Adventure
 


After a couple of years of adventure travel and a lot of change, I’ve had the opportunity to perform again and it is so fun to get back into it! I love how life works – too it is so unexpected and when you wish for something it can come about in such unexpected ways!  Early this year, I was invited to a Women of Calypso concert and I went by myself which is certainly unusual!  After arriving I settled at a table and ended up talking to a nice fella who was also there by himself and we started up a nice conversation and then sat together during the show.  As it turned out he was a musician and since I love live music, I gave him my contact info and he told me he’d let me know if he had any shows! 

After a month or two he emailed me and I decided to go to a house concert at the Lumber Baron Mansion in Denver.  I had a great time (they were great) and I just happened to be chatting with the owner of the place when he mentioned that a bunch of magicians were performing upstairs.  I used to know a lot of the Denver magicians from performing burlesque with them and before I knew it I’d given Walter (the owner of the mansion) my contact info.  Soon enough I was performing in a one-off variety show as a burlesquer.  It went well and they asked me back and also asked me to perform in their murder mysteries, which is amazing because I was able to write original music to perform.  So here we are and I’ve been cast in a murder mystery and a series of variety shows without having to audition – yay!!  I love that I am now part of a professional show in such a funny, happenstance sort of way!

Here is a link to me on their cast pages: http://web.mac.com/lumberbaron/Comedy_Mystery_Dinners/Cast.html



Screen time

Through the Lumber Baron, I connected with an actor who is lovely named Darrin and he knows a lot of people in video production and it just so happened shortly after I met him that he and his buddies were participating in the 48 hour film festival.  If you have never heard of the festival, it is a festival in which filmmaking teams have 48 hours to write, film, and edit a project with a few unexpected assignments – you don’t know the genre, there is a character you have to include somehow, and a line of dialogue that everyone must include.  As it turns out, the actress that was slotted to work with these fellas backed out at the last minute so here is the film I had the opportunity to perform in that weekend.  We shot Friday into the night until 2 in the morning on Saturday, on Saturday until 2 am and then were filming again on Sunday morning at 9.  It was a great time!  Here’s a link to the final short film:

http://vimeo.com/27225185

Another funny turn of events had me acting in the short film “Dead Ringer.” I went to a film meet up and they were reading the script for a short film was in the preproduction stage.  There were several voice-over only parts in the script so I approached the producers and inquired about auditions and funnily enough they thought I was talking about a male hired killer part (the lead).  So in a strange turn of events I ended up auditioning for the role of a hired killer that was written as a man and while all the others auditioning were men!  They did end up casting a guy but then a small dancing part was written in and rather than auditioning for it, I was cast.  So started my journey!  And now I am in the Internet Movie database  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4713568/ which is awesome and I was able to work with some stellar talent.  One of those involved in the production of the film has an academy award! 




I am also performing regularly with a burlesque troupe in Denver which has been great and again I never auditioned and everything just fell in my lap.  I have to thank all of my angels for their help with getting back into all of this without trying!  If you want to stay in touch with me and my work you can friend me on facebook under Laura Powers or under Dewliscious for burlesque. 

Life is an adventure in so many ways!

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Production still from Dead Ringer
 
 
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Modeling work for a local photographer
So after extensive traveling and new adventures, I am embarking on a new kind of adventure, being an entrepreneur!  After a lot of soul searching and several instances of almost booking a plane ticket back to Shanghai, I decided to focus on building a business (actually two)before I head off anywhere super exotic.  My new plan is to build businesses that I can run from anywhere my little heart desires.   So I have been working like a madwoman and having a little bit of fun but mostly just working my but off!

I started in January and now have three websites which was a huge undertaking for me having not been a techie girl in the past.  But there is something like an important project to give you a desire to learn quickly!

