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Top 10 Attractions of The Lake City- Udaipur

August 8, 2017

I have always been curious to visit India. India has this certain vibe that makes you want to explore and understand their culture more. Himanshu of Pearls India Tour is here to bring us to The Lake City – Udaipur and to make us fall in love with their country.

T O P 10 A T T R A C T I O N S

Historically speaking, Udaipur is one of the richest sites in India. Named after the Rajput ruler, Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur used to be the capital of the Sisodia clan of the Rajputs (“Son of a King”). Udaipur is located in the western state of Rajasthan in India, and is the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district. It is about 403 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Udaipur has also been nicknamed the “Venice of the East” owing to its many lakes and majestic palaces from the ruling era of the Rajputs. Due to its picturesque look and prosperous air, made even more prominent by the impressive structures, Udaipur has been the site of many Indian as well as international productions. If you are planning your first expedition to India, in particular western India, be sure to visit the “City of Lakes” as Udaipur is endearingly called, with ample time on your hands. Short tours are also possible with a good understanding of the plethora of sights well beforehand.

You’ll be smitten with this imperial consignment from the past and will end up feeling like royalty yourself! We bring you the top 10 most sought after destinations of this regal city.

  1. Bagore Ki Haveli 

    Bagore Ki Haveli is the perfect time machine for the history lovers and will take you through a magical walk in the royal past of the kings from eons ago. The enchanting mansion was built in late 18th century, between 1751- 1778, by the Prime Minister of Mewar, Shri Amarchand Badwa. Located on the scenic bank of the Pichola Lake at Gangauri Ghat, it brings to light many windows that show us glimpses of the rulers in the era of their primes. The interior is beautifully furnished with various artifacts of the Haveli itself, as well as modern art. Two peacock glassworks are among the most popular adornments in it. Items used in the heyday of nobility such as floor coverings, costumes, paintings, hookahs, low tables, traditional arts and crafts with other everyday household objects are displayed, in addition to some of the rooms having been converted to imitate living conditions of the royal era. A puppet gallery can also be viewed, with the turban collection, which houses the world’s largest turban. The Haveli is open all days of the week (10 am to 7 pm) with a puppet show and a folk-dance performance in the evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm. With 138 rooms, corridors, balconies and courtyards there is a whole world to explore in the royal quarters, dressing rooms, living rooms and many other alcoves from the stately times.

  2. City Palace

    City Palace is a stunning complex of many palaces which have been standing for hundreds of years and they hold innumerable stories from the legendary days of the Rajput rulers. An astounding conglomeration of different palaces, City Palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture which were built across an impressive duration of more than 400 years. This was started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodiya clan. The balconies of these palaces bestow a panoramic view of the Jag Mandir on one side with the city of Udaipur on the other. Gardens, courtyards, corridors, terraces and intricately decorated mosaics of the interiors await you as you enter through the Tripolia- a three-arched doorway, built in 1725. City Palace also houses the world’s largest collection of crystals; additionally, two palace hotels and the City Palace Museum are also located within the palace complex. Make sure you attend the hour-long Mewar Sound and Light show at the complex. It is in the list of things to do in Udaipur. City Palace has been the location of many movie productions too. You can visit it daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

  3. Lake Palace (Formerly, “Jag Niwas”)

    The ultimate luxurious quixotic getaway for all your romantic wishes, the Lake Palace will impress you and leave a lasting imprint on your mind.

    Renowned as one of the most romantic hotels in India and the whole world, the Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island in Lake Pichola. The most gripping attraction of Udaipur, Lake Palace has 83 rooms which are exquisitely adorned, with the upper room built in a perfect circle. The floor is assembled of black and white marbles while the walls are lavishly decorated with different colored stones. The beauty of this palace is further emphasized by the Aravalli Hills and the city itself in the milieu of the sight. Concept of the palace is like that of Jal Mahal Palace in Jaipur, a must-visit.

