After my first trip to the Philippines, I was determined that I would return and stay longer, as long as I could during my summer vacation. I was a teacher in the USA at the time and had about ten weeks of each summer to spend.
Within days after academic year 2005's closing, I was on a plane bound for Manila where I was to meet my boyfriend with whom I would stay for about ten weeks. Prior to my going there, he and I worked together to acquire and furnish a small apartment where he would live year round and where I would stay while there.
Sadly enough, after about three years, we decided (jointly) that we should separate and move on. Still, I have fond memories of those days.
That castle housed a small school where one could learn how to work with chocolate. Also inside was a shop where one could buy baking supplies and another shop where one could buy chocolate goodies.
Several malls were (and still are) across the street from each other. Some are connected by walkways that cross over streets. I spent a lot of time at Gateway going to movies and enjoying coffee out on the patio.
Would you like fries with that?
I returned for my Christmas week of vacation.