How the World Sleeps

How the World Sleeps

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Sleep is a universal habit, but the approach to it differs in all parts of the world. Some countries enjoy a generous amount of sleep, while others suffer from the lack of it. Many people also complain of sluggishness after waking up. As we’ve previously pointed out here on Tralulu Travel Guide, not everyone knows how to relax. Sometimes it takes something extra, like doing yoga poses, for you to feel refreshed. The same goes for sleeping, which is why several countries follow traditional practices when it comes to the activity.

In that regard, let’s take a look at how people of different cultures spend their time for dozing off.

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Spaniards love afternoon naps

In Spain, most businesses close from noon to early afternoon every day. This is because of the practice known as siesta, the centuries-old tradition of resting when the sun’s heat is at its peak. The National Sleep Foundation explained that this habit started from farmers who were encouraged to sleep during the hottest parts of the day. Spain is a particularly hot country, and the siesta provides the locals time to restore their energy.

The name is derived from the Latin phrase ‘hora sexta’, which means ‘sixth hour’. Spaniards traditionally consider dawn as the start of the day, hence the hours of siesta. But although it originated in Spain, it’s now practiced even in other Mediterranean nations like Italy and Greece, along with numerous Spanish-speaking countries.

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The Japanese sleep in public

While companies in other countries frown upon sleeping on the job, Japan actually encourages it. In fact, you can see many Japanese taking naps at the workplace or in public areas. This is because they typically sleep late in the night and rise early in the morning.

Taking naps in public is a culturally accepted practice termed inemuri, and the New York Times mentioned that it’s a sign of diligence for the locals. To them, sleeping in public means the person is working to the point of total exhaustion. It’s worth noting that Tokyo is also known to be the city with the least amount of sleep, with residents taking 5 hours and 59 minutes of average bedtime.

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Germans leave their windows open

In Germany, it’s common to see houses with open windows at night. To the rest of the world, it’s generally understandable if done during summer, but the Germans apparently keep their windows open even in winter. This is because they believe fresh air is the secret to a good quality sleep. In addition, Leesa mentioned that they even hang blankets out during the day, so that the material will absorb outdoor scents and to allow only fresh air to enter when it’s bedtime.

Mexicans meditate before sleeping

Mexicans are a religious folk and research shows that 63 percent of them say a prayer and/or do other religious rituals before going to bed. Since praying can be considered a form of meditation, it’s known to induce relaxation. It appears to be helpful, given the fact that Mexicans have an average bedtime of 7 hours and 3 minutes.

The Brits prefer it naked

In a 2013 global sleep survey, it was discovered that a third of the British population prefers to sleep in the nude. Surprisingly, sleeping in your birthday suit has its benefits. The Telegraph noted that the absence of night clothes helps regulate body temperature, thereby giving the person better sleep quality. It is also reported to help with blood circulation, which is of course, great for the heart and muscles.

5 Food Facts About Vietnam

5 Food Facts About Vietnam


Back in February of 2016, I had the chance to visit Vietnam for the first time. That trip is one of those memories I’ll always cherish not only because I got to experience its culture that is rich and intact, or saw many picturesque sights, but largely because of my enjoyment for their food. From time to time, I would crave for that fresh, light and healthy taste of Vietnamese food that is quite distinct from its neighboring Asian countries. Here’s a simple guide on what to enjoy beyond your typical Gỏi cuốn with peanut sauce.

1. Coffee culture


Vietnamese coffee is known for the rich aroma and roasted taste that is simply enjoyed either on it’s own, with sweetened condensed milk or interesting things like eggs and even mangoes. Their coffee can be served hot or cold, sometimes even with a coffee drip but one thing’s for sure: it’s freshly brewed. Similar to some of its neighboring asian countries, their coffee culture involves lounging in little plastic chairs out on the streets in the afternoon and just chatting away with your friends as a pastime.


It is so easy to find coffee to bring home as there’s lots of shops selling beans by the bulk, they even offer cheap coffee drips for your personal use. They categorize their coffee by the number, depending on the darkness of roast and bitterness of coffee. If you cannot commit to coffee beans, their G7 instant coffee mixes are just as good. Trust me.


