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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What To Do in Manila - Manila Travel Guide, Itinerary and Expenses

Traveling to Manila is some kind of a little adventure despite that the famous Inferno book author Dan Brown called it as "Gates of Hell". I been to Manila before but this recent visit was more fun because we do a lot of street walks and public commute (riding to a jeepney, motorcycle, MRT and LRT). I know it is a tiring journey but it's challenging. Through that, you'll be more smart in directions, at least experience how does it feel living in Manila even in a short time and of course for documentation to feed my travel blog.

An old building captured from walkway going to Glorietta

But honestly, Manila isn't the type of place to unwind. You know, I love beaches, water and trees. (in short jungle. lol), but I appreciate the chance to write something about Manila. I wrote our travel story in Manila Ocean Park, Star City and you might want to read also about Divisoria and Baclaran.

So what you'll gonna do on your first visit in Manila (If you intend just to travel). Here are the recommended places to visit in Manila. I will also show you our itinerary, daily expenses and our routes from hotel to every places we visited. Just in case you want to follow our itinerary when you go to Manila.

1.] Intramuros
2.] Fort santiago
3.} Old Manila (You can see old houses, buildings, churches and streets here)
4.] Manila Ocean Park
5.] Star City
6.] Ice Skating at Mall of Asia
7.] Makati
8.] Greenbelt 1-5 and Glorietta Mall
9.] Divisoria and Baclaran
10.] Binondo and China Town in Manila
11.] Cultural Center of the Philippines

Here's our Itinerary, Routes and Daily Expenses

Day 1

9:00AM - 10:00AM - Breakfast at Old Spaghetti House
10:00AM - 11:00AM - ETA Manila Ocean Park
11:00AM - 6:30PM  - Manila Ocean Park
6:30PM - 7:00PM - ETA Intramorus and Fort Santiago
7:30PM - 8:00PM - ETA  Star City
12:00AM - 12:30AM - Going back to hotel

A touch of latte and old spaghetti style in olive oil for breakfast

The cool ambiance of the Old Spaghetti House

Day 1 Routes and Expenses

We started our day by having a breakfast at the Old Spaghetti House in Robinsons Mall (P200.00). We checked in at Go Hotel in Otis (P1,200 for 3 nights). We chose Otis branch because it is near on our travel destinations. Robinsons Mall is located just below Go Hotel, Otis.

- In front of Go Hotel, ride a tricycle going to UN Avenue (P8.00).

- From UN Avenue, cross the other side and just walk ahead. Manila Ocean Park is located near Rizal Park and just a walking distance from Otis. We asked the locals for the right directions until our foot took us to Manila Ocean Park. See Manila Ocean Park attraction rates.

- From Manila Ocean Park, take a tricycle again going to Intramuros. I recommend going to Intramuros at day light (20.00).

- From Intramuros, ride an FX - (Roxas - Sucat route) to reach Star City (P15.00). We stopped at Roxas, near CPP (Cultural Center of the Philippines). From there, just walked a little to reach Star City. See Star City ride fees.

- Going back to Go Hotel, ride a jeepney from Star City going to MOA (P15.00).

- From jeepney terminal in MOA, take PUJ bound to Harrison (P8.00).

- From Harrison, cross to the right side road and ride a jeepney bound to Mabini (in front of 7-Eleven) (P8.00)

- We stopped at PAGCOR in UN Avenue then walked a little to reach the tricycles going to Otis. (P10.00)

Day 2

7:00AM 8:00AM - Breakfast
8:00AM 8:15AM - ETA Wifi City at Sampaloc
9:00AM - 1:00PM - Shop at Divisoria
1:00PM - 2:00PM - Going back to Hotel
3:00PM - 3:30PM - ETA Mall of Asia
6:00PM - 7:00PM - Baclaran

An early street walk along Sampaloc street, going to Wifi City

Day 2 Routes and Expenses

- Ride a tricycle going to UN Avenue (P8.00)
- From UN Avenue, take a jeepney bound to Cubao and stop at Sampaloc (P8.00)
- We walked at PUJ terminal bound to Divisoria (P8.00)
- From Divisoria, we took a jeepney going back to UN Avenue (P8.00)
- Then ride again a tricycle going to Otis (P10.00)
- Going to MOA, from UN Avenue, take LRT going to EDSA (P8.00)
- From Edsa, there's a multi-cab terminal bound to MOA (color orange multi-cab) (P8.00)
- From MOA terminal, ride a jeepney going to Harrison (P8.00)
- From Harrison, cross to the right side road and ride a jeepney bound to Mabini (in front of 7-Eleven) (P8.00)
- We stopped at PAGCOR in UN Avenue. We walked a little to reach the tricycles going to Otis. (P10.00)

