WKND in Manila

Jul 2, 2015

Spent the weekend in Manila. Here's a photo diary.

I left Davao at 8PM and arrived in Manila at 10PM. From the airport I had to meet up a friend in Taft for a quick dinner and went straight to Cubao X. I was supposed to meet Petersen there for Satchmi's Fresh Filter event but when I arrived he was already home and I had to look for friends to hangout with — glad to have seen Aly and her band.

I missed Ourselves the Elves and BP Valenzuela, but I was able to catch Flying Ipis and Cheats before the show ended.

Since Today x Future was only a 5 minute walk from Cubao X, I went to see Thysz, Mike, Ange, and Bobet.

I managed to sleep from 5:30AM until 8:30AM. Woke up and walked from Cubao to EDSA and took a bus to Robinsons Galleria. I had an appointment at the DFA for passport renewal, but I arrived too early so I walked a bit farther to have breakfast at Subspace. Ron came after an hour. We had lunch and spent thirty minutes at the DFA. Walked around and took pictures until we decided to go to SM Megamall to check sale racks from H&M and Topshop. Did not buy anything.

Ron and I took our time and went to Greenbelt to check sale items at Bleach, where I bought a bag and a shirt at 50% off. Afterwards we went to Don Pedro St., so I could check in at Z Hostel. I checked in at the 4 pax bedroom for 795php, unpacked my bag, and washed up. Ron and I waited for Jo at the roofdeck and got a little buzzed with a few glasses of Rum Coke.

It was already drizzling when Jo arrived but we stayed a little longer and waited for Manila's sunset.

We found ourselves eating dimsum at North Park. We always end up in Chinese restaurants, don't we? After dinner, we went to Green Sun in Pasong Tamo Ext., and checked the new collections at SOMA Stores.

Ron went home to Laguna, while Jo and I went back to Z Hostel.

Woke up at 9:00AM to prepare for a shoot in Bulacan. It was for our friend, Viña Romero's collection. We spent a few hours laughing, lounging, and shooting at Viña's almamater.

Ron was getting moody when we arrived at Maginhawa from Bulacan. I showed him where I used to hangout and tambay when I stayed in Maginhawa for almost 3 months last year. We waited for Thysz, Jo, and Tim. Dinner was on me, as an advanced celebration for my 21st birthday. They can't go to Davao, and they've become my Manila family over time, so I decided to make the dinner a little gathering.

We went to Thysz and her friend's house at Sikatuna where Rob Cham and I had haircuts by Tim Estrada, a Slick Barber apprentice.

I wanted to go to where the sunflowers bloom at UP, but Thysz and Jo insisted I should go back to Z Hostel and get my things and head straight to the airport. My flight back home was at 7:55AM. I arrived at the airport at around 3AM, so I spent almost 4 hours trying to sleep on the floor of the newly renovated (but still incompetent) NAIA T4.

I went straight to work when I arrived. Oh well.

Where will my next WKND be?

All photos taken with Lumix LX5

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