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Easter Week & Weekend 2012

10 Apr 2012  Manila Revisited for Self and First Time for Hubby. Mission Outreach at General Santos
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Manila Experience & General Santos, Mission Tour.....
Footprint of our experience....

  • 1. The Bayleaf
    The Bayleaf, Manila, Metro Manila
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    Avg price: $89

    April 3 &4, 2012
    A lovely new hotel in a lovely historic area of Intramuros, away from the Makati gridlock......and next to a golf course....

    Check out my review...


    Amazing display of local talent in Art, although this is the most "local" museum I have ever visted in my life....

  • 3. Intramuros
    Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila

    April 4th 2012

    Love this historical area....Check out my review.....

  • 4. San Agustin Church
    San Agustin Church, Manila, Metro Manila

    Spy Wednesday, April 4 2012
    UNESCO World Heritage Site (1994) - Oldest Church in the Philippines
    The chandeliers are awesome.

  • 5. Fort Santiago
    Fort Santiago, Manila, Metro Manila

    Spy Wednesday, April 4 2012

    One of the "must visit" places in Intramuros. It is worth pay Php75.00 for them to maintain the grounds. Includes entrance to Rizal Shrine.

  • 6. Rizal Shrine
    Rizal Shrine, Manila, Metro Manila

    Spy Wednesday, April 4 2012
    Worth visiting. Never knew about Jose Rizal as the founding father of Philippines till my visit

  • 7. Manila Light Rail Transit System
    Manila Light Rail Transit System, Manila, Metro Manila

    Spy Wednesday, April 4 2012

  • 8. Greenbelt Park
    Greenbelt Park, Manila, Metro Manila

    Spy Wednesday, April 4 2012

    A lovely upmarket area with many malls.....but we are not on a shopping trip.

  • 9. Sentro 1771
    Sentro 1771, Makati, Metro Manila

    Spy Wednesday, April 4 2012

    Filipino Food in a Modern Setting @ Greenbelt Park. It is good but I prefer Abe!!

  • 10. Journey from Manila to Tagaytay

    Maundy Thursday, April 5 2012
    The adventure begins when we checked out of The Bayleaf on Maundy Thursday asking them to help us get a metered taxi so that we can take a bus from EDSA rotunda to Tagaytay.
    As it turns out, the metered taxi wanted to send us to Tagaytay for thousands of pesos. He unwilling sent us, and half-way decided to drop us off the TAFT highway. We insisted that he sends us back to our hotel. From there, we took another taxi.. The same thing happened, but I insisted that he sends us to the EDSA rotunda. He unwillingly did. So we finally managed to hop on the Manila-Batangas Batman Express bus (only Php 156 for 2 persons). Somehow, God is good. After every trial comes the rainbow.
    We were fortunate to be sitting next to a nice Christian Filipino lady who lives in Silang. She explained that we are taking the coastal route, past Imus, Dasmarinas, Silang. I was surprised to learn a huge Korean community in Silang. the lady has 5 boys and 1 girl. She runs a language centre and an apartelle. She was so helpful and even advise us where to alight. I could sense that she is a God-sent angel.
    She doesn't attend church regularly, but I can sense God's presence in her heart.

  • 11. Tagaytay
    Tagaytay, Cavite Province

    Maundy Thursday, April 5 2012
    City of Tagaytay, the highest point of Cavite, Philippines. Tagaytay City is known as the grand viewing deck for the smallest volcano in the world, Taal Volcano. It is also a place of solitude and relatively characterized by low temperature, low humidity and abundant rainfall.

  • 12. Taal Volcano
    Taal Volcano, Batangas Province, Calabarzon Region

    Maundy Thursday, April 5 2012
    World's smallest volcano......
    Awesome sunset @ volcano in a volcano! See review.

    Our tricycle driver, Chris, is God-sent and really awesome! He is NOT a guide but he is a honest and cheerful driver. His tricycle is well-maintained too! I highly recommend him for travelling around Tagaytay. Mobile: (0907) 9735736. For international calls, +63 907 973 5736

    Here's the going rate from Tagaytay Rotunda to :
    1. Moon Garden - Php 30
    2. Talisay (for banca boat to Taal Volcano) - Php 300
    He brought us to Leynes Resort, at Leynes Talisay, Batangas for the boat ride.

    I am pretty sure if you contact the resort directly, they will arrange for transportation from Tagaytay. Call Amy of Leynes Resort at 0920-3142637 or 0919-9908472

  • 13. Tootsie's Restaurant

    Maundy Thursday, April 5 2012
    A lovely home-cooked Filipino restaurant in Tagaytay, on Maundy Thursday. Absolutely love their Adobe flakes!!

  • 14. Moon Garden

    Maundy Thursday, April 5 2012
    Love this B&B. I could hibernate here forever.....

  • 15. Peoples Park In The Sky
    Peoples Park In The Sky, Tagaytay, Cavite Province

    Good Friday, April 6 2012
    Don't bother wasting your time here. It is in a sorry state. The view is great but you can get the same view in other parts of Tagaytay.

  • 16. The Adoration Chapel of the Pink Sisters

    Good Friday, April 6 2012

    Absolutely lovely gardens and chapel. Very crowded on Good Friday. Close to Moon Garden but not walking distance.

  • 17. Angels Hills Retreat and Formation Center

    Founded in 1999, the two hectare lot of Angels Hills Retreat and Formation Center is conveniently located along Aguinaldo Hi-way, right next to Pink Sisters.

  • 18. Casa Amapola Manila
    Casa Amapola Manila, Makati, Metro Manila

    April 6 2012 (Good Friday)

    Rockwell is a great residential area but I'd never stay here again to be a prisoner in a residential home. We thought this place might be closer to the airport than Intramuros, and it might be better to stay in a residential home on a Good Friday....it was a mistake...

