Manila, 2019 March
March 16th: Flying to Manila
After two stops, one in Copenhagen and another one in Hong Kong, I arrive at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). It took a long time to get here, but airports are easy to navigate even when large in size.
As I got to Manila at night, I just buy something to eat and go to my hotel room to sleep.
March 17th: Intramuros
My first stop is the old Spanish downtown.
I visit some old churches. It creates a estrange feeling to see such a characteristic Spanish architecture surrounded by flora and fauna that does not fit my mental image of the site. Even the light is noticeable different than in Spain. Everything is genuinely Filipino.
Fort Santiago dominates the old Spanish downtown. And José Rizal dominates the fort. My last stop is the National Museum of Natural History, an impressive building with an impressive collection.
I take the opportunity that it is a weekend to go back to the hotel by light rail (LRT). I change to MRT Line 3 at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, commonly known as EDSA, and I almost get lost as I traverse different buildings and streets to get to the station. And finally I get down at Makati where my hotel is situated.
March 19th: Makati
I start my day at the office, as this is a business trip. But in the evening I go for a stroll in Makati, where I have the hotel. When it starts to get dark, I walk back to the Hotel. But I see many workers queuing to take the different buses and jeepneys to get home, public transport in Manila needs many improvements.
March 23th: Ayala museum
It is Saturday again, so I have a complete day for doing some more tourism. I do not leave Makati, thou.
The highlight of the day is the Ayala Museum. Art, antique artifacts, historical dioramas and more can be found in this five-story museum.
March 24th: Hong Kong
In my way back to Stockholm, I have a long stop at Hong Kong International Airport. Instead of stating in the airport I go to the city for a quick visit.