Southeast Asia countries (in alphabetical order) are:
1. Brunei Darussalam
3. East Timor (was part of Indonesia, year 1975-1999)
7. Myanmar (Burma)
I really want to visit the fifth country: The Philippines. So, I suscribed to newsletter of Cebu Pacific (http://www.cebupacificair.com/Pages/default.aspx), a budget airlines that served direct flight from Jakarta to Manila.
Their “year-round fare” (if you are not patient enough to wait for their promotion or “special” fare) was US$109 – US$139 per passenger. Suddenly in November 2012, they offered US$7 for one way ticket from/to Jakarta to/from Manila. So, I bought it for a long weekend in October 2013, with additional charges then return tickets were only US$140 for both of me and my son.
Time runs so fast, it’s only 60 days left before my trip, time to write down my itinerary and book the accommodation.
For the itinerary, I found Yannah’s blog (http://yannahthewanderer.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/manila-philippines-your-3-day-itinerary-with-budget-and-tips/) was a great source of information. She recommended lunch at the historical Manila Hotel (http://yannahthewanderer.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/manila-hotel-why-it-should-be-part-of-your-manila-itinerary/), they serve halal food after got certified in 2012 (http://www.manila-hotel.com.ph/news/content/47) but I must search for discount because 1,800 peso/pax for lunch buffet would be too expensive for me and Alif.
For our accommodation, I booked a room at Leesons Residences. They own a website (http://www.leesonsresidences.com/index.php) but I used special promo fare from ANZ credit card (http://www.agoda.com/ANZ) then only paid US$21.33 per night for Superior Room. It’s a good deal after I read some positive reviews about the condo, and its location would be very convenient to get around the city (near LRT Station, only 1.5 km to Intramuros).
One place where I want to visit most: The Golden Mosque (http://www.beautifulmosque.com/golden-mosque-manila-philippine/). It’s located at Globo de Oro St, Quiapo, within walking distance from LRT Carriedo station. Any jeepney with Quiapo signboard will go towards the place near Quezon Bridge. This is highly visible landmark so it’s easy to go there even without directions.
Pics taken from http://www.beautifulmosque.com/golden-mosque-manila-philippine/.
The Quiapo district is home to a sizable Muslim population in Manila. Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiapo,_Manila, other than The Golden Mosque, The Green Mosque is also located there.
By the way, glad that it’s not going to be hard to find halal food in Manila after I found this list from http://halalguide.com.ph/halalfood/halalcafesrestos/manila/:
- Assad’s Café – 1268D Midtown Executive Homes, United Nations Ave., Paco
- New Delhi – 1418 Pres. Quirino Ave., South Superhighway, Paco
- Arya Persian Restaurant (Robinsons Place) – Level 2, Midtown Wing, Pedro Gil St. corner Adriatico St., Ermita
- Fharniza Halal Food and Restaurant – 475 Padre Faura St., Brgy. 667, Zone 072, Ermita
- Ghazal Restaurant – 1551 A. Mabini St., Ermita
- Kashmir (Ermita) – G/F Merchants Center Bldg., 523 Padre Faura corner Adriatico St., Ermita
- Lucky Way Halal Restaurant (24 hours) – 1529 A. Mabini St., Ermita
- Mediterranean Cuisine – Robinson’s Supermarket, Robinson’s Place, M. Adriatico Street, Ermita
- Red Sea Mediterranean Restaurant – 1535 M. H. Del Pilar St., Ermita
- Rihan’s Coffee Shop (24 hours) – Padre Faura cor. M. H. Del Pilar St., Ermita
- Secret Recipe (Robinson’s Place) – Level 4, Robinson’s Place, , M. Adriatico Street, Ermita
- Shawarma Snack Center (24 hours) – 485 Salas St., Ermita
- Shawarma Snack Center 2 – 484 Salas St., Ermita
- The Chicken Rice Shop – G/F, Space 304, Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico Sts., Ermita
- Halal Food Restaurant – 1188 Mall, Sta. Elena & Soler Sts., Divisoria, Binondo
- Jakarta Inn, Piano Bar & Restaurant – 2082 F. Benitez St. corner San Andres, Malate
- Jerusalem Restaurant – 1533 M. H. Del Pilar St., Malate
- Simorgh Persian Restaurant – Unit F Bellagio Square, 1658 Pedro Gil St. corner Jorge Bocobo St., Malate
- June Nairah Halal Food Restaurant – 826 Globo de Oro St., Quiapo
- Moud Halal Roasted Chicken – 827 Globo de Oro St., Quiapo
- Pamanganan Quiapo – G/F Saimah II Hotel, 310-D Elizondo St., Quiapo
In Santa Cruz:
- Tasty Fresh Halal Foods (Isetann) – Isetann Manila, 600 Carriedo St., Santa Cruz
Means, first I have to geographically understand this map of Manila with its districs:
Day 1 = Php 3,500.
Day 2 = Php 1,000.
Day 3 = Php 5,600.
Total = Php 10,100 (cash) + Php 3,900 (paid online) = Php 14,000.