Voyage around the world on the Amsterdam
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
33Trip End May 01, 2013
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This evening we heard that a few WW2 vets want to go to Corregidor from Manila the stop after this. A very important battle occurred here, only the time schedule for the ferry is causing difficulty for them coming and going
On arrival we left the ship and negotiated with a tuk tuk driver for a city tour, the Thorntons were with us and they took another tuk tuk since they can only hold 2 passengers, we visited a WW2 museum, run by a Mr. Mendoza who had a lot of interesting memorabilia and gave us a personal tour. Next stop was The Immaculate Conception Church a presence established by early Spanish settlers. Bakers Hill saw us visiting the Governors Palace and posing for photos. They wanted to take us to a place we could zip line across the tree tops, but we declined so we went to a place they weaved fibers into place mats bags and other products. Both Mary Ann and I tried our hand at weaving, then we tried to buy a few things, but we had no Philippine money and our credit card would not go through. We later visited a shop that would accept our card and bought another hat for me because the hat I was wearing from Peru blew off my head on one of the tender rides, and was lost to the sea. Back on the ship we had a light lunch and headed back out to try and publish the blog
We arrive in Manila at 7AM and have an old city tour that we purchased through Holland American Lines that had a proviso saying that we could be dissatisfied with this tour but HAL has no responsibility, so go at your own risk. While the tour bus wasn’t bad and the guide Antoinette had a good command of English, the traffic was horrendous so movement was almost non existent. The traffic was all motorized and pollution is a problem, finally we reached the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception where we got out and found that it was closed for renovations
We then went to St. Augustin Church where there is a wonderful museum with so many religious artifacts and then to the Casa Manila a restored home from the Spanish period where we were treated to the first side by side toilet in their bathroom. It was said that they sometime played checkers or chess when using the toilet; I say they must have had bad hemorrhoids.
The bus took us on a ride around the town crossing the Pasig River and circling back to the ship where we had lunch and went back out to buy some things we needed at a large ultra modern mall. All the stores were familiar and we quickly were back on board to enjoy the rest of the day. That night there was an international fireworks competition between Italy and the Netherlands and we had to leave our dock, and then anchored in the harbor for the fireworks demonstration and the return of the people who went to Corregidor. This is the island that McArthur left saying "I Shall Return “. Well the fireworks were bright and long on both sides with even Heart shapes appearing in the sky.