  4. Lake Pichola

    A watery wonderland of endless sights and beauty, Lake Pichola will take you on imaginative journeys as you take a tour of the lake. Lake Pichola, along with Fateh Sagar Lake to which it is connected by a channel, make up the largest of the man-made lakes in Udaipur. Lake Pichola is the domicile of four islands, the “Jag Niwas” island on which the Lake Palace is built, the Jag Mandir which houses a palace of the same name, the Mohan Mandir and the Arsi Vilas. You can indulge in the charming views of the Lake Palace as well as the City Palace complex with a beautiful view of the havelis and the Ghats that line the lake by taking boat rides on the lake. Boats can be boarded from the Rameshwar Ghat (from City Palace gardens) and Lal Ghat (which includes stopping at Jag Mandir) with reasonable fares.

  5. Shilpgram

    The rustic yet charming nook of rural Rajasthan is beautifully re-created in this expansive location with lots to see and buy!

    Translated as “Village of Craftsmen”, Shilpgram is best described as a living museum of Rajasthani lifestyle, costumes, crafts and villages. About 3 km away from Udaipur, this was established in 1986. Countryside style of living comes to life in this life-size representation of not just Rajasthani culture but also of the neighboring states. Admire the authentic architecture and spend delightful hours of shopping traditional craft items and wares. Folk dances are also performed here. It is a sprawling complex of 55 acres that is packed with revelry during the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair, or the Shilpgram Utsav (celebration) held in late December. It is open from 11 am to 7 pm.

  6. Saheliyon-ki-Bari

    Be it lovebirds of the introspective traveler, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is just the thing where you can get some serene privacy and sit in nature’s copious lap of graceful beauty.

    This “Garden of The Maids” was fabricated by Maharana Bhopal Singh for the 48 lasses who had been a part of the dowry of a princess, and had escorted her to Udaipur. This garden is an idyllic setting for romance and love and had been portrayed in many Indian movies. The fountains, marble artifacts and sculptures and pools make for a relaxing and tranquil experience. It is open every day during the week from 8 am to 7 pm and a small nominal entry fee is needed to be paid for accessing this soothing nook of Udaipur.

  7. Udaipur Ropeway, or, “Karni Mata Ropeway”

    Exciting, yet mesmerizing, the Udaipur ropeway offers an incredible view of the lakes and islands with palaces and other structures.

    The famous Karni Mata Ropeway features short one way trip on a ropeway in red cable cars in between Deen Dayal Park (Dudh Talai) to the Karni Mata Temple. Being a popular tourist appealer, the queues can be extensive at times. Once you dismount from the cable cars, you can catch a stunning yet leisurely view of the sunset from a viewing platform.

  8. Jagdish Temple

    A touching and fortifying boost awaits you in this hypnotizing place of worship. The Jagdish Temple is one of the most impressive beacons of Udaipur that simply cannot be missed. With its striking white structure and rich embellishments of elaborate carvings immersed in a fusion of Indian and Aryan architecture, it is a hard-to- miss milestone. Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is located in the City Palace complex, near its entrance. The most revered deity is a black idol carved from a single slab of stone, representing Lord Jagannath, one of the many manifestations of Lord Vishnu. It is open daily from 5 am to 2 pm, and from 4 pm to 10:30 pm. The “aarti” (ceremonial worship) held every morning and evening is reminiscence-inducing and leaves you feeling touched and uplifted.

  9. Vintage Collection of Cars Museum

    The ultimate destination for the lover of olden ages and mechanical buffs, this museum has a splendid compilation of old cars in functioning states.

    For the car aficionado, this is a must-see. Classic cars borne from the era of sophisticated and lavish routines continue to rumble and run in this car museum. This archetypal anthology of four-wheelers from the day’s bygone belong to the current Maharaja and all preceding royal lineages. With all the automobiles in working condition, you can not only admire them, but also be awed by the living, reverberating machines which have seen and moved through many pages of history. It is open from 9 am to 8 pm, all days of the week.

