Monthly Archives: August 2015

Explore Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island Tourist Map (Explore Siquijor FB Page)

Photo grabbed from Explore Siquijor Facebook Page

Siquijor is small but an  island full of mysteries, so they say.

Because of stories of witchcraft, the uninitiated stepping on the island for the first time will feel a bit scared and cautious. But the island really is very welcoming to all guests. I should know, it’s my hometown! :)

When you arrive on the island, you will be welcomed by fresh air and serene sights of ocean and mountains. Except in Larena, the municipality that doesn’t sleep, the quiet atmosphere of the other municipalities is broken only by sporadic spurts of motorcyles and motorcabs.

It’s an island worth exploring for its beach and mountain resorts, fresh produce and warm people.

When in Siquijor

1. Drink fresh buko juice.
2. Eat boiled or fried bananas.
3. Eat native bread made with “tuba” (coconut wine) and stuffed with “bukayo” (sweetened grated coconut meat).
4. Visit old churches.
5. Visit beaches/sanctuaries.
6. Watch the sunset and sunrise.
7. Attend fiestas where anyone can just go in and out of houses and partake of the feast.
8. Check out boulevards.
9. Go cliff-jumping in Salagdoong Beach.
10. Tour the island in one day.

How to get to Siquijor

1. From Manila, take a flight or boat ride to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete, take a ferry or boat ride to Larena or Siquijor. Shipping lines such as Montenegro Shipping Lines. Check schedule here. Or you may take Delta Fast Ferries. Check schedule here.

2. From Cebu, take a flight via Cebu Pacific to Dumaguete or take a bus (Ceres) ride to Liloan Cebu and take the ferry to Sibulan, Dumaguete. Check schedule here. Then from Dumaguete, refer to #1.

Where to stay in Siquijor

There are plenty of inns and resorts to choose from. Check out Local Philippines.

For the rest about the island, I leave it to you to explore and enjoy your trip!

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Church, Lazi, SiquijorSt. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

St. Isidore Labrador Convent, Lazi, Siquijor

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorBoating at Salagdoong Beach Resort,  Maria, Siquijor

Boating at Salagdoong Beach, Maria, SiquijorAccommodation at Coco Grove Beach and Dive Resort

Accommodation at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, SiquijorAn intimate dining area, Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Intimate Dining at Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Resto along the beach of Coco Grove Beach & Dive Resort, San Juan, Siquijor

Sunset in Dumalaay

Sunset at Dumalaay Boulevard Cangmalalag, Larena, SiquijorSunrise in LarenaSunrise, Larena Bay, Siquijor

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#itsmorefuninthephilippines

Tsoknut Tsokolate, Perfect for the Stormy Weather

Mary Grace's Tsoknut TsokolateTsoknut Tsokolate of Mary Grace

Yes, this Tsoknut Tsokolate of Mary Grace is just perfect for this cold, windy, and wet weather. Then what better way than to pair it with this

Mary Grace's grilled kesong puti with bagard breadMary Grace grilled kesong puti with bagard bread…

 I just love it! The bread is crunchy on the outside but soft at the center.

There is a nice surprise at Mary Grace, too. It has something to do with their customer service.

As soon as you order, they would punch in your orders and they will give you right away the bill. This will give you time to review your bill, and it also facilitates your bill-out time. I really like it. I also like the notes they add in your bill and receipt.

Take a look at what I mean.

IMG_1229Nice, isn’t it? 😉

And would you believe it? I finished the bread all by myself! Ha ha!

I love being at Mary Grace!

Have you checked out Mary Grace lately?

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Philippines with its Unique Sights and Mouthwatering Cuisines, a True Paradise to Satisfy your Wanderlust

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Philippines is heaven for any traveler, with its tropical islands that have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, luxury resorts, amiable villages, tantalizing nightlife and the most delicious cuisine. The country should be on the bucket list of any vacationer who loves to explore nature and loves to try different and delectable food.

People who have never been to the Philippines think that it is a country buzzing with tourists and nothing novel to offer to those who love adventure. While it is true that it is becoming a popular tourist destination, which according to the government report, 2,619,625 visitors have already visited the country, it still has much more to offer to excited backpackers and those on a quest for a unique experience.

The striking places and sights that make the Philippines a dreamland for a traveler:

With more than seven thousand islands, most of which are untouched, Philippines is the best place for a true nature lover. One can explore the beautiful Chocolate Hills that are considered one of the most breathtaking National Geological Monuments, or one can take a walk through history and visit nearly 2,000-year-old rice terraces that were sculpted by the earliest inhabitants of the island or enjoy the pristine beaches, some of which have diving or snorkeling activities where you get to explore splendid coral reefs.

Intramuros also called the Walled City lies at the heart of Manila, you can visit some of the oldest museums, churches and ruins here.

If you love exploring then Rizal Park is a perfect spot for you, pack your travel gear and take a stroll around this park. The park is named after a famous poet and national hero Jose Rizal. And if you believe the spooky tales, then many locals believe this park is haunted.

The Philippines with many islands offers a great range of surfing spots, however, if you do not like large crowds, then pack your surfing gear and rush to Catanduanes that is situated in the Bicol Region. It is a very secluded spot. Here you can surf on the grandiose waves and enjoy the majestic sea.

Whenever you plan an adventurous holiday, it is a good idea to take a travel insurance so your trip is full of adventure and is completely safe. If you packed light and forgot the important travelling gears then you can easily buy travel essentials at Kaymu at local affordable prices.

