Surprising Manila

Heard about the Manila galleon trade? How about the fact that Manila having one of the best preserved colonial structures in Asia? Our stays in Manila was very memorable (here). In fact, the city actually surprised us.

Being in the city for business meant that it was the airport, taxi, office, hotel, restaurant… and then in reverse.

From the window of one’s taxi, one might view the seeming unending traffic of the city to be challenging for tourists to explore the metropolis. And it is. But that did not stop us from visiting friends to stay for a couple of days each time. For how can one turn away an offer of free lodging? We didn’t.

But free lodging shouldn’t be the decision criteria for one. Because the city’s absolute contrasts is one of its draws. We explored the city walls and fort that the colonial Spaniards left behind. Think about its history, as a site where the independence struggle of a nation took place.

And more importantly, use it as a base from which you can explore any one of the country’s other 7,107 islands… Guess the travel authorities in the country need to pay us if we keep mentioning this… heheh.

Have you been to Manila?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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