  10. Pratap Smarak

    To honor one of the greatest and most loved warriors of ancient India, this memorial boasts of a remarkable full-sized statue of Maharana Pratap riding on his beloved horse, Chetak. The Pratap Smarak is a memorial dedicated to the famous warrior and ruler, Maharana Pratap and his loyal steed, Chetak. This is life-sized bronze statue of the Maharana on his favorite horse is evocative and alluring to the history buffs as Chetak was known to be faithful and very protecting of his master. Before he died of his wounds in the battle of Haldighati, this heroic steed whisked away the Maharana away from the perilous milieu of the raging conflict. Located atop Moti Margi (Pearl Hill), this is a reverential site to pay homage to the warrior and his devoted companion. For the photographer, this location is bountiful with scenic views and magnificent angles.

    Much More to Behold

    The City of Lakes has much more in store than you can possibly fit into one single journey. Do make sure to also visit the Sajjangarh Palace, the Ek Ling Nath Ji Temple, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, Dudh Talai, Pratap Museum and Ahar Museum.

    Author’s Bio:

    Smitten by the lavish views of Udaipur, Himanshu yearns to share his trips and travels to other breathtaking locations in India and share them with the world through PearlsIndiaTour.

USA

New York Travel Diary

August 7, 2017

Last June 26, my mom and I officially left for the United States of America! The main reason why we had to go to the States was for my grandma. It’s her first time to experience an international flight and we wanted her to enjoy. So, to officially start this USA journey, we started off with New York City (making this trip my 2nd time)

New York City – a place where there’s something new you can do every day. From Staten Island til the Bronx, you surely will not run out of interesting things to do and experience in New York.

Here are a few things you should remember when visiting New York:

  • New York is a walkable city but if you need to go from one place to another, you can always take the subway or taxi.
  • Study the subway and the map of New York. These will be your lifesavers when you  navigate around New York.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since you’ll be walking a lot.

A T T R A C T I O N S

  • Times Square 

You haven’t been to New York if you haven’t experienced Times Square. New York Times Square is a major tourist hub. Giant billboards and bright lights. Costumed characters and people playing instruments. Broadway shows, a lot of tourists and crazy traffic.

  • Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, it’s a museum that showcases different kinds of artworks done by famous artists. Famous artists like Andy Warhol and Van Gogh can be found here. Be wary though, it’s a big museum so expect to have your stay in the museum around 2-3 hours. There is also an entrance fee which will cost around $25. It’s expensive but it will be worth it – that is if you are really interested of museums and artworks.

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This is a famous Catholic Church found at the heart of New York City. What makes this cathedral interesting is its architectural design. The Cathedral is made out of brick but overlaid in marble. Once you enter the Cathedral, you can feel at peace and being one with Christ.

  • Broadway Shows

If you love watching Broadway shows, then it’s a MUST for you to experience watching one in New York. Fortunately, I was able to watch Anastasia. If you get lucky, you get the chance to meet the casts of the certain play you would want to watch. Since I watched Anastasia, I was able to meet Derek Klena (who plays as Dmitri), John Bolton (as Vlad) and Christy Altomare (as Anastasia).

F O O D

Finally, there is this fast food chain that I believe beats McDonalds. It is no other than Shake Shack. Everywhere we went to in New York, you can actually see Shake Shack. When I get the chance to go back to New York, will definitely try their shakes this time!

Umami is a Japanese term that stands for “deliciousness”. They stand true to their word. With every bite I took, I felt like I was in heaven. You can actually taste how juicy their beef was cooked. The size of the burger was just right and worth your money.

Cafe Lalo is a small cafe located at the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They serve mouthwatering pastries that makes me want to go back. We got Strawberry Tart & Carrot Cake. When eating desserts, I tend to share with someone since I can’t really finish it. Lo and behold, I was able to finish the Strawberry Tart by myself. That’s how yummy it was!

