The second stop in my trip around the world.
01.06.2013 29 °C
On June 9th I arrived in Manila, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar was so much fun, and I am sure Manila will be just as fun! I left Ulaanbaatar on June 8th, on an overnight flight that was 10 hours and 55 minutes. The flight had one stop in Seoul, South Korea. The cost of the flight was $569, and I travelled 3929.79 km. I planned to visit Manila for 5 days, and I was honored to see the Corregidor Island, the University of Santo Tomas, and Paco Park. Corregidor Island is a tad-pole shaped island (rock island) that is the largest of the five islands between the historical Bataan and Cavite shores. I decided to go on a tour with a company called Sun Cruise, just so I could learn more about the history of the island and the scenery. The tour guide did a fine job handling transportation to and from the island, and lunch was great. It was fascinating to see the ruins and realize its strategic importance in World War Two. I wish I was able to spend more time on the island to go hiking.
The University of Santo Tomas is the oldest University in Asia, and was founded in 1611. It is also one of the world's largest Roman Catholic Universities and is based on enrollment. Some things that I really liked about the University was that it was an oasis from the more chaotic, rundown traffic and buildings around Manila, it is very multi-cultural, you felt very secure and safe, its is extremely picture-esk, and the history behind the building is remarkable. I had the chance to speak to a student from Spain and he showed me around the campus, he seemed to be very happy with the school and has done very well academically.
Paco Park was a former cemetery and is now a manicured park that is a venue for fairs and concerts featuring local artists and musicians. The cute chapel in the middle of the park would be great for intimate weddings. I loved this park for its rich history and beautiful scenery. One thing I learned from talking to some locals was that I should have walked up the side road and entered from one of many entrances, which is known by only locals to avoid being hit by a fee at the main entrance. I could have saved some money! I was mesmerized by all the beautiful flowers and I was so happy I took my camera!
I chose to eat at a well known restaurant, known as 'My Kitchen by Chef Chris'. It offered good quality Italian food, but I had the Panizza! The Panizza was an interesting combination of Pizza and Panini, it was quite different. The restaurant was beyond good... it was excellent. I stayed at a hotel called 'The Bayleaf' and for 6 nights the price was $636. The hotel was strategically placed within range of numerous tourist destinations, which made it very easy for me to get transportation to these well known spots. From my room I had a great view of Intramuros an Manila Bay. The rooms were well kept and I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Manila, whether it is a business trip of a family trip. It was well worth the money! After Manila, Philippines I plan to visit Bali, Indonesia! Bali is my last stop on my way through Asia.