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Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 3 of 4

By alvinology, January 27, 2012 10:15 am

On my third day in Resorts World Manila (RWM), we checked out early from Remington Hotel and shifted to Maxims Hotel.

I could not wait to move into the suite at Maxims. Once I have checked in, I spend over an hour lazing around in the room, busking in the comfort of the cosy sheets and exquisite bathroom.

As there’s free Wi-Fi, I promptly set up my workstation and replied a few work emails while chatting with my wife online.

I intended to take a short nap initially, but I got so carried away exploring and enjoying the suite that it was already lunch time by the time I wanted to lie down to sleep.

The beautiful bedroom - it's a pity I am staying here alone

The beautiful bedroom - it's a pity I am staying here alone

Bedside cabinet with a iPod holder, the switches to all the lights in the room

Bedside cabinet with a iPod holder, the switches to all the lights in the room

Dining area

Dining area

Wardrobe with iron, ironing board, safe box, bathrobes, basically everything one needs

Wardrobe with iron, ironing board, safe box, bathrobes, basically everything one needs

The majestic bathroom

The majestic bathroom

Full set of toiletries

Full set of toiletries

Work table

Work table

I promptly set up the my workstation, excited with the free Internet access

I promptly set up the my workstation, excited with the free Internet access

View from my room

View from my room

Lunch was an international buffet hosted at the Genting Club. It was a casual affair with everyone busy mingling and getting to know each other.

As we will be headed out for the rest of the day, I did not ate much for lunch as I wanted to save some stomach space to try some regular pinoy food.

Small starters

Small starters

Lemon fish on skewer

Lemon fish on skewer

Chicken dish

Chicken dish

Assorted vegetable

Assorted vegetable

My lunch

My lunch

After lunch, we set off on a city tour for sight-seeing in the earlier part of the day and shopping in the evening.

Our first stop was at the historic Rizal Park, where the remains of the country’s national hero, Dr José Rizal lies within the cornerstone of Rizal Monument. Considered one of the largest park in Southeast Asia, it has an area of 58 hectares which runs from Taft Avenue up to the walls of Manila Bay.

Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.

Rizal Park has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. The execution of pacifist Dr José Rizal on December 30, 1896, sparked the fire of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers, elevating the martyr as the national hero of the country. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule was held here on July 4, 1946 as well as the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that led to the EDSA Revolution deposing the dictator.

José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896, Bagumbayan), was a Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.

As a political figure, José Rizal was a proponent of achieving Philippine self-government peacefully through institutional reform rather than through violent revolution, although he would support “violent means” as a last resort. Rizal believed that the only justification for national liberation and self-government is the restoration of the dignity of the people, saying “Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?” (I love this quote) The general consensus among Rizal scholars is that his execution by the Spanish helped to bring about the Philippine Revolution.

Rizal Monument

Rizal Monument

Another picture

Another picture

Rows of flags

Rows of flags

Me in front of the Rizal Monument

Me in front of the Rizal Monument

Guards on duty

Guards on duty

Next, we visited San Agustin Church, a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Completed in 1607, it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. It is also the oldest structure in the Philippines as no other surviving building in the Philippines has been claimed to pre-date San Agustin Church.

There were two consecutive wedding taking place when we arrived and we got to soak into the atmosphere. We then did a quick tour of a museum housing religious and secular art, located within the church premises.

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

The connected adjacent museum

The connected adjacent museum

Guard at an opposite photo studio

Guard at an opposite photo studio

The church was adorned with flying confetti when we arrived

The church was adorned with flying confetti when we arrived

The first couple

The first couple

As one couple leaves, another bride arrives

As one couple leaves, another bride arrives

The wedding in process

The wedding in process

The radiant bride slowly making her way in

The radiant bride slowly making her way in

Bride walking towards the centre of the church

Bride walking towards the centre of the church

A holy female figurine on the left

A holy female figurine on the left

A holy male figure on the right

A holy male figure on the right

Oil painting outside the museum

Oil painting outside the museum

Large antique bell at the museum entrance

Large antique bell at the museum entrance

Miniature model of the church compound

Miniature model of the church compound

Tombstones

Tombstones

One of the exhibition rooms

One of the exhibition rooms

Rows of religious artifacts

Rows of religious artifacts

Crucifix artifacts

Crucifix artifacts

Another exhibition room

Another exhibition room

Large paintings like this line the wall of the museum

Large paintings like this line the wall of the museum

Large religious artifacts along the corridor

Large religious artifacts along the corridor

God and Jesus on a cross

God and Jesus on a cross

Baby angels

Baby angels

Baby Jesus

Baby Jesus

Black Christ

Black Christ

Walking down the corridor

Walking down the corridor

Patterned grilles

Patterned grilles

Wedding congregation

Wedding congregation

Priest addressing everyone

Priest addressing everyone

Large arch-shaped windows

Large arch-shaped windows

Church courtyard

Church courtyard

Antique ceiling lamp

Antique ceiling lamp

The second floor

The second floor

Tinted arch-shaped windows

Tinted arch-shaped windows

Level 2 corridor

Level 2 corridor

After the church, we visited Fort Santiago, which served as the headquarters of the Spanish, American and Japanese colonisers during more troubled time.

