The glorious golden days of the Philippine premier city may have been long gone but its charm remains and immortalized on its nooks and crannies, halls and walls, and on the remnants of what used to be the heydays of the “Pearl of the Orient”. There’s beauty in this often overlooked city of the country if you just look closely and meticulously. Classic and timeless beauty that is Instagram worthy. Let’s start with these ten spots that will surely reap likes and praises. Trust me,…Continue Reading “Manila’s 10 Most Instagrammable Spots”

Affogato is a coffee-based dessert that usually takes the form of a scoop of gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. It is a traditional Italian dessert that has taken the world by storm. The term affogato is in fact an Italian word for “drowned” as in “drowned in coffee” or “affogato al cafe”, the long and original name for this sumptuous creation. While affogato’s popularity in the Philippines is not as it is in Italy, it is slowly getting the attention it deserves as…Continue Reading “12 Places to Satisfy Your Affogato Cravings in the Metro”

Manila Metropolitan Theater

You may be passing by her everyday. She, who was a victim and managed to survive the war. She, who was a witness to the bombings, powerful calamities, and countless demonstrations. She, who stood still amid the ever changing cityscape of Manila. She, who was neglected and forgotten. The classic and beautiful Manila Metropolitan Theater. A landmark on her own right, the Manila Metropolitan Theater or simply the MET was designed by the great  Filipino architect Juan Arellano, the same man who designed the Manila…Continue Reading “A Glimpse of Manila Metropolitan Theater”

Metro Manila [nggallery id=23 template=galleryview images=0] While on a night ride in and around the Metropolis, I was utterly awed by the bright lights along my route. The lighted trees of Plaza Roma, in front Manila Cathedral, Intramuros Manila; the beautifully designed Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City; the lovely and picturesque skyline of Rockwell in Makati City; and the lively streets of Policarpio in Mandaluyong. Aaaaah! Never the bright lights of the Holidays has failed me. Christmas is already here! Images are…Continue Reading “Slideshow: Metro’s Christmas Night Lights”

Smokey Mountain

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust Couch Surfing Manila Summer Scramble 2012 Every year, Couch Surfing Manila organizes an adventure race within the Metropolis. Dubbed as CS Manila Summer Scramble, this year’s edition, held on the second Saturday of May, was by far the toughest on the four-year history of the race. The unbelievable twists, physically challenging tasks and unfriendly stops proved that Manila Summer Scramble is not for the weak. There…Continue Reading “The Forgotten Jewels of Northern Manila: Artex Compound, Isla Pulo and Smokey Mountain”