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26
Nov
14

Good Morning, Dubai!

I got introduced to a creative and meaningful art project by the London-based artist, IMPREINT and I decided to participate. His impressive project called, PORTRAITS has been running for 11 months to date, with collaborations from various people from different cities around the globe.

What is Portraits?

Portraits was born after Impreint painted 1000 balloons a few years ago, and while painting them, he believed that the paintings were like people : all different, imperfect, yet all beautiful.

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He started Portaits in December of 2013 and involved the people in his art in a very uplifting way, unifying the people around the world with a simple concept.

A balloon. A person. A place. When all put together seemed different, imperfect, yet all beautiful! Being a Filipino expat in Dubai, I feel so honored, pleased and excited to participate and be part of such positive endeavor, to highlight and feature beauty in diversities and imperfections.

So one weekend morning, I went to Bastakiya, in Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai, wearing a ghutra and holding a green balloon. With a smile, I politely asked an old European lady who was also touring the Old Dubai, to take my picture for Portraits.
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DocGelo with his green balloon at Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates!

Why green balloon?

Of all colors, I chose green because it symbolizes life, abundance in nature, healing, health, renewal, most of all, hope!

Being a medical professional and for someone who’s presently trying to thrive in a new place and create a fresh and better life, I think the green color of balloon represents me perfectly. I believe the same goes with Dubai as our beloved emirate continuously offers promising opportunities and greener pasteurs in the middle of previously arid and vast desert.

Why Al Bastakiya?

I could’ve chosen the more iconic and touristy places that Dubai is famous for. I could’ve brought my feet again to Burj Khalifa with the fantastic dancing Dubai Fountain, or perhaps, revisited the inviting shores in Jumeirah Open Beach to catch the spectacular sunrise view of Burj Al Arab. However, I opted to go back to Al Bastakiya, located in Bur Dubai, just along the Dubai Creek and a stone’s throw away from the Dubai Museum.

Since I arrived in Dubai last February 2014 and started working and began to creating a new life in Dubai, one of the earliest places I’ve discovered and fell in loved with was Al Bastakiya. It’s the historic district in Dubai established in 1890s, that supported 60 housing units, mostly built with wind towers that are characteristically Arabic architecture. Bastakiya for me, is a reminder of Dubai’s origin, and what the emirate has become after years of evolution, improvement and achievements. Such humble place is a gem amidst soaring skyscrapers and future-forward cosmopolitan lifestyles.

I usually go to Bastakiya on weekends or holidays, or whenever I get a chance to unwind and simply stroll aimlessly in its narrow alleys. I find it so therapeutic and a breather after a long week at work or whenever I get tired of wandering inside Dubai’s massive malls. Just being there and sipping my favorite tea, savoring my favorite bowl of salad and thinking of nothing but being in the place and in the moment, soothes my restless soul.

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Welcoming my weekend morning in the cobbled stone-alleys with a purpose, and ending it with a power  brunch at my favorite tea house.
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My Saturday brunch! Exotic chicken salad, Blooming Jasmine Tea and Arabic bread.

 

Know more about the artist, Impreint and his project, Portraits through his website : http://www.impreint.com and view more portraits by following his facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/IMPREINTofficial.

 

02
Nov
14

SHAYAN RESTAURANT IN DEIRA, DUBAI

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Cheers to Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana for hosting a Press and Bloggers Gathering!

It has been eight months since I arrived in Dubai which only means, it has been eight months of being exposed to diversities in cultures, people, religion and yes, cuisine! Among the many dishes available and made authentic by local and foreign chefs in this cosmopolitan city, the Iranian or Persian cuisine is one of the most fascinating.  And best place to sample it? SHAYAN RESTAURANT in AL GHURAIR BY ROTANA in Deira, Dubai.

I was fortunately invited to attend a Press and Bloggers Gathering hosted by Shayan Restaurant, and even luckier to treat my discriminating palates to a succulent taste of Iranian cuisine.  The night was filled with new introduction. First time to meet famous and established Dubai-based bloggers and press people, first time to dine while listening to soothing music played on traditional string instrument called, Santoor, and first time for my taste buds to be introduced to Iranian menu beyond skewered kebabs.

