Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting Lost in Makati City, Manila

ayala avenue makati city manila philippines
Manila, a place even within the Philippines seems like totally unknown to me. Never been here once. I'm just seeing it on the TV yet, I am not sure what it actually looks like in front of you. So, being in this whole unfamiliar place kinda feels like a chill of fun, thrill and adventure. And having a budget barely enough for two adds the tension. We have to spend the money just for necessary stuffs and delicious foods.

There are few things I never knew at that time. 1.) Foods are reasonably expensive but sound ridiculous to me. How can we spend 1,000 pesos just for a meal of 2 persons? Really, it's just too ridiculous! We could have made it for the whole day meal here in Davao. I am not nagging. I am just completely lost in money and in this place. 2.) Stuffs like clothes, shoes and accessories are surprisingly cheap! Ok, at least there are something cheap in here. If we had gotten extra money then we could have bought everything we want. Damn, its pitiful!
Preparing for the big battle! 
My co-agent (left) and the so-called "Tour Guide" (right). 
Ok, enough of blah blah blahs... Let's get to the issue on how we spent our whole afternoon walking tediously around Makati City. We've got a mission to do in here; "Go to Blue Horizon and personally hand them our present - a box of delicious pomelo fresh from Davao City":D

riding MRT train in Makati City
My first ride in a train!
From Pasay, we rode a jeepney going to MRT Station (dunno if it's really called that way, MRT or LRT, but I guess it is). I won't state all the stupidness we made here. But, it was definitely embarrassing and we looked like an idiot! The crowd freaked me out! Never thought it would be as tough as it was riding a train and it was my first time so I almost blurted out "Hey! Don't stick to me closely!" because it's too jam-packed.

makati city manila philippines
Our battle begins!
After the train, we rode a jeepney again and stopped at Ayala Avenue. Then, we started our long-end journey in Makati City. While walking by, I took some pictures of the City which I did enjoy. The surroundings were pretty clean, having numerous lofty buildings with fine architecture wherever you looked at. A true figure of a cosmopolitan area here in the Philippines.
makati city
ayala avenue makati city manila philippines
A snapshot on a ride! 
buildings in manila
The Peninsula Hotel
rcbc tower and yuchengco tower makati city
RCBC Plaza Tower 2: Yuchengco Tower and RCBC Tower
We started heading off to Blue Horizon at around 3:00pm and dropped at Ayala Avenue for about half an hour. We asked the bodyguard for directions but seemed to give us the other way around. Result was, we headed back to where we started before. We were damn LOST!!! As far as I remember, I think we had asked about 5 different people until we reached the place. So, it took almost 3 hours of walking before reaching Blue Horizon. Sheesh, that was really exhausting and we hadn't eaten yet. 

If you are gonna ask about "What's the use of our tour guide?" Well, he doesn't seem familiar and accustomed to the place. He lived in Quezon so that's how the things explained. 
Ayala Avenue underpass
...And FINALLY, we arrived at Blue Horizon Travel & Tours! We handed them our little present and mingled with the staffs we have been working with up until now. After getting to know with the fellow agents, we returned afterwards 'coz it was really getting so late. "The battle is finally OVER", or so I thought.
A souvenir picture of our battle!
At Greenbelt
Our way back was a bit hilarious though. We totally got confused. "Where are we going to ride for MOA?"  That would be our next destination for leisure after the exasperating trip in Makati. The bodyguard (again?) told us to follow the bunch of people heading way out to the mall. That's what we did. We walked along with them, passing into Greenbelt, then an overpass and then an entrance to a particular mall i think. However, just as we were about to enter the said mall, the cluster instantly dispersed! Where the hell are those bunch of people going? Then, for the second time, we got LOST, AGAIN!!!

picture of glorietta in makati city
We asked the sales lady coz we were sick of those bodyguards anymore for the way out and finally reached the exit. We rode a bus heading to SM Mall of Asia.

Even though it was definitely a tiring trip for us. I did enjoy every bit of it. An unforgettable experience only happened here in Makati City.