I spent a few weeks in Manila over the spring. I took surprisingly few photos so I don't have much to share, but here are a few things that I thought worthy of capturing.
First, my flat. I was staying on Makati Avenue in the A.Venue complexes. Great view...
But from the day I got there, there was construction going on, which is definitely going to kill the view from that apartment. The guys working there would stop and wave if I stepped out on the balcony, which was pretty funny.
And talk about noisy!! What's worse, the noise wasn't just by day...they worked 24 hours a day. Check out the volume at 5am!
But living with non-stop noise is just one thing you need to get used to in Manila. I used to complain about the idiot "recycle" guys going through my area in Japan every day with loudspeaker trucks...I don't even notice them now thanks to my Manila training. Be sure to pack your ear plugs!
This and that...
Being primarily a nation of practicing Catholics, there are churches everywhere. This is one at the Mall of Asia...
If churches aren't your thing, then how about an ocean view. I caught a few sunsets from here over beers.
I also went to Cebu to meet a friend for a few quick beers. There were a few food stands near the resort and people never failed to smile or say hello. And no, I didn't ever eat at this place, but I thought it was cool to see a taste of home.
I did, however, have this juice made from sugar cane. A good start to the day in Cebu.
And I got at least a few cold beers by the beach on Mactan Island.
More to follow about places to drink in Manila in Part 2. Stay tuned!