The Cool Girl's OOTD Guide to Manila
Manila is one of the busiest and probably one of the most crowded cities I've ever been to. People are drawn deeper to the vibrant city lights as they maneuver through the bustling Manila flux. And once you go past the traffic, you would understand the appeal of Manila as you uncover the beauty and aesthetics of one of the oldest cities in the Philippines. In case you didn't know, Manila is also home to some great OOTD spots. You just have to know where to find them.
There are few parks left in the country and Manila is lucky enough to house two of the most historical parks in the Philippines—Rizal Park and Paco Park. Rizal Park is a vast hectare of land where you can go from jogging in the morning to taking a romantic stroll at night. Another park in Manila, Paco Park, is known for the memorable movie scene in its iconic fountain where Ginny (Toni Gonzaga) from the movie Starting Over Again professed her love to her crush, Sir Marco (Piolo Pascual). It's also where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was interred after his execution. Aside from the fountain, the park boasts of scenic historical structures that look its best with the right lighting, perfect for a quick snap.
- Food scene
If food trips are your thing, Manila is for you. Going through Remedios circle, along Taft Avenue, and Adriatico St. you'll find that it is filled with different types of restaurants, from Japanese, Korean, Chinese, to Arabic and our very own Filipino cuisine. A budget of 100-500 if you're a student will already get you far. The streets of Manila are also lined with street foods ranging from kwek-kwek, isaw, corn, taho, and one of my favorite discoveries—soy milk with syrup and sago.
Imagine sitting by the bay watching the sunset with your best friend/boyfriend/crush while talking about everything you can think of. Because that's totally possible in Manila Bay. You don't have to go there necessarily with a special someone. You can go with your friends as it is honestly one of the best ways you can bond and become closer.
Manila is filled with art scenes, from the National Museum that houses Juan Luna's Spoliarium, to the National Planetarium where they hold shows of the galaxy and the museum for kids or what you call Museong Pambata. Some museums around the country may have strict rules when it comes to taking pictures inside the area, but here in Manila, you are more than welcome to take pictures with the art. Going to a museum is a great opportunity to take an OOTD and at the same time appreciate the art.
- Thrift shops
The abundance of thrift shops spread out in the city is very exciting especially if you're into vintage clothing. Every corner you go to, you'll find an array of thrift shops with every type of clothing you can think of, sold for the cheapest value you could ever imagine. It's a paradise for a fashion person honestly.
As you may now know, Manila is a diverse city that boasts of many interesting people, places, and cultures. Go and appreciate Manila's beauty. Don't forget to take the best OOTDs while you're at it!
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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!