Archive for Manila

Is it safe to travel in the Philippines?

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

“We live in the real world. It is governed by science, physics, laws of nature. There is always, ALWAYS, a non-Voodoo explanation for everything.”
– Adrian Monk in “Monk and the Voodoo Curse”, Monk Season 8, Episode 9

Is it safe to travel in the Philippines? (read more here)

Visita Iglesia 2010: A short tour of some of Manila’s historic churches

posted by: Prime Sarmiento

Growing up in a devout Catholic family means spending a lot of time hearing mass in any place where there’s a Catholic church. And in a predominantly Catholic Philippines, that’s very easy as Filipinos don’t only go to church on Sundays- the traditional day of obligation. For people like my mother, every day is church day, with each day dedicated to a specific church (i.e. Wednesdays are devoted to Baclaran, to say the novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, while Friday means a trip to Quiapo to pay homage to the Black Nazarene. (read more here)

Binondo Food Tripping (part 2): Food Wok Tour with Ivan Man Dy

posted by: Gypsygal Prime

Note to self: I should really spend more time in the gym.

I was thinking about this, out of guilt, or maybe out of vanity, as I munched on a spring roll (which, I have to remind all you foodies there, really goes well with a dollop of that sweet brown syrup and some hot sauce). (read more here)

Binondo Food Tripping (part 1): Memories of Tikoy

posted by Gypsygal Prime

(for my lil sis)

Being more Pinoy than Chinese (I’m a fifth generation Filipino Chinese from my mother’s side), our family celebrate the Lunar New Year (or better known as Chinese New Year). We go to church, then have lunch at Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown district) , watch a lion dance in the street and cap the day with my mother buying almond jelly and other sweet breads in Salazar Bakery in Ongpin and/or drop by Eng Bee Tin shop ( I love its violently-violet motif ) for its yummy ube hopia (and lately because both my parents are diabetic, sugar-free hopia). (read more here)