One of my favorite time of the day at work is lunch time. It’s not only the time where I could eat my lunch box (because eating lunch out is too expensive for me) it’s also the time where I could chat and have a long conversation with my workmates. As usual, we talk mostly everything under the sun until Raven shared his experiences during his Manila stay and after it we were already planning a more or less 3-day Manila Trip.
Manila in my impression is not just a concrete jungle, its one hell of a scary concrete jungle. I never experience a traffic that would last an hour or long queues just to wait for a train. I never rode a train. For short, I am the just a random probinsiyana girl. Raven promised us a place where we could stay there. Yes, hotel and accommodations are free already.
What made us all ecstatic on that certain planning stage is the places to visit and the things we should do there. The last time I went to Manila was when I was 10 years old, only to pass by because our main destination was in Antipolo. I miss Antipolo too.
Anyway, I haven’t done any research yet because this is just the fruit of our excitement, so this list might be something off because the places and things are just base on what we heard, saw and read on TV and internet. So, for our Manila Travel Bucket List…
1. Shop/Window Shop at Divisoria
Divisoria is famous for its cheap prices. I’ll just have to compare it if whats cheaper, the Taiwanese/Chinese stores here in my hometown or Divisoria. I might as well see a snatching scene in a flesh for the first time.
2. Visit Enchanted Kingdom or Star City
Oh, yes. We can’t visit both so either of the two as long as I can visit a legit amusement park. A almost sky high Ferris wheel with my own Go Jun Pyo, oh, slash that, I’m freaking single.
3. Experience the LRT/MRT Rush Hour. LOL
I’m not sure if it’s LRT that has been on the news with all the glitches and stuff , I don’t even know the difference and I know this is ‘Buwis Buhay’ but for experience purposes. Yeah, lezz do this.
4. Stroll around Luneta Park and see the National Photo Bomb
It’s famous and I’m really curious with the building behind Sir Rizal. Might as well take a lot of selfie with him. Is it allowed to climb at his statue?
5. Explore Mall of Asia in a day
They say you can’t explore this mall in one day, so this is a challenge! I dare myself.
6. See the fishes and Marine friends in Manila Ocean Park
This should be number 1 but I decided to alphabetize this list. I dream of going to this Ocean park ever since. I’m a sea girl at heart, though up until now, I still don’t know how to swim.
7. Talk Straight Tagalog
“Kamusta na kamo diha?” of course, do what Romans do. I’m not really comfortable in speaking Tagalog, I can write well but then it’s kinda awkward when I speak with it. My visayan accent is so dominant. Hahaha. Sorry, can’t help it.
8. Visit Churches in Manila (Quiapo, I guess)
It’s always on my bucketlist to visit a church whenever I travel. Plus, churches have awesome histories.
9. Yexel Toy Museum
Yey, this is a personal choice, as an anime fan, I really want to visit a Toy Museum. I don’t even know how to get there. Hahaha. I don’t know how I would feel if ever I’ll be surrounded with life size toy.
10. Visit a historical site in Manila
Intramuros? What else? Manila is really a ‘Malaking Lupa’
I know it’s kinda ironic because city people would want to visit provinces and explore nature. Well, YOLO, right? Might as well experience the Manila Time Rush and it’s the “Malaking Lupa”, the “Kabihasnan”, the “New York – Filipino Version”. It’s not that bad to visit the country’s capital city. So, that’s it. I am still wondering when is the best time to explore Manila? And if you have any suggestion and a good place to visit there, drop it down below on the comments.