Manila, Old & New

We went to Manila mainly to attend the wedding of my boyfriend’s college classmate.  It was going to be in San Agustin Church in Intramuros and it was a good chance to explore the walled city again.  My first time to go to Intramuros was in 2005 when my grandma took me with her in one of the Wow! Philippines exhibitions there.  I could not remember what the place looked like in 2005 because we got there at night.  All I remembered was the streets were really narrow, and were tiled.  So, I was back in 2012, and the streets were still narrow

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But before that, we went to Taguig to check out Muji and get inside The Mind Museum. I dig museums.  I loved the museum although I’m not naturally curious.  Adults pay P650 for a three-hour scheduled tour, or P750 for an all-day pass.  We took the 3:00 p.m. tour and I was surprised that there were many who lined up given it was a Thursday. Children pays lower rates, and they must bring their IDs because children studying in private schools pay a higher fee than children studying in public schools.

* The top photo shows a diorama of the evolution of species.  The second photo is a sound dome located at the Science Park outside of the museum.  The Science Park was equally amusing, especially the sound dome (you speak, and it echoes) and the giant heads of some animals where you’d get to know how they see things.

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* The top photo shows Aedi (Idea spelled backwards).  My boyfriend was not very impressed with the robot because the recorded voice came from somewhere. I just shrug my shoulders. I’m not very fond of robots. 😛

 

In Intramuros, we stayed at the White Knight Hotel.  The hotel had adequate facilities, and it was clean, and the staff was really friendly and considerate.  I booked our accommodations though Agoda the previous month.  It was my first time to use the system, and I loved it because the transaction was smooth and I got discounts from the room rates.  White Knight does not a view from its windows, but it has a charming inner courtyard that may compensate from the lack of a “room with a view.”

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The highlight of my trip was probably our “walk” from Intramuros to Hidalgo St. near Quiapo.  I wish I could buy every camera I laid my eyes on.  They were kind of expensive (I did not have a lot of money) and I was not able to find toy cameras I liked.  I bought expired films instead.

* The photos above are a mixture of film photos (from my Vivitar camera) and digital photos (from my boyfriend’s camera).

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