May 28, 2015

Manila, Philippines

What Lonely Planet said: Manila’s moniker, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, couldn't be more apt – its cantankerous shell reveals its jewel only to those resolute enough to pry. No stranger to hardship, the city has endured every disaster both human and nature could throw at it, and yet today the chaotic metropolis thrives as a true Asian megacity.

I was there: March 21, 2014

Camera used: Nexus 5

A peddler selling plastic products on the street of Manila

Guards at Rizal Park, Manila

One of the several memorials at Rizal Park

Rizal Park Monument and a giant Philippines flag

Me at the gates of a Chinese garden at Rizal Park

Statue of Confucius

Dragon motif ceiling

A driveway leading to a golf course beside Intramuros, Manila

Intramuros mean 'within the walls'

Intramuros is the historic waled city of Manila

There are several churches in the old city

This church has eally 'epic' looking doors

A memorial built in memory of the victims of WWII

Manila Cathedral

Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila

The entrance to Fort Santiago

The view of Binondo district in Manila seen from the walls of Fort Santiago

Homeless people sleeping under a bridge near Binondo

Binondo is the Chinatown of Manila

A cathedral at Binondo, Manila

One of the many markets in Manila

A slum in the middle of the city of Manila