After 22 years of living, I finally had the chance to board the airplane. Me and a couple of friends had a week long vacation which started from March 29, 2011 to April 4, 2011 bound for Singapore. But before going to our main destination, we stayed for a night in Manila.
Full-packed with our outfit and luggage, it was 4:00 in the morning when we arrived at the Davao International Airport. I was quite nervous back then when we were heading up to the check-in counter thinking that I may not be allowed to board the plane (for some reasons of which my friend has been feeding to us ) But luckily, I was able to pass through along with my friends.. and off we head to Manila.
We arrived in Manila around 8:00 in the morning. A car fetched us to the airport and brought us to our hotel accommodation. Hmmm.. BTW, the place was GoHotel – A place for every Juan! It’s a very nice hotel located at Cybergate Plaze, EDSA. Aside from its clean and cozy ambiance, it’s cheap too! Well, we availed their promo that time by booking online.
Apparently, we arrived too early at the hotel (2:00PM was our check-in time). We just deposited our luggage their and head off to SM Mall of Asia. On our way to the mall, I was amazed of what I’ve seen on the environment of Manila. Many buildings, Many billboards, Many buses, Many people.. It was way too crowded! Hahahaha!
I’ve been wanting to eat cream puffs from signature stores and alas! I saw Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs in MOA. I was really happy that I found the store coz a friend of mine told me that he was not able to locate it when he was in MOA before. This had made my day so happy and complete despite the tiring walk inside the mall. Aside from this, I also bought Lucy’s key (from Fairytail) cellphone holder from Comic Alley Specialty Store (I hope there’s also a comic alley here in davao >_<).
It’s night time.. and it’s also a night out for me! I went to SM City North Edsa to meet an old friend. And yes, I was alone upon going there (my travel mates were too tired for another stroll ^^). I also got scolded through phone by my professor for going to such places alone. I guess he was just concern to me. Nevertheless, I had arrived safely on my destination. And I also met my friend there. We chit-chatted and he brought me to places that I’ve never been to before, and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) was one of them. BGC or popularly known as The Fort is a highly urbanized district in Taguig City (from Wiki) with lots of tall-rise buildings and a streamline of restaurants and some signature shops. The picture above on the right was at T.G.I.Fridays restaurant.
Some of the restaurants at The Fort: Le Petit Artisan, Cuillere and T.G.I.Fridays.
I took pictures mostly of the sweets shops since I love sweets and pastries. And Le Petit Artisan and Cuillere were both French pastry shops. And the T.G.I.Fridays, hmmm.. it was because of the astronaut that I took a picture of it. Anyways, my travel mates followed me at The Fort. We got hungry and so we looked for a nice resto to feed our empty stomachs. There were too many shops to choose and unfortunately, we ended up eating in McDonalds at Market Market. It’s the place to choose after all since we’re saving for the real trip. Hahahaha!
So that’s how I spent the night in Manila. Next morning, we checked-out in our hotel and head straight to NAIA for our main trip – Singapore!
Check out my post here –> SG Trip!