Rediscovering Makati

I was in Makati in 2002 working as an Account Executive in a small cabling company for six months. After that, I went back to my hometown Davao because life was hard for me in Makati. Back then, standard of living was high and my salary was low. I was only renting a bedspace in a small boarding house at Barangay Poblacion. I was not able to cope up with the high cost of living in Makati.

I never thought I would be back again here in Makati after 12 years. My stay here was unplanned and unintentional. Standard of living was still high specially the price of foods like fresh meats, fresh fruits and vegetables. I am temporarily staying in my cousin’s apartment at Barangay Poblacion. It is an old residential place with many apartments located within the bustling city of Makati.

Don Pedro St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Don Pedro St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Burgos St. going to Makati Avenue
Burgos St. going to Makati Avenue

With its tall and modern buildings, 5-star hotels, plush malls and busy streets, Makati always fascinates me even until now. Not only does it boast of modern living, it also boast of a nice, well-maintained park and museum.

The entrance of Ayala Triangle Gardens at Makati Avenue.
The entrance of Ayala Triangle Gardens at Makati Avenue.
One of the attractions at the Ayala Triangle Gardens
One of the attractions at the Ayala Triangle Gardens
Doing my exercise at Ayala Triangle Gardens
Doing my exercise at Ayala Triangle Gardens
Ayala Museum
Ayala Museum
The underground walkway going to Greenbelt
The underground walkway going to Greenbelt

Shopping malls like Glorieta, Greenbelt and Powerplant Mall have well-known and high-end stores like Marc Jacobs, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, etc. Did you know that senior citizens can watch movies for free at any malls in Makati? They also provide rocking chairs in Powerplant Mall for senior citizens so that they can sit down and relax when they are tired of walking around the mall. Makati surely loves senior citizens.

Powerplant Mall at Rockwell
Powerplant Mall at Rockwell
Greenbelt 4
Greenbelt 4
Fish Pond at Greenbelt Mall
A fish pond at Greenbelt Mall
A relaxing view of the fish pond.
A relaxing view of the fish pond.
The stunning facade of The Peninsula Hotel at Makati Avenue
The stunning facade of The Peninsula Hotel at Makati Avenue

Nightlife is also very alive here in Makati. One of the few places I visited was A Venue. Every night from Tuesdays to Saturdays they turn their parking area into a bazaar and al fresco dining with different choices of food to choose from: grilled, fried, fresh salads, pasta, shawarma, boneless lechon and sisig. They also have desserts like mango float and cupcakes.

View of  Venue Mall at along Makati Avenue from across the street during the day.
View of A Venue Mall along Makati Avenue from across the street during the day.
Saturday night at Hot Asia located at A Venue. Diners enjoy wide variety of foods and drinks while watching a live band.
Saturday night at Hot Asia located at A Venue. Diners enjoy wide variety of foods and drinks while watching a live band.
The night bazaar at A Venue, Makati Avenue
The night bazaar at A Venue, Makati Avenue
A Venue Mall also has bars like Night Owl
A Venue Mall also has bars like Night Owl

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  1. The contrast of the suburbs vs the city. And the high cost of living in Makati. Makes my thoughts drift back to the province.. 🙂

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