I finally got to use this overnight gift certificate from winning the raffle at work last Christmas Party. At last, I won something for the first time! :) Yay! Decided to spend the weekend at the Manila Peninsula to celebrate King's Graduation / End of exams! It was a great source of relaxation for the family. Dad got unlimited spa sessions. King got his swimming delight. Mom and I just enjoyed the company of the family. I also got the chance to bring the family to Ayala Triangle by just crossing the road. Can't believe it's literally their first time! So we got to try out Bon Chon Chicken at last. It was quite good. I wouldn't mind going again.
These are pictures from a year ago. But I'm posting them. I'm dedicating this entry to 2 of my friends (J&J) heading for Toronto next month. :) I'm super HAPPY and EXCITED for THEM!!!
This was my glimpse of the majestic Niagara Falls... I hope you guys get your rainbow plus the famous Maid of the Mist Ride! Do make sure you equip yourselves with the right attire!
"The high feeling just can't be explained in words. Such amazing wonder and beauty. I could still hear the water rushing down from the top." "I think I can die now." - Queen (Feb 2010)
Thanks to CesDj's Parents, Twinkle, Grant, and Henry for the great company! =)
Must go back to witness summer version!
I got to try something new today thanks to Charles's great idea. The only downside was waking up early in the morning to make it in time for my first ever cooking class by 9 AM! But hey, even though I'm so not a morning person, I managed to make it on time. The focus cuisine for the day was Thai Food. Reminds me of my sister in Bangkok! (Miss you Kay!) I got to cook Tom Yum Goong, Green Curry with Pork, Sticky Rice with Mangoes, Satay Chicken, and don't forget the all famous Pad-Thai!!!
The class kicked-off with a round of introduction among the participants followed by a cooking demo by our multi-awarded and well-traveled Chef Mike Navarra. I was amazed by the diversity of folks who were interested to learn how to cook. By the time we were ready with the basics, we wore our chef's hat and apron, familiarized ourselves with the recipe and procedures, then headed for the kitchen to see whether we actually had potential to cook or otherwise. We were divided into 6 groups of 3. I was groupmates with Charles and Anne. Our group rocked of course.
I was surprised how the class was able to make cooking Thai Dishes seem relatively doable. It was really more effort on the preparation versus the actual cooking. It sure was a confidence boost for someone like me who was traumatized with fire during my childhood years. Hehe. I even got to meet new friends who also enjoy food/eating. LOL. After we cooked our dishes we got to eat them as a class. We even got the chance to taste and compare the finished product of the other groups against ours. (There goes the competitive me!) Thai lunch was wonderful. The sting or kick of spice was just right for the dishes we made. I applaud myself and my fellow classmates. I recommend the experience of learning something new such as cooking if you haven't tried it. Personally, this session got me excited and made me realize that this is only the beginning... :)
Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
5th Floor Walter Mart Makati, 790 Chino Roces Ave.
Corner A. Arnaiz Avenue Makati City, Philippines
I found this creature hanging around Avilon Zoo, Tiendesitas a couple of weeks ago.
Check it out at your own risk! There's more to see inside the Ark at P300 per head.
Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, Pasig City
Telephone Nos. (+632) 706-2992/ 706-2993
The rapids were roaring and so were we! :)
White Water Rafting Adventures with Kristel, Pam, Rico, and Alex.
I thank Joyce for lending me her shocking pink rash guard. She was right when she said people will be able to spot me even miles away without effort.
This experience started off with some basic orientation at the Crocodile Farm to make us realize that what we were about to go through was not entirely 100% safe. This was followed by a practice round. We all took turns jumping off the raft and trying to get back into it by pulling/carrying each other. We battled with the rapids (rocks) in the water and emerged victorious despite the never ending splashes against our faces. A stop over for some good lunch to revive our energy! Then more rapids kept coming our way after that along with an intentional capsize moment. :)
Day 1 started early for us. I was at the airport around 1am in the morning for the 4am flight. At times, the stress of travelling alone can get into you. Not having anyone to talk to especially at that time of the day. Not even being able to sleep a bit or else your belongings might just disappear out of thin air when you wake up or the potential of missing the flight. Anyway, I managed to keep myself awake and busy until the 4am flight. Though, I slept like a baby for two hours in the plane. Then I finally reached my destination and got to meet fellow No Borders travel mates. Outside the airport we were greeted by this huge durian which was Davao's specialty. As the journey began we were given official No Borders pamphlets which I found cute and informative. We had breakfast at McDonalds and then headed for the Philippine Eagle Center. (Check out my previous post for details)
We had quite a long ride to Eden Park but I didn't mind since it gave all of us time to catch up with sleep. Eden Park is a place for nature lovers. I was apparently the right target market. Wild unique flowers and animals we fortunately got to see. There were also mini versions of a zip line in several spots. It was quite a thrill but nothing of course will beat the real thing! We had lunch at a glass house in Eden and I want to highlight how fresh the vegetables were. So I had salad topped with sweet mangoes drizzled with mango vinaigrette. Exploration went on after lunch. We took some shots at the stadium place and simply appreciated the forest.
Next stop is Camp Sabros (yes, still Day 1), where the real zip line is but that's another story to tell. :)
Pictures I've included to give you a feel of Eden. Hope you enjoy!
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.