Segway Through Intramuros8:00 AM
I'm sometimes guilty of being a tourist in my own city. Twenty-four years of living and there are still places in Manila I have not ...
I'm sometimes guilty of being a tourist in my own city. Twenty-four years of living and there are still places in Manila I have not been to and places I have been to but have barely scratched the surface on experiencing - Intramuros was one of them.
Up until last week, I have only been to Intramuros twice for a school project. I have also only read about it in history books back in high school. But I have not really spent the time to walk around and experience the place. That's why I was so glad that we decided to go on the White Knight E-Chariot Tour. We didn't exactly walk, but we did "travel through" Intramuros and its history in a fun way.
If you haven't heard of an e-chariot, it is basically a segway. You know those scooter-like things the guards at Greenbelt or BGC roll around in? Yup. And if you've ever tried riding one, you'll know that once you get the hang of it, you'll want to race with the others! Haha! But you can't on this one, because it's programmed at a certain maximum speed.
Each White Knight E-Chariot Tour around Intramuros lasts for an hour and can accommodate up to 4 people. However, you can call in to inform them if you have a big group and they will get something together for you. The tour is also assisted by two tour guides. The first tour guide drives in front and is the main guide for the trip; the second assists the first in making sure no one is left behind or forgotten (Ohana?). It was really interesting because a lot of the stories I've also heard from my grandmother and grandfather, so it was like being able to paint the picture in my head. Plus, our tour guides were very friendly and funny.
So if you're thinking of what to do this weekend, why not take an hour out of your day and explore and learn about Intramuros while riding a segway. I know you want to. ;)
Bonus: This is also quite the workout because you're practically standing for a whole hour while trying to balance yourself on a segway. Leg and core? YAS! Haha!