Thankful on Independence Day

First of all, Happy Independence Day. Aside from the historical definition of it, it also means three things to me: (1) Freedom from corporate work because it is a weekend. Even just for a day; (2) Freedom from hamper of dirty clothes. Today is the perfect day to do the laundry; (3) And finally, the freedom to get away from it all. I’m staying in my bedroom the whole day. Game Of Thrones marathon it is.

So guys, how did you waste your life today? Holiday on a Sunday, eh?

Cydnei’s Cafe: A Hub of Coffee and Good Food Hidden in the Suburbs of QC

Situated in a quiet neighborhood in Project 4, Quezon City is a coffee shop called Cydnei’s Cafe. It’s quite difficult to look for because there are no other establishments around the store, but once you see it, you’ll know that it’s The One.

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Once you step inside Cydnei’s Cafe, you will find coffee, food, music and of course, books. The interiors are simply a reflection of the owner’s personal aesthetic. Overall, the atmosphere has a great homey touch. The bright lighting looks adorable. With plenty of seating, Cydnei’s Cafe is a good place to study and chat with friends. One immediately feels this vibe when entering the shop. And oh, Wi-Fi is accessible for free!

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A Taste of Bordeaux in the Philippines

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For the first time ever, the Bordeaux Rendezvous, an annual series of wine tastings featuring Bordeaux wines, was held in Manila, the last stop of its Asia tour.

French wine merchants under Bordeaux Rendezvous, keen on raising the French region’s profile in Asia, embarked on the tour in the region to mark its fifth year.

The wines from eighteen classified growths from the Bordeaux region, the largest wine-producing region in France, come care of French wine merchant Barriere Freres in partnership with local wine importers.

In the Philippines, we have fine wine importer AWC Philippines to thank for the Rendezvous.

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A Page of Good Thoughts

 

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  1. After years of waiting, I finally got the necklace last Saturday that mom told me about.
  2. Pre-valentine’s movie-ice cream-pizza-junk food-kinda date.
  3. Letting myself load up on junk food and sweets last Sunday afternoon after doing the chores and while my dearest wasn’t around. My future six pack abs will have to wait a little longer.
  4. Not caring about  my diet or getting fat no matter how often I eat chocos and ice cream. Well, not worried at all. 😉
  5. Quick summer getaways with my favorite group of friends. Refreshing.
  6. A little rain during the night.
  7. Misunderstandings with friends which resulted in new beginnings and stronger relationships.
  8. A new game app to play with.
  9. Learning to appreciate and love my job despite the heavy workload. I guess it’s the people and free food (sometimes). Hah.
  10. My sweet Seth who greeted me during Valentine’s day and told me how much he misses me.
  11. Munching on 2 buns of pan de ube for a midnight snack.
  12. A glass of ice cold water and ice cream.
  13. Movie marathons before hittin’ the sack.
  14. Sleeping for more than 7 hours before the clock ticks 5:30am on a Monday. Ahhh, sleep’s indeed a luxury for me.

 

Pasion Por El Jamon

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Spain is one of the countries in the world notable for its culinary arts and cuisine. However, there is one iconic and traditional product that has stood the test of time as a gastronomic favourite: Jamon, pig’s hind leg cured with salt and time.

 Anyone who’s tasted jamon knows that the Spanish jamon, silky in texture and deeply savoury, is better than ham made anywhere else. Take note: they are not smoked or cooked in any way. The salt essentially plays an important role in the curing process from salting or “salado” to drying and maturation or “secado”. And when ready, the jamon is served thinly sliced, either on its own or with some good bread. Txanton, the first jamoneria in the Philippines, carries three kinds of jamon: Jamon Serrano, Jamon Iberico, and Jamon Iberico de Bellota.

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Travelogue 2015

I read a tweet somewhere that it is okay to be broke if it is because of traveling, to which I completely agree. If there is one thing I am so willing to spend my money on, it is traveling – getting new experiences, meeting new people, eating new food and trying something out of this world. Doing and experiencing things is a lot better than getting things. And I am thankful for yet another year filled with great memories and unforgettable experiences from so many different places.

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