Manila, The Philippines

This is the second time that I have been here. Here is a link to the blog post for the first time when I went on a tour of the old city and visited a museum. https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/manila-philippines/

I have been told that it is not safe for me to go out alone here as I have been doing for the past 28 days in other ports. I did not like any of the tours the ship was offering so I went on shuttle bus to a shopping mall and went to a spa. I am now all set for my five days in Hong Kong. I did take some photos of the skyline of Manila from the top deck of the ship. The green spaces are Rizal Park and the white hotel with an old and new section is the Manila Hotel where the American General MacArthur had his headquarters during WW II.

Today was a happy day for the Filipino crew as they had over 1000 of their family members come to visit them on the ship. Most are on  8 month contracts so some have not seen their families for some time. These ship visits are a Holland America tradition when visiting The Philippines and Indonesia where most of the crew are from.

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Rizal Park                                               Manila Hotel

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4 Responses to Manila, The Philippines

  1. Luna says:

    Manila is pretty chaotic, but it has its charm! I have also been told by locals not to go out on my own, but I haven’t had any problems besides an airport taxi trying to scam me into paying x10 the fare amount. Maybe it helps that look like a local. Hope you enjoyed your time there!

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