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Monday, December 02, 2013

Day 3-4: Manila (University of Santo Tomas, Chinatown, Mall of Asia)

University of Santo Tomas (UST), founded more than 400 years ago is the oldest university in the Philippines. For comparison, Harvard is slightly 10 years younger than UST.

The only reason we came all the way here is to admire the architecture. I felt a bit awkward taking photos with those young students wondering what I was doing in their campus with a kid in tow. :D

The oldest university in Philippines

Next, we went to Chinatown to check out the wholesale shopping mall. 999 mall is huge, with thousands of kiosks selling clothes ranging from bridal gown to pyjamas. The best part is most items were priced at 100 pesos (SGD 3) only. Design and quality wise, it wasn't as nice as those in Korea, I think it's more like Bangkok kind of level. Nevertheless, we were pretty happy with what we could find here. :)

Got to love the vibrant atmosphere, it motivated me to find more stuff to buy. :D

Only for Hello Kitty maniacs

We didn't have time to explore the market. I guess it was even cheaper out there.

Chinatown at night

Jeepney is a popular public transport mode in Philippines. We saw them often on the road with their unique and colorful decorations. My daughter was very excited whenever she spotted one, she would say "Mommy, that's the funny car." These Jeepneys below were on displayed in Chinatown. Painted by the artists, they showcased the Philippines culture.

Mall of Asia is the 11th largest shopping mall in the world. The retail space might be huge but it doesn't have a lot of shops that couldn't be finished in one day.

Manila Bay
After browsing the shops for one whole day, we went to the promenade opposite the mall to enjoy the sea breeze from Manila Bay. Too bad the sky wasn't very clear for us to catch the sunset.

A small amusement park at the promenade

The view of Manila Bay

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