MADE IN CHINA.
It’s my first time to celebrate Chinese new year in Binondo, Manila. It was crowded, loud and fun. A lot of foreign people walking the long street of Ongpin are all smiles taking photos and so am I.
Scenes like dragon dance and drums parades squeezed the juice of happiness in me. I really love parades, makes me want to follow them till they reach their destination.
In Chinese tradition, I am uncertain what it’s called, but it is like a red stick wherein you have to light it up and make a wish. Then they said it’s going to happen soon. I actually tried it with no big deal because I don’t really believe in stuff like that. Be careful what you wish for. 😉
I was with my friends who also wanted to experience Chinese New Year in chinatown for the first time.
Food trip - We ate at “Estero” (near the creek of Ongpin). Typical Chinese foods are served like lemon chicken, spicy chicken feet, Chinese sweet beef, yang chow and tikoy. We also had a walk along the street and tried some street foods (sugar cane, hopia, Chinese milk tea, fried siopao and unusual fruits).
A certain part in Ongpin gave free Tikoy to random people but unfortunately we weren’t able to make it. Too bad!
Tikoy is one of the popular Chinese foods that now comes in different flavors such as Coconut, Ube, Green Tea, Tikoy Lite, Orange, Yema and Strawberry.
There’s a lot to discover in Chinese community and tradition. It’s good to know the differences and the culture.
Everything is red and gold and we’re enjoying the weather cold.
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