Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Lee's Birthday in Manila

We went to a restaurant called Harbor View which overlooks the Manila Bay. We sat out on the pier and ate crab and lobster. It was pretty amazing. They even had Coors Light!


Then we went to the Hobbit House. The Hobbit House was started by an avid Lord of the Rings fan, and all of the waiters are "little people." Normally, I would be very apprehensive about going in a place like this due to my tendency to be neurotic and have irrational fears.

Frankly, I blame the Wizard of Oz for this one... but that's another story.

But the bar was fun, and our waitress was great. She is the one in the dark blue shirt on the left. I kept going up to the bar to ask questions, and she would make me go back to my seat to sit down so she could talk to me.


Isn't this picture great? I love how they almost chop Lee's head off because he is so tall!

The next day we went to this place called Greenhills mall. It is a knock-off mall where they sell imitation designer bags, watches, clothes...etc. Some of them aren't a complete disgrace to Chanel and Louis Vuitton, but most are very poor in quality and lack the aesthetics of most designer bags.

The place is like a giant flea market inside a mall, and most of the vendors carry exactly the same products. For this reason, you are hounded as you walk down the aisles.

Buy from me mam! You like Louis Vuitton mam? You shop here mam, I'll give you discount...

It's all you hear... all day long. It gets old.


Lee and I were walking through the aisles when I saw a young guy watching Lee. He was a skinny guy, probably early twenties, and his face lit up as soon as we started walking his direction.

We were about to his booth... when he dramatically throws his head back, flips around... stick his butt straight up in the air, in a very feminine voice says...

"hellllooo sir... You want wallet.... Louis Vuitton..."


I was trying not to laugh as we walked past him, and the look on Lee's face was priceless!

Me: Wow. He sure did like you!
Lee: I'm so glad nobody saw that!