Fun Fact: Cafe Lalo appeared in the 1988 movie, You’ve Got Mail.

  • Bibble & Sip

Bibble & Sip is a 3rd wave & hole in a wall coffee shop. I am glad I was able to try this coffee shop. I went to this place twice within a week! They have cute interiors that made me want to stay longer. Sadly, limited seats were available.

O T H E R  A T T R A C T I O N S

Since it’s my 2nd time to go to New York, we didn’t bother going back to the other attractions in New York (Grand Central Terminal & Central Park specifically). At the same time, I still have to go back for the 3rd time because we were not able to go to other attractions when we were there.

  • Statue of Liberty

  • The Oculus

  • Brooklyn Bridge

Care to share other attractions I should go to when I get the chance to go back to New York?

Personal

Life Lately 11: Another Travel Hiatus

July 28, 2017

Hey there! It’s been a month since I last blogged. Here are the following things you may need to know as to why I haven’t been blogging lately:

  1. I just arrived Manila! From June-July, I had my vacation in the USA. Specifically New York, New Hampshire, Chicago, Michigan and Washington D.C.
  2. The main reason why I was able to have my vacation there was all for my grandma. It’s her first time to officially travel outside of the country. We wanted her to enjoy and visit some of her relatives.
  3. I would LOVE to go back to New York. We only stayed for a week and it is still not enough. There are other museums and restaurants I would love to try when I get the chance to go back.
  4. It was our first time to go to Washington D.C. What I felt in New York is how I also felt for Washington D.C. There are other museums I have yet to check out.
  5. This trip, I would have to say, was very tiring. We went to a lot of different states through land and plane. But that’s what makes this adventure very interesting. You are always on the move and waiting for something amazing to happen.

How has your life been lately? Please do share! 

Events

Makati Street Meet 2017

June 15, 2017

Makati Street Meet is an event that was established since 2016. This became to be an avenue to discover new food and entertainment every Sunday.

Pound of Fun: Road To Fitness

Last May 28, the theme for this Makati Street Meet was all about fitness. As someone who enjoys working out during their spare time, I knew this would be a great event. Guests had the opportunity to participate with exercises like Zumba, Retro Fitness, Night Street Jam.

The main exercise for this event was Pound. It was my first time to hear about this exercise. Apparently, Pound is a type of exercise that has a lot of cardio involved and got the concept by playing of the drums. It was also cool that the organizers were able to bring international instructors from Singapore! How cool is that?! Check the photos below to see how amazing this event was.

Partnership w/ Karl Edwards – one of the biggest bazaar organizers in the country. Makati community and guests were treated to a wide variety of food and goods that surely brightened up a hot’s summer day.

Horchata to keep us up and about throughout the whole event

Retro Fitness

Pound instructors all the way from Singapore

Night Street Jam

This event was a success and here is to more Makati Street Meet events in the future!


For more information, visit www.makeitmakati.com or like and follow Make It Makati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

 

 

Personal, Philippines, Travel

One Weekend in San Juan, La Union

April 27, 2017

It’s a nice feeling to get lost in thought while appreciating the wonderful view by the beach. You can hear the loud waves crash by the shore. You get to see the beautiful sunrise/sunset by the beach.  That is what we exactly did last weekend, April 1-2 in San Juan, La Union.

San Juan, La Union is known as one of the surfing spots of the Philippines. This is where surfers go to if they want to surf and have a quick getaway. If you are not fond of surfing, you can laze around, walk by the beach and watch other people surf.

It was my first time to go to San Juan, La Union with my college best friend and her boyfriend. We decided to go to La Union (despite the long travel) because we wanted to explore the North and a change of scenery. We left Manila around 11pm via Partas.

Around 4 in the morning, we arrived San Juan, La Union. We had a lot of time to wander around since our check-in time in Barkadahan is around 12pm. We decided to chill by Flotsam and Jetsam and talk about life. We were able to watch the beautiful stars and sunrise by the beach.

