My flight was late leaving Nagoya and it was about 1:30 AM by the time I got through immigration, out of the baggage claim and through customs. Edz was waiting for me outside in the waiting zone, which was split up alphabetically according to last name. A-M takes the ramp on the left, while N-Z goes right. They both go to the same place. At 2 AM the crush of people was manageable; I'm guessing it's busier at other times of the day.
Edz and her brother, Elvin, already had a hotel for us and we took a taxi there. Not having to worry about checking in after my 28 hour flight was a blessing.
I had told Edz that I wanted to visit the fish market in Manila before we left for Batangas, and I assumed that meant we'd be going at 6 AM or 7 AM.
Boy, was I wrong.
The market was right around the corner and even at 3:30 AM was busier than any place, literally any place, back on the East Coast.
The market was right along the water. As boats unloaded their catch, merchants would buy their fish and then carry them in buckets to their stalls. Or something like that. Honestly, I don't really know. There were so many people calling for people to buy their fish, fishy water being splashed around, and general madness, that I'm sure there was a lot more going on that I didn't understand.
Some of my favorite fish can be found on this table...not fish to eat, though. The fish with the stripes are sweetlips, which are on a conservation poster back on Saipan. The round shaped fish are longfin spadefish, which I think are really cool looking underwater. The steaks along the top of the photo are shark.
I slept a lot on the plane coming over, so maybe I'll have an easy time with jetlag. We got back to the hotel room at about 5 AM and went straight to bed. I was wide awake two hours later. I'm crossing my fingers that I can stay awake.
Edz has plans for my credit card at the Mall of Asia today. She says she wants to go ice skating there.
By the way, did I forget to mention I was going to Manila?