Ongpin/Binondo Tour During Feb. 2 2011 Chinese New Year’s Eve

The Busy Road to Ongpin Street 

Welcomes The Year of the Metal Rabbit 2011

Ongpin Tour
Binondo Tour
Chinese New Year Celebrations

Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Ongpin has been my fave place ever since I got myself pinned down to feng shui   addiction. Ongpin or Binondo is the little Chinatown found in Manila surrounded by shopping haven Divisoria, Carriedo and a lot more streets for merchandise/goods. Rain and I was headed to Divisoria to purchase some raw materials for some project/s and as well as to score some chinese “anik-anik” [trinkets].
From the stretch of Juan Luna St. you’ll find the Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz, turn to church left side [Paredes St.], it’s the start of strutting Chinese New Year feel. We re here for our yearly forecasts and fruits collection for our chinese new year traditions. And to sweep away bad lucks and know more cures for life enhancement. Of course we never forget to pray, more positive thinking and hardwork. This is my photoblog adventure we want to share.
Ongpin/Binondo Tour During Feb. 2 2011 Chinese New Year's Eve
Red-clothed chinky-eyed are a quiet visible at this time
Interior: Shrine of San Lorenzo
mural ceiling
lucky charms and stuff
we got ourselves and friends something
I wouldn’t show it, shoosh it’s sacred!
quick consultation + purchase = rapid sales growth
item/s you purchased is being cleanse from the singing bowl,
gotto have one like that in my home!

when in Chinatown, forget McDonald’s
my foodblog on this is on the other side
Foodamn! Philippines
We get to eat lunch at past 3:00 p.m. I recommend Kim Hiong to Rain. Were exotic Chinese foods are A okay, affordable and we often dropped by here for tummylicious attacks.

Eng Bee Tin branches are all jam-packed with buyers of tikoy and hopia. Surely, an Eng Bee Tin Hopia is one of the famous “pasalubong” we always have, consider it’s Chinese New Year, the demand/supply is outrageous! Tikoy cost PhP 200 per box [plain or flavored], Hopia cost PhP 44.00 per piece [variants: Ube-Queso, Ube-Langka, Monggo, Buko Pandan. It’s the least I can remember, there more flavors available. Mochi balls are  truly so good! 
never leave Ongpin without Eng Bee Tin
the buko pandan hopia just got refilled, it was so “ubos!
luckily I spotted the staff quickly and embrace the hopia! 🙂

Tikoys sells at a Page Rank #1!


seriously, it’s a long que before you can take some



While the wait is on, dragon dancers are everywhere in the streets. They come in different forms, colors, race and age. We spotted some Bombays humming in the streets, funny is that they have their own red “ampao” envelope. Aside from the kids, who dragon dances and give red envelopes to establishments, notice the notoriety of gays clad in red or black dancing like “Sisa” and hand over their red envelope to shoppers and passerby. Rain got bad-mouthed by a ‘”multong-bakla” for not giving in to his request, no loots kafatid means shouting “napaka-kuripot!” Oh men we’re here to have good times and good vibes. For that guy, Buddha is after your karma, remain looters? 🙂


the dragon seems malnourished



finally! we’re heading home…

Warning to the buying public, when taking a cab. The minimum transpo charge during peak season like this is Php 300 to 400. Be ready! 🙂 At least the taxi drivers will get to your destination bundled with wit and speed. 
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