When I first arrived in the Philippines over two weeks ago, I was looking for things to do in Manila. Having just completed the incredible photography workshop in Hanoi, I searched for photography groups online.
I came across another site that is new to me (though I think it’s been around for awhile), Meetup.com. This site connects people of similar interests to meet and do the things they like to do. There is no fee and no long-term commitment. There are meetups for every type of interest – running, computers, photography, gardening, food, philosophy, foreign language practice, traveling, everything. Anyone can create a meetup on the site, and anyone can join one.
For example, I saw that there was a photography meetup in Manila during my time there, so I responded to the invitation and went. There were so many people who showed up that we had to split into groups in order to walk around the neighborhood and shoot some street scenes. Many people were first-timers, like me, while others knew each other from previous meetups. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. Although I didn’t take as many pictures as I’d hoped to, I did meet some friendly and interesting people. I’ll definitely look into other meetups as I travel and even back at home.
I did see a few other sites in Manila during my time there, though I was also focused on just catching up on the many details of planning my travels. Here are some shots from my week in Manila.