I love everything about the Bonifacio Global City. Who would have thought that we have such a decent, nice and peaceful place in the city? Admit it, if you have not been in the area and you see pictures of your friends taken in the classy Bonifacio High Street, you would think that the pictures were taken in another country, like in the US or Singapore.
I felt proud when my Balikbayan sister told me that the neighborhood in BGC reminds her of their home in the US. Thank you for making me feel the American neighborhood. Now at least, we can say that Manila or Philippines is not just about pollution, snatchers and jaywalking.
The long strip of stores in Bonifacio High Street gives a different shopping atmosphere; and the selection of restaurants, cafes and bars in Serendra makes you love the place even more. What's interesting about the BGC is that it also reserved a place for those who love the usual turo-turo and food court set-up which is very Filipino. My sister (and her hubby and in-laws) who has been in the US for 10 years admired and loved the Market! Market! They found turon, kakanin, inihaw and ukoy, and other Filipino dishes in Market! Market! - everything that they planned to eat on their 2 week vacation in Manila. A taste of this, and a slice of that and they were all satisfied.
When my brother came to visit Manila on a different occassion, we also brought him to BGC and treated him to an all-Filipino buffet at Kamay Kainan.
We know how much Balikbayans miss and love the Filipino Food! So it was a treat to eat the crisp tilapia, kare-kare, ginataan and dirty ice ream for dessert! We are almost ready to raise one leg up the seat, and ditch the spoon and fork to enjoy a truly Filipino style of eating. Maybe it is just always nice to eat together with your family.
Then of course, if you think of a good meal, you always think of Conti's. A slice of Mango Bravo for a real dessert treat.
A reunion or Balikbayan is not necessary to visit the Bonifacio Global City. Although it is kilometers away from my home or office, there is always a reason to come back and enjoy the lights, the sound and the atmosphere. But enjoying the beauty of BGC is more meaningful if spent with your family (plus you get your meal free - thanks to Mom and Dad!) ;)