STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES: An Afternoon Walk at Manila Bay

Very recently on my black and white travel/street photography Instagram portfolio (@sherlynmaehernandez please give it a check and follow if you want), I wrote this statement in my bio:

An International Relations Professor who will keep on traveling and taking photos around Asia until she makes it to NatGeo

@sherlynmaehernandez on Instagram

It’s not that I have this overflowing confidence that my works are already NatGeo quality enough, but kinda I need to own it in order to set the mood on myself that I have to work my butt off to have a portfolio worth noticing by NatGeo. A few weeks ago, I was able to read and finish the book The Ikigai Journey by Hector Garcia, and in the chapter “The Power of Words”, he suggested to put a label on your projects. Specifically, he said:

β€œIt is essential for our personal projects to have a name in order to keep us motivated.”

Hector Garcia, The Ikigai Journey

Hence, I decided to label my passion project: #TakeSherlynToNatGeo. Boom! How’s that?

I have traveled around Northeast and Southeast Asia enough to accumulate tons of photos I can actually exhibit in a hotel lobby or museum or anywhere I want, but this pandemic has been postponing this whole photography thing I’ve been wanting to pursue. If I’m being honest, I seriously want to ditch my job in the academe to do this full-time, but I don’t know where to begin.

THE CHALLENGE

Since I need to keep my job in the meantime to put food on the table and save up for my next move in life (but don’t ask me yet about this because I seriously have no idea what will I do next), I challenged myself to try to come up with 10 outdoor photos (travel/street photography) around Manila in order to keep the creative juices coming and since I haven’t traveled anywhere since January this year.

In order for me to document the existing human conditions in my home city (Manila, Philippines) through travel/street photography, I need to go where the people are going. The City Government of Manila has cleaned up Manila Bay and it therefore was restored as a lovely spot where people could watch the sunset and do some exercise. Manila Bay is just a 15-minute walk from where I live but it’s somewhere I would never choose to hangout at, let alone my colleagues and friends. But since it’s pandemic and everyone needs a little bit of a nature at the heart of the most dense city in the world, I decided to give it a try.

With that, here are some photos I took while doing some brisk walking along the strip of Manila Bay, including my way going there and going back to my place:

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES: THE WORKS

I walked along Taft Avenue and then Pablo Ocampo Street in order to reach Roxas Boulevard.

Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Garbage Collector
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Garbage Collector
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Pablo Ocampo Statue
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Pablo Ocampo Statue

Upon reaching Roxas Boulevard, you will be greeted by the iconic Cultural Center of the Philippines Building, where a lot of people are exercising by the garden.

Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Ice Cream Vendor
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Ice Cream Vendor
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Man Texting While Biking
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Man Texting While Biking
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Cat in Manila Bay
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Cat in Manila Bay

BTW, YOU SHOULD SEE THE PART 2 OF THIS PHOTOWALK SERIES (TAFT AVENUE-UNITED NATIONS AVENUE) HERE.

Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Boys Having a Selfie
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines- Boys Having a Selfie

I walked northwards until I reach Rajah Sulayman Park. I’ve been living in Manila for more than half my life, but this was the first time I actually stepped into this area!

Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Boy Throwing a Ball
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Boy Throwing a Ball
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Painting Seller at Rajah Sulayman Park
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Painting Seller at Rajah Sulayman Park
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Be a Better Human Mural
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Be a Better Human Mural

On my way home, I found this stuffed toy by the university gate. The mood!

Street Photography in Manila, Philippines - Stuffed Toy at a University Gate
Street Photography in Manila, Philippines – Stuffed Toy at a University Gate

TAKEAWAYS

Two things: I will try my best to go out more (but in a very, very safe way, of course), otherwise I will try to make use of my past travel photos to build up my travel/street photography portfolio which are on their way to NatGeo. No, but seriously, I will appreciate if you will suggest more street photography projects for me for next time.

