It’s been 3 weeks since my trip to Manila (and Batangas) and I thought that in the spirit of the new server as well as trying to get myself to post more than I have been doing the past 2 years, I should share some of the pictures that I took. Despite not having boytoy join us (which I’m still pretty miffed about) and waiting 3 hours at the airport upon arrival, I had a lot of fun with friends. Meeting Jan and Herbi for some chow and some quality time talking about things is always great fun.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to get a lot of pictures from my stay in Balai Isabel in Batangas as we spent the time we had left the first day resting in our room. The place looks beautiful, clean and just feels very fresh.
The view from the clubhouse, where we had our breakfast and lunch was nice even though they kept playing depressing songs that didn’t help my mood at all.
We were lucky to get really good weather on the second day and spent the morning taking a stroll along the beach and swimming in the pool that overlooked the Taal volcano.
It rained a bit on the third day of our stay but despite of it, we took a quick tour of the place under umbrellas. We visited the floating pools, fishing areas, the chapel and took a peek at the huge “Infinity Pool” they were building before heading back to Manila. Overall, it’s a great place to spend a relaxing weekend.
My trip also included a day out to visit Intramuros, getting lost in Binondo in search for a restaurant and a LRT/MRT ride with Terai. We started the day early with plates of pancakes from Pancake House and made our way, walking to Hulo for the Intramuros ferry. Dodging cars and rain-filled potholes, we were told as soon as we got to the ferry station that there wasn’t any service that day because of the holiday. We shook our heads, laughed and hailed a cab to take us to our destination while snickering about what an amusing start to the day.
After getting directions to Fort Santiago (which turned out to be really close by) we satisfied our trigger-happy fingers with more pictures! The complete set of photos can be found at my flickr set.
It was past mid-day when we finished our visit to Intramuros and Terai suggested we get lost in Binondo and find this nice little called Wai Ying to have lunch in. Grabbing a tricycle ride to the Binondo church, we then walked along alleys with different shops and indeed got lost trying to find our destination. With a little phone call help from Doc Julius, we hailed a motorized pedicab (I’ve never been in one before!) and simply told the driver to take us to Wai Ying and he knew exactly where it was! We got greedy and ordered dishes that appealed to both our tastes. The place is a little like “finding Waldo” but the service and food is really good.
The 6-day vacation I took was a combination of lazying about, walking all over the place and spending good times with friends. I say that was a success.