I've been as far east as the middle of Turkey before, but in my mind, that hardly counts.
But upon landing in the Philippines, I can officially say I've been to Asia.
This is country #30.
And the 5th new country of the year! So we can check that goal off the list!
We (my boss Stephen and I) flew Milan to Abu Dhabi and then onto Manila.
|the Abu Dhabi airport|
We're here for work...but more on that another time.
I snagged a window seat out of Abu Dhabi and had a view of Dubai as we flew past. It was super cool! I took a couple of pictures and shot a time lapse, which is too fast, but what can ya do.
|still under construction|
In our first full day in Manila I had booked a tour of the markets of Manila through a local tour company. The guide took us through several different markets, encouraged us to try several different traditional Filipino foods and laughed with us as we got the full on rainy season experience!
|the conditions in downtown Manila are not great|
|our tour guide with sticky rice|
|another version of sticky rice...made from powder?|
real confused by this...
|a panoramic of part of the market scene|
do you want a bird to take home in a tiny basket?
|the inside of the mangustin...|
of the three fruits, this was my favorite
|the inside of the rambutan...|
I've seen this on tv so many times and was super excited to try it.
|the final fruit...lansones|
|inside of the lansones|
|not real sure how it was prepared, but I tried it|
|the electrical wires in downtown manila are out of control!|
|Stephen's umbrella didn't fare so well in the Manila rainy season|
lots of weird gelatin and ice and puffed rice
Have you been to downtown Manila? I wonder how it compares to other southeast Asian countries. We spent the majority of our time in suburban Manila, which was so different from what you see in the pictures above.