Nadai Fujisoba@ Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

When it comes to Japanese noodles, ramen tends to get more attention – so it’s nice to see a place dedicated to two lesser known (but no less delicious!) counterparts – udon and soba. Like it’s name, Nadai Fujisoba specialises in soba, or buckwheat, noodles. The chain is popular in Japan, but has also made its way…

Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila

Bonifacio Global City, also known as The Fort or BGC for short, is a central business district sandwiched between Makati and Taguig. After the hustle and bustle of downtown Manila, stepping into its commercial area, High Street, felt a little surreal. Clean and well-paved streets free from belching jeepneys, people walking their dogs or jogging,…

Van Gogh is Bipolar, Maginhawa, Manila

I’m lucky. I’ve traveled to a lot of places and eaten at many establishments…but none have rivaled my visit to Van Gogh is Bipolar. Dining here is not so much about the food as it is the experience. And believe me when I say it is truly a one-of-a-kind spot that will set the benchmark…

Din Tai Fung, SM Megamall Manila

Much hype has surrounded the recent opening of Din Tai Fung in Manila’s SM Megamall. The Taiwanese chain has several outlets in Malaysia, where they serve excellent soup dumplings (xiao loong bao), so I was excited to see if the quality was up to par here. I found it somehow… lacking.  It wasn’t that they…

Things to do in Marikina City, Metro Manila

Located on the far fringes of Metro Manila, the city of Marikina seems more quaint town than busy district. Its clean streets and clear, orderly roads are a far cry from some colourful but jeepney-polluted, trash-strewn areas in downtown Manila. It is also known as the shoe capital of the Philippines, manufacturing about 70% of the…

Lunch @ Lobby Lounge, The Manila Hotel

Dubbed the ‘Grand Dame’, The Manila Hotel certainly lives up to its reputation as the city’s oldest premiere hotel. Built in 1909 to rival the nearby Malacanang Presidential Palace, the building sports 570 rooms and has hosted political and social elites the likes of Ernest Hemingway, John Wayne, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and US President…

University of the Philippines Diliman, Manila

A public institution of higher learning seems like an unlikely tourist place, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was lots to see at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It is a constituent of the original UP Manila and spans some 400+ hectares of land. It’s so massive that students (and members…

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, Marikina

Sometimes, you have to dig a little deeper to get to the good parts – as is the case with Rustic Mornings by Isabelo. Tucked within a quiet neighbourhood of Marikina City, the cafe is located down an alleyway lined with walls covered in creeping ivy –  easy to miss if you’re not familiar with…

San Sebastian Church, Manila

Hey guys! Here are updates on my Manila trip! :) One of the places I got to visit was the San Sebastian Church, the only all-steel church in Asia and the only prefabricated steel church in the world. Located on a quieter side of Quiapo, the church site was first established in the 1600s, but…

Dad’s Buffet @ SM Megamall Manila

My time in the Philippines was well spent – I got to enjoy my vacation and meet up with a couple of close Stickam friends! I already met Geldy and Bonny in Tagaytay, so the last friend was Kris. I was in the mood for a buffet, so we had lunch at SM Megamall at…