Travel Notes: 25 November 2018

Intramuros-Binondo, Manila, Philippines

My mum used to bring me with her to their office in Intramuros so it’s easy to say that I’m very much familiar with the area. Last Sunday, I went here with my brother to visit some of the old-but-reused buildings for their assignment. I’m delighted that I was able to go with him because it made me remember how happy my childhood was. It’s good to see that despite major developments here and there, the ambiance stays the same and that everything could still be reached easily by walking.

Head over to my Instagram and check out my new IGTV upload here featuring my weekend shenanigan with my brother!

Travel Notes: 1 November 2018

Cainta, Rizal, Philippines

On this day, when we remember what a great man my grandfather was, I’ve had the chance to be with my cousins, aunts and grandma. Finally, our busy schedules have aligned today, and as a bonus: I was able to speak to my dad on the phone albeit short. He’s travelling to France as of writing. I’m wondering what Tatay has been doing up there and whether he’s proud of what I’ve become today. I mean, who knows? X

Travel Notes: 26 October 2018

Pasay City, Philippines

The sun is setting

And you’re right here by my side

And the movie’s playing

But we won’t be watching tonight

I have no words to describe this week, but let me tell you than I am happy. I don’t think I am in the position to complain about anything, even though I feel empty; consciously know that there is something lacking in me. I am tired—beyond exhausted—but happy and content. To remind you how beautiful life could be, here are some photos I took on our way to the City of Dreams Manila in Pasay City for the #PFIP2018 5th Gala Night.

Have a good weekend, people! x

Travel Notes: 20 October 2018

Quezon City, Philippines

It was Becs’s idea to meet up here at Marindo, a newly opened restaurant located at the heart of Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City. Conveniently located at the G/F of Manhattan Garden, it’s not that hard to find but caveat that there are no parking space available except the open parking outside.

They were operational since 6 October and serves Indonesian-Malay menu. I MUST try their Laksa, even if it meant skipping my diet for the night, and boy, it did not disappoint for something worth PHP195 ($3.61). I’ve also ordered Vegetable Fritters for PHP90 ($1.67) for everyone (not in the photos) which was surprisingly good and it reminded Japan’s Okonomiyaki but less savoury which is what I like. ($1 = PHP54)

The first I’ve noticed was probably the clean vibe that Marindo exuded and I have to give it to those white walls, clean utensils and Instagram-worthy lighting which only some restaurants have. They operate on a self-service set up and you have to pay as you order, so please do not expect this to have a fine-dining set up.

Some of the best people I’ve known for roughly 9 years, albeit my first time to meet Marvz with Kiefer today. Thanks for Jeric, too, for still going all the way to Cubao from Cogeo even if it was already late. If it wasn’t for Becs‘s business (go check @powercasesmnl!), this wouldn’t be possible. Look at what I’ve ordered from them too, and it costs way cheaper than your Starbucks Venti drink! It was seeing everyone last night, and I think I should do this more often now. X

Travel Notes: 19 October 2018

Makati City, Philippines

Let’s all admit it – we never like how bad the traffic could get on Fridays and how humid it could be in the afternoon, but there is something about Makati Central Business District (CBD) which makes you love it as it is.

I visited Makati today after attending some brotherly duties at home. I had this sudden itch to feel the city vibe that only Makati CBD exudes. Although I weren’t able to roam that much, I still found myself in awe whilst at the elevated walkway near Paseo de Roxas and Greenbelt. I think it was just a great timing as there were few to almost no passers-by when I took these shots.

I didn’t bring my camera with me because I want to test the camera of my new phone – and it did not disappoint at all! For edits and colour play, I have created this new orangey preset from Lightroom. I’m sure this will work on natural lighting and I will continue using this until my eyes could not take it anymore.

