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  • Day61

    Manila

    April 1 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    Wir machten einen Stopp in Manila, um anschliessend weiter zu fliegen. Wir verbrachten unsere Zeit mit shoppen, essen und wieder mal ein Craftbier trinken.

  • Day19

    Chinatown

    October 4 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute geht es zurück nach Cebu. Da der Flug jedoch am Abend ist, haben wir genügend Zeit noch etwas die Stadt zu erkunden. Wir machen einen Kurztripp nach Chinatown wo wir auch ein paar Leckereien kaufen. Der Fahrer erzählt uns, dass es da kein ÖV gibt, weshalb die Leute entweder ein Auto haben oder zu Fuss gehen. Zudem wurde uns erzählt, dass man in Chinatown aufpassen müsse, wenn man Reis kaufe, da zum Teil synthetisches Reis (zum Teil aus Plastik) verkauft werde, den Unterschied merke man nur erst beim kochen.

    Danach gingen wir zu Intramuros, wo das Museum von Jose Rizal steht. Er ist der Nationalheld von den Philippinen. Dort konnten wir viel über ihn erfahren.

    Darauf folgend gingen wir in den Lutena Park, wo Rizal exekutiert wurde. Beim Denkmal steht eine Wache, die das Denkmal rund um die Uhr bewacht. Es erinnert uns an die britische Wache in London.

    Danach gingen wir noch chinesisch essen. Wir hatten zum ersten Mal fritierte Nudeln. Die sind knusprig und erinnern etwas an Pommes oder Chips.

    Nach dem essen gingen wir dann zum Flughafen, wo wir sechs Stunden zu früh ankamen. Zum Glück hatten wir genügend Zeit, wir mussten nämlich in einer immens langen Schlange anstehen. Durch das Unwetter hatte unser Flug dann auch noch etwa eine Stunde verspätung. Angeblich gab es aufgrund der Blitzgefahr verzögerung beim Einladen des Gepäcks. Um Etwa 01:00 Uhr kamen wir dann im Hotel Escario Central an.
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  • Day29

    Tag 29/30/31/32: Manila

    February 6, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    _Tag 29_
    Flug von Puerto Princesa wieder nach Manila :D zurück im Hostel in Downtown Manila. Den restlichen Tag verbrachten wir relativ entspannt und genossen das Großstadt-Feeling inklusive Sonnenuntergang am Abend 😍

    _Tag 30_
    Shooppiiing 🤗 in der rieeesigen Mall of Asia.
    Nach dem erfolgreichen, aber anstrengenden Tag gingen wir mit unseren Philippinischen Freunden zum feiern und Bar-Hopping 🎉😊

    _Tag 31_
    Etwas müde aber weiterhin motiviert besichtigen wir "Intramuros", einen historischen Stadtteil mit einem sehenswerten Rizal Museum, und den Chinesischen Friedhof (der eigentlich mehr einem Stadtteil gleicht als einem Friedhof 🤔).

    _Tag 32_
    Letzter Tag auf den Philippinen!
    Packen, schreiben, lesen und noch einmal durch die uns mittlerweile bekannten Straßen Manilas schlendern...
    Wir besichtigten den Militärfriedhof, the "tomb of the unknown soldier" und besuchten gegen Abend das "Upside Down - Museum" - sehr cool aber sehr verwirrend 😂 und echt witzige Bilder!
    21 Uhr dann also unser Flug über Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) nach Chiang Mai (Thailand).
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  • Day17

    Tag 17/18: Manila

    January 25, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Was gibt es zu erzählen? :D
    Wir fuhren vom 100 Island National Park wieder zurück nach Manila.
    Der nächste Tag war relativ ungeplant und unser einziges Ziel war zunächst mal das Waschen unserer Wäsche 👍
    Durch Zufall bekamen wir mit, dass die beiden philippinschen Mädels (Kate & April) aus dem National Park auch in Manlia wohnten! Klein ist die Welt :D
    Wir verabredeten uns mit ihnen und verbrachten einen tollen Nachmittag mit den beiden besten Guides vor Ort :P ❤
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  • Day1

    Manila to Dasmarinas

    April 14, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    After a 12 hour long haul to Hong Kong, a short layover just enough for a coffee, and then a short hop of 1:30 to Manila, Phillipines.

    Unpacked and assembled the bike inside the terminal building, supervised by a very curious security policeman. Next challenge was to navigate away from the airport, and then find accommodation.

