How I Spend One Night Wondering in Makati Avenue’s Red Light District

A. Venue Hotel Makati
No makeup and free from any worries, I’ve booked an overnight at A.Venue Makati Hotel to have fun.

Technically I didn’t wonder around the whole red light district. It just so happen that I passed by at that street and I find it interesting...

Have you sometimes felt a little exhausted for mundane life and even just one night you want something different and a bit of fun?

Yup, that’s me… this time I decided to check what’s going on in Makati Avenue and booked an overnight stay at A.Venue Hotel Makati, packed my overnight bag and my laptop, and booked a GRABCAR to my hotel for a night.


A. Venue Hotel Makati


It was some three weeks ago, and I was suddenly felt that boredom. And I knew exactly what I have to do. Then I thought well, I haven’t been visited Makati in a while (I used to know Makati like the back of my palm when I used to live there) but when I transferred here in Bonifacio Global City, things have changed. I got so freaking occupied and visiting the next city makes me lazy (ohh the fucking traffic I hate it) unless its business.


A. Venue Hotel Makati



I hit my Expedia app, and chose A. Venue Makati Hotel – an upscale hotel this time as I thought it is not practical to book a luxury room for just overnight stay. If I remember correctly I only paid, Php3,100 tax-inclusive for 1 night stay. Not bad actually.


A. Venue Hotel Makati


But this room doesn’t comes with breakfast. You may choose to add but it will cost you additional Php600.00 per person, and honestly I find it too much.

When you happen to stay in Makati Avenue, it’s one of the place where there are many restaurants around, from Filipino cuisine, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, American, etc. they have it.


And you will get it for a fraction of a price from hat the hotels are offering you.

So better to explore the restaurants around, yes?!


A. Venue Hotel Makati


I find my room quite impressive. A nice bed with fully functioned air conditioning unit, a sofa where I can just lay myself to read a good book, a flat screen television mounted in the wall for convenience.


A. Venue Hotel Makati


A. Venue Hotel Makati


My room also have a small kitchenette complete with sink, microwave oven, a heater with complimentary tea and coffee, a small fridge below, and enough spaces for my stuffs.


A. Venue Hotel Makati


Just wearing my favourite boyfriend shirt for a more casual look in town!


A. Venue Hotel Makati


And oohh I have a bathtub! That’s more fabulous, because it is one of my most simple pleasure in life. Soaking my whole body in the tub, full of scented bubble soaps and just relaxing like a Queen plus champagne – ohh who will ever say NO for that pleasure ah?


A. Venue Hotel Makati


It is also equipped with complimentary toiletries, and hair dryer. Not all upscale room have available hair dryers. In some upscale hotels, you need to request it first before they could provide you.


A. Venue Hotel Makati


Ah isn’t my room so nice for just one night?

Actually, my one night stay is not 100% relaxing because I still brought my laptop with me in case some ideas pops in my head.


A. Venue Hotel Makati


Yup there’s my laptop and my coffee waiting for me to abuse them both, lol

I’ve arrived at my hotel around 5:00PM and it’s almost time for dinner. So after unpacking my stuffs, and had a quick rest, I decided to explore the avenue and look for something for dinner. Been craving for Korean cuisine, and those smoking hot dishes with lots of veggies, ooh my! Just imagining that craving gives me that intense feeling – I called that thing orgasmic, lol


Makati Avenue’s Red Light District


Am not sure what exactly the name of the streets I’ve been walked through, but definitely for sure I passed-by one of the adjacent red-light district of Makati Avenue.

Burgos Street is known as the busiest street in Makati Avenue, composed of many entertainments that includes karaoke bars, restaurants and girly bars and clubs.

When I passed-by around 6:00PM I’ve already seen some red-light workers (for most they call they prostitutes) waiting on the side of the streets for customers. Yes, it’s really odd that I happen to passed-by in this place, but I thought this is where I could find one of the affordable restaurants I like.