If you want to see the things I’ve been up to in the last few months, you can check out my personal website: http://laurapowers.net/, my epublishing company site: http://laurapowerspublishing.com/, and my healing and metaphysical site: http://www.healingpowers.net/index.html.
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Scary clown mural outside Mars Bar in NYC.
The last four months have been a whirlwind in which I have:

    *Started all my businesses and infrastructure, a ton of work!
    *Launched a TV show Healing Powers TV which is online now and soon will be broadcast in over 130,000 homes in Colorado very soon : )  
    *Created a podcast to interview those I can’t see in person.
    *Went to CES (Consumer Electronics Show) with my friend Rob and saw some cool stuff and had a nutty 24 hours in Las Vegas.
    *Went to NYC for a publishing conference which blew my mind and then partied with great friends (Nicole, Joseph, and my new friend Hugh) and fell in love with the big apple!
    *Wrote a ton of content for my various websites and companies.
    *Attended a crazy amount of meetings to meet people and get the word out about what I am doing.
    *Worked lot on a Conference for Women which I am co-producing, which will be happening in a couple of weeks.
    *Modeled for a local photographer and in a Japanese Street Fashion Runway Show for Denver Fashion Expo.
    *Enjoyed riding my scooter around town and pretending like this vintage BMW bike is mine : )
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I write this on the eve of leaving for a quick trip to Miami for a rum event which should be great fun and I am definitely ready for some fun!  In thinking about where I was last year at this time, I was living in Shanghai and getting ready to go to Tokyo.  Wow!  So much can happen in a year….

Makes me wonder where I (and you) will be next year this time!

To great and new kinds of adventures ahead!  If I were with you as you read this, I’d say let’s drink to that : )

 
 
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I heard about an Asian themed drag show at the biggest LGBT club Tracks as decided to go check it out. The show was a lot of fun and I was impressed with the caliber of the show.  I saw a drag performance when I was in LA and this show was way bigger and more dramatic.  I will keep the write-up on this one short because in this case, pictures are louder than words.  The photo above is of Miss Nina Flowers, the host of Drama Drag. Here are a few that I took that I thought you might enjoy : )
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Because I like costumes and I like any excuse to get dressed up, I wore a red and black themed outfit.  I hate to go to a show and feel less feminine than the queens on stage! 
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Okay here are a some more show photos, sorry I can’t remember the names of these girls.
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If you are interested in checking out the show and are in Colorado, they have a drag show with a different theme every month.  Next month’s theme is flowers, which immediately makes me wonder what they will do for costumes….
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So it is nearly a year from the day I first started on this crazy journey to the east and so it is that I find myself feeling both like a lifetime has passed and also like I am in the same place as a year ago.  This is because I find myself spending time with the same people as last year this time! Life is strange!  I am by no means complaining as of course this is my choice but it is funny how life works sometimes.

Many things have happened since last January so it is not as if I am treading water, but I find myself spending New Year’s Eve with the same people as last year right before I moved to China!  Well life is nothing if unpredictable and I believe that the creator (if there is one) has an incredible sense of humor.  Sure, I moved to china, got divorced, returned to Colorado to change my name, did a bit more travelling, and then decided to officially finish my master’s degree (yup I am officially educated now) and so here I am in the same place but a much different person than a year ago.

So as I look out onto a brand new year I wonder, where will I be next year at this time?  What unpredictable things will have happened to me and will I look back on this coming year with a similar feeling of amazement at what has come about?  I hope so; though unpredictable, 2010 has brought me many great blessings and wonderful life experiences.  So for now, I am counting my blessings and giving a little prayer for some things I hope will come about next year.   If it is anything like 2010, then I will not be disappointed! May 2011 bring all the adventurers out there (and I believe that every person is an adventurer of one kind or another) lots of love, peace, and blessings. 

Happy New Year!
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So if there is one thing I have to realize about myself in the last year, it is I get restless if I have been in one place too long.  And too long is starting to seem shorter and shorter! 

This summer when I was thinking about my long term plans, I decided that officially finishing my master's degree was important and thus a plan to return to Colorado to complete my master's thesis was set into motion.  It just felt silly to have done all of this work on my degree and then not finish the last step and so here I am!  A few months have passed and I have successfully completed my paper, submitted it for review, given my presentation frightenighly called a "defense", and submitted bound copies to the department for posterity's sake.  Hooray I can officially list an MA behind my name though I doubt I will ; )

What I find funny is that though I have only been in Colorado for two months, I have somehow managed to take two trips to California since I have been back.  This means that I have had four separate trips to California this year!  Weird.  Particularly since 8 months of this year I have not even been in the USA.  Apparently I am inexplicably drawn there.  Who knew?
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The next trip was a spontaneous affair.  A friend and I had taken a workshop in which we made vision boards and I tell you these vision boards are powerful things!  On mine I listed Hollywood and my friend listed vacation.  After discussing our boards, my friend Jan asked me if I really wanted to go to there and I said of course!  Turns out she had a family connection there so we booked flights and three weeks later we were there. Vision boards are powerful things people!

