Chinese New Year (CNY) is a pretty festive event, and there’s no place in Metro Manila more festive during this time than Binondo. Fun fact: It’s home to the world’s oldest Chinatown.
That said, you can expect a whole lot of hassle to even get to Binondo when the CNY festivities are in full swing. Here are three ways you and your car can celebrate CNY without venturing to the heart of Manila.
1) Visit a good Chinese restaurant.
You don’t have to go all the way to Chinatown to get a good Chinese meal. Besides, it’s next to impossible to drive there during CNY, anyway. The next best thing is to have a scrumptious lunch or dinner while enjoying the traffic-free roads on a public holiday. Some of our favorite Chinese restaurants include Oriental Pearl in Pasig, Gloria Maris, and Mann Hann. If you’re feeling fancy, you can go to places like Xin Tian Di in Crowne Plaza and Spirals buffet in Sofitel.
2) Declutter your car.
If you want to achieve harmony in the new year, what better way to ensure this than by applying some feng shui to your car? You can use this holiday to rid your ride of junk and useless clutter. Old receipts, useless documents, unused stuff in your trunk—yup, they can all go. It’s a new year, after all.
3) Decorate your car with red accessories.
What’s more Chinese New Year than the color red, right? You can use this holiday as a reason (or an excuse) to adorn your ride with some red accessories—seat covers, shift knob, brake calipers, you name it. Because we all know that red not only looks good, it also makes your car go faster.