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Manila, Philippines

August 2012

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The largest Christian nation in Asia, not to mention a population almost 8x the amount of our original hometown. 

We have known several people from the Philippines through work & social life and knew we had to add this amazing country to our itinerary. We spent 3 remarkable days on the beach in Boracay, but the majority of the trip is discovering the giant and interesting city of Manila. Travel guides recommend booking a Manila hotel room near city attractions, but we decided to stay in an apartment for our month long trip.

  • The Redeeming Qualities of Manila

    The Redeeming Qualities of Manila

    Manila, Philippines

    Okay so our last week was much better than the first two weeks. We did a day trip to Corrigedore, WWII overload. We meet with missionaries, had dinner with employees and landlords. We visited the Children's museum & the famous Rizal Park. Josh also played golf with the Who's Who of the Philippines. Less of a whinge right here.

  • Corregidor Teaches Me Love Languages

    Corregidor Teaches Me Love Languages

    Manila, Philippines

    Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometres west of Manila located strategically at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valour, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II. Join us as we visit this island that is slowly returning to it's former glory and how it taught me my daughter's Love Language.

  • Fun Things To Do In Manila: Holding An Orang Utan's Hand

    Fun Things To Do In Manila: Holding An Orang Utan's Hand

    Manila, Philippines

    What’s up with Manila? It certainly is not as exciting and easy going as Kuala Lumpur. It is not as laid back and beautiful as Boracay. It isn’t actually anything I can rave about or would care to come back to. But we have committed to two weeks here (since one week was given to Boracay) and as always we are determined to nut out the best places to take Toddlers while we are here. Check out visits to Cosmic Kidz, Robot Zoo & Ark of Avilon.