March 9, 2013
Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Again we were greeted at the dock by a local band and dancers. Docked across from us was a U.S. naval ship. Some of the passengers were told they may want to think twice about walking around o their own. I am not sure why, we did and no problems there was a lot of traffic you had to be careful crossing the roads. We walked over to the Intermuros district which is the old walled city, it is Saturday and it was crowded especially with young kids. There are a lot of local entrepreneurs wanting to take you on a tours or ride you around in their covered tricycles other than that we were left alone. Here is where I found a great local arts and crafts store where I bought some beautiful woven baskets. After wandering in this area for a while we needed to get away from the crowds a little and headed over to the Chinese and Japanese gardens, they were not as manicured and taken care of as I thought, but still enjoyable and cost us about $1 for an entrance fee. On the way back to the ship we stopped in to take a peek at the Manila Hotel, built back in 1912, it was beautiful with all of its artwork and chandeliers. I had to rush back to the ship as I was meeting up with her to take the shuttle to the mall in city center. The mall was like being back in the state, very modern, 4 stories and all of the names from back home. Even the restaurants, T.G.I. Friday, Krispy Kreme donuts, Starbucks all the chains. We shopped a little and then went to TGIF’s to try and get on the internet, but my computer was acting up and didn’t want to connect, it is getting very temperamental.
P.S. As you can see I gave up writing about our sea days unless something happens, don’t want to bore you.