What I Ate in a Week: Pig-out Style

Hi, guys! I’m back, I think.

I was getting rid of unnecessary stuff on my phone and PC and found these food pictures that I took last week and I remembered that I have a WordPress blog! Is this the effect of aging or B12 deficiency?

(Yesterday, I was horrified that I had to Google the spelling of “hustle.”)

So, before I delete the foodporn from my gallery, I’d post them here.

The backstory is that I spent the last week of November in Makati City for a national conference of librarians in the Department of Education. I was honestly looking forward to it – even though that meant our small vegan lunch delivery business, which i realize I haven’t shared here yet, would have a brief pause in operations. I felt I needed a break from the routine (and the dullness of country life). Moreover, I’ve been dying to test the vegan/vegetarian restaurants my online vegan friends flock. The week-long conference was an opportunity I can’t pass up.

On Sunday (Day 0), my boyfriend Francis accompanied me to the venue. That and also so we can go to Good Food Sundays at Mandala Park (Mandaluyong City) for the second time.

We planned to do a mukbang using his new Canon DSLR. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do that because we entertained two interviews for college researches about veganism. Of course we loved those, too. We’re always open to sharing our life as vegans to anyone who wants to listen.

The picture above is everything we ate from 11 am to 3:00 pm. We had the vegan rendang and jackfruit not tuna pie from The Real Happy Cow, pork belly in cranberry sauce from The Good Choices, empanada from Vutcher, ramen from Katsu House, and cinnamon rolls and mango cake from Delicielo. Don’t judge! Living in the province, going to places like this is something of a special occasion.

But my special occasion lasted until Thursday. Haha.

On Monday’s dinner, me and my friend Em ate at this Mediterranean vegetarian/vegan diner Hummus Elijah. Em apparently loves falafel and Hummus Elijah is quite popular amongst my online vegan friends so it was a given. Being located just a few steps from St. Giles was a plus factor.

The falafel sandwich was not over-the-top and was not greasy at all. The falafels themselves were light and soft. I haven’t had a lot of falafels in my life but this is my kind of falafel. Seems really healthy. Rating: 6/5

As for the hummus: it was my first time having it and… hmmm. Am I weird for not getting the hype?

Okay. So, that was Monday.

For Tuesday, I ordered lunch at Plate Mafia. It is an all-vegan lunch and dinner delivery service that caters to select places in Metro Manila. They’re also our inspirations for our business here in the province. For lunch that day, they served vegan tortang talong (traditionally roasted eggplant fried in egg batter), ginataang paksiw (nori-wrapped and breaded tofu stewed coconut cream witg petchay), and red rice. I also got dinner from them, vegan caldereta (traditionally beef stewed in tomato sauce and spices but they made it out of banana heart), which I had for next day’s lunch.

Because for dinner, I went to Cosmic.

Now, I have to tell you my quest to Cosmic. It is this new vegetarian/vegan restaurant that is gaining popularity among the vegan community here because of its food, ambience, and affordability. I was pleasantly surprised to know that Cosmic was just also near St. Giles. But I was torn among Cosmic, another falafel place called Beni’s Falafel, which is also just within walking distance, and 101 Hawker Food House. I literally spent an hour walking around Century City Mall deciding where to eat and trying to burn some of the calories I consumed on the last two days. (Makati is heaven for vegans and hell for the wallet.) By 6 pm, Em DMed me on Insta inviting me to have dinner with her and her boyfriend the following day at Beni’s Falafel. So that’s crossed out. I decided to go to 101 Hawker Food Place in Beacon Tower since Cosmic is just nearby. But there was no available Grabcar afer twenty minutes so I decided to walk to Cosmic, chosen seemingly by default.

But that was just the beginning. You see, ever since I was younger, I had this image of Makati as a posh city. But Cosmic is in this congested and scary street that looks like it belonged more in Manila City. (That is not because I dislike Manila’s mayor.)

Now, I’m going to give you a little tip so you won’t get lost: just follow the directions on Google Maps. When you reach Ministop (which is across 7 Eleven), you’d see a small opening on the right, still on Gen. Luna Street. There’d be no sign: just a computer print out on a bond paper of the Eye of Horus. That’s it.

The quest to finding Cosmic ended there. But it was well worth it. The place was small, but had a cozy Boho ambience that I love.

