I recently got myself an interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) in a bid to improve my photography skills and to be familiar with my new gadget in time for my upcoming travel outside the country, I decided to do a photowalk in one of the most picturesque places in the country, the City of Manila. Here are some of the shots that I took, but be forewarned though that this post is a bit heavy on the bandwidth.
These first shots were taken using a 16mm F2.8 lens:
It was around noon by that time so I went to a nearby mall for lunch.
It was my first time eating at Bistro Ravioli and I could say that their food is quite nice, not to mention surprisingly cheap! Their Choco Lava does not look much at first glance, but is actually quite delightful.
All pictures henceforth were taken with my 16-55mm lens. I was missing zooming. 😀
If you are looking for a historic and picturesque location in Manila, Intramuros is a no brainer. It has the oldest standing stone structure in the country and Spanish-era buildings. They don’t make buildings like they used to.
As we walked around Intramuros, we noticed a curious use of some free space. The space was full of graffiti and was being used by skaters. In fairness the space was “clean” although I have mixed feelings about the graffiti.
By the Bay
I was hoping we would be able to catch the sunset as we leave Intramuros but at this time of the year sunset is earlier so I had so settle with the post-sunset orange skies by the bay. Manila Bay still has some of the most picturesque sunset in the world.
Food de Sentosa
The best way to conclude a photowalk is of course with food! For dinner we decided to try Food de Sentosa which claims “authentic Singapore cuisine.” I admit I’m not qualified to verify this claim, but I did like their food. It was new to my taste but not too foreign to be “alien.”
Walking may be slower than running, but sometimes it’s just as tiring, sometimes even more! I learned quite a lot within this relative short time, and I’m so glad that the current administration of the city of Manila had stopped demolishing those beautiful and historic old buildings which makes photowalks like this one a delight. There will always be that new tall tower but we won’t always have those historic and architecturally interesting structures. There were still a lot of areas I did not cover around the Intramuros area, and while there are buildings being saved there are quite a lot more that desperately needs attention. Hopefully on my next photowalk, I get to cover more, and see more restorations!
I hope you enjoyed this tour as much as I did doing it and taking pictures. 😀
*Note: Downsizing and watermarking are the only alterations made to all the photos in this set. No additional digital enhancements were made.