On Araw ng Kagitingan, I went to Cubao Expo with Aika, my college roommate. We’d both been planning to go there for the longest time, for different reasons. Finally, we were free on the same day! I first heard of Cubao Ex when I go to Tumblr every freaking day. I thought it’s just a bar so I had no interest (I don’t drink!). Then all these photos of vintages stores cropped up and suddenly it looked so amazing! And I was right, it really was amazing.
We went a bit too early, though, since some of the shops were still closed. But most of them open at around 3 so it’s all good! We looked around the thrift stores first because that’s pretty much our primary reason for visiting! There were tons but my favorite are Angel Spirits (with tons of old photos and magazines!), My Breathing Space, and UVLA. I seriously, seriously want to buy everything at UVLA but they all look expensive and old.
There were also tons of shoe stores! There were big Janylin and Rusty Lopez boutiques and argh, I HAVE NO MONEY I CRY.
We were also thrilled to see Bellini’s, the restaurant they used in One More Chance! But the place looks too expensive for Aika and I so we skipped the place. Instead, we tried Green Halo, an organic store and cafe. I love the place! They have so many unique drinks, sandwiches and pasta. I ordered Tahong Chips (with the best salsa ever), Mushroom and basil sandwich (love!), and Spicy Coffee. Aika liked my coffee but it tasted like salabat and I hate salabat. Huhu. The Chocnut Coffee was divine, though! Next time, I’ll probably order Gayuma drink. Heehee.
It’s really too bad that I didn’t have my camera with me! The place was so photogenic that I want to go back just to take photos, heh. My photos don’t do them justice at all!
Anyway, we left at dusk and the place was lighting up and there were more people. It was also a lot more beautiful. So yes, I suggest that you visit it around sunset onwards because it is truly a lot prettier when it’s dark.
Aika and I plan to visit a lot more places around the Metro. It’s our goal to explore different parts of Manila since we’re both from the province. Well, she used to be from Quezon but we live in the same barangay in Laguna now haha. Anyway, yes, we plan to visit more places! Here’s to exploring more of Manila! 🙂