June 27, 2013

Citrus Restaurant and Deli

"Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life. You have a soul in you of rare quality, an artist's nature; never let it starve for lack of what it needs."
- Marcel Proust
Linguine al salmon
Ribeye steak
Mango tango
Citrus Restaurant and Deli
Renaissance 3000, Meralco Ave.
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel. No.: 667-3458

June 24, 2013

Yexel’s Toy Museum: Some things I really need to know, I learned from superheroes

“I’m afraid to grow up because sometimes
it seems things will never feel this beautiful again.”
- unknown
Once in a while when I’m feeling down, I can’t help but long to return to a time where I used to believe in anything and everything, and when simple joy means playing my favorite toys and watching Superman, Captain Planet or the X-Men save the world. At least then, happiness was so easy to find and just one click away from the remote control.
But for some reasons, things don’t always remain the same. I had to grow up, face the world, pay the bills, experience heartache, and learn that Superman isn’t for real. Just like that, and my childhood is over.
I’m glad there are places like Yexel’s, the first extensive toy museum in the Philippines. It is a three-story building featuring miniature to life-size toy collection of young Yexel Sebastian. His wide-ranging and somewhat nostalgic collection made me relive some of my most wonderful memories during my childhood years. Not only that, it also taught me a few lessons in life.
Homer Simpson: (on meeting aliens)
“Please don't eat me! I have a wife and kids. Eat them!”
Gaano man ka-dysfunctional ang family natin, most of the times, only they will love us at our worst and hold us at our weakest. So always cherish your family.
Yoda: “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
Balang araw isa-isa rin silang mawawala sa atin. Ang importante binigyan natin sila ng pagpapahalaga habang kasama pa natin sila. Kung nabuhay nga lang siguro si Darth Vader malamang sasabihin nya kay Luke at Leia na magmahalan kayong dalawa pero wag nyo gagayahin si Cersie at Jamie Lannister. Ew.
Theodore: “Well, I think you look great just the way you are.”
It may take some time to finally found someone who completely loves you for who you are, and accepts you no matter how flawed or imperfect you think you are. Pag nahanap mo na yun, wag na magpakipot pa. Okey lang lumandi minsan as long as that someone is worth keeping for the rest of your life.
Dr. Dhalsim: “If good men do nothing, that is evil enough.”
People of character do the right thing even if no one else does. Magulo na ang mundo. Wag na maging pasaway na istambay sa kanto.
Peter Parker: “We all have secrets:
the ones we keep and the ones that are kept from us.”
Maganda rin na magtago ng sikreto para may mystery about you. Pero naisip mo ba minsan kung bakit pinagdadamutan ka ng sikreto ng iba. Malamang tsismosa ka or you are not capable enough to handle the truth.
Lightning McQueen: “Float like a Cadillac, sting like a Beamer.”
Maging mabait sa lahat ng pagkakataon. Kung may Cadillac ka, pasakayin sila. Pero kung inaapi ka, e di banggain mo ng Beamer mo.
Naruto: “Those who do not understand true pain
can never understand true peace.”
Sa dalawang pagkakataon lang naman tayo tunay na nasasaktan – pag hindi natin nakuha ang gustong-gusto natin, at kung iniwan na tayo ng taong tunay na nagmamahal sa atin. And when it hurts so much that you can’t breathe; dapat magpasalamat ka dahil alam mong buhay ka pa. At pag nalampasan mo ito, at natanggap mo na parte talaga ng buhay ang masaktan, you might eventually find the meaning of true peace.
Clark Kent: “People are afraid of what they don't understand.”
Maraming takot sa math, physics at love kasi hindi nila lubusang maintindihan. E pano ba naman kasi takot magkamali, takot masaktan. Fear is the hindrance of realizing our own potentials. Okey lang magkamali, dun tayo natututo.
Astro Boy: “I have machine guns in my butt?”
You have an ability you uniquely possess. Hide not your talents. Kung may machine gun ka sa pwet e di ratratin ang mga halang ang bituka.
Tony Stark: “Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.”
Minsan kailangan muna natin malaman ang complicated bago natin matutunan ang basic. But always believe in yourself. If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Optimus Prime: “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”
No happiness in the world could equal those felt by the free. Kaya wag mo kulungin ang sarili mo sa mga bagay na nagpapamiserable sa yo. May kapangyarihan ka maging malaya, maging bata uli at maging masaya.
It was quite a day. True that my childhood may be over but that doesn’t mean recess is.
Yexel's Toy Museum
#52 Sampaguita Rd., Pilar Village
Las Piñas City
Tel. No.: 0915-7714777

June 16, 2013

Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino

A barrio lad that I was, I miss the merry fiesta celebration from time to time since I’m already living in the city. It was only lately that I discovered there’s a modified fiesta-style dining buffet in the BGC, reminiscent of the happy old times.
Conceptualized by celebrity chef couple Roland and Jackie Laudico, the never-ending degustacion allows diners to practically order everything on the menu, which will be served in attractive plated tasting portions.
Sinigang martini and balut reconstructed
All organic ensalada
Adobo trilogy
Pork steak
Trio of desserts
You can never have everything in life. Choose only what you need. Too much of anything could kill you.
Chef Laudico's Bistro Filipino
G/F Net 2 Bldg. 3rd Ave., Fort Bonifacio
Global City, Taguig
Tel. No.:  856-0634

June 14, 2013

Bellevue (A Beautiful View)

Everyone comes with baggage. Baggage of doubt, fear, loss, problems. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.
Main wing pool
Deluxe room
Vue Bar
Café d’Asie
Tower wing pool
It was a relaxing weekend. The Southern belle of Alabang helped me unpack some of my baggage in life.

June 10, 2013

Fire Lake Grill Tagaytay

“It’s about contrasts - volcano being fire and lake being cold water. Hot and cold, fire and water; hot food, cool mood.”
- Chef Paul Huang

Known for its sweet contrast concept, Fire Lake Grill offers a relaxing fine dining experience, overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in the South.
Grilled Norwegian salmon
Dark chocolate praline
Hate is not the opposite of love, it’s Lord Walder Frey.