With elegant and modern interiors, yet casual and friendly atmosphere, quick and attentive service, most of all, interestingly good Persian food, Shayan Restaurant easily earned a spot on my personal list, as one of the best dining places in this emirate.

What did we sample?

Cold Mezzah, Sabzi platter was served generously…

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SABZI PLATTER : Lettuce, cucumber, radish, spring onion, mint leaves, cherry tomato and feta cheese.

Dip it, dunk it onto :

ZEYTOON PARVARDEH- green olives, walnut dressing and pomegranate.

MASTO KHIYAR – yogurt, cucumber and raisins.

  
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ASH  E RESHTEH – Traditional Persian Soup with noodles, mint, onions and topped with whey.

As Hot Mezzeh, the following authentic Iranian dishes landed on our table…
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SALAD SHIRAZI on the left, and KASHK E BADEMJAN on the right. Tongue-tied? Fine. It’s tasteful anyway!

KASHK E BADEMJAN -fried eggplant mixed with special aged curd, seasoned with traditional spices.

MIRZA GHASEMI -grilled eggplant mixed with fried egg and tomato.

SALAD SHIRAZI -traditional salad, mixed with cucumber, onion, virgin olive oil and lime juice.

The main dishes consist of …

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JOOJEH KABAB BEDONE OSTOKHAN – skewer of marinated chicken on the bone with saffron sauce.

TIKKE MASTI -cuts of beef tenderloin marinated with yoghurt, saffron and Persian spices.

CHELO KABAB KUBIDEH -skewers of minced lamb, with Persian spices and grated onions.

KEBAB MEYGOO -skewers of marinated grilled tiger prawn.

Those skewered goodness were all must-taste! Well seasoned, fork-tender and delightful in every bite!
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GHEYMEH BADEMJAN -lamb stew prepared with lentils, tomatoes and fried eggplant.

If you’re a follower of this blog, you must know that I’m not fond of lamb dishes unless it’s tender and cooked perfectly right without leaving an after-taste. That Gheymeh Bademjan (exhale! such effort in pronouncing Iranian food!) doesn’t disappoint. No overpowering flavor. Seriously delicious!

Noticeably, the use of spices, particularly the very expensive, saffron was done in abundance! Shayan offers saffron dishes, saffron rice and even saffron-flavored drinks! Need I say more?

BAGHALI POLO- steamed rice with fava beans and dill and SAFFRON RICE.

 
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SHOLEH ZARD-rice pudding flavoured with fine saffron, pistachios, almond and cinnamon.

The dessert reminded me of white porridge or chocolate champorado which are a classic favorite back home!

 

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SANTOOR.

 

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DUBAI BLOGGERS!

Interesting place, fascinating Persian cuisine, great company. Fun night!

Special thanks to Shayan Restaurant for the invitation!

SHAYAN RESTAURANT | 3rd floor of  Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana | Phone : +971 (0)4 293 3000 |

website : http://www.rotanatimes.com/alghurairrayhaanbyrotana/offers/9790

11
Jul
14

DOCGELO’S CHOICES : REMARKABLE TASTES FROM MEMORABLE CITIES

Traveling and eating.

Food and places.

These are indubitably inseparable.

Each time I set foot in a country that’s absolutely new to my senses, I try my best not to leave without sampling any dish that at least represents that place, or any plateful delight that could make my days more memorable. Frequently, I crave not only for the food itself, but there’s so much longing for vivid moments inked in my memory to be re-experienced, to be replayed.

Imagine my joy when I read the below email sent to me by TheBetsy.com, asking my humble recommendation of the best restaurants from various cities I’ve been to.

 

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Admittedly, it’s flattering (and overwhelming). I’m honored actually. No word is enough to express my gratitude.

So without further ado, here’s my random list of remarkable tastes from memorable cities…

CHAR KOAY TEOW.  PENANG, MALAYSIA.

