Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chinese New Year Tradition

I have this annual Chinese New Year tradition with my friend T. Over the past years, we have been visiting Binondo or Manila's Chinatown, which happens to be the oldest in the world. We will eat at Estero, our favorite cheapskate restaurant and shop for tikoy (nian gao) from Salazar Bakery and Eng Bee Tin. 

I forgot to take photos of our foodie indulgences. Blame the intense traffic and hunger! Although on the way to our main destination, I was able to capture a few photos of these most awaited Chinese festivity.

Most of the photos were taken in Lucky Chinatown, the lone mall in the area.

The perfect marker for any Chinatown 

Red paper lanterns, another trademark of every Chinatown 

The lucky tree and the golden sheep

This is a new attraction in Lucky Chinatown

I had mine too :) 

And a few wishes that made me smile 

Someone is wishing for his / her forever :) I say, give this person gift checks from Forever 21 :D 

Someone wants to win the lottery 

So this is the real face of Manila's Chinatown. Years ago, it was all about Chinese traders, restaurants and a myriad of business establishments. Time changed everything and much to my surprise, high rise condominium towers are starting to proliferate despite the fact that Binondo's land area is very limited. The streets could barely accommodate vehicles and the volume of people traffic. I haven't even mentioned the nasty electrical wires that ruins the view. 

The Binondo Church or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz is a famous landmark of Manila's Chinatown. I wasn't able to capture photos of the church's facade. What I have are the side to the rear view of this structure established in 1596. 

Almost a vertical garden until I realized that they are unknown climbing plants. Looks like a distraction but I somehow appreciate its presence.


  1. That event and area look very festive, and I see you made your own paper crane. I imagine you wrote your wish on it.

  2. This reminds me of the teleserye My Binondo Girl! I'd love to visit there someday!

    Lime & Life

  3. Akala ko ikaw ang nag-wish ng "forever".

  4. Gusto ko rin manalo sa lotto! Kaso hindi naman pala ako tumataya. Haha. First time kong pumunta ng Binondo sa mismong Chinese New Year last Thursday. Masaya pala, kaso andami tao parang nahilo ako ng konti. Haha. Sa Lucky Chinatown din kami nagstay (after magshop ng konti sa 168 Mall) at natuwa ako may Sincerity Cafe and Resto na pala doon at super mura at sarap pa rin ng food nila. :)

  5. I really loved the photos of celebrating the Chinese New Year. Fabulous! The cranes are very interesting, I would love to make a wish. In New York City in Times Square there is a place to write a wish on a piece of confetti. These wishes are gathered and on New Years Eve they are tossed out over Times Square at midnight. My wish came true.

  6. Stunning photos! Nakakatuwa naman ung "forever" wish :)


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