Day 3

8:00AM - 10:00AM - ETA Makati
10:00AM - 10:30AM - Breakfast at Mandarin Deli
10:30AM - 12:00NN - Rockwell
1:00PM - 3:00PM - Greenbelt

The famous Croughnut in Mandarin Deli located at Makati City

Day 3 Routes and Expenses

- Ride a tricycle going to UN Avenue (P8.00)
- From UN Avenue, take LRT going to Gil Puyat Station (P15.00)
- From Gil Puyat Station, ride an MRT going to Ayala Station
- Going to Rockwell, ride a PUJ bound to Guadalupe and stop at Rockwell Mall
- Going back to Ayala, ride a jeepney with the same route

A Persian restaurant in Glorietta 3

Mini park outside Glorietta Malls in Makati City

I envy the architects and engineers who designed these buildings. 
For the charms and crystals only :))

Check out our other posts about Manila.
Manila Ocean Park and Star City Amusement Park
Divisoria and Baclaran Shopping Tips 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Are you Brave Enough to Shop at Divisoria and Baclaran? Check Our Based on Experienced Tips

Shopping at Divisoria and Baclaran is a must try if you're in a tight budget and wants to bring a lot of pasalubong items before going home. But most tourist were so afraid to go there because of some reviews that they were having bad experiences and were a victim of pickpockets.

I wanted to visit Divisoria and Baclaran not just to shop (because I don't have a lot of money to shop hehehe), but also to do a little sight seeing of how crowded it is (according to Manila Forums I read) and for documentation and blog purposes. :D

On our day 2 Manila tour, we do a little street walk along Sampaloc street in Manila. From there, we headed to PUJ terminal bound to Divisoria. The fare is only PHP 8.00. Since we were alien on that place, we usually took the front seat or near the driver so that we can ask the driver from time to time. Some drivers were really helpful to our journey because aside from the street guides they gave us, they also gave us warnings not to be at these certain places because a lot of pickpockets can be found.

So, we stopped at CM Recto Avenue and we just walked a little to reached 168 Mall. The place was crowded and a lot of alleys, streets in here, there and everywhere. Good thing, my travel buddy was also "in" to our pakikipagsapalaran in Divisoria, lol.

We shop at 168 Mall in Divisoria. We were planning to shop at the heart of Divisoria and go to Binondo but I was so worried as I saw a lot more and more people. Maybe I wasn't that brave enough. :D

After shopping, we went back to hotel to deposit our things and to rest for a while. After lunch, we went off again to MOA and to meet a friend of mine. Late in the afternoon, we shopped at Baclaran. From MOA, there were PUJ terminals. We took a PUJ bound to Baclaran. Viewing from the jeepney, I can say that we're almost at Baclaran because of those crowded place ahead, full of mini stores, booths and variety of products displayed on the streets.

I bought 3 pairs of sandals and shoes because they were cute and very affordable. Please take note that those were not branded. No branded for sale on Divisoria and Baclaran. If you find any, those were not original. Just in case you didn't know nyehehe.

Since there were more people in Baclaran compare to Divisoria and it was already dark and alleys were so narrow, I didn't care to fit those shoes I bought.

Here are some tips when you shop at Divisoria and Baclaran

1.] Wear Plain and Simple

You wouldn't want to get pickpocket's attention, right? So wear something plain and simple yet comfortable. If it is possible, avoid wearing accessories like pure gold earrings, necklace, bracelet and everything that are expensive. You cannot haggle too if vendors think you're rich, in fact they will increase their selling price for you.

2.] Use Sling Bags or Body Bags

I know women love to shop, so instead of using shoulder bags, why not use a sling bag. You can secure your items more because sling bags can be drawn easily to your front. I wore a sling bag that day and it was easy getting money from my bag and I would just embraced it while struggling a way out from the crowd.

3.] Prepare Small Bills

I would recommend to prepare small bills like 20's, 50's and 100's. Avoid handling a 1,000 bill if the amount you owe is just 120.00. It is just for fast transaction and securing money.

4.] You should know how to Haggle

Best shoppers knows how to haggle. Don't be shy, vendors were used to it. :D Here's an example haggling scenario.