2. Cuisine


Vietnamese cuisine has so much to offer than what you typically see in commercial restaurants. If asked to describe what it is like, I would say it’s the kind of cuisine with a flavor profile that’s not too overwhelming but sure is enough to make you love it.


One thing you’ll notice and definitely enjoy is the freshness of the ingredients, whether that would be the vegetables or seafood. The preparation is not that complex, but they make sure that each flavor of the  components are pronounced. It is always never too salty or too oily.  Vietnamese love their spices as well – don’t be fooled by that bowl of sliced chilis on the side; it really packs a punch but makes the whole food experience even more amazing.


3. Seafood


One thing I will never forget from my trip to Vietnam is that seafood spread we had when we visited Ha Long Bay. We were seated on the side of the road in those plastic chairs enjoying the winter air and the server just put down a plateful of oysters fresh off the grill. It tastes heavenly and was really juicy that you can just taste the sea. We partnered our steamed rice to plates of grilled fish,  crabs and shrimps, clam soup and it was amazing. It’s really fresh, big and flavorful seafood that’s served hot with just a side of lemon and chili. Aside from the taste, you’ll also enjoy it because it’s relatively cheap, especially if you come in groups and try out different dishes together.


4. Street food


Like anywhere in Asia, street food is always the interesting part. It is the cheap, fast, readily available fried little things that you can enjoy while doing just about anything. What makes street food in Vietnam interesting is that it is diverse – from fried spring rolls with glass noodles and hints of vegetables and meat, bowls of rice noodles with beef flanks and herbs, french baguette with meat and other savory fillings, to cut up fresh fruits sprinkled with chili, lime and salt. It is a beautiful marriage of fried and fresh things together that you almost don’t feel like you’re eating traditional book-definition of street food. Good food that’s guilt-free? Count me in.


5. “Souvenir” Treats



Of course, every trip wouldn’t be complete without anything to bring home as giveaway to your family and/or friends, or simply for your own pleasure. From my experience, Vietnam isn’t really that big on specially-packaged or ‘export quality’ souvenir treats aside from packed banana or vegetable chips, or chocolate-covered dried mangoes. They are more on the typical touristy things like shirts, hats, fridge magnets, key chains and whatnot. What you should look out for however are the local goodies like dried/preserved fruits and nuts, coffee beans, local tea blends, spices and/or instant Vietnamese rice noodles. It’s available almost anywhere, in any shop. If I actually had a choice, I would bring home bags and bags of their sweetened plain yogurt.


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6 Guide Questions to Traveling Cheaply

6 Guide Questions to Traveling Cheaply

Traveling is often times branded as a luxury because unless you have deep pockets, it would be such a pain in the wallet to go to places. I’m pretty sure that if we all have that, we probably would’ve been to all of the countries and islands by now. But alas, we have to make do with what we currently have. It is so easy to overspend on something if you don’t keep an eye on your expenses, so here are 6 guide questions to keep in mind in order to travel cheaply.


1. What do I want to see there?





This is a question for your focus on your travel budget, which we already established as a crucial game in traveling. An effective way for you to be conscious about it is thinking about your destination. Focus the largest portion of your budget on what you want to see or experience in that place.  You can also use the holy trinity as a guide for your traveling budget, and that would be (1) accommodation, (2) transportation, and (3) food and drinks. Set aside travel emergency fund as well.


2. Am I traveling to a fancy hotel or not?


This is a question for your accommodation, and more than likely the answer would be the latter. It isn’t bad to get a hotel of your choice,  as your convenience will always be a priority. I’m not forcing you to stay in a sketchy hostel, either. But if you’re going to spend a bigger chunk of your day outdoors, it is more wallet-friendly to scrimp a little on hotels. Remember that you are paying extra for the logos and amenities that you probably can do without.


3. What can I bring with me that I already own?


This is a question on what resources you already have that can minimize your traveling expenses. An example would be carrying around a water bottle with you during walks. Almost every establishments would be willing to refill your bottle so you don’t have to buy another once you’re finished. Other items could be your bag essentials like tissues, snacks, slippers, etc. The price could look little, but it will add up after some time.


