June 24, 2015

Food Diary : Amici

I was never the type of student to excel in class or be super bibo during recitations. I'd rather sit quietly and reflect on the different ideas that emerge in class. I like reflecting a lot, which also mirrors the type of adult learner that I am. Now that I think about it, I reckon I somehow missed on a lot of opportunities when I was in school. Opportunity to express my ideas and have it nurtured, opportunity to get on a heated discussion and defend my answers or opportunity to be told I'm wrong so I will be challenged and be more critical, among others. But I also think being more of a reflector growing up helped me in ways I couldn't even imagine. I don't know why I had to say that and have some sort of preface before finally saying why we went to Amici the other day. But I bet you'll get the drift, hehe. 

My younger sisters, who are still in school btw, are currently on vacation. Yay! Cheers to the academic calendar shift they get to technically spend their 'summer' during the rainy season, lol. We decided to eat at Amici the other day to celebrate my youngest sister's little victory. All of us went to UP for college, but never really had the glory and prestige of being a University Scholar. The University Scholar is a merit award for students who attained a GWA (General Weighted Average) of 1.45 (or at least  a Magna Cum Laude standing) and above. My sister's GWA for last semester was, drum roll please, 1.08. I guess you now know what the preface is for, haha. I was overjoyed when I found out. She likes pasta and cheesecake, so I thought Amici would be the perfect place. She lives for food, by the way. 

June 23, 2015

Sleepless in Sagada : Banaue Rice Terraces

The title might seem misleading since The Banaue Rice Terraces isn't in Sagada. But I included it nonetheless in my Sleepless in Sagada series because it's a part of our Sagada tour and it was also our first stop en route to Sagada! So, don't mind the category. Can I just say it's difficult to categorize shit in one's blog? I keep on having different ideas on how to categorize my recipes, travels and food adventures, now, my whole blog is a mess. I'm thinking of starting from the beginning and just put out about 5 categories for the whole blog but...meh. I'm too lazy. I'll probably end up re-coding everything, huhu. Anyway, going back to what this post is really about.

The Banaue Rice Terraces, often referred to as the Eight Wonder of the World, are 2,000-3,000 yr old terraces that were carved in the mountains of Ifugao. And no, that's not stock knowledge. Thank you internetz for giving me that information. I was half-asleep during the trip, which I realize now, was about 8-10hrs, with stop overs in between. We were told by our guide, also our driver, that we can frolick around the terraces for 30minutes, and frolick we gladly did. I went down and walked along the terraces with my sister. It was a little scary because if you fall, you won't really die, I presume. But you'll definitely get hurt, real bad. It was a annoying as hell when other tourists, who saw that the only way to traverse the terraces is by following a one-way line, would try to go back because they get scared mid-way. I don't have a problem with being scared, but I have a problem with not being able to assess if you're able to take on the whole thing before proceeding. Cheezus. That was, by far, the only nuisance we experienced. 

June 15, 2015

Food Diary : Niu by Vikings

One day, like any other given day, I was endlessly scrolling through Facebook wishing I could chance upon an interesting article to waste my time on. It seemed hopeless as my news feed was full of selfies, if not vacation photos, not to mention the seemingly bottomless pit of Dubsmash videos. My eyes lit at the sight of this ad. You know how those sponsored posts seem to appear at the most perfect time of your solace, talk about targeted marketing, lol. I've always been a fan of all-you-can-eat buffets, and seeing Niu slashing a certain amount to their lunch buffet price, I didn't hesitate in giving it a try.

I was overly excited at the idea of trying Niu for the first time because from what I've heard and read, it's an upscale version of Vikings and offers a more exquisite food selection. Niu means nine in the Viking language and is a significant number in Norse mythology. What was the relevance of that? Nothing, really. Just wanted to share fast facts so you can add a bit of knowledge to your rotting brain, you dimwit! Lol, kidding! Let's get started!