The Philippines is my first stop on a journey to Asia that will consume the next four weeks, most of it in China, including Hong Kong.
Battling jetlag, 12 hours ahead of the Eastern U.S time zone, my first goal was a long walk in Manila’s business district, which also is home to gigantic indoor shopping malls that are packed to the gills on weekends.
Thanks to the concierge at the fashionable and well located Peninsula hotel, my Sunday walk yielded a terrific lunch spot, Tin Ho Wan, favored by locals and known for its baked buns with BBQ pork and steamed dumplings. Not fancy but very good, said the concierge — exactly what I was looking for, as a re-introduction to Asia. With iced tea, less than $8.