Shi Lin – Taiwanese Restaurant

Authentic Taiwanese Restaurant

I’ve never been to a lot of Authentic Taiwanese restaurants here in the Philippines obviously because there aren’t many and some of them are being mistaken as Chinese or even Japanese restaurant due to some similarities on their menu.

Shi Lin is an authentic Taiwanese restaurant located in several branches here in Metro Manila that offers decent variety of food items on their menu.

The one that stands out is their Xiao Long Bao and Rice meals.

 

Their Xiao Long Bao delivers the right flavors on your pallet especially when paired with Ginger Soy sauce.

Do not be mistaken by their rice bowl because for it’s price, it’s almost good for 2 person and their Braised beef noodle soup has a mouthful chunk of tender and juicy beef meat and savory broth.

If you happened to cross into one of their branches, don’t hesitate to try their food items.

Endgame: The Last Triumphant Snap

Endgame: The Last Triumphant Snap

 

Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame

 

Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Endgame had a worldwide opening of $1.2 billion, the biggest of all time which broke numerous box office records. In fact, it became the fastest film to ever gross $2 billion worldwide, amassing the amount in only 11 days. The world premiere occurred on April 22, 2019, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

 

How did Endgame suit the series?

 

According to The New York Times, Endgame provides,

“the sense of an ending, a chance to appreciate what has been done before the timelines reset.”

Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Part 2 of a two-part sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron. In general, the movie received positive feedback. And the popularity of the characters and the franchise has had a great influence on interests in post-Avengers: Endgame movies.

 

Endgame: What’s the Story?

 

The film got off to a rather dark and desperate opening sequence, which is expected knowing how the Avengers: Infinity War concluded in a tragic and sad closing. For instance, it’s first scene took place on the Benatar, the Guardians of the Galaxy ship that’s now being operated by Tony Stark and Nebula. They are stranded in space with no food, water or other resources.

 

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Tony Stark and Nebula adrift in space.

 

Moreover, Endgame opens with Clint Barton losing his family to Thanos’ snap. The scene was more moving by the fact that he was about to settle down for a picnic with his wife and children.

 

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Above is Clint Barton with family.

 

Meanwhile, the other Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Rocket and James Rhodes — must figure out a way to undo the damage caused by Thanos. Thanos is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe. He has clashed with many heroes including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Armed with the Infinity Gauntlet housing the Infinity Stones, he is capable of destroying the planet and the universe.

 

In this three-hour movie, there are shocking twists and moments of hilarity, as well as more serious scenes and themes. The element of surprise and the thrill of discovery are everything in Endgame. Of course, it also provides emotional relief for several of the characters. It’s even safe to say that Endgame shifted the focus from wild displays of heroism to deeply emotional exploration of loss and love, duty and honor, friendship and family.

 

Endgame‘s Best Scenes

 

    1. Tony’s Recordings
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      Endgame starts and ends with Tony’s messages.

       

    2. Thor Going For the Head
      Eventually, Thor made sure he did what he failed to do in Avengers: Infinity War.

       

    3. Time Travel
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      Steve Rogers: “This is the fight of our lives. And we’re going to win. Whatever it takes.”

       

    4. Vormir Sacrifice
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      Will it be Natasha or Clint?

       

    5. Peter Parker and Tony Stark
      Again, another tearjerker scene from Tony Stark and Peter Parker will happen in Endgame.

       

    6. Avengers Assemble
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      Steve Rogers: “Avengers, assemble.”

       

    7. Stephen Strange: “If I tell you what happens, it won’t happen.”
      Tony Stark: “You said one out of fourteen million, we win, yeah? Tell me this is it.”

       

    8. “I am Iron Man.”
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      Thanos: “I am inevitable.” Tony Stark: “And I am Iron Man.”

       

    9. The Final Snap
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      Yet who could’ve thought that “snap” is synonymous to “success” and “sacrifice”?

       

    10. Captain America’s Final Mission
      Later, Steve Rogers embarks on a final mission — to return the Infinity Stones.

       

Is Endgame Any Good?

 

The main reason I like this film is how it delivered a satisfying climax. The pinnacle was not just to wrap up the story of what happens after Thanos has killed off half of all life in the universe. It is also to close out a story that has been building for the last decade’s worth of Marvel Studios movies. The last act was almost like a tribute to itself. It’s just incredible how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has created worlds and characters through 22 films. And these are films that many people have devoted and invested their time, money and emotion.

 

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Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.

 

 

Another thing about Endgame worth mentioning is the music. The musical score was created by Alan Silvestri who was also the composer of the score for the movie The Avengers. Booming percussion and powerful brass sounds perfectly fit the action sequences. Also, the film’s soundtrack featured several classic rock songs.

