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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 is MY YEAR!

Dear 2015,




I thank God He gave me you and let me experience a different curve of life. Thank you for such a wonderful year. For all the people I met and encountered, for those who left and for those who stayed. You let me try things I never thought I would ever experience. Took me to places I never imagine I'd be. Thank you for every new milestone of 2015, the new career in the beginning, the marathon that I took, country I've been to and all other blessings I got.

Now that you are about to leave, kindly bring with you all the heart pains, trials and burdens you have given me. Take them away as you fade. I'm ready for another set next year. I know I'll do better because 2015, you thought me to be good in facing them.

I sincerely am sorry of all bad things I've done to my fellows. I ask forgiveness to all my shortcomings and misunderstandings we had. I also would like to say sorry for myself, for being too harsh to my health and sometimes lossing my love for my self. Forgetting that I am a son of God and I am created in His likeness.

As a promise, I will carry with me all the life lessons you impart. Good things and good deeds will surely be continued in the next coming years. Self improvement and growth will always be part of next year's goal. Savings and investments are priority. Most specially to live each day like winners do. Winner who knows how to properly acknowledge winning and recognize his defeat. A winner who pushes himself to be better each day.

Again, to my dearest 2015, Thank you so much!

Greatful,
Mark Respicio Antonio

PS.
Dear 2016,
Welcome!
Indeed, YOU ARE MY YEAR!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Take Me To KL -- Chinatown

Just like all Chinatown's in the world, KL's (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Chinatown looks and feels the same. That famous arch and red hanging lantern signifies that you are now truly in the town of our beloved Chinese friends.

So what's in-store for us in this town? Here's some of the things that catches my interest during my visit.
The busy streets. Many locals and tourists shopping on the array of stores in the street.
Check out knoff off items at a very cheap price. Designers bags like Micheal Kors, LV, Channel, and many more. As they say, if you know how to carry a nice bag, it's hard to notice if its fake or not. Hehehe
There's also 168 restaurant here. I'm not really sure what's the meaning of 168 to Chinese people but those numbers seem to bring luck in businesses. Remember the popular 168 mall in Manila?
Hawkers are also one very good reason to visit Chinatown. This street food restaurants are very popular and commonly visited by foreigners specially Western guys. They love drinking beers and trying local delicacies.
Dried cured ham is very popular in most of south east asian countries.
Skewed meat, vegetables and other street foods are almost everywhere. Nice for grill, deep fried and or shabu shabu style.
Traditional food are also present on the streets like machang --  a sticky with meat wrapped in dried lotus leaf and steamed.
Bouquets of flower also catched my attention. See how they preserve the freshness of each flowers? Reminds me of Fuji Apples... Hehehe
The talent of this artist is really amazing. I badly want to take a photo with him but he seem to be too stressed to be disturb while finishing his masterpiece. The graphics is hand painted but can even beat the digital photo because of its beauty.
Truly the rich culture that embodies the town of Chinese community in every country is admirable... They see to preserve and never fails to built unique identity that every tourist must see..
PS. 2 and 5 signs signifies my road to 25year of age. Glad I had this as I enter a new chapter.
Until my next adventure.
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Indeed every Christmas is Merry. Everyone should be merry for this is the season that our Lord Jesus Christ was born.

Reasons why we should celebrate 'tis Yuletide.
  • Christ is Born.
    • Christian or not, the birth of the King of Peace signifies hope and unconditional love. His humble birth shows us that different learning in life. The Nativity is a story wherein everyone of us should reflect.
  • Family Focus.
    • This is also the season of family get together. Catch up with your parents, grand parents, relative and friends whom you haven't talk to for the last 11 months of the year. Big thanks to the long holiday here in the Philippines. To those who still go to work during Christmas, It's okay, you can still catch up with them with the technology that we have now, distance isn't really a hindrance anymore. Cheer up buddy!
  • It's Payback Time.
    • Admit it or not, every year end we receive plenty of blessings or gifts be it in the form of money or in-kind. It's the season of giving. You who receive more should give more. Be it in the simplest form of gift so long as it came from you humble heat. It will surely make this season more meaningful.. 
From our family, we would like to send our greetings to all of you. May we all feel the spirit of Christmas and continue to spread love even if this holidays are gone. Let's all learn to forgive and ask for forgiveness to those whom we had shortcomings. So that we could always wake up each day with a Christmas feel on our faces.