4. Does this represent my experience?





This is a question on the souvenirs you’re planning to buy. I admit, I’m partly guilty at taking home mass-produced printed tees, fridge magnets and little trinkets of places I’ve been to. But the way for you to travel cheap is to only bring home things that represent the culture and experience you’ve been through. Not only are you buying just a few things, you also know that your souvenirs has more significance to you.


5. What is this place’s food specialty?



This is a question on what food items are you splurging your money on. Eating out for your three meals could be expensive so you have to choose wisely which of the three. If you can make your own food for breakfast or any meals at your hotel, do it. When you do eat out, ask yourself if you’re going to spend more on drinks, food or dessert. It is also notably wise to eat like a local, for you’re steering clear of commercial restaurants where prices could be jacked up and you’re getting an authentic taste of your destination.


6. Do I really have to go there?


Tourist destinations and capital cities can be quite costly, and that is inevitable in any country. Not to mention thousands of tourists could be with you at the same place, at same time. Of course I cannot tell you not to visit them but you might want to try out some less-travelled spots where the origins of the place (like it’s status, culture and people) are still kept intact and commercialism is not that high. Ask yourself if it’s worth going somewhere where everybody has already traveled to, just for the sake and picture of it.


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My 4 Annual Tagaytay Go-To Places

My 4 Annual Tagaytay Go-To Places


We all have that familiar spots that our families visit as an annual tradition. For my family, that is Tagaytay. We love it not only for the chilly weather, but for that feeling of escape that it gives, away from the busyness of our everyday lives.

Over the years, new spots have emerged for you to eat, shop and do things at, but this list is not about that. Here are 5 places that my family loves to come back to year by year.


1. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms



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This has to be one of my favorite homegrown brands. We’ve religiously visited ever since it was small, and we’ve seen their following and their little farm grow over the years. Ilog Maria sells all-natural products like household, aromatherapy, skincare, health and personal products, as well as natural handmade soaps. What makes it special is that bee by-products such as bee pollen, honeycomb, beeswax or raw honey is the star ingredient in most of their products. All materials are sourced locally, if not regionally, and chemicals are not introduced even in the farm itself. They’re also an advocate in saving the lives of bees. It’s haven for organic fanatics.


Contact Info:

47 Aguinaldo Highway, Lalaan 1, Silang, 4118 Cavite

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 8AM to 5PM


2. Amira’s Buco Tart Haus



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Coconuts are abundant in Tagaytay and one thing you’d notice is the countless number of buko pie shops everywhere you go. It’s inevitable for you to pick up a box of baked goodies that’s fresh from the oven. I get my fix here at Amira’s Buco Tart House. The owner started off working in the 90’s with cakes and breads but they became famous with their All-Year Favorite Buco Tart. They have long expanded to more than just tarts but their classic with apple crumble crust on top and sweet coconut meat on the inside will always have my heart.


Contact Info:

Aguinaldo Highway Corner SVD Road

Barangay Maitim 2nd East Tagaytay City

Open daily from 7AM to 7PM

(0916) 360-2849 or (046) 413-4109


3. Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen


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Your commercial Vietnamese restaurants at the malls have nothing against Bawai’s authenticity at their home-cooked offerings, in fact they’ve mastered to get me craving every once in awhile. Everything’s good in here, not only the food, but the scenery as well because it’s quiet, airy and perfect for that family get-together or even just a simple romantic lunch with your loved one. Goi Cuon (fresh spring rolls), Chao Tom (pounded shrimp on sugarcane skewers), Ca Kho To (braised fish in caramel and coconut juice sauce) and of course, Pho Bo (traditional beef noodle soup) are definite hits at this restaurant.


