This afternoon, I went to The Peninsula Manila to have tea and coffee with my mom and her friend, jewellery designers and sisters Janina and Candy Dizon. When I got there, I found Janina sitting with a boy my age. He was introduced to me as Tom from Tokyo and he told me what he was doing there. Apparently, he’s a friend of a friend of the Dizons who’s in the Philippines for vacation. He’s been here 4 days and just yesterday he got swindled out of his money. The 22-year-old Japanese guy was doing a 40-day backpacking trip across Southeast Asia and on his 3rd day here in Manila, he met a couple in their 50’s along the streets of Makati. The couple invited him to lunch in Cubao and being a naïve young boy who believed in Filipino hospitality, Tom took a jeepney with them to Cubao where they had lunch over some beers. He told me he had about 3 beers but he was feeling extremely sleepy already – strange for afternoon drinking.
The couple then told him they should go to Angeles, Pampanga where it’s more fun so they took a bus going there, with him half asleep the whole ride. They got to an apartment (I think so, his accent was quite thick) where they gave him coffee to perk up but strangely enough he passed out shortly after. He suspects he was drugged by the couple. What’s weird is that the couple stuck around and when he came to, they took a bus back home to Manila. While in the bus, he was trying to get his wallet from his pocket but the couple was being very aggressive and telling him it wasn’t safe to take out his wallet in public. Tom found their behavior weird so he started getting angry. The old couple told the bus to stop, all three of them got off and the couple just ran off in the dark leaving Tom with his empty wallet which had about USD$300+.
So saddening to hear this. Who would suspect a couple in their 50’s to drug a young Japanese boy? I guess you can never really tell. Anyway, we did our best to cheer him up. Janina told him that mom and I were in show business and I took the opportunity to take it up a notch since I will probably never see this guy again. I confidently told him that I’m known as the Jennifer Lawrence of the Philippines LOLLLL. He’s not from here, he’ll never know the truth that I’m not even on TV anymore. HAHAHA. But I’m sure he knew we were kidding with him, he was very nice and was all smiles.
So this guy Tom contacted his friend from Japan who is friends with Janina and her circle, including Cecile Van Straten of Chuvaness.com who is totally in love with anything Japan-related. Tita Cecile dropped by with money to lend Tom before his flight to Kota Kinabalu. It was a very unexpected afternoon but I was very touched when Tom said, “After last night I thought I never wanted to come back to the Philippines but after speaking to you guys, I want to come back!” Awww… Relax, I told him I was getting married and that I even got engaged in Japan! Hahaha! I’m glad we fixed whatever bad vibes he got off Filipinos. He should have just gone to La Union where, apparently, Japanese are well taken care of because the guy who sort of founded the whole surfing scene there is Japanese! If I remember correctly he is now 60-something years old living in La Union and is considered a legend surfer there. WALA LANG. Some trivia for ya.
Nagulat rin ako sa akbay hahaha pero okay lang, naniniwala yata siya na Jennifer Lawrence ako ng Pilipinas. Wahahaha! I told him I’m not at all what anyone would consider as JLaw but that I do experience hunger games everyday. Lawlz. JLawlz.
Anyway, here are some more photos I took this afternoon!
Prettier than any pastry: Pia <3
Bumped into King Kong at Salon de Ning
Sobrang cute na may nail art si King Kong
I hope you guys had a good Wednesday afternoon as well. Don’t forget to be nice to people but don’t trust so easily, k?! If you’re in a foreign country, don’t look like you’re lost. Be assertive and make sure you only carry around a small amount of cash when you go out. Love ya guys!