God Bless everyone and hope we all receive the blessings of His coming...

Again, Merry Christmas!
P.S. Foodie on Duty this Season. I would like to share what we have prepared during our simple Noche Buena.
 We just had meatballs, pesto pasta, chicken macaroni, siomai and ham. Very simple as we are not expecting much guests for the Noche Buena. Also, more to prepare of December 25 because we are not only celebrating Christmas, It's also my father's birthday and wedding anniversary of my parents...


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thankful for 25 Years and Beyond.

You may call it quarter life crisis, I call it learning.

Here's my 25 Life lesson list I want and I will carry as I enter another chapter of my crazy beautiful life:

1. We are all given 24 hours per day, It's up to us how we use it.

2. It's okay to commit mistakes in a circumstance, repeating it over and over again is not a mistake, it's a habit. Bad habit.

3. Find self-fulfillment in your passion. If you can't get that fulfillment, It's not your passion.

4. Its okay to start back from scratch. Remember, best tasting food are made from scratch day on day.

5. Learn from the experts, they know better.

6. Maintain a high profile personality. I don't know how but i think no.7 will help.

7. Omit cheapness and stupidity in your life.

8. There are love worth fighting for.

9. Leveling up is about willingness.

10. Sad things aren't forever

11.Sleep and get some rest.

12. Know when to stop, pause, and fight again.

13. Know when to stop, that's it. Move forward.

14. Exercises not to have abs, but to live better.

15. Moving forward doesn't really mean forgetting.

16. Moving forward simply means giving up what's not workable and doing what's doable.

17. Good things are for keeps.

18. Never stop dreaming.

19. If one dream dies, dream another dream.

20. Find true happiness within yourself, not by the presence of anyone else.

21. In a failing battle, take two steps backward and gain one step ahead.

22. Do not be afraid to fall down, the most precious treasures are down there.

23. Happiness is a choice.

24. Love your parents.

25. Put God first in your life.


Thank you Lord God for giving me the gift of life... For all the blessing I have received and will be receiving... For all the challenges I am facing... For making me a better person each day I wake up and each year I live.... Thank you so much for my parents and friends...  Forgive me for all my wrong deeds and shortcomings.. Give me more years to live to fulfill my purpose you have designed for me.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thank You for The Love ABS CBN Christmas Station ID


One thing I always look forward every Christmas is ABS CBN's station ID... I don't know but the station never fails to touch my heart with their thematic campaign that is always tailored fit on how we Filipinos celebrate the most important and probably the longest holiday in the world...

This year's theme is "Thank You for the Love"... It's been 2 years that ABS CBN is using "Thank You" as their headline one their campaign and it was no surprise that they wikk use it again this year...

Great! Because most often than not, we tend to focus on all life's distractions and forget to say thank you on thing we have... Especially LOVE...

More than Valentine's day... Christmas is a celebration of Love... When God sent his only begotten son to the world... He showed us incomparable and unconditional Love... Which is the main reason of the celebration... Not the decors, not the feast on the table every Christmas eve... But God's Love that is further celebrated if and only if we can also show our love to everyone around us... Love unconditionally...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Kinabuch : What Palawan Can Be.

If you've been to Palawan then you have probably visited this famouse restaurant. If you are planning to go here then put Kinabuch in your mist-visit list. I've been to Palawan for numerous number of times (mostly business purpose) and I never fail to visit this restaurant.
This restaurant offers some of your must-try dishes in  the island. From basic home cooked Palawan dishes to the most exotic local cuisine. It's also a nice place to have a couple of beer and relax while breathing the al fresco after a whole day of Island hopping or city tour.
Here's what we had during my visit last August, 2015.