Contact Info:

Hernandez Street, Purok 5, Bukal, Silang, Cavite

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM to 2PM, 5PM to 8PM

0920 972 2924



4. Memory Lane



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My mom is a big fan of any restaurant that’s owned by a celebrity so even if it was quite far, we traveled here just to try out the food and in case you’re wondering, this one is Jolina Magdangal’s. Aside from the quirky vintage decors that’s definitely Instagram-worthy, what people come back here for and raving about is their Baby Back Ribs. It’s cooked off the bone, really tender that it melts in your mouth and has very tasty sauce that comes with it. A little on the pricey side, but with the view, quiet surroundings and savory dishes, it is worth trying.


Contact Info:

Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay, Cavite

+63 9228298486


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5 Tips For Your First Malasimbo Experience

5 Tips For Your First Malasimbo Experience


Puerto Galera has been one of those small islands that you would instantly think of when the city life becomes a little more exhausting and toxic than the usual. It’s known for the nightlife, the beaches and the plentiful tourists that makes the island a definite worthwhile destination. Little did you know, the island is also known for another attraction: a festival of music, arts, dance and lights – The Malasimbo Festival. I had always been intrigued by the musings of people on social media about how magical and refreshing the whole weekend experience was, so last year I decided to pack my bags and get my burned-out butt in there. Here are 5 tips I can share with you from that first experience.


1. Don’t forget the essentials.

I’ve been stoked for my first Malasimbo experience even a year before, that I started preparing my wardrobe and other essentials early on, but still on the day itself I forgot the most important thing: MATS. The festival will be on the mountains, in an open ground there will be no chairs provided than what the nature gives you: the grass on the ground. Make a list of your weather-appropriate, OOTD-ready, on-the-go essentials early, so you could prepare EVERYTHING before your trip.




2. Try out the food.


The festival is not only about the music and the arts, but also about sumptuous little bowls of mouthgasm that you SHOULD try. A little bit on the pricey side, but it’s a shame if you won’t try it at least once. My personal favorite: Dabo-Dobo (chicken adobo with mushrooms and toasted garlic chips), and Kesong Puti sandwich (a pan de sal with carabao cheese, olive oil and herbs filling)



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3. Do a little research about the line-up.


Malasimbo showcases a lot of local and foreign acts that’s not mainstream to the ears nor to the eyes, and watching them perform live is an experience on its own. It’s so refreshing and transcending, I’m not even kidding. So do yourself a favor, and try to listen to a few of their hits before attending so you know who to watch for.



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4. Arrive early at the grounds.


Ma ​ lasimbo is also the perfect spot for your artsy-fartsy needs as both local and foreign contemporary artists bless you with their talent all day long, but that’s not your only reason to go early. Be able to witness the lives of the tribes and join in on other festivities such as workshops, exhibits and eco-cultural preservation activities.



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5. Subscribe to the newsletter.​


If frequent checking out of their website or Facebook page is not your thing, then maybe subscribing to a newsletter is. Their newsletter not only gets you updated with who, when and what’s going to be on the next festival, but they also give out deals and discounts on affiliated transportations and hotels, camping site and other exciting offers.


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3 Subic Destinations That Will Let Your Inner Child Out

3 Subic Destinations That Will Let Your Inner Child Out

Subic is so much more than the usual Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure its known for. Up to try something new? You came to the right place.

Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will hopefully travel the world someday.


1. Magaul Bird Park


Magaul Bird Park is the first bird park in the Philippines with a world class bird show!



This place will surely take up your whole day so be sure to go as soon as the park opens to get the most of what you paid for. Trust me, its gonna be fun and worth your while.


Ticket Prices:

Chick – Under 3ft – Free

Eagle – 3’1 and Above – PHP 350

Vulture* – 65yrs+ – PHP 300


*Senior Citizen’s Card is required, and can only be availed for one person only.

There are a lot of fun-filled attractions in this park, but here are some of my favorites.


Wings of the World  



This is not like any other bird show you’ve seen. Wings of the world is a live and interactive bird show featuring both small and big birds. You will see them flying all around you and you’ll never know where they’ll come from.  You can even touch and feed the birds after the end of the show.


