Monday, January 30, 2012

Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin! Bob Ong

"Hayaan mo, balang araw may mga magmamalasakit din sa henerasyon niyo. Balang araw, magbabago rin ang lahat. Balang araw."


Ipinanganak ako noong 90's, buti na lang. Naaalala ko pa noong hihintayin ko ang yaya namin na pumunta sa palengke para magpabili ng paperdolls sakanya, noong gigising ako ng maaga kahit Sabado at Linggo para abangan ang naglalako ng taho at panoorin ang mga palabas na noo'y sinusubaybayan ko, tuwing gabi naman ay nakakatulog ako sa sala dahil sinusubaybayan ko rin ang mga pang-gabing orihinal na palabas. Naalala ko rin na meron akong isang birthday na hiningi kong regalo ay isang set na pambatang libro. Noong hindi pa uso ang remakes at covers ng mga palabas sa tv, sine at mga kanta. Noong ang laro lang namin ay tagu-taguan at habulan, pisikal man na mga laro ay hindi nila sinasanay ang kagalingan ng mga bata para mag-strategize kung paano sila makakapatay ng kalaban, di kagaya ng mga video games ngayon na puro patayan ang tema. 

Habang tumatanda ako ay pikit-mata ko na palang tinatanggap ang buhay kung saan lahat ay apektado na ng komersiyalismo. Natuwa ako sa mga remakes at covers ng kanta at mga palabas dahil sa isip ko ay ibinabalik ng mga ito ang mga alaala ng nakaraan. Hindi ko naisip na kapag magpapatuloy ang ganitong kalakaran ay mamatay ang sining at panitikan sa bansa. Kasi naman, madali ang pera kung sigurado na kakagatin ng masa ang lumang pormula kaya yon at yon na lamang sila. Nakalimutan ko nang magreklamo kung bakit ba paulit-ulit na lang, bakit puro komersiyalismo ang pina-iiral kaya tuloy siguro ganito ang kinalabasan ng kasalukuyang henerasyon. Sayang dahil napunta tayo sa ganito ka-ignoranteng lipunan at ganoon na lamang kung mang-isa ang mga negosyante (at pulitiko) na nagbabalat-kayo pang concerned kuno sa atin. Nakalimutan na nga yata talaga ng mga tao na magtanong; tanggap na lang ng tanggap at yakap ng yakap ng mga ideya kahit hindi dapat at kahit walang magandang maidudulot.

Sa panahon ngayon, mga gadgets ang isa sa mga pinag-uupunan. At kahit may mga libreng wi-fi na kahit saan ay hindi naman natin nagagamit ng maayos ang teknolohiya, tinuruan lamang nito ang karamihan sa atin na maging tamad at mainipin dahil lahat na halos ay instant kesa lalo pang mapag-yaman ang mga kaalaman. Nakakainis at masakit rin palang tanggapin ang katotohanan na kabilang ako sa mga taong ganyan. Isa ako dun sa mga taong kailangan na himukin para may gawin dahil ang alam ko lang ay magreklamo tungkol sa napakabulok na sistema.

Lahat nang 'yan ay naisip ko matapos kong basahin ang pang-siyam na libro ng isa sa mga paborito kong Pilipinong manunulat: Si Bob Ong.  Kagaya ng mga nauna niyang libro ay isang upuan ko lamang natapos ito, tatlo hanggang apat na oras marahil. Ang kaibahan nga lamang ay para bang naihain na lahat ng mga ideya niya, wala na 'yung kagaya ng dati na talagang mapapa-isip ka pero okay na rin dahil pinagsama-sama niya sa iisang libro ang napakalawak na usapin na kailangan na pagtuunan ng pansin. Kung ano ang mga usapin na 'yon ay iiwan ko na lamang sa'yo, basahin mo 'yung libro.

Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin! front cover. O diba, wild? Hahaha. Mali yata na binasa ko 'yan sa may ibang tao na hindi nakakaalam kung anong libro 'yan dahil mahalay ang unang naiisip. 


"Ano ba naman 'yang binabasa mo? Kelan ka pa nahilig sa pocketbook?"

