Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Having pets is like having a friend and a new member of the family. Losing them is just as difficult as losing a friend. I knew how it felt like and letting go of our pet who has been with us for about four years and we went through a period of grieving. He was my little guy. I gave him my time, love and affection. It was hard for me to provide him a new home and coping up was difficult. There's something inside me that tells not to give him up but it only caused much pain to myself too. I want to think I'm that bad letting him go but keeping him longer means risking my older daughter's health condition more. The doctor advised us to get rid of pet and that made me decide to finally have someone to adopt him. If you're going to ask me how I feel now? It's been many months ago and yes, I still miss him.
Okay. That was my story and my pet. The story I would be pressing now is also about the two fur babies that welcomed us at Dive and Trek last summer. Probably, you were thinking who they were and how they've become a part of our life just for a day. We just met them at the resort. They're not actually babies anymore. Bogart, the white furry dog, is almost in his senior years and could hardly walk. He's a little overweight and his aging years prevent him to move fast.
The black furry one is Max. Both dogs kept us company the whole day and became our tour guide, security force that team up together and instant friends at the resort.
My older daughter is not really a lover of petite dog. She never ever once cuddle our pet but she never hates our pet shih-tzu. She doesn't like a toy breed kind of pet. She would always tell me that she wants to adopt a sporting dog to be her jogging buddy. During our stay at the resort, we felt at home and comfortable with these two doggies. She had this instant connection with them and wished we could take these two doggies home.
The whole day at the resort was made fun with both Bogart and Max. Bogart even swam himself and joined with us to the raft.
Max was sweeter and would always impressed us by rolling himself over the sand and doing some tricks.
We knew that these two doggies felt that they're loved. The Mendiolables however are dog lovers. They own a dog named Dengue.
This is my daughter with Max up close.
Bidding goodbye was such a hard thing to do. In our whole day trip, we felt like we knew him for life. What could this doggy telling my daughter a few moments before we left the resort? Sometimes the dogs try to speak for themselves and figure out how to express their feelings by growling, barking or rolling on the ground.
We bid goodbye to all the staff at the resort. We looked into Max's eyes and said goodbye too. He was deeply sad. We probably couldn't hear him say a word but we knew what he exactly wanted to say.
Off we went on the boat one by one. When we're all boarded and the boatman started to sail the boat away, we we're surprised because Max jumped off the water and swam himself heading to our vessel.
The boatman instructed him to swim back the shore because we were already moving away and getting deeper in the sea. We we're touched by his gesture and left the resort with our heart badly broken. As I zoomed-in my camera, I saw Max's eyes in tears.
Oh,.. Max, you just don't know I feel ..
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Chef Laudico Guevarra's formally held its grand opening yesterday, July 16, 2013. The event started by ribbon cutting led by San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez together with Vice Mayor Francis Zamora and Senator JV Ejercito Estrada. Chef Laudico Guevarra's is a complete buffet service restaurant that serves traditional and modern Filipino dishes.
My first step inside the gate of Guevarra's was like stepping back in time and I was amazed how the place was preserved and transformed into a beautiful place, old style yet with a modern twist. No wonder since its soft opening last March, Guevara's has been visited by guests and wouldn't mind getting a bit lost in the suburb area of San Juan. The city must be very proud to have Guevarra's. And I am talking only about the place.. and the food.. YES it's a different story altogether!
From food, to architecture, to fine art – Guevarra's does its part in preserving and promoting Filipino culture and history by paying homage to Filipino genius through culinary artistry and visual arts.
An exhibit was done that coincides at the grand opening of Guevarra's. Vincent Padilla's work at Guevarra's. The artist, Padilla, finished the master piece on the spot, a portrait of Chef Jackie and Chef Roland Laudico and was sold to highest bidder to be donated for a cause.
Just to give you a little background, Vincent Padilla was born there on September 27, 1976. However, his talent and artistic voice was truly honed during his family's time in Antipolo where he met and spent time with artists from the acclaimed Grupong Saling Pusa such as Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani and Manny Garibay.
The exhibit which will run for a month is entitled “Time Taken by Brushstrokes” and features more than a dozen oil paintings done by the artist. The specific technique used in creating still images of a particular moment in time, forever frozen on canvas, is called Transparent Oil Painting.
Mark Mabasa, X-Factor Finalist performed two songs during the event. I honestly was impressed of his rendition. He is currently working on his new album, which is soon to be released and so I'm gonna watch out for this.
