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Sa Wakas, A Pinoy Rock Musical: The Perfect Bittersweet Apotheosis

The 2018 run is crisper compared to the 2013 and 2017 shows. Everything made sense and on point for each character’s journey. Wonderfully flesh out complexities of each individual character play. Minced, brined, and savored for who they are.

Café  Adriatico: The Beginning of Glory

Café Adriatico: The Beginning of Glory

When you first here the place “Malate”, the common conception nowadays is that there is a nightlife in the area with a lot of expats, and a sort of red light district vibe. Unbeknownst, to most, it’s also a great culinary hub with a variety […]

Wayfarer Tales from Korea: Seoul to Busan in 5 Days

Wayfarer Tales from Korea: Seoul to Busan in 5 Days

Traveling on your own or with your family is an experience. The number of Instagram posts you make does not equate to the fun you had on your trips. After using Maps, disconnect your phone. Meeting new people, getting lost and discovering new things will not happen if you’re wired the whole time. Traveling is a real-life experience. Not a virtual one.

 

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This article is for the ones who would like to try traveling on their own. Just a sneak peek into the brain of a 28-year old wayfarer.  To kick off my series, I will share my travel stories about Korea.

THIS IS NOT A GUIDE– it is just my own experience, do with it what you will.

Korea was not the first country on my list, but since I live in Japan and Korea is just 2 hours away, I thought it would be an easy going trip.

Things to consider when planning a trip:

Preparing for the trip, I had to consider the weather, places I wanted to visit, the food I wanted to eat, transportation, lodging and my running budget. From Tokyo, ticket fares to Korea were very cheap and it wasn’t even a promo so it was easy to book. Once I booked the ticket, I knew it was soon. I booked with KOREAN AIR, a round-trip ticket to Seoul 25,200 Yen. I spent 5 days there.

The Weather

Korea is a very cold during the winter time. I have to be honest, before booking the dates, I had not checked the weather.

I thought that the weather would be similar to Japan and boy was I wrong. It was at least 8-10 degrees lower than Japan’s average temperature in December. Everyday I was there, even when it was sunny, it was in negative temperatures. Be sure you bring comfortable warm clothes in December.

Layering is key!

 

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I love looking for new hostels to try. Yes, Hostels. They’re cheaper, usually clean enough, and is a great place to meet like-minded people. I typed “Best hostels in Korea” and searched. There is no perfect formula for picking the right hostel or place, but I read some reviews, look at the hostel’s ratings and pictures then research it’s location. I chose TRICK ART GUESTHOUSE (click the link to check out the best price and availability) in Hong Dae. Affordable price and good location.

Other options also from best reviews and price deals are the following;

 

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Korea has good public transportation. You can ride the train from the airport and take you wherever you need to go. It was easy to plan my trip because of this. I didn’t need to book any transfers or anything. Make sure to know where you’re hostel is located so you can search how to get there. The internet is such a powerful tool- so use it! Google Maps will be your best friend. If you do not know how to navigate using the app, you have to learn how if you’re traveling alone. LEARN HOW TO USE GOOGLE MAPS.

Navigating around a new city is so fun, if all else fails, don’t hesitate to ask for directions. Based on my experience, people are usually friendly and will help you especially if you look lost. I got a train pass and just loaded it with money so I can just swipe it as I move. I bought mine from a vending machine in Incheon International Airport. Quick and easy! Its called T-Money and it’s for tourists.

For Wi-Fi, I booked one online. I had to make sure I had internet access for emergencies and navigation. A friend of mine suggested to get one online so I can just pick it up at Incheon Airport. I went to the KT Mobile website and easily got one. You may use your credit card to pay. When I arrived at the airport, it was easy to pick it up and use it right away.

 

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I wanted to eat Kimchi- and lots of it. But I didn’t really mind trying other Korean dishes. I usually make sure to eat certain dishes, but I do not plan to eat at specific restaurants. I think its great if you want to but I eat where it’s convenient and where I end up.

