San Miguel Light
Ice Cold San Miguel Light can be very refreshing. Its the local Philippines beer. Its not too strong, but i hear its stronger than regular San Miguel. They serve this everywhere. It can cost anywhere from 50-100Php. Its pretty good, you should try it. I prefer red horse though, ask around about that.. thats some good stuff...
Historical Tour of Intramuros, Manila
Tired of being a mall rat, then hail a cab and go to historical Manila. On a weekend where there's virtually no traffic, it's just a 20-minute drive away! Ask the driver to take the Roxas Blvd. route. Keep your eyes peeled on your left-hand side for the following tourist spots:
(1) Cultural Center of the Philippines (notice the huge fountain)
(2) Bay Walk (marina of yachts, morning joggers, gorgeous sunset)
(3) Manila Hotel (where Gen. McArthur stayed)
Finally on your right, is (4) Luneta or Rizal Park (named after our national hero).
Just when you thought the journey is over, you have just arrived at (5) Intramuros Complex - a vivid reminder of 300 or so years of Spanish colonization of the Philippines.
Pirates Haven (for counterfeits ok!)
Air Conditioned Counterfeit Heaven! The Makati Cinema Square in my youth was a cool place to hang around due to the magazine stands, cool shops and modern cinemas here. Not anymore! altough the Makati Cinema Square still features a shopping mall, state-of-the-art cinemas and cozy restaurants, the lower levels have become a mecca, a mecca of counterfeit items. Name it, they have it like bootleg DVD's, VCD's, MP3's, MP3 Players, DVD Players, Computer Programs, Playstation Video Games, bags, clothes, etc. (hey I'm not complaining, I sometimes patronize these products too hehehe) It has become the place to be to buy these stuff in air conditioned glory (the main counterfeit area is in Quiapo District in Manila but the place is seedy and lots of petty criminals roaming around there) so for a few pesos more, you can buy what you want here.
Opens everday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
lower levels houses the counterfeit stuff, the upper levels houses the original stuff and the cinemas and restaurants. very dirt cheap prices! a copied from blu-ray DVD movie title for 55 pesos. A Regular DVD movie title for 45 pesos, tv series like CSI or House or Nip & Tuck or Lost at 55 pesos a DVD Disc. Bootleg CD's of any artist or Music at 30 pesos a disc. Computer Programs like Auto Cad, Microsoft Office, Photo Shop, etc at 60 pesos a disc. DVD players t 1,500 pesos. MP3 players at 500 pesos and a lot more! dirt cheap! at rock bottom prices especially if you know how to haggle!
Chillin at night...
A cool place to hang out at night is Greenbelt 3. During the day its a great place to shop, eat, or watch a movie. But at night this place gets pretty crazy. The restaurants are bars, the bars are clubs.. this place can get really packed. If you dont feel like gettin your groove on at one of the dance spots you can chill in the courtyard in between starbucks and Seattles best coffee. This spot is crowded too, most people here are just loungin, but in between the coffee shops is a courtyard filled with tables and chairs. A restaurant there, throws on some salsa music. You can even grab yourself a cigar here. Some people get up and dance, but most just chill. Its a cool spot to party it up with friends or just peoplewatch. Like i said you can do anything from watch a movie, check out a club or get some coffee..... I guess it really depends on where you go, but its pretty casual no matter what.
TGIF Fridays, Large Servings Everywhere!
TGIFridays is popular American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining, usually of the typical american huge servings,with over 500 restaurants across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the UK, as well as many other countries around the world including here in the philippines.
The name is taken from the expression "TGIF", or "Thank God It's Friday." The restaurant chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps, and frequent use of antiques as decor. It has a large menu with an emphasis on alcoholic beverages. A section of their menu is dedicated to the "Jack Daniel's Grill", a selection of items flavored with a special Jack Daniel's sauce.
The employees here are young, with wacky uniforms, and every time you had someone's birthday, the whole restaurant crew came around with a cake, and singing Friday's traditional Birthday song Fridays onion rings at 125 pesos, Buffalo Wings at 235 (Buffalo Wings from Buffalo New York is still the best for it's spiciness!), fried calamari at 215 pesos, New York Strip Steak at 875 pesos (expensive! cost only 16 dollars in the states), Jack Daniels Pork Chops at 575 pesos, mocha mud pie at 190 pesos, ultimate hawaiian volcano and long island iced tea at 270 pesos! (Cheaper here, it cost 8 dollars in the states!).