Today was our first time having breakfast at our hotel. Unfortunately for us, it was quite terrible. The meal consisted of just two eggs and two pieces of toast; they didn’t even ask us what we wanted, they just served it up. I told them to take the eggs off my plate so was left with 2 pieces of (barely toasted) bread. I asked if they had any jam but apparently they didn’t. Nor did they have any cereal or fresh milk. The ‘juice’ was actually just cordial so that wasn’t much chop either. We went back to our room and I was still hungry.
We decided that we would have an early lunch to supplement our bad breakfast so we again made out way to the Mall of Asia. The Life of Pi was showing at 12:45 so we had just enough time to have some lunch before hand. We spend a few minutes looking around for somewhere to eat and decided on Pancake House. We both had a club sandwich with fries and a milkshake. Ingrid was eating a bit slowly so she got the send half of her sandwich to go, but I managed to polish all mine off.
We quickly made out way to the cinema and bought out tickets. The movies here don’t seem to be preluded by ads, so the opening credits were already rolling by the time we walked in. Perhaps the cinemas in Australia should take note of this. The movie was decent but seemed to be more of a ‘thinking’ movie than one, which you can just sit back and be entertained by.
After having a quick look around the mall we decided to make out way to the pier where we had booked to go on a sunset dinner cruise of Manila bay at 4:30. Quite annoyingly the taxi driver took us to the wrong end of the sea-front area, and by the time we made it down to the area from which the boat departs, the manifest had been closed. We tried to reason with the girls in the office, that the boat was still there and that there were tables available, but they were adamant that we couldn’t board. To make matters worse we had been waiting in the office for five minutes or so while the girls faffed around talking and served two other people. If they had served us straight away we probably would have made it. We told them that we wanted a refund but they denied that also, saying the best they could do was to get us on the next trip at 6:15. We decided to take the tickets but would probably not come back. The trip was only $30 and according to some reviews the meal was pretty darn average anyway.
Instead we headed back to the Mall of Asia and went ice-skating for an hour at their indoor ice rink – in the middle of the shopping centre. It was pretty fun and there were some ‘professional’ people training in the corners of the rink, doing spins and twists. We left about an hour later and went to one of the large department store and did some souvenir shopping.
Come 6:30 we were getting a bit hungry so we walked around the outside of the mall, where all the restaurants are, to find a place to eat. We finally found a Chinese place that Ingrid liked. It was two stories but we were seated on the ground floor. We had some sizzling beef, iron pot chicken, eggplant and pork, dumplings and some fruit juice to drink. The meal was quite filling and we were both stuffed by the end.
For dessert, one of the people we met in Boracay had told us that we needed to try a dish called Halo Halo. We went to a restaurant that was supposed to do a good one. The best way to describe it that it looks like a sunday, but made with ice and topped with pieces of jelly, fruit, beans (of all things) and other jelly-like things which we had no idea what they were. It tasted ok, but I don’t think either of use would get one again. We’ll stick to a regular sunday or nickerbockerglory.
We caught a taxi back to the hotel, watched some TV, did a small amount of packing and then called it a night. Tomorrow we shall be homeward bound!