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We have ceased to update this blog effective  January 2012.

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We eally dig this pedestrian shopping street just south of the Forbidden city! It’s got so much more character than Beijing’s other shopping street Wang Fu Jing. Love the recreated old architecture and actually had to take a 2nd look which were the originals and recreations!

Now, could we do this in Manila?

The 120-year old all-steel church of San Sebastian is in slowly rusting itself too death. And want to do our bit so this architectural jewel will survive another century! Join as as on this special walk as we explore the history, the architecture and pressing challenges that is eating up (literally!) this engineering marvel. Together with steel conservationist Tina Paterno, we'll climb where no parishioners have climbed before as we explore every nook and cranny of the San Sebastican Basilica!

Rate: P1,000.00/head (inclusive of tour and merienda)

When: Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Meet at the San Sebastian Church steps, Bilibid Viejo Street, Quiapo, Manila.

* All the proceeds of this tour will be donated to the San Sebastian restoration program
* As there a load limits with certain parts of the church that we'll be visiting, slots are will be limited. Reservations required.

Thanks Entrepreneur Magazine for featuring us in their newest column – aptly called ‘First Steps’- for the August edition. Small factual errors aside, the business angle was a refreshing change from the usual tour feature. We had a ball doing the interview!

Grab a copy and read our story as well as interesting stuff about Divisoria market.

Thanks to  Singapore-based writer James Ong for making a little growl about our walking tours in the Lion City.


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We tried the newest restaurant in the Intramuros dining scene- Ristorante Il Metre across San Agustin church. Don’t be deceived by its Italian sounding name because its not. Rather its menu is a mix of Filipino, Spanish, American and panciteria food(camaron rebosado anyone?).

Ordered beef salpicao w/mushroom soup, total bill is P200 (+ VAT… pa), wouldn’t say its the cheapest choice in the area. The food was so-so, beef was tender but didnt taste like salpicao (where’s the garlic?). And since it sits in the C.B.C.P. building, the decor is decidedly Catholic.

We’ll show them a little mercy since they have only been open for less than a month and will go try our the other specialties however we suggest they change their name to suit their menu.

We just couldn’t resist having our photo taken with these amusing Toy Story cos-players on top of the Intramuros wall at our Intramuros walk today.

Love the alien with green ears and the one with a crocodile head, ha!