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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Why BidIt.ph is the Next Big Thing in the Philippines?

2014 is just around the corner and I believe it’s time for us to do some tweaking on our reliable online shops list in the Philippines. I love digital stuff and it is something that would make my day difficult to get by without them. More and more people are engaging to different social media platforms every single day for the purpose of self-expression, networking and mere communicating with their loved ones. And with this kind of lifestyle, we need compact, accessible and updated gadgets to maximize our daily social media engagements. How do we really keep up “digitally” without breaking our piggy banks? I have an answer to that:

JUST BID IT!



BIDIT Philippines is the newest craze in the country when it comes to online shopping with a twist. I have listed the reasons why people are raving about BidIt.ph:

1. Economical

Cheap is the not word. It’s economical. True to BidIt.ph’s promise, every gizmo found on their site is under P100. Photos of previous winners have its own portion on the site together with their bidding experience testimonials. One winner won an audio system with a bid of P0.32! Another winner just used her free bids to get her very own Canon Power Shot digital camera. A shopper can definitely have a gadget on his wish list for a tiny fraction of the actual retail price. Here are more testimonials from some of the winners.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 Amazing Things I Discovered About Myself Through My Fingerprints

Holding my Encycligent report at their booth in World Trade Center
 last December 14, 2013
A few weeks back, I took the most unique personality test that I have ever taken. It never asked a single
question from me, unlike any other personality test. It only asked for my fingerprint scans.

Yes, you heard it right. Just my fingerprint scans.

So it is possible to analyze someone’s personality through his/her fingerprint scans?

In fact, it is.

Encycligent is the company that brought the Dermatoglyphics Mutiple Intelligence Test (DMIT) to the Philippines. DMIT is a patented personality test based on the research of Professor Lin Ruei Bin from Taiwan. It uses fingerprint scans to analyze the personality of a person as there is a direct relationship between our fingerprint patterns and personalities. His discovery is highly inspired by Dr. Howard Gardner’s study of Multiple Intelligences and Dr. Roger Sperry’s Dual Brain Theory.

Below are some of the things that I discovered about myself through the report generated from the DMIT.

1. Why I never liked exercise that much

Ever since I was a child, I never liked moving around that much. I’d rather stay in a corner and read my book. My dad thought I was lazy. But I used to disagree with him. I love reading. And reading is an activity that many kids of my age find themselves too lazy to do. So, I never accepted I was lazy. I was just different.

When I grew up, I tried liking sports, but to no avail. Physical activity takes too much effort so I did not bother to try so hard. I tried to excel in academics as I saw others excelled in sports. There is enough room for everybody.

My Encycligent report showed that Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (60%) is not one of my inborn strengths. I was both surprised and unsurprised at this.

How can a test like this that only took my fingerprint scans turned out to be true? How can it tell so much things about myself without even asking me a single question about my personality?

It was amazing.

I am thankful to Encycligent. I thought that if parents will only be able to know about the inborn strengths of their children, it will save them not only theirs but also their children’s time and energy from investing in activities that are not aligned with the latters’ unique strengths. It will also save both of them from unnecessary emotional pains that usually result from the parents’ insistence of what they want their children to do.

I believe that it is every parents’ and individual’s business to find out their children’s and their own inborn strengths. Encycligent offers help to people who are taking this business seriously.

Monday, December 16, 2013

My 5 Best Moments During The SYKES Year-End Celebration 2013

Interviewing Mr. Dean Van Ormer -- VP for Philippine
Operations of SYKES
I am very fortunate to be invited yesterday as a blogger to cover what could have been the most anticipated annual gathering of SYKES employees -- the SYKES Year-End Celebration. It was fun. Full of music. Food was great. And the vibe of the SYKES people is remarkable. Below are some of the best moments that I gathered yesterday during the event.

1. My quick chat with Rica. Rica is a PR Office of SYKES. She was very warm and hospitable the entire night that we were there. When I got a chance to chat with her, she told me something that became one of the biggest surprises for me during the event.

I know about SYKES for quite some time but I never knew that they were serving Fortune 500 clients, until Rica told me. 

I wasn’t able to get over that revelation for a while. First, I became proud of myself as a Filipino -- for I know that thousands of my people are actually being outsourced to serve some of the biggest corporations abroad. It wasn’t just a small feat and SYKES, definitely, isn’t just any other BPO company. 