Believe me, I was shocked to see the prices. The food was cheaper than most of the vegan restaurants I found online. I had enoki tempura (P60), miso ramen (P150), and vegan leche flan (P90). Overall, the food was delicious, but the leche flan was a bit of a letdown. (But don’t mind me, Cosmic. The search for the best vegan leche flan is still ongoing.)

For Wednesday, as I said, I had the dinner I ordered from Plate Mafia the day before for lunch. Then, for dinner I went to Beni’s Falafel (not vegan but there’s a separate vegan kitchen), with Em and her boyfriend. (Thank you for the treat!) I had vegan schnitzel – which was yummy and healthy, considering I had all the oil at Cosmic the night before, and a coconut dessert called malabi, which initially smelled like Victoria’s Secret perfume but later grew to my liking. I also took a bite of the falafel and hummus. I must say Hummus Elijah’s were better.

(Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snap photos because I was a little shy around her boyfriend. Hahaha.)

On Thursday, which was technically the last day of our conference, I finally decided to go to 101 Hawker Food House in Beacon Tower. I did, during lunch, and I was late for our closing program because of the traffic. (So, lunch traffic is a thing!) I had…

Vegan nasi goreng! I think that serving feeds four people. It was cheap (P150) and really greasy and delicious.

101 Hawker Food House is not a vegan restaurant but they have a separate vegan menu, which was awesome. Buti na lang I changed my mind about ordering the laksa because the serving was huge!

That was the last day but if you thing the food stopped there, you’re wrong! I also had some goodies delivered by The Late Night Vegan. Would you believe there’s vegan isaw (grilled chicken intestines) and polvoron (powdered milk candy) now? Courtesy of The Veggie Guys and Dessert First Pattisserie.

In the end of five days, I lost a lot of money and gained a lot of pounds. 😂 But it was worth it.

Would I repeat this week-long eating spree soon? Sure. But I won’t do it alone because I need to split the bill. (I didn’t get to eat Green Bar donuts as originally planned but that’s okay because I’d rather save that special day with Francis.)

By the way, I also had some fruits, bread, rice cakes, oatmeal, nuts, and Veganola peanut butter energy balls in between all that delicious stuff. (I also used the stairs instead of the elevator most of the time and jogged for one hour every morning. But that seemed to do nothing to purge the calories away. Lol.)

So that’s my what I ate in a week blog post. Now I get why vlogs like this are popular on Youtube. It kind of gives me an objective view of everything I put in my mouth and makes me feel accountable.

‘Til next post! Ciao.

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First Time at Good Food Sundays at Mandala Park… or what I ate last Sunday

Hi. I’m Patti and I’m an addict.

I’m addicted to food.

Maybe it’s hard to believe. In everyday life, I refuse food beverages offered to me. I don’t have breakfast or lunch with my office mates. I rarely eat at meetings or parties.

But I can justify myself. First, I’m vegan. I don’t eat animals and animal-derived ingredients. I’m also on a whole foods plant-based diet so I try to stay away from processed food and fried and sugary stuff – even if they’re vegan. I’m eating high-carb, low-fat so nuts, seeds, avocados, and coconuts are also limited. (ATTN: I mean banana cue.) Finally, I’m not a salad person.

Plus for the most part I only completely trust vegans to prepare my food. That means my boyfriend Francis, my sister Angel, my brother Joey, and myself.

But all my thoughts actually revolve around food. I see people and think about how they eat. I see sick people and think about how food can heal them if they only let it. I see fitness people and think about how sad it must be to view food as calories. I see plants and wonder if they’re edible. I see soil and feel grateful because plants grow on it. I see animals and think there’s no way they can be food. I see non-vegan food and think of the different ways the awesome vegan world can veganize all of them.

And so last Sunday has to be one of the happiest days of my life. Francis and I dropped by Mandala Park at Mandaluyong City for our first ever Good Food Sundays experience.

It was all food.

Beanuguan by Vutcher

We had peanut butter sandwich for breakfast on the bus and were seriously famished by the time we reached Mandala Park.

Side Note: You can get there via public transportation by alighting at MRT Shaw Station or EDSA Crossing. Ride a jeepney with the sign “Kalentong/JRU” and alight at A. Mabini St. Cross the pedestrian lane. (There’s a tarpaulin with “Good Food Sunday” so it’s impossible to miss it. But if you’re paranoid like me, just watch out for KFC.)

