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Intramuros, Trace back a History (Mabuhay Philippines, part 5, End)

Mabuhay Philippines, It was my last day in the Philippines and my agenda was visiting Intramuros, the oldest district in town. To reach the place, actually we could take Jeepney. But again, I took a taxi, since I was on the mood of getting lost (after last night taxi driver dropped me somewhere in Malate because I forgot to bring my hostel address and for one hour I walked around, could not find the hostel). The taxi driver stopped in front of San Augustin church, a Roman Catholic church. At that time, the church is under reconstruction and visitors were not allowed to get inside the building. This church is built in Spanish colonial period and named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976 (Wikipedia). I took some pictures of  this World Heritage site, along with the view around the building for a while before moving to another spot. Governor Palace San Agustin church Fountain in front of the church As the oldest district, Intramuros is colored by Spanish colonial architecture buildings. …

Back in Manila and Greet the Biggest Mall in Asia (Mabuhay Philippines, part 4)

Mabuhay Philippines!! After doing the Underground river tour and having lunch, the minivan left Sabang beach. The trip was amusing and Little feather started to get closer one another. But this one day tour could only unite us in a short moment because we had to get back to our hostel and continued plans that had been arranged by each group. And I, in the evening, at 10 PM, had to fly back to Manila. Since my hostel was the farthest from the other, I was the last person dropped. I packed all my thing, checked out and sat in the lazy room for the last time to have my favorite menu at the hostel before heading to the airport. Couple hours spent and then I said bye-bye to some hostel staffs who were so friendly. Only pay about 40 Pesos, the cyclo brought me to the airport just in time. In short, after one hour flight, I arrived at NAIA 3. A taxi drove me to Malate district, place where I would spend another …

Underground River, My Third Seven Wonders of Nature (Mabuhay Philippines, part 3)

Mabuhay Puerto Princessa!! Awesome! this day is super awesome! After yesterday gaining a lot of energy by doing nothing in hostel’s lazy room, that morning I was so so ready to greet my third Natural Wonder. The minivan had picked me up at the hostel and brought all the passenger to Sabang beach, the place where we will continued the journey by a boat to the Underground river. As usual, inside the minivan, I am the only Indonesian tourist. There were two couple from US and two Philippines family.  And as usual, every body started to talk to me in Tagalog. We know that Indonesian, Filipino and some other South East Asian citizen share the same appearance such as the skin color. Therefore, not only that day, but the days before, I also had the same experience when in Manila and Puerto Princessa. Some people I met asked me or greeted me in Tagalog, and then I was like, “Sorry? I don’t speak Tagalog”. And then they were like astonished and starred at me for …

Puerto Princessa City, Simple yet Beautiful (Mabuhay Philippines, part 2)

Mabuhay Philippines, What a lovely morning. I woke up, left Jake’s flat alone and walked to the main road, stopped the taxi and then trapped in the traffic. I was on my way to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), terminal 3 to catch the flight to Puerto Princessa Palawan. Luckily I still had two more hours to go and NAIA 3 is located only 20 minutes to go (without traffic) from Pasay city. Although I wasn’t in rush and didn’t worry about the time, but what I concerned was the taxi tariff. Thanks God, I think the driver was one of the best in town. He took shortcuts to avoid the traffic jam and brought me to NAIA 3 faster than expected. An advertisement i found on the way to NAIA NAIA 3 is dominated with Cebu Pacific airlines. Most rows are occupied with its counter–just like Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta 3 as Airasia base camp. I queued with some other tourist at domestic counter. After checking in, I took breakfast on the 2nd floor where food …

Ok, Is This Manila or Jakarta?? (Mabuhay Philippines, part 1)

Mabuhay Philippines, The plane had just landed and I arrived at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Clark. After doing some document checking and immigration stuffs, my passport was stamped. As suggested by some blogs, to go to Manila, I took Philtranco bus which was waiting next to a bus shelter outside the building. The ticket could be bought at the ticketing booth near the the exit gate, where I also bought a local number to contact my friend who lives here. The bus from Clark to Manila takes… err… depends on the road mercy. My friend told me, it supposes to be approximately two hours on bus. But when the traffic goes crazy, it can take you more than three hours. Thanks God, the traffic wasn’t that rude, so I arrived at Pasay district not more than two and half hours. The bus dropped me at their own pool. I then went to Pasay Rotonda metro station to meet my friend. Well it took like fifteen minutes walking from the pool. And while walking on pedestrian …