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Char Koay Teow, from Kafe Heng Huat, Lorong Selamat, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Dubbed as Malaysia’s gastronomic paradise, Penang boasts of diverse flavors, textures and tastes. Of all the countless dishes from local ethnic groups of Malays, Chinese and Indians, I consider Char Koay Teow as my ultimate favorite Malaysian dish. My taste buds fell in love with every plate of fried flat noodles, mixed with chili sauce, egg, fresh sprouts, cockles, Chinese chorizo or pork sausage and large prawns!

During the years of 2010 to 2013, when I had Butterworth, Penang as my second home, I usually satisfy my craving for CKT by going to the island via buses and ferry, just to indulge myself with such noodle dish, cooked on the spot in a hawker stall in Gurney Drive or in Kafe Heng Huat at Lorong Selamat, Georgetown. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2013/03/16/more-than-a-plateful-of-char-koay-teow/.

 

 HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE. CHINATOWN, SINGAPORE.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice, from Maxwell’s Tian Tian Chicken House, Chinatown, Singapore.

Maxwell’s Tian Tian Chicken House became a word of mouth after Anthony Bourdain gave it a thumbs up.  So famous, that what made it popular became one of my favorite chicken dishes too –Hainanese Chicken Rice…(believe me, this plate tasted so much better than it looks on photo). The rice was boiled with seasoned chicken stock; it’s already tasteful sans the tender chicken itself. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2011/09/07/chinatown-singapore/

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN. KETTLE, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Kettle, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

Kettle’s brilliant expression of the usual comfort food, fried chicken left all of us in awe and wonder. From its crispy and lightly battered skin (Sinful. Spells HYPERLIPIDEMIA, I know!), the tender chicken fillets in huge fractions were gloriously seasoned to perfection! They’re beautiful and ultimately delicious even without condiments! However, for complete Kettle experience, you need to dip a chunk of that happiness to its country gravy and drizzle it with cajun honey, toy it in your mouth, swallow smoothly then dunk your fork to those equally tasteful honey glazed cornbread muffins. Bliss! Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2014/01/27/kettle-at-shangri-la-plaza-east-wing-inspiring-comfort-food/

 

ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS TEA. ARABIAN TEA HOUSE, BUR DUBAI, DUBAI, UAE.

 

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Exotic Chicken Salad, 1001 Nights Tea, Arabian Tea House, Bur Dubai, Dubai, UAE.

My so-called comfort place in Dubai at present is Arabian Tea House in Bastakiya, Old Dubai. I love their 1001 Nights Tea from Sri Lanka. Fruity. Sublime. Soothing. They also have Green Tea and Jasmine, White Tea Jasmine and Marigold, English Breakfast, Early Grey, Fairytale, Turkish Delight, Ceylon Sencha, Exotic Paradise, Milk Oolong, Raspberry and Mint, Mysterious Passion and a whole lot more teas!

From their menu, I usually opt to have Exotic Chicken Salad.  Heavenly!

Served with complimentary Arabic bread, the Exotic Chicken Salad is the most delicious and freshest I’ve had! The fusion of textures and flavors of ripe mango and avocado, cucumber and lettuce was simply divine! The BBQ-flavored chicken also doesn’t disappoint. I can have this simple all-in-one-meal plus that 1001 Nights tea as my last meal when I die. I kid you not. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2014/04/05/bastakiya-al-fahidi-my-favorite-place-in-dubai-to-date/.

 

YAKINIKU BUFFET. KARUNESUTEHSYON GINZATEN, GINZA, TOKYO, JAPAN

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Yakiniku Lunch Buffet, Karunesutehsyon Ginzaten, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.

Price for lunch buffet inclusive of drinks (sodas, juices, coffee) back in 2010 was Y1,000 and for dinner -it’s a whopping Y3,000/pax!  I don’t have idea what Karunesutehsyon Ginzaten serves for dinner but obviously, it must be something better as it’s thrice expensive compared to their lunch. Nonetheless, the marbling of the beef slices to grill, the tenderness of the pork and freshness of the fish cuts, and the pure excitement of grilling your own food made the entire dining experience memorable. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2010/03/26/letters-from-tokyo-7-yakiniku-buffet/

 

 
HALO-HALO. ICEBERG, THE PHILIPPINES!

