Anito Sta. Mesa Hotel
Travel Blogs from Manila
Every day that I have been here so far we have had an event after hours, so I can’t get a sense of when to sleep! Very odd, going to bed in the AM and waking up at 7:30pm. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it in a week or two.
OK. So I haven’t been here long and done much wandering yet, but I have some early observations and I know you all love those from me. Annette Goltara is ...
... for the two of us plus the boatmen and dive master. As planned, our day was set for two afternoon dives with a night dive. The previous place we dove at was the Great Barrier Reef and the first coral dive here blew that out of the water. So much to see that it's mind exploding. Many colours and the visibility was awesome. Our first two dives consisted of a coral dive and a wall dive. Some of the things we saw were Crocodile fish (rare), clown fish ( orange & white, purple, ...
... finally into a tiny paper box with handwritten label as to what is inside. This certainly save a lot in packaging!
The highlight of the day was the chance to spend a final dinner with one of our church families in Manila. Gil Ellamil and his wife Elda picked us up at 7:45 and we drove about 15 minutes to their favorite Chinese restaurant. Gil is a computer engineer working on point of sales systems for the ...
Be sure and turn on the water at valve #107, not #205 or #206. It is downstairs and out by the front gate. It is a real challenge in the dark if you don't know what you are doing.
I learned this when I first arrived at 4 am March 7 after 36 hours from Cincinnati via Shanghai. It took me a while to figure out the water wasn't on, and then took me 4 trips ...
... were 2 bands on the quay side, one with cheer leaders and the other with flag waving acrobatic type dancers. Both were excellent, each played brass instruments and drums and they entertained the passengers for about 3 hours as we all dwindled back to the ship by 7pm. You have to hand it to them they know how to put on a show and even the resident dance troupe on board were taking note of the acrobatic moves. What more can I say but ...
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