Makati Avenue’s Red Light District


I also noticed these two ambulance packed on the side, and some team that looks like volunteers talking with some prostitutes, and they giving out leaflets with condoms inside. And then I realized that they are doing something good for the community.

You see, prostitution is the oldest profession in the history. Check your Bible and read historical books and you’ll see. And yes, this might be taboo but I honestly think that this kind of profession will always exist, and maybe will never fade. So what would the local government will do? Just help the workers and making sure they are practicing it safe, and have a regular health test to avoid them from trouble.

If you will asked me if I’ve tried visiting these girlie bars – yes I did, thanks for my very open-minded friends.

There are certain rules before you enter these bars. Single or group of girls are not allowed to enter the bar or clubs, unless being accompanied by at least a guy. Yes, you might think it’s like you being accompanied by your parent, but in a different adult and consensual way. This rule exist because there are some incidents that independent workers comes in the bar and deal their clients, and also of course the bar management way to protect their workers.

Thanks to my friends, I’ve experienced visiting this world and witnessed what is actually going on inside. You’ll see topless girls, roaming around the bars, dancing in the poll, and entertaining their customers, well mostly those in the retiring old ages. And sometimes naked girls roaming around just like they just got off from a sauna.

I even managed to befriend one of the Manager they called Mama-san, and explained to me that most of the workers are single Moms who just want to provide food on the table.

I couldn’t blame them either. Anyway, they are mature enough to know what they are doing and it’s consensual.

The Mama-san also told me that worker are required to have health check-up and test weekly, and whoever doesn’t comply will be terminated at work.

Oooppss, Mama-san is strict!


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


I felt that craving again… geez I have to find it!

Luckily I got hooked-up with this lady red-light worker and guided me the way to this Korean Buffet Restaurant called MATGALNE.


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


This buffet restaurant is like a simple restaurant in most China town, nothing grand – the tables and chairs are simple yet sturdy. The interiors are also simple just like your typical Auntie’s kitchen.


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


This might be a simple-looking restaurant but well equipped with security camera! And this wide and huge mirror makes the whole restaurant looked bigger.

Finally my cravings will come to an end, LOL


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


If you have bigger appetite and you love Korean beef, OMG this place is perfect for you. They open for lunch time until dinner and midnight.


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


They offers Eat-All-You-Can Buffet at Php399.00, Php499.00 and Php599.00. It’s crazy because their foods are fantastic!

These are some of the foods they have, and they are many others that I haven’t managed to take some pictures. I think for that value, it’s totally worth it.


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


And since I’m just a lady with strong cravings but with smaller appetite (weird huh) I’ve decided to just ordered Spicy Kimchi Stew ala-carte.


Korean Buffet Restaurant MATGALNE


Tadah! My Spicy Hot Kimchi Stew with rice along with 6 different side dishes! Yummy!


And for this I only spent Php310.00 not bad! And while writing this article, I suddenly crave for kimchi again, LOL. I want to visit this restaurant this weekend

It was soo good I went back to my hotel with my full tummy, feeling lazy and sleepy AF and ended up watching HBO movies while wearing my favourite facemask.

LOL that’s my life basically


A. Venue Hotel Makati


What’s your ways to kill your sudden boredom? I would love to hear your thought!



xoxo, Blair





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80 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Wow Blair! What a nice break to kill your boredom! Glad to read your experience at bar and the food looks delicious at MATGALNE!

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    1. Hello Ana,

      Thanks for visiting! Am actually thinking of dining at Magalne during lunch this coming weekend. Hopefully something different then :)

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  2. Woww! the room looks quite cosy ! gonna check this out ^^

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  3. For the first time reading a first hand account of such a hotel. After all they have to provide food on table and that touched me. You are brave to interact there.

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    1. Hello Indrani and thank you for your comment.

      I agree, and as much as we want them to leave that kind of professional.. IF that's ONLY they know what to do and good at, all we can do is helped them not to get sick and practice it safely.

