Spent the whole day with my friend Wincy walking along the streets of Manila, just admiring the architecture. It’s quite fun to identify which design movement and which decade all the buildings belonged.
First stop was the McArthur Bridge, we both thought it looked like a scene in Wong Kar Wai’s Days of Being Wild. Next was a short walk in Intramuros, then we headed to Binondo. I found the 1920’s style buildings really interesting. And of course, we wouldn’t miss the Binondo church - I wasn’t so sure which movement its design belonged to, but judging from the domes, it reminded me of the Romanesque Bernini churches.
It suddenly drizzled so we rushed back to the car and drove to Roxas Boulevard. We were supposed to check out Manila Ocean Park, but man, the parking was full! So my friend and I just went to Museo Pambata. Childhood memories! It’s still as interesting but they renovated some areas and integrated new significant information like renewable energy, carbon footprint and many more.
I got hungry from all the walking, craved for some dimsum and noodles - so David’s Tea House it is! We also checked out how Harrison Plaza is nowadays. Its now filled with tiangges and pirated DVD’s.
As the dawn set in, we headed back to a more familiar place - Katipunan. :)
Today is indeed very memorable to me. Hours before I get to explore Barcelona (my dream travel destination) and immerse myself in Gaudi’s architecture, Miro, Dali and Picasso’s art and many more — It is charming to find myself awestruck in the streets of my very own Manila. :)