Monday, April 07, 2008


I was just a little taken aback last night when arriving at the hotel to find we were stopped by security before we drove on to the forecourt and the underneath of the vehicle was checked with a mirror "for security" and the K~9 patrol did a check of the exterior of the vehicle. Once past the boom gate, my luggage was also checked by a K-9 and I needed to go through a metal detector to access the lobby. Welcome to Manila. I had seen the travel advisories about the Philippines but had not considered the would be practical, everyday ramifications. Or that most public buildings would also have a quite visible security presence.

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