Often abused as a stop, and a run-away-as-soon-as-you-can city, I decided to live here for a month. With occasional breaks of course!
In Manila, I lived in Vito Cruz, Malate ( one of the densely populated place in Manila unfortunately ) with the rest of the volunteers from AIESEC, an organisation I was working with.
Everything about this place screams stress. From the rush of people on the street, the crowded LRT/MRT to the crazy traffic, there is no doubt that Manila is not where you should spend your blissful and serene honeymoon in.
But being young and full of energy, I couldn’t help but to fall in love with the buzz of this place. From the array of street food such as Balut, Turon (banana rolled with the skin of fried spring rolls) and barbecued everything – Manila is definitely for those with the stomach of steel.
But one particular thing that made me sad is that very little effort was made in ensuring that the traditions and cultures of the Pinoy people were preserved in this city. It’s so difficult to get fresh traditional Filipino food when all you get is Jollibee and Chowking, the 2 most common fast food franchise I’ve noticed. This and McDonalds and KFC and god know what else.
But if you’re up for good food and it has to be in Manila, I suggest the Robinson’s Mall in Malate. Head to the food court and you’ll find lots of Filipino food for a cheap price.
If your wallet can take more, head to Bagnet in Vito Cruz. They have some of the most delicious and freshly prepared Filipino food I promise you. I ate the chicken sisig, and though it was a tad too buttery/oily for me, I loved it!
If you have the time and means to head out of Manila, I suggest Baguio. When I was there, the only thing I could do was eat, eat and oh, eat. The night market was incredible too. A post will come up sometimes in the future about that.
In Manila, I visited the Intramuros and Chinatown (Binondo) on two separate occasions. Both will have individual posts coming up soon!
Till my next write-up,