So, I was away in Philippines during Christmas for a wedding event and taking a hiatus at the same time. I guess I went away for too long! Anyone missed me? 😀
Hahahaha… Anyway, here I am, back to writing here on my humble little blog and sharing another travelogue series of the adventures I had in Philippines while I hop from Manila to Tagaytay to Iloilo! Here we go!!!
[Philippines December 2013]
21 December 2013
Harbor View Restaurant, Fort Santiago & Padi’s Point
I had planned to make a trip out to the Philippines to attend the friends’ wedding but the hiatus? It was a last minute decision when I realised I don’t have my homecoming ticket after the wedding event when I thought I already had everything properly planned out.
It is very unlike me to miss out on details like that but I am not complaining. I needed that break after a hectic year and I guess you can call it fate that things panned out this way!
Harbor View Restaurant
1000 Katigbak Parkway, Rizal Park,
1000 Manila, Philippines
The 30 year old restaurant, situated at the very edge of Manila Bay near Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H2O, is the place where you can enjoy both local and international cuisine with wonderful sea breeze at their al fresco dining area. They say that you can get awesome view of sunset there so you might want to drop by for dinner instead! 🙂
The dishes were really delectable and if I have to point out one dish to recommend, I will suggest the Nilasing na Hipon! These crispy deep fried shrimps marinated in liquor are good as appetizers to share across the table or when you need some finger food while you are having some beer!
Anyway, together with the friendly and sincere service and the cooling December sea breeze, my lunch experience at Harbor View Restaurant was pretty superb! 🙂
Fort Santiago & Intramuros
To be honest, we arrived and stopped by at Intramuros just because it is just round the corner from Harbor View Restaurant and we spent a substantial amount of time there. Sad to say, no matter how long I was around there checking out the place, I didn’t see the iconic gate of Fort Santiago!
It was said that the garden was created by the Augustinian botanist and author of the richly illustrated “Flora de Filipinas”, Manuel Blanco, in 1837. They used to allow the public to hold private events like wedding or gatherings in the past and it is now a full-pledged seminarian area for Augustinians and historians.
And thank goodness for internet and technology these days or I will never know the history and realise how I had missed seeing Padre Blanco’s Garden right there behind the walls and ruins!
Manila Bulletin – The Nation’s Leading Newspaper!
Padi’s Point Restaurant & Bar @ Antipolo
Alpadi Compound, Sumulong Highway,
Antipolo City, Rizal
Oh and we ordered a platter of Chilli cheese sticks as pulutan* that is basically so awesome. Ok, it might be a common finger food where you deep-fry jalepano or green chilli stuffed with cheese served with a mayonnaise-based sauce! But I just can never have enough of the combination of crispy, crunchy, spicy, creamy and cheesy sensation all at the same time! I want to make this at home some time soon! 😀
Anyway, with that, that’s my short 1 day adventure in Manila!
Stay tuned for the next part of the travelogue where I share more on my week-long stay in Iloilo! 🙂
Most posts from Philippines December 2013 travelogue series:
- Harbor View Restaurant, Fort Santiago & Intramuros and Padi’s Point | Manila, Philippines
- Angelicum School | Iloilo, Philippines
- Iloilo Esplanade & Cholabite | Iloilo, Philippines
- Molo Church, Tigbauan Church & Guimbal Church | Iloilo, Philippines
- Miag-ao Church, San Joaquin Cemetery, San Joaquin Church & Jaro Metropolitan Church | Iloilo, Philippines
- 7 EATS in Iloilo | Iloilo, Philippines