Manila: MOA and Intramuros

Despite we were still ‘healing’ from our culture shock and lack of sleep, we decided to meet up with Johanna’s cousin Fracy after a visit of one of the biggest malls we’ve ever seen: MOA a.k.a. Mall Of Asia. This mall is simply HUGE (if we’re right, the 11th largest mall in the world). Well, we’ve already been to number 1 in Dubai but this was different because you could actually walk outside without dying from the sun. Plus, there were less Gucci bags and rich people around. Just ordinary people, like me and you.
But more about MOA in upcoming posts, since it was just a block away from where we were staying.

  Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Known as the Walled City, the original fortified city of Manila was the seat of the Spanish government during the Spanish colonial period. The walled part of Manila was called intramuros, which is Latin for “within the walls”; districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning “outside the walls” (Wikipedia, 2013)

A little introduction of what Intramuros is. As you may, or may not know, Intramuros was built to protect the city from enemy invasions and even in WO II it served as protection against the Japanese army. But during the battles, the wall was heavily damaged. We visited this piece of old physical history, which is pretty hard to find in Manila. Besides, it provides you a great view of the Pasig river.

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When you enter Intramuros, a lot of guides will try to convince you to take a tour with them. Don’t fall for that, unless you really want to know everything about Intramuros, because they ask a lot for a tour. Just like the taxi drivers taking you there. Be slightly agressive and just say no to the injustice (oh the drama).
A long story short, a tour is not necessary and the area is not too big to get lost.

p.s. don’t forget to bring your mosquito repellant, some parts are filled with them!

Pinoy’s night out
We were so tired from not having a rest for even a minute, but Van and his friends wanted to do something. In the end we went on with it because we’d probably never do this again. On we went to Resorts World in Pasay City (part of Manila). Resorts World is kind of fancy, with a casino, cinema and all kinds of shops. Some parts of the building have this European look, pretty cool.
On with the story, we went to the cinema to watch the movie World War Z. The movie was epic, but it could also have been the fact that it was REALLY cold in the cinema. Maybe it spiced up the thrill a bit.
What is it with Asian malls and cinemas anyways that it’s so cold!?
We grabbed a drink or two in one of the restaurants in ‘Europe’. It was great hanging with these guys! Next time we’ll make sure we have more energy and less jetlag. To give you an impression, here some google shots!

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– Vincent & Johanna

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  • […] One might say that there is nothing to do in the Philippine province Bataan, then one must open its eyes. The Philippines is a naturally diverse country due to its geography. In Bataan, World War II has played a prominent role in history and the story is made sure to be remembered in several ways. Last time you could read about a WWII memorial at Mt. Samat. This time, we visited a memorial on Corregidor Island. An island with an important role in protecting the city of Manila. […]

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