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Asia » Philippines » Manila July 18th 2019

Day 9 Final day We slept in again (until 8.30) and casually got ready. I wanted another Avocado Espresso and there was a stand at the Air Asia mall that had them so we walked over and were dissapointed to find that they didn't have any avocados and couldn't make what they are advertising. We needed breakfast and I wanted Filipino style for our last day. I ordered Sisig, which is a pork dish.. it also had onions and I had forgotten to ask (i have an intolerance) so I couldn't eat it. So I ate the sides of egg and rice. We checked out the amusement park next to the mall that overlooked Manila Bay before getting a Grab to Las Intramurous. This was the old Spanish city, a fortress of sorts with high walls ... read more
Singing in the rain
Intramurous Fort Santiago
The vertebra of Jose Rizal

Asia » Philippines » Manila July 17th 2019

Day 8 We slept in.. well until 8.30am. The Air BnB didn't offer breakfast as we were used to in hotels and resorts but as we craved plainish food we were happy to find a diner offering french toast. We thought we would make the most of the warmer weather and chill by the pool. As a guest, we had to pay to use the pool. It cost us $5AUD each but it was worth it to just lounge around and soak up the warm weather. Kym played his uke and I read and it was nice to do nothing. Deciding that our adventure would be the Ocean Marine Park we grabbed a Grab and spent the afternoon wandering around the park. A sealion show, creepy crawly exhibit and of course plenty of tanks with an ... read more
Sealion show
White tip reef shark
Reef sharks

Asia » Philippines » Manila July 15th 2019

We were up at 530am for out boat to take us to the mainland and airport transfer. The resort had packed us a sandwich for breakfast. The airport was a 45 minute drive and it was tiny. Busuanga airport is a regional airport with smaller planes. A 45 minute ride and we were in Manila once again. Coming into the Manila the smog covered the city like a blanket and there wasn't much of a view. Our Air BnB was 15 minutes from the airport, a 5 minute walk to the Philippines largest mall, the Mall of Asia and 10 minute walk to the Bay. The residences we stayed at were comprised of four 16 story buildings with 2 large pools in the centre of them. These type of residences were everywhere. Our room overlooked the ... read more
Filipino Spaghetti
Mall of Asia
Mall of Asia

Asia » Philippines » Manila July 9th 2019

Day 1 Flight Cebu Pacific, its a budget airline operating from Melbourne or Sydney direct to the Philippines. The line up for the bag drop was long and didn't seem to have any order to it and we changed lines several times, always, always to the slowest and felt like we were stuck in a cartoon of never ending waiting. Not sure if it was a Cebu thing or a Melbourne airport thing. On the Cebu flight it says that you can't bring phone chargers in your carry on.. ignore this, you can. The flight wasn't packed and yet Kym and I were separated sitting 'next ' to each other with an aisle inbetween us and a row of empty seats infront of Kym. We weren't allowed to change until the seatbelt sign came off after ... read more
Buzz Balls

Asia » Philippines » Manila December 15th 2018

When planning this trip most advice was to avoid Manila, it being a highly populated, traffic jam dominated city with not much appeal. However I figured if we can find some fun here then the rest of the trip will be enlightened by the experience. The first hour after landing sitting in a snail like queue waiting for a cab followed by another hour snaking our way through traffic certainly didn’t seem that much fun. Shelley made the taxi queue enjoyable by trying to work out exactly how many cabs were needed by trying to group the people ahead of us in the queue who would be sharing a taxi. She almost lost the plot when she found out their was a priority line that allowed pregnant, senior, or disabled people into the front. Next trip ... read more
War Memorial
War Memorial

Asia » Philippines » Manila December 15th 2018

Manila is known as the Pearl of the Orient but ask a Filipino and almost all will tell you to not to waste time there and to get out of the city at the first opportunity. It has a reputation for being a sprawling metropolis where modern clashes with poverty, and city traffic that is so congested it crawls if it moves at all. The Lonely Planet is kinder saying the name is apt because ‘its unappealing shell reveals its jewel only to those resolute enough to pry’. We’d decided instead of bouncing straight through we’d give it a day and a half. We’ve come to experience something of the country and see what life is like, not just see the highlights. On arrival we didn’t feel too bad, despite flight delays on our first 2 ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Manila » Sampaloc June 20th 2018

This summer of 2018, my Lola visited the Philippines for a short vacation. We, together with my Mom travelled to El Nido, Palawan. It was my first time to go there so I was excited and it was a five day trip. We woke up at 4 a.m. to prepare for our flight. We boarded Cebu Pacific at NAIA Terminal 3. It was an hour and half flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Then after arriving at Puerto Princesa airport, we rode a van to El Nido for 6 hours. Upon arriving at El Nido, we stayed at Novies Inn in Corongcorong. After settling into our room, we took a walk at the nearby beach. Then we had dinner at a local eatery. We found out that they serve crocodile sisig. But I didn't have the ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Manila November 13th 2017

My first time traveling to Asia. I have family that lives there and my father and stepmother have been to visit quite often. I had anxiety on the flight as it's the longest and furthest I've ever flown. To say it was indeed a culture shock is an understatement. After a 16 hours flight from JFK, 3 hour layover and 2 hour flight yet again... We finally landed in Manila. The trip was compiled of spending time in Metro Manila, driving to Baguio and Vigan to visit the mountains, then flying down to Coron for 4 days for some R&R on the beach.... read more
Taal Lake
Villa Escudero
Villa Escudero

Asia » Philippines » Manila » Ermita October 23rd 2017

We are on the way from Romblon, Philippines to Papua New Guinea and stopped in Manila for a day an a half to get rid of the landscape gear that we will only need in a month we we return. We rented a locker for 33 days to store 2 medium sutcases for about US$40 a much better alternative to paying $400 at the airport for storage. Something to think about if you need to make a station to unload some weight and travel around lighter. Also I wanted to go on a little gastronomic adventure as there are a Restaurants in Manila that have made the list of Best 50 of Asia... but first, my belly hasnt been feeling well and second we didnt have fashionable clothes to go to a fancy place so I ... read more
Lemon Pepper Salmon
The Intramuros Hotel, Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines

Asia » Philippines » Manila » Ermita October 22nd 2017

Fortunately Super Typhoon Paolo, packing 240 km/hr and gusts reaching 296 km/hr veered away from the Philippines towards Japan and we were able to board the overnight Ferry to return from Romblon to Batangas. As the storm was approaching we got heavy rain that flooded some streets and wind that destroyed bridges in islands south from us. Luckily on the day of our departure from "The Three P" Dive Resort in Romblon, Philippines the storm started to turn away and we had a fairly smooth 8 hr overnight ride. Just in the middle of the crossing it got a little bumpy but and I heard a few people waking up but later I heard that the bumps mid way are quite normal. The ferry gets cancelled only in extreme weather conditions so hearing that it was ... read more
Last view of the area
Last dinner at The Three P Dive Resort
Super Typhoon Paolo track

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