Monday, September 30, 2013

Amadeos Steak and Asian Cuisine

Asked the locals. Most suggested, Amadeos Steak and Asian Cuisine. It is a no fuss place to eat, get in, choose your table, call the waiter, have your order, look over those trinkets and painting around, then have your meal.
Hungry from wandering around Malaybalay, we ordered hmmm a lot, we invited Manong Driver to join us for lunch. We had; Calamares, Corn Soup, Mixed Seafood, Garlic Fried Chicken, Fried Breaded Bangus, Dragon Fruit Shake and 4 cups of Plain Rice. The whole lunch costs, Php 1,261.00. Not bad and it is our birthday lunch anyway..... 

Amadeos Steak and Asian Cuisine is located in CM Recto St. Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
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Table Date: February 23, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blessings from Lolo Estalin's Farm

I grew up in a farm, for the first two years of my life, I get to enjoy taking a bath from a flowing water and running around chasing chickens and even calling a snake an earthworm and going after it to catch it. But the next 28 years was spent living in two cities, got my degree and had my 8 to 5 job. Until more than a year ago, I quit my job and do my passion.
Farming is the noblest profession for me, the humility and hard work that it entails, provides food to the nation. And it made me so proud of my Lolo Estalin, tending our farm and bringing it back to the old "bukid" that I used to play in, is my way of showing my gratefulness for what he had left us.
The risk we made, Mama, Papa and Browie, (with the support and encouragement of Mama Net), to farm the "bukid" again raised eyebrows around, it was a suicide spending quite an amount of money and time to plant in the area again. I remembered hearing  comments saying; "nanakawin din yan, kayo lang babantayan nila" or "pasalamat naman ang mga magnanakaw nyan, nagtanim kayo para sa kanila." Those were the barriers for our success, people full of negativity, but as what Bro. Bo once said; "take away all your fears to achieve your goals, put all your trust to the one above" and we did.
The hill once covered with cogon  grass, have fruit bearing cavendish bananas inter cropped with rubber tree
Aside from banana and rubber, we planted upo as ground cover

This area was once covered with tall grasses and"buyo-buyo"
Last June 2013, we planted sweet potatoes in an area where we used to dumped charcoal rice hulls from our factory, 3 mos. after we have these
Last Saturday we made our first harvest, and saw how the "bukid" transformed. It is just the start of more blessings from Lolo Estalin's Farm.
I write about it to encourage more people to love the land we are blessed to have. 
And that a farmer can be beautiful and sexy..........LOL

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay, Bukidnon

Two years ago, I planned on visiting the Monastery, but for some reasons I did not push through with it. And finally, with a little probing of my twin angels, they agreed and now I get see the Monastery of Transfiguration.
It is located at Barangay San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. From the city center we hired a "motorela" ,  for Php 300.00., for one whole day. It is a must to hire a motorcycle or have your own vehicle in going to the monastery. From the main highway, it is tucked on a hill inside a gated property of the Benedictine monks.
During our visit, we arrived minutes before the monk's 11:30 prayer, guests are invited to join in their prayer. The whole experience is very refreshing, as I listened to their prayer chants.
It is advisable to wear decent clothes, and it means, no above the knees and plunging necklines. One of the twins was wearing a pedal pusher but quiet close to above her knees, the guard asked her to wear a long skirt, which is readily available at the guardhouse.
After their prayer, we went to their Gift Shop for some pasalubong shopping.
The Monastery of Transfiguration Church was built by the National Artist for Architecture, Leandro Locsin. And the monastery's church was his last work before he died in 1994.
I feel so blessed that as I celebrate my 30th birthday I got to visit the Monastery of Transfiguration.
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Travel Date: February 23, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Saturdate!