Tip: Go out of your comfort zone and participate when the host asks for volunteers during the show. Its definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

Show Schedule:

Weekdays 11:00AM, 1:30PM and 4:00PM

Weekends and Public Holidays: 11:00AM & 1:30PM


Goliath Swing



Goliath Swing ride isn’t for the faint-hearted. For the thrill-seekers out there, you’ll surely enjoy this ride. This huge swing will send you flying 180 degrees into the air hanging over a cliff. If this doesn’t make you scream at the top of your lungs, especially right before that big drop, I don’t know what will. But don’t worry, you’ll feel lighter after you’ve realized that you’ve just conquered your greatest fear. You should definitely put this on your bucket list.


Aerial Adventure Walk



This course will definitely test your fitness level. From walking on a single rope to swinging from one tree to another, Aerial Adventure Walk will definitely leave you sweating after finishing the entire course. It may look easy, but as they say, looks can be deceiving. 

Tip: Bring an extra shirt and water because this course will surely tire you out

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222, Philippines

Phone Number: +63 47 252 1489

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM



2. JEST Camp


Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp is where we give adventurous souls a chance to learn indigenous skills in an active, hands-on environment, and educate them on how to work with the wonders of nature responsibly through unique attractions and give them an unforgettable close-up experience with our beloved animals, critters and plants.


Jungle Survival Demo



Survival 101 is all about letting you know how to survive in the wild with the barest essentials. This Demo will show you how to make your own tools, how to build your own fire and how you can drink water straight out of a tree. You got to see it with your own eyes to believe me. Who knew it was possible right?


Prices for Mondays to Thursdays:

Child – PHP 900.00 Guardian – PHP 630.00 Toddler – PHP 500.00

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2002, Philippines

Phone Number: +(63)472521489 ,+639177964668

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM




3. Funtastic Park

Funtastic Park is the first indoor Educational Fun Park inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Here they offer fun and unique activities which can be enjoyed not only by the kids but the kids-at-heart as well.



This park has all sorts of indoor rooms and outdoor maze adventures; you definitely won’t run out of things to do. It’s a little dark in some rooms like the enchanted forest walk in 3D room and you won’t be able to take pictures in some of them, but at least you can enjoy the moment even more. Don’t worry rooms like the 3d wall art room will pretty much make up for it.



But the fun isn’t over yet. Did I mention that there’s a trampoline, a garden maze and a grass slide outside? Yes. You read that right. So what are you waiting for? Call up your friends, hop on that car and off to Subic to you go!



Address: Building 2070, Corregidor Highway | East Ilanin Forest, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222,Philippines

Phone Number: 047 250 3099, 0998 530 9377


Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM



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A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember

A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember


What’s a better way to start your Sunday morning than a road trip away from the bustling streets of Manila for a breath of fresh air?


Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will someday travel the whole world. It’s time for a change of scenery and escape your usual stressful city life.  I know it could be scary to explore uncharted territory, so if you’re not geographically inclined like me, you can use this map (or waze) to put you in a little bit of peace. So rise and shine and let’s go on a trip to Antipolo!



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If you don’t want to go through the hassle of waiting for parking, The Pinto Art Museum opens from 9AM-6PM, Tuesday-Sunday. I suggest you get there as soon as it opens, since there’s really no place to park other than on the streets beside the museum. Plus, you can get to take some good shots without having to worry about people being in the background.


Tip: If you’re a student, bring your school I.D and you’ll be able to get your ticket for only P100 instead of the regular rate of P180. If you plan to bring your grandparents with you, the senior citizen rate is P150.


There is also a no food, pets and changing clothes rule upon entering the premises so you better go there with a happy tummy and I hate to say this, but you have to leave your furry friends at home this time.  

Apart from having six galleries, it also has a separate museum for indigenous art and a pinto art gallery. There are also tons of gardens located at different areas where you can see a chapel, an amphitheater, a roof deck where you can see the sunset view and even a pool! Make sure to a lot at least 4 hours, if you plan to take your time to look through each gallery, appreciate the artworks and take those Instagram-worthy photos.



There’s this one gallery that we stumbled upon and its contents were, shall I say, interesting. Watch out for it since it’s pretty easy to miss considering it’s not an open gallery. But of course, the curiosity in me, told me to open the door and explore its contents with wide-eyes. Warning: don’t bring little kids in here since this room contains artworks not suitable for children.  