    Compared to 8 day endurance events, this is a different skill set negotiating the traffic. I'm now 30km outside Manila but the traffic is still hectic.
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  • Day3

    Fun@intramuros

    February 26, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Our run turned into a fun sightseeing excursion. The tour operators persistence initially drove us nuts but eventually we gave in to an Intramuros tour. We literally squeezed into one of these Manila style bike tuk tuk taxi things. The poor guy in his thermal skin was having a tough time cycling in the heat with the Dolf and I, and giving us a tour of the walled city. It was fun to hop on and off to see the sights and hear the history.

    Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. The resemblance of the Spanish Colonial Period from 1521 to 1898 is visible in the beautiful architecture in the walled city of Manila. There are several universities here. The Americans (surprise surprise) took control after 300 years of Spanish rule to end the Spanish American war. This old part of the city was damaged during the battle to recapture the city from the Japanese Army during the Second World War. This little town feels like a snapshot of Cuba with its European flair.

    All the different influences is visible in the food and culture of the Philippines.

    {Issy}
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  • Day1

    Manila

    November 3, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    It all started with a Jeepney!!!

    We arrived to Manila after a 27hr journey via China, so least to say we were exhausted.
    I was conscious to the fact that all we needed was a crazy Asian city to push us over the edge but what we found was the opposite in fact.

    Before we knew it we were on our way to Baclaran night market in a Jeepney named Jessie, all squished together locals and guests, diving in and out of the madness. 14 pesos later we hit the market with adrenaline fuelled smiles ready to barter for anything that took our fancy.

    Manila, is yes a crazy Asian city but it has an air of calm, confidence and carefree. So instead of the organised chaos intimidating you, it draws you in so you find yourself eating,drinking and chatting under on of THOSE sunsets.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Intromuros
    • Rizal park
    • Sky deck, Bayleaf hotel
    • Illustrado
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  • Day3

    Manila vibes

    February 26, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After a sleep in, we hit the streets for a morning run. As soon as we get outside we are spoiled with unique Manila sights, it's not the most pleasant smells that greet us along Bayside, but its between a treadmill run or the odor of urine. When we got to Rizal park I did a few laps and Dolf played guard. A rather unique park, not exactly Central park, but it was great people watching and we got a feel for the local Sunday activities. Once again we are entertained by the children, they will come up to you and touch you like you are from gold, initially it was kind off creepy but we got more relaxed about it. Another thing that totally baffles me is the amount of dogs in all third world countries that wonder about, some you can connect with a nearby family but the others are just dwelling about (it irritates the living smoke out of me). A fun morning appreciating Manilla vibes.

    {Issy}
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  • Day55

    Manila, Philippines

    February 27, 2014 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We left Airlie Beach and made a brief stop, anchored off Cairns to allow Australian Customs / Immigration officials to embark, do their work and disembark and then we headed north to The Philippines. On the way we had an extraordinary day. The sea was flat calm and bright blue. Slowly it turned to turquoise and then a bright green before turning to silver in the evening. It was a spectacle that amazed all the passengers. We headed to the northernmost point of Australia before turning west into the Torres Straits with Papua New Guinea on the starboard side. We sailed past Borneo before passing through the Sulu archipelago, the southernmost region of the Philippines. We arrived in Manila at 8am and it was 28C. We were given a wonderful welcome by a large band of musicians playing on the quayside and locals dressed in colourful costumes. We had booked a tour to see old Manila and off we went, firstly to St Augustin Church, a UNESCO world heritage site, which was a lovely building, richly ornate. We then visited the Casa Manila, a house furnished as it would have been in the C16th. We saw Fort Santiago and the tropical gardens and then Rizal Park, a large park named after Dr Jose Rizal who had been executed by the Spanish in the 1890s for rebellion. Lastly, we went into the Hotel Manila for some rest. A beautiful hotel! As we left the quayside in the ship, a large band was playing. We had a most friendly welcome and departure!Read more

  • Day115

    Day 115: Time to Move

    October 8, 2016 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Woke up at the usual time for breakfast on our balcony, and it was looking like a beautiful day, same as yesterday. All the wind and rain had disappeared, and it was just blue skies and nice swimming conditions. Which sucked for us, because we were leaving!

    Since I'd gotten ridiculously sunburnt yesterday and we didn't have to leave the hotel until midday, I decided that I was going to stay inside our room in the air conditioning. That was about the only way I could stay comfortable! So that's what I did.

    Shandos ducked out around 11:30 to get us some bakery fodder for lunch, and then by midday we checked out and grabbed a trike. Some slight confusion over our destination (we said "ferry", he thought we meant "hotel berry") and a 20-minute jaunt in the wrong direction later, we eventually arrived at the dock. On to a boat which was very heavily loaded (I had both bags piled on my lap and was jammed between the edge of the boat and a man in an army uniform), but thankfully the ride is only 10 minutes and we departed pretty promptly.

