Sunday, September 14, 2014

Selfie Sunday : Doc Gelo of Beyond Toxicity

Doc Gelo in Nepal

Anyone who said you cannot mix travel and work and excel in both has not met Doc Gelo. Doc Gelo works overseas but and at the same time authors the blog "Beyond Toxicity" - a travel and food blog that is the recipient of Best Expat Blog Awards for two consecutive years, 2012-13 from Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. He now works in Dubai but the travel and food stories still continues.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Foodstagram Friday : Batanes' Steamed Tatus in Coconut Sauce

Batanes' Specialty - Coconut Crab
Undoubtedly, the star of Batanes cuisine is this fierce-looking arthropod locally known as Tatus. It is a crab but it looks more like a spider with its longer limbs and a sac at the rear end housing its aligue. It is usually cooked steamed or sauteed in sauce such as sweet chili or butter and garlic. However, the best was of cooking it according to my newly-found Ivatan friends is to cook it with fresh coconut juice. 

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Siem Reap : The Microcosm Angkor Thom

One of Angkor Thom's Many Faces

I was just intent on seeing how the trees recaptured a place that was once occupied by mankind but hardcore traveler Ron of Flip N' Travels gave me a list of things to see in Angkor. Among these are the Stegosaurus Relief dated hundred of years before mankind discovered dinosaurs, the first ever engraved record of obstetrics in Asian civilization, Angelina Jolie's Tree, Mahab Rahata, engraved story of Rama and Sita and the Oldest Sanskrit text outside of India.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Selfie Sunday : Mark of Kurtzky

As the popular song goes "The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen.A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen." Err, make it a "king", for whenever he travels, Mark Rodel dela Rosa, or simply Mark, feels like he is king of the world.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Foodstagram Friday : Bacolod's Chicken Inasal

Philippine's Best Grilled Chicken
Chicken inasal is probably the most popular dish from the City of Smiles, Bacolod. Unlike the common barbecue or grilled chicken that uses soy sauce (toyo), this specialty uses different ingredients for its marinade and basting sauce that create that sought-after unique flavor. The smoked flavor added by cooking the chicken on a hot charcoal grill imbibes the marinade and makes the dish tastier. Chicken Inasal is also distinct for its yellowish color brought about by the application of achuete or annatto oil. Served with steamed rice and a dipping sauce made up of vinegar, calamansi, sot sauce and siling labuyo, aaah this dish is heaven.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pampanga : The Lahar-Sunken Church of Bacolor

San Guillermo Parish Church

San Guillermo Parish Church is one of the more popular church in the Philippines, thanks largely to Santino of May Bukas Pa Show. Only half of the original facade of the church can be seen today due to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 which half-buried the church. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Selfie Sunday : Arnie of The Kid Wanderer

Arnie at the Summit of Mount Maculot

Arnie aka The Kid Wanderer started documenting his travels in August 2012 after getting lots of inspirations from other travel bloggers. He went to several places in the Philippines and started climbing mountains around Luzon. And for him, the best way to share all the experience is through blogging like what other bloggers do. Although most of the places he has visited has been already "blogged", it is his personal experiences that make his posts different from others.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Foodstagram Friday : Bitter

What does bitter taste like? Nothing definitive but it leaves a sharp, pungent taste in your tongue. Of course, if you imagine taking that bitter taste on your tongue and turning it into an emotion, you've got another meaning of bitter: a resentful, angry feeling. And defined colloquially, a bitter person is one who is envious of the success of others that even though he says good things to that person, his body language dictates otherwise.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Siem Reap : Floating Villages in Tonle Sap Lake

Mecca of Travelers

Wandering in a place not too familiar is always a fascination, so when someone asked me to go with them in a village within a lake, I unhesitantly said yes. It was a good fifty minute bus ride from the Town Proper of Siem Reap to a mini terminal where boats leading to Tonle Sap Lake are docked.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Selfie Sunday : Allan of Lantaw, Philippine Outdoor and Travel Photos

He is no Pacquiao but he can land the Big Punch

I was staring at his landscape shot of Mount Pulag framed on the wall of my room while I am thinking of the best possible way to introduce this popular travel-photo blogger but I can't seem to find the appropriate adjectives to start.

To the rescue is one of the best lines that stuck to me the night before when my group of travel-blogging friends (him included) watched Martin Sheen's The Way. On the way to the airport, there was an argument between the character played by Martin Sheen and his son wherein Martin told his son of the life he chose to live. Disagreeing about his father's choice, the son said "You don't choose a life... You live one!"