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Part 2 continuation of our walking adventure in Manila
Part 1 Walking on Sunshine

“What it means is that you have the power to change your brain. All you have to do is lace up your running shoes.”
― John J. Ratey, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

We’re always looking forward to walking every other day along and outside of Metro Manila. I have never been this excited to move and plus I like how I can be more aware of my thoughts when I walk. It’s like meditation to me – I have separate blog about meditation and untangling the judgment of my thoughts during uncertainty. I am very happy about this discovery and can’t wait to write about it.

Below is the summary of the 3 walks we did on the first week of February. Thank you to my fellow walker and pretty sissy in law Malen for taking lovely photos and for pushing me to go further.

February 03
10 km walk Makati City

Our walking adventure started at 630am going to Makati. It is the country’s financial hub. It is also known for its upscale shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. It also has the strictest traffic rules especially along Ayala boulevard. You can’t tell your bus or jeep to let you on or off anywhere within its route except at designated stops – very similar to Singapore.

We reached Ayala Triangle at 830am. It is a triangular public garden. It is considered as one of the few parks in Makati. After that, we headed to Greenbelt 5 – a mall that has a park. We ate at Cafe Mary Grace which is famous for its ensaymada – it is a Filipino style brioche slathered with soften butter, topped with grated cheese and sprinkled sugar on top.

February 5 – 13 km walk
Rizal Park and Intramuros

We headed out at 630 in the morning for our walk. We needed to explore Rizal Park and oh boy it’s so refreshing being there. I love everything about the park! Rizal park is also known as Luneta park and located in Ermita Manila. It is one of the historic sites in the Philippines. It became the capital’s killing field during Spanish era—the place of martyrdom of three secular priests falsely accused of leading an uprising, and of course, Jose Rizal’s execution site

Intramuros (2nd time around)

After we explored Rizal park which is only open from 6am-9am during pandemic, We headed to Intramuros where San Agustin church stands. The church was closed and will only be open at 530pm. It was built in 1595, it is the oldest church in the Philippines. It was the only building left intact after the destruction of Intramuros in World War II.

After visiting the church, we went to explore Barbara’s heritage just beside it. I did not like the coffee served, although it is a beautiful quaint restaurant that will make you travel back in Spanish era’s time.

Overall, we had a really great time exploring Rizal park and Intramuros again! 🙂

February 10 13km
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

It took us 5 days to get back on track although I was doing a lot of yoga and meditation on the days that we don’t walk.

We went out at 7am for our walk and thankfully it’s not too hot during this time. We reached NAWPC at 830am. It is only open from Wednesday to Sunday at 7am-5pm with a very affordable entrance fee of 35Php (SGD1). NAWPC is a zoological park and botanical garden at the heart of Quezon City. It is just across Lung Center of the Philippines. This place is quite refreshing and invigorating as they have a lot of trees where 13 of the trees are endemic to the Philippines. It is also a nursing home for different animal species.

The park has also an artificial lagoon which I really like. It serves as a habitat to a number of fish species like tilapia. It also has Wildlife Rescue Center that serves as temporary shelter and rehabilitation facility for abandoned indigenous and exotic wildlife which we were not able to see. haha

After the walk, we had pizza at Shakey’s near Fisher Mall which is an hour away from NAPWC. We planned to go to Las Casas Quezon City but decided to just go there on a special occasion instead.

With the pandemic going on, it is a great place to soothe the spirit by walking and discovering places we have never been before one step at a time. We are still going to embark on our third phase walking on sunshine adventure next week. 🙂


Maria, sometimes Niskie