Corregidor Island Daytrip with Charlie

Charlie and I were looking for a place to visit that isn’t too far from Manila (basically, something we can do in a day). He ended up treating me to Corregidor Island for my birthday last December. There’s only one tourist company in charge of visits to the island: Sun Cruises Philippines.

The PhP 2,300 package includes:

  • the boat ride to the island and back to Manila
  • a simple buffet lunch
  • tour guide and bus on the island

We paid an extra PhP 200 each for the light show, which is pretty interesting (it’s not like we’re coming back soon anytime anyway so we thought that we might as well watch it too).

 

 

The place is very clean compared to Manila, and the tour guides say the same thing so it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out if you’re not in the same group. You can’t always go inside the ruins because some of them are pretty dangerous, but some areas are explorable. The guide gives you around 10-15 minutes per area to go around and take photos. The view was great, and I think around this time is the perfect season to visit because it was sunny and quite cold at the same time.

Apparently, if they have Japanese tourists, they usually group them separately and they get a different backlog of history (mainly something that isn’t offensive to the Japanese). Occasionally though, Japanese tourists get mixed with everyone else and our tour guide shared an experience when one of them apologized to her profusely because they don’t get taught that version of history in Japan (with the war atrocities done to the Filipinos and Americans in WWII).

I’ve actually been to the island before, when I was a little girl, but it was still a pleasant experience to revisit the areas because I hardly remember them.

Ruby Sparks

It isn’t always that Charlie and I get to watch a movie that makes one feel bothered. Something that gives you all kinds of feels that you have to talk about it after watching, and whatever it is that you felt while watching doesn’t disappear after the credits. Ruby Sparks is one of those movies, and unexpectedly so. We went in the cinema expecting something romantic. Don’t get me wrong: it has that, but more. It was cute, fluffy, romantic, and beautiful. It has all the quirkiness of hipster couples. But we also left the theater a little chilled and bothered. It’s something you have to see and experience yourself. 

Ruby Sparks is definitely one of the better (romantic?) movies this year.