Folk Dance Troupe as they performed Filipino folk dance
And the talented daughter of Artist Vincent Padilla as she played the piano
After the short program, ribbon cutting at Buffet Table was done immediately where guests then feasted the food at the long buffet.
Tempting, salivating, mouth-watering food. I will post more of the photos separately. The food photos deserve a separate post. And ooh.. the sweets at Dessert Station.. Tsokolate, Brigaderos, Cupcakes, Suman, Bicho-bicho, Chocolate Fountain. and more.. and my favorite dessert, Kalabasa Pastillas. Now are you ready for more of mouth salivating food?
Traditional Kare-Kare! Yes, Angus Beef Kare-Kare
Chili Crab.. And these are just some of the few dishes at the buffet..
Spotted celebrities at the event..
and the Beauty Queens who considered that day as cheat day. I happened to be in the same line at the buffet table and I discovered that everyday is a cheat day for me. Who would want to miss to taste the sinful desserts at dessert station. Oh, they're just so yummy!
And my plate. A bit of everything and this was just my first round.. Now I regret because I did not taste a bit of Fried Adobo because my tummy was full at the second round. And from online review, this Adobo with a twist was unexpected that just blew them away.
Now, are you ready to experience a full-blown Filipino buffet too? You have to call ahead for reservation. Yes! They're that in-demand.
The place is perfect for wedding, small meeting, debut, birthday party or any other kind of event that involves a lot of food and a lot of people. In this or world insta, there is a place where you can have both in full... your tummy and your photo memories with a beautiful backdrop!
Guevarra's is open for lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm.
They also offer a dinner buffet if you prefer to eat like a king in the evening.
Here are the prices and schedules:
Weekday Lunch (Monday to Friday) - P399 + 10% Service Charge
Weekday Dinner (Monday to Thursday) - P499 + 10% Service Charge
Weekend Lunch and Dinner (Friday Dinner to Sunday Dinner) - P599 + 10% Service Charge
Lunch is from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM while dinner is from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
And for those interested in the in-between time, they do serve merienda on special occasions (events of 50 pax and above) at P399 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
For inquiries and reservations, dial 705 1811, 705 1874
0917 311 2222
Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico
387 P. Guevarra St. cor. Argonne St.,
Addition Hills, San Juan
Friday, July 12, 2013
Let me take this space to greet the very joyful mom, Joy Mendiola of Occasionsofjoy.com, celebrating 40th birthday today, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
So here's our trip to the falls of Bolinao.
We've lost our way and entered the wrong unpaved road twice. Because we ended up a dead end, we asked the farmer that we met which way to take to reach the Tara Falls. We went back to high way again and asked some locals that pointed us to another direction. The road was narrow and rough and it was already starting to get dark. We were rushing because we still need to go to another falls, that is Bolinao Falls by which the owner of Bing's Resort told us to be early because it was an off road and there were no electricity along the way.
This is the stiff curve and rough road going to Tara Falls.
Look at the photo above. How did we get there? :) There were no people around except us. We all thought we were lost again. We just followed the sound of the water and there we reached Tara Falls.
We couldn't do anything here. The water was not ideal to swim. We just came here for photo ops and to see what the place can offer. There were some picnic tables nearby and we saw some disposable utensils around. We just took some photos and quickly left the place.
Our next destination, Bolinao Falls was another rough road trip. We just asked some locals and gave us a direction to get there. We couldn't see any sign. We were already near the falls when we saw this, see photo below. You wouldn't notice it unless you're eyes are good in it .
And a few more meters away, we saw another signs again. There, we knew we're on the right track and near the place, at last!
And a few more trekking to reach the falls, about 250 meters away.
And finally.. Hurray Bolinao Falls!
There were some people swimming at the falls. It was nearing dusk so we just took some photos and did not explore much of the place.
The clear water and the sound of water at the falls were just so refreshing.
The natural pool..
We struggled hopping from one rock to another. The water was clear, however, the rocks were slippery and we needed to walk carefully and slowly for accidents may happen when we step on mossy and slippery rocks. I say, the place is not ideal for little kids or even adults if clumsy like me.
After a few minutes of trekking, we were like running out of breath and took some cold refreshment as soon we reached the uphill side of the falls ..
Our Bolinao adventures ended here and rushed to go back to highway. Joy's son's craving's was infectious that spread to us and we're all like little kids craving for simple joy, dining-in Chicken Joy at Jollibee.
I will post a separate entry of the places to visit when you're in Bolinao and my recommendation where to stay in Pangasinan. I just hope I'd be able to post it before Christmas. :)