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  4. Oh that food looks yum! I like to browse the internet when I'm bored. Social media has got me hooked. Lol

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    1. Thanks Jolleen,

      Social Media and internet has been with my life everyday, and its already my work. So I prefer to hangout somewhere not so much familiar to me, engaged with common people and learn from them.

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  5. Great post on your overnight getaway. Sometimes we need a change scenery even if it's for a night. Great picture on the food and the hotel room.

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    1. Thanks Whitney!

      I've chose the upscale room just for an overnight. If I will stay for few days, I might choose the 5-star!

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  6. That hotel looks so cute and cozy for a little getaway! I love it when hotels come with kitchenettes.

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    1. Yeah me too! This unit is perfect for a longer stay :)

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  7. It's good that they have checks all the time, it's super important. Not that we plan to use their services haha, but it's good for whoever does to know it's "clean" :P

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    1. I know right, Thuymi! I've also learned that whoever doesn't undergo a test after an "engagement" will be kicked-out from work.

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  8. What a great way to get out of a rut and do something different! And that food looks amazing!

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    1. Hello Josie,

      Yeah and each time I see this photo it makes me so hungry!

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  9. I like kimchi as well ! :) i liked the honesty and the detailing of your post. Looks like a well spent day ! Amazing

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    1. Thank you Ami!

      Do you know that there is more than 300 kinds of kimchi?!

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  10. What a beautiful hotel, I would have to stay longer than overnight to get pampered at such a beautiful place.

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    1. Hello Ivonne,

      I will next time, but maybe in a different hotel :)

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  11. The hotel does look super fun and relaxing for a one-night stay. I was also interested in your experience in the red light district. I have been to the one in Amsterdam and I found it depressing. I agree that it is important that someone provide the public service of making sure that the sex workers stay healthy and take care of themselves.

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    1. I agree... no matter how hard we try to let them out of the street, still this old-time profession will exist.

      What we could do is not criticize them, but help them not to get sick.

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  12. The hotel looks nice! I'm planning to have a vacation in the Philippines this year. Though, I might spend my vacation in my province I thin that this is a good place to stay if ever I stop by Makati.

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    1. Hello Criselle,

      Yeah this is also perfect for longer stay!

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  13. The room looks fantastic! And yum, that food looks so delicious.

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  14. Wow, definitely sounds like you weren't bored! It's always interesting to see the different sides of life and red light areas are one of them. Looks like you had a great buffet too! thanks for sharing your tips

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    1. Thank Garth, I have a small stomach so enjoying the buffet is a challenge. I want to eat or even taste them all!

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  15. The food looks amazing that you had! Glad you enjoyed a night to yourself that was something different! We all need one of those once in a while! The hotel looks beautiful!

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  16. WOW! Looks amazing I so need a night on my own. Looks like you had a wonderful time congrats:)

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  17. I got attitude like that too if im not doing anything on weekend I am ended up booking a hotel 2-3 hours drive for a change of scenery and I find it so refreshed amd recharge after the weekend getaway.

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    1. It was a good thing (though for some they might find it a luxury... its okay if a luxury for your own!). It helps me to refresh and learned a lot.

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  18. That sounds like a crazy trip! It's always good to travel with an open mind though, that's how to embrace life 100%!!

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    1. Hello Chloe,

      Actually not so crazy, LOL I've been to much crazier ride but won't share it here in details *wink *wink

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  19. Looks like a wonderful night! The pictures tell the perfect story. So much fun.

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  20. wow seems like a nice retreat. a good place to unwind oneself.

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    1. Yeah, next time am visiting another red light along Malate so stay tune!

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  21. Wow i like Makati City but have not go out to the red light area at night.

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    1. Hello Sunshine,

      Yeah, not advisable for solo female travelers if you are staying located near red light district.

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  22. Lovely place to wonder in. THe food is nice and it's really priceless experience!

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    1. Hello Kylie,

      yup, and am going to share more restaurants soon!

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  23. nice hotel room it is. nowadays a lot hotels in MY don't provide bath tubs sigh

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    1. Oh really??? Why??!!! Bathtubs are very important!

