Manila, the Pearl of the Orient … [Philippines]

When I was in Manila, it rained non-stop during the evenings … So, all my exploring was only during the day-time. Wherever I looked, there were the unique Jeepneys. Each Jeepney has its own “personality”, in terms of colors and the extra fittings. One could see the Colonial architecture all around. And souvenirs … Wow! I went to town buying bags and bags of souvenirs.

Being a little careful in what I eat (I typically refrain from fried food, sodas, red meats Etc.), I must say the cuisine was a bit disappointing … Also, I like some heat (Spice!) in my food. I did try most of the dishes though.

I had fun discussing Basketball (NBA, for E.g.) and Manny Pacquiao with my local colleagues. I could sense that there were a lot of sports fans around.

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National Museum of Philippines … For some reason, there were very few people. Fine for me, as I could explore without much trouble.
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I absolutely loved these artwork made on Coconut shells … Would have loved to buy a few, if only they were on sale.
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Jose Rizal Museum … @Fort Santiago. It was depressing to read about his life, his efforts and finally, his execution. A great man … Sniff 😦
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The Filipino Hero … Jose Rizal.
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Fort Santiago was nice to explore … It was a very humid day and even with overcast conditions, it was a bit tiring.
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Manila Cathedral … Intramuros, the historic walled area within the modern city of Manila, Philippines.
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Intricate glass-work … Inside Manila Cathedral.
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San Augustin Church … Roman Catholic Church within the walled City of Intramuros. Intramuras was fabulous to walk around.
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During a walk through Intramuros …

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Though traffic in Manila is pretty bad, there were some good highways.
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The colorful Philippine Peso …
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From the Hotel room … It was fun to watch all the unique Jeepneys pass by.
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Laguna de Bay … From close quarters, the lake looked pretty polluted. Not a huge surprise considering that Manila is a heavily populated city.
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The famous Jeepney …
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Halo Halo … Not a “Dessert Guy”, but had to try it 🙂

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National Museum of Philippines … @Manila.

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San Miguel dominates the local beer options … Tried a couple of their beers.

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Rizal Park … Obviously a local attraction. There were many families around …

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Inside a Souvenir Shop … The choice was amazing!
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A local Security Guard or a Cop? Anyway, he posed for me …
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This shop sold artwork made on hard paper … Loved it.
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Got to see a local marriage … @San Augustin Church.
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The Express Bus to Manila International Airport …  (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)

 

Adios!

 

 

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