 

As for me, the most touching musical piece is “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. It was played lightly and smoothly through the air while Steve and Peggy finally get to have that dance. Most importantly, it’s a beautiful song and a beautiful moment on which to end the saga. And it continued to play as the credits roll making it rather difficult to hold back the tears because of the amazing synthesis of music and the final score.

 

Finally, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter dancing to an old song.

 

Endgame‘s Takeaway

 

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The Avengers.

 

Certainly, the Avengers are all fictional characters. But we believe in their story. Thanks to the full commitment of the Russo Brothers and a well-designed screenplay. In addition, the casting was successful. All actors portrayed their characters excellently.

 

“Whatever it takes…”

What this phrase best reflects is the central idea of a superhero. In the face of danger, superheroes or avengers combat adversity through feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength. This is not just for the sake of glory and honor but for the common good. In conclusion, this film is a bittersweet example that the best heroes won’t allow excessive pride or insecurity to defeat them. Truly, Avengers: Endgame is one of the most epic, emotional and exceptional franchise finale.

PROVINCE OF NORTH COTABATO

Province of Cotabato, a land blessed with abundant natural resources and exciting natural wonders. A province where Christians, Lumads and Muslims lived harmoniously. Together, we shared the rich agricultural land. Producing rice varieties including organic black and brown rice in the Municipality of Mlang. In the upland areas of Makilala, an indigenous variety of banana known as “Bongonan” is exported to Japan. Apart from these export quality products, the province is also a home to several natural wonders.

On the top of the list is the magestic Asik-Asik falls in the municipality of Alamada meaning “sprinkle-sprinkle” in the local Hiligaynon language. Lush vegetation covers the entirety of the ravine, and adds mystery as to where the water is coming from.

The province is also a home of the country’s highest peak Mt. Apo in Kidapawan City. A forested volcano has a flat summit with 3 peaks, the highest of which in the SW known as Davao volcano and has 500meter wide crater with a small lake. On the mountain you can spend 1-3 nights of camping in a tent.

On the foothills is Lake Agco resort, one of backpackers fave “cooling down” place after hiking Mt. Apo. The mud pack, sauna and jacuzzi in Lake Agco is heaven for tired and sore muscles.

In Makilala, ride the longest zipline at Eco-adventure park in Brgy. New Israel. The 2.2-kilometer zipline attracts local and foreign adventure seekers. It is one of the highest and longest zipline in Asia.

I am inviting everyone to visit and explore North Cotabato. This is my province. My home.  My pride.

Why Choose the Gibson Les Paul Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul

The Gibson Les Paul is a thick, heavy guitar, both physically and sonically. It features a mahogany body with a maple top, and a set mahogany neck. Mahogany is a very warm-sounding tonewood and accounts for the depth and resonance of Les Pauls are known for.

The maple cap helps to add some clarity to the tone, as maple is a brighter wood. Most Les Pauls have 22-fret rosewood fingerboards, but some feature ebony, and in some recent years Gibson has been using some interesting alternatives like baked Maple.

This traditional combination of woods has served Gibson well over the years and made for some classic instruments. Les Pauls are more elaborately constructed than Strats, with binding around the neck and body, and block inlays in the fingerboard.

Les Pauls have two humbucking pickups, specially made by Gibson. Each pickup has one tone and one volume control, and there’s a toggle switch that flips between the pickups or allows both to be active simultaneously.

The bridge is a Tune-o-Matic with a stop-bar tailpiece. The tailpiece, along with the wood and set neck, gives the Les Paul great sustain capabilities. The simple bridge also means it tends to stay in tune fairly well.

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Bakasyonista- Borawan Island Paradise

Borawan- Heaven on Earth

Warm sun, breathtaking view, the sound of the waves calms my troubled soul.

This is exactly what I need. Away from the crowd, a simple getaway to forget about the stressful city life even just for a day.

5 to 6 hours drive from Manila, Philippines to Quezon Province, a shy island that boasts its beauty upon exploring it. Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Quezon Province.

I’ve read some blogs about the island and learned that the name was derived from Boracay (known for the white sand) and Palawan (famous from its rock formation), both are located in the Philippines. Isn’t it amazing to be able to visit one place that both offers almost the same?

