Valentine's Day in The PHP

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Haha - I'm kind of surprised that I'm writing about Valentine's Day here.  As a single female traveler, you shouldn't be surprised that romance wasn't in my plans for the day.  While Prince Charming didn't surprise me at my apartment door, it was a wonderful day.

My Valentine's Day started about 14 hours before yours, and I took advantage of the daylight.  See, working the night shift means that I sleep through most of the days during the week, and then I abuse my body through sleep deprivation so that I can get out and about on the weekends.  This means I sleep "normal" hours Saturday and Sunday nights, and then wake up 10 hours before my shift begins Monday night.  Naps are a good thing :).

Around noon on Monday, I decided to venture out on my own.  This was my first trip away from the apartment building on my own - all other previous excursions were with a group of 4 or more.  I had a rough idea of where I wanted to go, and left message with a couple of people who look out for me and then was on my way.

I ate lunch at Pho24, a Vietnamese restaurant along Ayala Triangle Gardens.  After a delicious meal of Pho Chin, I walked over to Greenbelt Mall and window shopped before stopping by Landmark.  Landmark is kind of a Walmart, but with better stuff.  And WAY better service.  I found two cute black dresses that were under $35 each and when I couldn't decide between the two... I ended up with both.

With arms full of groceries, I used the convenient shuttle service for a free ride back to the apartment.  After a quick nap, it was time for the first day of training!  Our Team Leads set up a Valentine's Note Exchange and we had cupcakes and candy.  Here are some of the sweet notes I received. 

By the time my shift ended at 6am on the 15th, I was pretty well spent.  I called the car service to come collect me and I was long asleep before my bedtime.

Next post?  Pictures from Intramuros!

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