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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Luk Foo Chinese Restaurant

You can see the culture according to its taste once you step inside a restaurant, whether it's Chinese, Thai, Filipino, American or any sorts.

I can't even remember the name of these foods that I have ordered but all I know was, my spirit is still willing but my stomach is full. However, if there are no rules that I am outrageous, I would eat everything in the world not only once, twice but three times.

Just try these specialties in Luk Foo, it's something that you shouldn't miss, as far as the Chinese foods are concerned.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Morong Church

Morong, Rizal is an hour drive if you take a jeepney ride from Junction Ortigas extension. I was supposed to go in Tanay but because it was already past two in the afternoon, I shifted gear from what I had originally planned the day ahead. Earlier I was googling the search engine to have a look up on what's unique about the place and saw a photo of a church. So I got curious thinking it was a good idea to visit the church in Morong.

Morong Church is said to be one of the most photographed churches along the Laguna loop area. Its facade is one of the most intricate details and you can feel its serenity once you set foot in this church. According to history, the church was built in 1615 by Chinese craftsmen as evidence by the Fu Dogs at the entrance.

Ahh...it was such a breath-taking experience that I decided to take a rest and relax before leaving the place.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lutong Macau (Repost)

Three years ago I wrote in one of my blog sites about Filipino expats in Macau. Here’s a repost of my blog but some parts have already been edited by me:

Macau is considered “The Las Vegas of the East”. As a tourist, it is possible to travel without a visa and stay up to 30 days. The air fare is not expensive once en route via Clark International Airport. But to those Filipinos seeking jobs abroad, Macau is one of the most sought melting pots in Asia. Stories have been heard from Filipinos working in Macau successfully. Just like any countries, among the so-called tourist, some of them have a purpose to find job in Macau.

If a person wants to work legally in Macau, it is important to obtain a blue card from the employers and usually the blue card is renewable every two years. But it is not easy to get a blue card unless a person finds an employer who can volunteer as sponsor that is quite few and hard to find.

There are two sides of the story of Filipinos playing games, but not as a player in the casinos glittering with lights in Macau.The first one belongs to Filipinos who are considered “lucky” and some of them live in a beautiful, clean and decent condo unit and could afford to pay a rent and dine in from a costly restaurant.

The second one belongs to several cases of Filipinos who are trying out to “get lucky” despite of their battle in search of green pastures. Some are looking for work, and some usually have a part time job but it depends on the day when the job is going to be available. These part timers, once they receive the pay from the contractor, they find ways to replicate their income in order to survive.Their income is not stable and is only good enough for paying their food and lodging. Others live in a dirty old condo unit where more than eight people cramping in one small bedroom. They go for a bed space and these are some of the expatriates required to leave after 30 days forced to go either in Hong Kong which takes an hour ferry boat ride or to other places in China used as their exit point. They go back to Macau after several days to reacquire another 30 days pass from the immigration officer.

I travelled Macau for the purpose of attending a trade show held at the Venetian Trade Hall dated April 21-23, 2008. The realm lets me introduce some more insights how the industry works more specifically in the ads specialties.

I didn’t get a hotel reservation prior to my flight to Macau. I bumped with a Filipina who suggested and offered me to stay in their “condo unit” in exchange for a better rate instead of staying in a hotel. Inside the premise was dark and rubbishes are scattered in the hall way. The condo unit was small to accommodate more people and they cramp inside in a hot and stinking room. They have a poor condition inside as some of them are still looking for a job to finance their food and lodging.

The next day, I left the “condo unit” and checked in a hotel while waiting for a friend coming from the Philippines, who rents a decent condo where he stayed by himself.

Filipinos in Macau usually hang out in San Malo. One of them who I met is a missionary who sells palabok and toron in San Malo. She said the proceeds usually go to the charity. She revealed that some Filipinos are “nocturnal workers” selling themselves to earn and a “bugaw” who is also a pinoy gets the deal done. She also disclosed that the fee ranges from $50-100 pataca or 300 to 500 pesos.

One Filipina who I met works as guest relation officer in Hong Kong and she was only allowed to stay there for 14 days the reason why she was compelled to leave. But after a few days, she went back to Hong Kong to re-acquire a 14-day visitor’s pass.

A Filipino expatriate said that he often takes his meal once a day in order to save money and he was having a hard time to prolong his savings aimed for his expenditure in the next couple of days until he finds another part time work. He ascribes that he would rather stay in Macau because he couldn’t find a job and one of his few sentiments is that the government couldn’t give him a job in the Philippines. He also confided that there was a case when he slept in the street for one night because there was no money left on his pocket. He was not ashamed to ask for a help if it is deemed necessary.

These are just only a few heart-breaking stories I heard from Filipinos in Macau, but surely there are still more waiting to be spoken and be heard as they want to unravel themselves from poverty in quest of green pastures

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Visit Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant in Angono

It was through a recommendation by some people that led me to visit Balaw-Balaw, a restaurant that serves exotic foods located in Angono, Rizal. It is one of the most sought restaurants in town. I live in Cainta, a nearby place, which takes around 20 minutes traveling time to Balaw Balaw. The resto is not only about some of the folk dishes, but it also showcase some art gallery where Angono is known as "Art Capital of the Philippines". You can find forms like paper mache, sculptures and paintings.

And you don't want to miss dining at this resto when you come to visit Angono because they offer good foods where exotic dishes are served like soup no. 5, ginataang uok, bayawak, bibingkang abnoy, nilasing na palaka, kamaro or fried crickets and more. This makes the restaurant unique as it brags the authenticity and a nasty experience when it comes to something "weird or " unusual" in terms of dishes and at the same time the place is surrounded by art galleries.

One of their featured house specialties is the "Balaw Balaw Rice", fried and sauteed with some sea foods, corn, pea, chorizo bilbao and scrambled eggs served on banana leaves.

As for viand, I had "Ginataang Kuhol" and "Fried Dalag". They also serve free soup in a pot. And to my surprise, the serving was more than what I have expected because you get a lot at a price that is less. You will feel at home because of a cozy environment and the warmth approach of the staffs and they are always ready to be at service as soon as you call their attention.

When you go to Angono, Rizal, try to drop by the place to experience some of these foods that you can eat which the restaurant is enhanced by the easel painting that portray filipino folkways.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


If you are looking for a restaurant that caters food to the mass, try Tapsi ni Vivian, a restaurant that put a name in the heart of Metro Manila famous for its all-time best-selling specialty tapsilog. It’s been part of their tradition that meal should be served with a soup in order to enjoy your dining experience. If you are a first timer that happens to drop by a place, you don’t want to miss this kind of meal; otherwise it’s like that you have never come to this place from which they have become known when it comes to tapsilog.

The restaurant also reminds me during my early college years as a humble carinderia that has been once set up beside our school. From then till now, the taste of their tapsilog did not change at all. And that is one of the reasons why it lets me come back in time that I happen to pass by in one of its branches as I crave for foods.

Tapsi ni Vivian serves an all Filipino dishes and when you’ve come to a place, the ambiance has a sense of native touch.