I heaved a sigh of relief the moment I stepped into an empty taxi in Pasong Tamo near Waltermart in Makati. Terminal 3, I told the driver. He sped off and I smiled. It was already 6 AM and it was still unusually dark as it drizzled. Typhoon Mario was enroute to northern Luzon from the Pacific and Metro Manila was wet. One and a half hour ago, I got worried when I woke as it rained. The part of Makati City where I live…Continue Reading “Stranded at Terminal 3 while Metro Manila flooded”

It was just last week when I was enjoying the breeze and sea at Dakak Beach Resort, while lying on a hammock. Nothing. I did nothing but listen to the waves. Nothing but feeling the cool wind. And nothing but letting my mind wander off somewhere. It’s been more than a week that I’ve been staying in Makati and being in the Metro, can really affect my mood. Is it because of the chaotic urban jungle? The absence of nature? Or is it just that…Continue Reading “I miss traveling and doing nothing…”

Looking for a comfortable place to stay in Makati? Other than the usual hotels, hostels and inns, the serviced apartments sector is making headway. The Alcoves, an online only serviced apartments provider offers spaces in prime locations in this city that promises comfort, safety and satisfaction. It’s spaces are scattered around several prime condominiums in the city. I got invited by The Alcoves to stay at one of their spaces, a four bedroom penthouse within Ayala Center and here are five reasons why you should…Continue Reading “Looking for a place to stay in Makati? 5 reasons to check out The Alcoves”

A cloud of dust hung in the air as boisterous livestock were everywhere. There were cows, carabaos, pigs and goats in between throngs of people under the uncaring gaze of slender and tall coconut trees. It was Wednesday and for the barangay of Malatapay, in the municipality of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, it was livestock market day. I was told that sellers and buyers come from all over Negros and even Cebu. Piglets inside wooden pens or sack being checked by buyers. A seller is dragging…Continue Reading “Photo essay: The Malatapay livestock market”

Typhoon Luis is currently battering northern Philippines while Metro Manila is soaking wet. For this kind of afternoon, what better to do but have a hot and steaming bowl of noodles! I braved the rains and went out of my unit, heading to North Park in Glorietta and quite determined to have one thing: their aniseed beef tendon (litid). I just love the gelatinous texture of that tender morsel that just dissolves beautiful on one’s tongue. The thickish sweet soup is comforting, sending my tummy…Continue Reading “A hot steaming bowl of noodles on a stormy afternoon”