We were stayed in a swanky hotel in West Hollywood and were within walking distance of great bars and restaurants, galleries, and Sunset Boulevard.  It was fantastic! Our first afternoon there, we checked into our beautiful hotel room (we even had a fire place which for any Coloradan is quite funny since low temperatures there are in the 50s), checked out the rooftop pool, changed our clothes and were off to explore. 

On my vision board I had also put some Christian Louboutin pumps.  I do love them!  So it was perfect when we wandered past the store.  I wanted to go in, even though I was not prepared to pay $600 or more for footwear (someday and hopefully soon I will have a pair).  The store itself is beautiful and whimsical and reminded me of Paris which is fitting since it is a Parisian brand.  It is a store where you have to ring the doorbell to enter, presumably so that they can tell if you are a thief that will take off with thousands of dollars of footwear.  Still it was funny to ring the doorbell and stand there waiting to be let in!


A slightly snobby gay boy greeted as the door and his whole demeaner changed once he saw the leftovers we had from The Abbey, a bar and restaurant next door which is obviously gay friendly.  He then was very friendly and we looked around at the beautiful shoes; admiring their adornments and quality.  Here is a pic of me standing in front of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is housed in the same building as the Louboutin store.  While I didn't buy a pair of Louboutins, I have to laugh because I did see a lot of Louboutin shoes pretty shortly after making my vision board.
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The trip itself was a whirlwind in two days and included a trip to see the Chinese theatre and all of the foot and hand prints memorializing various famous people.  The opening to the movie Burlesque had happened a day before we got into town and Cher had just made her very own hand and footprints there.  I have always liked Cher for her daring, her timelessness, and that she does what she wants regardless of what people think (plus she and I have the same birthday which seems important somehow).

Amazingly, we went to two museums and the observatory while we were there and yet it didn't seem crammed.  The Getty museum which overlooks Hollywood and LA from the hills was amazing!  I will never forget it and would love to go back as it is enormous and though there for several hours, we only saw the gardens and one of the temporary exhibits.  The LA Country Museum of Art (LACMA) was also wonderful and there was a show on fashion in the last few hundred years which was great and reminded me of my costuming days with all the corsets, hoop skirts, and hip buckets on display.  The Griffith obvervatory was wonderful and I didn't realize until we got there that they shot parts of Rebel Without a Cause there. Among other things, I learned that everything in our solar system is literally made from the same elements as stars in the solar system.  We are literally made of the same stuff as stars.  An appropriate thing to learn in Hollywood no?

Also managed to go to a few bars and nightclubs and danced the night away two nights in a row.  Met some fun people and ate scrumptious food everywhere we went.  Also went to the La Brea tar pits which was hilarious because they are so close to downtown LA.  I hope to go back before too long as I had a great time and now that I have done the touristy stuff, I could go back and enjoy without feeling like I have to see the sights.

The return trip brought one final surprise as we found out after arriving that our flight had been cancelled because the plane had been struck by lightning.  Twice.  You don't get much closer to an act of God than an act of lightning so I tried to feel relaxed about it as we waited for the redirected flight through San Francisco. I ended up being seated next to a Chinese woman on the leg of the flight from San Fran to Denver which gave me a chance to practice my Mandarin.  It made me realize I need to practice so I don't forget it!!

So I am back in Colorado for my Master's graduation and Christmas but soon enough, I will be in the words of Willie Nelson, "on the road again."


 
 
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Scorpions on a stick
One of the things I have come to realize in my travels is that people all over the world have totally different ideas about food.  Not just what is okay to eat but what actually tastes good.  For example, prior to going to China it never occurred to me that bones could be eaten but in China people regularly eat bones and cartilage.  This idea is taken to the extreme though in Beijing at one of the street food markets.  This little street has been featured on many food and travel shows because the food is so unusual.  I thought I’d take a moment to show some of the photos of this food.  I had some flavored green gelatin there but could not bring myself to try some of the other delicacies. 