Documentaries About the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines

Every 25th of February of the year, the Philippines commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution which symbolizes the restoration of democracy in the Philippines after the Marcos Regime.

While most of the Millennials (like me) and Gen Zs aren’t born yet during this historical event, we all want to have a glimpse of what really happened during that time. Sure, it happened in 1986, but we’re not all gonna lie that this event still affects the Philippines today. Hence, it’s every Filipinos’ responsibility to educate themselves of what happened back then and how are we all going to make sense of it today.

Reminiscing 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled an authoritarian
The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines. Photo by boholchronicle.com.ph

But before that, here is a music video of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines by Virna Lisa:

The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines Theme Song: Magkaisa

I am a huge documentary lover, and with that, I have compiled these seven documentaries I found over the internet about the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

EDSA 20 ‘ISANG LARAWAN’ (2016)

This 50-minute documentary was produced by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a national newspaper network in the Philippines.

Description from YouTube: This documentary special, which was released in 2006 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, uses voices that had previously never been heard from before.

EDSA 30 (2016)

This 20-minute documentary was a follow-up for the previous EDSA 20 documentary also by Inquirer.Net.

COUP D’ETAT: THE PHILIPPINES REVOLT 1986 (2017)

This 1-hour documentary was produced by an Australian television network.

Description from YouTube: Australian television documentary that describes the four days of nonviolent military revolt that saw the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos from the Philippines. Explains who participated in the revolt and why it was successful.

1986 PEOPLE POWER EDSA HISTORY (2013)

This 25-minute documentary was produced by the Philippine Department of National Defense in 2013.

BIYAHENG EDSA (2006)

This 30-minute documentary was produced by GMA News and Public Affairs, a national television network in the Philippines.

Description from YouTube: In this documentary that originally aired in February 2006, broadcast journalist Howie Severino travelled along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, more widely known as EDSA, to investigate how the Philippines has changed in the 20 years since People Power. We are reposting this video online in anticipation of the 25th Anniversary of People Power this February 21 to 25, 2011.

BATAS MILITAR (1997)

This 2-hour documentary was produced by the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP).

Description from YouTube: From the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP), the makers of “Beyond Conspiracy: 25 Years after the Aquino Assassination,” comes a documentary that was critically-acclaimed for its coverage about one of the darkest episodes in Philippine history when the whole nation suffered under the unmitigated oppression by the Marcos authoritarian rule.

BONUS: ANG NAG-UDYOK SA EDSA REVOLUTION (2012)

Trivia: I used to teach Philippine History for a loooong time, and I stumbled upon this documentary that my former students submitted as their final requirement for my class. Apparently they uploaded it on YouTube, so yeah, just watch if you want.


Check out these other roundups of historical videos as well:

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Hustle Cafe: More Than Just Your Instagram-Worthy Cafe in Quezon City

(Hustle Cafe has moved to its new location at CKB Centre, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Rallos, Quezon City. The article below features its former location at Cubao, Quezon City.)

Attention, cafe junkies! This secret sanctuary in Cubao, Quezon City is the place for you! πŸ˜€

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

Located in a quiet neighborhood along 10th Avenue, the place provides a very relaxing vibe which you will feel like you’re outside the city. A pretty good escape from the busy city life, I guess.

The Name ‘Hustle Cafe’

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

The idea behind the name Hustle Cafe is from the partners who all happen to have their own respective side hustles. Moreover, they want to impart to their beneficiaries that if they want to get through life and get something out of life, they have to hustle. Beautiful, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

The Instagram-Worthy Design

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

As someone who’s always looking for beautiful places which looks good on my Instagram feed, my soul was really happy about how the place looks like. The walls and the plants in its al fresco dining area around will give you an Amazon Rainforest-ish feeling while the shipping container where the kitchen and counter are located is painted with a very beautiful work of art. It’s best to dine in when the sun is up because of its outdoor setup, but I was surprised about how the place looked more beautiful at night with the lights on.

