Jul 20, 2013

Crimson Hotel's Cafe Eight.

Filipinos have this superstition called pagpag where one stops somewhere before going home when coming from a wake. So when T and I paid our respects to a friend's dad, we looked for a place in the Alabang area that was still open late at night.

I was a bit hungry and T wanted a cold beer so a gasoline station was our first option. Then we remembered a hotel called Crimson Hotel that opened recently and decided to check it out.

Jul 19, 2013

Nanbantei of Tokyo.

I've been posting a lot of travel entries lately because of this travel writing class that I took.  But I think it's time for more food posts again.  What do you think? :)
When on the way to watch a movie in Greenbelt, T and I would always pass this small, almost obscure, but always full Japanese restaurant called Nanbantei of Tokyo.

Jul 15, 2013

Dos Palmas (part 3): The Resort's Beach and Paranarian Spa.

continued from part 2....

Coming from Islang Puting Buhangin, T and I decided to explore the beach on the main island and find a place where we could have something to eat.

Jul 14, 2013

Dos Palmas (part 2): Islang Puting Buhangin.

continued from part 1...

Day 2
3 November 2012

Dos Palmas owns an island just off the resort called Islang Puting Buhangin (Island of White Sand), access of which is only available to guests who are checked-in the resort.  After eating breakfast, T and I freshened up and proceeded to the main dock to catch the boat going to the island.

Jul 12, 2013

Dos Palmas (part 1): Welcome to Arreceffi Island.

continued from the Prelude...

Day 1
2 November 2012

After a little over an hour's flight from Manila, it was a bright sunny day when we landed in Puerto Princesa, the gateway to Dos Palmas resort. 

Jul 11, 2013

Dos Palmas: Prelude.

Note: I took a short course in travel writing recently and this was one of my assignments.  Hence, the unusual text-heavy blog post :)

My original plan was to go to Puerto Princesa to see the Underground River, which was then recently hailed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. But weeks before the trip, things became a little hectic for me and what originally was a wish for an adventure-seeking journey suddenly turned into a desire for an R&R vacation.

All I wanted to do was to lie down on the beach, drink a margarita, and read a book. So I scrapped the Underground River excursion and booked ourselves in an upscale resort located on an island that was accessible from Puerto Princesa. When I mentioned the name of the resort, T got worried. 

Isn’t that where the kidnappings took place?”, he asked. 

In 2001, twenty people were abducted from the resort by terrorists who call themselves the “Abu Sayyaf”. Among those kidnapped were Martin and Gracia Burnham, missionaries from the United States who were there to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. 

Not a pretty picture but I thought lightning rarely strikes the same place twice. Besides, the kidnappings happened more than a decade ago and the perpetrators have been caught and imprisoned since. 

But isn’t that where Rico Yan died?”, T asked, still not convinced. 

The year after the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings, famous Filipino matinee idol Rico Yan died in the resort for reasons unknown to all. The doctors say the actor had a cardiac arrest due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, or in layman’s terms, he died in his sleep while having a nightmare. But until now, no one really knows for certain what happened.

But despite these two unfortunate incidents, T and I still pushed through with the trip.   And we were so glad that we did. 

Jul 10, 2013

Kenji Tei in Alabang Town Center.

Since I've been down with the flu, T and I have been on a ramen spree.

Kenji Tei used to be located along Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes.  But they closed shop last year and moved to Alabang Town Center (yay for me and T!).

Jul 8, 2013

Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau's "Doin It In The Park".

Just this weekend, T brought me to the Philippine screening of a basketball documentary by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau called "Doin It In The Park".  Honestly, I didn't know anything about it because I'm alien to the sport nowadays, so I turned to trusty Mr. Google.

"Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport."

Jul 7, 2013

Ramen Yushoken Alabang, Revisited!

Like I said in my previous post (read my blog post about our first visit), I want to visit Ramen Yushoken again because I didn't get to enjoy my last visit.

According to their menu, Ramen Yushoken's ramen is derived from "Ramen God" Kazuo Yamagishi, the little blue statue on their shelves.  Yamagshi-san is now is in his eighties and manages to visit his Taishoken ramen shop in Tokyo from time to time.  They said he is also the most revered ramen personality in Japan today, as he was the inventor of the widely popular tsukemen or "dipping ramen".

Their menu further says that Yamagshi-san's successor Koji Tashiro, fondly called "son of the ramen god" came to Ramen Yushoken in December 2012 to train the staff and to ensure that the recipes are at par with his champion ramen houses in Japan.


Jul 6, 2013

Review of Snoe's Shoo-Zit Don't Bother Me.

Honestly, I don't get to explore much in the beauty department since I've been cursed with ultra sensitive skin.  Not even the hypoallergenic seal is a guarantee that I won't be allergic to it.

But locally-made beauty products has been become popular nowadays since it usually is more hiyang to Filipino skin than the most expensive brands in the market. So, I decided to give the brand Snoe (they say it's pronounced Snow-wee) a try.

Jul 5, 2013

Happy 4th of July & TGIF!

To my family and friends in the States, happy 4th of July!  To everyone in the Philippines, happy Friday! :)

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