Meeting up with mates in Manila

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
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Trip End Feb 01, 2012


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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Sunday, March 20, 2011

We landed in Manila at four o’clock in the morning. Even at this time of night it was still hot, the heat made worse by us wearing layers of mis-matching clothes, with jackets wrapped around our waists and trekking shoes instead of flip-flops. Our strategy for avoiding the heavy fees for luggage weighing over 15 kilos had worked but we’d literally sweated for it. Coupled with our huge plastic bags we’d bought for hand-luggage it was the un-classiest entry into a country to date. 
 


 
We headed to the departures gate to avoid the standard airport taxis and got a normal metered one instead, as our hostel had recommended. This move meant we paid 3 for a taxi instead of the 20 Ash and Anna ended up paying for the same trip. If you do try this trick make sure you are getting a metered taxi rather than a flat fare one.

  
We were staying at Friendly’s guesthouse which turned out to be one of the most depressing, run down, dirty, smelly places we’d stayed in to date. Why it’s recommended on the LP guide is beyond me. Having said that, they did have a nice communal area and free tea and coffee which meant we felt some love for the place. I think cheap accommodation in general is pretty grotty in Manila. 


 
At ten o’clock in the morning Ash and Anna arrived. Paul and I were ecstatic. We were soooo excited to see some friends from back home. Two whole weeks of good times awaited us. We started off the party by sharing a few beers until the lack of sleep finally caught up with all of us and we went back to bed for a snooze. 









 
 
After our much needed siesta we all headed out for dinner. We had heard that on every Sunday there was a free concert in the park so we headed there, unfortunately nobody seemed to know where it was so we got off from the taxi in an area we liked the look of. It turned out to be the oldest area of Manila with the oldest church in the Philippines. It is strange to see so many churches in Asia and to see all the signs in English. It felt like we were in Europe! 


We found a great street with loads of bbq restaurants. We had a fantastic feast for next to nothing and we were the only foreigners there which was cool. It was great that they did not try to rip us off too! 
 
So that was our 1 night in Manila. We really can’t say much about it. it’s a massive city with no real centre and has terrible traffic. Maybe Kaz & I will see more of during our stay.
 
Well, that was a great first day spent with our good friends Ashley & Anna. If the next 13 nights are like this it will be a great 2 weeks!
 
Our next stop is up north to the mountains. See you all in Bagio.

Love Paul & Karen xxx
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Fiona on

Please call me or let me know before you get to MANILA so we can take you out to some nice places...

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