The Menu

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

Now, let’s talk about the food.

I was able to try the following items in the menu:

Pork Samgyupsal Burger

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

The meat was well-cooked, just like how samgyupsal is cooked in Korean restaurants. Yum!

Thai Lemongrass Chicken Poppers

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

The chicken was tender and the taste of the sauce is not that strong.

Churros

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

I really liked this because it’s not too sweet compared to other churros I’ve tried.

Coffee Soda

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

I actually expected a softdrink-coffee combination, but it actually tastes like coffee in a tea (or something like that). Very unique to this place and a must-try in their menu.

Cookies and Cream Frappe

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

This has just became my new favorite cookies and cream drink. The sweetness is just right.

Hustle Cafe as a Social Enterprise

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

I was lucky enough to have interviewed one of the partners of Hustle Cafe, Miko. According to him, Hustle Cafe was established as a social enterprise in partnership with JCI Manila. Incidentally, he and the four other partners wants to own a cafe and at the same time helping the community. They got in touch with an orphanage called Kuya Center and this is where they selected the beneficiaries for their social enterprise. Their assistance came in a form of training for out-of-school youths and orphans to become baristas and give them a job.

The cafe is running for about 7 months already and the beneficiaries of their project have been increasing. They started with 5 beneficiaries in the first year, 10 in the second year, then they are planning to have more beneficiaries in the succeeding years.

What makes Hustle Cafe stand out from other cafes in the Metro?

Hustle Cafe Quezon City
Hustle Cafe Quezon City

Aside from it is located in a serene neighborhood at Cubao (not in a usual place like Maginhawa or Makati), customers usually like the garden vibe of the cafe. The baristas are trained by top cafe brands such as Yardstick and Toby’s Estate, hence good coffee is guaranteed for customers. Hustle Cafe is also a part and parcel of the Racket Room Collective, a co-working space dedicated for startups and freelancers.

Hustle Cafe Contact Information

Hustle Cafe Quezon City

Hustle Cafe

CKB Centre, Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Rallos Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Mon-Sat : 10am – 10pm
Sun : Closed
+639166557485
https://www.facebook.com/HustleCafe/
https://www.instagram.com/hustlecafe/
Hustle Cafe’s Zomato Page

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C&P Cafe + Pub Serves More Than Just Specialty Coffee

(Coffee and Protein has rebranded to C and P Cafe Plus Pub but still located in the same location, and this article talks about Coffee and Protein.)

My friends know me as a person who’s been really avoiding rice since I started hitting the gym. Since then, I’ve been looking for healthier alternatives both for food and drinks. Initially, I depended on soya drinks and wheat bread for my pre-workout meal but I guess it cannot give me the amount of energy I needed for my workout. I needed something that can prevent me from being hungry during workout, something that can provide me the energy I need, something that has the right amount of calories, and at the same time something that’s yummy!

Having discovered C and P Cafe Plus Pub, a pop-up store in the same building as my gym, was like winning the lottery because it has the type of menu that satisfies all my conditions for a perfect pre-workout meal. I think the location is kind of strategic for the store because I saw several gyms just along the stretch of Holy Spirit Drive. However, I have to emphasize that C and P Cafe Plus Pub ‘s menu is not only meant for gym goers and health-conscious people alike, but it indeed caters the general public.

About C and P Cafe Plus Pub

C and P Cafe Plus Pub

The idea of C and P Cafe Plus Pub started when siblings Carlos and Carmela, the owners, thought of starting a coffee shop as their passion project. Carlos, on one hand, already has a running business called Oscar’s Deli where he sells frozen goods, bars, and bites. Carmela, on the other hand, worked at a coffee shop in La Union and eventually had a coffee shop of her own.

The Menu

C and P Cafe Plus Pub
C and P Cafe Plus Pub

C and P Cafe Plus Pub is different from other coffee shops because they are very transparent with the quality quality and macro-nutrient contents of their products (calories, carbs, protein, fat). Moreover, they treat their products in a really special way, especially the protein menu which are home-made.