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Special Halo-halo, Iceberg, Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines.

If there’s one dessert that could best describe our being Filipino, it’s our very own, Halo-Halo in my own opinion. Troop to Iceberg restaurant in any of its branches in Metro Manila or to any street vendors of Halo-Halo in any parts of our country and you’ll know what I mean. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2010/04/25/much-ado-about-summer/

 

JORDANIAN BUFFET, Near MOUNT NEBO, JORDAN.

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Assa Mosa restaurant near Mount Nebo – Middle Eastern Buffet, Jordan.

I was never fond of eating lamb dishes unless it’s cooked well without leaving an after-taste. Luckily, my taste buds were treated to a few delicious lamb dishes I’ve ever sampled! I never found a single fault on everything we’ve feasted! Jordanian-Arabic food was that good!

I loved the Shish Kebab, the Oozie rice dish that was nicely seasoned,  the hummus dip, the local salads and everything that I paired with a small bottle of that smooth-tasting local red wine, appropriately called Mount Nebo. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2014/06/10/jordan-road-trip-x-food-trip/

 

MOMO AND VARIOUS NEPALESE DISHES. COSMO DE CAFE, KATHMANDU, NEPAL.

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Our lunch at one of the rooftop restaurants in Kathmandu, Nepal.

We had vegetable momo (Newar dumplings) instead of chicken momo (others offer buffalo momo) simply because there’s bird flu in Nepal during the time of our visit. How exciting, isn’t it? Going back to momo; We had it two ways – fried and steamed and found it just okay, nothing to rave about. What made it unusual or special perhaps, was its dip compared to the soy and chilies of Chinese. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2013/08/11/our-unforgettable-journey-from-malaysia-to-nepal/

 

SEAFOOD BUFFET. SARKIES, EASTERN AND ORIENTAL HOTEL, PENANG, MALAYSIA.

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Salmon Sashimi, Duo of Gravlax, Seafood Extravaganza Dinner Buffet, Sarkies, E&O Hotel, Penang, Malaysia.

Two words. Favorite and fresh! Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2013/03/17/sarkies-seafood-buffet-dinner-extravaganza-eastern-oriental-hotel-penang/

PAD THAI. CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET, BANGKOK, THAILAND.

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Best Pad Thai on my list. From a hawker stall in Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand.

Flavorful, mouthwatering, fragrant and inexpensive dishes pleased us all on our very first meal in Bangkok. From an eatery in the heart of Chatuchak Weekend Market, we had Shrimp Fried Rice, Pad Thai, Pork Barbecue that we’re missing in Penang, and a few fried goodies for our son, Gabby. Full blog post here : http://docgelo.com/2012/08/31/bangkok-2012-series-thai-food-porn/

I could continue to enumerate more however, these are the top 10 on my list as of present. Each taste reminds me of a moment. Every texture and spoonful of goodness relay something to cherish.

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21
Jul
13

MY SECOND PHOTO ON LONELY PLANET MAGAZINE ASIA

18 July 2013, Thursday.  Some days are really better than the others. After a long and tiring day at work (I conducted two-hour-lecture in Medical Parasitology, then facilitated an-hour-written-exam and another 2-hour-laboratory-exam in 3 different blocks of our work place), I cannot complain but rather overwhelmed and grateful! I receieved a priceless reward, enough for me to celebrate with a tachycardic heart and a smile stretching from ear to ear. Today, I found this inside our mail box : 

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July-August 2013 issue of Lonely Planet Magazine Asia by Regent Media in Singapore. Get your copy now!

For the second time around, one of my amateurish and very raw photos was published in this esteemed travel magazine’s Postcards section. How could you not be so happy and very proud with that? :D  If you must know, my very first photo on Lonely Planet Magazine Asia was printed last year, blogged HERE!

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I was silently euphoric.

