some of my photos of Manila – Ermita

Philippines map

Philippines map

Manila map

Manila map

Here are a few of my photos that I took while staying in the Ermita section of Manila in 2012.

The photos were taken from my 4th floor hotel window

Manila -Ermita

Manila -Ermita

Manila - Ermita

Manila – Ermita

Manila - Ermita

Manila – Ermita

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colorful buses and Jeepneys

Let’s compare the Jeepney of the Philippines with buses in Haiti and in the African nation of Senegal

Here are the Jeepneys of the Philippines

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This bus is found in the west African nation of Senegal.

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exploring Palawan Island

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The first thing that I want to do next year when I set foot on Palawan Island is to do some island exploration.

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Beautiful beaches on Palawan ISland

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lots of big seashells on Palawan ISland

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A virtual PARADISE

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a little bit of Heaven – Palawan Island

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a little bit of Heaven – Palawan Island

I have definitely decided than this is where I am going to go when I retire!

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Puerto Princesa which is on Palawan Island, MIMOSA, Philippines

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I looks like it truly is… a little bit of heaven!

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Long Beach, California, by the shore

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Long Beach. California is a very beautiful coastal city, no doubt about that!

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These photos were taken on Ocean Blvd, near Shoreline Village

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Pusong bato – Ian Co.

Pusong Bato is one of the most famous   songs that is sung in Videoke  bars in the Philippines. It is always better to practice it first before attempting to sing it at the videoke bar!

This is where all the tourists go to sing their favorite songs

This is where all the tourists go to sing their favorite songs

My Impressions of the Philippines

My Impressions of the Philippines

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During my seven month stay in the Philippines from late May 2012 until early December 2012 I was able to accomplish much of what I set out do to.  There was simply not enough time and money to do everything that I wanted to do.

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I stayed in Manila for a little over 2 months and in the Cagayan valley for almost 5 months on 2 separate occasions.

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I wanted to see more of Ilocos Norte and the beaches on the northern coast. I wanted to see Santa Ana and the small islands off the northern coast.

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I will plan ahead so that during my next trip to the Philippines I will take ample time to visit all the places that I want to see. I am looking forward to returning to the land that I consider my second home……The Philippines!