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RE: The Asian Travel Guide to Asia
MANILA JUNE 2017


ABOUT ME

Korean-American. From California. Mid-to-late twenties. 5'11". 170 pounds. Athletic build.

I recently made a Datasheet about the secondary cities of the Philippines. But Manila is a beast of its own, so it deserves its own Datasheet. Enjoy!

I posted this on its own thread in the travel forum. But I like to contribute here as well


DURATION OF STAY

3 weeks


EXISTING INFORMATION

http://www.jakarta100bars.com/2016/02/ma...-bars.html: When it comes to Asia, this guy has good insight about its nightlife and the girls. Great info about Manila.

The hyperlinks below will be listed under chronological order, based on the OP's first post.

2016

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-55532...ght=Manila: Irish (OP) has great info about Jakarta as well.

2015

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-48534...ght=Manila:

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-44922...ght=Manila:

2014

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-34766.html: This is a general Philippine thread. I forgot to reference it in my secondary cities of the Philippines thread. So, I’m referencing it here

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-33339...ght=Manila:

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-33183...ght=Manila:

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-33082.html:

2013

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-23656...ght=Manila: Mixed info with Bangkok, but still a good read.

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-22906...ght=Manila: Same OP as above (Scotian) but focuses on Manila only.

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-20905.html:

2012

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-16725...ght=Manila: Mixed info with Cebu and Davao

2011

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-4215....ght=Manila:


ACCOMMODATION

Park West: I rented a 1 bedroom apartment here through AirBnB. I would highly recommend this place. It’s in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) near Uptown Mall. It’s a brand-new building with a pool, gym, library and 24-hour security. The good news is that the receptionists at the front desk are not strict about signing girls in. You can walk with your girl hand in hand straight to the elevator and they won’t bother you. But if they do ask, just make sure your girl has ID on her as they will not let her up without it.

The best thing about this place is that it’s a short walk to Valkyrie, Palace Pool Club and Revel. Which are the 3 biggest clubs in BGC. The only thing is that there’s lots of construction around BGC. Thus, they turned many of the roads near Park West into a one-way road. Calling an Uber or Grab can be difficult as the drivers are forced to go all the way around due to the one-way roads. Also, the Uber or Grab GPS system has not updated for the one-way roads. Thus, the drivers get frustrated and end up canceling the ride. To make it easier, I would walk to Uptown Mall and then order your Uber or Grab to pick you up there.

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TRANSPORTATION

Uber | Grab

In Manila and Cebu, I noticed that 90% of the time Uber is cheaper than Grab. If you’re not in a rush I recommend doing Uber Pool or Grab Share. The cost is cheaper and sometimes when they pick up another rider it can be a cute girl. I was able to get a SNL (Same Night Lay) using this. It only worked for me because I was lucky enough where the 2 girls I was pooling with were going to the same club as me. One of them was cute but the other one was fat. We talked during the ride there, got shit hammered at the club and we all went back to my place after. The fat chick passed out on my bed and me and the cute one spent the night in the living room sofa.

Other than that, I had other situations where I would get numbers from girls I pool with. Sometimes they text back, sometimes they don’t. Most of them work on the weekdays and can only meet up on the weekend. But it’s a good way of combining day game or in this case “Uber/Grab game” with your daily travel.


ONLINE GAME

Tinder | Filipino Cupid

On Tinder, I noticed that around 25% of the girls were lady boys. Filipino Cupid wasn’t as bad and had fewer lady boys.


DAY GAME

Any SM or Ayala mall is good. Even though it’s during the night time. The night market at “A. Venue” in Makati, near the Century City Mall is cool. The girl I was with took me here. They have cheap good food, a live band and I saw a good number of girls just hanging out. It’s open every night and it’s a good date spot.

For those of you who stay in BGC (like I did). They have a night market of their own every Wednesday - Saturday night. It’s located on the corner of 7th Ave and Federacion Drive. Right next to the McDonald’s in BGC Forum. BGC has many corporations and business. If you match girls on Tinder who work in BGC then this is the perfect meet up. They won’t have to fight traffic to meet you and vice-versa. If anything, she could walk to the night market. The food is cheap and I think they sell beer…? But if not there’s an Australian sports bar nearby called “Skippy’s Bar & Grill”. Good place to venue change in my opinion. Unfortunately, the BGC night market is closed on Sunday - Tuesday.


