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HOW TO EXPERIENCE MANILA FOR A DAY (Series 2)

HOW TO EXPERIENCE MANILA FOR A DAY (Series 2)

Manila may be both chaotic and crammed but never dull. New shopping malls are rising next to the slum areas, the poverty and the luxury coexist in some weird alignment just next to each other. This city may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you a special feel. dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have one day of time.

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Although we’re presented with the BGC’s, Makati CBDs and new uprisen hip spots. We always go back to the core of the city. It is where we find its soul, the old funky vibe of what Manila should be.

This experience guide is a mixture of old and new. Come with us! as we re-introduce Manila to you on a different angle .

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Come away with us as we show you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO in Manila!

 

 

 

This beautiful sanctuary has also served as burial sites of heroes, specifically the three Filipino martyr priests, namely Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora collectively known as GOMBURZA, who were executed by garrote on February 17, 1872. They were interred in unmarked graves near the outer wall of the cemetery.(photo from the right side).

 

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The exact place where Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero was secretly buried after his execution on December 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan. When Rizal’s sisters discovered the site, they bribed a guardia civil veteran to mark the spot with the initials “RPJ” and was guarded for 15 days. His remains was exhumed on August 17, 1898, placed in an urn made by Teodoro Romualdo de Jesus, deposited in the house of his mother in Estraude Street, Bonondo. and  on December 30, 1912 laid beneath his monument at Luneta.

 

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Old Swiss Inn-Paco: A Culinary Landmark in the Heart of Manila

When asking those in the older generation about the Old Swiss Inn, they instantly say “in Paco?” Most of their seasoned patrons are more familiar with the Paco branch since it opened in the ’70s when it was moved from the Roxas Blvd. branch.

The Paco branch of the Old Swiss Inn is quite different from its younger brother in Makati that’s open 24/7. While similar in theme, the Paco branch still makes use of the old wooden doors, walls and stone interiors from the old Garden plaza hotel building.

 

EMBEDDED IN MANILA’S DINING SCENE SINCE 1946

Founded by Swiss national Emil Landert and now celebrating its 70th anniversary. This is their first branch was on Dewey Boulevard, now known as Roxas Boulevard. Many people were captivated by its authentic Swiss cuisine, quaint wood interiors, and service.

In the 1970s the restaurant was transferred to a larger location in Paco to accommodate more patrons. In the 1980s the Paco branch was destroyed in a fire but was eventually rebuilt and re-opened by Mr.Felix Limcaoco in 1990.

Through its history and consistency, the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant is able to continue being relevant from 1946 up to this very day while you are reading this content. Why? because it doesn’t follow and jump quickly to the latest fad. They stick to their vision and values:  unapologetically serving comfort food that is neither haute or fusion. A culinary landmark in the heart of Manila.

 

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The National Museum has a three-dimensional goal covering diverse fields of knowledge through various educational, scientific and cultural activities. The personal favorite will always be the preserved cultural significance art in history.

 

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Aside from collections from different known National Artist like Juan Luna, they also showcase contemporary art and installs per time seasons. Making Art today as an open forum for visual statements available for aesthetic consumption.

  • Location: The National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Opens: 10:00am-5:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Address: P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
    Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

Along the gritty district of Ermita is a hidden forest park, The Arroceros Forest. A 2.2- hectare of urban forest on the south bank of the Pasig River footing the Quezon Bridge. Having 61 different tree varieties, 8000 ornamental plants, and 10 unique bird species.

 

 

This forest park is “Manila’s Last Lung” and it needs our help as private citizens to raise awareness on how important landmarks like this should be preserved. 

 

 

The park is located in the center of Manila, just north of the Manila City Hall adjacent to the walled district of Intramuros. It is within walking distance from the Central Terminal station and is right across from the Manila Metropolitan Theater.

 

 

 

Located in Intramuros, the museum is housed in a Bahay na Bato that then-CEO Julius Limpe acquired back in 1979. We initially had the impression that it was one of the original official sites where they actually conduct their business, but not to that extent. Former CEO envisioned building a company museum 40 years ago.

