Experiencing new cities doesn't always start positively. This statement rings true for a few places, but Manila particularly stands out. Being stuck in traffic for 3 hours, followed by a bug-infested hotel room, had me questioning why we left Canada in the first place. We quickly learned to never let a first impression ruin your entire experience. Exploring the city after a nights rest led us to Rizal Park - a (fairly) quiet oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.