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  • Day3

    Manila

    August 14 on the Philippines

    Gestern landeten wir in Manila um ca. 01:00am und fuhren dann mit dem Taxi zu unserer Unterkunft. Leider wurde unsere Buchung irgendwie verschlampt und so mussten wir erstmal eine Stunde warten :D Trotz dieses Problems fand die nette Rezeptionistin noch ein Zimmer für uns und wir fielen totmüde aber glücklich in die Federn.
    Jetzt sitzen wir schon wieder am Airport und fliegen gleich nach Kalibo, von wo wir nach Sebastian, Abtique fahren um dort die Familie von Ka (einer der besten Freundinnen von Conzi) zu besuchen. Wir sind schon gespannt und freuen uns riesig!
    See you
    Das Alonz
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  • Day29

    Tag 29/30/31/32: Manila

    February 6, 2017 on the Philippines

    _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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  • Day2

    Tag 2/3: Manila

    January 10, 2017 on the Philippines

    Mabuhay!
    Willkommen auf den Philippinen 😍🎉
    16:09 Uhr Ankunft auf dem Flughafen - es regnet!! ☔
    Erstmal Geld gewechselt (1€ = 50PHP), dann Taxi in das Hostel (natürlich viel zu viel gezahlt #touri-falle).

    Dann für ca. 8€/Nacht/Person in einem Dorm, also Schlafsaal gepennt; Jetlack macht sich bemerkbar..👌

    Am nächsten Morgen nach gutem Frühstück zum Flughafen, denn es geht ja weiter Richtung "Tuguegarao". ✈Read more

  • Day17

    Tag 17/18: Manila

    January 25, 2017 on the Philippines

    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 ❤Read more

  • Day9

    Manila, Filipijnen

    January 27, 2016 on the Philippines

    We zien elkaar weer in de hoofdstad van de filipijnen Manila. De stad doet ons denken aan Jakarta, maar dan met een midden amerikaans uiterlijk. De jeepneys ( het locale ov ) zijn prachtig verzierd net als de chickenbussen. En het eten bestaat voornamelijk uit varkens vlees en zelfs als je groente besteld zit er vlees in. Dit omdat het een van de weinige landen in Azie waar het grootste geloof het christendom is. Amerikaanse invloeden zijn er ook en dat blijkt dat de meeste bespeelde sport basketbal is. Op elke straat hoek wordt ook karaoke gezongen waardoor we toch zeker weten dat we in azie zijn.Read more

  • Day1

    Manila to Dasmarinas

    April 14 on the Philippines

    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.Read more

  • Day1

    In Manila with no luggage

    February 24, 2017 on the Philippines

    We just arrived in the Philippines after two flights from Phuket earlier this morning. We had a layover in Singapore, which felt more like a lay-run as we literally had to run from one plane to the next. Obviously our bags did not run 😜 so they did not make the connection.

    The flight was delayed due to very bad weather coming in for the landing. It was probably the scariest landing I have ever experienced. We we're bobbling up and down as the ground came closer and bounced on the wet runway a couple of times before the plane was firmly running on the runway. It felt like the pilots did not hit breaks as hard as usual due to the slippery runway, I kept thinking we are going to run out of runway soon.

    Luckily the plane stopped before the runway ended. We were in the last row of seats and we knew if we were polite and just waited our turn to get off we will miss our next flight. In true Asia style we jumped up as soon as the plane stopped and rushed forward bypassing at least 15 rows of people.

    As soon as we stepped into the airport there was ground officials directing us and others to connecting flights. I thought to myself wow this is good service by Singapore airlines.

    We started walking/running in the direction of gate E5 and all the signs indicated that it was about 19 minute walk from where we started. We only had 15 minutes before our boarding gate closed, obviously I am thinking as we run if this gate is 19 minute walk its about a km, surely an airport this size must have an air train or some quicker way to get there. Isabel on the other hand just wanted to put head down and run.

    Long story short we arrived at the gate seconds before the gate closed, a bit frustrated with each other.

    As we settle in the plane for our next flight we did not even give our luggage a second thought as the put stickers on the bags "Hot bags" which means it has a tight connection to ensure they make the connection.

    Just before takeoff one of the air hostesses came to us and asked if we would like to move to a different row where it will be only the two of us and way more comfortable, this was great, no other airline has ever done that, we always have to ask first. Then came the complementary food and drinks, it felt like business class, we got menus and it had good Australian Shiraz on the menu, so we both chose red wine. Isabel even asked if she can taste the white first and they gave her a taste. The food was amazing it almost felt like a restaurant and then the desert arrived, my favorite magnum ice cream. After they cleared our food trays I tried my luck to ask for more ice cream and wine and I couldn't believe my luck when they said yes sure and gave us each one more ice cream and another glass of wine.

    After passport control in Manila as we went down the escalator to the baggage collection hall, there was someone at the bottom of the escalator with Isabel's name on a little clip board. All the way down we contemplate what this could be as we didn't order a taxi or anything.

    It was in the airline to let us know our bags did not make the connection. Normally airlines just let you wait till all the bags are gone and then you have to go ask them to trace you bags. Singapore airlines are so proactive, they let us fill in a few forms with address they can bring the bags to, hand us each an overnight toiletry bag and 4,400 pesos to buy ourselves some clean clothes and off we went. We were done before most people even had they bags.

    Despite the great service, I was extremely irritated as I know we will get clothes for Isabel no problem, but I think I will have to buy two shirts and stitch them together to make them fit me in this country where they love basketball but the average player is less than 6 feet tall. Naturally Isabel did not share my frustration as she couldn't wait to go shopping for new clothes.

    Anyway luckily our bags arrived at 1am the next morning, not ideal to be woken up in the middle of the night but good to know I will have something to wear the next day.

    I would fly with Singapore Airlines in a heartbeat, best airline experience I have ever had.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day16

    Streets of Manila

    December 7, 2016 on the Philippines

    Cars, pedestrians, scooters, bikes with side cars. All moving as one symbiotic unit. Horns and whistles.. hollars and hellos. Something happening in every single nook and cranny. Like if the space isnt used it will just disappear.

    All moving with haste and purpose. Frenetic and metered... Tolerant but not unaware of the thin layer of permanent sweat covering everything. Like so much dust shining.. sunbeams through the slats of an old barn. And power. Power running every which way... Masterfully stolen by modern day circus Robin hoods.Read more

  • Day3

    Fun@intramuros

    February 26, 2017 on the Philippines

    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

    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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