A Piece OF Ali

Trip Start Feb 21, 2013
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Trip End Jan 02, 2014


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Arnetta coliseum

Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Thursday, June 6, 2013

It's been nice to chill but a slight bit of guilt has crept in recently over not doing more in manila. So not only did I have my tourist hat on, it was on for something not that I felt I had to box tick but for something that I actually wanted to do. It was time for Arnetta Coliseum, where the Thrilla in Manila took place. For those of you not very well versed in the world of boxing. The Thrilla in Manilla was the name for the famous title fight and third rematch between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frasier. It is was one of the most famously publicised fights of all time and still today famous for many. The journey there would see me in two different modes of transport. First the jeep, which is like an elongated extended London hoppa bus, each colourful and with their own individual theme. Then the MRT, which was simple enough. Once out the station it was a five minute walk.

Unfortunately bad news was to come in the form of not being allowed into the actually building. It's now half mall, half arena and I wasn't permitted to enter. I wanted to see dressing rooms, images, memorabilia etc. I wanted to smell the eye of the tiger. All I managed to smell though was a few shots outside and a photo taken with some Ali/Frasier muriel work on the wall. This trip was more about my mum than me as she was and still is a HUGE Ali fan. Still it is what it is and later I moved on.With a cineplex near by I decided to give Will and Jaden Smith a try in the form of AFTER EARTH. Not groundbreaking work! But not as bad as critics made out.

EVENING
After an unwinding shower, I decided to try the night market for dinner, that was identical to Borneo. I got myself two pieces of chicken and pesto pasta for 150 pesos, which is just over two quid, so it wasn't bad really. Once that was demolished, I headed back to the hostel with the intention of an easy night. Doing pretty well so far on that
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