Archive | March 2013

Makati sa gabi: The city during sunday nights and being nostalgic

(translation: Makati at Night)

I ended my walk when I reached the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) but ended up walking for a few more kilometers since there’s barely any transportation in that area at that time. By this time my feet is really killing me and I desperately wanted to sit down on a chair.

From Rizal Park to here..quite the walk for a bored fella. And man how quiet it is here..If you don't count the vehicles.

From Rizal Park to here..quite the walk for a bored fella. And man how quiet it is here..If you don’t count the vehicles.

Finally reached the World Trade Center and few more walks southward I’ve reached an area of the highway were the buses passes by and I took a bus going to Makati. The objective this time is to have dinner in my favorite places. Little Tokyo.

I got out of the bus along Paseo going to V. Rufino St. and walked in the streets of Makati which is usually filled with people and at that time it wasn’t. So with the camera I took pictures of it.

It's usually filled with people going home at this time..but it's a Sunday afternoon. Guess where are they?

It’s usually filled with people going home at this time..but it’s a Sunday afternoon. Guess where are they?

V. Rufino. I used to work here in this place..Now I don't.

V. Rufino. I used to work here in this place..Now I don’t.

Do you ever get surprised to see a city that doesn’t have much people in it compared to regular working days?

It’s amazing too that when I was taking pictures it was already getting dark but the pictures were like it was just before sunset except the later one where it was really that dark. I kind of wish Makati is this quiet at time. Though apparently it triggered nostalgia in which all of this seems similar to Japan. Ironically I’m going to a Japanese-themed restaurant so my mind’s about Japan and while I’m taking pictures and all I was thinking about Japan…Not a good thing in a way.

Office buildings..minus the lights it kinda reminded me of Japan..

Office buildings..minus the lights it kinda reminded me of Japan..

A crossroad. It's so easy to cross this now..and ignore the traffic light.

A crossroad. It’s so easy to cross this now..and ignore the traffic light.

Another crossroad..A rotonda I believe.

Another crossroad..A rotonda I believe.

So now I’m near Little Tokyo. You can notice with the numerous Japanese establishments and signs but apparently I’m heading to the actual Little Tokyo area with the restaurants next to each other.

I'm near Little Tokyo..Can't you tell? Oh wait..next picture.

I’m near Little Tokyo..Can’t you tell? Oh wait..next picture.

Hooray Japan..oh wait. I'm in Makati T_T  Though honestly it's almost in Japan eh?

Hooray Japan..oh wait. I’m in Makati T_T Though honestly it’s almost in Japan eh?

So I arrive at Little Tokyo itself. I swear the only thing missing here is a decent bookstore besides Booksale which is on the mall on the other side of the street but that doesn’t count. I mean San Francisco has Japantown that has more attraction that ours which is more on food which is high quality and somehow more fulfilling that the ones I’ve had in Tokyo.

One of the walkway going to Little Tokyo coming from Amorsolo St..Where's the bookstore when you need it? XD

One of the walkway going to Little Tokyo coming from Amorsolo St..Where’s the bookstore when you need it? XD

After that I had my dinner tried to feel like I’m back in Tokyo when I’m not. And thus ended my long Sunday walk.

Honestly I don’t think I would do that again but it was fun doing it with a camera and blog to share the pictures with and the story that hopefully I’ve promoted my country. Sure it’s no Japan but it’s home.

So I’ve been to Japan. The best five days of my life. And probably the only time I could be there but hopefully I can..It’s just not that easy. Especially with my current job and all. So I’d stop for a while promoting my country and talk about Japan..or what I’d call V-day. V being Victory not Valentines (LOL).

Has traveling inspired you to try promote your own country to the world? Or at least to your friends?

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