Manila Travel Bucket List

October 14, 2015

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.

Disclaimer: I do not own the photos. All credits goes to the owner.


  • Reply The Otaku Judge October 15, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I don’t like crowds. I don’t think I could survive the rush hour.

    • Reply Vianna October 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Me too, I hate large crowds but for the sake of experience, plus, I want to ride on a train 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa October 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Oh! Yexel Toy Museum ! By the way you sure you want to experience the MRT/LRT rush hour? I experience it before like 4 years ago and I don’t want to try it again. Worst experience ever.

    • Reply Vianna October 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Haha! Yes, Van. Miskig one time lang. If Manilenos can do it, I can do it too 🙂 but I will consider your experience, now I’m scared.

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) October 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I am not sure if I will ever get to Manila in my lifetime, but it certainly sounds like a lovely city.

    • Reply Vianna October 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, it is Miss Robin despite being crowded 🙂

  • Reply Cassandra October 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    My best friend is from the phili! I’m going to show her this post so see if she’s been to any of these places.

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Really? That’s great, I bet she has 🙂

  • Reply brianna October 16, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Interesting. I love the idea of traveling to places like this…but I hate plane travel. Perhaps when teleporting is invented I will go. 🙂

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I hope teleporting will be invented soon 🙂 hahaha

  • Reply Claire October 16, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Manila sounds like a great place to visit but wow it is busy, looks at those crowds!

  • Reply Deanna October 16, 2015 at 4:03 am

    These sound like great places to visit. I think I would like the sky high ferris wheel.

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Yes, it is. Let’s ride that ferris wheel soon 🙂

  • Reply mya.k October 16, 2015 at 7:23 am

    looks like a lot of fun

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Yeah, thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Reply Travel Quest October 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I was raise and born in Manila and yes I miss the place but not the traffic. I work in Makati for 5 yrs and MRT was such a big convenient to me as commuters but of course a hassle too when it breaks down :/ You made me homesick with this post 🙁

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

      I’m sorry bout, you being homesick. Hehehe. Manila has a lot attractions that’s why we want to visit it despite the traffic and the crowds.

  • Reply Jessica Harlow October 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

    This sounds like such an exciting trip! The planning stages are always a favorite part for me! I can’t wait to hear about your travels and see your photos!

  • Reply Jasmine Watts October 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    It sounds like a great place to visit and nice attractions around!!

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Yes, Miss jasmine 🙂 I hope you can visit too 🙂

  • Reply Liz Mays October 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I love when a destination has a huge variety of things to do. Manila sounds pretty fabulous to me!

    • Reply Vianna October 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Kind of, Miss Liz. But true, Manila has a lot of destinations 🙂

  • Reply RaNesha October 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love to travel . Always adding to my bucket list.

  • Reply Lisa Rios October 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Both me & my husband love exploring different destinations with different culture & lifestyle & Manila has always been in our bucket list. The Museum & the historical site could be a great place to visit.

  • Reply Elizabeth O October 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Since I have friends from the area, I need to find my way over for a visit. I’d love to see all the sites and enjoy the local cuisine.

  • Reply Didi October 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    You don’t want to experience the LRT/MRT rush hour! Hahaha! But to check that off your bucket list, you have to try it sometimes. Goodluck! 😀

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  • Reply Charlie July 27, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Only numbers 6, 7 and 9 are the things that I haven’t done or I am not good at. I was born and raised in Manila, but I am not really good in speaking my native dialect because I was used to speaking in english. My parents raised me to be like that. Haha. Haven’t been to that toy museum though (but I would love to), but I survive MRT rush hour every single day, I shop at Divisoria biannually with my mom or my friends/boyfriend, I go to Mall of Asia to pay a visit to my beau’s office (since his office is located within the area), and we shot videos during my high school days inside the Wall City. =)

    • Reply Nana September 14, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Nice! I know Tagalog but I’m not comfortable in the way I speak it, we really do have an accent. Haha. That’s why we are more comfortable in speaking English in non-Cebuano cities. Cebu is quite like Manila but we don’t have MRT/LRT here. The Wall City, I think Cebu’s counter part is the Fort San Pedro in Plaza Independencia, we also have Colon and Carbon for Divisoria, though, I think Divi is more crowded. Whoo, Manila soon, like, puhon, sana.

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