Me: How much?
Vendor: 250 pesos
Me: What’s your last price?
Vendor: 230.
Me: Can I have it for 180?
Vendor. No, last price is 230
Me: How about 200?
Vendor: Nope
Me: I'll buy 2 for 350.
Vendor: 200 each, last price.
Me: Okay (cge nlng)

And that’s how I got these 2 little cute shoes for my pamangkin! Another method is to directly haggle the owner. :D

5.] Become aware of the people around you

Usually, pickpockets wear decent clothes. So have a sharp eye on them. While shopping at Baclaran, a friend of mine spotted a pick-pocketing scene, and that's how I know that usually they wear a decent clothes.

6.] Shop at Non Peak Season

And last but not the least, you should not shop during peak season like November to December. The number of people will multiply by 3, 5 to 10. And that means, you should be 200% more careful. So if it is possible, try not to shop at Divisoria and Baclaran at peak season.

Check out our other posts about Manila.
Manila Travel Guide, Itinerary and Expenses
Manila Ocean Park and Star City Amusement Park

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Monday, November 4, 2013

Manila Ocean Park and Star City Amusement Park

We started our day 1 tour by going to Manila Ocean Park. There were lots to do in Manila Ocean Park. I would recommend to start this activity by morning or early in the afternoon. In our case, we went there around 11:00AM, but you should start by morning if you wish to do a major activities like fish feeding, fish spa, swimming and close encounter with rays and sharks.

Jelly Exhibit. Jellies became more beautiful with lights effect

We bought a ticket to see most of their attractions like Jelly exhibit, All Star Bird Show, Ocenarium, Antarctica, Penguin Talk Show, Sea Lion Show, Birds of Prey Kingdom and a lot more. It was fun meeting the trained sea lions and birds. Hats off to all animal trainers.

The two funny and well trained sea lions

The All Star Bird Show and their trainers

Inside Oceanarium, you'll see different variety of fishes. Varies from small to large sea creatures. Most of the sea creatures we saw were so amazingly beautiful. You can see different rays and types of sharks too, and I thank God for creating creatures like them.

A spider crab

A stunned

The tunnel passage in Manila Ocean Park. Photo credits to Saggi Space

If you haven't been to a winter place, well visiting Trails to Antarctica will help you experience how would it feel during winter. You'll noticed a white smoke when you breath. I was expecting a snow like form on Trails to Antarctica (silly me). The ice hardened and it's slippery when you walked onto it. You can find Penguins in there too.

Photo taken at Trails to Antarctica

We ended Manila Ocean Park tour by witnessing a Musical Fountain Show. It was stunning, from the lights effect, fountain and the fireworks. 

Manila Ocean Park Attraction Fees

Ocean's Amazing Duo - PHP 550.00
2 Attractions
- Oceanarium
- Trails to Antarctica

Deep Sea Rush PHP 550.00
5 Attractions
- Oceanarium
- Marine Life Habitat
- Jelly Exhibit
- Sea Lion Show
- Musical Fountain Show

Sea Breeze Express PHP 700.00
8 Attractions
- Oceanarium
- Marine Life Habitat
- Jelly Exhibit
- Sea Lion Show
- Musical Fountain Show
- Birds of Prey Kingdom
- All Star Bird Show
- Penguin Talk Show

Pacific Sky Wonder PHP 900.00
- Oceanarium
- Marine Life Habitat
- Jelly Exhibit
- Sea Lion Show
- Musical Fountain Show
- Birds of Prey Kingdom
- All Star Bird Show
- Penguin Talk Show
- Trails to Antarctica

For more details, please check their website at

Manila Ocean Park's Location

Manila Ocean Park is located at Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Metro Manila. Their location is near to our hotel so we just walked to get there. See our travel routes and itinerary soon!

Star City Manila Amusement Park

After the musical show, we went to Star City. Actually we planned to visit Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna but we run out of time. Good thing, Star City was there. We consumed most of our time on the bumped car. And of course, we didn't miss to ride a roller coaster and other dizzy-vomiting rides.

A Pirate adventure on Star City

Star City Amusement Park's Location

It is located at Vicente Sotto, Manila. Next to Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City. See our itinerary and travel routes to Manila soon!

For more info on Star City, please check their website

Check out our other posts about Manila.
Manila Travel Guide, Itinerary and Expenses
Divisoria and Baclaran Shopping Tips 

Photo Credits to Christine Carreon

Monday, November 4, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 0

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