 

 

Over 166 years company, a good backstory, and having the Bahay the Bato as its showroom. Why not.  We absolutely love the Manille Liqueur de Calamansi—a local take on Italian limoncello. Years back you’d see a woman riding gallantly a white horse on her red bikini on primetime local TV commercials and your friendly neighborhood sari-sari store’s calendars. White Castle Whisky stroke every man’s ego desires.

The Bahay the Bato exudes charm and is already inviting. There you will find young Gen Z’s explaining each part of the tour. The museum’s first floor exhibits show the actual process of making rum and whiskey, from fermentation and aging to bottling.

 

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The guide will show you the process of making rum their mini tank of fermenting molasses and a distillation. You will be asked to open a jar and sniff to found out what fermented molasses smells like.

 

 

To culminate the tour, a fitting liquor tasting flight experience is a must! We personally would recommend sampling The Philippine Craft Spirit Collection- fine local fruit extracts that are infused with their blended liquors.

 

The Glory Days

Escolta in her glory years was known to be grand in its architecture and as a centralized location that houses malls, drugstores, stores, and stand-alone theaters. She was roaring lioness that commands respect and adoration in her time.

It was the commercial hub of Manila during the early 1900s and was a witness to many pioneering establishments in the country: first ice cream parlor, first movie house, first electric tram among others.

 

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Commerce in the area was booming, large financial institutions, high-end boutiques, restaurants, and production houses. Neoclassical and Beaux artistry in its buildings built thru various visionaries of the world-renowned local and international architects.

First United Building

For the last three years, 98B COLLABoratory (98B) in partnership with the First United Building (FUB) have been organizing the Saturday X Future Market at Escolta a few years back and now they’re open during weekdays as well. Here you will find HUB: Make Lab is an incubation space for artists, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs. A project started by a collective community of artists, 98B the market aims to bring back the glory days of the former premier shopping district. Every weekend, most predominantly Saturdays. Where local artist makers of multidisciplinary design disciplines gather and sell their own products. Entrepreneurs gather here and set up shops to interact with the community and sell artist-made merchandise, crafts, and quirky vintage items.

Entrepreneurs gather here and set up shops to interact with the community and sell local artist-made merchandise, crafts, and quirky vintage items.

 

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Cap off with a cup of joe or perhaps an ice cold beer

 

Aside from the maker’s market, here you can find a nifty specialty coffee shop; The Den. A nondescript space at the back of a classic Art Deco building hailing from the Queen- Escolta. The Den is your gracious host inviting you to come ins and enjoy a cup or two of their specialty coffee.

 

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Fred’s Revolucion the Cubao Expo famous has its second branch opened in First United Building having the same operating hours as the Cubao Expo branch—Tuesdays to Sundays, 5 pm – 1 am.

 

Read more about Escolta Proj. Here: Escolta Resurrection

 

 

We Choose Manila, Always.

 

Most myriad attractions may look obscure and flawed by the people and lack of government support before, but we can now see that we are picking up slowly and both national gov’t and even private groups are making an effort to resurrect the spirit of the past that influences us now. We are a cultural gumbo of  Spanish, American, and Chinese influences are heady and rich.

 

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What we inherited from our ancestors is their resiliency, adaptability and the capacity to rebuild ourselves and our nation after centuries of being handed over from one colony to another.

For convenient and worry-free transportation visit Hertz Philippines to book your own car for your next Manila road trip!

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Update: Would you like to experience this day with us? We’ve recently partnered up with Klook to provide Out of the Box activity tours like this. You may book your own tour here A Day in Manila with the Fat Girls Day Out.

 

 

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?

 

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FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2019 Experience

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2019 Experience

The Fête de la Musique 2019 Experience Guide! What to expect, schedule and location of stages, and a few tips to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Luxent Hotel (Quezon City: Moderetely Priced Luxury At Your Reach

Luxent Hotel (Quezon City: Moderetely Priced Luxury At Your Reach

A Luxent Hotel experience review and why you should be booking your next staycation with them. A Fat Girls Day Out Hotel Series 2019

Goto Tendon:  Perfect Rebirth a Paresan and Gotohan

Goto Tendon: Perfect Rebirth a Paresan and Gotohan

12:30 am and just exited the horrible NLEX-after-holy week-traffic exhausted, weary, and hungry. We want something cheap, fast, and yet delicious. I remember that I’ve been wanting to try out this Gotohan/Paresan that I’ve been seeing on social media and have been curious ever since what’s the big buzz surrounding it.

