Tropical Ice Skating
Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
144Trip End Oct 06, 2013
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The other sights are still on the radar so we'll endure the chaos that Manila can dish out. There's a common expression that suggests that the best thing to do in Manila is to get out of Manila but I kind of like the place
And besides, there just aren't many places in SE Asia where you can go ice skating!! We were wandering through the Mall of Asia (which has to be one of the biggest malls in all of Asia) and we stumbled across an Olympic sized ice rink that had skates for rent. Now these skates had seen a lot of use, probably hadn't been sharpened since they were purchased, and they were figure skates (not my choice Sam!) complete with picks including the one at the bottom of the blade whose sole purpose (as far as I could tell) is to trip up anybody who skates like a hockey player. Fortunately they weren't white but a relatively macho blue colour so we had to give it a whirl. As I towed her around the rink, DH learned that skating is not like riding a bike and you do forget (Filipino school kids should never be skating figure 8's around a relatively stationary All-Canadian girl), and I learned that showing off is the surest way to forget that there's a pick on the bottom of your skates that's designed to trip. It was good fun- there was a mural of snow capped mountains in the background and periodically 'snow' would fall on the rink from above (it was actually bubble bath foam that created a bit of a slippery mess on the ice but it's certainly a crowd pleaser!)
After turning in the ice skate version of bowling shoes, the only thing to do was to go around the corner and rent the real things. Neither of us have bowled in years but after skating in the tropics, bowling seemed to be an appropriate next step.
While waiting for planes, buses, vans, we had a lot of fun in Manila: we saw a fireworks competition between Finland and Portugal that had to be one of the best ever, we had dinner with a friend from home (she was here on business but we preferred to think that she had traveled all this way just to see us), and since our hotel seemed to be a gathering point of heavy set older Western dudes and young Filipino ladies, DH was able to develop of kinds of imaginary evil scenarios that kept her thoroughly entertained.