Hotels in Manila Philippines

Just a twenty minute drive from the international airport, Manila’s Miramar hotel is one of the best hotels in the country. It is located on the lively Roxas Boulevard and gives you an opportunity to take in the glorious sunsets of the bay. This hotel remains true to its nomenclature which means “look at the sea” in Spanish. Guests get a wonderful opportunity to view the beautiful seascape of the Bay from any of the 40 hotel rooms in this 3-star hotel.

ID-10028302All of the guestrooms are decorated with a wooden shade & come with grey carpeting which gives the guests a nice and cozy atmosphere to live in. The hotel is equipped with a nice balance of comforts and amenities and almost anyone who stays here is sure to recommend it to his/her friends. You even get complimentary WI-Fi with the hotel room and telephone services. There is a fully stocked refrigerator for snacks and a mini bar where you can make your own drinks. You can even have a relaxing bath if you feel like. You can choose between hot and cold water. And every night, before going to sleep, you can look through your window into the dark and deep Manila Bay. (For more information, check Philippines Travel now!)

And if you get hungry, there is no need to worry, the Bistro Michelle is located on-site and serves six different cuisines. So you are sure to find something you like on their menu. You can order room service or you can visit the fancy restaurant in the hotel. If you want a fine wine or want to hear some lovely instrumental music and are looking for a quiet place to dine then you can try the Mezzanine bar. It’s the perfect place for you to spend time with your friends, family and even business associates relaxing after a hard day’s work.

ID-10083547And as far as work is concerned, the hotel staff are at your service to help you any secretarial services you may require including e-mails and facsimiles as well. There is even a functions room in the hotel with the latest audio-visual equipment which means that you have all the right tools at your disposal to make your presentation a success.

Lastly, if you want to have some fun you can visit the SM Mall of Asia which is otherwise known as the biggest mall in Asia and the world. And the best part is that it’s just 10 minutes or so away. So are you ready to experience the beautiful city of Manila like you never have before? Well why are you still waiting? Go online and book your accommodation today.

Some snap shots in Manila

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San Agustin Church, and Manila Cathedral. The walled “city” is a breath of fresh air and rather peaceful escape in a busy bustling city such as Manila. The Rizal memorial museum was closed for renovations, but it is still nice to walk around the park, and the fortress walls. It also gives you chance to get “up close” to the Pasig River. Although I’m not sure how close you would really want to get to it given the trash and colour of the polluted water. It doesn’t seem to stop some of the local kids though who could be spotted on the opposite bank swimming in the filfthy water. They must have cast iron stomachs and immune systems!

Overall I was quite impressed with the quality of the images the Canon EOS 70D takes with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. I did find though for urban street photography a longer lens would be better to be able to get closer to subjects without being too intrusive. Something I’m always quite self conscious of when I’m photographing people on the streets. I saw chances for many great shots but was a little shy to poke the camera too close!

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Morning Boxing
Arnis Practice
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Street kids playing
Manila Vegetable Delivery
Street cat in Intramuros
Staring street cat
San Agustin Church
Intramuros Wedding
Manila Cathedral

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As I got a new Canon EOS 70D camera I felt like going out for a stroll around an area of Manila to take some urban street photographs. I spent Sunday morning wandering around Luneta Park (Rizal Park) and across to the national museum and then Intramuros, the old Spanish fortress and home to some of the best architecture in Manila. San Agustin Church, and Manila Cathedral. The walled “city” is a breath of fresh air and rather peaceful escape in a busy bustling city such as Manila. The Rizal memorial museum was closed for renovations, but it is still nice to walk around the park, and the fortress walls. It also gives you chance to get “up close” to the Pasig River. Although I’m not sure how close you would really want to get to it given the trash and colour of the polluted water. It doesn’t seem to…

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By the Sea

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Those were the moments that I have and will always look forward to… the moments of silence and calmness. It was during those times when I can really think of serious stuff without any interruption or think nothing at all while watching small boats pass by and huge ships slowly disappear over the horizon.

