A self-sufficient community. You can find almost everything here. Never a dull moment!
It's not all smoke and buildings...there are bits and pieces of heaven here and there
Ayala Triangle The Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising of the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses make their home on the triangle, noted by the many...more
Saturday January 7, 2012 It was suggested by many of our Filipino friends that we must visit THE AYALA MUSEUM and it was just a five minute walk from our condotel. So, on the day of Jane's visit with us, I suggested that we all go there - it was awesome! The Museum is in the heart of Makati and offers four levels, each with their own individual...more
Makati City is a pedestrian-friendly city. You can go from the carpark building to the mall, from the shopping center to the Central Business District, and from one mall to another through the walkways. That way, you don't have to drive your car around; you can just leave your car in the carpark building and walk your way to whereever you'd like to...more
Ayala TriangleThe Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising of the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses make their home on the triangle, noted by the many skyscrapers...more
Thursday, January 12, 2012The oldest district and historic core of Manila, INTRAMUROS is also known as the "Walled City". Guarding the Old City is Fort Santiago, a citadel located at the mouth of the Pasig River. Construction of the thick defensive walls were started by the Spaniards in the late 16th century to protect it from foreign invasions...more
The location is great! Opposite the road is the stretch of shopping -- Green belt shopping area, SM...more
Our stay at the Oxford Suites in Makati was a comfortable and quite busy on the outside of the...more
To make a long story short... I had a dangerous encounter with an exposed wire protruding from the...more
Not only is there a ramen craze in the Philippines at present but also a Japanese Donburi Craze (donburi means Japanese "rice bowl dish" consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. Donburi meals are served in oversized rice bowls also called donburi) and particularly the Tonkatsu, which is the...more
part two of my hokkaido ramen santouka tips with more pictures.Japanese Ramen Craze is currently ongoing in the Philippines. Although Filipinos have their own noodle dish similar to ramen called "mami", filipinos are now becoming more varied in taste and ramen noodle houses are like mushrooms sprouting all over the metropolis and are owned either...more
Japanese Ramen Craze is currently ongoing in the Philippines. Although Filipinos have their own noodle dish similar to ramen called "mami", filipinos are now becoming more varied in taste and ramen noodle houses are like mushrooms sprouting all over the metropolis and are owned either by Japanese expatriates married to filipina wives or local...more
Hooters now has a second branch in the Philipines. the second branch is located at the A. Venue Mall in the expatriate district of Makati and is now a favorite nite spot of both locals and foreign expatriates and tourists.Hooters is a chain of Restaurants cum bars that started in Clearwater Florida in 1983 and the main draw here is the fabulous...more
Barcino's is not the oldest Spanish Restaurant cum wine bar in the Philippines, but it surely popularized Spanish Tapas to filipinos and also became part of the growing wine appreciation of filipinos, who are more addicted into beers and liqours. Tapas before is only known as a filipino fried beef dish and now, filipinos know that spanish tapas are...more
Without a doubt the ICONIC JEEPNEY is the most popular means of public transportation in Makati. Originally made from left over U.S. military Jeeps, Jeepneys have become an iconic symbol of Philippine culture.All I know, is that I got a kick out of seeing these colorful, decorated vehicles, which were always bursting at the seams with passengers....more
The iconic form of transport in the streets of Manila are the Jeepneys. It started after the Second World War after the Filipinos converted old US Army jeeps into a form of public transport. Each jeep is very beautifully decorated and runs in most of the major roads of the country. Passengers enter from an open door in the back with two long bench...more
Just a Stone's Throw away from Makati's Red Light District of Burgos Street sits a new Mall and rows of Condominiums and the mall is called A. Venue Mall. The three storey mall is comprised of different rows of and floors of shops, restaurants, bars (even my favorite hooters) as this area is home to many foreign expatriates and is nearby Makati's...more
Located in a prime area of Makati, GREENBELT is bounded by Makati Avenue, Paseo De Roxas, Arnaiz Road and Legazpi Street. It is a complex of five buildings - Greenbelt 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Here you will find name brand shops (like Banana Republic, Hard Rock Cafe' and La Coste), and numerous restaurants, all in a wonderful green area - Greenbelt Park -...more
