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Friday, October 12

Pagudpud Sights and Sceneries

Last month, I have been given the privilege to travel from Manila to Ilocos Norte for a news travel segment shoot. Thinking how hot it was in that province, I was having second thoughts on whether to push through or not. But honestly, I’d completely be an idiot if I said no. And so I went.  Lil did I know that I would be enjoying the whole trip. The gang (composed of an officemate and 3 ABS-CBN crew) was so cool, the sceneries were breathtaking and the experience was undeniably fantastic. It was fun except from the scorching heat and humid which made my skin turn a lil bit darker. But who cares, It was overall an exciting work/leisure escapade. Here’s where we had been:

Bangui Windmills

Kabigan Falls

Cape Bojeador / Burgos Lighthouse

Patapat Bridge

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations

Bantay Abot Cave (Lovers Rock: Female)

Timangtang Rock (Lovers Rock: Male)


Wednesday, October 10

Apparitions on Baclayon Church's wall

Considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion or popularly known as the Baclayon Church in Bohol was constructed late 17th century.  There was a rumor that some natives were forced to construct the church from coral stones which they took from the sea, cut into square blocks, and piled on to each other. Bamboo trunks were utilized to move and lift these stones in position; a million egg whites were also used cement them together.   Some claims says that the church has a dungeon which was used to punish natives who violated the rules of the church during the Spanish regime. This might explain why apparitions appeared on the pillars of the church.

How many apparitions do you see? I found 10 but there might be more..

Aside from these apparitions, here's what i found inside the church

An old confessional booth

An old dim room filled with carved images of different saints and patrons. The effect of lighted candles contributes in making the room an eerie place

The grandiose altar piece


Wednesday, September 26

Water Bottles

Are you wondering what this is? At first glance it may seem to be just plain bottled water. That’s what I also thought, but it’s not. Now, try to make a guess…..

I saw this at the restaurant of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte couple of weeks ago. It was around 10 pm when we arrived at the resort from a 6-hour air and land travel. At that time, we were so starving that we went directly to the restaurant. Being also thirsty, I immediately noticed the water bottles on the table. I was about to open one when I suddenly noticed the warning in it.

I told my colleagues about it but we didn’t ask what it is for: we were challenged to think what it could possibly be. Sadly, our thirst and curiosity didn’t bring us the right answer. Thus, we ended up asking the waiter. 

This is no ordinary bottled water.  Believed it or not, It’s a fly repellant. Yeah, it really is.  

I’m sure you’re wondering how this works.  The water on the bottle acts as a convex mirror that projects a bigger image whenever flies alight. As a result, it scares them away; making it as an effective repellant when placed over dining tables. True enough, we didn’t find flies hovering over our table.  Cool huh! ^_^

Monday, September 10

D.I.Y. Yakult Green Tea

A few minutes ago, I was thinking whether to gulp in Yakult or green tea. And then I realized, why choose one if I can have both. That’s when the idea came out. I remembered how the Yakult green tea on tea houses tastes like: I gathered what is needed and created my own. Here’s how to make one:

What you need:
1 pc green tea
1 bottle Yakult
1 cup boiling/hot water
Ice/cold water
Sugar to taste

     1.       Prepare tea mixture following usual package directions.
     2.       Pour in Yakult and ice/cold water
     3.        Add sugar to taste (optional)
     4.       Viola! Enjoy!

     Isn't this simple? Try this on your own and let me know hot it goes ^_^


33rd Manila International Book Fair

Are you a bookworm? Then you shouldn't miss this.

I haven't been to a Book Fair as big as this before. I am sure this will be fun. See you guys ^^


Friday, September 7

Chef d' Angelo's Eat-All-You-Can Buffet

It has been 3 weeks now since I last saw this Eat-All-You-Can Promo of Chef d’ Angelo posted on a social networking site. I ignored it back then; thinking that the promo was valid only on selected branches which apparently were too far from where I am. Until last Friday, I saw the same ad hanging on the glass panel of their branch in SM Mall of Asia. Without a second thought, I persuaded my friend and gave it a try.

As the mechanics says, for only Php 170, you can already devour all the pasta, pizza, salad, soup and rice meals available on the buffet table. Though drinks are not included in the promo, I wasn’t that bitter. In fact, I prefer to just have lukewarm water to aid my digestion. For those who would want to upgrade, just add Php50 for a bottomless Iced Tea or Soda.

Here's what they served that day:

A choice between Italian red sauce pasta or Carbonara 

Hawaiian Pizza

Chicken Salpicao and Baked Vegetable Melt

Create-your-own Green Salad

Corn Soup

Like any other buffet, Chef d' Angelo also has the same policy with regards to sharing of food. A wrist stub is provided for those who availed the promo for easy identification. In addition, a reminder printed on a versa board is available at the buffet table for the same reasons.

Promo is valid  at the following Chef d' Angelo branches:

Chef d’ Angelo is an Italian-American fast-casual restaurant which offers delectable chicken, pasta, pizza, burgers, salads, rice-based meals and waffles. Established on December 2001 in Manila, this restaurant continues to draw crowds due to its reasonable price considering the big serving of its products.

FOOD: 7/10
PRICE: 8/10