Today we started bright and early. Err we tried to. Mike, Daniel, and I made it to the business district of Manila, Makati. We met up with their dad, TC at the famous Makati Shangri-La hotel. It was absolutely beautiful. We didn’t stay long.
We headed across the street to, yep you guessed it, the mall. We ate lunch in the mall. I feel like I am starving for some home cooked meals, and maybe some vegitables. After lunch we wondered around the mall for a bit. We ate mochi at this mochi kiosk. Oh! Delicious! Mike wanted to check out the Uniqlo store, so we walked to th mall next door. This mall was broken up into 5 smaller malls. Each of the smaller malls was bigger than Fashion Valley mall in San Diego. After exiting and entering in the correct mall, we made it to Uniqulo. Uniquelo is Japans version of American Apparel.
After too much mall shopping we headed to the Ayala Museum. We spent several hours walking around and learning all about the history of the Philipppines. It was great! Before coming to the Philippines, I knew very little in the way of the culture here. There was an entire floor on gold dated back to the 10th century. We were able to see ancient ceramics. I love being able to see what they could create vs what we can create now. There isnt much improvement. Although we have more technology we are not leaps and bounds ahead of the amazing things they were creating. There was a level on history. It played out the history of the Philippines in 100 diaramas. The whole time I was just imagining how long it took someone to build all the pieces of furniture. Pictures not included because they were not allowed.
It was time to go back to the house in Manila to pack up for the big day tomorrow. We were able to load up the car and head to Fort Bonifacio around 7pm. We were meeting Sean at 8pm. He was a little late so we had more time to explore the Fort. I was able to meet Seans girlfriend. We ended up eating at a more American style resturant. And ate we did. I had Ox cheek, muscles, and a bite of the red velvet cake Daniel could not live without. Afterwards, Sean toured us around as we got caught up. It was great seeing a familiar face. Also I was able to ask him lots of questions about how architecture works here. We walked around til after midnight.
I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.