Enchanted Kingdom Trip
This was our adventure on Sunday...
After getting from the airport to our building, went to sleep and woke up around 8:30am (had about 5 hours sleep), the sun was up, we felt good...no real jet lag (I knew the simulated nightime on the plane was a bad idea!! I would have been wide awake at 3am had I slept that whole time!).
Checked out the lobby level of our building to get aquainted with the facilities, then found our way outside. Here we encountered our "How do you cross the street in a foreign country?" situation. Made it across the street and into Rustan's (a very Whole Foods-ish type of store). Took some time to walk around and figure out what was there (a lot of recognizable things, a lot of things NOT!!). Worked on converting prices in our heads and got some things for lunch. After we ate, we got a call from George..he's the brother of Raquel, who goes to Kendra's dad's church. He had made plans to take us to Enchanted Kingdom, an amusement park south of Manila with his brother, Rene, his wife, Vanessa, their daughter Crystel , and mother Verna.
They picked us up in their van outside our building and drove for about 45 minutes to the Enchanted Kingdom, which has rides, prize games, lots of food and is a lot of fun. Sunday is the Philippines "Family Day", so they were lots of families and kids running around. Did the Carosel and Balloon ride with Crystel (My comfort zone ended there as well: I've never been on a rollercoaster and never plan to be!!). After that, got some yummy food at a little buffet-type place (had vegetables and Java rice). There were tons of stands and vendors with some wonderful loooking Filipino cuisine, but that will have to wait until maybe our 3rd day here at least to be more food-ventureous! Tried to do the Swan Paddle boats, but Crystel didn't meet the height requirements, so Kendra and George went off to the Ferris Wheel (or, Wheel of Fate!). Kendra took the camera and got some shots from the top. Headed back home then and got lots of tips and pointers for Makati life from George and the rest of the family. It was a very fun time, and we're very thankful for them for getting us out of the overwhelming city for a bit and for letting us slowly take in the people and our new surroundings. Also, much thanks to Raquel and Jim in Lancaster for giving us so much information and for getting us in contact with their family here.