Saturday, December 29, 2012

On Board Jomalia Lines to Camotes Island

My trip to Cebu City is for the sole purpose of volunteering to the Mission Exposure of Bradford Church in Adela, Poro, Camotes Island, Cebu.
I am the Ate of the group then, we left Cebu City to Danao City, where we boarded Jomalia Lines to Poro Port in Camotes.
The ferry ride is two hours, since most members of our group were students, the fare is only Php 90.00 per person. It is lesser that the regular fare because we boarded on a Tuesday, which is not the pick day of travelling to and fro Camotes Island. During the ride, we preferred staying on the second deck of the ferry, talking and enjoying the scenery. 
But on the last 30 minutes of the ride, we rested and took a nap. 

We arrived in the Port of Poro past 4:00 in the afternoon. Poro port is one of the two major ports in Camotes Island.
Poro Port

Philippine Navy
 The port area is clean and well managed. This is just the start of my 5-days Camotes Exposure.
Poro Port, the mission starts here........
More Mai Wanders!!!!!
Volunteer Date: May 15, 2012
Volunteer Buddies: Bradford Youth Volunteers

Friday, December 28, 2012

Foodie Finds: Vanille Cafe & Patisserie

After a hearty Persian lunch, we are back on Cebu's food trail. Looking for a coffee booze and a sweet tooth fill, we found Vanille Cafe & Patisserie in SM City Cebu.

 We ordered two Cappuccino, a slice of Calypso and one Coconut Macarons.

Calypso for Php 95.00

Coconut Macarons for Php 40.00

Cappuccino for Php 80.00

Vanille's interiors is so relaxing, with its comfy couch perfect for an afternoon coffee and sweets.

Prices are quite expensive but with the delicate process of making these goodness, I say it is worth the price. We just shared over the Coconut Macarons, Php 40.00 per piece.

My afternoon at Vanille gave a good rest to my tired soles.
Vanille Cafe & Patisseries Found & Tasted!!!
Table Date: May 14, 2012
Table Buddy: Sissy

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Foodie Finds: Persian Tandoori

Back to blog backlogged, a continuation of my Cebu Trip last May 2012. After spending our morning around Parian District, Sissy and I, need to have our tummies refilled. And again, Sissy recommends, Persian Tandoori at Parkmall in Quano Avenue, NRA Mandaue City.
I love French & Italian cuisines, not much of the Japanese except their California Maki. This time I hope my first time with Persian Cuisine won't disappoint me.

Persian Tandoori is located in the al fresco area of the mall, from its exteriors you'll know its the place because of the bling,blings hanging. 

Sissy again recommends that I try;Chello KeBab Special  and Eskender Kebab. And I did ordered both.

Hmmm, is all I can say when I took my first bite of the kebab, the meat is so tender and it smoky taste gives a different experience, saying "I am not your ordinary barbeque, I am a KEBAB."

I love the tomato rice that comes with Chello kebab special, it got a kick that makes me want for more, and perfect to pair with their kebab.

Another must try is the eskender, the fresh yogurt is the best dip for me.

And the best way to eat Persian cuisine, it with your hand. My first time with it is a gastronomic blast!
So I say; "Persian Tandoori Found & Tasted"
Table Date: May 14, 2012
Table Buddy: Sissy
Persian Tandoori
Unit 9, Alfresco Parkmall, Quano Avenue
NRA, Mandaue City

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mai Walks: Colors of Crossing Rubber & Lunen

It is another day of Mai Walks around my hometown, Tupi - Truly Beautiful & Bountiful. It is a morning walk that I used to do with my sissy every time she is home during school break. We were off toward the crossing of Tampakan highway and Crossing Rubber, to visit Lola Inday. 
The supposed visit to Lola Inday turned into rose flowers picking at Tita Lolit's flower farm. They intentionally cut rose flowers to give room for more leaves to grow. We did enjoy picking up those beauties.

 After breakfast, we were back on the road, this time to our farm in Lunen. We have our usual stop, "d' Bridge," where we get to have a glimpse of the beautiful Mt. Matutum. The sight of Mt. Matutum is more beautiful.....more mysterious.

In our farm, we passed through the river that flows behind the property, there we get to enjoy the refreshing waters and reminisce our childhood days with our Lolo Pedro, crossing the river and catching fresh water fishes.
We spend time weeding our onion patches. 

It is one of the most beautiful morning walk I had.
Walk Date: December 20, 2012
Walk Buddies: Mama, Sissy & Browie

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


It is the busiest and merriest day of the year for me. THE DAY starts, the morning of 24th, with a gazillion of orders ( Passions Cupcakes & Aurora's Kitchen). 
(6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.) is spent baking, cooking & delivering orders.
(6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.) is Church Christmas Service & Christmas Gift Giving

(8:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.) is a visit to Mama Be's grave. Our first Christmas without her.

(9:00 P.M. to midnight) is cooking for our Family's Noche Buena.

(12:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.) Noche Buena & Gift-giving, browie's most awaited moment.

(9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.) Gift giving at Tupi Municipal Hospital

(10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.) Gift giving at Tupi Municipal Jail

(11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.) Christmas Lunch & Gift Giving for laborers and workers of J Farms & Grasel Foods

This day has been the happiest day of the year for me. I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to do all these things.
After 4:00 P.M..........