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My Ringed Beauty. Published on glossy-double-page-goodness! Happiness took over, baby! :)

When I went to Chiang Mai,Thailand, the so called, “Rose of  the North” from our current home base in Penang on the last days of December 2012, I was prepared to experience something extraordinary, or probably something new to me.  Alone and on a tight budget, I braved to experience traveling with just a backpack (OK, so plus the laptop bag!), without the usual comfort when I slept for 3 days in a 6-pax-per-room-backpackers’ guesthouse for the very first time. One of my remarkable moments in Chiang Mai was when I met a few Burmese refugees who fled from Myanmar to Northern Thailand years ago because of their personal and political reasons. The rest of the story and my photos of the Padaung Karen Hill Tribe, or more commonly known as, the Long Neck Women on my blog post, HERE!

Fast forward to few months after, I submitted some of my captures taken from the said short trip to Chiang Mai with few of my photos taken in Penang to the Editor of Lonely Planet Magazine Asia. Frankly, I was surprised when the editor replied back to my email and noted that she liked and very much interested with my photo of a Padaung girl with a clasped smart phone on her hands while wearing her culture and tradition around her neck. Perhaps, the photo has more stories to tell.

So while I was ecstatic to see that glossy double-page-spread on LP Magazine-Asia, it almost felt I reached Nirvana when I flipped pages 5 and 6 (other than pages 10 & 11) and saw them containing the same photo of mine! If my Mathematics is correct, my photo appeared in four beautiful pages of the magazine. That’s too sweet!

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Thank you very much, Lonely Planet Magazine Asia! Maraming salamat! Mabuhay! :)

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13
Jul
13

MEETING FELLOW FILIPINO BLOGGERS IN MALAYSIA, HONG KONG & SINGAPORE

Like a surgeon with his list of procedures done on the operating table. Like an architect with his volume of blueprints drawn for the structures he built. Like a lawyer with his number of  legal cases won for his clients. I’m very proud that blogging has been my passion for the past 6 years and counting. Apparently, it has been occupying the biggest fraction on the pie graph of my limited social life.

Documenting our family’s fun adventures from our dining table to wherever our feet lead us, so that I (and hopefully Gabby) will have something online to look back, particularly when we’re all old and gray, has been surprisingly beneficial! But over and beyond freebies and loot bags, sponsorships, invites, and yes, some recognition, the most engaging part of being a blogger, in my opinion is having the opportunity to meet people who share the same passion. Certainly a big plus when bloggers go to events, travel here and there, eat and do things they love to do together, then eventually share the experiences to their readers. Engaging. Informative. Entertaining. Interesting. Fascinating. Never boring.

Within the past 3 years of living in Penang as an Overseas Filipino Worker, it’s been a pleasure to meet fellow Filipino Bloggers beyond Philippine shores.  This post randomly enumerates our casual meetings with them in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

MALACCA, MALAYSIA

Before we checked out from our 3D2N sponsored accomodation at Quayside Hotel and Halia Inc. Restaurant & Coffee Bar on our second visit to Melaka last June 2013, Jun Baris of GalangPusa.Wordpress.Com with his charming wife, Cynthia came over to meet us for few minutes before we head back to Penang.  They were even thoughtful in bringing Gabby two packs of ChocNut as pasalubong! Thank you Jun & Cynthia!

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Read Jun’s blog posts on his Malaysian adventures and more HERE!

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The youngest and the very first bloggers from the Philippines that we met in George Town, Penang were Lloyd of  TheLostBoyLloyd.Com and Dan of HappyWanderer.Com. I toured them for more than 6 hours within George Town to Gurney Drive during the 2012 George Town Festival. We went to Pinang Peranakan Mansion where we even witnessed a prenuptial photoshoot, strolled to Muslim’s Mosques, Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu Temples which are all harmoniously existing within a few meters away. Diversity in this side of Asia isn’t only observed in religions but gastronomic delights as well. With all the rich cultures intertwined in Malaysia, it’s always a feast in almost all corners of Penang being the country’s food capital! We savored local restaurant and hawker foods to our delight! My only regret was not photographing the two for this blog. Nonetheless, I’m happy to be their half-day-tour guide in the island!

