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.