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Getting around…the second day of my travel Vol.1

I finally got a time to write a journal about my travel in the Philippines. This time, I’ll introduce the first half of the second day in Phil.

I woke up in the morning as usual. No appointment in the morning, so I took a walk around the hotel. The hotel I stayed at has commercial facilities, such as Jollibee. Even though I had the advice from my friends like “Don’t get around alone”, I didn’t think it was dangerous to get around as long as I was in the facilities.

As I said at my previous journal, guards stand and check people’s belongings at each entrance of the facilities. There are many stores sharing each floor with each other. The main store at the first floor was Jollibee.

What names do you imagine for fast-food restaurant? Macdonald? The Philippines is one of countries where Macdonald can’t get the first place for the share because of Jollibee. Many people in the Philippines associate Jollibee with fast-food restaurant. I had wanted to visit Jollibee and eat something in there.

This is the Jollibee I visited.

I chose “Yum Cheese.” The textures of them were the same as the Macdonald’s, but the tastes of them were different. I don’t know how I could say… It’s quite…sweeter?

After eating at the Jollibee, I got another adventure for the upper floors of the facilities. At the second floor, I saw people playing games. Look at this picture. There’s no ceiling boards! The machines they played looked like the ones when I played in my younger age. I imagined myself twenty five years ago.

The drug store got in the same floor. Now that drug stores in Japan have many lights in order to attract customers. But this drug store…I didn’t know what drugs they sold.

I found a vocational school. There’s no one when I took this photo. I dropped by this school at the following day. Young students were there at that time. They are lucky since they have money to enroll.

I don’t know how many English learners in Japan take this examination. IELTS. It’s for students going abroad? I guess, (I don’t know it so well) TOEFL is more famous in Japan than IELTS. It is said that the English skills in the Philippines are getting lower than ever. Young students try too hard to get passports for overseas and dreams for the future. “Yeah, I’ll study English as hard as you guys do.” looking at this sign, I thought it.

After taking a walk, I went to Manila Cathedral, which was in Intramuros. Intramuros is famous for a fortress. The Philippines used to be a Spanish colony. At that time, Spanish military built a vast and wide fortress around this area. It is called ‘Fort Santiago.’ I’ll introduce this fortress at the next journal. Manila cathedral is in this area.

This is Manila Cathedral. Due to many disasters, this cathedral was re-built in 1958, as the 6th incarnation.

I haven’t known that basilicas have two classes. One is major, and the other is minor. Manila cathedral belongs to the minor. I’m sorry, I don’t know the difference between major and minor. lol

After taking this photo, I genuflected in the aisle. “Please let me go back to Japan safely” was what I prayed… lol

To be continued…

  1. April 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    “Please let me go back to Japan safely.” 😆

    Jollibee looks like any other fast food restaurant, but yeah, the food can be different. Yum cheese sounds good. I’m loving the name.

    Cathedral, beautiful.

    I love being a tour-ist than a tourist when I travel. You get to see so much more.

    • honeypotter
      April 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Hi, girlgeum! 😀

      Yeah, I prayed it 😆 It’s quite funny, isn’t it? 😀

      Jollibee tries to meet the preference of the people in Phil. I guess that’s is one of reasons why Jollibee gets the first place in Phil. Yeah, the taste was so good 😀

      Although I’m not a Christian, I felt something serious in the cathedral…except my hope… lol

      By the way, I’ve just started the twitter. I’ll try to introduce Japanese expressions or Japanese topics by tweeting. I don’t know if you could see Japanese hiragana with your computer. I hope you could enjoy it.

  2. April 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Yes I can see it.

    You’re now tweeting away.

    It’s nice to read and know the letters, but I must also understand what I’m reading, and really know how to pronounce the words. Thanks to some video clips on youtube and other places, I’m doing that.

    • honeypotter
      April 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      Yeah, you can do what you think you should do. 😀

      I will pick up interesting topics on Japanese and introduce them with my tweets. 😀

  3. April 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for I have a back ache.

    • honeypotter
      April 13, 2010 at 5:35 am

      Hi, girlgeum 😀

      Oh, You gotta something from “backache”? Great. 😀

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