Monday, January 27, 2014
Manila Weekend Recommendations
Tiger Air's recommendations, from the Tigertales Jan-Feb 2014 issue
With the recent spike of protest and turmoil in the streets of Bangkok, a good alternative is a Manila weekend. From Singapore, and from the rest of Southeast Asian neighbors, Manila is just 1.5-3 hours flights depending where you are based here in SE Asia. From Korea, Japan and China, its only 2-4 hours flight to reach Manila, the 2nd largest city of the Philippines.
Personal recommendations are the Intramuros, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, Carlos Celdran Walking Tours, Rizal Park, National Museum, Ayala Museum, Manila-American Cemetery, Manila Chinese Cemetery and Manila bay sunset cruise.
For nature lovers, I recommend a stroll around La Mesa Watershed Ecopark and a run or bike around Ayala Alabang Village which is also a bird sanctuary.
For wining and dining, I recommend Barrio Fiesta, Milky Way. Cirkulo, Azuthai, Tsukiji, Masas Filipino Cuisine, Sentro 1771, Banana Leaf, Rockefeller, Queens at Bollywood, Tapella by Gaudi, John and Yoko, Chihuahua Mexican Grill, Casa Armas and Namnam Filipino casual dining. Finding halal food in Manila is getting easier. Try the Behrouz Persian, Jerusalem Restaurant, Hossein @ Serendra, New Bombay, Kashmir, Bangali Halal Restaurant, Arya and Shawarma Food Centre. For vegetarian, check out my blog on Corner Tree Cafe. But those on the go, Jollibee, Binalot and Baja Mexican are my comfort food.
For coffee lovers and those with sweet tooth, Bo's Coffee (try the Bayani brew), Figaro (must try Barako coffee), Cafe Havana, Mary Grace and Cafe Briton.
Enjoy your weekend. Mabuhay!!!