So anyway, I came here with my friends on Jan 15,2018, a good time to visit since it’s not really crowded yet. Had an overnight stay in a rented open cottage that costs Php 1,250.00 . Slept in a comfy tent good for 3-4 person which costs Php 200.00. Kuya Ron and some of his friends assisted us throughout our island hopping which includes 2 islands and a Sandbar. Overnight entrance fee for Borawan Island is Php 220.00/each. Sand bar costs Php 600.00 good for 6 person. Dampalitan Island day tour entrance fee is Php 80.00 each and boat rental is Php 1,500.00.

I enjoyed the stay although I didn’t have much photos to share due to my lack of knowledge that there’s no electricity and no power bank to charge my device. Let alone, my first time to try and visit a remote island. I’ve got no idea what to bring.

But nonetheless, the entire stay was great! Friendly and helpful community, affordable accommodation, delicious foods fresh from salt water, no electricity, but lots of water and peaceful mind, what else can u wish for?

If only I could stay here forever, wish I could. I promised to bring myself here again sometime next year. Next time I’ll bring action cam, extra batteries, power bank, and a fully charged device so I could snap the beauty of this place.

I’ll see u again Borawan. When I return, I’ll make sure to be ready. Until next time.

Your admirer,

Girlie W.

Movie-time Weekend: First look at Avengers End Game.

   

As a fan of Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have always been rooting to watch every super hero movie that Marvel Studio has released, may it be X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc… you name it and you bet that I know it. The thing that makes their movies unique are the action-packed scenes, superb special effects, and above all, the stories behind every character. I normally get bored easily with movies with obvious story line flow, the typical movies wherein you know the start and you’ll probably can guess the ending even before it happens. But with Marvel franchise, it seemed like the characters are not whatsoever related at the start but as the story goes on, you’ll be surprised how their fate gets intertwined, and see how one movie gets related to the other, until they end up joining together and helping each other out, which excites me most of the time.
The Avengers series is one of my favorites. It’s a movie that you can’t really fully enjoy if you weren’t able to watch the previous parts (1 & 2) plus the other movies related to it. Remember what I said earlier, the other Marvel Super Hero movies are somewhat related to the Avengers series (like Black Panther, Spider Man, etc…), so it’s therefore recommended to watch them first before even thinking of watching the Avengers.
This weekend, my family and I watched the Avengers: End Game movie (actually before watching it in cinema, I already watched it in low definition in some random site in the internet… 😊). And as always, I can say that the movie never failed my expectations. As expected of Marvel, they did a good job laying out the story line for the Infinity War continuation, revolving around how the heroes struggled to get the infinity stones from Thanos to restore balance in the universe. Personally, I loved the part when they’re just testing the time machine that they invented (courtesy of the genius Tony Stark portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.) when Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) returned to the past to see his family which he missed very much (they were among those killed by the infinity stones in the future). I really felt his sadness and longingness to be with his beloved family but sadly time was too short, and he was immediately blasted back to the future…well, the good part was they knew that the time machine worked.
As a comic lover, I personally had read how the story unfolded, but as expected of the franchise, several spices were added to the story line: more twists and turns, a number of revelations, and a couple of ups and downs, which I think made every fan waited in anticipation with excitement and chill.
The part where the movie got me emotionally was when Tony Stark sacrificed himself to save everyone by stealing all six infinity stones to kill Thanos and all his minions. This automatically drained his life force bringing him to his death (note the even Hulk almost died when he used the stones to reverse the universe-wide catastrophe that Thanos created and bring everybody back to life). I literally cried (really couldn’t stop my tears from falling) while Tony Stark lies against the rubbles, and spider man talks to him trying to make him stay awake. With shallow slow breathe, Pepper, his wife, approached him, holding back her teary eyes, bid him her final farewell assuring him that everything is gonna be alright and that it’s ok for him to rest…Man! I can still feel the sadness till now!

 

The Avengers: End Game also somewhat affected me in real life. Remember the expression “I love you three thousand”, between Tony Stark and his daughter? My daughter and I also tell the same expression to each other.
I don’t know about you guys, but I personally think that this is by far the best Marvel movie to this time! I could not be more excited to the next Marvel movie that would surpass what The Avengers has achieved.

THE EVIDENCE OF A TRUE BELIEVER

Today, Christianity is the majority religion in much of the world. There are a lot of denominations namely Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. In the Philippines, there had Iglesia ni Cristo, Baptist, Mormons, Saksi ni Jehova, and more… but actually, those were all international I just gave some of the familiar denominations.

You might have a definition of Christianity, but I’ll tell you that Christianity is not a cultural thing that we live in the world 6 days a week and go to Sunday in a church. It is not something that you posted a bible verse on your wall even your prayers in order to be called a Christian.
Now, the question is “How do you know that you’re Christian?” “How do you know that if you die today, you would go to heaven and accepted by God?”.