 

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I’m happy to be surprised with the food- good or bad. Eating at random places in mysterious streets and not reading a review about it is refreshingly exciting and fun. But again, it’s your call. For the sights I wanted to see, again, I searched online and I narrowed down which ones I need to plan for.

I wanted to go around Seoul and also pass by Busan and Nami Island. I like going to museums, art galleries- especially outdoor galleries or installations and landscapes. With limited time, I had to plan well. I suggest you list the places then look at it geographical location and try to plot it in your itinerary so you can spend your time efficiently. Its easier to go to places near each other for a day than bouncing around the whole city- unless that’s what you’re into.

Budget

Live within your means. Travelling doesn’t need to be expensive. For me, I bought 50,000 yen and my credit card and atm just in case. Calculate how much cash you really need and for emergencies, bring a credit card. Making a plan doesn’t mean you’re going to follow it to the letter. It just means you kind of have an idea of how you want to spend your days. So don’t take it too seriously, plans are not perfect and are not meant to be. Make the plan then go with the flow.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

 

 

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

 

Dong Dae Mun Plaza

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I was really excited to visit this place because I love looking at beautiful things. I suggest you go there when its daytime but about to turn dark. So just before the sunset to after sunset to see how the building changes. It was fantastic! From the station, you can get a map from the Information Office. From there, you can go where you wish to. Inside, there are many cute and cool things to see and buy. Items that are awarded for their design. It was really neat! At the back of the building, you’ll see the LED flower lights. Again, you’ll only see it when its dark out.

 

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Myeong Dong Eats

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Make-up heaven. Even if you’re not into it, it will lure you to buy some things you don’t need or you won’t use. But in between the shopping, its also a food street. Many cart vendors selling winter food will entice you. It was really cold that night I went so I wanted something hot and spicy. Since I was alone, my appetite was not big enough to try all the food so I wanted to go back another night to sample others. But, the cart I was looking for wasn’t there. I suggest if you want to eat something, just eat it! It might be gone the next day.

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Noryangin Market

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I only eat shrimps and fish but somehow, this market got me excited. Just the visual party aspect of it made me want to go and see it. It was like a festival but a permanent one. Although I didn’t buy anything, just seeing the variety of the catch in Seoul was awesome.

 

Bukchon Village
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This village wasn’t what I expected. I guess I expected more old style houses. Walking with so many
tourists, it was more of a hassle than a pleasure. However, the walk going there was wonderful. The
quaint shops and a very chill area perfect for daily strolls.

 

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

 

 

I initially did not want to go to this palace just because of all the pictures I’ve seen online, I feel like I’ve been there without really going there. But, since it was right beside the Bukchon Village, I decided to pass by.

 

Itaewon

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I enjoyed this area. So many to see and experience. When you walk through the street, you’ll see many souvenirs and traditional items you can bring home. There are many cafes and restaurants, too.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

 

Dinner- Kalbijim

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Gamcheon Cultural Village

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I went to Busan because of this village. Its an art village on a mountainside. Getting to Busan was easy. I booked KTX train tickets online and went to the station. When you arrive at the Busan station, just go to the nearest subway or train and use google maps. I opted to walk to the village- it was long and elevated so if you are not physically fit, it will be hard. When you arrive at Gamcheon, stop by the Tourist Info center to get a map. Gamcheon is beautiful. Read up about its history and bask in the art and culture.

 

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Nami Island

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Pictures of Nami Island does not give it justice. It is so picturesque and serene in person. Getting there was pretty easy as well. Its called Google Maps, learn it and live it. When you go during winter, be sure you are bundled up. It is very cold! Enjoy a bowl of soup while walking around the island.

When you go during winter, be sure you are bundled up. It is very cold! Enjoy a bowl of soup while walking around the island.

Hong Dae Beer Tasting

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

Fat Girls Day Out- Korea

 

Korea was a fun trip. I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. Transportation is good and the food is great. When traveling, ask yourself these questions:

1. What do I want to do?
2. What do I want to eat?
3. How do I get to these places?

 

You don’t need guides to dictate what you do and you do not need pictures to prove you had the best time. Guides are there to literally guide you- and not instruct you on what you want to do. In this age of “hype”, it always boils down to authenticity.

