Put the kids to bed, or if you’re traveling alone, get your better half dressed up and head off for Burgos street in Makati.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. It’s the seedy end of town, strip clubs, bars and dodgy street vendors trying to sell Viagra in their one hand and an electric stunner in the other. Let the Tesco and Walmart experts decide on why those two should be sold together, although I have my own theory.
Anyway, I digress. Back to Burgos. It’s gone out of it’s way to clean up its act of late, specifically for you, dear tourist.
Yes it contains all the above, but it is also home to some excellent restuarants and bars, the usual karioke joints and a full blown American Dinner with amazing decor and even better pool tables (billiards).
I prefer one of the roadside bars after a decent meal. These terraced bars run onto the road and you can sit and enjoy a Turkish pipe, order your favourite poison and just relax. The ebb and flow of humanity on the road offers hours of enjoyment and can be a real eye opener for new arrivals in Asia. Many of the beautiful ladies passing by and winking at you are probably Baklas, the Philippines version of Lady Boys.
The locals are really friendly and if you’re missing your mother tongue, a lot of expats frequent the area. I believe amongst the entertainment on offer is miniature wrestling, cock fighting and if you ask around, a game of cards called Lucky Nine could be on the table, pun intended.
The area buzzes until the early hours of the morning, giving you time to take in one of the shows if you’re so inclined or simply go pub crawling into the wee hours of the morning. You can then head home with your partner, the little box of blue tablets in one hand and, I would assume to counteract their effect, the electric stunner in the other.
Manila is an amazing city with so much to offer and I would highly recommend a visit to Burgos street to complete your experience of the city, enjoy some wonderful food and pick up a few interesting tales to tell your friends back home.
It certainly is more fun in the Philippines.