Hello Manila – Goodbye Singapore

Singapore to Manila. Another place I can add to my Country Collection list. $20.00 and fifteen minutes later we arrive at the airport. That’s the bonus of an early morning  flight. Otherwise we would have been stuck in the crazy traffic.

Border service, fast and easy. Once again my finger prints via the automated machine didn’t take. The agent was helpful and took my finger prints the old way.. cleared to enter.

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Our travel rule…do not check luggage. Not worth taking the risk of loosing our bags.  Unfortunately due to weight restrictions we decided to prepay for our luggage. Worrisome and frustrating. Approaching the counter we notice no luggage being weighed. Yeah! Cleared to go.

Our flight with Cebu Airline was on time. Cebu has some bad reviews. Comfortable and clean. It is $1.00 for a cup of tea. With a flight so cheap, what would you care. As we descend I get a good look at the area below. A huge fish farm below and small house boats along the coast.

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Entering the airport it looks like we are either in Guatemala or Mexico. Nothing like Asia. Didn’t check the history of the Philippines. Not a history buff. Later learned the Philippines has a huge population that originated from Spain, As did Guatemala and Mexico. Who knew!

Sticking to our rule. Entry Form completed before arrival.The Border  Control agent takes our form upon arrival . Welcome to the Philippines!

Outside the airport our Hotel driver Joshua is waiting. Surprised how crammed it is with people and vehicles. Joshua took a half hour to manoeuvre through the mob to pick us up,

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Perfect location, near the Makati City Mall. Walking distance to the Greenbelt. Our room is older than expected. Comfortable, spacious and well maintained. Great value.

The 8 hour tour of the city didn’t look great. We book with Joshua to take us around the city tomorrow. Pat is hit with a cold so we decide to stay here and have dinner upstairs. It’s an outdoor rooftop Mexican Restaurant. Not the best food. Tiny little tortillas. The view here of the area is wonderful. Perfect place for a drink.

 

 

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