Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
Our hub was in Manila. Since we were laid over here, we decided to stay for a few days. It was my first time here. It was not a very fortunate trip, as there was bad weather and my companions were sick. But we managed a few outings. On our first day, our mission was to get beads for a friend in Guam. This is a shopping area next to the Church of the Black Nazarene. Supposedly not a good area, but we were fine.
We made it to the Mall of Asia on our first night. I had been here on my way over, and bought the camera/phone for the trip as I had forgotten mine at home. Had dinner at a place called The Banana Leaf, where food was actually served on a banana leaf. I think it's a chain, but still good.
The next day was so pouring down rain. Though we had planned to do Intramuros, the oldest district in Manila, we decided to do an indoor activity and made it to the National Museum instead. Very interesting artwork there.
This Dali-esque painting had this on it: to ... who is not afraid to live his own life.
The painting below is equivalent in esteem to the Mona Lisa as it depicts their national heroes in Paris. Note to self: This is something to know more about.
We had a hard time getting a cab from the Museum. These young ladies, college students, helped us by calling a grad taxi for us and then waiting until it came for us.
Of course we had to have some self-care.
We parted ways after we had dinner at the Glorietta Mall in Makati. They had to catch a plane back to Guam and I had to stay until the next day. They had quite the adventure getting to the airport while mine was quite pleasant.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.