Before I was never really a big fan of Manila.. the traffic, the pollution, the constant warnings that I'll be kidnapped if I ever try to go out on my own... I've always enjoyed visiting relatives there but now I'm really starting to appreciate the good food and snacks, as well as the variety of cool stuff you can get at one of the many shopping malls there.
A recap of my trip to Manila last week (Sept 2-5):
Friday - After arriving at 10pm from Singapore, Carissa and her brother picked me up from the airport and we hit up Jollibee for a late night snack.. of course there was no chicken joy, no beef steak... almost everything was sold out so we just got plain hamburgers and a box of spaghetti, plus some pineapple juice. Although some people say the Happy V knock-off in Singapore is actually better-tasting, it's much, much cheaper in the Philippines and there's just something about eating Jollibee in the Philippines that's hard to replicate elsewhere...
Saturday - Bummed around in the morning, took the carissa's sister's dog for a walk
(click here for my blog entry about bargaining in Greenhills Shopping Center)
Found some balut at Dr. Kwek Kwek's. Since my last embarrassing defeat at the hands of an 18+ day balut in Bohol, I've been itching for a rematch. Will I be able to stomach the entire balut this time?
Ate some Razon's halohalo, which is now something I must get every time I'm in Manila.
Conti's mango cake - delicious.
Fully Booked - a cool bookstore in bonifacio high street
Sunday - snuck into class with carissa and her sister... got kicked out
waited for them at Chickboy and McDo
lunch at mang inasal,
razon's halohalo again and dinuguan (pork blood stew) + puto to go
2 hour siesta
swimming at the clubhouse pool in carissa's apartment complex
Monday - market market, grocery shopping, tried some taho with mango
Jeepney ride home
Taken to the Manila International Airport by Carissa, Celine, and their mom.
Arrived in Singapore's Changi Airport at 2am.
All in all, another great trip to Manila!
Reuben vs Balut
Bargaining in Greenhills
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