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Tour of Manila Chinatown, Binondo and Pasig Riverbank
Turning right from Escolta, we reached the Filipino-Chinese Friendship arch on Paredes street beaming with the bright color of Christmas.
Crossing Paredes towards San Gabriel Street still stands the old headquarters of Hongkong Shanghai bank and beside it is the beautiful beaux-arts building El Hogar Filipino forlorn at the end of Juan Luna (formerly Calle Anloague where the house of Kapitan Tiago of Noli me Tangere once stood). El Hogar is now a location of choice for shooting music videos and commercials made to look like Europe and NY.
Changing direction towards the other end of Juan Luna (where the house of Jose Rizal once stood at the corner of Andrade street) we arrived at Plaza Ruiz fronting the old Binondo Church. Ferdz and I took pictures of the interiors at the choir loft when nobody's looking :)
Short visits to La Ressureccion tablea store was offset by Ferdz switching into "shopping mode" buying hopia at Eng Bee Tin.
Since it's already 12nn, We decided to eat at the Estero eateries that Ferdz called some sort hawker style again reminiscing his Singapore sojourns. It was only Ferdz who took pictures of the food since I really don't like food photography when I'm hungry.
We continued immediately on our journey walking towards Alonzo street where we made a pitstop at Panciteria Lido to sample the sought after vaccum brewed coffee.
The vaccum brewed coffee making apparatus was like a chemistry experiment with two flasks joined by a siphon with filter. The on top contained the ground coffee beans while the bottom flash containing water was heated by a flame. When the water is brought to a boil, the rising pressure will push the water through the siphon and filter into the top flask containing the coffee beans. Extinguishing the flame below will force the coffee mixture again to the bottom flask through the filter. The resulting coffee is indeed smoother than others I've tasted mostly done using the drip brewed style.
We stayed at Panciteria Lido for 1.5 hours just to avoid the heat of the midday sun. For those who are directionally-challenged or are too lazy to drag their feet to Binondo, Panciteria Lido has another branch on West Avenue in Quezon City.