Here you will find both tourists and expats, as well as local Filipinos, among them many girls (and also a few ladyboys) who are just feeling bored so they grab a cup of coffee and sit down in the outside seating area or patio to play on their phones or do people watching.
The whole Malate area is a little chaotic to be honest and you need to watch out for all the touts trying to sell you something, and so you will feel a great relief and security as soon as you walk into this air-conditioned mall.
Of course it’s also possible to approach them when they come with a friend or two, but it just makes it more difficult because they will probably act more shy and reserved in front of their friends.
Similar for girls working in the stores, yes you will see some real cuties in there but if you decide to say hi, make sure there are as few people watching as possible, because again if she feels like she’s being watched then she will probably just giggle and not start a real conversation. I usually find these two methods most effective: First, you could ask them for the direction in order to start a conversation.
” and if not you could start digging again by saying like “Oh I see, thank you. And the second way you can go about it would be to write down your phone number or facebook contact on a small piece of paper and simply give it to her.
This will give her the chance to contact and chat with you without other people watching her, which is her biggest concern and your biggest obstacle in 80% of the cases.