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Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Art, Travel | 6 comments

My, My, How Things Have Changed in Manila

My, My, How Things Have Changed in Manila

After a long voyage to get to the Philippines, I feel very happy to be finally here.  I must say that I was really doubting the soundness of my decision to bring my family to the Philippines as we were stopping at various airports for layovers and as we were going through the hassles of traveling halfway across the globe in one day.

Manila is still a very busy and active city with traffic jams that annoy you like any major city. However, there is definitely growth and development in the city that I did not see the last time I was here.  I suppose the fact that even the dollar-peso exchange rate is more in favor of the Philippine peso is a testament to that fact.  There’s also a lot of construction and building in certain neighborhoods like Fort Bonifacio, an old military base called Fort McKinley under the American occupation.  The whole area is now called Bonifacio Global City and has been a huge success in terms of urban development with many schools, restaurants, stores and residence in the area.   Different modern art installations and sculptures also dot  the neighborhood, which makes for a fun walk despite the scorching heat.

Jeepneys, vestiges of the American occupation, are often how Filipinos get around in Manila

Jeepneys, vestiges of the American occupation and adapted to local tastes, are often how Filipinos get around in Manila

Breads line this mannequin at Bread Talk Bakery

Bread line this mannequin at Bread Talk Bakery

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Colorful fruit stand

Colorful fruit stand

Construction at Bonifacio Global City

Construction at Bonifacio Global City

At Abe Restaurant, restaurant named after the owner's father who was writer and bon vivant E. Aguilar Cruz

At Abe Restaurant, named after the owner’s father who was writer and bon vivant E. Aguilar Cruz

Waiter preparing bamboo rice by beating rhythmically against bamboo before serving dish

Waiter preparing bamboo rice by beating rhythmically against bamboo before serving dish

A fave Filipino dessert, called halo-halo (literally mx-mix), is a melange of different sweet stuff

A fave Filipino dessert, called halo-halo (literally mix-mix), is a melange of different sweet ingredients

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6 Comments

  1. Myla,

    Amazing pictures!!! Wish you and your family all the best. I think it was a great idea to take the girls. Looking forward to your next post.

    Best,
    Dana

    • Thanks, Dana! The girls are having fun. So far, they have only seen Manila so it is not too much of a shock. It will be interesting to see how they react when they see smaller towns. Good luck with he wedding next week! I am sure it will be lovely!

  2. It is truly amazing. I would love to visit!
    There’s a feeling I can’t really describe to visiting your home country with your children. It feels like reconnecting two parts of yourself.
    Enjoy your stay. I am looking forward to more posts.

    • There is definitely something inexplicable about the whole experience. It is great to be able to share it with your kids. I think it enriches their understanding of you, your culture as well as those of others.

  3. i like how you capture the waiter’s “gigil” expression while tapping the bamboo rice. looks like a great start to the trip. can’t wait to read more!

    • The waiter was definitely loving the whole experience! He definitely was very “gigil,” thus the lip biting.

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