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On display many different foods on a stick including, scorpions, beetles, snake, silk worms, and many other things I had never thought of eating.  While I didn’t partake, there were many that did and I should not that I got there just after the place opened at 5 pm and I am pretty sure that this place gets busier later in the day.  Who knows, perhaps I would have been more daring with a drink or two!
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beetles and centipedes on a stick - yum!

I am glad that I was able to see this as I just stumbled upon it near a pedestrian street which so often happens when I travel! Sometimes the best trips are those where I don’t have a plan and just explore.  While I didn’t try the food, it was certainly a visual feast and if you didn’t look too closely at the food, the stalls were colorful and fun. 

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As I was leaving Beijing, I went to a cute little bakery in the airport called kiss ‘n bake which was just such a cute name, I took a photo of the sign.  I do appreciate all of the great bakeries there are all over china.  When I really need something familiar, I can go get a croissant or a pastry and a latte – something I can truly say yum to!

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Beijing

10/11/2010

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When I got an email that Hanggai (my favorite Mongolian folk-punk band) was hosting a music festival just outside of Beijing, I was in.  I did some checking to see if any of my friends wanted to come and many did but none were available so I decided to go solo.  With a friend’s help, I booked a plane ticket, a hotel, and purchased my festival ticket and in a few days I was off!  I have to admit I had no idea what to expect because I did basically no research before I left Shanghai.  Armed with the address of my hotel in Chinese to show the taxi driver I was off!  I landed and my first impression of Beijing is that it is rainy and cold!  Shanghai is farther south than Beijing and therefore warmer and sunnier than the capital city of China.  When I arrived it was raining hard and I was glad to have my umbrella.  The taxi ride was a pleasant one and checking in was relatively easy though this was clearly a hotel that was used more by Chinese than foreigners.  I got a lot of looks everywhere I went but I am pretty used to that by now!

My first order of business was to pick up my festival ticket at the ticket vendor.  It was raining which made catching a cab difficult, also as a foreigner it is harder to get a taxi sometimes.   After about 30 minutes of trying, I accepted an offer of taking a small motorcycle cab with a covered attachment on the back which allowed for whizzing between cars, going on the sidewalk, and occasionally the wrong way on the road to get to the destination.  I arrived safe and dry and thankful for the ride.  I got my ticket without incident and directions to the shuttle bus the next morning for the festival.  My ride back to the hotel was in a small pedicab (a bicycle with a cart attached) which was quite bouncy and a little wet but available and the driver was so nice and friendly that it made the journey pleasant enough.

After a much needed nap, I inquired at the front desk about where I could go eat and then maybe listen to some music.  They directed me to Houhai neighborhood which as it turned out had several bars, restaurants and clubs around a lake.  Since it was pouring, it was not easy to find a cab so with a little prayer to the powers that be; an unlicensed cab offered me a ride.  Surprisingly the driver spoke English so I spent the drive chatting with “Dragon” my driver about what to do in Beijing.  I arrived safely at my destination and promptly went and found a restaurant where I had the best Chinese food I’ve ever had in my life!  Also I was really hungry : )

After eating, I strolled around the area and popped into a small club next door called “Sex in Da City” which cracked me up.  As it turned out, this particular place featured two girls who did pole-dancing acrobatics while the crowd watched.  I was befriended by a friendly Malaysian man while at the bar and I told him about the festival the next day.  He was there on business and had finished a day early and decided to go to the festival too.   I stayed until the place was shut down at 12:30 in the morning (much earlier than Shanghai shuts down) and walked out with some friendly Australians I had been chatting with.

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The next day was raining and I was worried since it was the day of the festival and the festival was outside.  I went and bought gloves and coffee and found the shuttle without difficulty where I met my new Malaysian friend as well as another Australian who also had come just for the festival.  The ride to the festival was uneventful and after an hour and a half we were there!  The festival was on a farm and we were dropped off at the entry area and then walked up a large hill which opened up into the festival area with a large stage, a grill area, several yurts, and farm animals on the outskirts.  Thankfully the weather had cleared and it was very pleasant outside though muddy.

