My triumph over my constant battle with laziness brought me to the heart of Manila, and I proudly did it hardcore! That translates in my dictionary as commuting by jeep towards my ultimate destination: Intramuros. Check the tips below for directions.
It felt like my street-smart meter went up ten notches after my spontaneous afternoon stroll to The Walled City. It just had to because I took down the directions in a piece of paper, placed it in my shorts’ pocket and then I did a last minute change to another pair of shorts. And you can guess what happened next. It could have been a whole lot easier had I ridden the cab but my serious issues with cab drivers in general left me with the cheaper-pollution-ridden alternative, the jeepney.
Since I went there for the sheer heck of not wasting a holiday in bed, I have no plans and no idea where to start, so I just wandered about, with the mindset of merely scouting the place and the intention of going back for a more systematic stroll to cover the entire city.
As I trudged along, it really is more fun in the Philippines. The people are just kinder (I don’t think it was just a stroke of luck as luck seems to have eluded me for some time now 😉 ). I reached Intramuros by merely asking for directions from security guards at the LRT 3, vendors and jeepney drivers. And it’s strange that I felt no security threat at all given that I’m wandering on my own and rode the jeep too. Maybe because I did pester The Almighty yet again to protect me in my little adventure. O:)
Tips: Going to Intramuros from Marikina City
- Take the LRT3 Katipunan and alight at Recto Station.
- Follow the direction to Doroteo Jose Station.
- Go down the flight of stairs; it will lead you to rows of stalls selling just about anything.
- Go down the escalator and exit through the right door.
- Cross the small street and ride the jeep with the Mabini or Pier signage. Tell the driver to drop you off at Intramuros.
Walk a short distance and head towards the arched stone and that will be one of the many entrances to Intramuros.