I was really intrigued about the nitrogen content of the drinks to the point that I repeatedly asked how it makes the drink different from the others. The cold brew coffee is put in a keg connected to a nitrogen tank. It makes the coffee more frothy.

C and P Cafe Plus Pub

They also allow you to create your own drink by either choosing one or mixing up to of the following: cold brew coffee, regular or chocolate milk, and vanilla or chocolate whey protein powder.

So, what did I order?

Iced Tangerine Dream Nitro Coffee

C and P Cafe Plus Pub

I never believed in mixing up orange and coffee until I tasted this. Yummy!

Milk Chocolate Protein Bites

C and P Cafe Plus Pub

The bites were really chewy and a piece is already heavy on the stomach. Really perfect for pre-workout. πŸ™‚

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Cake

C and P Cafe Plus Pub

The taste was just right and not too sweet. I love the taste of the chocolate chips.

The Verdict

If I were to summarize my feedback in one sentence, it will be: “I wish branches of my gym where I frequently workout has a Coffee and Protein booth”. Coffee and Protein made me realize that I should not hesitate about taking coffee as a pre-workout drink. As a gym goer who is very conscious about her calorie intake and preventing hunger in the middle of working out, I think Coffee and Protein is what I need.

For people who have hyper-acidic stomachs like me, Coffee and Protein also has the right coffee for you since the cold brew nature of the coffee makes it less acidic. Lastly, pastry lovers can enjoy the protein menu of Coffee and Protein because everything is just highly recommended.

In short, you do not need to be health-conscious or a gym goer in order to enjoy Coffee and Protein’s menu. It does not target a specific market. Coffee lovers, foodies, dessert lovers, children, and everyone else are most welcome to visit the pop-up store to have a sip of their drinks and have a bite of their pastries. Coffee and Protein really intends to meet halfway between people who drink coffee for the taste and people who drink coffee for practical reasons. Lastly, the price of everything in the menu is reasonable enough.

C and P Cafe Plus Pub Contact Information

C&P Cafe + Pub

Third Floor, The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Holy Spirit, Quezon City 1127
Mon-ThuΒ :Β 1pm – 10pm
Fri-SatΒ :Β 1pm – 12 midnight
SunΒ :Β 10am – 10pm
+639989964112
https://www.facebook.com/cafeandpub.ph
C&P Cafe + Pub’s Zomato Page

Have Your Own Mad Tea Party at Alice Tea Salon (Review)

Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON: The signage

For lovers of anything Alice in Wonderland, this hidden gem in Ortigas Center named Alice Tea Salon is the best place for you! πŸ™‚

alice tea salon
Alice Tea Salon: The Grand Opening Flyer

But before that, here are other restaurants in Ortigas Area that I reviewed (click the items to view the review articles):

Alice Tea Salon had its soft opening last July 11, 2017 and I had the chance to be the first ones to witness its wonderland-themed paradise. Why? Because Alice Tea Salon was located just behind the office I previously work with. Those who are working in Ortigas Area, Pearl Drive is a popular place to eat and hang out because it is a strip where most fast foods, convenience stores, cafes, and restaurants are located.

The whole interior of Alice Tea Salon is visible from the outside, but some signage like the iconic Alice in Wonderland red door and the white rabbit are indicating that it is a totally different world inside.

Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON: The White Rabbit

Upon entering the place, you will notice the clean white theme coupled with blue. This counter perfectly resembles Alice’s dress. It is like entering a literal wonderland where you will hesitate to touch anything because it looks so clean. To be honest it is a little intimidating to dine inside the place especially if you are not dressed properly, but hey, of course everyone is welcome to chill here in this beautiful cafe.

Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON: The Counter

For Alice in Wonderland fans, this corner is a good place for a “Mad Tea Party” with The Mad Hatter and The March Hare. I totally, totally love and support this idea of putting hanging tea cups to signify a Mad Tea Party. It doesn’t say that we are not allowed to touch the cups, but just don’t. Let’s respect the interior design of the place.

Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON: The Mad Tea Party Corner

Cups and takeaway containers are beautifully-designed. They are very minimalistic, just like the complete vibe of the place.

Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON:
Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON:

The floor design puts you in a life-sized chess game. It totally resembles the life-size chess scene in Alice in Wonderland. Please note that the chessboard design of the floor does complement the design of the whole place with the chosen colors for the chairs and tables.

Alice Tea Salon
ALICE TEA SALON:

And you simply cannot go wrong with these glowing blue neon wall decorations. Neon signs are on the rise in restaurants and bars, and it gives us a retro-ish vibe right? I think it is just perfect for the cafe’s theme to have these neon blue signs because Alice in Wonderland is a classic literary work. The font chosen is also appropriate!

Alice Tea Salon

Whatever this sign means, though. (Or am I missing something with the Alice in Wonderland story? Enlighten me guys, please!)

Alice Tea Salon

Alice Tea Salon also serve different types of cakes, cookies, and pastries. Notice that the price could match the prices of some coffee shop chains, but we all don’t mind trying something new from time to time, right?

alice tea salon
Cookies!
Alice Tea Salon

So, what did we order?

Being a super duper fan of strawberry milkshakes, I ordered one and it tasted good! It costs Php170 (a little expensive, to be honest). Still gonna order again, though! I’m also paying for the nice ambiance of the place.

My friends tried Hazelnut Choco Smoothie (Php160) and the highly recommended Calamansi Pie (Php120).

Alice Tea Salon

My general rule is if I went to hang out with friends at any cafe, I would separate my blogger self and focus on the bonding. But they happily allowed me to take a few minutes to snap photos around. I’m just really, really, sorry about this calamansi pie that I forgot to take a photo of before eating!

Alice Tea Salon

Alice Tea Salon Menu

Other items in Alice Tea Salon Menu include the following:

Alice Tea Salon

So, are you ready to enter this red door to wonderland? πŸ™‚

Alice Tea Salon

Alice Tea Salon Contact Information

Ground Floor,The Pearl Place, 30 Pearl Drive, San Antonio, Pasig City
https://www.facebook.com/AliceTeaSalon/
https://www.instagram.com/aliceteasalon/

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Where to stay in Ortigas Area?

These are some of the hotels in Ortigas Area that I was able to stay in which I also highly recommend!

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF PRIVATO ORTIGAS

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Where to Have Staycation in Pasig City: Privato Ortigas

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In my opinion, it is not always a must to leave Metro Manila to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. There are a lot of good places where you can find serenity, and hotels within Metro Manila are one of them. I have stayed in several hotels in Manila for both work and personal reasons and I am lucky enough to have the chance to stay at Privato Ortigas in Pasig City to experience how unique it is as compared to other hotels.

Checking-In

The check-in process is a breeze if you have a confirmed online reservation. You will be just asked for an ID and a Php1000 incidental fee which is refundable upon check-out. You will be politely greeted by the front desk officers and they will properly handle your check-in process.

The Room

I stayed in a One Bedroom King Suite Bed With Kitchen which is a really spacious and beautiful room.

The living room has a very cozy sofa set and is equipped with a TV. The L-shaped sofa of Privato Ortigas is one of the things I liked about he whole room. I was able to relax and watch some news while just lying in the cozy sofa set. Looking outside the window with the view of Ortigas Central Business District is just awesome. πŸ™‚ The lighting of the room was not too light and not too dark which will enable you to relax.

The dining area and kitchen has a complete set of equipment which you can use to prepare your meals. There are also complimentary water bottles, coffee and tea. If you are saving money, you can bring in something to cook and use the kitchen. I tried their instant coffee and it tasted really great.

