Manila, Philippines
Joy, 25
Bank Associate
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work as a Bank Associate. It is related with my degree in college so I ended up working there. During weekends, I go to school and study Mandarin. I enjoy learning other languages.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me- Bellefire, A Little Too Not Over You- David Archuleta, Love Myself- Hailee Steinfeld

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Meteor Garden, Reply 1997. Asian drama enthusiast here 💁🏻

Name some spots in Manila that are good for a Tinder date.

The Bayleaf Intramuros or maybe somewhere in BGC.

Who’s your hero and where in Manila would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero(es) would be my parents. I'd take them in a coffee shop and chill or go to Maginhawa and have food tripping.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Uniqlo! I love their clothes! but sometimes I buy my clothes in Ukay Ukay (thrift shops) ✌🏼 saves me a lot of money. 💸

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The red light district in Manila.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Walk in Intramuros at night with my friends.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Manila and where did you get it?

Balut. It is everywhere.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Manila that you particularly like?

Not really into bars but there's a lot in Malate, The high-end resto bars would be in The fort and Makati. In QC, you can go to Tomas Morato.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Manila? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The Golden Bay Seafood Restaurant. It was so expensive ( I'd rather eat in Binondo) but I guess it was worth it 'cause I went there with my family. A Chinese restaurant that is really good if you are going out with your family or a lot of friends.

What restaurant in Manila looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Well, there's a lot but I think the restaurants in Binondo looks kinda off but the foods are amazing! Oh, Mang Inasal too! ( unli 🍚)

Where can you get the best cocktail in Manila? Which one do you like?

I have no idea. Just ask me about Milk teas!

Where would you take your partner in Manila if you wanted to really pamper them?

Wensha Spa, or if they doesn't like spa I can take them to a coffee shop and just chill.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Oishi Marty's Cracklin' a Vegetarian Chicharon junk food! Fish balls, Kwek-Kwek, Banana-cue,Taho.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Manila?

Luneta Park, but hey it's the most famous park in Manila where tourists and Filipino go.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Manila?

Quezon City. It is in the north so it's quite hard to go there and the traffic sucks, but you'll find lot of food parks there.

What are the Manila spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Fort Santiago, Intramuros, National Museum of the Philippines, Divisoria (if you love shopping with low-priced goods), SM Mall of Asia

Tomorrow’s your last day in Manila. How do you spend it?

I would probably spend the day with my family in a park and eat dinner in Seafood Island (Boodle Fight)

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Ilocos! There's a lot of nice places to go there. Nice beaches, historic sites and vast rice fields.

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