Yang Chow Fried Rice. Umami flavored rice with peas, sausage bits, eggs and lettuce.
Baked Mussels.One of my favorite staple food when it comes to seafood shell dishes.
Lato (Sea Grapes). Another favorite seafood. This sea weed taste really good, specially with tomato and plenty of white onions. Its very common in my hometown as well. Sea grapes is rich in iodine and naturally salty, so no need to dip it to any condiment ( as for me)
Palawan's sea grapes is different from ours (in Isabela), theirs is like a string and a bit long, ours really looks like grapes.
Crocodile Sisig. The chunky meat can no longer be recognized as crocodile. Yes you heard it right! It's made from crocodile meat. Don't worry it's from town's domesticated crocodile. The meat is so chewy and umami.
Tamilok. Another must try delicacy when you go here. Fresh wood from from the trunks of mangroves as explained to me by the locals. It's not accessible as its hard to maintain its freshness so Kinabuch is the place to be when you want to try this.
It takes a whole lots of guts to try this huh! But it's worth it because its reLly delicious. To better describe the taste, it's like eating a fresh oyster.
Guisadong Bihon. The aromatic sesame oil and not so salty taste makes this so delicious.
Leche Flan. For dessert of course. Their version is not that soft as what we are use to... Good thing it's not too sweet as well.
It was once more a fun night at Kinabuch. A place for good food and night out at Puerto Princesa. Thank you for making my visit complete. Yes! City visit will never be complete without visiting this iconic restaurant and trying their dishes of course !
Budget - P150-250/ dish
Here's my ratings for the Kinabuch Grill and Bar Palawan
Taste: JJJJL
AmbienceJJJJL 
Service: JJLLL
Value for MoneyJJJLL

Kinabuch Address: Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Visit their facebook page at Kinabuch's Palawan.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Calea Sweet Treats

After having a sumptuous dinner, you will normally look for desserts right? When in Bacolod, there is just but one name that would actually satisfy your desserts craving. Specially when you are craving for some cakes.

One of Bacolod's pride in terms of delicacies is this sweet dessert hub. Not only it offers a light, enticing, and very sweet ambience, Calea proudly flaunts it huge collection of freshly made cakes that would make your sweet tooth happy...
From cheesecakes, moist cakes, chiffon, carrot cakes, I'm sure they have something that would fit your craving..
Here's what we had during our Sweet Calea experience:

Pistachio cake. Who wouldn't want pistachios right? Hahaha this nuts is insanely delicious and the cake is not as sweet that would crack your teeth... Perfect blend and just the right taste lingers in your mouth.
Imported Chocolate Cake. Take it literally because the chocolates used are from Europe. Usually, when you eat chocolate cake with caramel filling there a sore in your throat caused by too much sweetness of the caramel. But you won't experience that with this one ;)
Mud Pie. This ice cream cake will make you madly crave for more... The almond chips and chocolate pour over perfectly blends with the chocolate ice cream cake.
Truly we left the store with a sweet smile because of the satisfying desserts we had. I normally can't finish a slice because I can't take much sweet but with this I was able to finish it all.
My Calea Experience.
Budget - P90- 150/ slice
Convenience: LLLJJ
AmbienceJJLLL 
Service: JJLLL
Value for MoneyJJJLL

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Music Run Manila 2015: Live the Beat


It's been a long time since I hit the road for some good run. Probably because I have lost my energy doing registration for races or maybe It is too exhausting to find good race event concept. It even came to a point that I hated running in an event with huge crowd because I hate pretending to compete with the participants, well in fact the competition I have in every run is myself :)

So when I heard about Music Run Manila 2015 I got really excited...

