Back from India

Twins!

Well I’m back. I’ve been back for awhile actually. You can catch up on my Indian travels at seaphilippines. I’ve updated the Jodhpur and Jaisalmer bit so far, which was the best parts of the trip. I’ll update the New Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi parts later.

The reason why I’m making this post is because I bought a new book at Powerbooks. It’s called Filipino Directors Up Close by Bibsy Carballo (The Golden Age of Philippine Cinema 1950-2010).

I am also really into William Dalrymple now. Though I’ve only read his In Xanadu so far, I can imagine delving into his books as much as I did Theroux’s.

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Putting Manila on the Backpacker Trail

While looking thorugh of one of other wordpress sites, I remembered the importance of putting Manila on the Southeast Asian loop tenable or feasible.

This is the most straightforward and logical route.

Start in Singapore.  Go to Kuala Lumpur.  Go to Georgetown.  Go to Phuket.  Go to Bangkok.    Go to Chiang Mai.  Go to Burma (which I’ve never been).  Go back to Thailand.  Go to Lao.  Vientianne and Luang Prabang (you have an option to fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi).  Go back to Thailand.  Go to Cambodia.  Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.  Go to Saigon.  Go to Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi.  Fly back to Saigon.

FLY FROM SAIGON TO MANILA.  IT’S REALLY CHEAP USING CEBU PACIFIC.

Go to Manila.  Go to Banaue, Batad, Sagada, Baguio and back to Manila.  Go to Donsol or Boracay or Palawan or Cebu (Malapascua or Bantayan) or Bohol or Siargao or Camiguin or Negros or Siquijor (your choice).  Fly to Kota Kinabalu (or go to Sandakan by ferry via Zamboanga, don’t miss Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi, just to brag that you’ve been there.) 

Go to Brunei.  Go to Kuching.  Fly to Jakarta and onwards to Bali.  Go back to Jakarta and back to Singapore.

The Southeast Asian Loop can hold it’s own against any Grand Tour of the Mediterranean.

Why it’s called Metro Manila

One big thing about Metro Manila.  It’s called Metro Manila. 

Manila is the oldest part of Metro Manila.  Here’s where you’ll find Intramuros.

Makati is the most posh part of Metro Manila.  This is the Central Business District.

Taguig used to be non-entity, but ever since Serendra and High Street opened there it’s kinda been another place to be.  Besides it’s beside Makati.

Quezon City has Cubao in it.

San Juan has Greenhills in it.

All these places I mentioned are either cities or municipalities in the greater area called Metro Manila.