Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Manila, Philippines

We made it to the Manila, Philippines. It is a short flight from Taipei...and inexpensive too. Only $600 for our whole family, thanks to Dylan. He was able to book our flight so it was cheaper.

Ethan is playing peek-a-boo with his headphones. Yes, you're seeing it, a whitie sitting across the aisle from Joel also.
We did buy a seat for Ethan but the kids share one when it's movie time. I think it's cute they can both fit in one seat, but not for much longer. They are already starting to elbow each other...
I wasn't sure what to expect the Philippines to be like but I was really surprised as we started our decent to Manila. The opposite side of the plane from our seats were lots of tall buildings and a huge city. Our side of the plane was the ocean, over populated areas and flat with mountains in the distance.

Really, looking down would you ever guess this is the Philippines?

I am still surprised we are flying over the Philippines right now. This could be somewhere in the midwest for all I know. It was green, flat and sectioned like farming land. The pictures don't show how green it is but it was surprisingly green especially for how hot it was. The Philippines is in their winter season and the temperature is like the summer in Lincoln...on a hot, hot day.

Taxiing to the airport after our landing

Waiting for our baggage. Ethan saw Joel with his foot propped and it was hilarious watching him try to get his foot up like his daddy's.

The kids enjoyed a ride on the baggage cart to our hotel room.

A view from our room on the 5th floor. Across the street is a huge shopping mall with every kind of western restaurant you can think of. I think the food was our biggest surprise. We weren't sure what to expect but we certainly weren't expecting western food. They had all the usual chain's you can think of from McDonald's, BK, Starbucks, T.G.I.F, Outback Steakhouse, Chili's to totally unexpected ones like Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Dairy Queen, Hot Dog on a Stick, Sbarro's pizza, etc.

The kids always have fun breaking in our room as we unpack.

Evie is pretending to be Rapunzel with her long hair. Ethan of course is chasing her around the room trying to rip off her hair...

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