Some Old Manila Streets

Spotted: Streets of Manila camera strap by Nathania Gail Go
Spotted: Punchdrunk Panda “Streets of Manila” camera strap on blogger Jonver David. Designed by Nathania Gail Go and available at Punchdrunk Panda.

It refreshes me of my own little pedicab tour around Old Manila streets:)

Aduana Ruins

Intendencia (Aduana) Ruins, Aduana cor. Muralla Streets, Intramuros, Manila. Built in the 1820s and reconstructed after the 1863 earthquake, the building once housed the Spanish colonial government’s customs offices and other administrative units. It was damaged during the war, but survived only to be heavily damaged by a fire in 1979. It also used to be the Central Bank of the Philippines.

Plaza de Binondo aka Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz

Plaza Calderon de la Barca renamed to Plaza de Binondo and again renamed to Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz after Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint venerated by the Roman Catholic Church. The plaza is situated between Reina Regente and Juan Luna Streets, and right across the Binondo Church aka Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz.

Lucky Chinatown

Only about two blocks away from the Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz is the newly-opened Lucky Chinatown mall, along Reina Regente Street. A welcome relief in the Binondo area, it houses nice establishments like UCC Coffee Café, Starbucks, Bon Chon Chicken, Pancake House, Italianni’s Restaurant, Bread Talk, Mango, All Flip Flops, Beauty Bar, Toy Kingdom, Adidas, Shoe Salon, Celine, Payless Shoe Source, Folded and Hung, Bayo, Cinderella among many others. When in Manila, I usually stay at my in-laws’ apartment on the vintage building right next to the  Binondo Church, so now, the mall is a more convenient alternative for a bakasyonista like me. Binondo levels up especially with the presence of comfortable movie theaters and a Gold’s Gym in the mall. An interesting juxtaposition, just a stone’s throw away from Lucky Chinatown is the bargain haven 168 Mall. Shoppers in the Chinatown/Divisoria commercial district can now have the best of both worlds.

UCC Coffee Café, Lucky Chinatown, Binondo, Manila

Spent an hour at the UCC Coffee Café. I wasn’t in the mood for its famous coffee. All I wanted was something hearty before heading back home to Laoag.

UCC Coffee Café, Lucky Chinatown, Binondo, ManilaUCC Blue Mountain Coffee

Blue mountain coffee is a pricey UCC (Ueshima Coffee Company) blend characterized by a clean, smooth taste with no aftertaste. UCC set the trend for Japanese canned coffee in 1969 and became more popular specifically with anime fans around the world after their canned coffee was featured in the 1997 The End of Evangelion and again featured in the 2007 award-winning animated science fiction film Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.

UCC Coffee blendsJapanese spaghetti with salmon and spinach in creamy white sauce

My hot Japanese spaghetti with salmon and spinach in creamy white sauce hit the spot. The serving was rather small for the hefty price.

Oh, how I miss the old Selecta in Roxas Boulevard! I just had to try UCC’s own avocado ice cream. Surprisingly, as far as I can remember, it’s on par with the ice cream from my childhood. I delighted in its perfect texture and sweetness. Again, I wish they gave a bigger scoop. If only I could bring home the whole UCC:(

Some kind of wonderful, some friends happened to dine at the cafe and insisted on picking the tab. Indeed, lucky in Chinatown:)

Avocado ice cream

I did a little shoe shopping. The rainy days are here to stay, so I looked around for flat jellies. Melissa had what I had in mind, though it was hard choosing among the many styles and pretty colors.

Mel by Melissa Marula sandalsMel by Melissa Cacao T-Bar Sandal IIMel by Melissa Citrus II flattiesMel by Melissa Citrus II jelliesMel by Melissa Citrus II jellies in glass
In the bag

I decided on the tasseled Mel by Melissa Citrus II in Prada-esque glass. In case you’re wondering why I chose a pair of plastics, Melissa jellies are vegan, made of 100% recyclable non-toxic, breathable PVC, making them eco-friendly. Rainy day street style. More on jellies in a separate post.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

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