NIGHT GAME

Sunday - Tuesday are the slowest nights of the week. But there’s certain spots in the city that have people. You may not find a lot of normal girls but sometimes you might get lucky and find a few. Wednesday – Saturday there’s many places to go out and party. I will mention the clubs and bars that I have visited.


CLUBS:

Black Market: In Makati. Small-Medium size club. But good size dance floor. My favorite club in Manila and the BEST place to be for Wednesday night. It’s packed here every Wednesday night. Their Wednesday night theme is “Bad Decision Wednesdays”. This place is still good on the weekends, but for right now they own the hip-hop scene for Wednesday night in Manila. Beware they do have a cover charge of 300 pesos every Wednesday night. But, if you show up with 1 girl you get in for free. Since I’m traveling solo I just find a girl waiting in line and ask her to be my +1. They always agree, and it’s a good way to open her or her group of friends. Jakarta100bars got it right when they mentioned that this place plays everything but EDM. The main dance floor plays mainly Hip-hop of all genres (old-school, 2000’s, underground, current). On the second floor, they have another club called “Mao’s”. It’s like a club within a club (more like a separate room) but Mao’s is not as big as Black Market. It’s fairly small but I like the atmosphere there. Sometimes the dancefloor in Black Market gets too crowded so I like to chill at Mao’s. They play the same type of music at Mao’s but sometimes they throw in some punk rock, which is a welcome change of pace. Good ratio of girls for both Black Market and Mao’s. No lady boys. No pros. Good mix of locals and foreigners. Drinks are affordable.

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Valkyrie: In BGC. Uptown Parade. Open Wednesday – Saturday. Gets packed on the weekends. Wednesday – Thursday there’s an 800-peso cover charge that includes 2 drinks, but there’s not as many people inside. Better to go there on Friday – Saturday which is the most crowded night. The cover charge increases to 1000-pesos but that still includes 2 drinks.

The best way to get in for free on the weekends is to find 2 girls who are on the guest list. Because 2 girls on the guest list can bring 1 guy in for free. Its free for the girls to get on the guest list, they just have to text the promoter their name plus yours and that’s it. Make sure you have ID on you (driver’s license or passport is good). Obviously, you don’t get the 2 free drinks but that’s why you pre-game at bars before coming to the club. Best way to find girls on the guest list is to approach any 2+ girls that are hanging out near the entrance or already in line. The good thing about Valkyrie is that once inside, you also get admission into Palace Pool club for free. Vice-versa as well. Getting admission into Palace Pool club via guest list or paying the cover charge, grants you admission into Valkyrie for free. But this does not apply for Revel.

Back on topic. Valkyrie is probably the biggest and most popular mainstream club in Manila. It’s a big luxurious club, but it has a small dance floor. Most of it is consumed by tables. Mostly EDM and top 40 music. Sometimes they have guest DJ’s and artists from around the world that perform here. Upscale crowd. Ratio of girls is good. No lady boys. No pros that I encountered but you never know.

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Palace Pool Club: In BGC. Uptown Parade. Open Wednesday – Saturday. Same thing applies with Valkyrie where its so-so on Wednesday – Thursday and obviously the most crowded on Friday - Saturday. Massive outdoor pool club that is in the same building as Valkyrie and Revel. During the summer months which is also the rainy season here in the Philippines, it can be too hot to stay outside for long. When it rains everyone goes inside to Valkyrie or they go back to their tables, which has a cover overhead to block the rain. But when it’s not raining and it’s a cool summer night (rare but happens sometimes) it’s a good place to be. They have a giant dance floor, probably the biggest I’ve seen in the Philippines. But not as many people go on the dance floor because it’s too hot to dance for long. No one swims in the swimming pool (not when I was there). Good ratio of girls. No lady boys. No pros that I saw or encountered. Same type of music as Valkyrie. I think this place is much better during the winter months when its dry season. There’s no rain and the weather is perfect outside to dance and drink.