The bedroom is super spacious and the bed is so cozy. It was too huge for a solo traveler like me haha. The lighting is also perfect. The room has its own airconditioner so you need not to worry about the temperature in this area. There is also a cabinet for your clothes and a vault for your valuables since Privato really cares about the safety of its guests’ valuables.

The bathroom is spacious. It has two access doors (one from the kitchen and one from the bedroom). It has a rainfall-like shower (which is my favorite, by the way) hence I still was able to enjoy even during shower. It has two sinks and it has a complete set of toiletries, from shampoo to soap to vanity kit to comb. Hence, you need not to worry about not bringing your entire set of toiletries at home or buy them outside.

The Verona Roof Deck Bar

This is the part which I love the most at Privato Ortigas. It has a sweeping view of Pasig City and the beautiful skyline of Bonifacio Global City. The other thing I love about this roof deck bar is that the drinks are relatively not expensive. I love how relaxing it is to just sit and look at the BGC skyline while taking a sip of my watermelon fruit shake. It is also a good place to meet and mingle with other people, especially for solo guests like me. I highly commend the staff on-duty during my stay because they are really kind and accommodating.

The CafΓ©

The cafΓ© is located at the lobby and is open from 11AM-7PM. They serve yummy coffee and desserts.

The Spa

Massage service is available at the hotel. You also have an option to have the massage done in your room. You just have to call the front desk for reservation of slots. The last call for reservations is at 11PM.

Privato Ortigas was kind and accommodating enough to entertain my request to have my massage done at 1AM. Luckily there are still massage therapists on-duty. I highly recommend not missing getting a massage during your stay at Privato Ortigas because it really is a good and relaxing experience. The massage therapists are really nice and they will make sure you will enjoy the experience.

Other Amenities

Gym

For a fitness enthusiast like me, this is something you should not miss if you happen to stay at Privato Ortigas. They have a lot of equipment from treadmill to dumbbells. Their equipment are quite new and really exciting to use.

Swimming Pool

This is also one of the best things about Privato Ortigas. The swimming pool is relatively small but is a kid-friendly pool which is perfect for guests with children. It’s a covered pool which also gives you a view of the Pasig City skyline.

The Verdict

The monochromatic theme of the hotel is something that adds beauty to it. The front desk staff were really nice and accommodating of your needs. The room is very spacious enough to give you proper relaxation. I highly recommend not missing the Verona Rook Deck Bar and have some drinks there. Privato Ortigas provides you all the amenities that you might need to have a perfect stay. Lastly, please do consider getting a massage because it’s the best, I promise. Thumbs up!

Privato Ortigas

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Privato Ortigas

706 Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas, Pasig City, Philippines
Email Address: reservations.ortigas@privatohotels.com
Website: https://www.privatohotels.com/

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8 Chinese Restaurants in Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Are you in Metro Manila and looking for Chinese restaurants to dine in for the Chinese New Year, or simply craving for some yummy Chinese food? Here are some Chinese restaurants in Kapitolyo Pasig City you can either dine in or have your food delivered from.

Since the Philippines has a significant number of Chinese population since the pre-colonial times, a lot of Chinese cultural heritage are everywhere — from architecture to food to cultural practices. In fact, the Manila Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in the world. Filipinos have incorporated a lot of Chinese cultural elements to our own local culture, and that includes serving the mandatory pancit and lumpiang shanghai on almost every occasion and festivity.

The Chinese New Year is a big occasion for the Philippines, not only for the Chinese but also for Filipinos. A lot of colorful activities always happen at the Manila Chinatown, and having some Chinese-themed food trip is a must for everyone.

A Manila Chinatown Food Trip has been a popular activity for friends and families who want to have a local travel experience in the city, but there is an abundance of Chinese restaurants all over the Metro, and that includes the gastronomic area of Kapitolyo in Pasig City, where you can find a bunch of restaurants in this beautiful neighborhood, including Chinese restaurants.

