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Marikina Backpacking

I’ve been lurking at home for the past few months. One time, my friends (Leslie and Kristel) and I were posting on facebook about our next meet up. Kristel recently went here at my crib and thought if we could crash at Leslie’s crib next time. So our planning begins.

March 16 and 17.

Kristel and I rode a bus to Baclaran and then Mrt to Cubao station. We met Leslie in Gateway and we decided to go to Marikina Riverbank before night falls.

Kristel and I

Marikina Riverbank is a good place where families and friends can hangout. Staying there is free of charge. There are also activities which you can try like Biking (there is a rental station) and Zipline. There are also food stalls and streetfood vendors if you want something to munch on.

An old train

Biggest shoes

Inside the mall, the biggest shoes were displayed.

We went home, ate dinner and had bonding time. I bought Royal Jelly facial mask from Etude House. After relaxation, we went to sleep. Leslie told us that we have an itinerary for tomorrow. Her Aunt was also good enough to lend us a car and driver. Awesome!

Pan de Amerikana in Marikina

We head early to Pan De Amerikana for our breakfast. Even from the outside, you can see that it is a nice place to stay.I had Tocino while Leslie had Tapa and Kristel had Bangus. We even tried the food ‘Everlasting‘. I even joked them why it was called Everlasting, if it gives everlasting life or youth to those who’ll eat it or if we can eat it to the max (I mean refillable). hehe. Kidding aside. It’s like ‘Embutido’. (I’ll just do a separate post on this place)

After eating, we waited until 10am for the driver. We also went to Pan de Amerikana in Katipunan. It was somehow different from the one in Marikina. We also headed down to the part where the delicacies are found. Leslie bought us ‘Puto‘ for pasalubong.

Our next stop was suppose to be in Marikina Sports Complex but the oval was closed because it was used. We went to the plaza were a big arch is found.

Marikina Arch

Next we went to Cafe Kapitan to take photos and then we went to the Shoe Musuem but unfortunately it was closed on sundays. We decided to have lunch in Cafe Lidia but it will be open 3pm still. So we head back to Cafe Kapitan.

Cafe Kapitan

I treat them lunch as my Graduatation treat. (another post for this).

Oh no. It rained. We headed down to Sta Clara Church. But we didn’t stay long because it was raining hard. We even decided to go home. But we had a trip  around Marikina, Antipolo and Cainta. Our driver told us stories about what happened during Ondoy.

Our next stop was in Loyola Memorial Park. Kristel wanted to visit her grandparents. She told us that there is Last Supper there.

Last Supper

I was surprised to find out that it was so big. Cool. Then we went to search for Kristel’s grandparents.

Yey no more rain. We decided to continue our venture to Marikina Riverpark.

Riverpark view

I didn’t like it that much because the river is dirty. Thumbs down. But despite of that, there were fishers around.

Cafe Lidia

We agreed to take a rest at Cafe Lidia. We’re still full that’s why we just had a drink. (maybe a review of the place in another post)

We said our goodbyes and went home.

Our trip to Marikina was so fun and enjoyable. This trip was one of the most unexpected trip I’ve ever experienced. The tour plus Foodtrip was such an awesome experience.

Thank you for Leslie and Kristel for making this happen.

*All Photos c/o Kristel

*Leslie said, I looked like Dora the explorer because of how I dress and because of the backpack, thus I called myself “Doray the backpacker”

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