(the picture is taken on Palawan but still wanted to talk about Manila lol)
Manila was my first stop in the Philippines and also the last one before leaving. It's a typical SE enormous city with a lot of dangerous traffic, air pollution and animals dying on the streets.. The special thing about Manila is that since the Philippines used to be a Spanish colony, they have a lot of colonial buildings.
I personally didn't like it much and the amount of people sleeping on the streets and children begging for food shocked me a bit. Also like I mentioned in my previous post I had the bad experience with all the flirting.
On our last day we stayed at the Conrad Hotel which is listed as the best hotel in town and it was amazing. It's located on a pier with a fair and it was quite fun but it's also obvious this is not the real Manila, as we were in the richest quarters of the city.
🌼 they have GRAB and it's definitely the best way to go around town
🌼 They have some huge shopping malls like the SM mall of Asia where you can find all the Western brands
🌼 You can visit the old Colonial Town if you have some spare time
🌼 Watch out when crossing streets, the traffic is really insane
🌼 The airport is really far from the center and the terminals are also really far away from each other so make sure to be dropped at the right one
Still taking in the magical 4 days spent exploring Linapacan with #buhayislaecotour 😍
The expedition really is as great as everyone says it is and we can't thank enough the lovely crew at Buhay Isla Ecotour for proving us once again that #itsmorefuninthephilippines and how great filipinos can be! 💗
🇵🇭 El Nido, Philippines: Forgive the blurry lens - captured this via GoPro on our recent trip to the Philippines! Joe and I are itching to book our next trip but this Coronavirus is really showing a wrench in our plans. We had China all booked for the first two weeks in April... obviously had to cancel that. Second choice was Japan, it’s high on Joe’s list and also worked with @stannardsonsabbatical’s schedule. We were juuuust about to book for a week and a half in late April, and now Japan has been the first country outside of China to have their US Travel Advisory level changed because of the way they have handled the virus. Argh! We will see how things progress this week and take another look this weekend. What are your thoughts about it?? [Taken November 29, 2019] #hungerlustphilippines#secretlagoon#elnido
🌴 Solo traveling in the Philippines? 🌴
I'd like to hear the opinion of women who have been solo traveling out here because I spent 1 day there alone in Manila and it was quite an experience...
Let me explain, I couldn't walk on the streets without men trying to flirt with me or catch my attention. You might think it is fun but it's not, I felt very uncomfortable. The worst was when I called an Uber to get to the airport to get my boyfriend and the taxi driver who was about my dad's age wouldn't stop flirting with me the whole time even though I told him I was going to the airport to pick up MY BOYFRIEND.
"Your name is Rose? Do you know Titanic? You are beautiful like Kate Winslet."
Yup. It's been like that for the whole drive.
Once with my boyfriend I didn't have this problem anymore, though once on a bus he left 5min and in that time the old man next to us winked at me with a somewhat creepy expression 😢
Philipino people were super nice though so I don't really know why this is a thing. I loved the Philippines but this issue disappointed me a bit 😔
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Such a very nice place to stay. Chill and photogenic. ☀️
Friday calls for tapas and wine. Unwind at the end of the work week at The Colonial, away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Princesa.
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A short travel video from our Coron Trip last week! Totally missing Philippines already. We are definitely revisiting Coron! Watch this video for my cheesy SLO - MO hair back flip 🤣🤣 .
Places visited in Coron:
♦️Malcapuya ♦️Coconut Island
📍Coron, Palawan, The Philippines
🎼 Jeff Kaale - Secret Sauce (ft Cookin Soul)
Before we were in Coron, we were in El Nido first. Unfortunately, things didn't go smoothly in El Nido. I came down with food poisoning and vomited during my dive trip, our boat was stranded in the middle of the ocean and waited for rescue, weather was gloomy, tour operator forgot to pick us up for our tour, a big wave came in and slammed my legs on sharp rocks and got cuts and bruises out of it and the long ass crampy 6 hour van ride to El Nido.
I am willing to give El Nido another chance to visit and hopefully with a better experience next time.