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Last November 22 – 24, 2011, my family and I went to Manila to celebrate my son and my husband’s birthday aside from the Pinay Mommies Community Second Grand Eyeball and the Postcrossing Enthusiasts Grand Eyeball. We booked our flight last March 2011 and were fortunate enough to avail of the Cebu Pacific Air Piso Fare Promo. I paid around 3500+ pesos for a round trip ticket for the whole family. Thus our first family vacation happened!
During our stay in Manila, we temporarily resided at the Gran Prix Hotel & Suites Manila. So far the place was clean and the price was budget-friendly. The staff were also accommodating though I had a hard time calling them prior to our date of check-in. The place was very ideal for us because we have plans of visiting Manila Ocean Park and Star City, both attractions were near.
My family had a great time in Manila despite the fact that our youngest daughter fell ill on the first day while our eldest on the last day (I think the weather came as a shock to them). They had a blast when we visited Star City. We enjoyed the family rides and games. My son won a little stuffed toy and I felt so proud of him. There were all smiles from children and also to my husband.
On our last day in Manila, we went to Manila Ocean Park. We availed of their promotions. We went to the Oceanarium, the Penguin Exhibit and the Sea Lion Show. My children were amazed of what they saw especially the fishes that they only encountered in books are now seen for real.
We only have a few numbers of photos taken. Our digital camera went low batt and we forgot to bring an extra pair of lithium ion rechargeable battery. But we were able to capture enough photos to remember our first family travel by.
Our stay in Manila was short and we felt that it wasn’t enough so maybe on our next family vacation, we will book a much longer stay so we will have time to rest in between (so we won’t get stressed out) and visit other places like Luneta Park, Planetarium, Manila Zoo and many others! So Manila, see you again soon!!