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12 HOURS IN LEGAZPI CITY, BICOL, PHILIPPINES

It took me 41 years and traveled to 35 other nations in 5 continents before I laid eyes on the world’s perfect cone shaped volcano in my own country. Mount Mayon. Because of my limited vacation days from work, I only wanted to squeeze in a quick trip to see the famous Mayon volcano, document her…

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INTRAMUROS, MANILA | SAN AGUSTIN MUSEUM

I’ve been going to San Agustin Church within the historic and cobblestone streets of Intramuros, Manila since my wonder years. My parents used to take me and my siblings to 30 churches every Holy Week back then, and their list included San Agustin Church. But it took more than 30 years before I set foot…

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QUIAPO, MANILA | POSTCARDS FROM PLAZA MIRANDA

Most people equate Quiapo as the heart of Manila, and that includes me. Although I am not a Manileño,  my love affair with Quiapo in the Philippines’ big city dates back long before I started studying my Pre-Med course in one of the oldest institutions, Far Eastern University in 1993, that’s located a stone’s throw…

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SENTRO 1771 | SERENDRA, BGC

For a Balikbayan (Filipino who returns home from abroad), or an Overseas Filipino Worker like me, who certainly missed dining in restaurants that take pride in serving Filipino cuisine with a modern twist and play on classic and well-loved flavors, Sentro 1771 is such a welcome treat! I’m thankful that I was invited to join…

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INTRAMUROS, MANILA | 2013 GRAND MARIAN PROCESSION

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of religion, and it is the spirit.” ~ Khalil Gibran Around 3PM, I rode the MRT train from Santolan Station all the way to its last stop in Recto, Manila. Strolled my…

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SENSORY FEAST x BERINGER WINES

Meeting a Winemaster Emeritus doesn’t happen on a daily basis. More so, to sit beside him and to know a thing or two, over a sumptuous meal, where everything was almost paired with elegant, balanced and rich wines. Last Friday, 22 November 2013, my lunch was an extraordinary one at Cirkulo Restaurant in Makati. I…

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HOME IS WHERE THE MOST DELICIOUS FOOD IS!

Dessert Sampler.  Believe me, it’s more toothsome than it looks! That enticing sampler platter came with sweet portions of : Ube Creme Decadence (smooth, light and creamy eggless custard filled with purple yam or ube jam and topped by ube cake crumbs), Buco Pandan (Coconut and pandan strips, green jelly cubes or gulaman and tapioca).…

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A WEEK AFTER THE STORM

After being home for 3 weeks from Penang, one of my former Malaysian students sent me a private message on facebook, and asked of our condition in the Philippines. He mentioned, they learned from CNN that our country was ravaged by the recent typhoon. Another Malaysian student expressed her concern about me and our family…

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CAVES AND BEARS

SATURDAY MORNING : JANUARY 21, 2012 Our Day 2 of our Kuala Lumpur trip was devoted to explore caves and experience the sight of bears but definitely NOT in one location.  We left our budget hotel in Chinatown at few minutes after 8 in the morning and headed to KL Sentral via taxi cab. At…

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CHRISTMAS BREAK 2011 DAY 5 PART 2 : THE LEGARDA MANSION

Our Christmas Break 2011 Series includes : En Route To Pinas Day 2 : Ulingan, Tondo Day 5 : Malacanang Palace Day 8 : Bisperas Ng Pasko Sa Ulingan Day 11 : Our Students’ Wedding Day 12 : We Went To Farmville! Day 14 : Our Celestial Weekend at Hotel Celeste Day 19 : Our…

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