The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. José Rizal was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

Antique Cannon

Antique Cannon

Horse carriages for hire

Horse carriages for hire

Fort Santiago entrance

Fort Santiago entrance

Dr Jose Rizal

Dr Jose Rizal

Close-up of the statue

Close-up of the statue

Dr Jose Rizal's apartment

Dr Jose Rizal was imprisoned here

Preserved ruined area

Preserved ruined area

Antique metal gates

Antique metal gates

Helpful Alvin

Helpful Alvin

Forever alone

Forever alone

Local kids taking a photo

Local kids taking a photo

At the highest point of the fort

At the highest point of the fort

Uniformed guards at the fort

Uniformed guards at the fort

Vandalised wall

Vandalised wall

Underground bunkers

Underground bunkers

Dungeon where the Japanese tortured people

Dungeon where the Japanese tortured people

View from the upper floor

View from the upper floor

For shopping in the evening, we headed to SM Mall of Asia, owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall developer and owner in the Philippines.

SM Mall of Asia is the 2nd largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA, 3rd largest shopping mall in Asia and the 4th largest shopping mall in the world. It has a land area of 42 hectares and has a gross floor area of an approximate 390,193 m² and 407,101 m² of total area.

There was no way one could finish explore the whole mall in a single day, not to mention within the span of a few hours.

Hence I had to shop strategically, making a mental checklist of stuff I wanted to buy while walking briskly to cover as much of the mall as possible to get an overview.

In this way, I managed to get all the stuff I needed and was very happy with my purchases. I also managed to try some pinoy food at the food court, though they were not really palatable with my taste buds.

Drop-off point

Drop-off point

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

Shopping time

Shopping time

Jollibee fast food restaurant

Jollibee fast food restaurant

Mall interior

Mall interior

Singing and dancing to entertain shoppers

Singing and dancing to entertain shoppers

Taking photo with a shopper

Taking photo with a shopper

The mall is humongous

The mall is humongous

Indoor ice-skating rink

Indoor ice-skating rink

The foodcourt

The foodcourt

A pinoy food stall

A pinoy food stall

Pizza stall

Pizza stall

More food stalls

More food stalls

I ordered my food from this stall

I ordered my food from this stall

Trying out some local food

Trying out some local food

Cebu roast pork

Cebu roast pork

Assorted pinoy food

Assorted pinoy food

This tastes better than it looks - it's some sort of gluey sweet curry vegetable

This tastes better than it looks - it's some sort of gluey sweet curry vegetable

Fried pork parts nibblers

Fried pork parts nibblers

Assorted roast nuts

Assorted roast nuts

Kids' play area

Kids' play area

Me getting a drill to the head at the Children's area

Me getting a drill to the head at the Children's area

Catherine buying Krispy Kreme donuts

Catherine buying Krispy Kreme donuts

Hermit crabs in colourful painted shells

Hermit crabs in colourful painted shells

Lots of design to choose from

Lots of design to choose from

Larger hermit crabs

Larger hermit crabs

Bought some pinoy souvenirs

Bought some pinoy souvenirs

A vest for Asher and two pair of pants for myself

A vest for Asher and two pair of pants for myself

Since this was our last night in the Philippines, the Singapore group had our dinner together at Manila Bay, bonding over fresh seafood, al fresco entertainment and beer.

The dinner was a perfect ending to a great trip at Resorts World Manila.

SM Mall of Asia by night - it's so huge I cannot get the whole building in a single shot

SM Mall of Asia by night - it's so huge I cannot get the whole building in a single shot

SM Mall of Asia on the left and Manila Bay on the right

SM Mall of Asia on the left and Manila Bay on the right

Bumper cars

Bumper cars

Kiddie rides

Kiddie rides

Rows and rows of restaurants by the bay

Rows and rows of restaurants by the bay

Pirate statue outside one of the restaurants

Pirate statue outside one of the restaurants

We ate at this restaurant

We ate at this seafood restaurant

Singapore team group picture

Singapore team group picture

Tucking in for dinner

Tucking in for dinner

Chilli crabs

Chilli crabs

Butter crabs

Butter crabs

Soy chicken

Soy chicken

Cheese mussels

Cheese mussels

Broccoli

Broccoli

Grilled prawns

Grilled prawns

Grilled sotong

Grilled sotong

Steamed fish

Steamed fish

Fried chicken

Fried chicken

When we got back to our hotel suites in Maxims, I took a relaxing dip in the bathtub with the bath salt provided.

I had a really good sleep that night. We will all be flying home the next day and I really wish I had a few more days to laze around and do nothing, lapping in the comfort of the Maxims Suite.

Stay tuned to my last post on Resorts World Manila tomorrow. :)

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