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Valentine's Day/Chinese New Year in Binondo (Manila Chinatown)
Come February 14, Valentines Day coincides with Chinese New Year, what sort of romantic valentines date suggestions do you have?
Tutubi's not asking for "tremors" happening in fully-booked motels (the notorious ones in Pasay, Sta. Mesa (Manila) and Pasig) but simple as Tutubi, memorable but not to create a hole in his pocket.
Actually, Tutubi intends to visit Manila Chinatown again to catch a glimpse of dragon dances, people giving away angpao (red-colored envelopes with money given for good luck), shop for tikoy and hopia and witness other Chinatown events on Chinese New Year celebrations.
Tikoy: usually given away on Chinese New Year
Things you can do in Manila Chinatown not just during the Chinese New Year:
Visit Binondo Church Light incense sticks at Sto. Cristo de Longos Chinese Temples: Te Ya Kong Temple, (or Seng Guan Si Temple near Tutuban) Shop for fruits on Carvajal Street Buy hopia at Eng Bee Tin, Ho-Land and Polland Eat at Estero eateries (turo-turo style) Sample fresh dumplings at Dong Bei on Nueva St (now Yuchengco St.) Partake fried chicken of Sincerity Cafe on Calle Nueva Buy old-fashioned tablea at La Resureccion on Ongpin St. Sip vacuum brewed coffee at Lido's Panciteria on T. Alonzo Partake fresh lumpia at Po Heng Lumpia House on Quintin Paredes St.
These are just some of the various come-ons of Manila Chinatown that beckon curious tourists, food-trippers and people going to Binondo on a whim.
Stay tuned to get to know where Tutubi did on Valentines Day :P
Never been big on Valentine's Day, but I'm pleased that both vday and chinese new year fall on the same day this year. Out here in the states, we also have president's day on the 15th so it's a bonus of a long weekend. Oh what to do? what to do?