I set my phone’s GPS and typed in “GOTO TENDON” multiple locations showed up so I pressed the nearest location and the one that is open til’ late.

We found ourselves in one of their Mandaluyong branches as the brightly lit signage welcomes us.

 

 

At Goto Tendon, an amusing revamp of the Pinoy lugawan/paresan set in an air-conditioned dining area seems enticing enough.

 

 

What We Ordered

I have been a sucker for a good Pares so I ordered that with my side of Tokwa’t Baboy. Bianca wanted something warm and comforting so she went to get their house famous Goto.

 

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The Pares is nothing short of being wonderful- As I scooped in my first bite of meat and their rice- something disembodying happened and I was sure I was at the right place.

 

 

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Sublime pieces of the tendon with chunks of slow-cooked beef brisket. You can tell it was simmered for a long time in soy sauce, star anise, and sugar.

 

The Pares comes in three glorious variants—All-Beef, All-tendon, and combination. Get the Combination option to get all the solid textures and flavors. Grab the chili sauce on the side to give it some kick.

 

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Their Goto tendon (small size) came with a quail egg, spring onions, fried garlic and a side of chicharon for that added texture. The broth itself was flavorful that you only needed to add a bit of calamansi. Each element topped on the goto gave an added flavor and dimension to the dish.

 

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One of the surprises we got to try was the Tokwa’t Baboy. Pillowy-like-texture of the tofu with the crispy pieces of pork. This just might be the best platter of fried tofu and pork we’ve had so far. Pair it with Pares or Goto, it’s a must try whenever you visit Goto Tendon.

Why Go?

You’d be paying a higher price point for your Pares or Goto, but getting quality U.S- sourced beef, on-point service staff, the open kitchen concept assures you that what they’re serving is clean and supervised, and comfortable dining area makes everything worthwhile.

We also, have to say that their customer service is impeccable and everything in their facilities is pretty comfortable and tidy. These are the perfect complimentary add-on to the already comforting slew of dishes.

We’ll be regular customers for sure. We’d be going here whenever we want something comforting and familiar.

Our CX Rating;

 

 

Goto Tendon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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Where to GO and What to DO this Easter Sunday 2019

Where to GO and What to DO this Easter Sunday 2019

Plan early on and have a grand time celebrating Easter Sunday with your family and loved ones. A Fat Girls Day Out Easter 2019 #WhereToGo Guide 2019. 

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen serves healthy dishes that are packed with flavors and familiar local elements. Find out about our recent dining experience.

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Do you have plans this Holy Week? For some of us who’d rather opt to stay in Manila and avoid the Armageddon of cars before and after this holiday season,  Having so many things in our lives from the daily rat race we participate in it is imperative to take a pause. Finally, some peace and quiet in the city! Truly a pretty rare occasion where more than half of the population will go on a hiatus elsewhere.

EAT, GO and DO this Holy Week 

Not everything is closed for Holy Week and we’re here to show you how you can optimize your down low time during this season.

 

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We’ll show you which restaurants are open, where you can go with your family and loved ones, and compliment that with worthwhile activities.

 

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So you’ve probably seen listings of open restaurants in Metro Manila this Holy Week, but the thing is those list will just give you branches of all the popular commercial chains, by which is already a Captain Obvious information. As we always commit to curate things for you, here are 5 restaurants that we frequent. 24 hours open and solid good food!

 

SINSUN SEOLNONGTANG (MALATE)

A hidden Korean Shabu-Shabu and Samgyusal Restaurant in the center of Manila. Unlimited deals, good quality meat, and excellent sauces.

 

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Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Quality and premium meats (dry aged pork and USDA beef)
  • Bang for the buck! Unlimited deals starts at 450php

What to Get?

