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Good Friday in BGC (April 19, 2019)

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Although living in the Philippines is no longer a new experience for me (I’ve been hanging out for ~7 months now), this is my first time spending time here in April, during Holy Week.

As readers may know (or not know), religion is kind of a big deal in the Philippines, where:

Anyway, in this part of the world, most places of business started closing up shop around Thursday this week, and even more people are taking the day off today, on Good Friday.

Since I’m been actively trying to establish more of a daily routine, one thing that I’ve been doing each morning around 7-8 AM is taking a stroll around town. And as I’ve observed, for a city that’s usually very busy with lots of hustle and bustle, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) has sort of become a “ghost town” during the tail end of Holy Week.

After picking up some morning coffee, I did notice that my old favorite restaurant in town (which has been shut down since I returned back to the Philippines in September 2018) has now transformed into something new.

Out with the old (photo taken back in December 2017)…

Man, I miss this roasted chicken + rice + gravy dish so bad!!

WTF, mate (the following image was taken back in September 2018)!??!

In the Philippines, if your restaurant can’t hack it (for whatever reason), opening up a new place focused on: ribs, fried chicken (NOT roasted chicken!), or Koran BBQ will likely increase your odds significantly for success…

Here’s the new digs…

Zooming in, you can see it’s ribs (I guess burgers are a pretty safe bet too) ftw!

Definitely, exotic stuff like vegan food still hasn’t really been adopted by the masses yet (why!?!)… Maybe one day down the road, but nope, I wouldn’t recommend the Philippines as a preferred destination for greens/veggies (too bad, so sad).

In the Philippines, it’s all about that bass MEATNO treble VEGGIES!

But I digress…

It was a beautiful day today, with hardly any cars to be found on the roads…

I decided to leave BGC and take a stroll down memory lane, walking back to the first apartment complex I stayed at when I first arrived in Manila back in December 2017.

Here’s a pathway to get out of BGC…

Peering off to the side, here’s what the view looks like at the edge of BGC… which is what most people who’ve never been to Manila think BGC and the entire Metro Manila region (aka “real Manila”) all looks like… which is NOT true!

In this shot, you can see more of the surrounding BGC towers engulfing this small “barangay”…

Being out here can be a rather humbling experience and can help pull someone back down to earth… For me, it’s a good way to put things into context and help me realize how lucky I truly am…

Walking up to the overpass to get to the other side of the street (you can see SM Aura mall in the background)…

Back to my “old home” (the condo units in the background, which stick out like a sore thumb)…

Nope, we ain’t in BGC anymore…

Sure it’s HOT, but what the hey, it’s a gorgeous day, so let’s just keep on walking…

All the way to McKinley Hill.

Tuscany at McKinley Hill.

Not many shops open today, unfortunately…

Ditto for the Venice Grand Canal Mall

Wrapping around, back to BGC…

More buildings…

And even more empty streets…

The normally active High Street was taking a day off today, for the most part…

Still, lots of events on tap and scheduled for this “Summer On The Street 2019“.

Luckily, Figaro was open today, so I stopped by to grab some breakfast…

More food…

After 3 PM, no more showers, and if you can handle it, fasting is recommended on Good Friday

It’s back to business probably starting Saturday, and definitely by the time Monday morning rolls around…

In any case, today was a great day for self-reflection, appreciation, and taking things slow.

Turns out, the city that I thought never sleeps actually needs a break too, from time-to-time…

But yeah, it’s been pretty cool being able to witness and experience something entirely new and different…

Fight On!

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