I am now writing this post from a Coffee Shop located in Eastwood City (Manila, Philippines). This is my first experience as an entrepreneur-traveller (as I explained my plans already some months ago, how I intend to live an unusual life) and let me tell you how things are going so far…
I went for a 24 hours trip (flew from Frankfurt to Dubai, Dubai to Manila, drove in the traffic to get to my flat…). However jetlag wasn’t so heavy, maybe I get used to it as I am travelling more and more. Here, climate is a shock compared to France. I sweat all the time when I’m outside, fortunately all the buildings have air conditioning or so. The violent typhoon that passed by Manila seems away now, at least the district I am living in doesn’t seem affected by it. Cost of living is low here, which allows me to get around in taxi easily, and have nice restaurants for the price of a meal at a French McDonald’s.
It took me some days to properly settle, get a decent Internet connection and being operational for my cruising speed. I can manage my work online pretty well so far (except I must work a bit late to be synced on the French timezone) and I will write a full post about it in the coming days.
Speed and reliability of the Internet network is a lot lower than what I expect in France, but at least it works. It’s not working well in my flat though (with 3G) but if I go down my building to the first coffee shop, I can get 1Mbps.
People here are nice and smile a lot. Customer service is not outstanding though, even if there are 10 idle sellers in the store, no one will jump on you to offer help… It’s the Filipino style, I have been told about it so it’s not a surprise, but it’s interesting to see the social and cultural differences with France 🙂 Well, I could talk a lot longer about the Filipino specs, but it will be for another post!