When God saved you it is because of His grace because we are saved not by works but by His grace according to the book of Ephesians 2:8-9. A grace that given us to keep believing in the promises of the Gospel. A grace that given us to keep on repenting because we are not sinless Christian.

The moment that you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, your life is about to start changing and it should be. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature the old has gone, the new has come…” That is the evidence if you are truly a believer, there would be a TRANSFORMATION.

Parenting and Freelancing

One of the important tasks in human life, if not the most, is the nurturing work of the family. The necessary preparation is of paramout importance as it requires huge consideration on the aspect of emotional, spiritual and financial way of life. The foundational works of elders such as the grandparents and parents themselves play a significant role in moulding the necessary character of the upcoming generation in preparation for their becoming as inheritors and successors in the new era for leadership roles.

Parental responsibility is actually a teamwork of the loving couple and there are lots of concern to be attended to in order to satisfy all the needs of the growing family. If the husband and wife has had been able to secure enough financial foundation prior to engaging in marriage then there would have been not so much concern on the material side of family life. Especially if their business is just near to them and/or their workplace is just a few minutes away from their home. It would then somewhat easy for them to tackle all the necessary tasks for both on their work and to that of home.

There are many cases, however, in which couples do experience a hard way of life – the difficulty of coping with the financial needs due to unexpected circumstances or perhaps the inequality to availing of good opportunities in terms of job or any profession in the like. Even for those couples who have jobs on their own are not free from the anxiety of poverty as the rising costs of commodities inadvertently affect their economic life. The unabated rising trend of inflation makes the people’s mind hang in the balance, always.

The advent of internet has brought about milestone of changes in human life, in various field of work – so to speak. Freelancing is just one of the wondrous fruits that an internet has infused to man’s work. Any person, with the accumulated skills on hand, may apply for work as virtual assistant for those business owners in need of somebody on their behalf to do the job. With the availability of virtual assistant – the business owner can do other important work in his business or may just avail of any recreation, or perhaps tending his/her own family needs.

On the part of stay-at-home moms or dads, freelancing is the best option – as this kind of job will enable them to earn money while at the same time undertaking the tasks at home – especially in the nurturing of kids. With this kind of job at home, the children won’t be deprived of their emotional needs thus avoiding the unnecessary problems of juvenile in form. In my own experience, it is not just the spiritual or emotional aspect of life that a husband and wife must look after – equally imporatant is the financial freedom that a family should have enjoyed in order to experience hapiness in life, in and out. In our lives indeed, we need to be happy.

 

The Beauty of Negros

Negros Occidental is known as the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines”. It generates more than half of the country’s production as well as exporting it to other countries.  But it offers not just sugar for your sweet tooth but also tourist spots perfect for your summer escapade. There’s a lot of beautiful places that can be found in Negros that most tourist will enjoy visiting. Below are some of the interesting tourist spots that can be found in Negros:    
Mag Aso Falls

Mag Aso falls is located in Barangay Oringao, in the city of Kabankalan, in Negros Occidental. A lot of tourist visit here because of its twin falls and very nice view. There is a manmade pool inside the resort and the water comes from the falls itself.

The pool inside Mag Aso Resort

The next one is for those who like diving. This beach resort is located in Sipalay Negros Occidental. Sipalay City’s 44 dive sites composed of coral reefs and sunken ships make it one of the top diving destinations in the Philippines. This is one of the main reasons why some of the best diving resorts in the county are located in Sipalay City.

Artistic Diving Resort

And last but not the least, this is one of the best getaway in Negros especially if you have kids, the Campuestohan Highland Resort located in Talisay City Negros Occidental. There’s a lot of things you can do here with your family such a riding on a zip line, take a hampster wheel ride, horseback riding and a lot more.

Campuestohan Highland Resort

Negros Occidental is not only famous for its beautiful spots. Negros Occidental is also a culinary destination with heirloom recipes that continue to delight generations of locals and tourists alike.There’s El Ideal Bakery’s sought-after Guapple Pie, Emma Lacson’s famous empanada and pili squares, and Sinda Belleza’s fresh lumpiang ubod. Negros Occidental also has its own version of Turkey’s baklava using pili, muscovado, and coconut oil as ingredients.For the original Bacolod chicken inasal—considered the best-tasting chicken barbecue in the country—check out Manokan Country where a variety of food stalls serve their own takes on the dish.