It was still early when we arrived at 9:45. We had vegan siomai for starters but I forgot to take a picture because we were so hungry. It was okay, but not at all worth the P50 ($1) tag price for four pieces.

By 10:30, many of the stalls were already set up. We first ordered two bowled rice meals from Vutcher (by the owner of Zero Basics, a local, sustainable vegan brand of toiletries where I bought my shampoo bars). We had beanuguan – veganized version of a Filipino dish made with pig’s blood – and burger steak. Both were so filling and delicious.

Burger steak by Vutcher

I actually thought Francis’ burger steak was more enjoyable. But that’s just because of the amazing mushroom gravy. My beanuguan was light and tasted guilt-free.

S’mores by Delicielo

Then, we had a s’mores cupcake and a cranberry and oatmeal cookie from the vegan cake brand Delicielo. No kidding, my heart stopped at a bite of that chocolate cupcake. It was really that good. It was just a bit sad that the frosting wasn’t the sticky, firm mushroom you’d find on normie s’mores but I seriously fell in love with that cake I can’t say anything bad.

As for the cookie, it was also yummy but I prefer my cookies chewy and a bit moist.

“Beef” and mushroom linguine from The Good Choices

By then I was already full to the throat. On normal days I only have smoothies or fruits for breakfast but I already had rice and desserts. I was not even in the mood to walk anymore that Francis had to beg me to come with him to The Good Choices.

He said, “I can’t leave here without nachos and pasta.

So, of course, as the dutiful girlfriend, I indulged my beloved.

Longganisa Nachos from The Good Choices

And I didn’t regret it a bit. Both dishes were excellent but the longganisa nachos was the best thing I’ve ever eaten in possibly ten years. Until now I can’t get over how filling yet incredibly light they were. I can’t wait to get home and make my own version… but I’ll forever be dreaming about their longganisa nachos.

He maybe can’t believe he’s having beer for breakfast.

I came in at 45 kgs and left at 50, but as the owner of The Good Choices said, “Anyway, it’s just one Sunday!”

I was full. I wanted to have ice cream from Ocivic or Delicielo but if I open my mouth for another bite I’d faint. Hahaha. (Not true though. Before leaving we stopped by The Real Happy Cow to buy cheese and took a free taste of their incredible chocolate cookies. So delicious.) Too bad my stomach isn’t big enough for The Real Happy Cow’s “beef” rendang. Next time. Promise.

So I went home to Nueva Ecija a heavier yet happier woman.

I’m going back someday. But I’ll make sure I’ll have lots of containers for all the take outs I’m planning to get.

What She Did Last Summer: Beachin’ at Birdland

Summer has ended with me going to the beach exactly once. I know, right? It’s one perk of being an adult.

That once happened for my parents’ 32nd wedding anniversary. (I still get awed whenever I think they still love each other after so long. Gives me hope.) I normally wouldn’t, but I skipped my ministry’s renewal for this – because mama and papa aren’t getting any younger. It’s also our celebration because papa is now diabetes-free.

Last year, we went to the beautiful paradise in Pagudpud, Panzzian Beach Resort. That set the bar. So this year, we wanted somewhere with the same serenity and found Birdland Beach Club in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Birdland is considered as one of the best honeymoon destinations in the Philippines. It’s quiet and serene, not to mention the drive to the eco-resort was straight out of a Pinoy horror classic. We kept joking that we should wear our shirts inside out so we won’t get lost.

It was high noon when we arrived and it was so hot. Good thing we were treated to a cool glass of iced tea and wet towels to refresh ourselves. (At this point I reminisce about the complimentary coconut mint shake at Panzzian.) Then we went straight to our rental: the Sarah Vaughan.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I took pictures of the place. But it was a two-storey villa that coulf fit 8 people. (My sister Angel and her husband couldn’t join us because of work duties.) The owner, Michael, said that it was their original house but moved out after a scary experience with turbulent waters. It was nice, but because it faced the West Philippine Sea, it was really hot inside. Also, the AC kept shutting down. (Apparently that happens during summers and peak seasons in Bolinao.)

Aside from that, the place was beautiful… in a virgin, untouched way.

I originally wanted to swim as soon as we arrived but I had to go back to Dagupan to fetch Francis so I missed that half day. Anyway, if you’re wondering what those cabanas are in the middle of the sea, those are public-use anchored balsa.

The place has hundreds of bird houses (thus the name). The website said they are houses for migrant birds. So kind of them.

