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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Finally, Krispy Kreme is in Cebu !

I am not really a sweet tooth but when it comes to doughnuts, my favorite is Krispy Kreme. When I was still based in Manila, I used to bring doughnuts to Cebu every time I went home. My brothers loved it. A box of Krispy doughnuts usually won't last 24 hours in our household.

I usually bring at least 3 dozen; one for the house, one for my aunt's house in Guadalupe, and one for my cousin's in Banawa. I am not alone. Many people outside Manila do the same thing. They make Krispy Kreme as their pasalubong. It becomes the piyaya, otap, broas, or biscocho of Manila. 

Last year, I visited Manila. Guess what I brought home to Cebu? It's those doughnuts again. I even wondered then if my wife was more excited to see the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts than me when I got back.

Finally after a few years,  The Real American Doughnut Company, Inc. decided to open branches in Cebu. I first saw the signs in Active Zone in Ayala. It used to say opening in September. September passed and still no Krispy Kreme. I read the news today announcing the opening of their branch in Ayala and I.T. Park. Yipee!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Headlines: Man kills self and 5 others in Talisay City

I was really stunned reading the headline today about a man killing his wife, 3 adult children, and their housemaid. The man then shot himself to end the carnage. It is really hard to fathom how a father can kill his children and his wife. The lack of information also led to many speculations and theories.

The man was an ex-seaman who was forced to retire due to a severe head injury while working. He retired ten years ago, after surviving a coma and having a head operation. A lot of people speculate that a severe injury like contusion can lead to some behavioral changes and aggression. Maybe, but it has been ten years and if he has something wrong in his head, then how in the world did he own a gun? I am sure people will say it is easy to get a licensed firearm as long as you have the money. If that's the case, should we ban guns totally?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Birthday Wishes, Prophecies, Resolutions and Game plan

Turning 35 means a lot of things to me. It is like reaching the halfway point of my life, Halftime. It is a good time to look back and evaluate what changes I can make with my game plan. In many aspects of my life, I believe that I am way behind and have a lot of catching up to do.

I am generally in good health but I believe I can do better in terms of weight management and healthy habits. I have to start watching my weight and make sure that it will stay in a healthy range. I am not getting any younger and losing weight seems harder as the years go by. My key to targets for the year would include a weight below 180 lbs. and to gain stamina enough to finish a 10k run. How do I go about this? I have to go back to the gym and start establishing a workout routine. I am starting from scratch and establishing a routine is one of the most difficult steps. I cannot afford to stay in the gym for more than an hour and a half since I have a job to do and I have to do a lot of writing. I could probably integrate running in my weekly plan. Running is cheap and I can practically run anywhere. I have to watch the stuff I put in my mouth as well. I love food but I should not be in love with food. Basically I have to turn myself into a health nut, I mean health buff. I could probably blog about my gallant quest towards a healthier me.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Places: Plantation Bay Resort

As an anniversary gift, Mama Flor and Papa Noly gave us a gift certificate in one of Cebu's best resorts. We were very excited because it would be our first time to stay at Plantation Bay together. It had been a few years since I lasted visited one of  Mactan's most popular resorts.

 We arrived early in the evening due to some work commitments.
 We were given a nice room at the Piazza Palermo.   We just loved the furnishings.  The color of our room had a very soothing quality.

Chocolate Hills: To cut trees or not?

The Chocolate Hills has been the face of tourism of Bohol. For years, tourists flock to these grass-covered hills that looks like mounds of chocolates when the grass turns brown during summer. If you search google for images of Bohol, you will surely see this unique natural formation.

The leaders of Bohol are now having problems after mature trees started to cover the hills. The Chocolate Hills in postcards do not look like the actual ones. Here are some of my pictures in my last visit a few months back:

Indeed, there are hills that are almost covered with trees.  It might not be good but it is the first time that I ever heard that planting trees are bad for tourism. Luckily, it is not my job to decide what to do about it. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Food Trip: Dinner at Olio'

I recently celebrated my 35th birthday and I wanted to have a special celebration with my wife. For 17 straight years, she has been a constant presence in my life. That's almost half my life alreadyI was bent to bring her to a memorable birthday date. Well, 2 weeks after my birthday I took her out to dinner.

 I really wanted to bring her to a very nice restaurant that we haven't been to. I decided to drive her to Crossroads and have dinner at Olio'. For years, Olio' has been one of Cebu's best restaurants. The restaurant has been awarded as one of the best restaurants in the Philippines by Philippine Tattler magazine and similar publications.

 Olio has 2 storeys. We picked a nice table at the ground floor. The place is clean and nice. The servers are quite attentive and responsive.

If you want to take someone special for dinner, Olio' is a great choice.

 We were served hot bread and butter while waiting for our orders. They will actually add more bread upon request.
 In celebration of their 8th year, they have this eat all you can promo. For 899 pesos, you can eat as much USDA Nebraskan Prime Rib Eye. I decided to have this meal for the night.
 Steph ordered a generous serving of four seasons shake.
 Here is my first steak. I had this medium rare to start my dinner. I only intended to eat one or two for the night. It has been a long time since I had an expensive steak in Cebu. The last I guess was last year at David's. The portion size is adequate and my medium rare steak was cooked perfectly.