Bacolod Chicken Inasal
Lumpiang ubod
Emma's Empanada
El Ideal guapple pie
Emma's Pili Bar
Negros version of Turkey's baklava

Most places in Negros are also safe to live in. And the people here are friendly and smile a lot, just like Bacolod is well known for the “City of Smiles”. I hope you include Negros Island in your vacation list. And I’m sure you will never regret.

A mother’s tale: Breaking the bondage of Overthinking.

I was staring at my 2 yr old child at 3 am as if I was caught in a limbo, and  in a brain fog so to speak. FEAR and the feeling of “what if’s” started to haunt and taunt me. There was an enormous contention of sorts running and engaging in my thought processes perhaps because of the feeling of inadequacy as if paralysis hit  me. I was numb for a moment looking at my child who has GDD, short for Global Developmental Delay. It was truly every mother’s nightmare.

I closed my eyes for a moment and envision her walking, running playing around tossing the ball, calling me “Mama”. It was something I have been waiting for..but whenever worry  grips me that seed of hope suddenly passes into oblivion. Overthinking turned me around and I know it ain’t getting me anywhere.

I wanted to break free and start life a new. My thoughts are not about me, my child, regardless of what life may lead her is the most precious treasure I could ever have. I love her to death, and any disability  will not make me lose that.

God’s promise in His word made me realize this which I almost forgot..

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I thank God for His mercy and enlightenment never fails. Truly I should steer my thoughts to be positive come what may. I realized it is not about my child,nor the situation, but rather it is how and what i think of  everything. It’s just about time to keep the ball rolling to a more positive outlook in life, hard but definitely doable.

A Perfect Place to Dine and Unwind

My first time and I might say this place is a must to visit. Me and my Ex- Boyfriend (Yes! you heard it right we can be friends though 😀 ) we had lunch at this cozy and relaxing place called Bag of Beans at Tagaytay . The food was really great we ordered baby back ribs and beefsteak tagaolog, and the baby back ribs is just WOW it just like a mouth watering food for me super delicious .The ambiance of the place was very nice and also the staff . This will be my one of the favorite place in Tagaytay. I highly recommend this to my family and friends.

 

3 Stunning Techniques to Type Faster

 

I was born in a remote area where technology is not yet improved. Even in my college days, I can’t almost take computer lessons. Years past and bring my destiny in a home-based job wherein I have to learn to type fast. My first average typing speed was 14 wpm, which is very frustrating to me.

I try my best to improve it. I’ve searched on Google and in Youtube the techniques on how to type faster. At first, I know it is hard because our hand is got used to of what you used when you start typing. I hope these techniques that I’ve used will help you improve wpm your  aiming. Good luck.

These are the techniques that I’ve learned:

1. Having the correct techniques. It means proper positioning of hands. You should use your 10 fingers when it comes to typing. You can reach your speed if your 10 fingers are active.

2. Have fashion with your typing. Find something that you love to do. Like writing a novel, blog, essay, or writing an e-book, copywriting, content writing, and so much more that are related to writing.

3. Practice. Practice. Practice. They say that practice makes perfect. By continues, practice with consistent, I can assure you that you can reach your typing goal. Whatever it is.

If you follow these techniques I know you can improve your typing skills with no time. I know it is hard and frustrating but it is worth it. I started as 14 wpm, and now I can type like 35 wpm. I know I have to improve this by following these steps.
And I am starting it right now. I started to make this blog to help others that struggle in typing and make the speed that they like. I can’t imagine how people got 100 wpm. The fastest person that can type has an average of 200 wpm. How come she does that. Can we do that also? I think so.

That is my next target. To type 100 wpm. It will help me to achieve my career in the freelancing world. It will become an advantage if I have a fast typing speed.

The decision is ours if we want to have a faster typing speed. I am starting it right now and also starting to write a blog. I think this is my fashion.

Awareness on the Risk of Transmission of Infectious Diseases in Dentistry

Health care providers are at risk for infection with bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus, human immunodeficiency virus, and hepatitis C virus. Recommended infection control practices are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided. Dentists remain at low risk for occupationally acquired human immunodeficiency virus. Dental health care workers, through occupational exposure, may have a 10 times greater risk of becoming a chronic hepatitis B carrier than the average citizen. Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In general, persons suspected of having pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis should be considered infectious if they are coughing, are undergoing cough-inducing or aerosol-generating procedures, or have sputum smears positive for acid-fast bacilli. Although the possibility of transmission of bloodborne infections from dental health care workers to patients is considered to be small, precise risks have not been quantified by carefully designed epidemiologic studies. Emphasis should be placed on consistent adherence to recommended infection control strategies, including the use of protective barriers and appropriate methods of sterilization or disinfection. Each dental facility should develop a written protocol for instrument reprocessing, operatory cleanup, and management of injuries. Such efforts may lead to the development of safer and more effective medical devices, work practices, and personal protective equipment.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/11357793_Risk_and_prevention_of_transmission_of_infectious_diseases_in_dentistry

Tara, Isabela!