Bring a fan, umbrella and water or anything to beat the heat since it could get a bit steamy roaming around the whole place, especially when you go outdoors. This is where your fitness level will definitely get tested, but overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Word can’t describe how beautiful and peaceful this place is. You really have to experience it yourself to understand what I’m saying.



After all the walking you’ve done, its time to fuel up and grab some lunch! You can opt to have lunch in the museum since they have their very own Pinto Café, Café Rizal and Café Tan-aw by Peppermill located inside. You can get reservations by calling 986-18-04 since it can get filled up pretty quickly.





Address: Number 1, Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Phone Number: (02) 697-10-15

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00AM-6:00PM


If you want to go somewhere else and explore Antipolo a little bit further, you can try getting breakfast for lunch at Eggs for breakfast.  I suggest you order the One pan breakfast and Vigan longganisa.




Address: 21 Don Juan Street Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 213-24-34

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM


Bonus: If you want to stay at Antipolo a little bit longer. You can opt to visit Cloud 9 to chill and watch the city lights sparkle with the amazing 360° view of the metro.






Address: Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, 1870, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 584 3011 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM



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7 Must Visit Restaurants Around Taft

7 Must Visit Restaurants Around Taft


1. 8065 Bagnet





As the name says, Bagnet is their specialty, so if you’re craving for some deep fried pork belly, this is the place to go. Make sure to come early since the place usually gets packed around lunch time, but don’t you worry, they have a second floor and an outdoor seating when it gets really packed. Did you know that the first branch is located at 8065 Estrella Street, San Antonio, Makati City? Hence the number 8065.





        Must order: Bagnet Sisig (Budget Meal – P125 , Good for Two – P200)

        Address: Leon Guinto Corner Estrada Street,Malate, Manila

        Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-10PM


2. The Barn Cafe



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The barn, more famously known as a drinking place especially during Thursday nights because of DLSU’s four-day class schedule, also has a cafe located at the second floor. Their entrees may be a wee bit pricey for those who are on a tight budget, but nonetheless, worth every peso. Trust me, your tummy will thank you for it. P.S. Try their milkshakes!





Must order: Roast Chicken (P190), Beefy Mushroom (P175)

Address: 2226 Fidel A. Reyes Street, Malate, Manila

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10AM-12MN


3. Chomp Chomp





Craving for some heat? Chomp Chomp’s Singaporean laksa will surely satisfy your tastebuds. Fun fact – they have another branch in Banawe called Bugis Singaporean street food, but they basically have the same menu.





Must order: Singapore Laksa (P180), Hainanese Chicken (P205)

Address: 2/F Bellagio Residence, Leon Guinto cor. Estrada St., Malate, Manila

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-10PM


4. Samgyupsalamat





Your Korean barbeque fix just around corner (literally). This restaurant is located at a tiny street in Leon Guinto and may be easy to miss for new dwellers, so keep your eyes open for the Samgyupsalamat signboard. Tipid Tips: Bring your friends, since there’s a minimum of 2 orders before you’ll be able to grill some meat. Plus, you’ll be able to share the experience and get to pig out with your besties, win-win situation right?


       Must order: Daepae Samgyupsal (P240), Beef Samgyupsal (P320), Bibimbap (P200)

        Address: 911 Kapitan Tikong Corner Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila

        Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 12NN-11PM



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Insider Tip: They have an unlimited Samgyupsal promo every weekend and holidays. The free side dishes are also refillable so you can eat until your hearts content.

5. Rap Steak and Cakes



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Feel like eating steak, but you’re on a tight budget? Then visit the most raved about steak place in Taft. You can opt to switch your sides to mashed potatoes or pasta instead of rice for an additional P30. Plus, They give you a whole pitcher of gravy, which is the definition of “sauce palang, ulam na”.

        Must order: T-bone steak (P245), Glazed beef short ribs (P220)

        Address: 879 Dagonoy Street, Malate, Manila

        Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-10PM


6. Topside Diner



Sail with this nautical-themed restaurant and get ready to get your hands dirty with their juicy buffalo wings. This tiny diner is usually packed with hungry students so make sure to come early. Waiting is the game, but it’s totally worth it when you get to try their cheese topped-buffalo wings (Garlic Parma).


