Category Archives: Philippines

Manila to Batad Banaue

I took the 9PM night bus from Manila to Banaue. The trip took 9 hours with 3 stops. We arrived in Banaue at 7:00AM.  We took the Ohayami bus because they have an online booking system, next time however I … Continue reading

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El Nido Palawan January Fiesta

Palawan will always be my happy place. Last year I was in El Nido and had a chance to experience the Santo Niño Festival.  Known as Sinulog (Cebu) or Ati-atihan (Aklan), it is celebrated every third Sunday of January in … Continue reading

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Abuela’s Arroz Valenciana Recipe

Last year I was in a restaurant in Cebu with my family, we ordered paella and my father  suddenly turned nostalgic. He told me this was the kind of paella my grandmother used to make. Seriously Pa???? I have spent … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Manila

Michelin Star restaurant Din Tai Fung finally opened in Megamall Manila.  This holiday season the mall schedule closes at midnight, so I came late in the evening just to eat and skip the long lines. The signature dish is Xiao … Continue reading

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Your Local

It’s been a month since I returned to the corporate world as a chef at a large food conglomerate.  I have always been an advocate of  the slow food movement and constantly preach about the farm-to-table philosophy.  Today I visited … Continue reading

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Fresh catch of the day

It was dawn when I woke up to the noises of fishermen. They were drawing-in their net to shore. I ran down from my room to join them. I have always wanted to experience this with the locals. It was a modest catch … Continue reading

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Rainbow pepper

Here is a “celebrate pride” pepper!

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