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Anti-Terrorism Bill: What It Means To Us and What We Can Do

Anti-Terrorism Bill: What It Means To Us and What We Can Do

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Gubat: A Kamayan Experience

Gubat: A Kamayan Experience

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Gubat”? It usually means a forest with damp soil and moss covering trees. It’s probably a faraway place from the city that you need to hike to get to. That’s probably what most of you are […]

The Mysticism of Siquijor Island

The Mysticism of Siquijor Island

I grew up picturing Siquijor as a mysterious other-worldly place where witchcraft, dark healers, and mountain-dwelling magicians all co-exist. An island where you can get your hands to the most potent locally brewed love potions and traditional healing oils.

Since we have two (2) more days to spare from our Dumaguete trip, Bianca and I decided to explore and find out for ourselves if the place precedes its much talked about character. Come away with us we show you, Siquijor Island.

 

How to Get To Siquijor

To get to the island, head over to the port at the end of Rizal boulevard at Dumaguete and buy a ticket to the ferry that will cost you from 150 PHP to 500 PHP (3 to 10 USD) depending on the ocean liner you will pick. We suggest getting on Montenegro shipping lines or GL Shipping lines. It might take a bit longer than Oceanjet but have tried both, we found the first two to be a more comfortable ride.

As you arrive on the island you will go through the vast port.  You smell the cleanliness of the ocean, the sun basking over you but you won’t mind the heat because it’s gorgeous rays compliments the azure water. From the port, you can immediately see the wide stretch of fine white sand that glistens as you get closer. The exhaustion from the travel went away as the island’s beauty immediately welcomed me with its open arms and my heart jolted with excitement. I had fallen in love with instantaneously.

 

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Getting Around the Island

 

The best way to go around and also the cheapest way is to rent a bike. A day’s rental (24 hours) will cost you around 300php-350php/ 3-4USD

 

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Part of the joy of Siquijor is driving a motorbike through it. The roads are mostly smooth and nice to drive on and there’s hardly any traffic. You can rent them in San Juan, Lazi, or directly from the port.

Accommodation Options

 

We recommend to stay at these places below:

  • Coco Grove – Rates start at 5,200 PHP or 105 USD.
  • Glamping Siquijor – Rates start at 2,500 PHP or 50 USD
  • Airbnb – You can also choose to stay at an Airbnb, rates start at 800 PHP or 18 USD.


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What to Do

 

 

Cambugahay Falls

Cambugahay is a three-tiered waterfall with three large lagoons. The teal color, the refreshing water temperature on a hot day, and the way the falls gently cascade over caves and light brown rocks make it clear why this is the most popular spot on the island.

 

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There are rope swings and platforms to chill on as well as bamboo rafts on each level of the falls. There’s also plenty of room for swimming.

 

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The Century-Old Balete Tree

 

Closer to 400 years old and is so much more than meets the eye. The local shared that it was a spot for a lot of sacred rituals back in the day, however, this spot feels very “touristy” after they’ve turned the spring into a fish spa and a souvenir spot for love potions.

 

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The 400-year-old Balete tree

 

Salagdoong Beach and Cliff Jump

Salagdoong Beach is a must-see spot, it has two cliff jumps, one that’s 20 feet (6 meters) and one that’s 35 feet (11 meters) high, depending on the tide of course.

 

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Like many beaches in the Visayas, the quality of water and sand is close to perfection

 

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Buy from the locals

 

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locals selling fresh sea urchins right in front of their house (2php/pc)

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Fresh sea urchins

 

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The perfect sunset hues

 

San Juan is where you’ll find most of the guesthouses, resorts, dive shops, restaurants, and bars. It’s where almost everyone stays when they visit Siquijor for two big reasons: It’s west-facing so you get a fantastic sunset, and it has white sand beaches.

 

 

Why Go?

 

As I try to debunk my own personal bias or perhaps perception, I realized that Siquijor’s most popular healing practice involves marveling how beautiful the island is. You have plenty of options for accommodations from high-end to homestay options.

 


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Experience Bicolandia Food Tales

Experience Bicolandia Food Tales

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Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

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Diplomat Hotel: Go Up The Hill To The Dominican Retreat House

Diplomat Hotel: Go Up The Hill To The Dominican Retreat House

One of the northern Luzon destinations that we love is Baguio and whenever we’re with friends who haven’t gone around the pine city we would always bring them to the what used to be known as the Diplomat Hotel. We’re weirdly fond of everything eerie, and not to mention, testimonial ghost stories, so these kinds of locations spark our interest a lot. You’ve probably seen this old ruins on a Facebook post where people would post selfies of themselves and a tall worn-out structure as their background with the caption “ghost hunting“.

This place is the perfect portrayal of cinematic haunted locations and it has remained remarkably consistent across time, and the ambiance presence incorporates our macabre delusions of what it was before and what we’ve expected to see. 

