Sunday, November 26, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Visited the recently re-developed Hidalgo Street in Manila. Traditionally home to shops selling supplies to photographers, it has become decrepit until it was renovated recently. Now you can visit it again and not worry much about checking your belongings every so often. Be careful, however, on your way there. The surrounding environs is a mess.
It will surprise any first-time visitor of Binondo to find a low-keu restaurant in the middle of shops along Nueva Street. But make no mistake about it, Sincerity Restaurant turned 50 years old last September 2006! They moved to their present location from Carvajal 20 years ago. For this trip, prepare Php 400 - 600 for 2-3 persons.
A refreshing start would be Black Gulaman (somehow, by default, you'd always end up ordering it) and Ngohiong.
Sincerity is never empty so be prepared to wait for a table. If you are coming from Sta. Cruz and came here by calesa, the cochero may offer to wait until you're done and bring you back to Sta. Cruz. You may want to give him food, by the way.
The one and only... The star of the resto is Sincerity Chicken. What makes it different from the usual butter chicken?
The side plate. Brocolli and beef.
You may have heard of Estero from some telly show. Otherwise, it could have reached you by word of mouth. Food is fresh, surprisingly good, and shockingly cheap. Think Php 1,000 for a company of 6 (with re-orders). Amazing!
Estero and a real estero (beside it). Now you know.
What better way to celebrate my birthday than spend it in Manila, the City of our Affections? I brought some friends from the office to an impromptu walking tour of Binondo (No, no plans whatsoever of taking over Ivan Dy and Carlos Celdran) and had dinner at Estero. Wonderful day!
Along Ongpin. Patience is required when weaving your way in and out of dense vehicular and human traffic.
Yosi break at the Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz (formerly Calderon de la Barca). The brass statue of San Lorenzo (Is it a Castrillo?) can be seen here.
Ang calesa ay pambayang sasakayan... A calesa ride is always a welcome (and surprise) treat. Support our cocheros, please. Ride a calesa today. And try not to overload like so (only 2 passengers per calesa allowed).
The girls posing in front of the ube firetruck of Eng Bee Tin