Around 8am, we had a quick breakfast in Flotsam and Jetsam. After, we decided to go to back to our hotel and have another set of breakfast. We enjoyed our 2nd breakfast because we ordered corn beef which is our favorite breakfast dish!

To pass time, we decided to try out different restaurants along San Juan, La Union. The first restaurant we went to was El Union. Let the photos do the talking of the restaurant.

Next, we tried out Tagpuan since my friend told me that they serve bagnet (I highly recommend you watch I’m Drunk, I Love You if you want to know about the hype of bagnet). Their bagnet was yummy! But I found it expensive for its food serving.

Around 2pm, we were able to put our things in the room and dressed up for the beach. Good thing it wasn’t that hot when we went to the beach around 4pm. We took a few pictures (for me and my best friend’s blog) and enjoyed the beautiful sunset by the beach.

Around 7pm, we had dinner in Surf Shack. Surf Shack was just alright. I found the restaurant quite expensive and since there were a lot of people, the staffs were all over the place. It was hard for us to call a staff and we kept on reminding them about our orders. After our dinner, we decided to go back to the hotel and we had a good rest.

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The next day, April 2, we woke up around 6am and prepared for another day ahead of us. We went back to the beach because my best friend still had one more swimsuit to wear and have photos with it. In the process of her photoshoot, my shorts got wet! I wanted to have a picture with her by the beach and the waves were too strong. But it was all good because I had extra shorts.

After her photoshoot, we had a quick lunch in Olas Banditos. The price of their food was just right. The ambiance was laidback and suited with the theme of the restaurant. I am for sure going back to this restaurant!

After lunch, we bade goodbye to San Juan, La Union. It was a bittersweet and quick getaway. For sure, we are going back and we will be more ready since we will know what to expect.

P.S. This is leaning more on a personal travel post. I actually miss writing these kinds of posts for the blog.

Personal

Late Night Thoughts

March 24, 2017

It’s these late night thoughts that matter. Still awake around 2-3 in the morning, looking towards your ceiling and questioning about your life. You embrace the quiet room and the loud thoughts coming through you since you are busy during the day. Am I worth it? What have I achieved so far? Is there someone out there willing to listen and be vulnerable with me?

With these late night thoughts, I start to feel lonely. During the day, my walls are strong. But once I’m alone, little by little my walls break down. To be honest, I hate this feeling. People will see you as a weak person. But you know what? It’s okay not to be okay. This makes me realize that we are human and everyone gets to feel these emotions. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to be frustrated. Everything will be okay.

Sooner or later, I will get to discover what my purpose in life is. I will soon make an impact in other people’s lives. I will eventually find my true happiness – be it through love or life.

Food

To Experience Tuscany Through Marcia Adam’s Restaurant

March 15, 2017

I discovered Marcia Adam’s Restuarant through a Booky post: 20 of Tagaytay’s Best Kept Secret Restaurants. Seeing these kinds of posts makes me want to go to Tagaytay every weekend and try them. In my first visit, I had dinner along with my parents. I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos that time. Last Friday was my 2nd visit and was with my college best friend and a close friend.

We decided to have lunch in Marcia Adams. It was a good choice to have lunch in Marcia Adams on a weekday because we had the whole place to ourselves and we were not shy to take lots of photos. What I love about Marcia Adams is its ambiance – Tuscany setting. As you arrive, the first thing you will notice is their wooden door. Once you enter the main gate, you will get to see their garden. Their garden makes me feel at home and I felt like we were in a maze. You don’t have to worry though because there are signs that will point you to the right direction.