Only a few minutes walk from our Hotel, THE LANDMARK DEPARTMENT STOREhas just about everything you would need. It's a department store (clothes,shoes, household items) - it's a supermarket - it has a food court - it has a bakery.Since we had a fridge in our condotel, I was able to have some cold drinks available. Some examples of prices:1 liter...more
Aside from Filipinos' love for basketball, we also love to sing. That was why, on my despedida de soltera, my friends and I sung to our hearts' content in a family-atmosphere karaoke bar along Jupiter St. Check out local fiestas or attend someone's birthday and you'd see people whipping out their own microphones or maybe their favorite CDs in...more
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...more
268 Reviews and Opinions
Yes, Makati is a city of discipline, so bear in mind the following:1) If you drive through the main roads like Ayala, Gil Puyat/Buendia and Makati Avenues, make sure you stick to the proper lane. NEVER go to the yellow lane for public utility jeeps and buses, and ALWAYS observe the proper loading and unloading places.2) Commuters, be forewarned...more
While walking at the elevated pedestrian walkways of the CBD, refrain from using your mobile phone for calls or sms. Or if you must, it is best to strap it to your wrist. There have been many reported cases of mobile phone snatching on the walkways.Modus Operandi: Snatchers work in tandem, looking for pedestrians using their phones without straps....more
If your with someone who speak Tagalog or the native language then taking the taxi is alright. Now when taxi drivers notices that people are desperate for taxis they they have the nerve to confront with you (as we had experience many times...) drivers will not want to use the taxi meter but instead they will name their price. These has happened to...more
I never liked the idea of feeling like a tourist in my own home country, especially in my hometown. During my last visit to Manila, as my sister and I were about to hail a cab, a man assisted us by opening the door of the cab for us. We were carrying several shopping bags so we thought it was a nice gesture. The man works as jeepney passenger caller (one who calls passengers so jeepney drivers don’t have to shout or wait for passengers to board the jeepney, a public transport). I was about to close the door, the man held the door and asked for “something” from me. My sister argued because he wasn’t the one who hailed the cab, we did. He just opened the door for us. When he didn’t get anything from us, he asked the driver. The driver got angry and ordered him to close the door and leave. The man, apparently not our usual Mr. Nice Guy, slammed the door and shot one sharp look at us. Oh well!
Unique Suggestions: Hail your own cab and open the door yourself. Better yet, just wait at a designated taxi stand. I don’t encourage tipping. Well, if you really must, just prepare P20.00 (it’s less than USD 0.50) and give it with a smile.
Fun Alternatives: Don’t act scared or surprised. Just stay cool. Filipinos are naturally friendly. (wink, wink)
GRAB your SWIM WEAR!
since Makati is a City....its HOT in here...
(but dont worry, most buildings are airconditioned)...thus most hotels/inns include a pool in their amenities....so you can cool down at anytime in a refreshing way...
You may think that Makati is all about business, but there is a quiet corner near the Cemetery where all the art galleries and bohemian hipness are gathered. It's along the Nicanor Garcia Street formerly named Reposo Street (as in repose in a cemetery). Here you will see chic design shops, art galleries, and restaurants that cater to the cultured...more
I've worked for so many years in Makati but didn't realize that behind the busy streets and busines center, there is a such a nice place as Little Tokyo. I've seen the signage before, and have noticed the row of Japanese restaurants along Pasong Tamo (Chino Roces Avenue). What I didn't know was the existence of a compound of Japanese restaurants as...more
Well, it's not the Louvre but the city has its own museum. It's an old 3-story building that served as the city hall from 1918 to 1961. The exhibits are mostly photographs and paintings of Makati in the American colonial era and the post-war development to become the financial center of the nation. The only artifacts include a few ancient jars. All...more
One of my favourite things to do, was to go for a walk through GREENBELT PARK. It was such a wonderful green oasis among the hustle and bustle of a very busy city. And it was only a few minutes walk from our condotel. There were many benches to sit on and take in the beauty of the gardens, waterfalls and ponds. Swans could be seen gracing the ponds...more
Located in the central business district of Makati in metro Manila, the AYALA CENTER is a commercial complex comprising of business, shopping, dining and entertainment. The development originally started with a number of shops and Greenbelt Park, before expaning to cover over 50 hectares of facilities.The complex also includes the Ayala Museum and...more
The present MANILA CATHEDRAL is the sixth to rise on the site since 1581. Previous structures were destroyed by either fire or earthquake. Rebuilt in 1958, the Cathedral incorporated the Rosette windows of the old cathedral.This is really a spectacular Cathedral. We went inside to take in its beauty and there was a wedding going on. We sat in the...more