Posts Tagged 'manila'

Day 21: Manila – Home

Mid-morning, corner of Ponte and Pasong Tirad Streets, Makati, Manila. The two nights we spent in Manila at the beginning and end of our trip were just a short way down the street from here.

Mid-morning, corner of Ponte and Pasong Tirad Streets, Makati, Manila. The two nights we spent in Manila at the beginning and end of our trip were just a short way down the street from here.

Pasong Tirad Street, Manila

Pasong Tirad Street, Manila.

Tricycle driver, Makati, Manila

Tricycle driver, Makati, Manila.

Rooster and bicylee. Ponte St, Makati, Manila

Rooster and bicyles. Ponte St, Makati, Manila.

Kids, Makati, Manila.

Kids, Makati, Manila.

Boy washing. Everything happens on the street here. Makati, Manila

Boy washing. Everything happens on the street here. Makati, Manila.

Woman wasihng clothes. Makati, Manila.

Woman and chicken. Makati, Manila.

Sucks to be a duck in Manila.

Sucks to be a duck in Manila.

Jeepney

Jeepney.

Fish market, Makati, Manila.

Fish market, Makati, Manila.

I'm not sure if this was guy baulking at me, or the quality of the fish...

I'm not sure if this was guy baulking at me, or the quality of the fish...

Homeward bound.

Homeward bound.

The final leg.

The final leg.

Return to the Land of Mountains.

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Day 20: El Nido – Manila

Cadlao Island, from El Nido bay, dawn. Our final morning at El Nido - today we fly back to the madness of Manila.

Cadlao Island, from El Nido bay, dawn. Our final morning at El Nido - today we fly back to the madness of Manila.

El Nido Bay, dawn.

El Nido Bay, dawn.

El Nido

El Nido.

Palms. Definitely one of the icons of the trip.

Palms. Definitely one of the icons of the trip.

So we rode a few short kms to the airport, convinced the ground crew that we could pack our bikes up small, and were soon on our way to Manila.

So we rode a few short kms to the airport, convinced the ground crew that we could pack our bikes up small, and were soon on our way to Manila.

Jeepney ride in Manila. That's Frances, whose house we stayed at, on the right.

Jeepney ride in Manila. That's Frances, whose house we stayed at, on the right.

Being the dumb tourists that we are we both got scratched by a cat in El Nido. Seemed like a good idea to get our rabies boosters as soos as - just in case. So we paid a visit to the Makati Medical Centre (read, busy hospital in central Manila), it actually wasn't too bad and we got our shots soon enough - without contracting anything else (we hope).

Being the dumb cat-loving tourists that we are we both got scratched by a cat in El Nido. Seemed like a good idea to get our rabies boosters as soon as - just in case. So we paid a visit to the Makati Medical Centre (read, busy hospital in central Manila), it actually wasn't too bad and we got our shots soon enough.

Hanging out with Megan and Mike in Manila (we were trying to find somewhere to watch a Tour de France stage) but gave up and drank beer instead.

Hanging out with Megan and Mike in Manila (we were trying to find somewhere to watch a Tour de France stage) but gave up and drank beer instead.

Departure – Arrival

a 9hr flight; 14 hours at Changi Airport, Singapore; and then another 3hr flight to Manila.

Leaving Christchurch with a bike and two panniers each - the way to travel! So on the 3rd July Pete dropped us at Christchurch airport and we began the long journey to Manila: a 9hr flight; 14 hours at Changi Airport, Singapore; and then another 3hr flight to Manila.

In Singapore we joined the legions of spaced out travellers who drift around the gigantic airport and after much persistence (and a couple of hours of sleeping on the floor) we managed to get ourselves a room in the transit hotel for a few hours sleep before the final leg to Manila.

In Singapore we joined the legions of spaced out travellers who drift around the gigantic airport and after much persistence (and a couple of hours of sleeping on the floor) we managed to get ourselves a room in the transit hotel for a few hours sleep before the final leg to Manila.

The mega-airport.

The mega-airport.

Arrival in Manila. Shortly before we left NZ typhoon Frank had reaped havoc in the Philippines - causing widespread flooding and capsizing a number of large ships - including the much publicised ferry tragedy that drowned 800 people. Thoughts lingered of monsoon deluges, typhoid outbreaks, road damage, and really not knowing a whole bunch about the regions we were going into.

Arrival in Manila. Shortly before we left NZ typhoon Frank had reaped havoc in the Philippines - causing widespread flooding and capsizing a number of large ships - including the much publicised ferry tragedy that drowned 800 people. Thoughts lingered of monsoon deluges, typhoid outbreaks, road damage, and really not knowing a whole bunch about the regions we were going into.

Francis Gumapec and Megan McNeill (an Aussie living in Manila with her Filipino husband Mike). Francis met us at the airport, took us to her place and made our arrival there really easy.

Francis' place, Makati, Manila. Through couchsurfing we had made contact with a couple of locals: Francis Gumapec and Megan McNeill (an Aussie living in Manila with her Filipino husband Mike). Francis met us at the airport, took us to her place and made our arrival there really easy.

Makati, Manila. Just down the road from where we were staying. It's so much better having a local to stay with than the anonyminity of a hotel. We were leaving the next day anyhow - so with Francis, and later in the evening Megan and Mike we made the most of our time there and explored a tiny bit of Manila.

Makati, Manila. Just down the road from where we were staying. It's so much better having a local to stay with than the anonyminity of a hotel. We were leaving the next day anyhow - so with Francis, and later in the evening Megan and Mike we made the most of our time there and explored a tiny bit of Manila.

Downtown Manila.

Downtown Manila.

Firearms anyone?

Firearms anyone?

Hana, Mike and Megan.

Hana, Mike and Megan. We met Mike and Megan through couchsurfing.


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