It feels nostalgic to be in a place called Fort Santiago that makes you feel you’re a hundred years back. The architecture of the buildings in Intramuros and even modern convenience stores look like they’ve popped out of history books.
Gerald and I originally planned to explore Intramuros but since it was a weekend and I overslept, we only have few hours to spend for our quick trip. We decided to take our time in Fort Santiago instead and leave the rest of Intramuros for some other day.
History is never my thing and so I understood the kids we saw having their field trip to just run around the area instead of reading what’s written on the descriptions posted in a few spots. And even if I’m all grown up now, I still didn’t bother to look at those (haha), but only relied to what Gerald is telling me. He likes history, so that makes another reason why we both agree we’re exact opposites.
I do appreciate the architecture though, thinking how would it be like if we were able to preserve those and have the Philippines look like it’s still in the Spanish era. Wouldn’t that look amazing? Or no?
There wasn’t so much to see around Fort Santiago, but it’s a good place to walk around and appreciate nature.
We also got to try feeding these birds. I don’t like animals though, so it’s only Gerald who enjoyed this part.
To the inner part of Fort Santiago are these dungeons that make me cringe. According to Gerald, that is exactly how jails were back then and that is how jails should be today because it would be difficult for criminals to get out.
Gerald seems to be interested with photography now, he took a lot of photos and even told me to give him credits when I post them on my blog. Haha and also, he takes photos of me now, so I’ll put a few here. Haha.
Imagine somehow who would run away when you ask him to take a photo of you is now the one telling you to stand there and pose because he’s taking your photo. Wow. Haha but it made me feel tired after and it left me with a question, “How do models and even bloggers do that?” Haha
After a lot of photos in Fort Santiago, we walked around to look for a jeepney back home and passed by a few more buildings that caught our attention.
We both like visiting churches and be amazed with the architecture so it was disappointing that we weren’t able to get inside Manila Cathedral because we didn’t know its closing hours.
It was tiring, despite not exploring most of Intramuros yet so when we come back we surely need a lot of energy. But seriously, few reasons why we hesitate going around Manila are its safety, traffic and the scorching heat! Still, I’m hoping we could come back!
It’s your turn!
- Have you been to Fort Santiago before? What are the places we should visit next time?
- Any tips when going around Manila?
Images found on this post are taken by Gerald, except those that have him as a subject.