We start the day with breakfast at 9 Spoons, the restaurant at the top floor of the Bayleaf Hotel. It’s about 06:30 so the place has just opened (The next day we went for breakfast at 09:00 and it was packed).
After shopping at 168 Mall, we headed back to the hotel. We picked up a taxi on the street during heavy traffic. When I took a look at the driver’s dashboard the car was completely out of gas and had to be started every minute. This caused me much anxiety, but it worked out since we made it back to the hotel okay. I guess the gas gauge was just broken, but the car dying every minute was still nerve-wracking.
Then after taking a power nap, we headed to SM City Manila (another mall) in search of Shakey’s Pizza!
We had to try Shakey’s Pizza! The entire week, every time we passed a Shakey’s there was a line out the door. Which made me think Shakey’s was really good. After dining there, it seemed about the same as what I could get in the States.
Later that night, we go out for drinks to calm the nerves…also cause drinking is fun.
After leaving the hotel, it was time for a change of scenery so we headed to “The Harbour” for drinks. As soon as all four of us got out of the car into the parking lot, we were greeted by 8 servers from different bars/clubs. They were all strongly pushing for our business and there were many establishments to choose from.
Somehow, the group redirected all the servers to me as I looked liked the biggest tourist.
Friends: Which one should we pick?
Me: That one (I pointed to the bar far away from the ones the servers were pushing for – without any remorse)
There was an awkward silence between all of us and the servers. As I begin walking, they continue pushing to get us into their establishments. One guy just kept yelling at me “We have a couch! We have a couch!” That’s not really a deciding factor for me when selecting a place to go.
It’s the Philippines, so of course it’s hot. I want a cold beer. I ask the group of servers which place serves “San Miguel Sub-Zero.” That is an ice cold beer which requires a special freezer. It turns out the guy who said they had a couch also have San Miguel Sub-Zero. So we go there which turns out to be a place called “Jazz Simple Ambiance,” or JSA.
As we left the bar, I tried to walk out with half a beer. They tried to charge me PHP100 for leaving the bar with the beer. I just gave it to them since that’s the cost of a cold beer anywhere else.