We celebrated Raphael’s third birthday in Binondo because his birth date, February 10, coincided with the Chinese New Year of the Water Snake this year 2013. It was a different kind of gimmick because we now have Ramada Hotel, an international standard hotel in the heart of Binondo, where you can stay overnight, enjoy the … Continue reading DISCOVER BINONDO: Chinese New Year + Ramada Hotel + 168 Shopping
It was my first time in Binondo during this celebration and I avoided it in the past because I don’t know what to do in Binondo or what to expect. There is that occasional fear of pick pockets and feeling of being an outsider trying-hard-to-celebrate-the-New-Year that prevented me from experiencing the Binondo Chinese New Year! … Check out their post on the Chinese New Year @ Binondo: KUNG HEI FAT CHOI by Sidney’s My Sari Sari Store Kiong Hee Huat Chai!
I always knew that Binondo has a lot to offer aside from the all time favorite Eng Bee Tin Hopia stop, or eating in the exotic Estero, or grabing a quick chinese fix from your chinese fast food chain like tasty dumpling or the usual President chinese meal.
…A modest storefront with just a few packages of tablea on display in their glass stand leads to a back room where the freshly roasted cacao beans brought in from Davao are ground up fine and cooked into a thick chocolate paste that is then dried on flat baskets stacked high. … Hole-in-the-wall “Fresh” Dumpling Restaurant (Voted as the best stop of the tour) Don’t be deceived by this unassuming 4 table restaurant from what Ivan calls BS chinese (bagong salta — new breed of chinese that came over in the Philippines).
Ever since I was a kid, my mom used to bring me to Escolta during her PNB days and I’ve never understood and get to appreciate what Chinatown really is. … Thank you to Ivan ManDy, the self proclaimed Street Walker in Old Manila , who passionately organized the Big Binondo Bowl walking tours to show people what Binondo really is. … I was always afraid to bring my huge camera with me in Binondo but during the tour, I really took the opportunity to shoot and shoot.