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One Day in Manila

semi-overcast 30 °C

We decided we didn't want to spend the day sitting in taxis trying to see the sites suggested for Manila. The taxi ride yesterday showed us how awful the traffic is and we didn't want to repeat it. So we decided to walk around the area (Makati) that we are in. Makati is one of the 13 cities that make up greater Manila. Makati has only 1/2 million people, while greater Manila has 20 million!
After breakfast, we were in our room looking for any attractions near us. We could hear what sounded like a marching band practicing fairly close by. So after a while we went out to see if we could watch the practice. We got to the school, which is only a block away, just as the practice was over. One of the teachers told us they had won second place in an International competition.
While exploring the neighbourhood, we got our hair cut. I got it done in one salon, but they wouldn't do Don's because the man that cuts hair was off for the day. So we went a little down the street and found another shop where he got his done. We visited the river, in hopes of a nice park or walkway along the river. But it was only a tiny park and any walking along the river would be in full sun. Full sun is definitely something to avoid here. Shady side of the street always - the sun is so intense!
View of the river with some high rises

View of the river with some high rises

Topiary elephant made with two plants in pots

Topiary elephant made with two plants in pots


The small buses or jeepneys are so colourful. Each one has its own decorations - I guess it must help people know which one to catch. The ones we have seen are usually jammed full of people. I don't know if there are other kinds of buses here or not.
Jeepney bus

Jeepney bus


We wandered a little farther afield, checked out a "Dry/Wet Market", which had many rows of seamstresses hard at work in their little booths. It also had a vegetable, fruit and fish market. We got a "star apple" to try. This is the fruit that was falling out of the tree by our room in Port Barton, which sounded like rocks falling on the roof. We have never tasted one before. It was good, but quite bland, not an intense flavour.
Seamstress row at the market

Seamstress row at the market


We discovered a Korean grocery, so Don could buy more Soji - a Korean drink like tequila. Then we had lunch at a Korean restaurant, which we haven't had before. It was good but so much food! We were stuffed when we were done. We came back to the B&B to rest in the hottest part of the day.
Cooker for instant noodles in the grocery store

Cooker for instant noodles in the grocery store


Around 5:00 or so, we went out to find a vegetarian restaurant recommended by the B&B owner. A friend of his runs it and the food there was very good. The food here in Manila is a lot more expensive than we have been paying - big city prices, I guess. We also had a look around a huge complex called Jazz - a shopping mall with condos and office towers above. The towers above are so big, it is hard to take it in. After all that, we managed to find our way home in the dark, without getting lost at all.

Posted by katdill 05:19 Archived in Philippines

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