Wednesday, March 30, 2011

And I'm back from Ilocandia!

I had one of the best vacations the past week. Ilocos region is definitely rich in culture, tradition and culinary delights.

I have planned this trip for months, googling for the places to go, things to do and dishes to savor. I also made reservations ahead of time because I know Ilocos in March will be teeming with guests from around the globe.

The trip went as planned, thanks to the tips that I got from Trip Advisor, Ivan Henares, Anton Diaz and Calvin's Hub where I got the number of our tour guide-cum-total performer Steve Hardin B. Maximo. Plus, I was in the company of cool and fun-loving people which made the trip even more memorable. Thank you so much for making this vacation one for the books: to my Mom, my dearest friend 'te Che and her mama Tita Falda Cabutihan, my couple friends Mera Jane Ragay and Edward Arreza and Oliver and Sheila Vinluan, and my college classmate Lulu Mislang.

I'll write more about our trip in the coming days.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Feel at Home at Abaseria

I've been in Cebu for years but there is one restaurant which has been recommended to me but which I haven't tried till this month.  On my birthday last week, I decided to have dinner with my friends at Abaseria Deli and Cafe.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vamos a comer en Arano

Tucked in the middle of a roundabout in a small, quiet subdivision in Cebu City is an al fresco dining where Spanish dishes are whipped up by a man rooted to the Iberian peninsula but has been living pretty much of his life in the queen city of the south, long enough to be able to converse in Bisaya. 


SeƱor greeting the diners

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dutch Treats

At the Schiphol Airport

My adventure in the land of the famed Red Light District, space cakes and tulips came earlier than planned. My brother broached the idea of us meeting in Amsterdam where he was to attend a weekend conference.  We haven't seen each other for more than a year and it seemed a perfect time for us to have our pre-birthday celebration.  As soon as my brother freed up his schedule, I booked a flight from Stockholm to Amsterdam which came with a hefty price tag since I bought the ticket a few days before the trip. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sutukil in Taloot (Argao, Cebu)

Yesterday, work brought me to the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth in Argao, Cebu for the third time. After our meeting with the center head (which lasted till noon), the group decided to have seafoods for lunch. So we went to Taloot Wharf, also located in Argao. Tall mangroves were quite a plenty in this part of Argao. Then we came to stop in front of a hut. Behind it was an L-shaped bridge on stilts. We were looking for the restaurant but we were told that it was at the other end of the bridge. That meant having to cross that long narrow bridge. So we catwalked down the new planks. At least there were bamboo railings which you could hold on to in case you'll get dizzy from the height or just wanted to feel secured.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Desperate Moment Needs Chill Out Measures

In my previous entry, I talked about our quick stop at the Molave Milk Station in Barili, Cebu. Apart from putting our hunger pangs at bay, we also had to relieve our bladders during that long trip. We made our way to the toilet but before we could enter that little room, something caught our attention.

Funny and cute yet it rings true for most, if not all of us.

*edit: I stopped by Molave Milk Station recently and this sign post is no longer there.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Milk + Footwear in Cebu

Last weekend of February, my friends and I travelled all the way to Moalboal in Cebu to attend a friend's wedding. On our way back to Cebu City, we made a couple of stops.

First Stop: Molave Milk Station in Barili.

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