April 30, 2012

Southwaters Marina Country Club and Farm

The shortest word I know is “I”, the sweetest is “love”.
But the most anticipated is “summer”.

April 29, 2012

Mistakes are proof that you are trying

1. Whoever comes are the right people.
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
3. Whenever it starts is the right time.
4. When it’s over, it’s finally time to move on.

April 16, 2012

Villa Javierto: Bringing peace into moments of chaos

“One cannot refuse to eat just because
there is a chance of being choked.”
- Chinese Proverb

Adobo flakes sandwich

Tulingan pasta


In a busy, transit city of Lucena, Villa Javierto is a rare find like their exquisite paintings, heirlooms, antique collections and old, ancestral houses reminiscent of Spanish colonial era.

A charming bed and breakfast place with the mystical Mt. Banahaw at its backdrop, it is also the home of Catalino’s Restaurant which serves the sweetest coconut puree halo-halo I have ever tasted, and Pillar Plants and Novelties where arts and antiques blend harmoniously with the garden with a wishing well and static kalesas.

Moreover, the coolness of the lush surroundings is complemented by the warm hospitality of the family who owns the place. It’s sad to hear though that the family matriarch, who conceptualized (together with her husband) the Villa with so much passion and love, recently passed away.

This summer, let Villa Javierto teleport you back in time where everything was still as simple and rustic as a country life and as romantic as a moonlight serenade.

Villa Javierto
Gulang-Gulang, Lucena City
Tel. No.:  (042) 710-5753, 0917-5600281

April 11, 2012

Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Tapas which originated in Spain, are a wide variety of snack or appetizers, served cold or warm. Serving of tapas is meant for those who want to have laid back conversation over good food and wine.

According to their resident chef Benjo Tuason, Relik’s signature dishes are modern tapas. They’re not strictly Spanish cuisine. They are really honest and good food cooked with a lot of love.

This is Nicole’s wonderful birthday treat for us.

Tasting board

Mussels and chorizo

Bbq chicken quesadillas

Marinara with olives and tomato fondue

Benny's certified Angus rib eye

Relik's mixed paella

Since she almost have everything material, I got her a simple but heartfelt gift message from the person who makes/breaks her day:


I always appreciate your thoughtful remarks and simple encouragements showing your concern. Thank you for reminding me to give myself a break once in a while. I wish you happiness and remember to be forever young. Happy birthday!