Several weeks ago, a friend came over to visit and she very much wanted to rediscover the charm of Manila. And explore we did.
First, I took a trip down memory lane on Escolta. This was a shopping district back in its heyday and I remember tagging along with my parents as a teeny weeny kid to this area when they had to do some shopping.
Then I met up with my friends Brenda and Lloyd for a food trip in Binondo. First stop was Dong Bei Dumpling on Yuchengco Street for our appetizers. We were thankful to the Dong Bei staff for letting us in even if it wasn't opening time yet. We ordered my favorite kutsay dumplings. It never fails me.
|The making of the kutsay dumpling.|
|My favorite kutsay dumplings|
We moved to Quick Snack on Carvajal Street for brunch. We had their popular oyster omelette, a tofu dish and noodle soup.
Our last stop for the day was the Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros, the reason why this rediscovering the old Manila charm started. My friend specifically asked me to find Baluarte de San Diego, photos of which she saw in some reading material. Our friend Lloyd had a prior engagement that afternoon. In his stead came another friend Worldy who was all too eager to spend the afternoon with us.
Our search for the Baluarte started. After asking several guys, we finally found it near the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and next to the Intramuros Golf Course.
|Granting Brenda's request of visiting Baluarte de San Diego.|
A rayadillo welcomed us at the garden of Baluarte de San Diego. After spending some time exploring the pretty garden, which is becoming popular for photo shoots, we made our way to the baluarte.
Taking advantage of the peace and quiet of the place, we relaxed on the fort's wall, enjoying the view of the Manila skyline.
|View of the Manila skyline from Baluarte de San Diego|