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A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I went to Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown), to have a legit celebration and experience of the Chinese New Year. Photos from our walk below care of Chase Chua.
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Almost all the people were wearing red! It’s funny and amusing at the same time.IMG_1454

The streets were filled with vendors selling all sorts of things- from fruits to snake-shaped balloons. IMG_1411IMG_1426

They even sell multi-colored chicks which reminded me of my childhood days when I used to see people selling these everywhere. They’re adorable!IMG_1422

And of course people also sold good luck charms.

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..And tikoy! I believe this delicacy makes everyone feel the nearing of Chinese New Year whenever they get this.IMG_1406What Chinatown experience would be complete without sitting down and eating Chinese food? Hakaw, or shrimp dumplings, is my favorite Chinese dimsum ever!

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Lanterns everywhere.IMG_1456More tikoy.

IMG_1457This Chinese deli shop has really come a long way. They now have several branches across the Metro and have made their own name in the food industry in Manila.

IMG_1495Bustle and rustle of the crowd, with the sky looking as picturesque as ever. As my friend Chase mentioned in her post, the Binondo skyline is changing. Now, condominiums and other skyscrapers are being built. But we really hope they decide to preserve the old structures that Binondo has been known for.

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And this is my pretty friend Chase who I’ve also featured on my blog before. She decided to join the bandwagon and wore the color red. I, on the other hand, didn’t want to get lost in the crowd and went for florals instead, inspired by the cherry blossoms displayed in MOA for this event.
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Me taking a picture of Chase taking a picture of me. HAHA!
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It’s funny how I’m Chinese but I’ve never really experienced the Chinese New Year in Binondo. But this year is all about experiencing new things for me, so I guess this is another one of those firsts! Cheers to an awesome year ahead!

All photos c/o Chase Chua.

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