 

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How To Reach The Property

 

  • Jeepney: Ask the driver to drop you off at the foot of the Dominican Hill
  • Car: Set your GPS app to “Diplomat Hotel

 

 

The Dominican Hill Retreat House, also commonly known as the Diplomat Hotel, is now an abandoned structure atop Dominican Hill. Famous for its ghost sighting stories, the whole property on which it stands has become a Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park. A panoramic view of the city unfolds from its vantage point and a great garden is surrounding the entire property. What makes this place haunted?

 

Horrific Past and its 2nd re-birth

Up the hill is the Dominical Retreat house where it used to stand back in 1911. American friars and nuns of the Dominican order seek solace and R&R in Baguio.  It became a refugee place during World War II from people escaping the terror of Japanese soldiers, but when the same forces advanced and invaded the property they turned the retreat house as their headquarters. Brutal imperial armies committed unspeakable acts of inhumane violence– decapitating priest, raping nuns, and barbaric torturing of those captives of war. During the end of the Japanese occupation and as the American forces were slowly liberating this section– Japanese armies committed suicide to refuse defeat.

Rebuilt back in 1947 and was sold to a Tony Agpaoa who was a businessman/spiritual surgeon. He then put up the Diplomat Hotel as a place where guest would come and get spiritual healing from Agpaoa at the same time. The hotel ceased to exist in the early ’80s when there were reports that a fire broke out and several people were trapped inside their rooms. On another incident, the former house nurse committed suicide by jumping off its rooftop. Following these tragedies was the death of Agpaoa in 1987 where he suffered from a heart attack while spending time inside the property.

 

The Feeling When You Walk Through Its Halls

We re-visited the place on rainy September season and given the top hill location of the property the area was extra foggy adding more character to its facade.

 

This ambivalence feeling of wanting to flee leaves you frozen in place, wallowing in unease. But at the same time, you’d be in awe of how magnificent its architecture is. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P., was the same architect of the University of Santo Tomas’s main building.

 

Snippets and Visuals

 

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Courtyard area

 

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Vandals on the wall

 

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Westwing of the building

 

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Along its hallway

 

 

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Garden area gazeebo

 

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Top view of the surrounding area

 

Why Go?

Despite its troubled past, the entire property is still stunning. A magnificent structure sitting on top of the hill where you can see an almost 360 view of the city. Wander around and appreciate its Spanish Dominican Design and perhaps go further east to its paved trail along with magnificent tall pines.

Come away with us again during our #DayOut as we take you around during our Weekend Wanderings!

 


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Baguio City For A Day: Where to EAT, Where to GO and What to DO!

Baguio City For A Day: Where to EAT, Where to GO and What to DO!

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Kanto Freestyle 65°: Get Your Eggs Benny For Less Than 200php!

Kanto Freestyle 65°: Get Your Eggs Benny For Less Than 200php!

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Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

A high-ceilinged space with natural light streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, marble detailing and kitchen countertop as well as plush seating set the elegant tone for Mirèio. It was our first time to dine in this elegant brasserie where Provençal-inspired cuisine and other French favorites born of traditional French cooking techniques takes the stage.

 

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Raffles true to its literature-centric theme and connection has made a thoughtful tribute to Nobel Laureate Frederic Mistral by naming dedicated space for his most celebrated poem– “Mirèio”

 

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Photo: mireioatraffles.com
In Provence, Mirèio is the daughter of a rich farmer. She is in love with a modest basketmaker, Vincènt. Her father disapproves of the relationship and seeks other suitors. Mirèio, in despair, escapes from her house to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. There she prays to the saints that her father will accept her relationship with Vincènt. The way is hard and unbearably hot. In the end, the saints made an appearance to Mirèio. They tell her of their happiness in paradise, and Mirèio dies in peace.

 

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On one quiet Saturday noon, we found ourselves at the 9th floor of Raffles (Makati), the gracious host showed us to our table which is perfectly arranged cutleries and tables facing the unobstructed view of Makati. 

 

Provençal food and all its essence

Real Provençal cuisine is bold but simple, focusing on perpetuating the taste and texture of seasonal, fresh ingredients of the region. Quite distinctive from the rest of French cooking as it envelopes its style of Mediterranean influence where spices, herbs, olive oils, and fresh florals are heavily in rotation. Think of salad with basil and tomato, ratatouille, bouillabaisse and fragrant meat chops grilled with herb and garlic.

 

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Located in southeastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône to the west to the Italian border to the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south- Mother Nature is abundantly generous in this part of the France, and Provençal way of cooking is naturally tasty and flavorful due to the sun-kissed produce all year round.

Mirèio at the Raffles Makati is a showcase of Provence’s rich culture and culinary traditions.

 

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The creative cocktails, meanwhile, are alone worthy of your time. This drink is called the Mirèio. One of the best-sellers is Mireio (P695), a mix of Grey Goose, green chartreuse, cranberry juice, and lemon juice.

