Having been to Manila many times, and usually just sticking to the safe and tested formula of Greenbelt, Landmark and Glorietta Malls in Makati for my shopping and makan, I've never really ventured anywhere outside of that ... until this past trip.
I needed to stay really close to the office, and thus, was based out of Ortigas City, in Pasig, instead of Makati.
For the uninformed, Manila is not one city. It's a metropolitan with many cities within. Makati is one. Pasig is another.
This time, for makan and shopping, I discovered ... Tiendesitas ! Wikipedia link here.
The name means "collection of little shops", and is like a small scale Chatuchak / Lumpini night market of Bangkok. It has sections for food, antiques, souveniers, furniture, clothing, accessories, you know ... just name it, it's probably there.
And just like Lumpini in Bangkok, there is live band show at night ! Not bad at all ...
I was having an informal meeting with a customer there for dinner, and we settled on some local seafood at a stall called Fat Butchie's. It's seriously not bad at all ... !
If you ever drop by Manila, you should really go visit Tiendesitas. A word though ... it's open from 12 noon to 12 midnight, and toilets are located in Comfort Zones. You've been warned !
*** Photos are of terrible quality because it's taken with my old, outdated, ought to be replaced mobile phone, You are strongly discouraged from suing me if you suffer eyesight problems after looking at them. I know a lawyer very, very, well ***
While going through the phone, I discovered there were some other photos in there ... so might as well publish it, although it has nothing to do with this post altogether !