Friday, January 25, 2008

Wouldn't It Be Nice To Be Proud

Raft3r was born and raised in Malibay, Pasay’s answer to Manila’s Tondo.

Despite the notorious reputation of my birthplace, I don’t ever recall being mugged, shot, robbed, stoned, stabbed, drugged or gang raped.

Malibay or, as I fondly refer to as, Mali Bay is one huge tourist destination waiting to be discovered.

Moreover SM Mall of Asia. Mali Bay offers more variety and interesting side trips.

Consider the following:

Matute Fashion School - The butt of ALL jokes. But it really does exist. It is located along EDSA corner Mali Bay. It's hard to miss. Most people consider it a landmark. The school is owned by my aunt's godparents.

Diego, Ang Pambansang Bading (Help! I need assistance in coming up with its English transalation. Please be politically correct.) - Even rich folks who frequent High Street and Rockwell know this funny Kapuso. Yes, Diego is a certified Mali Bay resident. He is reported to frequent nearby carinderias (eateries) and sari sari stores (kiosks) wiht hunky local boys. I heard he's pretty generous. Can't wait to run into him one of these days.

Vhong Navarro's Panciteria (noodle house) - Even Lastikman is not stupid to ignore the increasing spending power of Mali Bay residents. See people line up in the street not for the pancit but to catch a glimpse of the famous comedian. Don't ask me why. Raft3r is NOT interested.

Apartments For Rent - Want a Serendra-like unit but for a cheaper cost? Enter Mali Bay's midrise condo units. Monthly rentals range from only five to ten grand. AJ 1 (Ooops... This is not an advertisement.) offers the best price and view of the magnificent Mali Bay scenery.

Night Life - Drinking sessions in Mali Bay commence as early as ten o'clock in the morning. Who needs to go to a bar when sari-sari stores are conveniently located in every block? Ihaw-ihaw (barbeque) stands abound. They make for excellent pulutan (beer munchies). Dress code is not observed here. In fact, most drinkers go topless - male drinkers, i.e.

Online Poker - Mali Bay offers a better game. Enter jueteng. This local betting game, although illegal, is common in most dark alleys of the posh community. Thank the city government for its non-stop support of this gambling activity.

People - Diversity may be an understatement. Mali Bay residents are composed of urban yuppies, professionals, Japayukis (Filipina entertainers from Japan), students, drug lords, and the common Juan dela Cruz (that's Uncle Sam, for you).

So there we have it, seven glorious reasons to celebrate my hometown.

Mabuhay! (Welcome!)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi denoy! I kind of miss Pasay after reading your post. Great blog! I'm now in a hurry so sayang I don't have the time to google the title. Coffee date? Sa Malibay rin dapat hehehehe.

- wendy
dreamsmasher.blogdrive.com

Raft3R said...

anonymous, Yeah! Pasay rocks! Thanks for dropping by...

Mishel Anne said...

Evan and Jaron! I want coffee! Now na! :P

In fairness, naaliw ako sa pagbasa ng blog mo. Nagulat ako na you actually sound......witty. :P

Mwahaha. Jk. I mishu!

Raft3R said...

mishel anne, Sira ka talaga. Galing, ah. You're correct. Evan and Jaron nga. Salamat sa pagbisita.

bestfriend said...

I like this song, I also like their other song...The Distance although this song is kinda lonely.
Galing, hindi nauubusan ng topic.
Keep on writing!

Raft3R said...

bestfriend, The Distance is one of my favorite songs! Lipat ka na kasi sa Pasay, ha. Astig d2!

st_leobinus said...

What's with these coffee dates? I must say, it's clever. Mind if I steal your m.o.?
Growing up in Pasay, I compare it to New York --- it doesn't sleep. It won't make you sleep with all the occasional screams of "Balot!" or "Sunog!" and "Walang tubig!".

Raft3R said...

st_leobinus, Nyahaha. Oo, nga pala. Pasay boy ka din dati! Hehe.

Anonymous said...

Pakilala mo naman kami sa Japayuki neighbors mo oh. Pahiram na rin ng Pasay at Malibay Scandals hehehe

Raft3R said...

anonymous, Pilyo ka, ha. Sige, if the price is right... Nyahaha.

maggieness said...

Malibay...este...Mali Bay has a diff image to me now. I a imagine a proud dennis in a barong beaming and proud whenever i pass by the infamous area. haha. nice one, man! keep em coming!

Raft3R said...

maggieness, Barong? I'm more of a suit guy. Hehe.

scarletsascha said...

Dang! I always type wrong. I meant "Malibay is the new Baranggay Culiat."

Raft3R said...

scarletsascha, Welcome to the deadbeat club! Hope you'll like it here.

kwentongkengkay.com said...

how could i miss this post! batang malibay din si kengkay! dun ako lumaki ng 4'11, hahaha

sa ibaba ng matute fashion school e andun yung dating arjay tailoring. sa amin yon!

at ang bahay namin malapit dun sa may lumang akasya. sa gitna ng palengke! ano be, na miss ko ang malibay.
may picture ako dito sa post ko
http://kwentongkengkay.com/2008/04/25/shoppingan-ni-kengkoy/

Raft3r said...

kengkay, Kaya ka pala maganda. Taga Mali Bay ka pala. Hehe

soltero said...

Haha I know Malibay very well...You forgot to mention the world famous Tripa de Gallina ahaha :P Batang Pasay din ako :p

And to answer ur question, LAX is about 20-30 mins drive from Anaheim (dipindi sa trapik)

Raft3r said...

soltero, Naman! Pogi talaga mga taga-Pasay! Nyahaha