    On the other side we were told to wait in a waiting area for our minivan transport to the airport, which we did. At 1pm the lady said we'd be leaving at 1:30, so Shandos disappeared in search of food. Less than 5 minutes after she'd left, the lady said everything was ready for boarding now, so I grabbed all our bags and tried to get a good seat, but with no luck. Unlike the minivan a few days earlier which had spare seats, this one was packed to the gills with passengers and luggage. 18 people in a 15 seater must be a new record!

    I managed to reserve the seat directly behind me for Shandos, though communicating this took a bit of difficulty. Although it still wasn't 1:30, she hadn't come back, and the van was fully loaded and ready to go. I couldn't jump off and go looking either, as I was wedged in and several people would have to get out for me to get out. After another 5 minutes or so Shandos arrived back, carrying two fried chicken burgers. Apparently she'd ordered them, come back to check on progress while they were cooking, discovered that everyone was waiting for her, ran back to the chicken place and couldn't cancel the order, but the staff pushed the order through as quickly as possible.

    As we set off, I bit into my burger to see fairly pink chicken - I guess they'd really done it quickly! Although I'm sure it would've been fine, I didn't want to risk an urgent spewing or spraying disaster with a 90 minute van ride ahead of us. The trip was much quicker this direction - middle of the day meant that schools weren't letting out (it was also Saturday I guess), so the driver was going a lot quicker and there just seemed to be fewer motorbikes and stuff getting in the way. It still reminds me a lot of Bali though, where your average speed is always low because there's just a constant stream of slower vehicles in front of you.

    We arrived at the airport just after 2:30, where we breezed through check-in and security as usual. For a small airport with only a couple of gates it was actually surprisingly busy (though a very small terminal). We went upstairs to a deserted mezzanine level and set about using the Wifi as our flight wasn't until 5pm.

    I'm generally a fan of Air Asia, but clearly their Philippines branch has a lot of work to do. The aircraft arrived way before our flight was due (like 90+ minutes, normally the plane turns up at the scheduled boarding time which is one of the ways they save operating costs), but apparently nothing got done to it (maintenance, cleaning etc). Eventually our flight was called at about 5pm (due to depart at 5:10pm), but after checking boarding passes and allowing us out on to the apron, we then stood around for about 10 minutes, and nobody seemingly had any idea what was going on.

    Finally we were allowed on the plane, where everyone got seated and settled quickly and .. nothing happened. At about 5:20pm the captain told us we'd be leaving at 5:47pm sharp, so a long way behind schedule. So in the mean time, we just .. sat there. Not allowed to use electronic devices of course because the staff consider it in taxiing and takeoff mode, even though you're idle on the ground with the engines switched off. The flight was pretty full, I was uncomfortable with the sunburn, oh and this was one of the first flights we've had with a lot of screaming babies. So they all screamed their heads off.

    5:47pm exactly, and we took off. We even sat on the runway with both engines at idle power just to make sure. Finally we were off on a 45-minute flight north to Manila. Annoyingly, after the 20 minutes of climbing and cruising, it was time to descend again which means time to turn off all devices, put your seat up etc. That's fine, except we then were in a holding pattern for another 30 minutes, which again the babies all screamed through. And you're just sitting there with nothing to do but stare out the window at inky blackness.

    Finally we landed, then a long taxi to the budget airline terminal. Walked straight through the terminal and found the GrabTaxi counter (Grab is similar to Uber) and waited 10 minutes for a car to arrive. Normally at airports there are large carparks, landscaped grounds and so on, and it can take a few minutes before you actually leave the airport. Not in Manila! Once we got in, it was literally a case of driving 10 metres, turning right and you're on the road - the terminal building is basically against the main road like a bus station or something. It is the budget terminal though (#4).

    Heavy traffic getting to our hotel, so another 25 minutes or so. Not much to see in the darkness other than a concrete jungle - Manila isn't known for being a beautiful city. Checked in OK, room is very large and with fairly modern furnishings, it should be comfortable for the next few days.

    Shandos wanted to go exploring for dinner but given it was after 8pm and Manila isn't a particularly safe city, I wasn't keen. Eventually I agreed to McDonalds about 50m away on the corner of our hotel's road, when we saw a Jollibee's diagonally opposite. It's a Filipino fast food chain that competes with McDonalds and is all over the place selling a bunch of different foods though mostly fried chicken. I had a burger which was similar to a junior Whopper, while Shandos had a spaghetti meal.

    Back to the hotel where we collapsed exhausted after a long and trying day of transit. Manila starts tomorrow.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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