The place is perfect for my brother Joey’s new ocarina.

We swam at daybreak! This was the view from the middle of the sea. Haha. So pretty. I kinda wished we rented cabanas instead of the villa instead. Look at how picturesque the lady in the hut was! Perfect for #wokeuplikethis.

And we witnessed this beautiful sunrise.

And that crazy girl was me. Hahaha.

I’m honestly scared of seas because of the unknown creatures I might encounter. But we found these pretty starfishes. We returned them to the water at once, doncha worry.

This is perhaps the best view I’ve seen. The beagle.

There was a lady doing yoga on another balsa. But I can’t do yoga so I just had Francis take this #sexyback shot. It was also my first time wearing a swimsuit, by the way. Hahaha.

And Joey and Francis semi-bonded.

Later on we joined mama and papa at the banks for the obligatory family photo, although incomplete.

We had our breakfast at 8. They’re serving mostly organic and local dishes, prepared with no MSG. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of vegan options. The only vegan food for breakfast were the white rice, fresh tomatoes, fried eggplants and the binungey (sweet sticky rice in a bamboo) so beware. Beware also of the ensaladang talong because ours had fish sauce. (We didn’t ask until too late and we three vegans were itching already.) The food was also really expensive. (We brought in mangoes and were charged corkage.) I didn’t take pictures because the table wasn’t vegan.

My family’s #summer2018 wasn’t as great as last year’s but why should I complain? I appreciate the fact that the owners are trying to preserve the place as it is, building cabanas that would rot in a few years instead of permanent structures, and building without destroying the original features of the dead corals. It’s nice to know there are businesspeople who also genuinely care for the environment.

Now I’m thinking where we’re up to next summer.

Restaurant: Juicesabel

I say Francis and I succeeded in our very short Singapore food trip last weekend. And the crazy couple that we are, as if spending all that hard-earned moolah to eat vegan in a foreign country was not enough, we decided to drop by another vegan restaurant the minute we landed back on Philippine soil.

This time, it’s Juicesabel.

Juicesabel is a small 100% vegan restaurant located at (the rather scary) The Collective at Malugay St., Makati City – an around 20-minute Uber ride from NAIA T1. Honestly, once we got there, Francis and I were suddenly unsure if we wanted to eat there, given the location. It was what Francis called “artsy” but – call me a snob or an illiterate – I saw no art amongst the vandalism. (And the yellow goo dripping down a pillar would have made me run instantly if I had breakfast that day.) By the way, what limited knowledge I have on art I learned from undergrad so.

Going back. Juicesabel. As a constantly hungry vegan, I always research about restaurants. Juicesabel, I first heard about on Manila Vegans. Their specialty, if I’m right, is cold-pressed juices, but they’re also quite known for their burgers.

We choice Juicesabel because the other choices (Green Bar and The Vegetarian Kitchen) were too expensive for this #TeamKuripot.

Juicesabel is a tiny restaurant with four tables. There’s a stairway but we’re not sure where it led. We didn’t ask.

It was nice that when we came in, there was already three people. Two of them were having a conversation about veganism in the Philippines. Soon, three more entered and the small space became crowded and cozy at the same time.

Because I still can’t get over the to die for rice from the Indian vegetarian restaurant in Singapore, I was in the mood for more rice. Normally, I’d keep to pasta or salad, but I ordered the mushroom tofu sisig with vegan egg, which came in with red rice and a side salad. Francis ordered the burger steak.

Eveything was yummy, especially the egg yolk, which tasted like the real thing! Huhuhu. My poor boyfriend has a certain distrust in food that tastes and feels like animals. For me, though, the sisig needed a littlr kick.

But what really took our hearts was the vegan lechon sauce that accompanied the burger steak. The burgers themselves tasted like okoy (or squash fritters) with a dash of cumin. (My palate is starting to remember Indian flavors. Hahaha.) But the sauce was the real deal. It was like every Filipino’s favorite Mang Tomas – sans the cruelty!

We also had mocha and red velvet frappe. Unfortunately, were too excited to take pictures before devouring them. But wth. My red velvet sent me to vegan heaven.

We also had burgers and fries for take out. Francis had the double patty cheese burger (which he said was awesome but I won’t know because he ate it at home) while I had the smoky BBQ (which was also the burger steak patty, huhuhu).

All of this for the surprisingly low price of PhP1,000. Now that’s something. 😎

I left a fully satisfied vegan woman… who’s also 10 pounds heavier.