 

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Wayfarer Tales from Korea: Seoul to Busan in 5 Days

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Manage the Heartbreak: The Strategic Way of Letting Go (Psychology-Driven)

Manage the Heartbreak: The Strategic Way of Letting Go (Psychology-Driven)

Here 5 (five) practical tips and psychological driven approach to help go through this process and hopefully will succeed. Let’s apply our positioning approach on; Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to Do.

Bistro Remedios: Comfort Food Since 1984

Bistro Remedios: Comfort Food Since 1984

Ang Bistro sa Remedios is the perfect place to visit if you want no-frills honest to goodness traditional Filipino fare. From the moment you step in, until the end of your meal, you get to experience Filipino hospit

Remedios Circle Crawl: LJC Group’s Excellence for over 3 decades

Remedios Circle Crawl: LJC Group’s Excellence for over 3 decades

When you first here the place “Malate“, the common conception nowadays is that there is a nightlife in the area with a lot of expats, and a sort of red light district vibe. Unbeknownst, to most, it’s also a great culinary hub with a variety of authentic Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, and even middle eastern restaurants. Let’s revisit one of the iconic areas in Malate, a small rotunda called Remedios Circle.

Remedios Circle is also known as the Plaza de la Virgen de Los Remedios, Remedios Rotonda, and Rotary Circle is a traffic circle in Malate, Manila. It’s an intersection between Remedios Street and Adriatico Street. Originally a cemetery in colonial times, the circle is known today for being the center of Manila’s nightlife. This is thanks to the Larry J. Cruz, the Founder of the LJC Chain of Restaurants. In 1979 he made a career change and opened his first restaurant, a small café in the corner of the Remedios Circle in Malate. He named the restaurant Café Adriatico, after the street. The Café served classic Spanish and Filipino dishes and had commendable customer service. It became a place where people could commune, enjoy a good cup of coffee and good food. Pretty soon, Café Adriatico became the venue where Manila’s elite celebrities, politicians, and Manila’s oldest families would frequent.

Today the Remedios circle is home to three LJC establishments, Bistro Remedios, Café Adriatico, and Polka Dot Bakeshop.

Ang Bistro sa Remedios

Bistro Remedios can be found right around the Remedios circle. It first opened its doors in 1984 and was named after the street it was on. It’s that place with the wooden door and green roof.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- LJC Group

 

The moment you step in, it’s like going back in time. Antique fixtures, furniture, and art from local artists herald their walls and bring back the Old Manila charm. A live ensemble of Filipino Folk singers serenades you, as you have a traditional Filipino meal.

 

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Pako at Itlog na Maalat 

Forest ferns, itlog na maalat and a light salad dressing.

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Knockout Kare-Kare

Crispy and tender Crispy Pata and a vat of thick peanut sauce. Whenever you think whether you’ll order the Kare Kare or Crispy Pata, Bistro Remedios, bring you both in a single platter. The sauce is perfect with the tender meat of the Kare-Kare and a nice crunch in between each bite.

 

 

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Binusog na Pusit sa bawang

Squid stuffed with tomatoes and onions, grilled then topped with heaps of crunchy garlic. Each bite burst flavors into your mouth. Tender squid with the garlic is just delicious.

 

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Bamboo Rice

Glutenous rice with mushrooms, chicken cooked in a bamboo shoot. The sound of the bamboo resonating, as the waiters, come nearer to serve you this dish. Warm, rich, and comforting.

Ang Bistro sa Remedios is the perfect place to visit if you want no-frills honest to goodness traditional Filipino fare. From the moment you step in, until the end of your meal, you get to experience Filipino hospitality at it’s finest.

Note: Click the Zomato banner for their full menu, price point, map, and reservations details.