Our Set Meal in Marcia Adam’s

I ordered the following: Baba Ganoush (appetizer), Chicken Kebab (main dish), and Fried Bananas w/ Chocolate Dip (dessert). I find 700php to be just right. Along with your main course, you also have your own appetizer and dessert.  All you have to do is pick your desired appetizer and dessert. Debbie, my close friend, ordered Tzatiki w/ Lettuce Chips (appetizer), Chicken Kebab (main dish) and Strawberry Yoghurt Icecream w/ Berry Compote (dessert). Patty, my best friend, ordered Hummus w/ Whole Wheat Tortilla (appetizer), Chicken Kebab (main dish) and Panna Cotta w/ Lemon Sauce (dessert).

For the appetizers, I still preferred the Tzatiki w/ Lettuce Chips. I actually do know where you can buy lettuce chips. Just comment down below if you want to know where! For the dessert, I should have gotten Strawberry Yoghurt Icecream instead of the Fried Bananas. The fried bananas is good but I was not able to fully enjoy it because I was full from the main course.
Baba GanoushTzatiki w/ Lettuce Chips Hummus w/ Whole Wheat Tortilla Chicken KebabFried Banana w/ Chocolate DipStrawberry Yoghurt Ice Cream w/ Berry Compote
Panna Cotta w/ Lemon Sauce

Marcia Adam’s Restaurant is perfect for those who want to experience a short getaway and experience a Tuscany ambiance. Their food is just right (taste wise and budget wise). Aside from Instagram worthy, you can bring your significant other and have a relaxing date while being one with nature and the beautiful view.

Marcia Adam’s Restaurant FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarciaAdamsResto/?fref=ts

For reservation only. To make a reservation, please contact this number: 09178011456

Personal

Life Lately 10: Finding Motivation

March 7, 2017

Usually, I write these Life Lately posts because I don’t get to post any new content. This session of my Life Lately post is more on finding my motivation to keep on going. I also feel like I haven’t been myself these past few days. I always have this routine: wake up, take a shower, get ready for work, attend work, go home, go to the gym and/or continue watching missed series and go to sleep. But as I lay down, I feel like the world is eating me up alive. I tend to feel the pressure on my chest.

In order to motivate myself again, these were the things I did in order to get out of that funk:

  1. Last Saturday, I attended a HipHop dance class. I’m actually glad that I went back to dancing. Dancing has always been my passion and my 1st I can’t imagine myself without dance. For sure I’ll go berserk.
  2. A few days ago, I was able to talk to my college best friend. I told her that the feeling of loneliness crept towards me and I’m tired of being strong all the time. It came to the point that I even told her that I just want to break down my walls. She totally knows how strong of a person I am. But, she reminded me that sometimes I would need a time off from myself. Time off from reality and the people that tries to bring me down. Due to what she said, from the longest time, I broke down. She made me realize that it’s okay to break down. It doesn’t mean you are weak. It just shows how strong you have been towards your whole life. It also shows that we don’t have to be perfect because that’s what makes us human.
  3. Due to this talk with my college best friend, I decided to have my alone time by going to a coffee shop near home. I had a chill session in the coffee shop by watching a movie with a good iced coffee on hand.
  4. I had the opportunity to lie down on my bed and savor the moment. It felt comfortable and I wasn’t pressured to do anything that day.
  5. Last Sunday, I was able to watch an indie film called Baka Bukas. I watched this movie on my own. Little by little, I felt like I was getting out of the funk.

 I know I still want to do a lot of things like travelling solo, to have my own business, etc. But I must take it step by step because I don’t want to pressure myself from doing all these things in a short amount of time. Also do know that despite everything I’m feeling right now, I am still open to listen about your problems. That is the kind of person I am. Always ready to lend a helping hand no matter what the situation is.

How have you been lately?

Food

Banawe + Binondo Food Trip Part 1

February 23, 2017

I have been wanting to go on a food trip in Banawe and Binondo for some time now. The only problem is finding people to go with since my parents won’t allow me to go on my own. Thankfully, my cousin was available last Saturday. Get ready to join our food tour and discover the yummy restaurants in Banawe and Binondo.

