After around three months of not seeing each other, Deeday and I decided that it was about time to head out to another adventure. Where else, but to our most favourite place in old Manila – Intramuros. Aside from that, we wanted to try out her new toy, her two-month old Canon 1000D digital SLR. Of course, I brought my beloved Canon 400D with me.
It was a rainy day but there was no stopping us with our itinerary. Our first stop, as usual, was Manila Cathedral. After taking a few shots outside, we headed inside the marvelous church and took shots of the various sculptures. I was particularly drawn to the beautiful marble Pieta and took several photos of it. Satisfied with the photos we took, we went out and took shots of the bell tower (with clock).
From Manila Cathedral, we took a walk and proceeded to the COMELEC Building. We deemed the building not a good subject. As such, we just took a shot of the wall overlooking the golf course. There weren’t many interesting subjects, so we just spent the next 45 minutes walking around.
Afterwards, we thought it better to go to San Agustin Church. At last, we will have photos of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deeday and I have been itching to get shots of San Agustin Church during our previous Intramuros trips.
By the time we finished at San Agustin Church, it was already drizzling heavily so we decided to have dinner. Our initial plan was to eat at Barbara’s but it was full so we went instead to Hotel Intramuros. We had pork sinigang and hazelnut-flavoured brewed coffee, al fresco. The sinigang was good, soured just right with the vegetables still a bit crunchy. Good but nonetheless ordinary sinigang. The place, however, was cozy and relaxing. Plus, there was a band playing at the lobby so it all the more added to the great experience. We spent the next hour or two taking photos inside Casa Manila.
What was unforgettable about that day was the weird guy who got his bumper broken off as he manoeuvred his lowered car. He was a bit creepy because he parked for a few seconds in front of us, doing nothing. We were about to leave when he suddenly spoke and asked for directions going to Manila Bulletin. He looked miserable and hapless, as Deeday put it.
After that encounter, we decided to just head back to Mayon. When we got to Deeday’s house, we suddenly craved for dessert. Thus, we walked all the way to Banawe to look for a Mini Stop outlet because Deeday wanted a certain mocha-blended drink. We were gravely disappointed because there was none available at Mini Stop (only Twinkies, which sounded really funny). We bought Chippy and vanilla shake instead.
When we were walking back to Mayon, we had another big laugh because of something that happened to Deeday and which I swore I wouldn’t tell anybody lest she kills me.
We had some more chit chat for an hour or two before we called it a night as we were both dead tired. Needless to say, it was another well-spent day for us. Our promise was to repeat it soon.