Doon ko nabatid na ang panlabas ng librong ito ni Bob Ong ay iginaya halos sa mga balat ng mga pocketbook ng Precious Heart Romances. Sa pagbasa mo ng mga unang pahina pa lamang nito e makikita na ang kakaiba at kagiliw-giliw na paraan ng pagsusulat niya, kaya nga lang, mas sanay ako doon sa mga una na nagku-kwento mula sa kanyang Punto De Bista (First Person Point-of-View) Hindi sa ayaw ko sa pagbabago ng kanyang paraan ng pagsusulat, kailangan din 'yon para hindi maging nakakaumay lalo na ngayon na nadagdagan pa ang bilang ng kanyang mga isinulat.


"Ako, ang hinahangaan kong tao na mahilig sa libro e' yung may matutunan ka kapag kausap mo, 'yung makikita mong naging marunong at mabuti  siyang tao dahil sa pagbabasa niya ng mga libro."

North Park

Yang Chow Fried Rice (128.00)

One of the best Yang Chow I've tasted. I can even eat this by itself, no viand needed. And the serving was pretty large.

China Chicken (223.00)


Ultimate Noodles (238.00)

Living up to its name, this is surely an order of the Ultimate Noodles. It has  everything: mushroom, dimsum, beef, pork, vegetables etc.  The downside was that they only gave us a small bowl of soup. It was like we were eating dry noodles. We did ask for an extra soup and again, they gave us so little. Can't they be more generous with it?
Roast Combination Platter (377.00)

We expected that this Combi Platter would include Pork Asado, Dried Pork Sausage and Lechon Macau since it's placed under the category of Roast Specialties. What does it include? China Chicken (which we had ordered another of),  Shanghai Chicken (?), Pork Sausage, Pork Asado and Century Egg. Why is it that Lechon Macau is not included? I know, we should have asked about this platter's content but still, the menu's categorization is misleading.

As we sat on our table, I immediately noticed their placemat 'cause it's where their menu was printed . How smart, right? No need to wait for the waiters to hand you their menus. Everything is in there including their delivery contact number, I didn't get to capture a photo of it though. Pricewise? It was okay since the servings were big. We even had left-overs that we took home.


But, the service was a disappointment! It felt forever for them to attend to our needs. We were also very hungry that time but we had to wait for so long for our orders to arrive, waiting for ten minutes would be fine but it almost took them thirty. Or is it normally like that? Whenever we asked for refills, the waiter tells us to wait but he would take several minutes before coming back and they didn't even bother to clean the other tables up right away. We arrived at the resto and the used utensils were there and were still there until we left. See? Because of the service, the ambiance too was affected. It didn't felt like we were eating in a restaurant, fastfoods and foodcourts were cleaner. I would have understood if the place is filled with customers but at that time, it wasn't. And what's more irritating? Some of the waiters were just chitchatting while we were trying to catch their attention.

Eating in North Park would have been a great experience if not for the poor service. We ate at the M.O.P branch by the way. I just hope the other branches have more trained and attentive staffs 'cause I'm willing to give this restaurant another chance; there are still numerous food choices to taste. :p~

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mr. Kimbob

My brother has always been telling me to try Mr.Kimbob's bibimbap at SM North food court. I haven't had the chance to eat there until December last year at SM Megamall and I enjoyed it so much although I don't like eating spicy foods. As we strolled around SM Makati yesterday, only one food for dinner came to mind: Bibimbap.

For those who are unfamiliar with Korean cuisine, bibimbap means "mixed rice." Following its name, the proper way to eat it is to mix all the meat, vegetables, rice and gochujang (chili sauce) together.

Here is bulgogi (beef) with carrots, papaya, spinach, bean sprouts, cabbage and sunny side-up egg, served in a sizzling plate with  a bowl of soup.

After mixing everything together but haven't poured the gochujang yet. I ended up pouring everything on mine! I  don't really like eating spicy foods but this has always been an exception.
If you're up for a healthy and budget-friendly meal, bibimbap is one of the best choices. For 95 pesos, you get a big serving of food and nutrients.

This bibimbap is the store's bestseller, of course, they have other foods to offer just that I haven't tasted them yet.

You can find Mr.Kimbob at SM Malls' foodcourts.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Trip To Wawa Dam, Rodriguez, Rizal

Our Avilon Zoo trip ended early as expected so we headed to Wawa Dam before going home.

