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Mamma Mia, We Won!

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One of the highlights of Manila, for better or worse, is their world class shopping malls, so finding ourselves without anything to do for the day, we decided to walk around Green Belt mall (actually a collection of 5 malls all together).  As we wandered around, we happened to see that there was a special performance scheduled in the mall that day to promote the upcoming performance of Mamma Mia, so, looking at our wide open schedule, we decided to …

Riding to a Ripoff in Intramuros, Manilla

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For over 300 years, the Spanish ruled the Philippines from within the stone walls of Intramuros, the Spanish only section of Manila.  They oppressed the Philippinos and used them to build their empire across the seas.  Nowadays, Philippino cyclo drivers are working to pay these westerners back by ripping off one tourist at a time as they visit the ruins of the old Spanish Quarter. Upon arriving in Intramuros, which is easily reached by cab from just about anywhere in …

Photo of the Week: Underground River, Philippines

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Two Boats pass in the caverns in the Underground River, located in Sabang on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.  The Underground River is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World as rated by millions of voters throughout the world.  It is a long river that passes through caverns that were carved out by the action of the water over thousands of years.  The current water level allows small boats to navigate the inside of the caverns …

The Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

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The Chocolate Hills are one of the main attractions on the island of Bohol in the Philippines.  It is a large area of land in which over a thousand hills leaves the Earth looking like a more colorful version of James Edward Olmos’ face – Pockmarcked yet dignified.  The large mounds, 30-120 meters high, consist of grass covering limestone.  In the dry season, the grass on top of the hills dries out, turning a brownish color, which is where the …

Photo of the Week: Old Building in Bohol

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I’ll be honest, I have no idea what this building is.  It could be a monastery or a crack house and I wouldn’t be able to tell you.  What I can say is that it is old and full of character.  It would be my guess that this building dates back quite some time from when the Spanish influence was strong in the Philippines as the stone architecture is typical of other buildings of the period.  It happens to be …

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