After our super long flight from Europe we got a good rest in Manila at the excellent Aruga 5 stars service apartments, best rated hotel in Manilla (pictures and bookings here) recommend by our local friend Nad Bronce.
Travelers usually get a bit scared at their first encounter with Philippines capital. It’s a huge overwhelming city under development with a population of over 20 million people in the Manila metro area, with super crazy busy traffic and no reliable public transport.
Our friend made sure we will have the best possible experience.
The entry immigration procedures were a breeze and the ride to town was comfortable in our friend’s car.
The very first day started with a great breakfast buffet in a colonial Spanish house restaurant.
To be sure that we will love Manila and Philippines Nad arranged lunch with Megan Young, the holder of the tittle Miss World.
It was a real privilege to have a very friendly chat with the most beautiful girl in the world (second after my wife of course :P) and to get recommendations on what to do while in the archipelago.
Megan is stunning beautiful as you can imagine, but she is also a very sweet and smart girl, very down to Earth.
It was a very funny moment at the beginning of our meeting.
Megan asked Anda:
-So what do you do Anda?
-Right now I am starting at you 🙂
Blunt honesty brings laughter sometimes
We finished the day with a visit to the oldest church in Manila and a fancy dinner in a roof top bar.
I have to mention that round 5 hours we spent in the car, in the slow traffic of the capital.