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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Hello Manila!

My trip to Manila ni banyak jugak aralnya...ha..ha..I booked my tix, then cancel my trip, then 2 days before departure, i decided to go... Boleh plak mcm tu, kartun betol. I even had written to AA asking for my airport tax refund, tiba2 jadik pulak pegik..

I booked my AA tix to Clark in Aug for RM124 return. However, u need to spare 600 peso for the airport tax at Clark. 


X sangka kat Manila ni banyak tempat yg boleh kita lawati.. x apa, next time kite repeat dan pegik Pinatubo, Corregidor Island and Borocay ahh...  Since we were out of time, so, we had to really plan our time well here. Thanks to my colleague, Kak Nik (u know who u are)...he.he..who had planned such a tremendous journey.

Our flight was scheduled at 6.45am..Typical AA, 6.45 still isi minyak... They announced that the delay was because of the two passengers who had checked in but they didn't show up... x taulah betol ke tidak...

6.45am in the morning
Even though the journey was 3 1/2 hours,it was the longest journey i had ever encountered. The reason? sitting alone (my friends were scattered all over the plane), adik sebelah pon x nak borak, very indulged with his i-pod... i was bored to death...read 360 mag, napped, ate my meal, snapped photos, sneaked to premium seat and got busted after 20 minutes... what else could i do?

Sejurus sebelum landing...
At last, I arrived at the airport. It is actually a military airport turned into a commercial airport. very small airport, i think KT's airport is larger and more modern. Lepas keluar terminal, our driver for today, Naf Naf dan ada tunggu. Well, sepatotnya si Jon Jon yg dtg tp since die ada kerja, so, Naf Naf pon Naf Naf la... Overall, we were very satisfied with their service. Cheap, new car, on time and most importantly, they catered to our needs and interests. So, sapa2 nak contact detail, can just email me and i will give u the email.
Top: The Airport. Bottom left: outside the terminal  (mcm HKL), bottom right: getting
 into our car
The Hangar outside the airport
The journey to Manila was about 1 1/2 hours depending on the traffic. It can be more tha 2 hrs as the traffic condition in Manila is pretty bad. IMO, worse that Jakarta. The road is small it only has one main road for all the cars. Our plan was to check in at the hotel, solat and went to Intramuros.

Sebelum check in kami singgah dulu makan kat Kabab Persian. Click here for  a separate post about this halal eating outlet.

Kabab Persian
The Old Manila, wet market
Once u enter Makati, then only u will see all the skyscrapers...



My room cost me about rm100 for 2 pax. 


Our hotel is located at Makati. This is the address:

HOTEL DURBAN
4875 Durban Street
at Makati Avenue
Makati, Manila, Philippines

PHONE  632.897.1866 to 68
CELL / TEXT  +63 917.553.0731
EMAIL  frontdesk@hoteldurban.net

We booked online, just send them an email, and they will reply immediately  My rating? OK for a short stay. After all  we are not going to be in the room all the time. Small room but adequate enough for me. You could hear the honking even though i was 4-storey high above the ground.  Hey, this is Manila, what do u expect? There are plenty HALAL eating outlets just a short walk away from the hotel.

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12 comments:

  1. Salam Farikica...macam interesting jer...laling ajak pgi ni tapi nekcik ni penakut sikit...sbb nak pgi sndiri...4,5 orang jer..

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    1. Salam Nekcik, ok manila nih, stay kat Makati, lebih modern...kalau betol nekcik confirm nak p, nanti nekcik tinggalkan email, saya kasik contact person kereta yg saya guna kat sana tu... kasik jer iten kat die, die pn akan bawak kite.. masa hari kedua tu, kami keluar seawal pukul 5 pagi, pukul 5 lah die dah tercangak depan hotel tu.. very reliable.. lagipon, senang die leh bwk kite p kedai mkn muslim. kat sana saya rasa x advisable drive sendiri...very the mencabar... saya bayr mcm rm60 mcm tulah sehari...mahal sikit sbb dari airport clark tu jaoh nak ke manila..kalau landing teros kat manila pasti lagik murah...

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    2. oo tq tq Farikica..nnti kalau pgi nekcik mnta bantuan ye..!!

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  2. Alah jalan lagi.. Kite kat sini lame sgt cuti ni.. Kaki ni dah sakit ni lama beno berehatnye.. Hai KACHING oooo $$$$$! Hehehehehehe..

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    1. FM, u p mana..? x jadik gi Dusun kan?

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  3. Salam,
    Bila pergi ni?
    Nanti kalau saya nak jalan2 sana bolehlah minta Farikica contact tu :)

    AA selalu delay macam tu ke?

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    1. Salam NA, last week. boleh...nanti email aja saya..x pon mintak kat sini pon boleh...driver tu murah pon murah dan servis pon ok.

      Tu x da lah kira delay sangat..dlm 15minit ja... AA memang mcm tu..dalam 10-20m lewat... tp yg saya heran, sampai on time plak...he..he.. mungkin mereka dah siap bajet kot awal2, kalau bertolak 15m lewat, akan sampai kol berapa.. tp so far, AAX selalu on time, x penah encounter delay lagik.

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    2. Haah...alhamdulilah..Nekcik mmg regular customer ngan AA tambang murah nii..so far so good...dah lebih 20 kali..ada sekali jer delay...alhamdulilah

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  4. Sampai ke Manila pulak..tulis detail2 yer..ble wat rujukan nnt...hehehehe

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    1. Ha..ha..HD tp kite tak adela aksi amazing race macm korang tuh...;)

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  5. Hi Farikica :)

    Nak tumpang tanya, trip ini berapa hari ya dan berapa habis? :) Public transport di sana bagaimana ya? Maksud saya dari segi harga dan masa; murah dan efficient tak? I'Allah, my turn April next year - lambat lah lagi, tapi hati dah meronta2 nak pergi :D

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    1. Public transport saya x pasti coz saya memang hire transport from clark coz nak jmat masa... harga seprti yg tertera di atas. tp bus2 die ala2 bas cowboy sikit.. tp manila town memang tersangatlah jamnyer.. ala2 jakarta gitu...zila turun di mana? kalau turun di clark, memang rugi masa sikit nk ke manila... dalam 2 jam gitu depending on the traffic. hotel dan makan memang murah. so, no worries.. tp kami memang siap bwk list kedai makan halal, tunjuk kat driver, so die senang nak tuju...

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