January 27, 2011

Gayuma ni Maria

You’ll fall asleep, I’ll put a spell on you.
And when I wake you, I’ll be the first thing
you’ll see, and you’ll realize that you love me.


The naughty nook

Exotic lover
(Hey strange and beautiful)

Please be careful with my heart
(Take my heart too but please don't break it in two)

Beats sex any day
(If you had walnuts, I'll be yours forever)

Twisted pavlova
(You are such an orgasmic sight)



At first, I thought Gayuma ni Maria was an R-18 brothel-themed resto. True, menu sound flirty, love spells and chants were all over the place, and so were kinky stuffs and edible etits-shaped cookies. But I was deceived. Gayuma is fairly for general patronage. It is even a bewitching date place.

First bite of the food will already take you to seventh heaven.

Yeah, I was gayumatized. But I was a willing victim.

Gayuma ni Maria
123 V. Luna Ext.
(Maginhawa St.)
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

January 22, 2011

Morong: Sunset Shore Villas, White Corals and Pawikan Conservation Project

Procrastinate now. And panic later!













Despite the busy schedule in the office, we managed to have a fun weekend in the beach and breeding ground of pawikans in Morong, Bataan.

January 20, 2011

Lolo Dad's and the Perks of Having a Best Friend

1. Having someone who can stand you.
2. A shoulder to lean on.
3. Discounted degustacion lunch at Lolo Dad’s.



Nage of blue crab and scallops jelly with lobster sandwich
caper berry aioli and micro greens

Hot sea bass sardine with Moluga caviar marinated radish and cracker

Sous vide of duck breast and seared foie gras with chocolate ganache

Sorbet

Roast lamb rack and wagyu beef slab smoked bone marrow butter
(Did I just eat bone marrow? Holy cow!)

Gratinated Chev's brie cheese with beets, peaches and light goat cheese mousse

Almond nut sponge with coffee butter cream and vanilla almond ice cream


Lolo Dad’s – Minimalist interior style. Relaxing garden setting. To die for caviar and foie gras. A place of extreme, intense, great gustatory adventure.

Bucket list no. 5. Check.

PS.
Don’t forget to bring lots of cash. Lots and lots of it. For this lunch, Kuri paid 6k+. Just digest and picture out this information with me fainting in the background.

Lolo Dad’s Cafe
#899 Pres. Qurino Ave. cor.
Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila
Tel. No.: 522-2941, 524-2295, 526-7151

January 17, 2011

Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan

I don’t know what stands out in Caloocan, but I know a place worthy of human interest that was named after a woman of courage.






Beautiful princess Saint Quiteria which means "the red one", was a 5th century virgin martyr and saint. Her legend states that she was the daughter of a Galician prince. Her father wanted her to marry and renounce Christianity. But Quiteria disobeyed and fled. In the end however, she was captured by her father's men in Gascony, France. For her disobedience, she was beheaded on the spot.

Look, she’s showing her decapitated head to the world as if saying, I died for my religion, I died for love.

I admire her bravery but boy she’s spooky.

January 2, 2011

Panay Church and Asia’s Biggest Bell






The belfry of Sta. Monica Church in Panay, Capiz holds the biggest bell not only in the Philippines but the whole of Asia. Locally known as dakung lingganay (big bell), it weighs 10.4 tons and was completed in 1878 from 70 sacks of coins belonging to the town people. Imagine the echo of these bells could reach eight kilometers far.

And from the belfry, you get to see the rustic beauty of Panay and wonder if love and regret also echo to eternity.