2-4th March 2012
Ok, it has been more than 1 month, and only now I am posting the entry about my holiday trip to Manila city. A brief description about Manila, the country has zero time difference with Malaysia. Philipines is a tropical country, thus the day is extraordinarily hotter and brighter than Malaysia.
It was mid-day when we arrived at the Tivoli Residence. After we got ourselves refreshed, we decided to spend the day by strolling around Mall of Asia, the country's largest shopping mall. Oh well, to get there, we were forced to hail the taxis on the road in the sunny and hot day. Even though the taxis and minivan were seen back and forth, it wasn`t easy for us to stop even one! We finally gave up hailing and requested the security guards of Tivoli Residence to get it for us.
On the other hand, jeepney is a commonly used transportation by the locals, unfortunately we missed the chance to hop on it, due to the time constraint. Pretty bad~
The status of third largest shopping mall in Asia made us optimistic that finding the halal food was easy peasy, but then we were wrong! When all of us were almost starving, the hunting for food all around the mall was a complete nightmare! Of all many many food restaurants available, we only found one kebab stall for our first meal for the day. Ok,for my eating capasity, and kebab for the meal of the day, I swore I would be hungry again after a few walks from the stall. Huhu.
I have made some researches earlier about Manila, and the famous attraction besides the mall is Marina Bay.Ok actually there is nothing interesting about Marina Bay per se, but the attraction is best viewed at the bay, which is sunset scenery.
|we missed the best scenery at this moment|
And after having outdoor stroll, we came back in the mall to do the shopping at Kultura.
On the next day, we were brought to a full-day tour by the local guide such as Rizal Park, Intramuros, National Museum, and many more.
Interesting part about this park is that they imortalized the history of how Jose Rizal was killed by formation of this (can I call it ) monuments.The formation portrays that Jose Rizal was shot by an array of local soldiers, and the local soldiers' life were at stake, as there were another lines of Spanish soldiers who were ready to shoot them if they refused to shoot Jose Rizal. Very meaningful depiction indeed.(Monument tragedi but we pose riang ria plak)
After having the tour, we were also brougth to the souvenir shops.Again, I purchased a few more items even though I planned not to do so after damaging my pocket the other night at Kultura. Well, women~ simply cannot walk away from shop without bringing anything in hand, especially when it is on a holiday trip.Dont you think so?:p
|I was done shopping and suddenly found myself PANCIT :P|
The next attractions has switched us to an environmentalist , that is Manila Ocean Park where we could see variations of aqualife in one spot.
|formation of shark baby-interesting exhibit|
It is more or less like our Aquaria, if it is not exactly the same.
It was time that we called it a day, this is the best picture that we snapped before we hopped on to the van. Yippii!~