Some restaurants have a wow effect and some just win you over with great food and service over time. Koku, a Japanese restaurant in Salcedo Village in Manila’s financial district of Makati is the latter: We found ourselves going back over and over, so it’s long overdue that I write a review, so you can add it to your list … Continue reading →
Manila has an interesting colonial history and is rapidly becoming a modern city. A great place to see the contrast is at Fort Santiago, the historic, Spanish colonial fortress, with a view across the Pasig River onto the skyline of the city!
To plan your own trip to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, start with my Destination Guide Manila!
The Philippine Department of Transportation has signed a contract with San Miguel Corporation, a local conglomerate, to build the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan for an estimated $14 Billion. It is expected to break ground later this year, with the first phase to open in 4-5 years. Future phases will bring 4 runways and accommodate up to 100 million … Continue reading →
Manila’s NAIA airport is one of the most congested in Asia. It’s operating well beyond its design capacity of 30 million passengers, having served 45 million passengers in 2018! This is showing in crowded terminals and never-ending delays. Proposals for expansion have been discussed for years and it looks like there is finally some progress! … Continue reading →
The Bayleaf Intramuros offers a perfect location to see Manila’s Spanish colonial history in the old town on a stopover in the Philippine’s capital city. You can walk the city walls, visit Fort Santiago and see beautiful churches, without having to fight Manila’s horrendous traffic. Rooms are stylish and modern and you get great views from the rooftop bar and … Continue reading →
If you have followed my blog, you already know that I love sunsets. And Anilao, South of the Philippine’s capital Manila, is not only a great and inexpensive place to dive, it also guarantees you beautiful sunsets every evening. I can’t remember a single visit where we didn’t have a sunset as beautiful as in this photo. Add an outrigger (banka) boat on the water and a cocktail in hand and you have a great way to end a day in Anilao!
Want to go yourself – check out my Guide to Manila to get your trip started!
Manila is the most important sight of Spanish colonial history in Asia and a stroll along the centuries-old fortress walls, the sight of old bastions surrounded by parks makes for a wonderful day of relaxed sightseeing. Throw in a beautiful church, some delicious Filipino food and friendly service and you have the making of a great visit!
Check out my Perfect Stopover Itinerary Manila Intramuros for a weekend visit or a short stop-over on a visit to the beautiful island beaches of the Philippines!
Updated 2019: Manila is a fun city without countless flights, so getting there is easy. Arriving at the busy NAIA airport with its four spread out terminals can be overwhelming and getting around the city of more than 12 million people is time consuming. So, check out my tips how to get there, how to get from Manila airport to … Continue reading →
Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) long had a reputation for being one of the worst. After the new’ish international terminal 3 opened and the old international terminal 1 received some renovation work, it’s now Philippine Airline’s terminal 2 turn to get updated. While this is not the major expansion PAL announced previously, it’s a long overdue update that should … Continue reading →
Updated 2019: I have traveled to more than 60 countries preparing my trips with guides and online. Yet since making my home in Manila and traveling around the Philippines a bit, I have not found a good, up-to-date guide for this fast-changing city. So, here is my Mini-Guide Manila with reasons why you should go, where to stay, eat or party … Continue reading →