Isabela is the largest province of the Philippines and the largest on the island of Luzon in land area. Its capital is the city of Ilagan. We have our Mengal festival yearly. Where Miss Earth pageant’s Resorts Wear and Talent Portion Competition was recently held at my hometown. I am from Echague, Isabela. Yes, I am an Ilokana and I absolutely love pinakbet, inabraw, inatata and most especially native tinola!

Now, let me tour you first before we talk more about our delicacies. Tempting, I know right!

Magat Dam Magat Dam

First of all, Magat Dam. A major source of power and water supply in Northeastern Luzon, and Southeast Asia’s biggest hydroelectric dam. It is located at the boundaries of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and Ramon, Isabela. There is no entrance fee so if you want to breathe fresh air while enjoying the nature, you can come here. In addition to that, you can bring your bike or just stroll when you are with friends. My daughter were so thrilled upon seeing fishermen on their boats that she wanted to ride it there and then. While my Daddy took pleasure in fresh and live fish. He bought kilos of fish back then.

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Next destination is the most accessible natural tourist spot in the whole province. Located in a portion of Fuyot Spring National Park that comprises the Northern Sierra Madre National Park. A hike of about 2.5 kilometers from the caves will lead to Pinzal Falls which is the main source of water for the swimming pools right by the picnic areas. The sanctuary also houses several parks and recreation areas including a botanical garden, boating area, a hanging bridge, zip line, fish pond, and a mini-zoo.

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Also, we have the Philippine crocodile or bukarot is considered the most threatened crocodilian species in the world due to hunting, destructive fishing and habitat conversion. It was rediscovered in the town of San Mariano in 1999. The crocodile sanctuary protects this special animal by keeping hatchlings in a rearing station before releasing them in the wild 18 months later.

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With my Mom, nieces and kids. We always have our family picture taking here at the butaka.

Butaka

In addition we have the butaka. Have you heard of it? It’s a reclining lounge with a lengthy back, extended arms found in many homes here. Isabela is the home to the world’s largest lounge chair (weighing 2,368 kilos) which was built to promote woodcraft/furniture industry. The gigantic chair measures 9.7 feet wide, 20.8 feet long and 11.4 feet high. Found in a shed at the Freedom Park in Ilagan as a town landmark. Both my parents own a butaka at our house. They had their supplier made a little verison, a customized one for their apo, my daughter Grey. And it’s still sturdy. I feel cozy every time I’m at the butaka. I can fall asleep quickly. Likewise, my parents are like my butaka. My security blanket.

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Honeymoon Island

Furthermore, as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines with its crystal clear waters teaming with live fishes and corals is a sure haven for sea folks. At around 3:00 in the afternoon, a major low tide affects the area which reveals crazy rock formations, small basins of corals and live fishes. A virgin island that will capture your mind & soul.

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Moreover, stargazing in the coastal town of Palanan is a definitely a must do. The night sky lits up with billions of lights that you could go on staring at them. Aside from the fact that it has wonderful beaches to offer, too.

Now, lets go to our delicacies!

Seafood

The local tribe of Isabela – the Dumagats, still practice barter trading. You can trade a can of sardines for freshly caught lobsters. Yes, you got it right, lobsters. The Dumagat Tribe is one of the oldest tribes in the country. Dumagat tribe is perhaps the oldest living tribe in the Philippines. I think it would be my privilege and honor to get to mingle with them up close and personal. One day, I will bring my kids to play with them.

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The most popular local specialty to try. It is made of stir-fried, fresh miki noodles with mixed vegetables, quail’s eggs and topped with cripy lechon de carajay or fried pork bits. You can try this in many restaurants but locals recommend always Josie’s Panciteria & Restaurant in Cabagan, Isabela as serving the best variety. But I found a nearer place at Cauayan, Isabela called Triple J’s restaurant.

Aling Luring’s Gotohan

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“Sobrang sarap po nitong mga inihain sa amin aa Aling Luring’s! Serkele, Goto, Lumpia, at Okoy, lahat okay! Definitely a must-try kapag napadaan po kayo sa Cauayan, Isabela” ~Sen. Bam Aquino. Cauayan Mayor Bernard Dy (white polo shirt) and Isabela Governor Bojie Dy (black tshirt) with Sen. Aquino.