Bistro Remedios Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Cafe Adriatico

The original LJC restaurant, Café Adriatico, is a place my family would go to for coffee, breakfast, and afternoon snacks. The place is homey, with wood panels and antique fixtures.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- LJC Group

 

Fat Girls Day Out- LJC Group

Ensalada Esmeralda

Fresh fruits on a bed of greens, dried cranberries and almond flakes topped with a raspberry yogurt dressing with chia seeds.

 

Prawns Thermidor

Two big pieces of prawns drenched in a hollandaise cream sauce topped with cheese. Served with rice and a grilled tomato.

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Chicken a la Kiev

When you slice open the deep fried chicken there is a gush of butter and garlic that flavors the whole dish. Rich, and delicious. Easily one of the best dishes of the day.

 

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Akuw’a

Tender Ox Tail with a savory stew made up of tomatoes, onion, garlic and some Yemeni spices. This is one of their original dishes. It’s a bit similar to callos.

 

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Canonigo

Light and fluffy, each bite melts in your mouth. Cover it with the custard cream sauce and bite into a piece of mango to balance the sweetness of the dish.

After three generations, my family still frequents it’s halls, in large part to their consistent food, quality, and service.

Note: Click the Zomato banner for their full menu, price point, map, and reservations details.

Cafe Adriatico Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Polka dot Bakeshop

The latest addition to the LJC Group is the Polka dot Bakeshop. Its home is right across from Café Adriatico and Bistro Remedios, it’s the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

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Pork Empanadas

Thin layers of fried dough that envelopes their tasty pork filling. The effort it takes to make these are unbelievable, and you can see it with this excellent piece of pastry.

 

Chocolate Decadence

Moist, rich, and velvety smooth chocolate cake.

 

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Yuki Mouse Cake

Light, rich, and creamy. Each bite just melts in your mouth.

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Strawberry Rose Delight

Don’t let this cake fool you. While it seems like strawberry on the outside, it’s actually a light Lemon torte cake. Mild lemon flavors with a strawberry flair.

 

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Walnut Chocolate Gateau Cake

A cherry chocolate walnut chocolate sponge with cherry and topped with walnuts

Note: Click the Zomato banner for their full menu, price point, map, and reservations details.

The Polka Dot Bakeshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Why LJC Matters

The LJC Group has created a number of different restaurants that has been consistent across all venues. They offer Filipino families with traditional home-style meals that meant to be shared. Their no-frills approach and generous use of key spices for Filipino cuisine are unparalleled in making each of their dishes “Malinamnam” or strong umami flavors that keep us coming back. Take a break from your ‘instagrammable’ restaurants or photo perfect food. This is where it’s at. Like we always say the flavor is king.

 

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BALABAC, PALAWAN : A CONCEALED PARADISE

BALABAC, PALAWAN : A CONCEALED PARADISE

Balabac is a second class municipality and it’s located at the southernmost tip of Palawan province, approximately about 50 kilometers from Sabah Malaysia. The island is said to be the home of the distinctive mouse-deer as locals may call it “ Pilandok”. The place is […]

Where to To Take Your Mom This Mother’s Day

Where to To Take Your Mom This Mother’s Day

A few days left before May 13th (Sunday)! Where will you celebrate Mother’s Day? A few may say that mandatory celebration like is just a big marketing hoax to get you to spend and be lured in as a consumer. Well, partly YES. Same with […]

Gloria Maris (Alabang): Grandeur, Modernity and Consistency.

Gloria Maris (Alabang): Grandeur, Modernity and Consistency.

Paula and I kicked off our WHERE to EAT series contents under Classic & Staple comfort foods. She created her top 5 list and now let me tell you about mine. When I was a kid, I would always remember going to Gloria Maris Restaurant, specifically the one in Greenhills. It was the first restaurant that offered my favorite dim sum “hakaw”(steamed shrimp dumplings). My family would always take us here for special occasions, Sunday lunches, and family reunions. We will drive all the way from Alabang to San Juan and it was always a special treat for my siblings and I. When Gloria Maris Alabang opened right beside St. Jerome Church, we skipped going to San Juan and became a loyal patron to this branch, it was just across our village that’s the time we would literally eat there on weekly basis!

