Monday, January 23, 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

My aunt came over from the province and having some Chinese blood in us (albeit very little) we decided to attend the celebration in Binondo, Manila. Although my aunt was quite familiar with the area, it was our first time to actually spend the Chinese New Year in the Parian. It was quite an experience.

The streets were packed and teeming with life. The dominating colors for the day were red and yellow and there were many a dragon or lion dancing around in the streets seeking generous hands with Ang Pao's in them.

Our starting point was the Binondo Church and Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz. From there on, we navigated our way through the narrow and busy streets of Binondo looking for interesting photo opportunities. 

The main street that we explored was Ongpin Street. We had a fair amount of exposure to the smell of fried rice, noodles and Tikoy, and we a large collection of fortune plants, Buddha statues and golden ornaments that sparkled in the sunlight. 

Our trip wouldn't have been complete without experiencing a taste of authentic Chinese cooking. So we dropped in on the President Grand Palace Restaurant on Ongpin Street for a bite. The food was 100% authentic and I can honestly say that this is by far the best Chinese restaurant that I have eaten at in Manila. Try their Shrimp Balls and Yang Chow fried Rice. You will not be disappointed. 

It was quite an adventure. I'll be back in Binondo next year for more photos and more "fried lice!"


bugsy2 said...

Beautiful photos, Andreo! I like your choice of photos because it shows the main attractions of Binondo (i.e. the Binondo church aka the Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz and Ongpin St.) and how it celebrates Chinese New Year!

Andreo B. said...

Thank you tita! I remember what you said about being very very particular about the selection of photos :)