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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.

    tikoyTikoy: 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

    Related Posts:

    Chinese New Year Tikoy Symbolisms
    Tutuban Mall
    168 Shopping Mall

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    posted by GingGoy @ 8:15 PM,


    At Feb 11, 2010, 10:03:00 PM, Anonymous philippine travel said...

    I really like this place because it really looks like China when it is Chinese New Year. The decorations, food and also the tradition is very Chinese!

    At Feb 12, 2010, 9:59:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    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?

    Enjoy the busy weekend.

    At Feb 13, 2010, 10:44:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    seng guan xi temple is a nice place to visit. nakatiempo ako dati ng ritual dun although just stayed sa may parang lobby dun.

    kung hei fat choy! kiong hee huat chai! gong xi fa cai! :D

    At Feb 13, 2010, 6:11:00 PM, Blogger escape said...

    ill also be there bringing along five bloggers for a food trip!

    At Feb 14, 2010, 9:03:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    here naman, lots of delicious moon cakes from Chinese malls are sold during the New Year celebration. Some are quite expensive !

    At Feb 15, 2010, 3:28:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    philippine travel, been there. many people and photographers and dragon dances snapping up ampao on stores on ongpin st ;P

    photo cache, so did it go on the long weekend? oh your long weekend's not yet over as of this time :P

    carlotta, i merely passed by seng guan xi on several occasions but not actually got inside the chinese temple. one of these days maybe

    the dong, nice to meet you bro even if it was just a very brief moment. next time let's go for a short manila trip or merely hang out

    bw, moon cakes (hopia) will be all around here come mooncake festival, another chinese event observed by businesses even by non-chinese nowadays

    At Feb 15, 2010, 10:23:00 PM, Anonymous dodong flores said...

    Belated Happy Valentine's Day, tutubi. Belated Happy Chinese New Year na rin. Join naman ako diyan sa short manila trip kung matuloy...

    At Feb 17, 2010, 3:37:00 AM, Anonymous Budget Your Trip said...

    You've inspired me. We skipped the Philippines when we were in SE Asia and I've always regretted it.

    At Feb 17, 2010, 10:05:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    budget your trip, the philippines can offer many things other countries of SE Asia don't have...should you ever decide to come here, I can show you around or guide you on where to go and what to do

    At Mar 12, 2010, 11:58:00 AM, Blogger itchie said...

    Sama din ako sa "Short Manila (food?)Trip."


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