Indeed, it’s a good way to get my weekend started and to end a busy work week! X

To The Greatest Person Ever

You taught me the value of initiative when you didn’t have to guide me when I was studying for school. You’ve always been my believer; the one who knew I was capable to learn on my own at school. I know I’ve disappointed you for many times already because you’ve always known I had fears being recognized and I hated going up on stage for any award or recognition, but I know you’re always the proud one because you’ve always known my abilities.  You were the one who taught me the value of responsibility by providing everything we needed to survive in this life. You were and will always be my hero. I remember when I was hospitalized and no one was there for me. It was only you whom I’ve had a shoulder to lean on. I’ve learnt from you that it’s not everyday that we’d get all the things we want in life. We have to either earn it or wait for it. If it wasn’t for you, then I wouldn’t have had realized the value of taking care of myself firat before anything else.  You taught me that happiness should start from within; that I didn’t have to listen to anyone else but myself especially if I know that I was right. You’ve shown me the way on how to be a strong, independent person I am today. You guided me on finding my own niche in this life. We may have had ups and downs but you were always there for me. Through the years, you didn’t just age beautifully but you also kept gaining wisdom to share to us.  You taught me that no matter what happens, our family is together through thick and thin. We don’t have a big family unlike the others but we have big hearts to keep sharing and spreading love to each one of us; to those people who surround us. You taught us the value of voicing out our concerns in a respectful manner; that you’d listen to us because we’re your children. We’re all like friends at home because you’ve changed who you were just to get along well with us. You are one of a kind!

If only I could sing well like you, then I could have dedicated one of your favourite songs in the karaoke. If only I could dance well like you, then I could have danced you out and get some groove moving. If only I could cook well like you, then I would have cooked all of your favourite dishes every now and then. I am nowhere close to who you are, but all I can muster are these simply yet humble words to showcase my love for you.  Even if it isn’t your birthday, I know you know how much love I have for you, mum. Thank you for cooking my breakfast every single day of my life and for always bringing me either to the bus terminal or to the office. You keep waking up in the morning to prepare everything I’ll be needing for work. Thank you for reminding me to keep doing well at my job. Thank you for bringing me closer back to God. I may not be the perfect son for you and dad, nor a good brother to my siblings, but ai’m always trying my best to be somewhere close to being one. Thank you for the support for every decision I make in this life, and for letting me decide on my own to learn from these experiences. Thank you for letting me be and accepting whoever I am right now. Thank you for the unending patience to us. Lastly, thank you for the undying love for me and for our family.

Happy 48th Birhday, mum! Stay beautiful and humble. No words can really express how much I love you. Good luck with all of the things you need to do and accomplish. I’m always here to support you. Thank you and I love you forever. Yes, indeed, merong forever! ☺️ +++

Seafood Aioli


More of Boyong’s(see here for my Creamy Pesto w/ Grilled Chicken post) I ordered this Seafood Aioli for 110 PHP. Imagine, getting a scrumptious meal for a very affordable price, what more can you ask for? Hallelujah, thank goodness!

Honestly, I got this because yours truly is a huge fan of any seafood pasta. It’s more into the richness of the flavours which I really am after. I like the pasta dry, and by dry meaning it wasn’t too oily. It wasn’t hard to eat because the pasta was well-done. The pasta came with a sliced, garlic-flavoured bread and a dash of Parmesan cheese. Those fish fillets came from Boyong’s newest addition to its men, and this is a must try! It’s a platter full of fried appetizers — fish fillet, fried squid rings, and chips — and it costs only for less than 300 PHP.

Visit Boyong’s at #15 E. Dela Paz Street, San Roque, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila. Contact number: +63 (02) 682 0403.

Creamy Pesto w/ Grilled Chicken

Heading out for a Friday night but don’t know where to go? I best suggest you go and visit Boyong’s in Marikina City today.

This was a long, overdue post but I’m posting it anyway today. My friend ordered this at Boyong’s for 145 PHP only. It was my former office mate, Verna, who introduced me and my other office mates here. We had a blast, I shall say, and we enjoyed the food a lot. More than the good food, it was the ‘chill’ kind of environment which we did appreciate the most.

Boyong’s offers wide selection of affordable yet scrumptuous sandwiches, burgers and pastas, making it a very good way to beat the summer heat and to get those empty stomachs full. Visit Boyong’s at #15 E. Dela Paz Street, San Roque, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila. Contact number: +63 (02) 682 0403.