Hello lovely sunshine! How you been up to? I have been feeling under the weather for the past few days now and it really sucks.
Anywho, travelling is something that I think everyone wanted to do maybe once, twice in their life or maybe the whole time. I mean who does not want to travel and see the world, right? Travelling is something that I love to do whenever I can. The experience that you get when you travel is priceless. Exploring new places, learning their culture, exposing yourself into something unfamiliar can be really rewarding. Travelling also lets me escape reality from time to time.
You do not need to go out of the country I grew up in the capital city of Philippines, Manila, particularly the busy district of Binondo in Manila. Just a bit fact; Binondo is referred to as the city’s Chinatown (which is the world’s oldest existing Chinatown) also known as Ongpin by the locals. I could say that Binondo is the first stop of Chinese Immigrants who found new life in Manila (just like my parents) but it is not all Chinese community it has a lot of other ethnicity. Binondo has a rich history and heritage and am really proud to grew up there.
How to get around?
Exploring Binondo is best done with (1) Calesas or a carriage drawn by a single horse; it has two wheels on each side and two rows of seat; front row is where the kutsero or the driver sits. When I was a child Calesas where all over Manila that it kind of look like the main transportation used but nowadays there are several left and I must admit I miss riding in one. (2) Walking around town is another great way to explore the place, it is really a small district that walking can be really fun.
Where to go?
Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz or most popularly known as Binondo church one of the oldest places of Christian worship. It is named after Filipino-Chinese saint, Saint Lorenzo Ruiz.
Santo Cristo de Longos located at the side entrance
Ongpin Street which is home of a lot of herbal stores.
Kuang Kong and Seng Guan Temple are both Chinese temple that is open to the public. It shows the roots of Filipino-Chinese community.
The best time to visit?
Lunar New Year and the Mid autumn vestival
You will never be afraid to get hungry when you visit Binondo as the place is full of restaurants, mostly Chinese cuisine.
What are the places you visit or would want to visit?
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