It has always been my dream to build a beach house and enjoy the morning breeze sipping my morning coffee with my special someone standing right next to me at the balcony. That scene to me is nearly perfect. But for now, it will still be just a dream… Not for long, I wish.

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For reasons I can’t seem to explain… the beach is the only place on earth where I can instantly find my peace of mind. The mere sight of the sea can be an instant antidote to my toxic day.

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While I was on Christmas holiday at my parents’ place last December, I was able to enjoy those rare moments at the beach either sitting alone on a piece of driftwood or playing with my parents’ dog trying to trick him to get into the cold water. Those were the moments that I have and will always look forward to… the moments of silence and calmness. It was during those times when I can really think of serious stuff without any interruption or think nothing at all while watching small boats pass by and huge ships slowly disappear over the horizon.

It has always been my dream to build a beach…

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Dusty Trail to Taal Volcano

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She straddled a slightly off-white donkey that appeared marginally taller and stronger than the others. My wife’s co-worker, a visiting Minnesotan who came along for the ride, picked the second-best option. That left me with Jerome, the shortest and least capable looking donkey in the lineup. Brown coat, black mane, burned out.  We rode ahead in the dust, joining a line of tourists on an uphill climb to the world’s smallest active volcano.

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The most recent period of volatility at the Taal Volcano occurred between 1965 and 1977. The biggest blast on record came in 1754, which destroyed the town of Taal and killed thousands. At just over 1,000 feet above sea level, the volcano sits on an island in the middle of Lake Taal, a gorgeous body of freshwater roughly two hours south of Manila.

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Filipino jockeys escorted each of our donkeys on the upward march. Wearing flip-flops, they steered the donkeys by rope, leading the animals over increasingly steep, rocky terrain. They jogged alongside the donkeys at times, grunting encouragement, slapping the animals on the hindquarters as necessary. As we neared the top of the climb, sulfur steam escaped from small fissures in the ground beside the trail. The sun beat down mercilessly.

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After a half hour in the saddle, we dismounted near the rim of the crater. We scrambled up a series of steps that led to a vista, where local venders offered cold soft drinks, water, or, should we be so inclined, the opportunity to drive a golf ball into a lake at the bottom of the crater. I thought about it briefly, but decided that the environmental recklessness of the act outweighed the momentary thrill of whacking a golf ball over the cliff. Instead, we relaxed in the shade for a bit, then walked out along a narrow footpath at the crest of the rim to take in the stunning scenery.

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As our cavalry made its descent, Jerome began to labor noticeably. It felt as if my weight were almost too much for the poor donkey. As I attempted to snap photos in the saddle, Jerome’s front hooves teetered on the brink of collapse. My jockey also seemed to be working against me, timing Jerome’s gallops and turns right as I readied the camera for my next shot. Thankfully, Jerome summoned the strength to get me down the hill in one piece.

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I dismounted back at the concrete lot, my thighs burning, my skin caked with a gritty film of dirt and sweat. I gave my jockey a tip, then tried to pat Jerome on the head. The donkey sharply angled his neck to avoid my hand, and shot me a hard stare.

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The donkeys waited single file in the blazing midday sun at one end of a concrete lot at the trailhead to the Taal Volcano. Nearby, my wife and I applied healthy doses of sunblock and bug repellant, strapping on the surgical masks we’d purchased to combat trail dust.

“I want the good one,” my wife called out as we approached the animals.

She straddled a slightly off-white donkey that appeared marginally taller and stronger than the others. My wife’s co-worker, a visiting Minnesotan who came along for the ride, picked the second-best option. That left me with Jerome, the shortest and least capable looking donkey in the lineup. Brown coat, black mane, burned out.  We rode ahead in the dust, joining a line of tourists on an uphill climb to the world’s smallest active volcano.

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The most recent period of volatility at the Taal Volcano occurred between 1965 and…

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