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Shortly after arrival, Hanggai the host-band played and they were amazing!  They are this very fun and unique combination of rocking beats with more chill influences like throat singing that leave you feeling both calm and energized at the same time.  They played for only about forty minutes and then the other bands started.  The crowd was an interesting mix of westerners and Chinese which was great and everyone was just loving the music and taking in the experience.  After Hanggai there were several other bands that also were an interesting mix of eastern and western styles.  I spent the day going back and forth between the stage and the grill area.  I chatted with the fellow from Malaysia, the Australian girl, several Norwegians, and even the band (via interpretation of course).
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It was truly a fantastic day!  I ate yummy grilled lamb and beef on a pita, drank beer, and even had a gin and tonic and cocoa once the sun went down.  The evening ended with the lead singer of Hanggai singing  acapella on stage which felt very special.  Sleepy, we all trekked to the shuttle busses and had a quiet bus ride back to Beijing.  Once we got there, I went and had a two hour Thai massage courtesy of my Malaysian friend who just happened to have a certificate for a free massage that he gave me.  It was amazing and just what the doctor ordered because it helped work out the kinks from standing on a muddy field for most of the day.  All in all, it was a truly perfect day.  After the massage, I drifted off to sleep feeling satisfied and incredibly lucky.


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I didn’t know much about the Philippines before I went there which is an interesting way to travel.  It was completely different than I expected even though I didn’t know that much.  Here is a very brief history on the Philippines for those of you who know as little as I did before I went.  The Philippines is made up of 7,000 islands which were largely independent from each other before they were conquered and occupied by the Spanish. King Philip decided that he should name this group of Islands after him and now around 500 years later even after the country gained independence, the name has stuck and the country is called the Philippines. The name Manila means blossoming water where plants grow which is appropriate as lily pads were everywhere.

Not surprisingly, there is definitely a noticeable Spanish influence on their culture.  The bathroom of the appartelle where I stayed was almost exactly like the bathroom of the flat in Barcelona where I stayed last summer.  And there were countless times when I looked around and was surprised at just how…..Spanish everything felt. When you barter there, you used Spanish numbers.  Aside from that though the official language is Tagalog and then on top of that, everyone I encountered spoke English.  It was refreshing to be somewhere in Asia and be able to communicate easily with people and to be able to read signs, food labels, and magazines, etc.

One curious thing I realized is that the country name is of course spelled with a Ph but when you use are referring to a person or thing from the Philippines, you change the Ph to an F and drop one of the p’s in the middle so the adjective form is Filipino or Filipina, I am not sure why. 

 
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Metro Manila is really a metropolitan area and within metro Manila is the city of Manila, the city of Makati, and Intramuros, the old walled city as well as other cities within the metropolitan region.  Metro Manila has about a population of about 10 million people though it is fairly spread out and there are not nearly as many skyscrapers as in Shanghai. I found the Filipino people to be incredibly welcome and friendly.  People were helpful and outgoing an also very polite saying ma’am regularly. 

I found getting around in Manila very easy with the abundance of cabs, pedi-cabs, and Jeepneys, a unique method of travel in the Philippines.  They are a sort of hop-on, hop-off mode of transport that is operated by individual drivers.  Each driver owns their vehicle, chooses their route, and decorates their vehicle as they choose which makes the Jeepneys unique, colorful and fun!  Plus they are only about 15 cents to ride.

 
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The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country and also very poor and you see a lot of children in the street.  One of the big problems in Metro Manila is children sniffing glue.  Basically, if they sniff glue they don’t feel hungry so it is a way of appeasing their hunger pains.  So while it was tempting to give money to the children that approached me, I was told it was better to carry snacks with me which I did.  I carried little cookies and packs of peanuts to give away.  It made me feel lucky to have grown up with everything I had.  Despite these challenges, the people seemed happy and I was struck with how many people have so much abundance in their lives and yet are unhappy.
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I spent my time exploring the city.  The old town was beautiful and a reminder of the challenges these people faced when they were ruled by the Spanish.  In the Intramuros grounds are a dungeon that looks peaceful now but many Filipinos suffered in their quest for independence there.

I also had many visits to the many malls in the area including Mall of Asia – the biggest mall in Asia of course.  It was interesting to be in place where mall culture is thriving whereas I feel that it is on its way out in the USA.  I also went to a food and Beverage expo with some of my newfound friends which was quite funny.  The food there was more pleasing to my palate that a lot of the food I have had in China.  Then my new friends went to a wedding expo so I went to.  It was really beautiful but quite funny as everyone was asking me if I was the bride!
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One of the favorite things I did though was go to the zoo – while some of the animals seemed a bit forlorn (the tiger especially)there were plenty of healthy looking snakes, an elephant, and lots and lot of birds.  At the end, I couldn’t help but go into the petting zoo are where for a $1 you could pose with a snake, a monkey, parrots, and even an alligator (I decided against the alligator, hopefully he wasn’t offended.

