Holy Week in Manila

We arrived Manila with no definite plans on how we will spend our Holy Week. My only goal was to eat the food I missed and see as much friends as I could.

Here are the highlights of our Manila trip:

1. Jed purchased his very own Yamaha PSR3000. He misses playing the keyboard, and it's about time he owns one. He has the talent and its a waste if he won't put it to use. Now, he could play beautiful music for me and the baby in my womb.

Photo from www.musiciansfriend.com

2. Meeting friends!!

It was a spontaneous trip and we had nothing specific planned. As much as we would like to meet all our friends, we did not have that much time. We only met with a few close friends.

at Mrs. Fields Cookie Cafe with our favorite married couples
(Photo from Rob & Samantha Johnson)

Dinner with my best girls at Chili's in Greenbelt 5

3. I was raised a Catholic and in our family Holy Week is a very solemn time. I was never allowed to go out except do "Holy Week stuff" like trips to the church. etc.

So last Maundy Thursday was a first for me to do something "different." Jed and I met up with Rob and Sam, and Kris and Malou, together with their friend Michelle, and we toured the city of Manila. I truly enjoyed the day with these group of wonderful people. We rode the calesa while going around the walled city. We took a sunset cruise of Manila Bay. And the best dinner at Harbor View restaurant.

In Intramuros posing with the friars
(Photo from Rob & Samantha Johnson)

The best sunset is at Manila Bay

4. It's all about FOOD!

My appetite is back as soon as I landed in Manila. I was craving for almost everything - frozen yoghurt, taho, Tita Pining's lugaw, my mother's cooking, the chicken noodle soup at Pho Hoa, cheeseburger from Tropical Hut, Pepper Lunch and the list goes on. Now these are the things that I can't find in Cabu (except maybe for taho).

5. Trips to the malls = shopping. There was the Powerplant Mall, SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza, the new Greenbelt and Trinoma. I am having a hard time fitting into my clothes. I needed to buy maternity shorts. It was strange going into a maternity store for the first time.

I missed out a trip to Bonifacio High Street/Serendra. I intended to buy those cupcakes but we did not have the time anymore. I even planned to watch a movie, but we had so many things going on and that was not possible. I do not need to worry because another trip to Manila is coming up soon.

Happy days are here again!

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