So without further ado, here are 8 Chinese Restaurants in Kapitolyo Pasig City which you can choose from for your next Chinese dine in or takeaway food trip. I have also included important information about the places. Enjoy!

CAUTION, HOT!

Caution, Hot!

17 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Mon-Sun : 10:30am – 7:30pm
+63284523065
https://www.facebook.com/cautionhotmnl
https://www.instagram.com/cautionhotmnl
Caution, Hot!’s Zomato Page


SER CHEF LECHON


ORIENTAL PEARL

Oriental Pearl

117 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Mon-Thu : 10am – 10pm
Fri : 10am – 11:30pm
Sat-Sun : 8am – 11:30pm
+63284776942; +63284776943
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oriental-Pearl-Kapitolyo/901493283229558
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/794761847/oriental-pearl-kapitolyo/
Oriental Pearl’s Zomato Page


WU’S KITCHEN

Wu’s Kitchen

Ground Floor, 707 Shaw Boulevard Corner Marylane Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Mon-Sun : 10am – 10pm
+63286382708; +639454316585
https://www.facebook.com/WusKitchenph/
https://www.instagram.com/wuskitchenph/
Wu’s Kitchen’s Zomato Page


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CHEECH & CHANG HK ROAST

Cheech & Chang HK Roast

75 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Mon : Closed
Tue-Sun : 5pm – 12 midnight
+639151515298
https://www.facebook.com/CheechNChangHKR/
https://www.instagram.com/cheechnchanghkr/
Cheech & Chang HK Roast’s Zomato Page


HONG KONG NOODLES & DIMSUM HOUSE

Hong Kong Noodles & Dimsum House

Ground Floor, Dominga Building, 606 Shaw Boulevard, Kapitolyo, Pasig CIty
Mon : Closed
Mon-Sun : 9am – 7pm
+63286319157
https://www.instagram.com/hk_noodles
Hong Kong Noodles & Dimsum House’s Zomato Page


GREAT ORIENTAL DIMSUM HOUSE

Great Oriental Dimsum House

1 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Mon : 8am – 6pm
Tue-Sun : 9am – 6pm
+63284776942; +639163451430
https://www.facebook.com/GreatOrientalDimsum/
Great Oriental Dimsum House’s Zomato Page


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Chinese Restaurants in Kapitolyo Pasig: Any Other Recommendations?

Feel free to recommend more Chinese restaurants in Kapitolyo Pasig that you know of which should be included in this list! In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy some treats this Chinese New Year or any time of the year! πŸ™‚

Check out these other restaurants in Pasig City:

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Before I came to know that Black Canyon Coffee Manila is primarily a Thai restaurant, I have an assumption that it is an American Tex-Mex restaurant because of its cowboy-ish logo and because of its name. It took me actually trying to dine in at this place to find out that it is a Thai restaurant. I never heard about Thailand being a coffee-producing country, so I was intrigued.

Black Canyon Coffee Ayala Malls the 30th Entrance
Black Canyon Coffee Ayala Malls the 30th Entrance

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OVERALL AMBIANCE

Black Canyon Coffee has several branches in Manila, but I was able to dine in at their branch at Ayala Malls the 30th. The location was easy to find. The place is not too big or too small but is very comfortable with the presence of soft couches and minimalist interior decoration.

Inside Black Canyon Coffee
Inside Black Canyon Coffee

There is also one corner where they display tumblers and rubber cup coasters for sale.

Black Canyon Coffee Merchandise for Sale
Black Canyon Coffee Merchandise for Sale

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BLACK CANYON COFFEE MENU

You will have access to the menu of Black Canyon Coffee by the door and you will see that they have a lot of Thai food and drinks to choose from.

Black Canyon Coffee Manila Menu
Black Canyon Coffee Manila Menu

They also have a variety of yummy chocolate drinks in their menu!

