The Good Shepherd Hostel Makati First Impressions
I never thought I would actually get my confidence enough to actually make the jump to staying in a Hostel.
Most of my travel life has been bouncing around from 5 star hotels to the lowest imaginable dumps as low as 1 star! Needless to say, I was worried about my new decision to stay here at a Hostel. One of the realities that I face was the realization that I’ll have to share a room with 8 other total strangers, other than family.
Adding to the feeling was that the rooms are mixed gender. We had couples and singles all sharing a smallish 20 foot by 15 foot room.
My choice for low cost accommodations while in Makati, Manila would be The Good Shepherd Hostel (formally Our Melting Pot Hostel).
Creative synergy of like minded people
As I sit in the shared kitchen / dining / work area of The Good Shepherd, I realized that there is so much creativity that can be found from talking to complete strangers from all over the world. You begin to realize that you were in fact stuck in a rut of single directional thinking.
Great launching pad for exploring a destination
Hostels throughout the world, can usually be found in the most desireable locations of a destination. Typically they are where all the action is or close to transportation. Not only is the location usually desireable, but in addition the resources that Hostels make available is invaluable. At most all it takes is a asking the front desk about destination points of interest.
My first morning in the shared breakfast / work area was a treat. Not only was the healthy simple breakfast of toast and jam with coffee delicious, it was healthy. But the real treat was meeting Albert and Joan from the Netherlands and Berlin. They did not know each other, but had a common thread of the love of travel and exploration. I found out that one had been battling an illness and the other just quit a lucrative job to travel. It’s interesting to find the reasons for needing to travel and explore.
The common thread was that YOLO is alive. For those that don’t know what that means… “You Only Love Once”. After a few minutes we began to share stories of our travels and next destinations of call. You get a true sense of the grandness of the world when you realize all the different perspectives and knowledge of travelers.
Comfortable in our skin
I was shocked to find the comfortable nature of the backpacking and minimalistic traveler. As I sit in the shared kitchen / work area, I noticed the relaxed non-caring nature of all here. Men just as comfortable as can be and most women walking around with no bras. At first this took me by surprise but then later I realized that it’s about being comfortable in our own skin. We are all a group of travelers, a pack of like minded minimalist people. In time you begin to not notice… it’s just a familiar face.
Now as travelers, we need to be realistic that the sheer amount of international travelers and associated large backpacks is astounding. It’s a nonstop parade of people of all nationalities and cultures. We also need to understand that the baggage, food containers and sometimes very large backpacks have seen many stops. Various Arachnida will eventually attach to the bags and go on for the ride. The stop? The Hostel and all the beds in the room within close proximity. That was what I believe was the latest scenario of my stay at The Good Shepherd. Now let’s be very clear… I can’t blame anyone here. The staff does a very good job keeping the place super clean. It’s just the nature of staying in a Hostel.
Without being too graphic – my bites caused an IB Reaction, which is in layman’s terms, the blood carried some of the toxins and caused a system wide allergic reaction. I’ll have more in another article about my Makati Medical half day treatment.
My main piece of advice to the first time hostel traveler would be to be prepared when staying in a dense accommodation like a Hostel. Always check the beds. Make sure the linens have been changed and use the torch on the phone with the lights out to check for bed bug poop and other little critters.
Eyes wide open
I have enjoyed my first day and realize that there is much more to experience in traveling that the basic accommodations of a Hotel can provide. Overall my experience here at this hostel has been exciting. I can completely recommend everyone at least once try the Hostel experience. You will need to lower expectations and remove any desire for privacy and the posh experience.
Tech Geek Ratings:
|Location:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Amenities:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Beds & Furnishings:||(1 / 5)|
|Staff & Friendliness:||(3.5 / 5)|