Roll On : My Short Trip To Philipines (2)

Aug 28, 2014

Here comes our second day. we wake at 3 for sahur. for instant noodles of course. since there are no halal food around, we settle for the instant noodle and instant soup we bring from Malaysia. Dr also say we could eat the fries at the fast food chain since fries have their on frying thingy (i swear i know what is this thing named but i couldn't recall it) and those long loaf Gardenia bread. For the first 3 day if i am not mistaken, that is our food. No NASIK (rice). 

Enough about our gourmet adventure.

For today, we have nothing planned for us from the UST part. it was suppose to be the day we explore Manila. I thought we could do lots of stuff but i was wrong. Dr arranged for us to go to Intramuros.

[ Intramuros (Latin, "within the walls") is the oldest district and historic core of the City of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also called the Walled City, the original city of Manila was the seat of government when the Philippines were a component realm of the Spanish Empire. Districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning "outside the walls" ] source:Wikipedia

Intramuros was amazing. I'm in love with the architecture. do i mention i am overwhelms with those colonial times architecture. spanish sure have a very beautiful insight of what is beauty. especially their cathedral. it was gorgeous. 

but to get there was a challenge. we walk to Bambang station and then i was totally lost. haha. i simply follow the flow. but i do think below is the description of my loooooooooooooooooooooooong walk. 

source :
  1. Regardless of which LRT station you boarded or come from, alight at the Central Terminal Station. It is the station near the Manila City Hall and the Metropolitan Theater.
  2. From the Central Terminal Station, walk towards the Park N Ride bus terminal.
  3. Walk along Dr. R. Basa Street, which is found between Park N Ride and the back side of the Metropolitan Theater.
  4. As you reach the end of Dr. R. Basa Street, you will see a set of stairs that will lead you to an underpass. The entrance to the underpass is just near the 7-11 convenience store.
  5. Use the underpass and then exit to Padre Burgos Avenue.
  6. From the underpass, walk straight ahead to reach the corner of Padre Burgos Avenue and Anda Street.
  7. Turn left and walk along Anda Street until you reach the gate of Intramuros.
  8. Upon entering the gate of Intramuros, the first thing that you will see is the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

i remember the underpass and the 7-11 store. as you can see, it is rather dangerous to go alone. not like in Malaysia where all the local attraction have some means of public transportation directly to it. but it was a good thing also. i can see more Philipines by the walk i've done. there are shops at the underpass. the shop kind of reminds me of Malacca some how. 

anyway. it was so damn hot!!!! and i forgot my umbrella. i even forgot to bring a cap. it was too crazy. i didn't recover yet from my sunburn till now and my skin was dark. it is not good at all.

ok. let us continue to explore the magical Walled City. all that conflicts was so worth it when i get to explore Intramuros. We also get into Jose Rizal Memorial Park and Fort where they have a little museum dedicated for remembrance of his fight and also the most famous Fort Santiago. it was lovely. i love it. i am fangirling over it.

when we finish our trip we wouldn't want to go to all the trouble as we get getting there so we get a taxi. the guard there call the taxi for us. i get into the same taxi as Dr, and he pay the taxi fare. it didn't cost much actually but still rather expensize as compared to jeepney.

anyway, we couldn't get a chance to went to local market to buy souvenirs. instead we went for a high end souvenirs shop in a very the edgy shopping mall. it wasn't that expensive but i have read that here in Intramuros they have this local market where you can buy souvenirs as cheap as 10 peso. it's so sad that we couldn't go such places to buy souvenirs.

we break our fast with instant soup and bread. and fries.  

i am deeply sorry that i couldn't share with you the expenses i have used since i forget the price. i should have write it. silly me. i forget actually.  but we have change RM500 to peso as according to Dr suggestion. some change some more. we were fasting so we have extra money to buy more souvenirs. for my chinese friends on the other hand they didn't have much to buy souvenirs but still around rm500 to rm600 would be enough for the week of jollying on food like them. they didn't accept RM here if you want to change money, well as far as i can see. so do think of other option if you might run out of money.

 let pictures do the rest.

waiting the other half of the gang. we split up since the train won't fit everyone.

so packed!

how we carry our bagpack everywhere.

under the HEAT

the street beside us as we walk to the underpass.

the long walk. approaching the underpass.

intramuros gate

just after the gate. more houses here.

just look at the cabels!

there is people living in here. it is simply city with wall.

Casa Manila

Casa Manila. they have a nice restaurant here. it was so beautiful.

if i'm not mistaken these can be use for tourist to go around Intramuros

a peek of Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

we couldn't get inside since there is a mass going

should have take a step back and capture the whole structure of this cathedral

even the door was beautifully made

i've been to Jose Rizal and Fort Santiago place but i couldn't get good pictures + i am just too lazy to wait for the pictures to be uploaded. so till here for now. byebye!

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