Being a working adult in Korea leaves very little room for holidays and down time. I had a 3 day weekend, and decided to make my way to Manila with Seongmin. Seongmin used to live in Manila, working as a golf tour guide and golf instructor. I was more keen on going to the beach, but due to rain and our time taken up by golfing, that didn’t happen. I was pretty proud of my newbie golf skills and still manage to squeeze in my foodie finds!
First things first, our AirBnB was dope! If you ever go to Manila, I highly recommend you stay at the Gramercy. There are a ton of super affordable rooms listed, and I heard its one of the most, if not the most, luxurious complex in Manila. Its quite new, and conveniently enough, has a famous bar and club in the building. We wanted to go check out some nightlife, but on all occasions, we accidentally fell asleep. Let me tell you, GOLF HITS YOU HARD.
Hangouts at Greenbelt Mall
Greenbelt was a pretty standard experience, but I was really into all of the trees surrounding the mall! think its fair to say that Manila is not a shopping destination. I did get a chance to meet up with my friend, JP Singson, who I met way back in 2009 at Paris Menswear Fashion Week. I was so happy to get to finally see him again! He runs a fashion blog: JP on Fashion Speed, and has a shop and showroom. He took me for a traditional Pinoy dessert called Bibingka. Don’t let the combination of coconut and salted century eggs fool you, it was very addictive!
Le Petit Soufflé
Ironically in the building right next to where I was staying, I made all my foodie dreams come true, about 2 hours before leaving to the airport. I ate my way through the restaurants in such short time. Le Petit Soufflé was having its soft open when we went. Style points for the beautiful interior. Since we had randomly come across this place, we had no expectations, but the food ended up being mind-blowingly good. Japanese fusion food done right. We ate the sesame crusted tuna salad, with sesame wasabi dressing, and a strawberry-lychee-basil parfait with their signature matcha ice cream.
Hole in the Wall PH
Right near Le Petit Soufflé and The Gramercy, is Hole in the Wall. A wonderful collective of must-eats, in a cozy cool setting. Since we were really short on time, we grabbed a smoked meat sandwich and Philippino craft beer. There was about 10 other things I would’ve loved to try from Hole in the Wall, so I’ll be sure to make my way there a little earlier in the game next time.