what to do in manila where to go
Coming from a small, still developing, and quite city, I am not a fan of the streets of Manila, it’s pretty fast-paced, exaggerated traffic, and sadly has lots of reputation of being unsafe. That’s why every time I travel with my family or friends we never stay in Manila for a day, we just make a pit stop and go somewhere outside Manila. But now, I’m quite more mature and I’m trying to prove to myself that maybe Manila isn’t that bad. So I ventured into the concrete jungle with my friends and new found friends to try and get to know Manila. They brought me to the “typical” places people would go to have fun, chill, and enjoy around the hectic city of Manila. What were they? Check out below
Stroll around Chinatown
Binondo, Manila. I’ve been to Manila dozens of times and it was my first time to stroll around the so-called Chinatown of Manila. It was night time so strolling around was cool, no mr. sun around. I was also pretty observant on our surroundings as I’ve heard that there are lots of goons and pickpocketers in Chinatown specially when we passed by Quiapo Church. But nah, maybe the robbers thought my face was scary so they didn’t bother haha
Foodtrip in Chinatown
There are lots of food shops in Chinatown! If you love food then you will definitely love it there. It was my first time though to have a Chinese-style foodtrip and that was a great first time! We even went to one food shop where it offered vegan Chinese dishes, and I was like – ohhhhh this is gonna be interesting. Because I’m not really a veggie lover(though I eat some occasionally) I must say their vegan Chinese dishes wasn’t so bad than I thought it would be 😀 I even managed to finish my whole dish!
Stroll around High Street
Bonifacio High Street, arguably the cleanest place to stroll around Manila. And it’s pretty classy too. Just a nice place to stroll around, lots of food parks and shops around, events being held one block and another, musicians playing feel good music every block, ahhhh it’s a pretty nice place to hang around. Just make sure to bring some cash with you as food there aren’t budget-friendly but they are quite tasty and worth every penny, I promise!
Savor Cold Stone’s ice cream
Ahhh Cold Stone. I have been a long fan of this ice cream place and that was my first time to savor their luscious, sticky, and tasty ice cream. And I thought their ice creams were just for show, because they literally throw your ice cream to you and you catch it, but beyond the nice act is a creamy, savory ice cream( mmmmmm I can still taste it in my mind 😀 )
Stroll around Intramuros
Considered the oldest district and historic core of Manila, who else would pass up the opportunity to go to this place? Finally, I got some friends who knew a lot about history specifically Ate Angel. She just knew everything about Philippine history, she just shared all her knowledge while we were strolling around the nostalgic old streets of Intramuros. We felt it was a good idea too to go there at night since they said it’s really hot during the day, and we never regret a thing.
Chill at Bayleaf
Many of my friends always suggest Bayleaf as a nice overlooking-the-city place to chill and yes, they weren’t wrong. There were no entrance fees but their drinks were kinda expensive, 100-150php per drink. So if you guys want to drink lots of beer, better drink somewhere else and then make Bayleaf your last destination. Really a nice and cool place to chill, talk, and relax with your friends.
Have fun in Mystery Manila
I totally didn’t expect we would be doing this and I’m glad we tried! It was pretty fun, especially when you’re with your scaredy cat girl friends haha. We didn’t expect that it would be horrifying, it’s not for the faint heart but it’s really a fun experience with friends. Though it’s an activity that’s only good to try once because there’s no thrill anymore when you do it again. If you guys are intrigued about Mystery Manila, I wrote some tips here that might help you 😉
Watch a women’s Volleyball game
How much does watching a professional volleyball game cost in the Philippines – none. So if you’re a fan of sports and have some spare time, you better cheer for some Pro-athletes. And even if you’re not the sporty type, you’ll surely enjoy watching a women’s volleyball game. There’s just so much excitement and thrill when women play especially when they’re all professionals. But honestly, we only watched the game because we supported our friend who’s with Generika Ayala, go Maris! #supportivefriends
From these experiences I can say Manila isn’t that bad. Well thankfully I haven’t had a bad experience yet. Didn’t get ripped off by a taxi(yet), didn’t get robbed(yet), didn’t lose anything valuable(yet) and I’m hoping I never will. Living in Manila isn’t easy, I think if you survive Manila you can survive anywhere 😀 Though the environment in Manila is stressful there are lots of things to do to get off that stress and those are the ones I did above! I can’t wait to come back for more typical things to do in Manila. Soon! *suggestions highly accepted :D*