My first visitor from college came to Manila! Kira is from the Bay Area, and we met sophomore year. (She says we met once freshman year but I don’t remember it).
The first thing she said when I drove her to the mall was “your driving makes so much sense now.” (I had friends in Oregon who refused to get in the car with me–but I tried my best to be a polite driver there!)
Also, I have tried to explain the term “fancy” to friends from college, but never truly got the impression that they understood. Kira insisted on going to a wedding here–I was more hesitant since I didn’t know the couple personally and didn’t have a dress made–and once we got in, she looked up and said “oh sh!t. There are flowers on the ceiling.” …and I did a mental fist pump because now she understood.
Here is a list of things that we enjoyed around the Philippines.
- Pork sisig
- Leslie’s bulalo (Tagaytay)
- Bag of Beans coffee (Tagaytay)
- Sonya’s Secret Garden salad (Tagaytay)
- Shangrila Mall – Higher-end shopping and food, particularly with the addition of the new wing. Visit for a relaxing day of shopping.
- Greenhills Shopping Center – Bazaars and great deals, a good place to shop for souvenirs and make high-volume purchases. It has definitely evolved into a cultural experience–don’t go if you aren’t comfortable with crowds!
- Mall of Asia – Worth seeing because of the ginormous size.
- Attended a huge fil-chi (except I think they were both Chinese) wedding
- Went to Batangas and checked into the Club Punta Fuego resort
- Checked in to Maxims Hotel at Resort’s World for the last few days to shop, watch movies, swim, and party
- I make Kira wake up at 2 a.m. to grab a drink at Opus Bar
- Got a table at Hyve Super Club