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Trip to Manila, Typhoons and Sketching

Our Manila trip did not go as planned, but such is life sometimes you just have to go with it 🙂 Anyways we planned a little get away to visit friends and see what had changed since the last time we were there. We took a trip to our old home in Fort Bonifacio Serendra, Global city and was amazed to see how much it had changed. The photo below was taken in the inside area of Serendra and this really was a lovely place to stay. Below the Swimming pool and gym was basket ball and badminton courts.


During our last stay Serendra was still only half built, but there were plans for so much more. In August we were both totally shocked at the growth of the area in the last 3 years, with many new condo towers built and more currently going up, along with a new business district and a huge new mall called Aura which was recently opened by Jessica Parker. 01/2013


Heres a look at the new “Aura SM Mall”


Global Activity is a hive of activity, with so much going on. Fort Bonifacio is more high end living, with everything you need from schools, supermarkets, department stores, malls, cinema, and great restaurants and also the most importantly an art store 😉 When we were last there it was without doubt the most expensive place we’ve lived at in Asia.

During this trip however we got caught out in a Tropical Storm Maring, with over 600mm of rain falling in just one day. So we were held up in our hotel for a few days, as many roads were waist and chest height and impassable by most vehicles.

With some time on my hands, this gave me the opportunity to create some new art. This is what I created while the sky was full of rain an asian style mermaid with a koi fish called “Spirit of Good Fortune” kinda apt for the situation we were in.


We stayed at The Oasis Park  Ermita manila, a little boutique hotel. It was very reasonable and comfortable so we were very happy. The Food at the hotel was amazing and was one of the best places we ate during our stay Manila, although very pricy, but this was 1st class dining at its best. Home made soups started at $5.00 and was served with home made fresh bread. Mains were around $17 and the sweets up to $8. I must not forget to mention the homemade ice-crean by Chef Chris, absolutely delicious. I was told beforehand  that the restaurant was very nice and has won many awards it certainly was very popular. Trip advisor reviews 4.5/5

Here’s a video or our taxi ride back to our hotel on Sunday 18th August 2013 Tropical Storm Maring. On our way back water started to come into the footwell in the car, quiet scary at the time.



Day Trip to Tagaytay Philippines.

After nearly spending two months here in the Manila, we made it out for a trip into the Country. Our Journey began by bus to the city of Tagaytay. Tagaytay is famous, for Taal Lake and Volcano. The City is built right next the the Volcano. In the first Picture below you can see the islands, The whole lake you can see is the mouth of the volcano itself. To the right of the photo you can see a smaller volcano but this is only a small part of the major one it is sat in.
Down below in the lake are fish farms and smaller settlements. From where we were standing their are many beautiful restaurants for you to spend watching the beautiful sunsets.

When we first arrived at Tagaytay we stopped off at Sonja’s gardens where we walked around to see the beautiful gardens filled with amazing flowers which I have never seen before. It was here we stopped for a bite of lunch, which was a set menu with three courses and drinks. I highly recommend going there, its an experience well worth a visit. The last photo is Gary and I taking time out for a sweet kiss this was taken at Sonya’s Garden, in one of the many relaxing spots, where you can chill and wind down from the stressful week 🙂