Last week I got to travel to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, for work. My flight left on Sunday morning. It was 8 hours and with the 4 hour time change it was 11:30pm by the time we got to the hotel. We stayed in Makati city, the financial centre, and 1 of the 17 cities that compromise Metro Manila. I didn’t have much free time but we were able to see a bit of the city. On Monday night we went to Burgos Street, known as a red light district/go-go bar area. We went to Cafe Havana for some local San Miguel brew and a local dish of sizzling squid. Enroute we saw many Jeepney’s, the most popular means of public transportation.
The next evening we checked out Green belt 3, a high-end shopping area which also had a number of nice restaurants. We decided we wanted to try some local Filipino food, which is distinguished by its bold combination of sweet, sour and salty flavours. We started with green mango(unripe so very sour) served with bagoong (fermented fish paste used instead of salt). For dinner we had crispy pata(deep-fried pig’s leg), barbeque chicken, catfish and a glass noodle dish. Delicious! We flew home on Wednesday night and went straight to work Thursday morning. It was a short trip but gave me a small glimpse into what the Philippines is like. Hopefully Dan can join me next time.