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Glad to introduce my ultimate favorite Malaysian dish to them : Char Koay Teow!
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Lloyd, Dan and I also sampled Penang’s famous desserts…
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Ais Kachang, Cendol and Bubur Chacha! Sarap! Sedap!

They also spotted Lithuanian Artist, Ernest Zacharevic while working on his commissioned murals for George Town!
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Dan and Lloyd, Maraming salamat sa pasalubong! Our favorite!!!
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The visit of Lloyd and Dan to George Town blog post HERE! Read also Lloyd’s own take on their Penang experience HERE! I also suggest you visit Dan’s Happy Wanderer Blog HERE! 

Few months after, the blogger from Angono, Rizal, Anton Carranza Jr. revisited Malaysia and conquered Penang on foot in few days with his lovely wife, Teresa. They literally roamed around George Town on their own the day after I met them for dinner. I brought them to hawkers in Gurney Drive too but I thought, since they already tasted offerings from hawker stalls in Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur, it would be better if they try steamboat buffet in Seoul Garden inside Plaza Gurney Mall.

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*Photo courtesy of Anton from his blog, PusangKalye.Net. Read his blog series on their Penang trip via his blog HERE!

Ivan Man Dy, the well-traveled Filipino Heritage Expert cum Tour Guide Extraordinaire and many other hats to his name has been to Penang several times even before I came to this Malaysian state to work in 2010.  We met Ivan several times in Manila but our first meeting with him in Penang was over Chicken Tandoori and Garlic Cheese Naan savored with barehands at Restoran Kapitan in Little India, George Town; blogged  HERE!

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We met Ivan initially in Penang when I was a few pounds lighter and Tina hasn’t started her diet and physical regimen yet. She’ll kill me for this, hehehe!

Ivan decided to pay George Town, Penang another visit but this year, his trip was so timely on the city’s anniversary of incription as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. From our favorite local Indian-Malaysian restaurant last year, we brought Ivan to a sponsored and sumptuous Wine and Dine Dinner Buffet at no less than Sarkies at E&O Hotel; blog post HERE! 

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After that Sarkies dinner, Ivan, Tina, Gabby and I went to Khoo Kongsi to watch the few moments of GTF2013. We were amazed and amused at the Taiwanese Puppet Show at the courtyard of one of the grandest clan houses in the island. We also got a chance to meet some local performers, who were all in their traditional attires.

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Here are Ivan Man Dy’s pasalubong to us. Maraming salamat!

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Visit Ivan Man Dy’s OldManilaWalks.Com and reserved a walking tour with him HERE!

Joey and Krissy of BoundForTwo.Com are Filipino bloggers currently based in Kuala Lumpur. We first met late last year when I visited Malaysia’s capital to renew my passport at the Philippine Embassy. We had some sushi and sashimi at a Japanese restaurant in Pavilion Mall.  Their blog post HERE!

This year, they also decided to explore Penang during George Town Festival. They stayed in the island over the weekend and Gabby and I (because Tina chose to do a ton of household chores) accompanied them to Kafe Heng Huat in Lorong Selamat where the most delicious Char Koay Teow that I’ve tasted with the most plump prawns and bowls of Ais Kachang among others are served. We also went to Thai and Burmese Buddhist Temples in Pulau Tikus, G Hotel and the famous hawkers and Plaza Gurney Mall in Gurney Drive. Like Anton and Teresa, they also toured the island by themselves before and after we met them. Thanks for the visit, Joey and Krissy!

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

During the 2013 Blog Awards held by Ministry of Tourism where this site was awarded for two consecutive years as Best Expat Blog Award Winner, three topnotch Filipino Bloggers were flown in from the Philippines to participate as speakers in the conference held for the event. We met Tonyo Cruz, Vince Golangco and Blogie Robillo during the awarding ceremony that same night. Blog post HERE! 

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On this photo with the Honorable Tourism Malaysia Minister Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen (center wearing yellow gown) are Filipino bloggers Vince Golangco (standing second from right) of www.wheninmanila.com  , Blogie Robillo (standing second from left) of www.robilloblog.com and Tonyo Cruz (standing third from right) of tonyocruz.com.