Placed between Montalban Gorge, Wawa dam used to be the only water source for Manila. Although it isn't functioning as a dam anymore, it has still turned into one of the must-see places especially if you're up for a nature tripping that's not too far away from the city.

I was a bit disappointed seeing that there are lots of garbage in the area. The locals and local government should take the initiative to do clean-ups once in a while. Although the view is magnificent, a clean surrounding is what lures the tourists to come back, who would want to swim in a reservoir filled with garbage? Nonetheless, leaving those trash issues aside, the place is really a beauty.

Start of our trekking. Yay!


Look at how huge those rocks are.
Luckily, we went there on a day when the water  was somewhat raging. I can just imagine my added disappointment if we arrived there with the water almost dried-up.
tunnel


There are cottages for lease. 
The one on the left side of this picture used to be the watch tower.

Now on our way back to the lower lake.

Boulders of rocks,, limestone mountains? CHECKED.




I'd love to comeback for a cave tour and be brave enough to walk between the big rocks.
I hope that the only changes the place undergo are that of natural causes.

Avilon Zoo, Rodriguez, Rizal

Avilon means "the land of the birds," no wonder there lots of birds compared to other species in that zoo.

If you want a guided tour, there are tour guides near the entrance. Although we opted to not have one, there were instances when we passed by them and they seem friendly and are really well informed about all the species. If you'll decide to explore the area by yourselves, the zoo is very much organized; there were informations near the cages, names for every animals and they were grouped according to their characteristics... family? genus? *I already forgot my taxonomy terms!*

Another photo heavy post...


All the places are labeled making it easier even for first-timers to familiarize themselves in the zoo. 


There are arapaimas in that man-made pond. They were slightly scary to be honest.
Arapaimas are large tropical freshwater fishes. They can grow over 6 feet!  



First time seeing live kangaroo!
This is a tree kangaroo. *Lol, sorry I didn't know its pose was like that.*


180 degrees head turn.
Meercat

and?

These bears are the newest zoo attraction. Almost all of them were taking their nap.

When we were about to leave this exhibit... one bird was like, "Panget!" we went back trying to find which  that was but it didn't want to blow its cover. Tsk

This amphibian (I forgot most of their names) was dancing near the window when we passed by.



The monkey wasn't there but managed to take pictures with the birds and a snake. Cost us P 100.00

Finished exploring in two hours.
And have I told you that the whole zoo is really well-maintained?

Time to bid goodbye...

Avilon Zoological Park
Bo. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tramway Chinese Garden Buffet

Why is it that nowadays, we always feel like there's a need for a round two or better yet, three for every gala?




If you're on a tight budget but wants to eat at an Eat-All-You can resto, look no further, and try this place out.

The price is P 205.00 per person.






These are just some of the foods that are available for eating. 
Meals with soups, rice, dimsum, sushi and desserts.
The food tastes good and I especially loved their watermelon. It has been so long since I've eaten watermelon that sweet.

The place is filled on most days so if you don't like the hassle of waiting, better go there earlier.
It is located at 65 Timog St. near Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Tea Tap

I'm loving milk teas too much. As in too much! I'm always on the look out for milk tea cafes these days. And thus, here's another discovery - Teatap Cafe at San Juan.



I posted this picture first 'cause this tip bin caught my attention. You are to place a coin and then a cat would  peek and grab it after. So cute, right? 

I ordered Earl Grey Milk Tea for a change from my usual Pearl Milk Tea, (I'm not adventurous!) and it tastes good and creamy. I liked that I can still taste its slight bitterness. Perhaps because I set the sweetness level to 50%. I really need to remind myself to reduce the sugar level on all my milk tea orders in the future.
There are different quotes on each drink plastic covering. It's quite hilarious that I got this on my first try of giving pudding a chance and I'm not disappointed. I loved it, oh, I'm foreseeing an added order of sinkers on my next visit.


Takoyaki , 100.00
There are several menu items... pasta, buffalo wings etc.
There is also a yogurt counter called, "Simply Life"
Out of all the milk tea cafes I've visited, this has got to be the largest, coziest and has the cutest interior. It gives a "starbucks" feel where you can just sit on the tables and chat with friends. I'd love to come back if only it was a bit nearer at our place. tsk


TeaTap Café
Ongpauco Sister's Building
P. Guevarra cor. Wilson Sts.
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