Originated at J.M. Basa st. Concepcion Baliwag, Bulacan. Established in the early 70s by Leonila “Nanay Luring” Castro Trinidad. The concept of a traditional filipino “meryenda” (snack) such as goto- a rice porridge with stewed ox tripe, serkele, palabok, tokwa baboy, lumpiang gulay, chicken arrozcaldo with puto & kutchinta was born and is continually in existence at this place. The family’s food business branched out to the far northern part of the Philippines at Cauayan, Isabela in 1985. The concept and the original menu has not been altered since then, with the addition of sweet dessert like biko, sapin sapin, pitchi pitchi, bibingka and the fast rising popularity of the side dish “okoy” with special vinegar for dipping.
Good heathy food that will nourish not just your appetite but also your soul.

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Inabraw or dinengdeng is a tasty combination of different fresh vegetables such as jute leaves, bamboo shoots, young corn, patola, eggplant, tomato, okra, malunggay, bitter melon, string beans, squash flowers, and other products with bagoong. This is one of my comfort food. My mom would add malunggay and fried fish, too. Yummy!

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Cauayan City  is the “mushroom city of the North.” You can find unique dishes made from farm-grown mushrooms here like the mushroom empanada. It’s filled with sliced oyster mushrooms and sauce instead of meat. The town’s Mushroom Center produces other unique mushroom-based dishes like mushroom pickles, mushroom tempura, mushroom patties, mushroom sisig, mushroom shake – and even mushroom ice cream. I would say, vegetarians will love this.

Inatata & Corn Coffee

Image result for inatata & binallayIsabela is the rice granary of the North. You can find rice delicacies like tupig and suman in different towns. Inatata is a glutinous rice creamed with coconut milk, sugar and a pinch of salt. The name comes from a combination of the words for mother and father “ina” and “tata” to reflect the labor of love from parents because of the care in which it takes to wrap the rice treats. It looks like ammunition belts of a machine gun but paired with hot choco or hot coffee will make your day.

As a corn capital of Philippines too, Isabela offers variety of corn delicacies. One of which is the corn coffee.  It lacks caffeine so you can consume it anytime of the day. Aside from corn coffee, they also have nachos, corn shake and pastillas that are all made of corn.

Binallay

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Another homegrown rice cake is Binallay, made of glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves. “Balay” means “house”. This has religious significance and traditionally served during the Holy Week, to help Isabelinos endure hunger during the fasting period.

 

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I grew up eating my vegetables like malunggay, saluyot, eggplant, sigarilyas, string beans, squash and even bitter gourd. I love my mother’s famous tenderly delicious beef steak and her adobo that meat will almost fall on its bone. My all-time favorite is native tinola. Why? Because my father will butcher one of his native chickens then my mother will cook it. See the tandem behind the preparation & cooking? I love the partnership my parents have. That’s called labor of love. They are my Yin Yang. So every time I am home, my dad & mom will cook for me. Native tinola tastes no other. Nothing compares to the aroma and invigorating soup. It warms my heart and my stomach is full, too.

Finally, I would like to add the most prominent celebration in Isabela is the Bambanti Festival celebrated every January. Named after the Scarecrow which guards the fields from birds and pests, the Bambanti Festival celebrates the agricultural industry, natural resources, culture and industries of the entire province. This year’s festival has got them in Guinness World of records.

I will make another blog about what adventures and where to stay when in Isabela. For now, let’s satisfy our hunger.

HONGKONG-MACAU 2019

HONGKONG-MACAU 2019

 
Traveling to Hongkong-Macau is special to me because it’s my and our first time to travel with my girlfriend outside of the Philippines. But actually we’re not alone, we have her whole family with us. As the quote saying, “The family that stays together travel together” and yes indeed true. Why not. As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” and that’s what we did. We made it. VIOLA!!!!

Pre Departure: We stayed in front of NAIA Terminal 3

Yes, you read it right. We stayed in front of NAIA Terminal 3. But not literally in front of the airport. Hehehe. We just booked an AIRBNB located in front of the terminal so that it is hassle-free from all of us going to the airport since our departure was 7 am in the morning and also we have my girlfriend’s grandmother and her niece. So think of it, its quite hassle if we will coming from afar. Nice move right?

Boarding Time

Everything was smooth. We checked in, paid for travel tax and passed at the immigration. The immigration that everyone was afraid of. We’re lucky that our officer was kind and don’t have any questions at all. Just luck though.

We boarded on time. Thanks to Cebu Pacific. No delays at that time.
 
