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Manila, Philippines

sunny 28 °C

The first country I will be visiting in Asia, is my home country, Manila, Philippines! I've never gone back to my country before, so I'm very excited to visit. I'm from Canada but my parents are from The Philippines so I can't wait until I arrive! Manila is not really known for being a tourist hot-spot, thanks in large part to a delectable combination of heavy pollution, the world's densest population, and a frantic pace of life. But Manila is a fascinating city nonetheless, where Latin influences infuse a modern east Asian city simultaneously experiencing the push of American globalization. Since my parents are from here, I want to enjoy my experience in the city they were once living in before. For now, I open up my phone and look for hotels and attractions. Since I've never been to The Philippines before, I want to enjoy myself to my full content! So far, I found a hotel to stay in, which is the Pan Pacific Manila, it is a 5 star hotel, for only $145 per night. I even found some attractions for three days. I'll be going to Manila Ocean Park, Star City, and Rizal Park. It takes about 18 hours to get to Manila, that's a long time so from now, I guess I'll go take a nap or watch videos on my phone until we land. 18 hours later, I feel the plane starting to land, I quickly open my eyes and see the airport. This is my first time being in Manila, I was so excited to explore the city! I took my luggage out the rack and made my way down to the airport and 'Arrivals' area. Afterwards, I call a taxi and ask to go to the 'Pan Pacific Manila'. When I arrived, I checked into my hotel, set my all luggage down, changed into my PJs and went to sleep after being on a plane for hours.
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Day One:
I wake up at 10:00 a.m, brush my teeth and get ready to explore Manila on my first day. Today, I'll be going to the Manila Ocean Park in the evening, but for now since it's my first day, I'm going to explore the city a bit and maybe go shopping. I head down to the lounge first to eat breakfast then afterwards, go outside and stroll around the city. Since my parent's have not gone back to their home country in a while, I'm going to buy them some souvenirs. When I'm done buying souvenirs, I'll stroll around some more. Manila seems like a very friendly place. It's also very hot in Manila, taking a walk on a sunny day is a must. Once I'm finished with my walk, I'll head back to my hotel and call a taxi to go to Manila Ocean Park. When I arrive, I'll buy my ticket and then enter. What was different about this aquarium was that you walk in a tunnel like path, and in that tunnel, are the sea animals. I saw many different sea animals, took pictures of them, and did lots of fun things at the aquarium. I fed the penguins, went on the glass bottom boat ride, went into the jellyfish room, musical fountain show, fish spa and trails to Antarctica. I had so much fun that I nearly spent about 6 hours there. I realized that it was getting really late, so I called a taxi and went back to my hotel. I ate dinner at the lounge then went back to my room to sleep.
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Day Two:
I wake up at 10:00 a.m, brush my teeth and get ready to explore Manila on my second day. Today, I'll be going to Star City which is an amusement park for families in Manila. I head down to the lobby and eat breakfast first then call a taxi to take me to Star City. When I arrive, I'll buy my ticket then enjoy myself for the whole day at Star City! There were many things to do at Star City. If you weren't into rides, then there's the arcades and other attractions. There are even tons of food choices to home cooked. I haven't been to an amusement park in ages, so I went on every ride I saw. Even though it's a family oriented amusement park, anyone can enjoy themselves at this park. I absolutely loved everything about Star City, however patience was needed because there were long line ups at every ride and had to wait about half an hour to ride it. As it was getting darker, I was also getting hungry. I went to a home-cooked restaurant in Star City and ordered some food and dessert. When I was done eating, I went to play in the arcades for a bit because going on a ride right after eating is quite dangerous. After playing in the arcades for a bit longer, I decided to go home since it was getting late. I called a taxi to go back to my hotel. When I arrived back at my hotel, I went into my room and went to sleep.
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Day Three:
I wake up at 11:00 a.m, brush my teeth and get ready for my last day in Manila. This time, I'll be visiting Rizal Park, which is a historical urban park. I've seen from reviews that there will be a light show, and it'll be best to go at night. I head down to the lobby to eat breakfast and then go outside for an afternoon walk. Manila always has beautiful hot weather, so being outside is really relaxing. I go back to my hotel when I'm finished with my walk and decided to go in the outside swimming pool. I was quite in the mood to go swimming in the cold pool on a hot day. It was so relaxing, I felt as if I was on a real beach. After several hours, I went back inside, changed into different clothes and decided to just walk to the Rizal Park. The Rizal Park was about a half an hour walk from my hotel, so it wasn't that far. When I arrived, the light show has just begun. Many people were there watching the light show as well. I watched as the lights turned different colors. It was truly was pretty, especially at night. I took pictures as it changed colors. The light show went on for about twenty minutes, and when it was done, everyone was beginning to turn back and leave. I did as well. As I was walking back to my hotel, I decided to take a different route and go to a restaurant I always wanted to go to. The restaurant was called 'Ilustrado', which was one of the best restaurants in Manila. I ordered my food, enjoyed it and left the restaurant to go back to my hotel. I went back to my room and began to pack my clothes into my luggage since I was leaving for my flight to Bangkok, Thailand. I changed into my PJs, set my alarm to 6:00 a.m and went to sleep.
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Day Four (Departure from Manila, Philippines to Bangkok, Thailand):
I woke up at 6:00 a.m from my alarm, quickly brushed my teeth, got ready, grabbed all my luggage and headed down to the lounge to have some quick breakfast. After eating, i took a taxi to go to 'Manila Ninoy International Airport'. When I arrive, I find the 'Departing to Bangkok' sign, and go there where people are lined up to enter the plane. Half an hour later, I finally board the plane, set my luggage on the rack and take a nap as the plane leaves Manila, Philippines.

Posted by ejrvaldez16 13:00 Archived in Philippines

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