Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Trip Thursday : Cagbalete Island 2009

Enchanting Cagbalete Island

It's summer once again and the word "hot" is an understatement. One island that is on the bucket list of summer folks is the Cagbalete Island in the province of Quezon. I, together with Dong Ho and a couple of friends have visited the island in 2009 and here is my recollection of the place thru photos and stories. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Foodstagram Friday : Must Try Gyoza @ Osaka Ohsho

House Specialty

Craving for dumpling, I searched the net to find a restaurant that serves delectable dumplings near my place in Ortigas. My search lead me to Osaka Ohsho which has good reviews of gyoza and advertises itself as the Number One Gyoza restaurant in Japan. There are over 300 outlets in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and now in Manila and it is located in SM Megamall. Being a dumpling-lover as I am, I just have to try this place. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Selfie Sunday : Marky of Nomadic Experiences

This Sunday's featured blogger is among the country's most popular travel bloggers and needs no further introduction. His blog, Nomadic Experiences - Narratives and Images of Being on the Road, has constantly been nominated and won in several award giving bodies such as Globe Tatt Awards, Bloscars Skyscanner Travel Awards, Philippine Blog Awards and The Travel Bloggy Awards to name a few.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zambales : Morning at Isla Magalawa

Magalawa Morning Silhoutte

William Blake's four-line metaphysical poem read "He who binds to himself a joy, Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies, Lives in Eternity's sunrise." This reminds me that I must not attempt to cling to a sublime experience, but rather to allow it to come and go with grace.

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.