        Must order: Garlic Parma Combo w/ Drinks (P99)

        Address: 2589 Leon Guinto St., Vito Cruz, Malate, Manila

        Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-7PM




Insider tip: You can order from the lemonade stand outside and ask them to bring it right at your table.


7. Exile 



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It’s time for dessert! This quaint little restaurant serves the best brownies in town! Top it off with their homemade ice cream and prepare to see heaven. It’s a little tight in this place, but they also have an outside seating if you’re up for grabbing late night drinks with your barkada.


        Must order: Y Tu Mama Brownies ala mode (P85 + P50 single scoop)

        Address: Unit 2, 2428 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila

        Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-11PM


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7 Must Try Restaurants Inside UP Diliman

7 Must Try Restaurants Inside UP Diliman


1. Snack Shack



Snack Shack,


Snack Shack is one of the first establishments you’ll see once you enter UP Diliman’s Area 2. It offers freshly grilled juicy burgers, which are a hit among students and professionals alike. In fact, you will frequently see students from other universities queuing to get a taste of their best-selling quarter- (P80) or half-pounders (P155). Lines tend to get long on busy days as the patties are cooked only upon order. Their burgers are packed with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and condiments. Aside from these buns, Snack Shack also offers sausages, bacon and fries, and add-ons such as blue cheese and jalapeno. Snack Shack has gained quite a following since its first branch and has opened branches in Sikatuna and Marikina already.    



Snack Shack,


Address: Area 2, J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 AM – 7:15 PM



2. Khas Food House


Aside from housing the University’s swimming pool, the UP Arcade is also home to a hidden foodie gem unknown to many Iskos and Iskas. Because of its low-key location and unassuming interiors, Khas is easy to miss. Usual customers are University dormers and exchange students who live in the International Center across the Arcade. Khas Food House offers spice-packed Persian dishes perfect for students who want an exciting meal. Start your meal with the Combination Platter (a combination of samosas, pakoras, and onion bhajis), followed by Biryani Beef/Chicken/Vegetable (P150). Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, order “That’s Not What You Think” (P85), lean back, and wait for the chef’s surprise!


Address: UP Arcade, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM



3. Lutong Bahay

One of Area 2’s classics, Lutong Bahay, usually called “LB” by its patrons, is a favorite of many students because of it’s affordable lutong-bahay meals– perfect for the average college student’s appetite and budget. LB’s familiar and homey vibe keeps students coming back regularly. Its most popular combo meals include barbecue, siomai, or shanghai with rice. LB is also popular for serving the best Mango and Mango-Graham shake (starts at P50) along Area 2. Make sure both your hands are free when ordering this as you get a big plastic cup and a bonus small cup both filled to the brim with sweet and creamy mango shake!


Address: Area 2, J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM 


4. Endless Summer Café



Czar-John Panganiban,

Strolling along Area 2 for the first time, you’ll surely spend a few minutes checking out the day-on-the-beach themed interiors of the Endless Summer Cafe. The designs on the walls and the over-all vibe of the cafe succeed in making you feel “endless summer” any time of the year. Dine here if you feel like relaxing on a busy day and need to be teleported to the beach ASAP. Endless Summer Cafe offers a variety of food choices including silog meals, sizzling meals, and their best-selling buffalo wings (P85). Pair your meal with their best selling summer smoothies. Their choco banana chocnut summer smoothie (P90) is a must try! If you’re around Maginhawa, you can catch Endless Summer Cafe in StrEat (Maginhawa Food Park) as well.


Address: Area 2, J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM


5. Rodic’s Diner


It’s impossible to talk about UP Diliman’s food scene and not mention Rodic’s Diner and its classic Tapsilog. Having been around for more than half a century already, generations upon generations of Iskos and Iskas have, at one point in their college life, ordered this tapsilog in a box, hurriedly mixed all its components into one heaping goodness, and drowned the concoction in generous spoonfuls of vinegar. Aside from the Tapsilog, you also shouldn’t miss their baconsilog, another favorite of many UP students.


