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

       

    9. The Final Snap
      Avengers: Endgame
      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.

 

Avengers: Endgame
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

 

Avengers: Endgame
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.

Bayawan City the best place to visit

Bayawan City the best place to visit

Your Dream Vacation is Here

CAMAYA-AN Paradise Beach Resort.

You can sit, dine and relax in one of our beautiful beaches here, not to mention, affordable. 

The Perfect Surrounding

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Fine Food Cuisine

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The Best Experience Ever

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Travel Blogger

Savour Your Next Holiday

Why Calamba?

28 years. I’ve been seeing that house for 28 years (First photo). Yes, you read it right. You might be asking yourself, whose house is that? Is it a historical place? Is there something important with that house? Okay just to give a heads up, that is the house of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. It’s one of the popular spots you can see in Calamba. I remember my childhood every time I see that house. Good memories to be exact and also there’s a wishing well inside the house and every time we go there I make sure that I will drop a one peso coin and make a wish. Once you enter the house you will feel that you’re in a different era. The house is well preserved and also It’s weird because of the smell. I’m not saying it’s bad but it really feels that you travel back in time. I recommend you stay in the center of the city which is near that house. You can see a lot of places you visit and for sure it’s an IG worthy post. On the other side of the street, you will see the church of St. John the baptist. That church was built in 1859 during the Spanish colonial era and I remember when I was a child this church is very special to me. I had my first communion here and I can still remember the name of our catechist sister Lucy. She’s very kind and down to earth. Going back in front of the church you will see the biggest Banga or clay po