  • 19. Ninoy Aquino International Airport

    April 3, April 7, April 9, April 10

    This is the most disconnected airport I have ever come across. The terminals are "connected" by shuttles (you have to queue up and pay for the shuttles). Unless i am flying into Philippines and going domestic, I will never use Ninoy Aquino International Airport for connections.

    I am completely skeptical about the effectiveness of NAIA. The fixed rate taxis is flat Php500 and their metered taxis....also took us for a ride......

  • 20. Cebu Pacific Airlines

    April 7 2012

    Cebu Pacific flies out from Terminal 3 (the nicest of the 3 airport terminals). The irony is that the international flights are mostly at Terminal 1 (old terminal) while this budget airline flies out from Terminal 3).

    There are only two budget airlines that flies to General Santos : Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express (under Philippine Airlines). My local friends tell me Cebu Pacific is quite good. This is my first time flying Cebu Pacific.

    The uniforms are cheery and the fun part is that they make flying fun by playing games on the plane.

  • 21. General Santos
    General Santos, South Cotabato Province

    April 7 2012
    I had NO IDEA that this the Mindanao till I arrived. Obviously I was too busy to research more thoroughly. I knew it is not popular tourist destination because there is not much literature on it.
    All I know about Mindano is the kidnappings and muslim insurgence in the newspapers.....
    We visited the Bawing Alliance Church and started visiting 5 families on the scholarship and livelihood program. All of them live in Nipa huts. If I think my late grandma's village in Guangzhou was poor ( in 1993), this is far poorer.

  • 22. Dolores Tropicana Resort

    April 7 & 8 2012 (Easter Weekend)

    Trust me, this is only a "resort" from a local perspective. The pictures may look "rustic" but it is a resort far far worse that any NTUC resort for the mass market or some of the HK campsites. Two nights here is enough....
    1. There is no hot water. Or rather, the heater is not working.
    2. The loud music in the "resort" goes Boom Boom Boom througout. 24 hours.
    3. The room smells.....
    4. All-in-all, it is very very very very very basic......
    Very poorly maintained resort. My husband got bed bugs, my friend got cockroach in her room....

    The biggest saving grace is their garlic fried chicken, kinilaw and fried tang hoon :)

    Of course, I also have to remember that Christ died for us on the Cross this Easter, so what is this little suffering compared to His?

  • 23. Lemlunay Resort & South Point Divers
    Lemlunay Resort & South Point Divers, Sarangani Province, Mindanao

    April 8 2012, Easter Sunday.

    After the 5 am Sunrise Easter service at Bawing Alliance Church, and interviewing the students to re-qualify them for scholarships, all of us were famished headed back to the Dolores Tropicana "Resort" for late lunch. 5 of us headed to this resort (instead of resting) as we head so much about the views. It was breathtaking ! Excellent view!!
    Some of the best things in life is God-created. You don't need to have a lot of money to feel God's presence.

  • 24. Sarangani Highlands Garden and Restaurant
    Sarangani Highlands Garden and Restaurant, General Santos, South Cotabato Province

    April 8 2012, Easter Sunday.

    We were here for a small graduate ceremony for the scholarship students who have benefited from the scholarships sponsored by UC Church. The meal was simple (just 3 main courses, fruits and drinks) and it costs Php12.000 to feed 40 pax, an occasion of joy/treat for the parents of the kids. It felt like family.

  • 25. Shekinah Alliance Bible College

    April 9 2012, Easter Monday

    Coming from a developed country, I never knew how under-resourced a 3rd World Bible College can be. The infrastructure is far worse than my primary school (that's 37 years ago) and it makes me realise we live in a world of abundance, taking everything for granted. It is a reminder that we don't need to be "wealthy" in order to live & serve God.

  • 26. BEST WESTERN Hotel La Corona
    BEST WESTERN Hotel La Corona, Manila, Metro Manila
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    Avg price: $66

    April 9 2012 (Easter Monday)

    Check out hotel review....
    We thought this hotel might be more convenient to Terminal 1, since we are flying off the next day.

    It is a pretty decent hotel in a rather seedy area.....

  • 27. Cupcakes by Sonja
    Cupcakes by Sonja, Manila, Metro Manila

    April 9 2012
    So glad our friend brought us here! Especially after I read it from Tripadvisor!!

  • 28. Slice Cafe, Serendra

    April 9 2012
    Could not resist the Chocolate Yema and Red Velvet Cupake.
    The Chocolate Yema is awesome. Super moist and chocolatey!!

  • 29. Abe Restaurant Serendra
    Abe Restaurant Serendra, Taguig City, Metro Manila

    April 9 2012
    Very popular with the locals. We loved the food here! Check out the reivew & photos.
    Another great restaurant from the LJC Group.

  • 30. Cafe Mary Grace
    Cafe Mary Grace, Taguig City, Metro Manila

    April 9 2012

    After a heay dinner at Abe's, we saw Mary Grace. Our friends says the Ensaymada is the best! So we just have to TRY !! Just one!

  • 31. Lorenzo's Way
    Lorenzo's Way, Makati, Metro Manila

    April 9 2012

    Our friend loves the Halo Halo here.....so we just have to try it. Last night in Manila. This restaurant is part of the LJC Group, and serves the best dish from every region.

  • 32. Robinsons Place Mall
    Robinsons Place Mall, Manila, Metro Manila

    April 10, 2012

    This is not a shopping trip for us, but we dropped by here before heading to the airport, to grab some mangoes (dried and fresh ones) for our friends in HK.

  • 33. Cathay Pacific

    April 10 2012

    We got upgraded to Business Class :)
    What a great way to finish up a trip!!