My last post was about the beach resort weekend we had in our Philippines adventure, and this post will be about the rest of my trip. As I went for work purposes, I spent the following week working out of our office in Manila and having some local adventures.
At the latter part of our beach trip, I started feeling a bit crummy. Sore throat, sniffly, coughing, that sort of thing. I kept thinking it was just a cold, or being tired, or something like that but alas, it turned into full blown bronchitis. I had not felt that poorly in a loooong time. It was not pleasant! I went to the doctor when I got home and got antibiotics right away, but overall I was quite sick for almost 3 weeks.
Due to said bronchitis, I didn't do a ton other than one full day of mall trips on the statutory holiday (July 1st) and work/sleep during the week. That being said, I still felt like I got an authentic experience and loved getting to know the culture in the Philippines more!
|I walked to a coffee shop that was about 25 minutes away prior to a day of shopping. (I was not feeling great this day, but not horrible enough to stop me from shopping!) I had breakfast & coffee at Single Origin. Fancy coffee!|
|The mall I went to first is called Market! Market! (the name cracked me up) It is a Filipino style mall.|
I did a few other breakfasts after work and dinners before work out with people. There was a really cool mall right across from where I was staying called Venice Grand Canal Mall.
|It really does look like a canal in Venice! It was beautiful with lots of restaurants & shops.|
|A restaurant we went to here is called Rice & Dough. The above is the rice...|
|...and this is the dough! It is a sushi & pizza restaurant. How unique is that?! I obviously loved it.|
|It was raining quite hard this nice at Venice! (hard to see in the photo though)|
One morning, after we ended working around 5 am, we went to Tim Hortons. Who knew there was one in Manila?! Did you also know that we went to one in Dubai? I had no idea Timmy's was expanding in the world!!
The reality of the rest of the other days, however, was this:
|Working, eating take out (pizza, since there was always a veggie option!) and in my pajamas. (oh and in bed!)|
|The view from the airbnb I stayed at. Beautiful! I must admit, however, that I kept the blinds closed most of the time. I was sleeping during the day!|
|I will also admit that it was not until the last day of my trip that I realized I could look right out the window and see downtown Manila. Even more beautiful!! (I did not go to downtown Manila)|
I can't wait until I can go back to visit the awesome people of Manila, and also explore some of the beautiful islands & beaches they have there! I am definitely booking some vacation time pre or post work next time I go. There are so many more places to explore!! I may also make Edwin come with me next time. I don't need a lot of alone time in life so traveling for this long on my own felt a bit lonely at times. I like to always have someone to talk to; I'm a bit of a chatter!
The next trip we have planned is next month where we will be going to Montreal & the East coast of Canada. We plan to start in Montreal, where I will be going first for a few days before Edwin to work - we have an office there as well. Then we will head to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. Hello lighthouses & lobster! Dreaming of the clam chowder already as well....
Hope you are enjoying your summer a lot! Stay safe out there with all these crazy forest fires.