Banawe Food Trip

1. Banawe Soybean Curd

According to my cousin, Banawe Soybean Curd is one of the oldest soybean places in Banawe. In fact, it’s actually one of the best when one craves for soybean. Since both of us didn’t eat breakfast, we decided to have our first meal here. They have different options to choose from – cold taho, hot taho, different flavors. We decided to go for their bestseller which is the cold taho.

What I love about Banawe Soybean Curd is that it is all natural. You also have the option to buy from their store and give it as a gift to a friend or family member. If we were not in a hurry, we could have decided to go back here to buy for the house. There is always a next time!

2. Hugki Dumplings

Right in front of Banawe Soybean Curd is the famous Hugki Dumplings. We ordered their famous steamed kutchay dumplings. We got so fascinated with this restaurant because the food is cheap and yummy! It only cost us 130php w/ 10 pieces! You will feel like you are in heaven while eating their kutchay dumplings.

After our short Banawe foodtrip, we decided to head straight to Binondo. We decided to pass by the Binondo Church to offer a short prayer to the Lord before we resumed to our doings.

Binondo Food Trip

3. Lan Zhou La Mien

For our lunch, we decided to eat in Lan Zhou La Mien. It was quite hard to find the place because the signage of the restaurant were in Chinese characters. Just remember that it’s beside Wai Ying.

We decided to have our separate bowls. My cousin ordered the Beef La Mien while I ordered their Mixed Beef La Mien. The only difference is that I have additional toppings like dumplings. My order cost 190php while my cousin’s was around 140php. It’s still cheap due to the size of the bowl and we love the fact how juicy their beef is and how flavorful their noodles is. Expect us to go back here! (but of course, we will be sharing one order by then since we got full easily)

4. Dong Bei Dumplings

Since we were too full from our meal in Lan Zhou La Mien, we decided that Dong Bei be our last restaurant stop for the day. We ordered another kutchay dumplings. This time, they had 14 pieces! It only costs us around 150php. Such a steal right?! We were supposed to order their Xiao Long Bao as well but it was not available that time. This gives us the reason to go back here!

This is Part 1 of our Banawe and Binondo Food Trip. We are definitely going back to discover more restaurants in the area! Stay tuned for more foodie adventures!

Philippines, Travel

A Hidden Gem: Pinto Art Museum

February 1, 2017

I was just browsing through my camera then suddenly, I saw pictures I took in Pinto Art Museum. I totally forgot to make a blog post about it – how wonderful this museum is.

Last 2014, my friends and I visited Pinto Art Museum. We decided to check this museum because we saw great photos of this museum in Instagram and we love discovering new places. We had high expectations. Join us as we discover Pinto Art Museum!

Pinto Art Museum is located in a subdivision. It is quite hard to find the subdivision since you will have to get in an esquinita. Just be wary while driving – you should be able to see a sign that points you to Grand Heights Subdivision. Once you are by the area, there are no available parking but you can park along the street.

A Hidden Gem

Pinto Art Museum is not your typical museum. It’s a large property where you will be doing a lot of walking and climbing of stairs. The architectural design of the museum reminded me of Greece. There are also a lot of plants and trees. Aside from visiting the museum, this is a perfect location for pre-wedding photos. When we went there, we saw a couple having their pre-wedding photos taken.

Upon getting inside the museum, you will get to see different artworks. These artworks are so interesting that it made me want to buy one and put it inside my room. The nice thing with these artworks is that these are all made by Filipino artists. If you enjoy looking at artworks, you can surely last the whole day.

Pinto Art Museum is the type of museum that will spark your love for art. From the architecture til the paintings, it is already a work of art. Aside from having your pre-wedding pictorials, you can bring your significant other and have a chill and relaxing date. I can’t wait to go back to this museum. Who knows, there might be new and interesting artworks.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Open from Tuesdays til Saturdays
  • 200php – regular ticket
  • 180 php – senior citizens & PWD
  • 100 – students & children