Music Run Manila is a non-competitive 5km fun run.
A Running event that gives you a different kind of music fest and running event at the same time. Each 1km represents a different genre of music with unique playlists selected by music running community.With over 100 concert quality speakers pumping out music every step of the way.
The Music Run™ by Philam Life lets you experience TOTAL MUSIC IMMERSION while you run, dance, laugh, sing and smile your way to the AFTER PARTY.
The Music Run Manila 2015 is on November 14, 2015 [great for my post- birthday celebrations :) hahaha !]

Gates open  at 3pm, event will start at 4pm and party ends at 9pm at Philippine Arena, Bulacan. Free shuttle buses are offered to all Music Runners. Participants should indicate if when you require this service at ticket purchase. Pick Up Points are in Market Market BGC or Trinoma.

Standard – Php 700 (Early Bird)/ Php 850 (Normal)
The Music Run 2015 Standard Event Pack. A Dri-Fit Tee, Music Runner Beat Band, Live The Beat Sticker, and a Temporary Tattoo.

Rockstar – Php 1200 (Early Bird)/ Php 1400 (Normal)
The Rock Star Event Pack has everything the Standard Event Pack has, plus a Live The Beat Phone Case, Live The Beat Baseball Cap, and Rave Shades.


REGISTRATION FEE
Check Ticket World outlets or get your tickets here.

EVENT PACK COLLECTION
Location: Glorietta 5 Shopping Mall, Makati
Dates: November 7th – 9th
Time: 10am – 10pm Daily
Details: Please bring your confirmation email and ID to collect your Event Pack

Note:

  • It is mandatory for all participants to collect their event packs on the dates stated above. There is no event pack collection after 9th November.
  • You may authorize a representative to collect the event pack on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
  • Your representative will need to produce the following documents in order to collect on your behalf:
    • A copy of your identification card
    • Your representative’s identification card

PR from Takbo.ph

See you all :)
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Take Me to KL -- MY Kopitiam

The test of authenticity in every cuisine is actually through their street food. Kopitiam is a traditional coffee shop or cafeteria in Southeast Asia. Koptiam is a no fancy eatery just like carenderia in the Philippines. However, one distinct difference in most of the Kopitiam I have visited is that each of the Kopitiam concessionaire offers different food unlike in a carenderia where most of the stall in a bay offers the same.
Freshly prepared every single serving! Unlike the carenderia's in my country where most of the food offered are pre-cooked in their kitchen, this Kopitiam freshly prepares all the food orders within 10 to 15 minutes. Special sauce and mixes of course were already being done in the house of the owner.
Here are the lists of what we had during that lunch:
Fried Rice. Since They know that we are really a rice eater, they took the initiative to order this though viands are not commonly taken in this type for food stall. Thier version of fried rice have a very umami flavor and the rice is porous, There is a distinct chorizo flavor on it.
Fried Egg. Hahaha the usual, since they don't normally take rice during lunch they have few viands offering. No adobo and pinakbet available.
Chocolate Milk. House or service water is not commonly served in all restaurants we've been. That's why we are always required to try drinks. This chocolate milk is simply Milo bran but its mixed with condensed milk making it tastier.  My friend told me that its one of the drinks he grew up with, pretty much famous in every household huh.

Stir Fried Noodle. This one is like the Lomi guisado in Batangas but with lesser ingredients. Cooking process since it's cooked from Wok that brings out different kind of aroma and taste also the its home made sauce makes it extra special
This is a mix of kikiam, tofu and other dimsum poured with sweet and salty sauce and topped with sesame seeds. Sorry I forgo to take note of how they call it. :)
Prawn Noodle. My personal favorite :) Rich prawn soup and the "Al Dente" noodle is seriously  delicious. It also have chunks of chicken and vegetables. The soup has a fine taste of prawn with the right saltiness, umami and a kick of spicy.
Peanut Pancakes. Best for breakfast but we had few for dessert. It's a peanut butter with lots of peanut chunks sandwiched in a pancake. Toasted outside but  soft on the inside. Highly recommended to be paired with good coffee.

Discovering local food would actually help up to understand not only the taste preference of a certain culture but also how diverse the culture is. The way they prepare their food, what they normally order during mealtime and why do they love such taste.

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