Sunday, April 20, 2014

First Time In the Philippines - Part 1

Finally another blog post! I've been wanting to pen down my thoughts for the longest time but I always seem to have reasons not to. Sigh. It's sad how work has taken such toll on me.
Anyway, in March, I decided to go to Manila to attend my friend's wedding. We were supposed to be there in a group of 5 but due to unforeseen circumstances, only Babe and I could make it there. :(
Our flight was supposed to be at 1am on the faithful 8th of March but it was delayed till 3am. Not too sure what the reason was but we got to know about the MH370 tragedy upon reaching Manila. :(

Hazelnut chocolate to keep our eyes open!
Touched down in Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 7.30am! Took a taxi to OCY's place and trust me, when people tell you that the traffic in Manila is notorious, believe them.
I was just thankful I didn't puke in the taxi.

Oh and a tip on travelling on taxi from the airport, remember to NOT take the airport taxi.
Make your way to the arrival entrance and get a common taxi from there instead. It'll save you more than half the amount the airport taxis charge!

Hola, OCY!

Our first venue in Manila (Makati to be exact) was the Serendra where we had our breakfast there.
Nice ambience and there were quite a few restaurants and cafes to choose from!

I had a cuppa latte!
OCY had red velvet and watermelon juice.

Poor dear accidentally ordered a cheesy pie..

After breakfast, we decided to go to Intramuros, where the core history of Manila is located at. The journey there was an interesting one. We got to see the people, the lifestyle and not forgotten experiencing first hand their driving skills!

This is called a Jeepney. They were once used as jeeps during wartime and we were told that it was then elongated to become one of the most common modes of transportation in the Philippines.

In front of the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica which was under construction. :(

Went on the horse carriage for a 30-min tour around the historical buildings. We were charged P350 for all 3 of us. Remember to bargain to get cheaper if you can!

In San Agustin Church where we witnessed an ongoing wedding! Of course the wedding hasn't started when we were snapping this pic.

Had a short walk at the church museum which was located directly beside the Church. Too bad most of the art pieces and artifact were all over the place so we didn't spend much time there.

The weather in Manila was as hot as in Malaysia but maybe less humid. Still, it calls for something cold to quench our thirst so we stopped by a quaint cafe beside the church and ordered Philippine's version "ice kacang" - halo-halo! Though I find it a little too milky for my liking.

Normally served with a scoop of yam ice cream, nuts, nata de coco, shaved ice among others.

After Intramuros, we decided to go to some place cooler and OCY suggested to go to TriNoma, which is a huge shopping mall owned by one of the biggest developers in Philippines - Ayala Land. It was HUGE.

We were there quite late in the afternoon but we still had our lunch at the mall. OCY suggested a restaurant which I've forgotten its name. We ordered so much for 3 people and ended up not finishing the food.

Squid cooked in oil. Okay, it's called something else but it was way too oily. :S

Pork knuckle which was really good!

Ordered some vege to compensate the rest of the food we ordered. Can't remember what vege this was but it was crunchy and cooked with coconut milk and prawns.

Fried fish which was obviously too much for us! :S It was not bad though!

The rest of the day was spent walking around in the mall and doing what girls do best. So to make up to Babe, we went to Dairy Queen to get some ice cream!

Up next: My friend's beautiful wedding!


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