Jasaan Escapade

When I joined the manianita activity for my boss, our mini tribute ended very early. It was just past the wee hours in the morning and we were too energetic to go home and slumber back to our beds and so we enjoyed Jasaan—our bosses’ little town. We toured around the town looking for a perfect place to bond. We planned to go island hopping but we weren’t prepared for it. No one has ever brought sun block lotion and extra clothes. But then the fun wasn’t hindered because we went to our bosses’ little mansion and there we sang our hearts out with their videoke while munching loads of cakes and pastries courtesy of the birthday girl!

Knee-High Boots


Knee-high boots are in especially during the winter season. But don’t you know that these boots are also in season to tropical countries?! Yup, you heard it right! I once had a vacation in the Philippines and we all know that Philippines is a hot country. But I got surprised when I saw this girl with a weird but cute fashion sense. She was wearing a tank top, a skimpy short pants and a knee-high velvet boots! I really didn’t expect that people in hot countries would dare to wear a boots that is supposed to keep your feet warm!

Adobong Matanda

Adobo has been the most popular Filipino dish. Overseas Filipino Workers would usually say they miss eating the dish when they have been abroad for quite a long time. It’s really different when you get to cook and eat the dish way back to your native home.

My dad also had his way of cooking adobo. The dish is supposed to be a stew, therefore a sauce is expected. However, my dad would love to have the sauce dried up and be absorbed by the meat. We used to call it “adobong pina-mala” (dried adobo) but just recently, we found out that it was originally called as “adobong matanda” in one of the provinces here in the Philippines. But regardless of the name, it is the best adobo that I have ever tasted n my entire life—my dad’s adobo. And I wouldn’t trade it for any other dish in the entire world!

Mangos Last Harvest

We do have a mango tree in our back yard. It is an apple-mango tree in variety and there are lots of fruit wholesale buyers who are wooing my father to sell it to them. However, my mother would always insist that she will never ever sell our yearly harvest.

During the latter part of 2011, the tree started sprouting its fruit flowers. We thought that the flowers will not really develop into the actual fruits because of the very strong typhoon which hit the city last December 2011. Surprisingly, small mango fruits came popping during the first weeks of January. By mid January, we started our weekly harvest of mango trees; but, just this afternoon we already harvested the last batch of mango trees. It may sound sad but we are not sad because we are looking forward for the first batch of fruits that our mango tree will produce for the year 2011.

Night-Out @ Kyla’s

My friends and I would always have this weekly meet-up session. We called our group “Chickadezz”—a name given by one of our male friends. We consist of four career-oriented girls of early 20’s and the four of us are in the same profession. No wonder the four of us clicked and created this bond. When we began to form our group, we then started to meet up at least once a week. Most of the time we dine-out or have coffee, but lately, we do other activities like playing badminton, joining fun runs and enrolling aero-dance sessions. Just like what happened last Wednesday, we meet-up again for an aero-dance session but after that, we then spent the rest of the night at Kyla’s Bistro—a popular resto-bar in the city. We dined there, enjoying their chicken, pasta and pizza and two of their desserts—the blueberry cheesecake and moist chocolate cake. It’s just so sad I haven’t taken pictures of the cake. But I could really say that it definitely tastes much better than how it looks! Now, I’m looking forward for our next meet-up.