After our low-key, relaxing trip to Baguio City, we boarded the bus, yet again, and set off to Manila. In comparison, Manila was so different from Baguio. It was a noisy and bustling city. People were rushing about alongside MRTs and crossing the cluttered streets of the metropolis. We were culture-shocked and flabbergasted. Since we were Cebuanos, we were supposed to be used to the big, noisy city. And yet, here we were, mouth agape, shocked of the crude behavior from taxi drivers who insisted that our destinations were too far off and that we should settle on a fixed rate instead of using the cab’s meter. The condo-unit that we had reserved for Manila was a far stretch from the cozy one that we got at Baguio. The ad in itself was very misleading. In fact, our stay was very disappointing that I have decided to make a separate blog for it. After a very nerve-wracking trip to our condo, we decided to stay-in and have dinner delivered to us. Thank goodness, KFC was near our place and our dinner was hassle-free!
Tired but all good!
The next day, went to Star City, an amusement park located at Vicente Sotto, Manila. The park was not as grand or as magical as Enchanted Kingdom, however, we were able to score cheap ride-all-you-can tickets for only P280!
After dining at Star City, we headed to SM Aura, a shopping mall in Taguig infamous for its shape and high-end shops. Yup, they’ve got an NBA Cafe where you can wine and dine while watching the basketball on wide, flat-screen TVs, A Magnum cafe, wait, what? Yup, you heard that right, A Magnum Cafe. In the quiet, tranquil world of Cebu, when you hear the word Magnum, you can easily imagine an ice cream bar wrapped in a gold tinfoil inside a big freezer. But nope, in Manila, they had to make a freakin’ cafe out of it! And so, they serve it like this..
or, something like this…
All in all, the Aura mall wasn’t that impressive. It’s like the new wing version of Ayala Center Cebu, except for a sprinkle of people wearing dinner gowns and Christian Louboutins just to go window shopping…
Inside SM Aura.
NBA Cafe, SM Aura
Right after the short stroll at SM Aura, we decided to shop for some groceries for tomorrow’s breakfast, and, since the men’s feet were killing them, we decided to head back home to our condo and chill.
To cap off our Manila trip, we lunched at this toothsome, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The Shrimp Shack’s menu wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but their garlic rice was to die for!
The Shrimp Shack’s Menu. Their garlic rice is awe—wait for it—some!
We also tried Dairy Queen, My fiance and I had Mango Cheesecake and it was truly orgasmic, it was like Christmas morning in one cup!
Dairy Queen’s Mango Cheesecake smoothie is a must try!
After hitting the food section, we went outside to take a kiddie train ride and the infamous MOA Eye which is a Ferris Wheel that gives you an eye view of the mall and the shoreline.
If you ask me, I would really just love to go to Manila to shop, other than not, I would prefer to just stay in and relax. Manila, is a busy, bustling, hectic city and yet, from time to time, I always go back to get a feel of the city’s vibe.