Experience the most tantalizing Filipino cuisine:

Filipino Cuisine

No real adventure is complete without trying the local food, and Filipino cuisine will not disappoint you. If you love seafood, then Philippines is like a food paradise for you. Fish is a staple food item that is cooked in a variety of different ways with soy sauce and vinegar.

There are few food combinations that you can find only in the Philippines, the unconventional dish called Balut, which is basically a boiled egg. If you are wondering what is so unusual about a boiled egg, then you are in for a surprise. In this boiled egg is a duck embryo, and you consume from the shell by sipping the broth first, after which you remove the shell and swallow the rest of it. There are other exotic food you will fin while island hopping.

Unleash the globetrotter in you and experience the exotic culture, sights and cuisine of the enchanting land of Philippines.

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OPM: Kapangyarihan ng Pagibig

I was watching MYX today and this song came out, Kapangyarihan ng Pagibig by Aicelle Santos. Loose translation would be Power of Love. Currently, it’s Number 19 on the Top 20 Countdown.

I think this song will go down in OPM history as one of the well-written songs because of the play of words, and these are in Filipino.

Take a look at the lyrics:

atras abante hindi ko maintindihan
minsan kampante bigla nalang mawiwindang
paulit-ulit lang buong maghapon para lang naka kahon pawang nagtapon naubos lang ang panahon

at ng tinawag mo
inawat mo ang ikot ng mundo
niyakap mo’t binago ang pulso

hindi mapipigilan ng daluyong
hindi mababagabag ng dagundong
sa bisa ng kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig mo

sobrang salamat sa dulot mong pagmamahal
siyang nararapat sa puso kong napapagal
lahat ay kakayanin kong daanan
kayang kayang lampasan
walang hangganan ngayon at magpakailanman

pagkat tinawag mo inawat mo ang ikot ng mundo
niyakap mo’t binago ang pulso

hindi matatawaran ang pangarap
hindi mababawasan ang lagablab
sa bisa ng kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig mo

di ko kaya pag wala ka wag na
sa piling mo ay may pag-asa
sa piling mo walang iba

hindi mapipigilan ng daluyong
hindi mababagabag ng dagundong
sa bisa ng kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig mo

hindi matatawaran ang pangarap
hindi mababawasan ang lagablab
sa bisa ng kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig mo
sobrang salamat sa dulot mong pagmamahal

Source of Lyrics

The melody is perfect and the rendition is truly superb. No shouting like there’s no tomorrow (#biritpanomore).

I love it!

Music Written & Composed by Jungee Marcelo
Arranged by Marlon Oliveros & Jungee Marcelo
Mixing by Tat Suzara
Sound Engineering and Mixing by Boyet Aquino
Vocal Recording at Spryta Production, Inc.
Co-produced by Aicelle Santos & Jungee Marcelo

#palakasinangopm

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Slow Food Summit at WOFEX 2015

SLOW FOOD SUMMIT at WOFEX 2015 2

What do you remember our parents telling us about eating? Chew your food to avoid indigestion.

These days however, indigestion may come not only in not chewing properly our food but it can also come from eating at fast-food joints or eating hurriedly  because you are off to a meeting somewhere.

Few people know that there are far more benefits from slowing down, and carefully preparing your food and enjoying eating it. A  group of people are actually advocating this. This group says “no” to fast food and fast life, rather they are pushing for glocal (global-local), which support sustainable farming to make sure that you have good and clean food on your table.

Get to know more about Slow Food and the group behind at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2015 from August 5 to 8 at the SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay City.  There is a Slow Food Summit  on August 7, Friday, at Function Room 2 of SMX Convention Center.

What to expect at Slow Food Summit?

  • The Ark of Taste exhibit, a showcase of some endangered Filipino food. The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue designed to preserve at-risk heritage food items that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion. The Philippine list has 32 products listed such as the adlai cereal, barako coffee bean, batuan, criollo cacao, kadios, kamias, some different heritage rice varieties, luyang dilaw to name a few.
  • Pop-up food tasting booths by Down to Earth (free-range meats and chicken), Fresh Start Organic from Negros Occidental, Cordillera Network (heritage rice), Cara Milk Dairy ice cream, Theo and Philo chocolates, Pamora Farm (free-range chicken and eggs), Malipayon Farms, Meliomar (sustainable fish), and ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle.
  • A lot of sharing through educational sessions on interconnectedness and influences of food together: the plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Network and learn from participating chefs Robby Goco of  Green Pastures, Margarita Fores of Lusso and Cibo, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung in Pampanga, Jam Melchor of Healthy Eats food delivery service, and Chele Gonzales of ArroZeria and Vask.
  • Slow Food Lunch

Good deals at Slow Food Summit

Here’s a good deal for those interested to join the Slow Food Summit.

  • Sign up and join Slow Food  online HERE or on-site. On-site membership is only P500 and then you only pay P1,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, plus lunch.
  • Non-Slow Food members will pay P3,000 for the whole day. This early bird rate was only until August 1st but if you email today (or better yet leave a comment below) till August 4th, then you get a chance to pay only P2,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, and lunch.

For more information, visit Slow Food Philippines on Facebook or e-mail slowfoodph@gmail.com. Tickets are available at ECHOstore branches or call Gina at 0905-2871613, or on-site.

Also read Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food by Jeanie E. Javelosa on Philstar.com.

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