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Second, it speaks of the qualifications of the SYKES employees. Rica told me that SYKES employees are highly qualified. They should be, I thought to myself. If not, they might not be able to cope to the requirements of serving the clients of the Fortune 500 companies that they are connected with.

To top our conversation off, Rica told me that the year-end celebration is truly the most anticipated event by SYKES employees for the entire year. This is the company’s way of giving back to the employees who are the real drivers of their growth and operations. When she said, that I knew that I will have really great time that night.

2. The huddle with Mr. Van Ormer. Mr. Dean Van Ormer is the Vice President for Philippine Operations of SYKES. He had been living in the Philippines for more than 10 years. I really appreciated it when he said, “What I love about SYKESers is your passion. You have always shown great passion in and out of work. That is why we had such a great 2013. This year, we have shown the industry why we are the pioneer in the call center industry.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Why Men Love To Wear Plain White Shirts?

My favorite outfit is composed of jeans, boat
shoes, dog tag and just a plain white shirt.
Let me get this blog post across plain and simple. I love plain white shirts. Every man does, I think. And here are the probable reasons why.

1. Simplicity is (really) beauty. 

I, myself, am a big fan of simplicity. It goes from the way I do things all the way down to the things that I wear. There was a time when I took a project to become a marketing assistant for a male fashion brand that I really like. Being exposed to many patterns and colors of the clothes that I market every day, I decided to just wear a plain white shirt at the office. It worked out just fine. Until this day, I still keep a set of plain white shirts inside my cabinet.

2. It’s (supposedly) more affordable.

Unless you’re unnecessarily sporting for some big brands, buying plain white shirts shouldn’t be burning your cash. Since these items are very basic, they’re supposedly more available and more affordable.

3. It’s very practical. Plain white shirts are great by themselves or as undershirts. I wear them for sleeping too. Whenever I run out of ideas of what to wear on any casual day, I just go for a plain white shirt, jeans, boat shoes and dog tag for accessories. It works all the time for me.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

ASH International Language Tutorial Center

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What: ASH International Language Tutorial Center is offering high quality language courses in Chinese, English, French and Japanese for only PhP1,999. The duration of each language course is 40 hours. The regular price for this is PhP6,000.

Who are the teachers: At ASH, we boast of our language teachers who are native speakers of the languages that they teach. We can guarantee that you'll never complete a 40-hour language course without getting the maximum learning that you can get from a native language speaker who teaches the language that you want to learn.

Who are our students: Our students are mostly composed of students and young professionals who want to achieve mastery of the language programs they are enrolled to for school, work or hobby.

Where: ASH has 2 branches. One is in Greenhills. The other one is in Makati.

Greenhills - Unit 1405 Atlanta Center, Annapolis St., Greenhills San Juan
Makati - Rm. 904 Rufino Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

When: You can enroll anytime and we'll let you choose your preferred schedule. To know more about the schedule of classes, please see the contact information below.

How to contact: You may contact us via 945-7595 from 10am to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays. You may also send us a message via our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/ASH.INTERNATIONAL or email at ash_ilc@yahoo.com.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cha-Ching: More Than Just A Cartoon Program

My earliest experience in handling money started when I was in high school. I lived in Manila away from my parents to stay in my grandparents’ house. That’s when I started to realize how I love my freedom and independence so much, even as a young child. As much as there are enjoyments, there are also responsibilities and one of them is handling my own finances.

I am thankful to the Lord for giving me hardworking and responsible parents. I couldn’t remember a time that I was in lack. I believe that the first experience of every child in handling their own finances start when they discover how their parents or elders handle their own. The way the latter handle money provides a kind of blueprint to the children until the time that they’ll do it on their own. My knowledge of my parents being hard workers and responsible managers of money became some sort of an invisible guide that became my source of help whenever I need to make financial decisions.

Though I don’t consider myself a real spendthrift, I wasn’t also a saver. This, I believe, is what’s brilliant about Cha-Ching. It laid out everything that happens to money, which can be understood by an ordinary child. Earn. Save. Spend. Donate. When I was a child, I only know about receiving and spending. I didn’t know that saving must be in between that. I didn’t know that I can actually set a goal and stick to it so that I’ll be able to have extra cash whenever I need it. I also didn’t realize that even as a child, I can earn too and contribute to my disposable income. Also, I didn’t realize that I can reduce my spending so that I will have more savings. All of these concepts are explained wonderfully through Cha-Ching. What’s more beautiful about the program is that it encourages the children to think about others. One’s money doesn’t just go to one’s self. This is why “Donate” is also part of the four things that happen to money.

