When people say that Manila is a place that is not conducive to walking, I have to agree.
Our weather is not cut out for it: at times scorching hot like as if you were right at hell’s door and at times insanely flooded you would require the yellow submarine to go from point A to point B. I haven’t even begun on the traffic, the dust and grime and sadly, the threats to safety present while going on a quest on foot on the cement jungle of Manila.
In short, it’s exactly an ordeal that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, even my enemies.
But following a very short ocular last Saturday, I was suddenly inspired to go around Bonifacio Global City on foot, tracing our way from the Mind Museum in Burgos Circle to the Bonifacio High Street.
Bonifacio Global City, stands in patch of land in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City and are slowly growing to be a business and commercial hub, with more and more companies setting up in the area. Unlike the country’s business capital, Makati City — the allure of Bonifacio Global City is that it’s not yet crowded and filled with public transportation. On a very good Saturday, one can pretty much be left alone walking along the wide sidewalk. Without too much emissions from vehicles, BGC is not as dusty compared to other business hubs in the Metro.
Good thing the sun wasn’t shining as much, which made the walk a pleasure. There were minimal trash in the streets, the sidewalk was wide and made for walking and there were a lot of nice attractions in the area. DH and I noticed that there are a lot of new developments within the vicinity of Burgos Circle, leading to Bonifacio High Street. While it definitely spelled progress, we were a bit sad thinking that this also spells the possibility that the peace and quiet of the place will lessen once all the new condo units are operational.
But last Saturday was pure peace and quiet, and a nice bonding moment for DH and I — just walking and chatting about life and stuff.
After the walking tour and the impromptu field trip, DH and I ended up at Jamba Juice for a much needed drink. I ordered a Berry Banana smoothie while the hubby opted for a Coldbuster — both tasted so good that we had to take our time, taking in the interiors of the shop and people watching at the same time.
This is one of our most laid-back Saturdays and one that both DH and I tremendously enjoyed. Bonifacio Global City is the kind of city that you wanted to live in. Aside from cabs, there are also public buses which you can take on their designated stops.
Bonifacio Global City is fifteen minutes away from Makati.
To go to Bonifacio High Street, you can take the cab and have the driver bring you to Boni High Street.
There are also public transportation available at Market! Market!, a mall that is two blocks away from High Street.