Saturday, November 24, 2018

Isolation Berlin in Manila

Last Thursday, November 22, 2018, Isolation Berlin, a band from Germany rendered passers by of Adamson Center in Makati very nice songs.

The performance lasted for an hour, yet the audience demanded for more. Though their songs are in German, those are still melodious to the ear.

The band is on a Southeast Asian Tour from October 28 to November 25, 2018.

The next time they have concert in Manila, I will certainly buy ticket and watch.

Isolation Berlin performing at Adamson Center
where the Goethe Institut is.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Learning Mandarin at the Ateneo Confucius Institute

Many of you might be thinking of studying Mandarin. Learning the language is becoming imperative these days as there are many Chinese businesses we have to transact with.

It is quite fortunate that the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University offers Mandarin Course for various levels of competency.  

The classes run for three months and the schedules for weekdays are after office hours or half day on a Saturday. 

The teachers employ effective teaching methods coupled with a good number of exercises.

The textbook which they prescribe for learning Basic Chinese.

The workbook which the learner has to also buy.

When you take classes at the Confucius Institute, you will also have the chance to experience Chinese culture as they sponsor cultural events with interesting activities. 

Me with Madame Teresita Ang-See during the "Commemoration of the
400th Anniversary of the Voyage of Sultan of Sulu to China." 

Me wearing a traditional Chinese clothes posing beside
this beautifully crafted Chinese drum. 

When you finish the course, you will get this certificate.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Throwback: Katong's Machang and Pancake

Katong is a place best known for its rice dumplings or machang. I came to know of machang way back in college when my mother brought it from Naga City.

Since I was already in Singapore, I should not miss tasting the fabled Katong's machang.

The place which sells the delicious machang is a Chinese antique shop on the same side of the road as the Holy Family Church.  

As you enter the shop, you will be greeted by this beautiful Buddhist altar. 

Buddhist altar at the Chinese antique shop which sells machang.

Katong's fabled machang.

The saleslady there also told me to try the pancakes with delicious caramel dip. So I bought one and she was right that the pancakes were indeed delicious.  

Delicious pancakes with caramel dip.

Balay Buhay sa Uma: A Delightful Farm Life

On a trip to Sorsogon, one must visit Balay Buhay sa Uma. "Balay Buhay sa Uma" literally means "House of Farm Life".

In the said farm resort, one can see the bee farm. The bee will not harm you, so long as you don't disturb them. Honey and its derivative products such as soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. are on sale there. 

The farm resort also has a reception area where one can hold wedding banquets or seminars.   

It also has a pool, a pond, and a restaurant where one can taste well-prepared local foods.  

Me at the entrance to the reception area of Balay Buhay sa Uma

A plant canopy which provides shade to visitors.

A honeycomb in the bee farm.

A crystal clear swimming pool supplied with water from Mt. Bulusan.

A pond teeming with fish and relaxing environs.

The sumptuous native lunch served to visitors. 

You will surely enjoy the farm resort as its environs offer a refreshing ambiance which only a farm life can offer.   

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bulusan Lake: Switzerland of the Orient

As a Bicolano, I am promoting interesting places in the Bicol Region. Among the tourist spots one must visit is the Bulusan Lake.

Bulusan is dubbed as "Switzerland of the Orient" because of this scenic lake very similar to that of Lake Zurich. 

Sorsogon Tourism Office improved the place by putting in there kayak for rent as well as a floating cottage.  

Bulusan Lake with one of the three peaks in the background.

For hiking enthusiasts, the place offers a trail to explore. The place is also well-maintained and serene which makes it a perfect place for communion with nature. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dean & Deluca: Delectable & Desirable

One of the best restaurants I have dined in the metro is Dean & Deluca. 

The restaurant has many branches but I dined in their cosy  and classy restaurant in Rockwell.

They serve there variety of dishes with the steak on top of the list. What I like about their steak is that it is covered with veggies which complement its taste. 

The steak is served with delectable sauce and vegetable salad with gourmet cheese.

Dean & Deluca's steak for sophisticated palates.

The first time I dined there, I ordered Banh Mi. It is the best Banh Mi I have ever tasted, even besting the one I tasted in Vietnam, the origin of the said sandwich. 

Delectable Banh Mi.
So come to Dean and Deluca and taste these delectable and desirable dishes!  

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Paul: A Classy French Restaurant

While strolling at JEM, my attention was captured by this restaurant named Paul. It looks very elegant and to my mind, it's nice to try.

The restaurant has an elegant French ambiance.

When I entered the restaurant and given the menu, my curiosity was piqued by the baked bone marrow which they serve. So, I ordered it.

The baked bone marrow tasted nice and it served as a pâté for the bread. You can taste the gentle herbs sprinkled into it, and the saltiness was just right.  

Os à Moelle au Four (oven baked beef bone marrow with sea salt)

I also tried their Crème Brûlée served in a cazuela pot. The sweetness was just right, and to me what makes it special was the crispy caramelized sugar coating at the top.   

My most favorite Crème Brûlée because of the caramelized sugar coating at the top. 

Truly, it is excellent to dine in this restaurant. You will taste what is unique about French dining.