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Black Canyon Coffee Manila Menu

They have a lot of caffeine and non-caffeine drinks to choose from. I learned that the coffee served in Black Canyon Coffee came from the agricultural projects under the Thai Royal Patronage. The coffee in this restaurant are indeed locally-grown. Awesome!

Black Canyon Coffee Counter

They occasionally offer discounts on their cakes. Yay!

Black Canyon Coffee Cakes
Discount on cakes! Yay!

And of course, who would miss sipping some Thai tea?

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THE FOOD

Since I dined in alone when I went to Black Canyon Coffee, I ordered the following food:

BAGOONG RICE (Php220)

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I must say, the bagoong lover in me is very happy with this meal. Bagoong rice is a mandatory order in Thai restaurants and the quality of this meal did not fail my expectations.

PAD THAI (THAI-STYLE FRIED NOODLES WITH PRAWN) (Php285)

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To be honest, I was a little shocked by its price, but it has so much prawns and it tastes like a legit Pad Thai served in Thai restaurants. I love Pad Thai and I love this Pad Thai.

THAI ICED TEA (Php130)

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I could skip some Thai-grown coffee to taste some Thai tea. Thai tea is my favorite kind of tea and I’m happy that Black Canyon Coffee is serving such drink in a good quality.

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THE VERDICT

The restaurant itself is a nice place to dine in because you will definitely enjoy your meal here. I think the price is a little to high, but I believe they kind of have a standard price here because it’s a franchise. But hey, I could assure that your money will be worth it because the taste of the food and the quality of the ingredients will definitely satisfy your Thai food cravings. Do consider dining in at Black Canyon Coffee when in Manila! Next time I will try their homegrown Thai coffee.

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BLACK CANYON COFFEE CONTACT INFORMATION

Third Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
+63 9778534954
https://www.facebook.com/blackcanyoncoffeeph
https://www.blackcanyoncoffee.com.ph/

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Monkeyspeak Coffee Philippines

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The Monkeyspeak Booth

As a coffee lover, I have always been rummaging the online world to look for a new coffee experience in Manila (at least whenever I’m stuck here and not traveling). I came across an Australian coffee brand that was introduced to the Philippines: Monkeyspeak Coffee. Since then, I’ve been wanting to try their products.

I found out through their Instagram account that they are participating in a bazaar at Bonifacio Global City, and I thought that is my best chance to have a taste of their coffee. I met Vic, the owner of Monkeyspeak Coffee, and he was able to give me a walk through of his cool business.

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The welcome chalkboard at Monkeyspeak Booth!

About Monkeyspeak Coffee

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The coffee capsule

Monkeyspeak Coffee products are contained in capsules and are being prepared in single serves using the capsule machines. The business is founded in 2016 and is based in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, but can serve all over the Philippines and beyond.  They directly source their capsules and coffee equipment from highly regarded roasters and manufacturers. They also offer catering services for events and seminars and conferences.

Their coffee is made of 100% arabica and ranges from espresso coffee capsules, ristretto coffee capsules, lungo coffee capsules, decaf coffee capsules, and chocolate shots.

The Bestsellers

The bestsellers of Monkeyspeak Coffee include the ristretto coffee capsules mixed with chocolate shots. I was able to taste it and I guarantee you, it is super yummy!

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MONKEYSPEAK COFFEE: Ristretto
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Barista Expresso Chocolate Shot

How To Prepare a Monkeyspeak Coffee Drink?

Simple! All you need to have is the coffee machine, the coffee capsule/s, and your favorite cup to experience the tastiness of their coffee.

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Can’t wait for my coffee!

You can refer to their customized menu to experiment on different types of coffee.

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The Monkeyspeak Customized Menu

Available Products

Monkeyspeak Coffee sells both coffee capsules and the machines. Below are the details of the products and their prices:

The Elfin

It is one of the smallest coffee capsules ever made. It has an elegant and modern design which is super compact, simple, and easy to use. It is specifically-designed for coffee capsules.

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