All in all, it was a great experience. Now that I have been to Manila and met some wonderful people I would love to go back to some of the legendary beaches that can be found on some of the other islands.

 
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I am writing this blog post on the last leg of my flight from Denver to the Philippines and I am excited to be out adventuring again.  I had a fantastic visit in my home state of Colorado and it was great catching up with the US for awhile but I was ready to get back out there.  As I write this, I have been travelling for about 18 hours now so for me it is two days in a row with only a few hours of sleep total but I am always amazed how I can keep going when I am travelling – like the energizer bunny and not feel too tired.

On the first leg of my flight, I sat next to wonderful woman who lives half the year in Denver and half the year in Greece which sounded like a wonderful idea.  She had also just spent the summer sailing in Croatia where it is apparently beautiful but the food is boring (I would imagine it is tough to compete with Greek cuisine.)  We exchanged contact information and she invited me to visit her in Greece which I have to admit is very tempting.

 
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I chose the cheapest flight which meant a slightly longer trip (3 flights instead of 2) but I think it was worth it and I got great seats and wonderful seat companions every time so it worked out. I flew from Denver to Minneapolis, then to Tokyo, and finally to Manila.  Ooh funny story about trying to check in at the airport – I couldn’t do auto-check in because my flight from Manila to Shanghai was on a different carrier and there is a rule that you have to have a return ticket or a ticket to another country for countries where you are issued a visa upon arrival.  I didn’t know that because I haven’t done this before but that is good to know.  I suppose they want to make sure that you aren’t going to just stay permanently in the place you are visiting ; )

On my second flight of the day I lucked out with my seatmate again!  This time on the long leg of the flight, the plane was older and had no movie system.  Thankfully for me, I was seated next to Charles, a techie guy who had brought his laptop full of movies and just happened to have a dual headphone jack with him.  I watched several movies including And God Created Woman, a very beautiful movie. 

I slept only a little and arrived in Manila at around midnight.  After being greeted by my lovely hosts Carmel and Doy at the airport, I was taken to the hotel where I am so thankful to have a nice and comfortable bed to sleep in.  It is so amazing how wonderfully decadent lying down to sleep in a nice bed can be after trying to sleep in a plane seat!  I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to explore the unique city of metro-manila.  Let the next adventure begin!

 
 
 
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After a heavy night’s sleep, I got up and chatted with my cousins, had some much needed coffee and then headed over to the Crowne Plaza.  I was going back to Tiki Bongos but this time to shop – the owner of the shop was super sweet and let Michelle and me pick out some complimentary clothes as a thank you for serving drinks.  I got some great outfits including a beautiful, handmade silk fuchsia and purple dress and some fun bracelets and, hair flowers, a lei, for starters.  What a treat!

Saturday  was mostly about relaxing.  We lounged by the pool, gave ourselves manicures swam (without getting our hairdos wet), snacked, drank fresh coconut milk right out of the coconut, and shopped until we were content.  As the afternoon wore on, we changed out of our swimming suits and into our hula outfits for a bit more “work” which consisted of hula dancing to some of the bands.  It was lots of fun and definitely a workout.  I have missed hula dancing so this was perfect!  One of the bands was called the Hula Girls so it was definitely appropriate.  Here’s a pic in our dancing outfits.
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In between sets – went into the Snake Pit, a room party that was nearby for a cocktail.  They even had a punch fountain set up for guests; these people take their parties seriously!  We couldn’t resist posing with the giant snake they had brought just for the occasion. 
After a lot of fast and furious hula dancing, we watched the best dressed costume contest as well as some ukulele and comedy entertainment.  This the last big night of the event so but it was more mellow for me.  I went to a few room parties before calling it a night. 

After so much partying the last two nights; I was tuckered out! So in retrospect, I think my favorite part of all of it was just how laid back everyone was but at the same time in the mood for fun!  It was so great that I would consider going again and I am not even that into tiki.  The event also got me thinking about Hawaii – I think I see a trip there in my future!
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To check out more photos of the event – check out my flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauramichellepowers/