Saturday, July 30, 2005


This is Dangwa, ladies and gentlemen! This is in Sampaloc, Manila and can be accessed from all points of the metro. For those coming from the South, all you need to do is take a jeep that says DAPITAN and asked to be let off at Dangwa. From the North, just follow the Bonifacio Avenue and turn towards North Cemetery and onwards to the University of Santo Tomas (Dapitan is behind the University).

Many of you probably may have not had the chance to visit the "bagsakan" or flower center of the entire Metro Manila. Flowers of all kinds, from Baguio, Cebu and Laguna are all brought here (hence "bagsakan") and displayed in over a hundred stalls, which in turn sell these to florists and passersby.

To see the most incredible blooms before the florists arrive, visit the area around 2-3 in the morning. Yes, AT DAWN. By 7 or 8AM, you'd be left with nothing to gape at but leaves and some red and yellow Caribbeans.

: Ready-made bouquets are cheaper - and fresher - at dawn. I don't know why. Nevertheless, it's so difficult to choose from so many you'd end up going around first before finally settling on one choice.

There are three divisions in this particular area, by the way. It's a long street transected by two other streets (Dapitan and I-forgot-the-street-name) at 90 degrees.

And please remember this for good measure. The area near Dapitan Street sells at TWICE the price than those found on the other end. Be forewarned.

Price range
: Php 250 - 300 per bouquet.

Even the street lamps are flower-shaped! Manila Mayor Lito Atienza had this area paved and lighted only early this year.
Irises (yes, they look different from those abroad but I must admit nomenclature is severly mistaken in these parts. Botanists should be called in to identify flowers properly)
Corcuma (large)
Assorted Mums (Malaysian and local)

This visit was made because of the on-line flower gallery I had to make for a business. Please visit it here and click on Our Flower Gallery. Thanks!

Friday, July 29, 2005


This entry is related to the entry in my main blog. We visited this area three nights after Araw ng Maynila. The Muelle, I was told, was full of barbecue stalls serving beer and stuff until midnight! Must have been so much fun. Here's a post-party tour.

Buhayin ang Maynila Poster along T. Pinpin Street featuring Manila Mayor Lito Atienza (LA) wearing his signature floral polos. Tomas Pinpin St (below) is accessible via Escolta. This leads you to the Muelle del Banco Nacional, which in turn is beside the Pasig River.

That one's the bridge that brings you from Lawton to Sta Cruz. Beside it and behind it is the Light Rail Transit 1

The new Muelle del Banco Nacional, with Jones Bridge all lighted up. It brings you from Lawton into the heart of Chinatown - Binondo.

The busy Jones Bridge (10PM)

The underside of Jones Bridge; Blue lights reflect on the river below while lamps on the bridge and the lovely stairs leading to it reminds one of similar bridges in Europe.

There are some really nice buildings along the Muelle (1 or 2). I hope to provide you some photos of these soon. At any rate, the street lights were off during our visit, which made it scary. However, there were a lot of students enjoying the wind and the view. The place could be nice if there were stalls to liven it up. In fact, I was thinking of an underground bar in one of the buildings, if only it was possible.

Overall, a nice visit. Please keep the lights on to prevent vagrants from coming back. And someone please fix those benches on the ground as people keep on moving them closer to the edge. Someone might fall asleep and roll onto the river. You can never tell. Manila, after all is the city of possibilities. *wink*


Six kinds of tiles or floor materials (7 if you include the steel bar) for this one simple entrance step.

Leads in or out of DELICIOUS Restaurant, Ongpin Street.

This will start my series of photos on stairs so watch your step!


You know you are in Chinatown when even the graffiti on the men's comfort room wall is in Chinese!

Taken in DELICIOUS Restaurant, Ongpin St.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Discovering new places does not mean just visiting those advertised in the papers. To truly know what it means to experience a place, Binondo or Sta Cruz for example, one has to go where a lot of people go.

One such place is DELICIOUS. Although very ordinary compared to more-known establishments surrounding the area, I am amazed by the fact that this small two-storey affair is jampacked with people, enough to make me curious as to what brings them here.

Tagging a friend along, I was told it's the pansit (noodles). So pansit it is (Php 160).

For the first time, I also ordered Hototay (Php 150). Now, this particular soup is a conondrum exemplified. It is a confusing melange of fish, squid, pork and chicken liver, sea cucumber and veggies, and then topped with one raw egg. If this is really Chinese in origin, I really wish to know. It reminds me so much of Bacolod's batchoy sans the seafood.

We also ordered stuffed shrimps (Php 25/each) but it came too dark. Must be the oil (reuse of oil is really bad like what happens in tapsilogans).

I wanted to take a closer photo of this one but I wasn't allowed to. This is where the raw ingredients are displayed. The catch is, everything is mixed by hand in full view of everyone. For the finicky, this is reason enough to make a quick dash back to the streets but heck, food in fine dining restos are manhandled too (pun not intended for the lack of a better word) so this really isn't something surprising.

All in all, i'd give this place a 5/10. Food is fine but not as good as Estero's. To spare yourself of the humidity (and the baby roaches on the wall) on the first floor and thick cigarette smoke on the second, just order take-out.