P.S. Pets are allowed in Juicesabel. Plus plus plus.

Foodtripping Singapore

It’s our first anniversary month!  To sort of celebrate this, Francis and I did two things for the first time: 1) we traveled abroad, and 2) we traveled abroad together. Our first stop (among hopefully a gazillion more stops)? Singapore!

He’s too tired to wake up for the obligatory pre-check in photo 😂

Why Singapore? Our first reason is it was on sale on Jetstar when we booked last July pa. Second, it’s in Southeast Asia so it’s Visa-free. And we found out there were a lot of vegan and vegetarian food there. (Although not as many as Thailand, of course – Thailand’s heaven.)

Touchdown!

The moment is we stepped out of the plane, I was 100% sure that I was going to fall in love with this Singapore. Changi Airport is beautifulllll. (I’m a city woman, you know. Shopping is my happiness.)

And I suck at fake walk shots.

Since we’re both amateurs at this, Francis and I actually got lost on the way to immigration and ended up in the Sanrio display.

Not a Hello Kitty fan but swings are my weakness.

Anyway, soon we found our way to immigration. The first thing we did was get the 2-day tourist pass for approximately Php630 (SGD26, with SGD10 refundable upon return). This is truly every tourist’s magic key to the country. It gives you free rides on the incredible MRT and the public buses.

Please don’t mind my nail. I forgot. Hahaha.

From Changi Airport, we headed to our hostel in Little India to check-in our things (which we weren’t a lot). Then we set forth onto our first mission: our first meal of the day.

Meal 1: Pizza and Ice Cream (Dinner)

Having done our research beforehand, this pizza guy and ice cream girl decided to go to Brownice, a 100% vegan restaurant at Sin ming Centre. It pegs itself as an Italian vegan ice cream and kitchen.

Forgive us for choosing Western first. But February 9 is apparently world pizza day!  We’d hoped to show the omni pizza houses that vegan pizza can beat them anytime.  Hahahaha.  Plus, I read that the ice cream at Brownice is really nice.

Burrata

As I expected, Francis almost spat out the pizza on his first bite. Unlike me, he isn’t amazed with our food tasting like meat. But soon, he began enjoying it.  Because what’s not to enjoy?  The soy ham really did taste like ham… or at least as I remember, since I haven’t had ham since 2012.  It also has sundried tomatoes, which I really love in pizzas.

Since I’m an ice cream woman, we also had the ice cream. I got strawberry (the recommendation of the kind lady who led us to the store when we got lost) and Francis had the earl grey. Mine was seriously the best strawberry ice cream in the world – including non-vegan variants. But Francis’ was the best ice cream ever.

We spent SGD24 for our dinner and Patti was a happy woman.

We were too tired to do more walking so we returned straight to the hostel after dinner.

Meal 2: Two Indian Breakfasts

Ananda Bhavan Restaurant

The next morning, we set forth to make our very short Singapore experience a fruitful one.  We started by looking for Ananda Bhavan, a vegetarian restaurant at Serangoon St., which was just walking distance from our place. We passed by this pretty flower elephants by the intersection.

Then we walked on to our destination. According to our research, the oldest Indian vegetarian restaurant in Singapore would be open by 7 a.m. and it was.

Unfortunately for us, it was very early so they didn’t yet have rice meals yet. So, we helped ourselves with what was available: samosas and something that looked like a corndog but had a huge chili inside… but not after a difficult convo with the cashier whose English we can’t quite understand. Haha.

The samosa was yumminess. It was the second samosa I had in my entire life and now I know what it’s supposed to taste like. Heaven! I’m officially in love with vegan Indian food.

The chili corndog was not delicious at all. In fact we left our leftovers at the Chinatown hawker center later.

Anyways, it was so cheap. Two delicious samosas and three not delicious chili corn dogs just cost us SGD4.

Komala Vilas

Being itinerary-less, we were surprised to discover that the Little India we were looking for was just a few steps away.  Personally, I’m excited to explore Little India and find that iconic colorful house where America’s Next Top Model once held a photoshoot.  I especially loved the colorful buildings.  Then, we found this by accident:

and of course we cannot pass up the chance to have another breakfast.

The helpful cashier/manager showed us which of the items were vegan.  Envious of an Indian man eating there, Francis was determined to try the paper dosai.

