Monday, October 06, 2008

A week in Manila

Spent the entire week in Manila, just returned to Davao today. Highlights:
  • Workshop on open source software selection with the International Open Source Network, the main reason for the trip. Workshop lead was Carlo Daffara from Italy. Overall verdict: fantastic.

  • LitCritters session with Dean, Nikki, Charles, Vin, Andrew, Alex, Kate, Elyss, Erika, Zarah, and, er, a couple of girls whose names I don't remember

  • Visited the Libre Lahat exhibit at Podium. Pretended to be ignorant of open source (just enough to annoy the designated spokesperson). Met Rick Bahague of Computer Professionals Union.

  • Small reunion with Marcelle and Charo.

  • A couple of friendly dates.

  • Stumbled into Manolo Quezon and AWB Holdings at Krispy Kreme in Greenhills

  • Bought more books. Sigh. I really need to stop buying.

  • Window-shopped, mostly. Nothing much that I can't get in Davao.

  • For all its attractions, Manila feels roughly the same since I was last there. I was happier to meet with people, more than anything else.