Honestly, I can definitely relate to all the characters in Cha-Ching. I have become a meticulous money manager like Prudence. I have become careless spender like Bobby. I am now a young entrepreneur like Justin. I know the value of giving too like Charity. I have experienced working hard and saving a lot like Zul. I have become a spendthrift too like Pepper. But in my life right now, I think that I am more of Prudence, Zul and Charity by choice. I chose to become a combination of a meticulous money manager like Prudence, young entrepreneur like Justin and generous Charity. I actually have a special spot for Prudence inside me. I used to keep an Excel file in my computer that helps me allocate my income for all the expenses that I have so when payday comes, I already know what to do. I love the detailed work of allocating and computing and saving that Prudence teaches kids to do.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Life's 3 Little Secrets

The quotations that usually make a mark on us are the ones that make us feel uncomfortable. They are the ones that usually make us stand up and push us to move.

This is exactly how I felt while I was browsing the website called Life’s Little Secret by Pru Like UK. The website is filled with eye-candy photos and quotable quotes that are full of wisdom. But while I was browsing and enjoying the designs as well as the lessons, I noticed that something is jolting inside me. I paused and breathed deeply. The quotations are discomforting.

Then I realized something. The most discomforting quotes are the ones that change us the most.

Looking at the beautifully designed memes, I thought I will be offered a chance to take a break from the daily grind. I was wrong. The quotations are nuggets of wisdom that will pull your arms, tell you to stand up and click the trigger of the gun announcing the beginning of your marathon.

The most memorable memes are the ones that imprinted a mark on me the most and I’d like to share my top 3 to you.

1. It is not the length of life, but depth of life.

This meme caught my eye because of its deep blue color. The quotation got me reading it again and again because of the profound wisdom that it has. It made me ask myself how deep I am living my life. Am I really living a meaningful life? What makes a life deeply-lived?

I realized that a life well-spent is a life that is focused on what truly matters. And what truly matters in the world, as I have learned it for the past 25 years, is relationship with God and others. It is not money, ambition, career, pleasure and other temporary things. I believe this not only because I have read it in the Bible, which is the source of truth, but also because I have lived it. I believe in giving importance to things that never leave us – the ones that will stay until the end. That is why relationships and family are important. Even when we lose material things along the way, we have the people who truly love us who will stick with us no matter what. Love is important. Love is the supreme virtue.


Friday, October 11, 2013

A Special Day

fudan university shanghai china first filipino day shanghai world expo kontragapi philippine pavilionI spent almost half of my previous year in China learning how to speak Mandarin Chinese. I was one of the scholars of a foundation in the Philippines chosen to undergo a five-month training to learn about the language, culture and history of China. Every day, I will walk for more than twenty minutes from my dormitory to the teaching building in Fudan University. It was a long walk but I have no complaints as long as I get to eat my favorite Chinese bun every morning. After classes, I’ll have lunch with my classmates and then go back straight to the dormitory for my homework. During weekends, we’ll go to the church and then visit the must-see places in Shanghai. During my first few months, this has become my routine. It’s almost exactly the same every single day- until one day.

“Why don’t we organize a Filipino event?,” one of my fellow Filipino scholars suggested during a lunch time. “We are thirty-seven here. It is possible. We have artists, dancers and singers among us. I’m sure we can come up with something special to introduce the Philippines to everyone.”

Few months earlier than that, my classmates witnessed a presentation from the students from Mexico inside one of the buildings. Aside from some pictures, my roommate took home with him an overly sized hat that the Mexicans used as a prop during a dance. A few months passed, the Swedish had their turn. This time, they taught the crowd a dance for couples that the Swedish perform during festivities. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience the culture of other nations through those presentations. The amount of efforts they exerted fueled our passion to create our own "special day" for all of them.

A few weeks later, the Filipino Day was born.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Date With God

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This is the most "anti-religious" blog post I have ever written.