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Tina, Gabby and I were invited by Hong Kong Disneyland for 3D2N sponsored trip and accomodation with full meals, together with Filipino celebrity bloggers.

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Lesley (third from left on the photo above) of ShootFirstEatLater.Com, Gael Hilotin (eighth from left) of ThePinaySoloBackpacker.Com, Pastor Dennis Sy (next to Gael) of ActLikeAMan.Org, (next to Pastor Dennis on the photo above is his lovely wife, Thammie Sy of ThammieSy.Com and celebrity-fashion bloggers, Kryz Uy (third from right) of ThirstyThoughtByKryzUy , Robbie Becroft (behind Kryz) of RobbieOffDuty.Com and Laureen Uy (second from right) of BreakMyStyle.Com.

SINGAPORE

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While in Singapore and over Sufi Restaurant’s Babaganoush, Kebab on a Sword and other Mediterranean goodies, I’ve met the Nuffnang’s Asia-Pacific Award Winning Travel Blogger, Nina Fuentes of JustWandering.Org  on July 19, 2012 in Arab Street. I first met Nina on an invitational blogger’s event for Singapore Tourism Board few months prior my work in Penang started. Our Singapore casual yet tasteful dinner, blogged HERE!

And just a day after the dinner with Nina, I met a few more Filipino Bloggers in the Lion City as we were all invited to grace the 2012 Singapore Blog Awards; blog post HERE!

We were hosted by omy.sg and designated to various hotels of Far East Hospitality. I was luckily assigned to Oasia. It was fun when we attended the welcome dinner, the awarding ceremonies the following day where Noks wore that Joker costume and won over other contestatnts in superhero attires; we rode the Singapore Flyer together, and eat, laugh, eat, laugh in that happy cycle! Of  course, it was fun to meet fellow bloggers from other Southeast Asian countries; we gained friends after the event! :)

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If this was the Blogging Olympics, here’s the contingent from the Philippines! (From left to right on the photo above) Brenna Bustamante of PhilippineTravelogue.Com, KC Canlas of SpreadSomeAwesome.Com, the Joker who won the Best Costume Award in SBA2012 -Noks Sosa of SiningFactory.Com (and his other blogs), and certainly not the least, Aleah of SolitaryWanderer.Com

June 2013, we met Paul Ang of the blog, MadDawgWorld.Wordpress.Com  and his cheerful and loving wife, Fran of the blog, FrannyWanny.Com who both are currently Singapore-based.

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Paul Ang (in acid blue shirt) and his better half, Fran (in pink shirt). We were invited by an inspiring Filipino achiever in Singapore and across Northeast and Southeast Asia, Dennis to a delightful Japanese Dinner in Hakumai Sushi and Omakase and French Desserts at Antoinette; blog post HERE! Dennis will kill me for posting this! Sorry, Dennis but again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for that wonderful dinner!

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Why did I painstakingly blog this?  

To tell the entire Universe that we, Filipino Bloggers are conquering the world and we chose to begin with our own continent. Kidding!

If you’re visiting us while we’re still here in Penang, we charge for MEET & GREET SESSION and we highly welcome pasalubong from the Philippines, JOKE!!! :P

Seriously, to all those mentioned in this long but humble post, thank you so much for taking the efforts and spending your precious time with us! Hope to see you again soon!

PS : If in any case I missed someone, kindly identify yourself, state where and when we met outside the Philippines and I’ll gladly edit this post.  Maraming salamat po!  :)

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13

HALF YEAR REPLAY : 2013

Looking back could strain the neck literally, but not when you realize that you have so much pleasant memories to be grateful for! When I painstakingly bent backward over my blog posts in the past 6 months, everything gradually flash back. The places we visited. The food we enjoyed. The people we met. The moments we experienced. 

It has been an overwhelming six months and I am so looking forward to greater things to come! 

JANUARY

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Stay tuned as God willing, the next months will be more awesome! :)

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Jun
13

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