I had the chance to do an itinerary on “What To Do in Manila” for my cousin and his friends. It was easier to think of out of town trips but in Manila? In which area should I start?
Of course, it has to start with Jose Rizal so we went to Fort Santiago, Intramuros. I, myself, was educated once more.
For tourists, it’s best to hire a guide so you can learn even more about the historical avenue. We didn’t get one though because we had a minimal time to explore. LOL.
The steps of RIZAL when he was about to be persecuted.
Jose Rizal Museum.
I’m not sure why, but, I got an eerie feeling when I was there.
Meet my cousin, Jonathan, who is also very much single. Yep, call me. I’ll screen you first. Kiddin. The only cousin I have on my father’s side. My dad and his mom are the only offspring of my beautiful 奶奶 (Grammy) and 爷爷 (Grandpa).
I was asked by Jon if I’d like to have my own photo for the gram, he might have the sixth sense that I do want one, LOL. I was a bit hesitant because I AM TOO SHY. I think I need more confidence on asking to take one shot of me.
Lunch time, they wanted to try ZUBUCHON. It’s a good thing they have now branches in Metro Manila! SO YUMMMM! Didn’t get to take a photo because we’re too hungry to do so. LOL. I just took a snapshot.
Later on, thought of heading to MIND MUSEUM… But then, I asked if they wanted to have coffee and dessert first. We went to Shangri-la Fort lobby for TOBY’s ESTATE of course. Also, we waited for Eric to arrive who wasn’t able to join us in the morning and lunch because he had an on-call work.
After a delightful merienda, we strolled around BGC and since it’s already dinner time, we opted for MANAM (it’s nearer though, the other option was LOCAVORE – which I like better!)
Before heading home, I asked them if they wanted to have some drinks at one of the famous clubs opened on a Sunday and I realized it’s newly renovated as well as its name “The Island”. I am really digging the place. I love how cozy it is. And you could say they enjoyed it!!!
The adventurous Paul just had to try – for the gram. LOL.
Would you believe it’s the second time I’ve been in this club (yep, first time at VALK and then this). I guess you could say I am so donewith the party scene. LOL.
Here’s the list on what you can do when you’re in Manila:
Fort Santiago (You may also do Kalesa tour) ; En route to Luneta Park afterwards as well as the historical churches around the area like Manila Cathedral and San Agustin. If you are heading there on weekdays, I suggest you also go to National Museum.
Eat LECHON or PARES. Well, if they like lechon – GO TO ZUBUCHON or RICO’s that is about to open soon in Metro Manila!!! It’s really yummy!!! Definitely a go-to. Or you might also want to try GOTO Pares. It would be a great start eating local.
Dessert and Coffee Lovers – Well, I just recently found out PAMANA’s merienda buffet, they serve FILIPINO dishes like Bibingka and Palitaw! Go try it. Or if you just want to chill around the Metro with a good place, go to Shangri-la Fort and order a cup of TOBY’s coffee. You can stay there – – price around 200 pesos.
Manam / Locavore – two favorite tourist restaurants. Also adding to that is Sarsa. Yep, choose one of the three or better try them all. They’re all delicious and affordable. They have the BEST SISIG in town! Plus they have street food like Kwek Kwek too. I wanna add the “boodle fight” at Seafood Island which is a great place to experience.
For a nightcap and a tita like me – I have a favorite wine place in Quezon City that is undergoing renovation so scratch it, LOL. May I suggest La Vie Parissiene or Le Petit Parissiene instead or go to Poblacion in Makati to drink and be merry. That’s where all the yuppies at.
Adding to my list that we weren’t able to do that day was the
6. Legazpi Sunday Market or Salcedo Saturday Market – Definitely for foodie like us!
So I hope you did learn something new from me? Comment down below if you also have something to add on the list, I would love to hear from you. Thank you! Posting my travel vlog next week! Toodles.
I know what you’re thinking, does she even work? I DO and it just so happens my mother (big boss) has a wedding to attend so I took a chance of a lifetime, again. LOL. At first, I was a bit hesitant because two weeks before this trip I was in Cebu. (If you haven’t read it, click here!).
Dumaguete is a city in Negros Oriental (Central Visayas region) and is famous for Silvanas and easier access to gorgeous islands in the southern region. I’ve been there several times already but never been to nearby beaches, on which, lured me to join my mother’s vacation.
Back in 2015, I told myself I wanna retire in Dumaguete City someday because of the simplicity and nearby beaches. And my thought hasn’t changed a bit. Though, I added Cebu on my list. LOL.
Also, I was able to explore the hometown of my mother, Ayungon City. I wonder if the next time I’ll be back there my mom would be able to build a beach villa. LOL. Funny thing too was that I had the chance to watch “Mr. Ayungon” and the Mayor hosted the said event, created for the feast celebration. Another thing, bless my mother’s heart for her kind treat, on mother’s day, with relatives to explore the famous Manjuyod Sandbar, Bais City. A great r&r for everybody!
Here are few photos from the trip and sharing you guys my new vlog below from my YouTube Channel.
Day 1: City of Dumaguete.
Day 2: APO Island and Ayungon City.
One of the highlights in my life that I’m forever grateful for this year is this solo trip to Apo Island! And a BIG THANKS to Dianne Usero of Shopahology Bacolod for letting me capture at least a photo/video with the Pawikans. Too bad though, kuya and the camera didn’t sync well. Tee-hee. (Watch the video below!)
Day 3: The Wedding at Gemini Beach Resort
Apparently, I was late at the wedding because I was helping out on doing make-ups and I didn’t want to rush on getting dressed. Though, I was able to reached “You may now kiss the bride” 😚
Day 4: BAIS CITY – Dolphin Watching at Tañon Strait and Manjuyod Sandbar.
So I watched this video by iJuander of GMA 7 featuring Manjuyod Sandbar and I thought, WOW, an island being compared to Maldives. (I still haven’t been to Maldives, should be a goal next year!) I’m more of an adventurer so I guess sandbars don’t impress me much. Anyhoo, I liked most about this trip is the Dolphin watching at the Tañon Strait. Did you know, if you searched Tañon Strait or Kipot ng Tanon – it means it’s a body of water separating the islands of Negros and Cebu. How cool is that, huh? LOL. I remembered Jamie Sullivan’s bucket-list “Two places at once”. Now where is my Landon? Hahaha. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, GOOGLE. (Watch my vlog below for dolphins!)
Too bad it was high tide and the stilts were all fully-booked. Arrived at lunchtime, very crowded, surrounded by too many bankas. You could say all the more reason why I didn’t enjoy the place at all. Perhaps in another time.
I forced my mother to go down from the boat just for photo-op. Watch the vlog to see how we got there without swimming or walking. LOL.
Until then, Dumaguete! Here’s my vlog! Don’t forget to subscribe and like my vlog and follow me on my social medias! I’ll see you on my next trip to…. *drum roll*!!!
If there’s a place to take the tourists without spending another plane ticket within Metro Manila, where will you take them? In a heartbeat, it has to be Tagaytay. Ola amigos, amigas! I know, I know, lakwachera mode on. This time I have reasons though. My cousin Jonathan, who btw is the only first cousin I have in father’s side, is back in Manila. Continue reading “Take Me To Taal – Tagaytay Getaway”→
All my life I always thought sunset is the most beautiful thing in the world because it’s melodramatic and convenient, by convenient meaning you don’t have to wake up early. But I was wrong. [Travel vlog is at the end of this post]