If you consider yourself anti-religious, I thank God that you have stumbled upon this place. I am an anti-religious too. A couple of months ago, I decided to drop religion and pursue a relationship with God. I believe in God and I know that He doesn't need my religious rituals and repetitive prayers. What He wants is my heart and after everything that happened in my life, I decided to give it to Him. From that day on, my life changed forever.

Don't get me wrong. I belong to a church because I also believe in building relationships with other people. I do not want to believe in a kind of god that doesn't want me to care for other people. This is why I believe in Jesus.

But I don't consider this a religion. Early Christians didn't. They even used to gather in their own houses and serve each other willingly and without compulsion. This, for me, is relationship. Relationship is not about obligation. Religion is.

In my pursuit of having a relationship with God, I believe He had led me to the people who had helped me a lot and also to some verses in the Bible that gave me a glimpse of His own heart. I hope that you will also give yourself a chance to experience what I have experienced. If you will only allow God, I believe He will lead you too to whichever will be able to help you.

Below are some of the things that some people do with God. These are not enumerated to be done as a ritual. The key is not in the act itself but it in your heart's desire to be in His presence. The key is in practising His presence. Then let everything flow from there.

I hope this list will be able to give you an idea in your mind on what you can do. Again, the key is in practising His presence. It's the beginning of everything.

1. Think of Him in the morning.

A lot of revelations are given to me by God during my dreams and whenever I wake up. Sometimes, I receive verses from the Bible and one time, there had been an instruction for me to check a particular verse. When I found it, it happened to be a very relevant verse that I needed to read during that time. When you wake up in the morning, practise His presence and He will lead you to many wonderful revelations that will amaze you.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

10 Reasons to Believe that Tagaytay Highlands is a Modern Day Countryside Dreamland

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Enjoying my time at the viewing deck with Taal Volcano behind me
I was very privileged to be taken by one of my ex-bosses and a good friend, Rick Manzano, in one of the most highly-esteemed real estate property in the whole archipelago, Tagaytay Highlands. It was a great place to catch up with a friend and to be in awe with the beauty of nature and man's craftsmanship all at the same time. Saying that I had a great time is an understatement and to help me preserve the experience, I am blogging about it now.

Here are 10 reasons to believe that Tagaytay Highlands is a modern day countryside dreamland.

1. It’s just an hour ride from Manila.

It only takes 60 minutes from Manila to Tagaytay Highlands taking the Sta. Rosa/Eton exit. You can even cut this 60-minute ride to lesser period of time if you take the Batino exit, which is exclusive for the club members of the Highlands.

2. All year round Tagaytay cool weather.

Being in Tagaytay, people in the Highlands enjoy this all year round cool weather which is one of the major reasons why people (mostly from Manila) visit Tagaytay often.

3. Perfect view of Taal volcano.

The Highlands is a perfect spot to look at Taal Volcano. From the viewing deck, I was amazed to see the whole lake as well as the mountains surrounding it. I never had this kind of amazing view yet even as a child who used to visit his relatives in Batangas, which is actually very near the volcano and also has a good view of it.

4. The life of exclusivity.

While we are at the viewing deck, Rick told me that one has to become a member of Tagaytay Highlands first before one can buy a property in it. To become a member of the club, one has to undergo a strenuous screening process that involves background checks, interviews, paper works and referral from people who are already members of the club.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

6 Important Realizations While Eating in Masuki Restaurant in Binondo

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1. You can actually mix beef and chicken in a dish.

I have never seen any dish like the noodles I ordered in Masuki. There was beef and chicken in it and it tastes really good. I have no complaints.

2. Siopao sauce is being spooned before.

I got used to eating siopao with the sauce being pressed from a plastic bottle or a sachet. It was my first time to eat siopao in a place where I should be using a Chinese spoon to scoop the siopao sauce out. I will describe it as a high Chinese society kind of dining experience. No plastic bottles. No sachets. Let’s be authentic Chinese here.

3. Noodles and siopao make a perfect combo meal.

This is another first time for me. I have never eaten a bowl of noodles and a siopao together. Not yet. Until, I came to Masuki. It was great.

4. Chinese people are great manual workers.

Carbs on carbs on carbs? With the kind of diet like this on Masuki, it was pretty easy to figure out that the original patrons of the restaurant are those who need energy the most. Who else can finish a bowl of noodles and a siopao in one sitting?