Which, like many Indian dishes, was supposed to be eaten by hand.

And OMG. I thought I make decent curry but this is curry. It was heavenly. The spices were just perfect.  Of the three dipping sauces, my favorite is the tomato-based one on the left.  The flavors were so subtle yet so yummy.  Francis loved the curry in the middle.

Francis would soon declare that this was his favorite amongst everything we ate.

After our satisfying paper dosai breakfast at Komala Vilas, we walked around to check out the heritage walk and look for the iconic colorful house I mentioned before.

Finding this, coupled by my delicious hearty breakfast, my day was officially done.

In-between Meal?

But that’s crazy. We only had a few more hours left at Singapore and we’re not wasting them. We rode the MRT to Chinatown, hoping to find vegan noodles.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any.  And honestly, we were getting dizzy and sick with the sights and smells of dead ducks everywhere that we immediately left after a mug of sugarcane juice at the hawker center.

We headed straight to Marina Bay to have the obligatory Merlion shot.

We also had our short stint at Jubilee Walk but we were so hungry by then.

Meal 3: The Chicken Rice

Then, the highlight of my weekend: my faux chicken rice experience.

From Raffles Place, we rode an STS bus to Ang Mo Kio. The bus itself wouldn’t be driving to Avenue 10, where the hawker center we were looking for was. But the kind and cool bus driver – he said I’m a cute girl, hahahaha – asked us where we were going and said he was going to drop us off at Avenue 1 where we would ride Bus 45. It was a very long drive and I fell asleep one quarter of the way.

Then finally, 33 Vegetarian Food.

I seriously won’t leave Singapore without having chicken rice.  Along with laksa, sambal, and nasi lemak, chicken rice is a quintessential Singaporean dish I’d always been curious about.

And the long, boring ride was sooooo worth it.  I almost cried as I savored the poached faux chicken.  You really don’t have to miss your favorite food once you go vegan.  (But we’re more WFPB vegans so faux meat is just an occasional treat.)

By the end of the meal, Francis and I were so full.  My biggest regret is I didn’t get to eat vegan laksa… but someday I will.  Maybe next year?  Hahaha.

Two sets of chicken rice was for SGD15.60.

We shopped for pasalubong at a nearby store before going home.

Last Supper: The Most Delicious Rice Meal Ever

We went back to the hostel for a quick rest before dinner, since we decided to head back to Changi Airport before 9:30 pm to return our passes and refund our SGD10. We decided to have our last dinner at Ananda Bhavan because Francis still hasn’t moved on from wanting that dinner set meal he’d missed at breakfast.

But before that, a quick stop at a nearby mall’s foodcourt to have taho and would you believe it? Vegan pan de coco!

You don’t know how I feel. Soft bread stuffed with coconut is my favorite bread and I haven’t had it in years.

So anyway, Francis bought the dinner set and I had two sweets from Ananda Bhavan. Sorry to say we were too overwhelmed by the size of the dinner set (apparently enough for four people of our appetite) to take a photo. But it was delicious! Francis liked the spicy curry with squash while I loved the eggplant one with the peanuts. (If my research skills are as good as I think they are, it’s called “baghare baingan.”) And their rice is so soft and fluffy.

I think I gained 10 pounds after this trip.

Back Home

Our flight home is at 6:25 in the morning. I know right? Anyway, our Changi experience was so tiring and a bit frustrating, not because Changi is frustrating but because we were super sleepy. Good thing we found beds at the snooze lounge and got some sleep. We even got a free foot massage through the massage chairs.

Thoughts

  1. I love Changi Airport! I haven’t been to many airports but the restrooms alone are enough to convince me this is indeed the best airport in the world.
  2. Singapore is hot – even hotter than where I live. But the heat isn’t painful on the skin.
  3. I’d go back for the chicken rice. And by then I’d make sure to eat laksa.
  4. I’m obsessed with Indian food now.
  5. Singapore is a vegan-friendly country.

Well, that’s my long narrative of our Singapore trip. It’s more like a food trip, isn’t it?

#OffTheBucketlist: 10 Churches + 1!

