Yesterday was epic. For the very first time, I thought of going to Binondo on Chinese New Year to check out how this auspicious occasion is celebrated there. Yes, I was just curious. So I dragged the hubby with me and off we braved the traffic and the crowd to experience our first Chinese New Year in the oldest Chinatown in the world having been established in 1594.
We reached Jones Bridge at past 3:00 p.m., left the car at a safe parking area somewhere there, and walked our way into Chinatown while watching the ongoing parade participated in by various groups. My SIL Albie joined us as soon as we arrived at Lucky Chinatown Mall. She actually went to Divisoria in the morning to shop at 168 Mall with her friends Grace and Angie.
Aside from checking out the festivities and taking pictures in Binondo, we also did some shopping at 168 Mall. Edwin got some shirts while I was able to score a pair of pants and some nice sandals, cover-ups, and earrings at dirt-cheap prices.
When we got hungry, we looked for the nearest restaurant and tried getting a table. Every resto we checked out had a long queue; the hubby even suggested that we have dinner at home na lang kaysa lalong magutom sa haba ng pila. But I was adamant to end our trip with a decent Chinese dinner. I spotted Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant inside Lucky Chinatown Mall and took my two companions there. We were no. 7 on the list and got seated after several minutes of waiting.
It’s my second time to dine at Sincerity. The first one was with my officemates at their original branch on Yuchengco St. As usual, the restaurant didn’t disappoint. Their prices were still very affordable and their specialty fried chicken were still a big hit to us!
Unlike when we drove to Binondo earlier that day, our trip going home was a breeze. We were exhausted from all the walking, shopping, and people watching but it was well worth it.
Have you tried going to Binondo on Chinese New Year in the past? How was your experience?