Where to Eat in Metro Manila: Marikina’s Rustic Mornings

Let me tell you about the wonderful breakfast I had recently in a charming little restaurant  called Rustic Mornings. I’ve seen photos of this restaurant  on my friends’ FB  feeds, uploaded by those who couldn’t get enough of their delicious food.  Those photos were enticing! But the real deal sealer was when my former teacher, …

Top 10 Things to do in and near Hanoi (a Preview)

Perfect weather at 15 degrees, breath-taking landscapes, wonderful food, friendly people… these are what I remember of my first visit to Hanoi 11  years ago.   Did you know that Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam?  Yup, it’s not  the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, formerly Saigon) as many may  initially think.  Of course …

A Guide to the Best Ati-Atihan Festival in the Philippines

Disclaimer:  I am from Ibajay so this post is slightly biased. 😉 The Ati-Atihan Festival is the mother of all Philippine festivals and perhaps one of the oldest in the country. Ati-Atihan originated from Aklan but due to its success, many have created similar festivals:  the Dinagyang of Iloilo, Masskara of Bacolod and Halaran of …

Photo Diary: A Sweet Day in Astorga

Here’s something not many people know about me:  I can ‘nurse’ a chocolate bar for hours. Yup.  You can give me a regular-sized Toblerone, for instance, and it can take me the whole day to eat  it— only because I want to relish it down to its last gooey bit.  Not that this information is …

Baguio:  Dining at Hillstation Restaurant

Baguio: Dining at Hillstation Restaurant

If you’re headed for Baguio, don’t miss dining at Hillstation Restaurant.  Set in the old ballroom of the newly renovated Casa Vallejo, the fine dining restaurant serves traditional Pinoy comfort food as well as colonial classics. The grand staircase leads down to the old ballroom which was frequented by Baguio socialites back in the day. …

The Wolfgang Puck Express in Harajuku

The Wolfgang Puck Express in Harajuku

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s business thrives well in Japan.  But my discovery of the Iron Chef’s restaurant in Tokyo was purely accidental.  My friend Arnold and I were going to see Harajuku, that famous street where young Japanese people hang out dressed in their favorite anime characters. I personally wanted to see this: But when …