 My wife decided to get the Spaghettini with Black Truffles. She loved it.
 As a side dish, I ordered some mashed potatoes to compliment the Rib Eye steak.

 Second round! I had a medium steak. After finishing two big servings, I got really full. Good thing, I didn't order a drink because we were planning to have some dessert afterwards. A good wine would have gone well with the steak. I miss some Cabernet or Pinot Noir. ;)

We had a fantastic dinner in one of Cebu's best restaurants. Our server was even willing to take a nice photo for us. Hopefully, we can come back soon and try their other dishes and the wines.

Related Links:
Olio' website

Monday, September 26, 2011

Visiting Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and Magellan’s Cross

I was born in Cebu and in 35 years of existence, I  have not taken a single picture, while visiting the famous tourists attractions in Magallanes Street. I am talking about the world famous Magellan's Cross and the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. I could not believe that I never had a photo taken in those places.

One day, I decided to visit these places and made sure I took my camera with me. I brought along Stephie, Josie, and Carlo Boy. 

 The Magellan's Cross has always been the symbol of Cebu.   If you search for pictures of Cebu in the internet, then mostly you will get a photo of the chapel that houses the cross. Every day, hundreds of tourists flock to this place, take poses, and take a picture to prove that they have been to Cebu. This is Cebu's answer to the Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Food Trip: Cadmous Restaurant

There was a long holiday weekend last August 30. No work because it was Eid'l Fitr or the end of Ramadan for our Muslims brothers. Instead of just staying home the whole day, I wanted to try something different. I eventually decided to go into a gastronomic adventure with my wife.

I drove uptown searching for an interesting restaurant in Cebu. I ended up parking in the Century Plaza Complex and decided to check out a Lebanese restaurant. It was Eid'l Fitr so it was kinda fitting and timely.

The name of the restaurant is Cadmous restaurant.Since it was a holiday, we had the place to ourselves. Well, we were greeted by the very hospitable owner.   She gave us a menu. My wife and I are quite familiar with some of the items, like kebabs, hummus, and the like, since we have tried them in similar restaurants, like Persian Palate.  The difference I saw was the spelling of the items. The nice thing is that there is an English translation so that you will at least know what you are going to get.  There are also pictures in the menu so that, one can have an idea of what to order.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cebu Medical Society's Medicine Week Kick-off

The Cebu Medical Society and the Philippine Medical Association celebrated Medicine Week 2011 this week. The doctors kicked off the week with a walk from the Grand Convention Center to the CMS Grounds. The walk was participated by doctors of different specializations. 

 The Philippine Society of Nephrology
 Philippine Academy of Family Physicians

 Philippine College of Surgeons
 Philippine Heart Association
 Some of the amazing surgeons of Cebu

The participants from POGS

Monday, September 19, 2011

Greg Slaughter is part of the 2011 UAAP Mythical Team

News: Greg Slaughter part of the UAAP Mythical 5

After spending years in Cebu and wowing the crowd in the Cebu Coliseum, the Greg Slaugher show continues in the UAAP at the Araneta Coliseum.  In his first season at the country's premier collegiate league, Slaughter led the top seeds Ateneo de Manila University in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding, and blocks. With him manning the post, Ateneo has won 14 of the 15 games they played this season.

Greg Slaughter will be appearing in the UAAP Best of 3 Finals against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws beginning this Saturday, September 24. The young man who has roots in Cebu has won titles with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the CESAFI. He has also represented the country in several tough tournaments with the Smart-Gilas. He will be a marked man for Ateneo as they try to capture their 4th consecutive UAAP Senior's Basketball title. It will definitely be interesting to see how he would react to the pressure of winning a title with the Blue Eagles.

Good luck, Greg!


Related Links:

Greg Slaughter making wakes at the UAAP

Friday, September 16, 2011

Food Trip: Pizzarea Michelangelo

Let’s just say you love pizza and you want to take a girl for a nice date, where will you go? For me, one great option would be Pizzarea Michelangelo. The restaurant is located in #1 Paseo Saturnino, Old Maria Luisa Road in Banilad and it serves authentic pasta, pizza, and other Italian favorites.

I once took my wife there for our anniversary and boy she loved it there. For people who like eating pasta, the list is long that you might end up ordering 2. The pasta is al dente and the pasta sauces are truly Italian. The pizza is very  delicious and the size is good for 3 or 4 (maybe 2 since the pizza is really yummy).

Michelangelo is a premium place so prepare to pay up, although a budget of 1,000 can go a long way. The restaurant is clean , the service fast, and it really is a good place for a date. You may go there earlier since seats will be scarce if you come at their peak hours.
You may also call 236-4301 if you want to reserve some seats. Buon appetito!!!