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Actually, going to Pasay, just outside of Manila. I'd love it if anyone had any good suggestions on places to get a fair deal down there - really on any kind of watch - I like vintage and new alike. I had seen similar posts, but they looked a few years old, so I thought I'd try a new one in case info had changed. (If anyone had any recommendations on safe, affordable lodging near the airport for a family with three young boys, I'd appreciate that too!)

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Sounds like fun! I just came back from Manila, Hong Kong, Macau and Tokyo. In Manila I would give Mang Andy (Andoy/Andrew) at makati square. Bring a couple watches that needs to be revived. He is a well known watch maker in the Philippines. I had my Superocean buffed and refinished for about $25 on the spot. There's also a 2nd hand shop in Greenhills 2nd floor near the cell phone shops who has a wide variety of higher end pieces. There are a lot of seikos in the Philippines but I found it hard to find real gems that are not available in the states. I did buy a skx007 from a taxi driver for $40 which I later flipped.

Personally I would try my best to fly to Tokyo. This is the time to go to Japan as the Japanese yen dropped over 25% in just the past year. Everything is affordable and I found even cheaper than the other cities I visited. I was able to pick up a 14060M sub with box and papers for a great deal. There's tons of watch stores around Tokyo.

Good luck and happy hunting!


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Just avoid the resorts that have clubs in them! Not the best place for kids......


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Resorts World Manila Hotel is across the street or highway from Terminal 3 NAIA (the sort of new Manila airport). It's pretty much brand new and I've heard good things about it. It also is part of a casino - although I guess that's a moot point since you are travelling with children. I'd stay there if I was only staying near the airport.
 

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I was just there in June. As far as hotel accommodations go, we stayed at the Seda NUVALI which is an hour or so from the airport, but in a really beautiful area and a very nice hotel for the cost. There was lots of shopping right around there, but I found it to be mostly overpriced Western-style stuff at American prices, and no watch stores that I saw. Mine was not a vacation or sightseeing trip, but we did make it up to Tagaytay which was worth the drive. NUVALI is a nice area and is near the Monochrome, which is where my church's Manila campus is (the reason for my trip.). Enjoy!


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