Manic Manila

Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Golden City Hotel
What I did
Fort Santiago Manila
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Philippines  , National Capital Region,
Friday, November 18, 2011

We stopped off in Manila for 1 night and then we were flying to Cebu the next night.

We went for a few beers with Dean and Stacey and the best thing about it all was that they were cheap!! 

Had a look round the old part of the city the next day, it really does have a a big Spanish feel to it. The history of it all was good, we went to the Cathedral which is a minor Basilica (think it means the pope has been there). 
Intramuros is the oldest District in Manila, it was a fortified city built by the Spanish so has walls all around it. One of the main attractions inside the walls is Fort Santiago which was the defensive stronghold against invasions from British, Dutch. It's a shame we didn't have more time to look around, would have been good to have had one more day there.

 Went to the shopping mall as they are big in Philippines, they have the 3rd biggest one in the world! Had a look round, didn't buy anything.

 We went to look for something to eat just outside the mall, there was a courtyard with a few restaurants so we went to look for them... big mistake! The guys all come running out with menus telling us to come into their place, in the end I just run off down the road! One or two came running after me, crazy gringos!
We found somewhere to eat back inside the Mall which was nice, all served on banana leaves which I guess saves on washing up.

We went back to the hotel to get our bags and said bye to Stacey and Dean which would be for the last time. Off to Cebu we go.
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Sharon and Rick on

Hi Elle and Reece, still having fun i see !!!
hope you both had a great christmas and new year, not much happening here.
Just wanted to wish you a very 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' Elle, wish we could be celebrating it with you !!! Keep updating the blog,love reading your adventures.
Hey Reece whats with the tash :-) Miss you both, take care. Love Shaz and Rick. XXX

reece_and_elle on

Hi Shaz & Rick!!
Ah thank you so much for the birthday wishes it was really nice to see that message!! I'm so sorry we ave not been updating, its a shame as we have fallen into a routine with work and stuff so we need to find the time lol! I hope you are both well and work is good for you both :) we have a little road trip planned for the 18th of june, we're going to exmouth in a camper van, really looking forward to it! we will have the chance to see the whale sharks and dolphins ect and cant wait!! how is the family? and your new little niece? love to you both and miss you lots El & Reece xxxxxxxx

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