissy at the Temple of the Flying Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand.

Crissy at the Temple of the Flying Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand.

Empanada stall, Laoag. The guy on the right saw me with Crissy, and later asked if I was gay. I said no, just broadminded. He got it. (He's gay.)

Empanada stall, Laoag. The guy on the right saw me with Crissy, and later asked if I was gay. I said no, just broadminded. He got it. (He’s gay.)

Wet marrket near Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.

Wet marrket near Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.

Holy Week procession in Maybunga. This is in Dr Sixto Avenue

Holy Week procession in Maybunga. This is in Dr Sixto Avenue

Holy Week procession, Philippines.

Holy Week procession, Philippines.

Crissy enjoying a beer in Bangkok and looking cute (she's good at that)

Crissy enjoying a beer in Bangkok and looking cute (she’s good at that)

Night scene in Bangkok, Thailand.

Night scene in Bangkok, Thailand.

Outside Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

Outside Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

Finals of the 2013 Philippines Universities Voleyball Tournament

Finals of the 2013 Philippines Universities Voleyball Tournament

In the street in Maybunga.

In the street in Maybunga.

A wet market near Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City. Probably the cleanest wet market I have beenin

A wet market near Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City. Probably the cleanest wet market I have beenin

Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya, Thailand. Therre are no natal women on this stage.

Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya, Thailand. Therre are no natal women on this stage.

Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya, Thailand..

Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya, Thailand..

Being tourist types in Vigan, Philippines. The driver proceded to get us lost in the countryside and I got mad

Being tourist types in Vigan, Philippines. The driver proceded to get us lost in the countryside and I got mad

This is what you actually do in Bangkok if you try to get anywhere by car. Sit in the same place for hours.

This is what you actually do in Bangkok if you try to get anywhere by car. Sit in the same place for hours.

In one of Bangkok's temples. I am not sure what the joss-sticks were for but never mind.

In one of Bangkok’s temples. I am not sure what the joss-sticks were for but never mind.

Street art, Dr Sixto Avenue, Maybunga.

Street art, Dr Sixto Avenue, Maybunga.

Crissy in Pattaya, Thailand.

Crissy in Pattaya, Thailand.

Laoag city centre. It's a lovely place

Laoag city centre. It’s a lovely place

Swimming party with Crissy's family, Pasig.. She apparently has no male relatives.

Swimming party with Crissy’s family, Pasig.. She apparently has no male relatives.

Crissy at the Oasis Paco Park hotel,Manila, just after I arrived

Crissy at the Oasis Paco Park hotel,Manila, just after I arrived

A funeral in Laoag, Philippines, complete with marching band

A funeral in Laoag, Philippines, complete with marching band

Paoay Church, Paoay, Philippines.. The church is in 'Earthquake Gothic' style -- that is, MASSIVE

Paoay Church, Paoay, Philippines.. The church is in ‘Earthquake Gothic’ style — that is, MASSIVE


Originally published at Rod Fleming’s World.