October 16, 2013

Ilustrado Restaurant, Intramuros

“How do such flaws become beautiful in the right person?”
- Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado

Complimentary warm bread

Adobong bagnet with baby prawns

Beef spaghetti

Australian lamb

Sampaguita ice cream

Named after the Filipino educated class during the Spanish colonial period in the late 19th century, Ilustrado is a non-discriminating restaurant open even for Indios like me.

October 6, 2013

Magalawa Island

“You never know how many friends you have
until you rent a cottage at the beach.” 
- Kraig Kristofferson 

Off the coast of Palauig in Zambales, is a small yet beautiful island of Magalawa. I’ve always wanted to set foot on this island but I was little discouraged when I found out an unsettling legal commotion surrounding this place. Not until my good old friend Lita invited me and Malou to spend overnight at Armada that I decided to let go of my doubts. I think she was bewitched by the beauty of Magalawa that she wanted to come back and relive the wonderful experience. 

Magalawa is a perfect get-away place for those who want an almost back-to-basic beach type of adventure. There is so much to love about the island - the lovely tress by the beach, countless starfish on the shore, vibrant and colorful coral reef, the tree house, the friendly staff and owners of Armada and of course the fresh delicious sea food, which I will choose anytime over my friends hehe.

Yes we rented a cottage, at hating kapatid sa bayaran, kaya siguro hanggang ngayon magkakaibigan pa rin kami. But really the trick is to enjoy every moment. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead. 

Armada Regent Resort
Magalawa Island
Palauig, Zambales
Tel. No.:  0920-9483303 

October 5, 2013

Livestock Restaurant and Bar

The pork saga continues.

In describing the lawmakers involved in the pork barrel scam, Sen. Miriam Santiago said point blank: “Baboy!” She even suggested “Abolish the Congress. Commit harakiri. We owe it to the Filipino people… The whole system is just so bad.”

For the past month, not a day pass that I don’t see or hear any news about the pork and corruption. Even on the street, I see pork.

The evolution of pig stairs

Crackling pork belly

Laksa seafood pasta

Salmon belly with teriyaki sauce

Chocolate fondue

Just think of Sen. Santiago’s tirade against her fellow lawmakers.  Well I enjoyed it immensely as much as I enjoyed dining at Livestock.

Livestock Restaurant and Bar
#34 Sgt. Esguerra Ave.
Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 332-0409