Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Manila

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, December 25, 1939

Traditional Christmas decorations, Manila

Traditional Christmas decorations in Manila, photographed in 2006 by joshbousel
Marian, David and I went to lunch at the George Fairchilds. Mrs. McKay said it was 4 AM and not 3 that I got back to the hotel this morning, but I know it was 3 as I looked at my watch. Marian thought it remarkable I looked so fresh this morning and asked me if anything ever happened to upset me.

Had quite a talk with Mrs. McKay but not much with Lydia. Took some photos in the gardens for David after lunch. At 4 we all drove to Mr. Redferns house (he is an Englishman) to see his garden. There were a number of people there. When I got in the car with David and Marian to go home Lydia suggested I should stay and go home later. So I got out and stayed to dinner at the Redferns with Lydia, “Blanquita” (the Spanish girl) and an older friend of hers, and an old Spaniard who has been here 40 years. I regretted it later as they all talked a great deal, drank a good deal, and played the radio too loud. Lydia said constantly that she was “very much exhausted” and had to drink to cure a headache. Nevertheless she refused to leave until after 12, when they drove me to the hotel. Lydia insisted on smoking my pipe in the car. Cannot quite make out the whole situation but I doubt whether there is much future to it. They were critical of me for not drinking more, and I did not enter into the spirit of the party.

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