Manila

Manila Bay Sunset

Manila Bay Sunset

Squatters

Squatters

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

Manila Smog

Manila Smog

Horse Darwn Carriage (Kalesa)

Horse Drawn Carriage (Kalesa) at Intramuros

Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel

Jollibee (Popular Fast Food)

Jollibee (Popular Fast Food)

Manila is a city that if I didn’t grow up there is a city I would skip so I could immediately go to the more exciting and amazingly beautiful islands. However, the effervescent and laid back quality of people give the city it’s own character. I hate the traffic immensely. A ten kilometre cab ride will probably take an hour to get me from A to B. The cheap and affordable shopping is almost enjoyable apart from the slow-motion-like customer service and overly crowded shopping centres. It’s however a truly teeming metropolis that gets bigger each day, both in population, with people pouring in from the hinterlands, and size, as new developments in all directions swallow up villages and rice fields.

The more organised, cleaner and safer part of the town is called Makati and where I would recommend you to stay. It is surrounded by many five stars hotels to cater for more discerning tourists. It is the commercial centre as well as a place where the expat foreigners and workers congregate safely and comfortably after a working day along with the other tourists. Here, in almost orderly atmosphere, you can go designer shopping, wine and dine local food to your to your heart’s content but be wary about drinking the water and drinks with ice. They are not safe to drink unless you have confirmed with the waiters that they are bottled spring water. And if you are going to go outside Makati on a public transport to immerse yourself in the real Filipino culture, think again. You may want to leave all your personal valuable belongings in your hotel as well as your white skin.

TIP: Don’t wear any jewellery when you are out and about. They are bound to be snatched by thieves lurking around.

Local Delicacy 'Sisig' at Mall of Asia Food Court in Manila, Philippines

Local Delicacy ‘Sisig’ at Mall of Asia Food Court in Manila, Philippines

Typical Filipino Breakfast

Typical Filipino Breakfast

Green jelly dessert (Gulaman)

Green jelly dessert (Gulaman)

Smorgasbord

Smorgasbord

Popular Points of Interests:

  • Historic:
    Rizal Park
    Intramuros
    Fort Santiago
    Malacanang Palace
    Casa Manila
  • Churches:
    Manila Cathedral
    San Agustin Church
    Quiapo Church
  • Cultural:
    Cultural Centre of the Philippines
    Coconut Palace
    National Museum
    Manila Bay/Baywalk
  • Shopping:
    Mall of Asia
    Bonifacio Global City
    Eastwood City
    SM Malls
    Greenbelt
  • Theme Parks:
    Star City
    Marine Ocean Park

2 thoughts on “Manila

  1. Traffic may be extremely bad and pollution even worse, but Manila is still a city filled with history and beautiful contrasts between its past and where it seem to be heading in the future. There’s a lot to explore so limiting yourself to Makati might not be a good idea 🙂

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