 

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What Gloria Maris Represents

 

This fine dining Cantonese style restaurant opened its first branch in Greenhills, San Juan back in 1995 and over the years, Gloria Maris triumphed in one aspect and that is consistency and that is probably the reason for all of their repeat customers. Gloria Maris represents celebration. It is an institution and it will continue to be one.  From its grandeur interior, how each meal is prepared and served. The sheer size of everything is just GRAND.

 

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The Fat Girls Day Out in partnership in Zomato PH were able to sample their curated menu selections prepared by their chef from Hongkong. Here are our top picks.

Our Top Picks

PORK CUAPAO (55/piece)

 

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Pork slice topped with greens and served in cuapao.

Kailan with Oyster Sauce (S 400php, M 620php, and  L 850php)

 

 

Cuapao with Salted Egg (150php/3 pcs)

 

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For something a bit sweet and savory, tear off a piece of cuapao and dunk it in the salted egg sauce. It’s thick, rich, and satisfying.

Sibot soup (600php)

 

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This Chinese herbal soup  that is very aromatic, nutritious, calming and comforting. This dish is perfect when you’re feeling under the weather or you just need a bowl of comfort. 

 

 

 

Hot Cuts  (S 688php, M 1,380php, and  L 2,068php)

 

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In traditional Chinese restaurants, you always get a platter of cold cuts, here at Gloria Maris they beg to differ by offering you five different type of hot cuts.

 

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These hot cuts consist of shrimp bacon wraps with cheese, chicken with cashew, Spring rolls, Salt and pepper fish fillet, and barbecued pork.

Shredded Duck with Fruits (S 700php, M 1,050php, and L 1,400php)

 

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The fresh tropical fruits and Jellyfish creates deep, rich flavor that complements the succulent duck.

 

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Steamed Eel with Black Bean Chili Sauce (seasonal price)

 

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This tender, sweet and mild fish was perfectly paired with the classic traditional Chinese Black Bean Sauce. This dish is rich yet subtle, with many layers of texture.

 

 

Tong Fu Pork with Mantao (650php)

 

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Thick slices of pork drenched in a sweet soy anise sauce. Pair it with  mantou.

 

Fish Fillet with Tausi Hot Pot (S 400php, M 630, and  L 800php)

 

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Both the tofu and fish fillet were braised perfectly.

Fried Pigeon (600php/pc)

 

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Deep-fried so that its skin becomes parchment-crisp and the flesh remains moist. Delicately tasty.

 

Rock Lobster with Superior Sauce (seasonal price)

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Deep fried rock lobster covered with thick superior sauce on a bed of noodles. The rock lobster was so fresh and so filled with meat it perfectly complemented the sauce and chewy egg noodles.

Stuffed Chicken (1,300php)

The moment they served the chicken, you could smell the enticing aroma. When you slice it open, it’s full flavored glutinous rice with chicken pieces, Chinese chorizo, chestnuts, and mushrooms. Who needs machang? They use the deboned chicken, instead of banana leaves

 

Mango Sago (size dependent| 70php-900php)

Best way to end our good is by having this cold, refreshing, and creamy dessert.

 

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Our Overall Take

Gloria Maris is consistent, impressive, and grand. Whether you go for dim sum or hot pot, or a graceful lauriat. I like their elegance but still has this approachable ambiance.  Solid facilities that are conducive to family celebrations, knowledgeable staff, and of course their wonderful dishes.

This restaurant is arguably one of the best classic & staple places to get your Chinese food fix. The quality of the ingredients is obvious; the passion and flair of the chefs likewise.

 

 

 

Gloria Maris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Address: Second Floor, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Operation Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Contact Numbers: 02 2469069 ext: 285

 

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Bauan, Batangas: Dive, Snorkel, and Relax. Repeat.

Bauan, Batangas: Dive, Snorkel, and Relax. Repeat.

Come thru this isolated cove in San Pablo, Batangas. Explore the wonders of the deep blue oceans of Bauan. All in just a 2 ½ hour drive from chaotic Manila.