Monday, September 30, 2013

19 Photos That Will Make You Dream About Baguio Country Club


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I was very very privileged to have experienced Baguio Country Club at least once in my life.

Imagine yourself waking up to this kind of view with the cool breeze on your face and the clean scent of pine trees on your nose.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

15 Top of the Mind Filipino Restaurants Where to Take Your Foreign Friends

One day, I asked for recommendations through a Facebook shoutout for the best Filipino restaurant within the city where we can take our visiting friend from Japan. I was overwhelmed by the responses and thought of blogging about these restaurants.

Here are the top-of-the-mind recommendations in no particular ranking (just alphabetical).

1. 9 Spoons


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

8 Reasons Why Ardent Hot Spring in Camiguin is a Piece of Paradise

1. Ardent Hot Spring in the Philippines is one of our most favorite places in the world.

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3 Reasons To Like the Ivi Premium Moisturizing Body Wash

How I brought myself to using this product in purple packaging?

Here’s the truth. Guys were used to just using just any product. I mean, in the past, there are really no shampoos and soaps for men, only for women. It was only recently that these products came out and before they did, guys were just accustomed to using what women bought in the supermarkets.

Ivi premium moisturizing body wash japan product reviewI use Pantene and, sometimes, my sister’s Neutrogena facial wash. I really have no problem using these “female” products and I don’t think using such (except for clothes, perfumes and other products that are really supposed to be for men) will reduce someone’s masculinity.

So I tried this new body wash by Ivi and from the guy’s point of view, here’s a short review of the product.

Listen, men.

1. Silky feeling after a few hours, you don’t need to lotion.

When I first used the body, it was last night. Now, the morning after that, I was impressed upon feeling my own skin. What I like about moisturizing products is that you can really test their effects after a few days but Ivi stood out by having its effect felt even during the morning after.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

For Janet Napoles

Dear Janet,
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I don’t have much to say about you. I actually am one of those Filipinos who isn’t much into politics. We have different reasons for not being too involved. Some are just extremely busy. Some may just want to be ahead of the game by getting involved in other ways. Some just don’t get politics. Some had just given up. I believe I am a mixture of all four.

Janet, I don’t know if you have the slightest idea how popular you had become in the online world. I used to not really care about the lives of celebrities and politicians that appear on my timeline, but you had consistently been there in the past few days. Your name is all over the place. I think it even trended on Twitter too. Your photos had been used in so many memes. As a social media marketer, I know how difficult it is to make someone or something popular online. But yours was a curious case for me. You are hated. You are supposed to be “unpopular”.

Janet, you have angered the people.

You have touched a very sensitive part of their souls. Them, the taxpayers. They were just busy working for their lives one ordinary day. Until, your story.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thankful Thursdays


Is there something that you want to thank God for? If yes, we hope that you can join us every week as we transform your ordinary Thursdays into Thankful Thursdays!

All you need to do is Like our Page at www.facebook.com/Letters4Abba and then watch out for the poster above where you will place your comment with the things that you are thankful to God for.

It's fun and you will be blessed for sure! Afterwards, we can pray for each other and then go to bed with a grateful heart.

Our first run is set this coming Thursday, August 29. I hope you can help us share this to your loved ones.

Thankful for your support,

Mark

Friday, July 26, 2013

Camiguin: Ardent Hot Spring

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Bridge over tranquil water.

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The water in Ardent Hot Spring is warmed by the volcanic activities occurring at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok.

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It's a favorite hangout place of local Camiguinlons, tourists as well as expats who chose to retire in the island.

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For me, Ardent Hot Spring is nature's very own spa resort. It's my second favorite place in the world, second to Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay.

To see our detailed blog post about Camiguin and Ardent Hot spring, please click here.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Camiguin: Mantigue Island (Photoblog)

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Enter the paradise.

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Shades.

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Wildfruit.



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Discus.

To get more details about Camiguin and Mantigue Island, please check out this blog post.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Camiguin: A Definitive Guide to The Island Born of Fire

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Mantigue Island Nature Park

What to experience? 

Swim in pristine blue-green seawater beside white sands and under the sunny blue sky.

