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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Day 2: Manila (Intramuros and Greenbelt)

On the second day, we took a taxi ride up north to the historic city of Manila, the Intramuros. This walled city is the most famous tourist attraction in Manila.

Fort Santiago, the most famous landmark of Manila.

The Catholic Church was having a flower parade in Intramuros on that day. Since early morning, we could see many volunteers arrived and helping to decorate the saint statues with fresh flowers. I wasn't sure what the event was about and unfortunately we couldn't wait to see the parade because it would only start in the late afternoon.

Preparing for the flower parade

Intramuros cobblestone street

Monument to commemorate 100,000 victims killed in the Battle of Manila

San Agustin Church
It is one of the most beautiful church I ever see in Asia. When I entered the church, it was as if I was in a church in Europe. :D

We went back to Makati and had our lunch at Greenbelt. Greenbelt is one of the biggest shopping mall in Manila with five buildings interconnected by the bridge. The shops in Greenbelt are mostly mid to high end which doesn't really appeal to me. But anyway, it's a nice place to hang around in one of the cafes by the garden.

A small chapel in the Greenbelt garden

We had our lunch at Sentro 1771, a modern Filipino cuisine restaurant. We ordered sour beef soup, crispy pork rib and a jug of tamarind lemon juice. The meal was good but quite expensive, cost us close to SGD 50.

Crispy pork rib and Sinigang, the sour beef soup. The beef was so tender that it melted in your mouth.

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