If the United States has the Wall Street in New York, then the Philippines has Makati City. It is the financial center of this country and just like the Big Apple, this town doesn’t know how to sleep. The blinding lights of the metro will keep you awake!
Makati City is also one of the most populated metropolitan cities in the whole world! You will meet a lot of different people here from foreign investors, tourists and locals who are really hard workers and are mostly in the corporate world. This city has a very diverse environment that you will love as you learn cultures and customs of various of people from around the globe.
The first thing that you will noticed here would have to be their tallest buildings and skyscrapers. Businessmen and women are the common residents of this city. Finding a job here won’t be hard at all as long as you are fluent in English. There are hundreds of call center companies that are always hiring and that’s the reason this city never sleeps. These call centers hold accounts mostly from the US and the UK so that explains the time and shifts of people coming to work.
There are tons of activities that you can do in this city. Cosmopolitan living is very well practiced here from the clubbing to bar hoping, this city is flooded with that! Make friends around and soon you’ll get to have VIP tickets to the hottest clubs in town. You’ll be able to rub elbows with their local celebrities and party with some of the country’s socialites in this city.
The crime rate in Makati City is far less than the other cities in the metro. You can walk around pass midnight in the streets of Ayala Avenue and not be mugged or harmed by some strangers. There are lots of securities roaming around from time to time to ensure the safety of their locals and visitors.
Most of the people here are car owners but in order to travel around the city driving is really not necessary. Taxicabs are also popular along with their famous jeepneys. Transportation fare is always cheap that you can pay 8 Pesos for a jeepney ride which is just around ¢ .20! The cost of living in Makati City is not expensive at all compared to other metros in the world. You can already stay in a one-bedroom condominium for as low as $200 a month! And I can guarantee you that it already comes with the building’s amenities like pool and security guards.
Now let’s talk about the food. There is absolutely no way that you’ll get hungry in this city because there is a restaurant or a fast food chain in literally every corner. They also have this Silver Box Mobile Food Corners where in you can eat anything from sandwiches, Filipino dishes and other snacks to satisfy your empty stomach.
But if you want something gourmet, then just drop by Greenbelt 3 and you can choose from European, Asian and other Western cuisines that you would like to have. I personally recommend Barcino, which is one of their popular Spanish restaurants. Their pasta marinara is a must and partner it with their massive collection of wine, your evening is up for some real good time!
And of course, your whole dining experience is never complete without trying out at MASA’s where you can wine and dine along with their famous Filipino cuisine. Trust me that you need to taste their “Sinigang na Baboy” because you just might forget your name after tasting it. That’s how heavenly it tastes!
Writing all those food made me hungry all of a sudden. But going back to the highlights of being in Makati City, I must say that this town is not just about business and the nightlife, but it’s definitely about living a balanced life. This town will teach you how to work hard and party harder after stressing your entire morning working.
The locals are friendly and you won’t have a hard time communicating to them because although the Philippines’ first language is Tagalog, the people here seem to have adapted the Western culture very well that they even have the accent of the people living in the US. Makati City will never make you feel far away from home.