It’s April, the fourth month, and I’m happy to announce that I’m checking one goal off my 2017 bucket list.  I’ve visited ten churches.  Yey!  In fact, I got to visit more than that.  Here they are:

NUEVA ECIJA (REGION 3)

1. St. Andrew Parish Roman Catholic Church, Poblacion, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. (Visited on January 28, 2017)

st andrew

2. St. Joseph the Worker Parish Roman Catholic Church, Rizal, Nueva Ecija. (Visited on January 28, 2017)

st joseph

TUGUEGARAO CITY (REGION 2)

3. Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Peter, Tuguegarao City. (Visited on February 25, 2017)

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4. San Jacino Church (Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto), Tuguegarao City. (Visited on February 25, 2017)*

ILOCOS NORTE (REGION 1)

5. Simbahan ng Sta. Maria (Church of Sta. Maria), Santa Maria, Poblacion Norte, Ilocos Norte. (Visited on April 13, 2017)

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6. Church of Laoag, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. (Visited on April 13, 2017)

laoag church

7. Pasuquin Church, St. James the Greater Parish, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.  (Visited April 14, 2017)

pasuquin church

8. San Nicolas De Tolentino Parish Church, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. (Visited April 14, 2017)

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9. Paoay Church, Batac, Ilocos Norte. (Visited on April 14, 2017)

paoay

ILOCOS SUR (REGION 1)

10. Cathedral of Vigan, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. (Visited on April 16, 2017)

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11. St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish, San Esteban, Ilocos Sur. (Visited April 16, 2017)

san esteban

One goal down. Sixteen more to go. ❤

*I can’t find the photo!!!

Generation Represent: Early 2000s

Thanks to Boy Scout’s packing genius, all my bags are packed; I’m ready to go to Cagayan de Oro tomorrow.

Well, at least I was until I saw this advisory from the organizer of the summer conference I’m attending that says, “Don’t forget to bring your PRC ID and Your Generation Represent! socials night attire” and I was like:

😮😯😲😨😡

In that particular order.

Gahhhhd I hate surprises. 1) I didn’t know they’re throwing a socials night. (Who invented this trend in seminars anyway? How about some consideration for the introverts, yes?) 2) What am going to wear? For someone with a lack of a decent wardrobe, this is torture. (As if thinking of attire for the entire conference isn’t torture enough.) And 3) Which generation do I belong to?

Considering my concerns, of course, are equally important, let me focus on the 3rd: the generation question. The most considerate thing about the organizer is the footnote that says, “Attire: summer get up with a touch of the generation where you spent your adolescent life.” Good. Now my search is delimited.

I then Googled “adolescent” – ikr – and found out for the first time ever that it usually means somewhere between 13 and 19.

Okay. Great. Now I know that would be between 2001 and 2007. All I could think of was Slam Dunk and Meteor Garden and The Ring. Apparently I spent my adolescence fangirling over anime, East Asian boys, and learning Nihongo that I have no idea what else had been happening around me all those years. (Unless I’d considering reminding everybody of the 9/11 bombings by donning Osama Bin Laden or George W. Bush. This is not a joke, btw.)

My first thought was to just braid my hair a la Shan Cai. But since I’d mocha-ed my hair last month, I might end up looking like Britney Spears. Or if I put on a pink backpack like Dao Ming Si’s obsession, I’d look like Dora the Explorer.

Slam Dunk’s Ayako was my second choice. After all, I used to dream I was her back in my entire high school to early college days. But it’s a hassle to find a cap, plain pink shirt, and blur cycling shorts. And if I did Ayako I’d have to bring basketball and a whistle and find myself a Ryota Miyagi. No, I had to remind myself that this isn’t a cosplay competition. (Plus I kinda promised Boy Scout I won’t even look at guys there.)

So… I spent like thirty minutes of my precious time cracking my skull about what I would wear.

But for me summer is shorts and white shirt.

Then it dawned on me. Like an avalanche I remembered spending all those lunchtimes (and lunch money) with my friend Joymarie over Optichat. NASL. Lol. Lmao. Btw. Otw. I was an adolescent when I learned them.

From that memory, the emoticons – emojis for you kids. Back then I can read faces via colons, hyphens, commas, exes, etc. There was even a time – specifically when the epic peyups.com was still up – that my favorite emoticon was [colon][no space][type in “rolleyes”][no space][colon]. (I had to write it because it converts into 🙄 .)

And this is how I found what I was going to wear: the faces of early 2000s.

So, yeah. See you at Cagayan de Oro! B-)

P.S.

Btw, I checked the tentative program just to be sure and it wasn’t there. <Insert I-told-you-so emoji here.>

Oops. I meant emoticon. >:-D