Eat fresh seafoods such as Tuna Kilawin (my personal favorite), Tuna Sinugba (grilled, must-try) and Guso Salad (seaweeds).

Take photos around the nature park which is adorned with wild plants growing above the white sands.

Experience a mini-forest adventure inside the island too!

What to eat?

camiguin mantigue island tuna kilawin tuna sinugba guso salad food eatTuna Kilawin. My personal favorite. If you like eating uncooked seafood, this one's a must-try. Tuna Kilawin is made up of tuna marinated with vinegar and spices, Filipino-style. My friends used to tell me to slow down in taking it in because it doesn't get digested easily but to no avail- haha!

Tuna Sinugba. Sinugba means to grill. This one's a winner too! I think ate 2 cups of rice that day.

Guso Salad. I love this seaweed. Guso is agar-agar in English and they abound in the shores of Mantigue Island. Right after our mini-forest adventure, we were led to a spot where people residing in Mantigue Island harvest Guso. It was a beautiful sight to behold and I can say that it is one of the best experiences I've ever had as a travel blogger.

What to bring?

camiguin mantigue island tuna kilawin tuna sinugba guso salad food eatThe usual swimwear, goggles/snorkeling equipment, sunblock and camera.

When to go?

We went there during the first week of July when it was already rainy but the experience is still good only that we needed to hurry up that day because it was already starting to rain. I highly suggest that you visit the island when there is less rainfall.

How to go?

From Mambajao, look for the jeepney that is going to the port going to Mantigue Island in San Roque (P20). From San Roque, ride a boat going to the island (P550, back and forth).

How much?

Entrance fee is P20.

How long?

camiguin mantigue island friendsIf you can, try to budget a whole day trip for Mantigue Island. We gave it half a day and I still found myself wanting to stay (even though I am not much of a fan of beaches and island hopping). It's that good.

Who to go with?

I suggest that you go with 5 travel buddies since a boat can only accommodate up to 6 persons.

Who to meet?

Since not too many people go to Mantigue Island, you will only meet a few tourists and very friendly government employees who take care of the island.

Why is it a must-try?

Despite being a Filipino, I don't like beaches and island hopping that much but Mantigue Island converted me into one that day.

Notes

Try not to haggle too much if you are dealing with the boatmen who shall be taking you to the island. Try to see that it is a way for you to help them in your own little way.

If you love Guso like me, maybe you can try buying fresh ones from the friendly locals who we met in the shores. I enjoyed the sight too much, I wasn't able to inquire about it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ying Ying Tea House: A Night Food Trip in Binondo (Chinatown in Manila)

Ying Ying Tea House is not easy to find. It is located at the corner of two streets, Dasmarinas and Yuchengco in Binondo, Manila's Chinatown. Good thing the people around are hospitable and warm. They know the place and will not hesitate in giving you directions.

While waiting for the food to be served. Notice the spoons and forks immersed in hot water, so old school Chinese restaurant!

They tied a yellow ribbon at the counter. They hanged some yummy-looking meats as well.


If there are no condiments on the table, it's not a Chinese restaurant.

Ying Ying Tea House can boast of their service tea. It tastes really good. Above all, it's free.

Yang Chow Rice is alright. Personally, I can survive with just plain white rice.

Okiam Chicken. Not their best chicken dish. I'd rather have Lemon Chicken or Sweet and Sour Chicken. Okiam Chicken is simply a platter of fried chicken served with a small bowl of sweet and sour sauce resembling ketchup.

You can never go wrong with Chicken Feet.

My first time to eat Steamed Lumpia. It's the star of the night! I can have it again next time.

Ying Ying's Xiao Long Bao. You can let go of this one and just try Radish Cake. It doesn't have the soupy substance inside it, unlike the real ones found in China.

Our table, after a few minutes.

A photo of four satisfied customers.
A photo in front of the counter.

Getting wacky with Ying Ying's staff and dimsums.

With just a few walks outside Ying Ying, you shall see the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch.

The old Savory! They serve the infamous Savory Chicken there.

A dream come true. A photo in Jones Bridge.

The header of my blog is a photo of Plaza Moraga, taken more than fifty years ago. Today, this is how it looks like. At night.

Notes: Ying Ying is open from 7am to 2am everyday. It's perfect for a night food trip like what we've had. They serve good drinks too, like soy milk and mango-sago.