Rediscovering Manila

I’ve been meaning to explore more of Metro Manila for the longest time. I have a long list of places I want to see within the metropolis, but work, the weather and sleep prevails over my (non existent) will. The timely arrival of a guest from Australia gave me the perfect reason to wake up earlier than usual and venture out of my comfort zone.

Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church. I *think* this is only the second time I took a photo of the church because I always leave my camera at home whenever we go to Quiapo.

I didn’t really venture out that far, actually. I took my guest to places I am familiar with, and though I am seeing them from the same vantage point, it’s refreshing to see them as a tourist, even if I am from this city.

Binondo Church

The Binondo Church. I was so glad the light and the sky was spectacular that day. Nevermind that the heat and the dirt, views like this makes it all worth it.

We walked around Makati (something I miss terribly), ate isaw at UP (always a pleasure) and haggled in Manila (a must do!).

Quezon City

Something tells me we’re not in Makati anymore… I love seeing this side of Quezon City.

It was a challenge to think of things to do and places to visit. Well, of course I had to make him try eating balut (which he liked, and something I don’t personally eat), have him ride a tricycle (which he really loves), and show him where do buy dibidis and bicidis (which made the sellers VERY happy). After all those things, what do we do next?


Mmmmmmmm, isaw.

We go out of town, of course. Finally, I’ll be able to go to Tagaytay! </sarcasm>

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 4 Comments
  1. ajay says:

    no more excuses not to go to tagaytay, niña. It’s just a bus ride away! Have fun with your friend:) – sent from my iPod

  2. nina says:

    Talagang sent from the iPod, Ajay ah ;) Don’t worry, nakapunta na kami ng Tagaytay! Stay tuned :D

  3. thechiccommuter says:

    I also feel kind of like a tourist in Manila, sometimes. Would like to go to Binondo one of these days and check it out. Speaking of churches, I heard San Agustin was just repainted…peach.

    can’t wait to see you soon! i loove the blog! parang kaibigan ang kausap. Wait, kaibigan nga naman pala kita! :-)

  4. nina says:

    Yes, it was. I’m not sure if it’s still peach though.

    Oh hey, let’s do Binondo with the others one weekend :D

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