CAFE CRUISING V: Ravelle & Miko

It has been quite some time since I wrote about the coffee shops that I have visited but it doesn’t mean I have stopped café cruising.  I have been to a number of cafés – some I discovered hiding behind bushes and some were introduced by friends. However, it takes time for me two write…

SSEAYP28 Files: Excerpts from Loose Leaves of an Unfinished Journal

While cleaning my apartment and browsing through my stuff last weekend, I found a file of my SSEAYP (Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program) journal that I started writing during the program in 2001. It is still unfinished up to this day, as much as the journey was/is unfinished, literally and figuratively. Coincidentally,…

Six Bookstores Selling English Books in Jakarta

For someone who loves reading, a steady supply of reading materials must be secured. And for someone (a foreigner) who loves reading, and living in a non-English speaking country, a steady supply of books, magazines, and newspapers in the English language is almost always a concern. Finding a bookstore selling foreign language titles was a…

Revisiting Taytay Falls

If my memory serves me right, it was after graduation from high school when I last visited Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna. I planned to revisit the place several times but things would pop up and I would have forgotten about it.  So, when I learned that my brother was off-duty from work one Thursday…

Culinaria Lucban: Isabelito’s Cucina Filipino

Lucban, in Quezon Province, is globally-known for the colorful and tradition-laden Pahiyas Festival but the quaint Southern Tagalog town is also known for its culinary tradition. A visit to Isabelito’s Garden Resto
is must-try for modern Filipino cuisine with a Lucban twist.

Jakarta’s Newest Ride to the Airport

There is a new transportation option to and from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (SHIA or Soetta)! State-owned corporation, Perum PPD (Perusahaan Umum Pengangkutan Penumpang Djakarta), recently launched JA Connexion,  a bus transportation service connecting three of the largest shopping malls in Jakarta to the three terminals of the airport. Thirty-seater executive buses leave Kelapa Gading…

Will I Ever See You Again?

I looked at you for the last time. You have been the face that I see (almost) every day in fifteen years. I have seen you change colors – from blue to gray to the wild colors of the sunset. I have witnessed how you changed your mood from sunny to windy to stormy. I…

Kamochi by Hiro’s Kitchen

It was another lazy Sunday. I woke up quite early, around 8:30 a.m., the sun was up and the music from the apartment’s park was blaring. I rummaged into my fridge and found a week-old steamed purple sweet potato. I re-heated the sweet potato by steaming it again; mashed it in a bowl; added grated…

CREATIVE UPCYCLING

What to do with the stuffs that clutter your flat? Gather them that can be re-used or still useful, those you have difficulty parting away from for some sentimental or other reasons, and those that you are attached and attracted to. Squeeze out your creative juice and genius and turn those stuffs into something useful…

CAFE CRUISING 4 : Morning at Monks

I woke up a tad early today, a Sunday, for a trip to a diagnostic clinic for a blood test.  On my walk back to look for a convenience store to buy bottled water and for a breakfast nook, I found a large black door with the word “Monks” painted in white on it. There…

LEAVING FOR LEMBANG

Cool and cold places appeal to me so much so that when I was asked to spend a weekend in Lembang, not an ounce of hesitation was dropped. Lembang is a tiny municipality 16 kilometers north of the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia. It sits at the foot of Mount Tangkuban Perahu and has an elevation…

NOT THE USUAL EL NIDO TRIP

I woke up to a gloomy, gray morning. I dragged myself out of bed, went for breakfast, and dined with the Japanese (mom) and German (dad) couple and their kids. After a cold shower, I decided to take a walk to the pier, the take-off point to all islands facing the West Philippine Sea, including…