anda adventures

if you’re off to bohol for a short vacation, and want to get away from the maddening touristey crowd, you might find the eastern coast of the island fun-packed with adventures. anda offers outdoor activities: from spending a whole day cycling or hiking to find the very best views of the town, to kayaking and…

finding serenity in the midst of chaos

it is not something extraordinary… but if you are looking for a place to clear your mind, the ninoy aquino parks and wildlife centre  is a good brief escape. located in the heart of quezon city, the 56-acre lush recreational area with artificial ponds and man-made lagoon, is a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of…

where to find the best hopia in manila

in an old street formerly known as echague (now palanca) in quiapo, a place that doesn’t look much has the best and most delectable hopia* in manila. built in 1927, kim chong tin hopia factory has pugon-baked hopia in various creamy and tasty fillings such as mongo, ube, pandan, wintermelon and mongo with salted egg. located…

blue-ing the ocean

today is world ocean’s day. as a tribute to our planet’s heart, the recently published report by the world wide fund (wwf) for nature is nothing but timely. entitled marine protected areas: smart investments in ocean health, the study stresses for better management of our oceans, pointing out that when coverage of marine protected areas (mpas)…

a long weekend in brunei

the sultanate of brunei is squeezed in between two malaysian states: sabah and sarawak. the small and rich country is a gateway to north borneo and getting around the country is easy. assuming one is coming from • manila – there is only one flight with cebu pacific and it arrives/leaves at an odd hour…

simple rice salad

the kitchen is a wonderful laboratory for experiments. and today, it’s leveling up rice and making it a bit adventurous. diced carrots diced tomatoes cucumber mint parsley (roasted) sesame seeds dressing: olive oil, lemon, salt note that rice has to be cold when mixed with the above ingredients. it is better to cook the rice…

little things and bits of thoughts at mount pulag

the moon shines softly on the curves of the mountain. the clear night sky is sprinkled with numerous stars but venus and mars glow more brightly on the skydome. it is 05:00hrs and the temperature is freezing below zero. but i embrace the cold. a few more minutes and the show will start: the golden…

spinach and tofu soup

one of the good things about cleaning a pile of junk is finding some best kept secrets. don’t know where i got this recipe from but allow me to share a very delicious soup. **note: serves four people. and oh, if spinach is not available, lettuce can be used instead.** one cake tofu 115 grams…

affirming my faith in mount batulao

the pope is in the philippines. and today, he bravely flew to tacloban* despite intense tropical warning signals. in his words: “i am here to be with you – a little bit late, but i’m here.” as i watched the grasses start a rigaudon dance, creating a calming ripple along the soft curves of mount…

the problem with our education

what have we done? what have we done to our children stressing them, pressuring them at a young age when they should be doing what they are: being kids? or is it our generation’s subtle way of enslaving them, of taking their right we have tirelessly worked for the last 25 years for them to…