 

Touch Down (Hongkong International Airport)

 

Hong Kong International Airport is the commercial airport serving Hong Kong, built on reclaimed land on the island of Chek Lap Kok. The airport is also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport. The airport has been in commercial operation since 1998, replacing Kai Tak Airport.

What did we do in Hongkong?

Enjoy the enchanting view of Victoria harbour

The harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. Lying in the middle of the territory’s dense urban region, the harbour is the site of annual fireworks displays and its promenades are used as gathering places for tourists and residents.

Visit 1881 Heritage

In a city that preserves its traditions while looking firmly to the future, 1881 Heritage fittingly combines historical attractions with more contemporary pursuits.

Visitors can shop for international fashion brands and enjoy fine dining on the grounds where pirates were incarcerated and a daily signal was watched by ships in the harbour as they prepared for long and treacherous trans-global journeys. Tradition and innovation, past and present, 1881 Heritage is a real Hong Kong experience.

Enjoy Hongkong Disneyland

I remembered back when I was a kid, I love watching Disney movies/cartoons. I bet when we say HongKong, every one of us will firstly think of the Disneyland in Hong Kong. Right? We enjoyed our whole day stay inside Disney land.  I keep on saying to myself that someday I will be back in here. And of course with my child hopefully. Because I know it was everyone’s dream.

Facts: Although HK Disneyland is smaller than that in other countries, the Adventureland section is the biggest Adventureland of any Magic Kingdom park around the world.

Visit the “Las Vegas of Asia”, MACAU

 

Traveling to Macau from Hongkong was just a quick 1 hour of travel via BUS. That’s why it’s a must.
FACTS:
Today, Macau (澳門) is formally known as Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is an autonomous territory, so even though it is officially part of China, it has its own currency and immigration policy, separate from that of mainland China or Hong Kong. In fact, even visitors from the mainland and HK will have to pass through immigration and customs check upon entering Macau.

Macau has a lot to offer. Some of the places that we visited are as follows:

  • Senado Square

  • The Parisians

  • Ruins of St Paul

Walking around Macau really amazed me because there are many Filipinos working and traveling there.  It’s really true that everywhere there is a Filipino.

So what are you waiting for? Travel now with your loved ones.

“Time is free but is priceless. You cannot own it but you can use it. You cannot keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it. you can never get it back.”-Marvey Mackay

 

How To Deal With Anxiety Disorder

Do you know what an anxiety disorder is? or maybe you know someone who suffers from this? I bet you’ve heard it already but in case you’re not familiar with it yet, let me give you a brief definition of it.

According to an article from the National Institute of Mental Health, “Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. But Anxiety disorder involves more than worry or fear. Anxiety does not go and can get worse over time.

There are actually lots of different types of anxiety. Let me name five of the major types of anxiety disorders. We have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder).

I know so many people in this world are suffering from anxiety disorder and everyone has their own triggers.

Now, how can you cope with an anxiety disorder?

Okay, a little bit of a disclaimer first:

I am no expert on this matter. I don’t hold any certificate or whatsoever. The advice that I’m going to give you comes from my heart as I also not exempted by this disorder.

The first advice is, talk to someone.

Opening up about the struggles that you have in yourself is not always easy, I know that for sure. But before you tell someone about your anxiety, qualify them first, cause if you just tell random people about it, chances are, they won’t take you seriously and it’s a hard reality. I personally think that a person who suffers from anxiety disorder doesn’t always need to have an adviser but a listener. I hope you can find that someone/thing that you can vent to. It may be in a family member, friends, your pet or your plant.

Secondly, as cliche as it may sound, Love Yourself.

How? Eat healthy foods like vegetables and fruits. Do some exercises from time to time Like Zumba, yoga, martial arts, etc. or go on adventures like going on road trips, go to the beach, go to green parks so you can breathe fresh air. I mean we all have different ways of loving ourselves. Also, you have to learn to be unbothered by toxic people. You know, sometimes in our life, we need to let go of toxic people to get successful. Just mind your own business cause it’ll give you so much happiness.

The third advice I can give is to seek professional help. If you feel like you really need it, just do it. Mental health professionals can help you. It’s a process you have to trust. A therapist can help you a lot. Although seeing a therapist can be anxiety-inducing on its own, but it’s worth it.

There are plenty of answers you can find online about how to deal with anxiety, how to be less stressed out about things and etc. But this last advice I can give to anyone who’s reading this is to put God in the center of your life. Sometimes when a person with an anxiety disorder feels lost and at his/her lowest, tends to forget God and I’m even guilty about this. Just call his name and pray to him. “Cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7. Always remember that in everything we do, God is always with us. He is just guiding us. Just let go of the worries and let God.