Soon my hands will be fuller with activities, so I am taking every opportunity that I get to spend with my little brother. But of course it should always be business and fun.
Wander Soles
And so we're off to the Tuna Capital, General Santos City. Our first stop for the day is a meet-up with a Krave client, to deliver Krave Minerale Make-up orders, at Jollibee Mabuhay, yup I am one of the distributors of Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals in SOCSARGEN Area.
Next is Kristan's to replenish my VMobile Wallet, then finally to Veranza KCC Mall. At Veranza, first thing we did; claim our Veranza Gift Coupon - got it after buying browie his birthday gift last August. It's a Php 300.00 worth of free meal from Giligan's Restaurant. 
The supposed Yellow Cab lunch is now at Giligan's, hmmm I'll be saving 300 pesosesssss, kaya let's go na sa Giligan's.

Giligan's Lunch: Garlic Fried Chicken and Seafood Pasta in red sauce
After lunch, I just have to make a visit to my favorite place, NBS. Yep, reading is my first love, kaya naman its a must every time I am in the city. National Book Store got a big sale this month, kaya naman super happy to find one of the many "my must have books" on sale at 50% off. Its Jenni Epperson's Fashion+Food
Excited to do some of the Fashion+Food inspirations
After satisfying my book is now browie's turn.....TOYS. But there is a big change with my little big browie, he no longer go and get what he wants, he now looks at the price tag and check on his money. 
I got my book, browie had his toy.....its browie's must do when we go without Mama and them pasalubong. With tired soles, I told him that we just buy pizza from Pizza Hut.
While waiting for our pizza, browie got hold of my point and shoot and started taking photos of me. Kaya naman I can have my OOTD, toink, hahaha, para naman I can show the hounds tooth TOMS' shoes I bought from  Rica;Ang Kaladkarin, for her travel fund.

Got our pizza, and we're off going home. Saturdate with browie made the end of my week exciting. Hoping for more SATURDATES!!!!!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Guava Pie, the Next Big Hit to Fund my Wanders

I read an article from Yahoo on "Eight things you must do for a happier life," and I just want to share how I manage to do Nos.1 and 3 together, or how the two relates to each other.
It says, TRAVEL. In my case I vowed to travel to at least one province in the country every year. And to how I relate it to No. 3, which is being passionate about something, a year ago I opened an online cupcake shop aptly called Passions Cupcakes. My passion for baking generated income and funded my other passion, traveling.
More than generating fund for my travels, sometimes its the other way around, my travel experiences inspire me to bake something. Just how I came up with Guava Pie, taking inspiration from my El Ideal visit with my family in Silay.

My hometown is known as the fruit & flower basket of South Cotabato. And at home, there are times that we just have too much of it, until I tried making the guava pie.
The recipe I made was based on an apple pie recipe I searched from the web. Knowing that apple and guava has a lot of similarities when it comes to taste and texture, I just just added some twist and eliminated some ingredients which not favored in my family's taste, nutmeg.
Here is how I make my Guava Pie;
1. Sliced and removed seeds 2. Mixed sugar, flour and cinnamon 3. Make the dough 4. Pour guava mixed in pan with dough
Cover with cinnamon streusel
During the Pinyahan Festival of Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok, my Guava Pie is one of the best seller during the Agri Fair. 

I hope in my own little way inspires you to do the things you are passionate about, because I can attest to it that I am happier now, knowing that I do the things I love.
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Good Morning at Pitcher Plant Farm

Woke up early and had my morning devotion outside our studio room. The breeze was cool, or should I say so cold, as I reflect and pray to God for blessing me the opportunity to travel and experience this beautiful morning.

I arranged the night before with Mr. Volker that we will have breakfast at the farm, and we will have it by 6:00 A.M. And yes, breakfast was delivered at exactly 6:00 A.M. We had chorizo and egg for breakfast with freshly squeezed "kalamansi" juice. And of course I had coffee, well its complimentary at the farm, just asked, and they send it straight to your room.

After breakfast, we prepared and get ready to explore Malaybalay. 

The multi-cab recommended by Mr. Volker was not available so he advised us to just walk to the highway, from there we get take a multi-cab to the city proper. 

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