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  24. love your room... looks so nice.. did not know there is a red light district there in makati ...

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    1. Yeah there is and everyday this street is always traffic and busy.

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  25. The room looks awesome and the food looks delicious too. Can't wait for my turn to stay there.

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    1. Hello Jane, definitely you'll enjoy Makati. Oh tag along your family!

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  26. That's an interesting way of escaping from boredom! :) That hotel looks amazing even if it just was for one night, I wouldn't mind at all spending some more time in that room!

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  27. We call such breaks a staycation here in Malaysia. I definitely enjoy such a me time as well but one night is not enough for me!

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    1. Hello Emily,

      Actually one-night is also not enough for me! But I have a tight deadline, and this is the only opportunity I had. I swear I will make my staycation even longer, plus more side trips!

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  28. the room looks big and cozy! glad you had an amazing stay at that place :)

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    1. Yes I did but I find it not good enough. I need more staycation soon!

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  29. Well that was certainly a way to kick boredom! The room looked comfortable and the food look great. So glad you had a fun time .

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  30. Sounds like a truly wonderful stay. Love your photos as well- really tells a story!

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    1. Thanks Kristi! Am happy that you ladies like it :) More travel stories and adventures to come.

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  31. I love that you mention how a lot of the women working in the red light district are mothers trying to feed their children. I had to read a book in college about women from the Philippines who go to do this sort of work and there's so much to it people would not understand because it's outside of their range of experience.

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    1. Hello Ashley,

      Life is tough, and most of us no matter how try to wouldn't be living the dream life that we want. And these women - if you have an open heart and mind, you'll understand that they are survivors.

      Most of these are young Moms - women that was impregnated by their ex-boyfriends or been abandoned by their husbands, and yet they need to survive and work for their kids. And since they have lack of educational experiences, and some are too afraid to the society, they've chose to lurk in the dark, and work in the red-light district.

      What they do, yes is immoral to the society - but to the rule of life, it is their way of survival.

      Anyway, what they do is both consensual.

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  32. Such a great idea to have a change of environment over the weekend and to have such a nice and comfy room, there is nothing better than to relax and have a break from the busy life!

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    1. Yes, and I perfectly agree! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  33. Wow, you are a brave lady. Thanks for the post, it was fun to read!

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    1. Hello Marta,

      Thank you for your kind thought!
      But I don't see why we should be afraid of walking in the red-light district. I have no reason to be afraid of, because police are everywhere.

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  34. The hotel looks awesome! I love how it has both mini kitchenette and also bath tub. Now I wish laptops are waterproof so that I can work while soaking in the bath tub!

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    1. Hello Christy,

      Yeah and I felt so happy! This kind of setup is good for longer stay. Some units doesn't have a bath tub, but you can always request for one.

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  35. Wow~ The room look not bad. I like to seeing you tied up your hair. =)

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    1. Hahaha thanks Shini. When I'm at home I usually tied-it up to a bun.

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  36. I will just sleep and watch random videos online! I love how you manage to away from town and stay in this awesome hotel =D

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    1. Thanks Sharon,

      Yeah I do the same of yours sometimes. But makes me bored when I do it frequently. Am a Sagittarian and every now and then I need to go to new environment.

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  37. I should take a break one of these days and do what you did dear :) Plus love the layout of the room, I always liked an open concept space.

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    1. Yeah you must because you deserve some break!

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  38. I like the way you kill your boredom, go and eat well rest well, it's really enjoyable lifestyle. For me, I will just watching Korean drama all along the day, haha

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    1. Hahaha yeah, I also did binging for Korean drama, but it only gives me more eye bags due to crying od those scenes, LOL

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  39. where is this babe? It seems relaxing ^^

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    1. It is located here in Makati Avenue, Manila :)

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  40. Thanks for the interesting post! I've never been to Manila but in the future perhaps I will fly there (when I have the moolah).

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    1. Hi Alvin,

      You'll gonna love it! Let me know when you'll visiting :)

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