  • Go for their excellent Shabu-Shabu
  • The Unlimix BBQ set

Find Sinsun

  • 1845 Maria Orosa St., Malate, Manila
  • Contact:02 310 8282

 

OLD SWISS INN (MAKATI)

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Quality comfort food
  • Private and comfortable ambiance
  • Zomato Gold: Buy 1 Take 1 on main dishes

Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past  70 years?  With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant.

 

What to get?

Try out their lent special, The Neptune Fondue (1,650php); The wealth of the sea on your table: salmon, shrimps, fish fillet, squid and scallops, dipped in saffron-infused seafood stock. Served with a carousel of sauces and garlic rice

 

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Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.

Perhaps go for their signature classic dishes;

 

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Read more about our dining experience here

THE ARISTOCRAT

The home of the best chicken barbeque in Manila! Introduced back in 1945 and has been well loved for generations of Filipino families.

What to Get?

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Photo: The Aristocrat

 

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Comfort food served the right way
  • Central location

Find The Aristocrat (24/7 Branches)

  • Makati: 46 Jupiter Street corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City Phone: 899-5035/ 895-0725
  • Roxas: 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila Phone: (02) 524 7671 to 7

The Original Pares Mami House

Located at the corner of N.S. Amoranto (famously known as Retiro). Red and white walls are scruffily faded and the bright orange bowls are readily available to welcome patrons. The place is simple, again scruffy, and raw. But you can see the old hardware of aluminum, paint on the wall, faded old menus that it is a heritage restaurant and the tradition of eating at this place had been passed on from generation to another.

What to get?

But none of these competitors or copycats can battle out The Original Pares Mami House. I recommend ordering the classic Beef Pares, of course, the camaron rebusado and their campto soup. Good food stands the test of time. You do not need so much forward thinking concepts and expensive restaurants to satisfy your search for palate satisfaction. A complete set of Pares will cost you 90php (2 USD) as of May 2017. Expect to spend 300php (4 USD) for two people. You already have 2 sets of Pares, 1 side viand or noodles and share a bottle of cold Coke.

 

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Find The Original Pares Mami House

  • The Original Pares Mami House (check Waze for exact location)
  • N.S Amoranto Sr. Avenue, La Loma, Quezon City
  • Open 24/7 (except Maundy Thursday and Black Friday)

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Engaging Reflection with Church Simplified’s WALKWAY: REFLECTIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Most will do Visita Iglesia (visiting churches) as traditional we all grew up doing, but you can pray and commune spiritually in a different way.

 

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Photo: Church Simplified

 

From filling an exhibit that covered 20 feet back in 2008  to 2 kilometers stretch if installations across BGC High Street. The Walkway: Reflections of the Stations of the Cross exhibit re-imagines how we experience Christ and re-establishes why there is a need to reflect during Holy Week. Experience the Station of the Cross in a different way.  The event runs from March 20-27.

Location: Stretch of Bonifacio High Street, Global City Taguig.

Get to know Church Simplified here.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need.  The feeling of Gratitude constitutes another facet of Positive Psychology.

Practicing gratitude means paying awareness to what we are thankful for the scale of feeling more compassionate toward the world at large. It can motivate people to make positive changes in their lives.

 

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Photo: Positive Psychology Journal

 

One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. While regular journaling has been proven to improve your well-being, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful and experience this feeling of calmness and contentment. If you haven’t tried it, now is the perfect time to form this daily habit.

 

Check out our related article: HOLY WEEK 2019 MALL SCHEDULES IN METRO MANILA

 

The Quintessential of Holy Week 

 

Us Christians remember with sorrow all the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus also comes is the resurrection. The quintessential representation of Life, Death, and New Hope. This is the season when we can just pause and reflect on our spiritual life. We don’t want to sound preachy here, but often times we tend to forget how important it is to keep our parched souls nourished from time to time.

Wishing you a blessed and restful Holy Week.

****Make sure to also check out our: Easter Sunday Guide 

 

 


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Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Most won’t have any clue just yet where to take their precious Dads, so the Fat Girls Day Out crew listed our top curated recommendations to help you out!


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