I don’t know where to start and end writing about our journey through the Philippines. We are working on our travel-movie (we’ll make two!) right now – I’m delivering comments while drinking Baileys as we speak – but I have enough pictures and stories to share with you. I’ll just start at the beginning: the first night after arriving in Manila.
I wake up next to a fish head. ‘ Where am I? Did we crash with the airplane into the ocean last night? Did I drank too much yesterday night? Did I turn into a mermaid?’ Slowly I start reminding bits. That invitation to spend the night in a rather wet hotel… I look to the right. Yay, there’s the boyfriend. Sleeping like a baby, he is still not aware of the staring fish eyes. I look up. Seems like I’m not dreaming at all: we are in the company of a thousand fish.
Hotel H2o is situated in the Bay of Manila next to the Manila Ocean Park, with views of the South China Sea. It is quiet there. Lovely. A contrast to last night’s bus ride from Clark airport to downtown Manila: greedy children searching garbage, huge billboards with connecting slums and total chaos on the streets. A lovely outdoor terrace with bar serves delicious cocktails all evening. That is exactly what I need and deserve after a flight of 19 hours and subsequent bus ride of 4 hours. The first impressions of Manila are being discussed and I’m glad I fly towards Bohol tomorrow. But if you remain a night in Manila, please stay in this amazing hotel.
We sleep in the ‘Aqua Supreme’ room, and the name Aqua is well chosen. Water! Fish! All over the place! I love it. A total different experience. The largest wall of the room consists entirely of an ongoing aquarium, and fish are swimming and swimming and swimming. The bathroom is wonderful: a hot tub and a rain shower with a view of the fish and towels formed like a stuffed animal *guilty pleasure*. The ultra-comfortable bed is just great, I totally can find my rest here. The next morning we enjoy a fine breakfast. With a restaurant, lounge, bar, spa and meeting rooms, the hotel is fully equipped and the staff is more than helpful. A fine introduction to the extremely sweet population and that what defines the Philippines: water. From the deep blue sea full of life and the scenic coastal areas surrounded by beautiful beaches to the rivers that traverse the jungles: the Philippines consists of more than 7,100 islands. A good start of the coming trip and an absolute hotspot.