Starters

(NEW new a la carte menu) Pan-seared foie gras with  raspberry and rhubarb chutney/ buckwheat tuile

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The foie gras was perfectly seared on both sides with a dash of rhubarb chutney and raspberry. The best way to eat it is to get a bit of the tuile, the rhubarb, and the raspberry. The buttery, delicate flavor of the foie is perfectly complimented by the tangy and tarty raspberry and chutney. The buckwheat tuile adds a little bit of texture as you take your bite. It’s completely balanced in your mouth.

Seared Hokkaido Scallops /Asparagus/shallots/lemon butter/microgreens

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Excellently seared scallops with a nice tender center were a great start to our meal. The scallops were so tender and had a hint of sweetness as you bite into it. Do yourself a favor and get a bit of every element in the plate, it just works well together. The fried shallots are a nice burst of flavor when eaten with the scallops.

 

Lobster Bisque 

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This classic french entree was served to us by pouring the bisque into a bowl with pieces of lobster, apples, and creme. The bisque itself was full of the creamy rich flavors of lobster and by adding some pieces of at the bottom, it added a nice texture to the dish, while the cubes of apples gave it a bit of tangy flavor. Warm, and comforting, it’s a great starter.

 

Burrata Caprese

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Burrata Caprese, this dish is definitely a favorite. They use fresh mozzarella served with an arugula salad, tomatoes, and apple chutney drizzled with sweet balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. While staying true to the classic Italian Caprese, they add their own twist. It’s such a light salad and refreshing taste with every bite of the cheese in your mouth.

 

Mains

 

(NEW new a la carte menu) Maine lobster tail Thermidor/ lobster bisque mashed potato/roasted green asparagus/cherry tomatoes

 

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Visually appealing, as well as, tasty. This dish uses Lobster imported from Maine. Chopped lobsters are placed in the shell with a  creamy white sauce then topped with melted gruyere cheese. They serve this with a side of sweet potato, lobster bisque and grilled cherry tomatoes and green asparagus.

(NEW new a la carte menu) Kurobuta pork chop with porcini/ confit potato/ watercress salads

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First thought when I took a small bite of the pork was that this was something unique. It’s not your typical pork chop. If you don’t know what Kurobuta is, it’s described as being the wagyu of the Pork World. Kurobuta comes from Berkshire Pigs that originates from England. The meat is a lot more tender than normal pork and it was just evident with each bite of the pork chop. They complement this with a side of confit potatoes and a watercress salad.

Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye with french fries and caesar salad

mireio

 

300g of Black Angus Rib Eye with homestyle fries and a side of caesar salad. This dish is quite filling with the generous serving of the crisp fries. The steak itself was served medium well and had a nice crust on the outside and was tender and flavorful with each bite. Add a bit of sea salt to add even more umami flavor in the meat.

 

See their Lunch Set Menu 

Dessert 

 

Lavender Creme Brulee

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This dish is the perfect ending to such a refined meal. Mireio’s creme brulee uses a lavender extract that adds a nice finish when you get a spoonful of this custard dessert. The texture was soft, creamy with a nice caramelized layer of sugar on top with a small chocolate stick and peach sorbet on the side. Break into the caramelized sugar and help your self with a spoon full of everything, where this simple dish is elevated further with the different textures and temperatures you get to experience with each bite.

 

 

 65 % Maraicabo Mousse with Chocolate Ice Cream, truffle cake, and hazelnut crunch

 

fat girls day out-Mirèio

 

Chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, fudge, chocolate strips, hazelnut crunch, and cacao nibs. This dessert plays with the different textures and temperature of the chocolate and plating it in such a fun way that you can have chocolate in 6 ways in one single bite. The 65% Maraicabo dark chocolate really makes a difference by having a nice dark full-bodied chocolate taste.

 

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The perfect cup of Flat White coffee to cap off the perfect Saturday lunch.

 

 

Why Go?

Let’s start with the sun-drenched interiors, the modest bar area that doesn’t intend to intimidate anyone, a space that becomes this oasis of calm within the endless usual chatters in the Makati neighborhood. Then there’s the unfailingly high level of standards in cooking and service.

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Photo: mireioatraffles.com

But what separates this highly decorated gourmet establishment from all of the other decorated restaurants in Metro Manila is that uniquely local of Provençe gestalt that Hervé Clair has cultivated over the years of exposure to classic and innovative take on the French gastronomy practice  — one that combines their own, ever-evolving artistic perceptiveness with a strong touch of international discipline, and the grandeur of gourmet dishes slowly growing in popularity in the local Philippine market.

 

We were spoilt for choices of mains like steaks and seafood prepared with fresh ingredients that are frequently flown in to ensure the quality of the dishes served. Add to that these new flavourful addition to their ala carte menu. Mirèio goes beyond the perfect ambiance and we’re thrilled to experience much more delicious reasons to keep us coming back for more.

 

Mirèio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

9th Level, Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati, 1224
Telephone: +632 795 1840
Private Dining Inquiries: +63 926 755 4569
Email: mireio.makati@raffles.com
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