Manila is one of the most interesting cities I've ever been to. The more developed areas are absolutely stunning - shiny skyscrapers, fancy shopping centres and beautifully planned streets. Other areas are extremely desperate - as Manila has a staggering wealth divide. Nonetheless,...more
Located on the 4th level of the swanky Greenbelt 5 shopping centre in Makati, this upmarket salon is DEFINITELY worth paying extra for (it's still very affordable by London standards though, I should note). The staff were extremely attentive and friendly - I was totally pampered....more
I unfortunately didn't have the pleasure of staying here, but I did pop in for a wander around the main bits of the hotel & had a drink at the beautiful bar. This historic hotel was the first premiere hotel in the Philippines - originally built in 1909. The interior is absolutely stunning - it...more
The oldest (british) football club in Manila, and a long-standing hub of the local expat community in Parañaque, just south of Manila. The original Nomad's club was opened up in 1914 to promote British sport in the Philippines, and that remains the mission to this day - Nomads has several...more
A restaurant & snack/deli/wine shop at the Merville Country Club. You can pick up imported goodies here, grab a snack, or sit down and enjoy a freshly cooked meal in the air-conditioned cafe or head outside to dine poolside.
Intramuros is a historic area where a traditional walled fortress once stood, built by the Spanish during their 300+ years of Filipino rule. Some bits of the area are preserved, others rebuilt. It's a great place to see a bit of Spanish colonial architecture and to learn a bit more about the...more
Upmarket filipino restaurant chain serving authentic filipino cuisine. Bit pricy, but the presentation and service make it worth the price. Had my first filipino meal in Manila here - it didn't disappoint.
Across from Manila's International airport lies "Resorts World Manila" a sparkly destination for tourists and locals alike. The design and presentation of the whole complex is reminiscent of Las Vegas. This interesting area houses a Casino, designer shops, a ton of...more
Whether you're religious or not, cathedrals in any city are worth checking out - they're a feat of human engineering and man power. This particular church was undergoing renovations when we walked by, so we weren't able to go in - but it was very beautiful from the outside. The...more
American chain restaurant in Makati CBD. I would normally never to go a place like this, especially on holiday in south east Asia - but my British boyfriend spent his childhood in Manila and wanted to visit his favourite childhood restaurant for nostalgia's sake. Guess I'm just not a ribs...more