Address: UP Shopping Center, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM


6. Mashitta Korean and Japanese Restaurant



Jaekah Mae Preligera,

If you’re craving for cheap Asian food, try out Mashitta on your next lunch date with your orgmates! Like it’s neighbor, Rodic’s, Mashitta has gained quite a following throughout the years because of its affordable and filling Korean and Japanese meals. Upon entry, the restaurant looks cramped, but the stairs in the corner of the room leads to a more spacious second floor. Order a bowl of Ramyun (P109) plus a side of Tuna Kimbab (99) to get your Korean fix!


Address: Shopping Center, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


7. Art Circle Gallery Cafe



Art Circle Cafe,


Great food and art perfectly combine in this quaint cafe-slash-gallery tucked in the Bahay ng Alumni. Even if food prices are a bit steep for a student’s budget, students regularly visit the cafe for a quiet, air-conditioned, he(art)y food break. From time to time, it becomes a study place for Iskos and Iskas or a place to hold intimate org meetings. Employees and professionals are regular customers as well. Art Circle serves all day breakfast, sandwiches, rice meals, and pasta. Their flavor-packed Spicy Pasta Negra is a must-try!



Art Circle Cafe,


Address: Ground Floor, Bahay ng Alumni, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM


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12 Hours Around Manila

12 Hours Around Manila


Visiting the Philippines and you have one spare day for a day trip around the country’s capital city – Manila?

Are you not sure what places are worth visiting in Manila?

We’ve got it covered for you.

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Manila has important and great things to offer to you. Manila could give you a taste of both the present reality in Manila, and the rich history of Manila. Manila will show you both the rich and the poor, the present and the past. It’s a good place to learn about the Philippines and experience the Filipino culture.

So what can you do for a day in Manila?

To start your day, visit Rizal Park or Luneta Park early in the morning. Rizal Park is a famous landmark in Manila. It is located along Roxas Boulevard. It houses the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal – an executed Filipino nationalist during the Spanish regime in the Philippines. At this place, you could go for an early morning workout at the park, while visiting this historical park.


If you have spare time, you could also check out Manila Bay. But, I would suggest you visit Manila Bay also along Roxas Boulevard just before sunset. Manila Bay is a harbor serving the Port of Manila which is known for its iconic sunset. And it is one of the best things you would want to see in Manila.


Next stop, would be Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

Fort Santiago is a citadel which was built also during the Spanish era as a form of defensive structure to protect Manila – a newly built city that time. It’s the famous Walled City of Manila. Some people usually visit this at night and join a historical and ghost walk tour. 


Then, next stop could either be Manila Ocean Park, Binondo – the oldest Chinatown in the world, or Star City.

Whichever of the three places could be a good choice for you depending on your preferences, and the type of experience you would want to try.

Let’s start with Manila Ocean Park.

Manila Ocean Park is Philippine’s first world class marine theme park. The park is open from 10 am until 8 pm. Aside from their marine theme park, they have Hotel H2O within the park and fast foods and restaurants.


Another possible stop is, Binondo – Chinatown.

It’s one of the best places to visit in Manila where you’ll experience the richness of the Filipino – Chinese cultures that had flourished for a long time already. Chinese fast foods and restaurants line the whole Binondo, you’ll spot authentic Chinese dishes and delicacies all over the place. It’s a taste of the Chinese culture within Manila. You also can enjoy shopping within this area, lots of malls to find both rare and common items at an affordable price.


If otherwise, you are looking for fun and excitement. An amusement park is within your reach in Pasay, Manila. It would be more fun if you could be at this place for a whole day, but you only have 12 hours around Manila. You really have to choose your rides wisely.

For your last stop for the day, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA). MOA is one of the tourist destinations in Manila, other than as a shopping center SM Mall of Asia also offers concert grounds, seaside restaurants and bars, amusement rides, skating rinks, IMAX theatre and many other features.


This is a good last stop for a 12 hour day trip in Manila. It can offer you a lot of things, and it’s nice to be here at night.



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