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Revel: In BGC. Uptown Parade. I think it’s open every day. Same building as Valkyrie and Palace Pool club. I’ve been here on weekdays and it was very mediocre at best. Handful of people at most. Weekends are the best time. I don’t know if the 2 girls 1 guy guest list rule applies here. But I do know that there’s a 1000-peso cover that include 1 or 2 free drinks on weekends. Weekdays are free. My local friend told me that they have Hip-Hop night on Saturdays, but I never got a chance to check it out. Maybe someone can go and confirm that for me. Medium size club. No dance floor to speak of. Nothing but tables on tables.

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Prive: In BGC. The Fort Strip. Jakarta 100 bars recommends that this is the Tuesday night spot. Sadly, when I went there that wasn’t the case. There were maybe 20 people grouped in tables and that was it. Small club. No dance floor to speak of. My local friends tell me that this place has been forgotten ever since Valkyrie, Revel and Palace Pool club opened. Never been on weekends but I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t as busy.

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ZZYZX: In Malate. Seedy red-light district. Open every day. 90% if not 100% of the girls here are pros. Medium size club. Small dance floor. Lots of Koreans and a few Japanese. Gets crowded at 1am. Super thick cigarette smoke smell. Very poor ventilation. You’re only bet here is to try and shore one of these pros. Good luck. If you’re desperate to go out on Monday or Tuesday night then this the only spot I found that had lots of people in it.

Exclusive: In Malate. Basically, a smaller less popular version of ZZYZX. The vibe, the girls and set up is exactly the same. Except that there’s not as many Koreans and Japanese (when I was there). I saw more locals and foreigners from elsewhere. But I could be wrong. Regardless, I wouldn’t go here. Give it a pass.


BARS:

Finders Keepers: In Makati. Same building as Black Market. Open Wednesday – Saturday. This is one of my favorite bars. It’s a small bar but its crowded every night its open. Just like Black Market they play Hip Hop of all genres. Great late-night spot open till 5am. Good place to start the night. Good ratio of girls. No lady boys. No pros.

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Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar: In BGC. Cool sports bar with affordable drinks for BGC standards. Good place for a chill night of beers. Good spot for dates.

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Yes Please: In BGC. On the 2nd floor of Uptown Parade. Next to Revel. Went here on the weekend and this place gets busy. Great place to start the night. Good ratio of girls. No pros. I saw 1 ladyboy the whole night. I don’t know how it’s like on the weekdays.

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SIGHT SEEING

Intramuros: In Old Manila. Probably one of the few tourist spots in the city. It has many old Spanish churches and monuments.

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MY EXPERIENCE

I enjoyed my stay in BGC. I was walking distance to the clubs, Uptown Mall and High Street. It’s safe, new, big wide roads, sidewalks are clean and not broken down. Air quality is better here since Jeepneys and Tricycles are forbidden. But once I leave my little bubble I’m reminded of the shit traffic, pollution and terrible roads/sidewalks. But I still enjoyed my time here. I met this girl from Filipino Cupid and chilled with her for most of my stay. The nights I wasn’t with her, I would go on Tinder dates or go out solo. Sometimes I would go out with my local friends on the weekends.

Ideal Night Game Schedule:

Sunday: B-Side at Collective. I never been but as per Jakarta100bars, it has reggae nights on Sundays and it gets crowded. Worth a shot.

Monday - Tuesday: ZZYZX. Personally, I would rather just stay in on these nights because I don’t like ZZYZX. But, if you’re desperate to go out then this is the only place I found that was crowded.

Wednesday: Black Market

Thursday: Black Market | Valkyrie | Palace Pool Club | Revel. These places may not be packed but they’ll have some people. Also try “XX XX”. It’s near Black Market and Jakarta100bars mentions that this place gets crowded.

Friday - Saturday: Any club is good.

If anyone else knows a good spot on any given night. Please comment.


CONCLUSION

Manila is a great city for single men. There’s a reason why it’s mentioned so much in the forum. Online dating works great. Night life is plentiful, cost of living is relatively cheap, and of course the girls... Yes, traffic sucks, there’s not much to do tourist wise and Wi-Fi speeds can be hit or miss. But the formers still outweigh the latter’s. Hopefully you enjoyed this Datasheet. Till next time, Peace!
06-25-2017 01:05 PM
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