Sunday, May 6, 2007

celebrating manila style!

As I’ve posted previously, we just celebrated our 6th year anniv as husband and wife last Friday (it was also a Friday when we exchanged I do’s last 2001) we were planning to go on a swimming trip, just the two of us. Hubby was already planning and scouting the prospective resorts we could go to, but of course work had to interfere (hehehe) i decided to just go on leave for half a day. Hubby fetched me from work, gave me the flowers and his other gift and we went straight to MOA. We ate lunch then ikot lang. i was trying to look for board shorts for Saturday’s family outing… but the good once are all sold out. We tried to watch a movie but all the cinemas except one were were showing spiderman 3…and we already watched that last Wednesday. ( the other one was showing “ang cute ng ina mo” ) so no movie for us today.

At around 4pm we decided to go toFortSantiago, the place where Rizal was kept prisoner before his execution in Luneta. Why here? We have always been interested in historical tours. The corregidor tour amazed us incredibly. We are now even trying to book us a tour with old manila walks. It’s just nice to go on an adventure where you don’t just go for sight seeing and picture taking, you also get to learn stuff and appreciate your culture in the process. Plus, well being a Mapua student, hubby used to bring me here when we were still bf/gf, we even celebrated one of our annivs here, syempre picture taking galore din even then. I remember, we had this really nice picture on the intramuros wall,but both of us were feigning a smile but ended up with a “simang look”…because before the pic was taken, we were arguing about the camera’s positioning. I was afraid that it would fall into the river as he rushes over to my side after pressing the camera’s self timer. I bugged him about it and I pissed him off. Hence the “simang look” hehehe…

We toured the museum, there was a group of foreigners with a tour guide and we tried to follow them, listening to the guide’s trivia and explanations, until he started looking at us. Buking! Hehehe. When we went outside we saw a “katipunero” having a hard time folding the Philippine flag during flag down. Being a C.A.T. officer in highschool hubby knew that the flag should never touch the ground, in reverence to our motherland. (officer din ako noon, pero di ko alam yon!) and here was this man trying to fold the flag with its edges all over the floor. Of course to the rescue and hubby ko! Here are some pics. Notice ka-kulay pa nya ng uniform ang mga katipuneros (lol!)

kahit off na ako, tulong pa din sanay na sanay sa C.A.T dakilang katipunero we sealed our fort santiago tour with a kiss

We left na soon after, we were tired, hungry and dehydrated. B decided to conclude our day with a authentic manila experience, eating at the estero at ongpin. Grabe lang talaga ang traffic! We wanted to visit the old church there but there was no parking area. Hay. When we got to estero, it was a bit crowded. It was a little street beside the creek with food stalls offering fresh seafood on their trays. You can request how you want you food to be cooked, whether stuffed, fried, steamed etc.. Dampa style eating with a distinct Chinese taste. We decided to stay in the upstairs aircon room. We ordered 2 pc stuffed squid, beef with broccoli, calamares, hototay soup, 2 rice and 2 cokes. Everything looked yummy and the preparations didn’t really take along time. Plus cheap too. Everything cost us a little more than P300. Haay, sira na naman ang diet, what diet?! Mwhehehe.

upstairs sa aircon room dinner is served!

After dinner, super busog na! we went driving around and were able to take these pics of manila by night.

manila by night manila by night

Hay, on our way home, kahit super sleepy na, we had to pass by a grocery store and buy our supplies for the family outing the next day. And when we did get home I had to cook some spaghetti.
Busy, happy, fun, fulfilling day.
Happy anniversary again honey!
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