I went to Manila today with my friend Den. We took the LRT 2 from Cubao to Recto, where we proceeded to walk, walk and walk.
We went to our favorite stores along Recto to check for any books we wanted. I found some interesting ones but none that I wanted to really get. In one of the stores I found Chuck Palahniuk’s “Pigmy” for P150. Nunik likes his works so I decided to get it (It was either that or some Ernest Hemmingway, which is one of the author’s he’s reading now).
We also hit the National Bookstore along Recto. They were having a sale too and there was a section where hardbacks were selling for P99. On the second floor (or third? There’s a mezzanine y’see) there’s more bargain books. I wasn’t even looking when I saw Cameron Dokey’s “The Storyteller’s Daughter” (another book in the Once Upon A Time series. I wanted to get Gail Carson Levine’s “Ever” as well, but it was still P300+, so I had to pass it up. There were some nice hardback books, one of which was a compilation of fantasy short stories where Neil Gaiman’s “Chivalry” first appeared. Only for P100 but I passed that up too.
We headed to Quiapo afterwards (we walked! Wohoo!), where we hit the DVD stalls. Den bought NCIS Seasons 2 to 7, while I got “You’re So Beautiful”. I didn’t know it was being shown on local TV but I don’t care. 😛 The seller gave us a discount of P50 for 7 DVDs. Not bad.
We had merienda (or early dinner) at Chowking, then crossed the street to Quiapo Church. The underpass was crowded as always, mostly with vendors hawking their wares. Clicking sounds permeated the air, because of the vendors selling those electric insect killers. A lot of faux “Power bands” were also for sale, as well as various clothes, footware and whatever.
I took some photos of the church (mostly on film) and headed to the camera shops along Hidalgo to buy more film. I have to finish the roll first though. I have a picture of Quiapo Church but there’s a woman right smack in the middle of it looking at my camera haha.
We crossed back to the opposite side of Hidalgo where the DVDs were and rode a jeep to get to San Sebastian. It was my first time to go there, which is pretty funny considering I worked in the area for nearly four years and passed by Baste often, but never really went in. By this time, it was drizzling.
We headed our own ways shortly after that. I took my old route home, and for the first time I realized that it’s a pretty long ride.
Hopefully next time, we’ll be able to bring more friends and hit more shops.