Thai Mango by Chef Kim: Not Your Ordinary Smoothie

Thai Mango by Chef Kim: Not Your Ordinary Smoothie

Delicious, tropical, creamy, and fresh– these are just some words to describe your perfect smoothie. And you can savor this kind of drink only with Thai Mango Dessert by Chef Kim.

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A Day Tour in Cebu City

A Day Tour in Cebu City

Cebu city or also known as the Queen City of the South is one of my favorite places in the country because I have been in the city for many times.  The location is close to my heart because of its rich culture and history, delectable food that is available everywhere, and lots of wonderful places to visit.

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Cobalabamba: A Taste of Mexico

Cobalabamba: A Taste of Mexico

I can’t deny the fact that Mexican food will always be one of the top choices when it comes to the best food in the world. Just like what CNN posted in an article entitled “Which country has the best food?” Mexico is in the 9th spot. Needless to say, Mexican cuisines are indeed delicious because the taste and aroma of these Central-American food are so distinct.

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Beauty and Batanes (2/3)

Beauty and Batanes (2/3)

SECOND DAY (SABTANG)

After a chill NORTH BATAN trip, now it’s time to explore the nearby island, SABTANG.

Sabtang, is one of the municipalities of Batanes that is comprised of 6 barangays namely Chavayan, Malakdang, Nakanmuan, Savidug, Sinakan, and Sumnanga.

Since the island is only accessible by a boat ride, we took a tricycle going to Ivana Port from the town of Basco in order for us to discover Sabtang island. It’s roughly 30-minute boat ride going to the town proper of Sabtang and it cost Php 100 per person for one way.

REMEMBER: Don’t forget to pay the environmental fee worth Php 200 per person at Sabtang Tourism Office

TIP: Take the earliest boat ride going to the island to avoid strong waves

SAVIDUG VILLAGE/BARRIO

This is one of the best parts when visiting Batanes– checking out all the traditional Ivatan stone houses. These shelters serve as shields against strong storms and typhoons hitting the island that is usually happening every year.

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Old Beaterio

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An Ivatan wearing a traditional Vakul

This place is most likely the first stop when you are in Sabtang.

MORONG BEACH/NAKABUANG BEACH

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Morong Beach

Morong beach is only one of the few beaches in Batanes where you are allowed to swim. The waves are also calm and meek during a good weather. The fine and white sand of Morong beach is perfectly made for your sensitive feet, thus you’ll really enjoy the place.

Unfortunately, the weather was not that good when we visited the beach. We instead enjoy the view, the mutual relationship of the wind and the wave, and the sprinkle of the rain brought by the monsoon wind. So it’s advisable to visit Sabtang during summer season.

CHAVAYAN VILLAGE

Chavayan is also a village for stone houses and it’s a place for the Sabtang Weavers Association where local women weave traditional headdresses made of dried palm leaves that are used to protect the Ivatans from sunlight or rain.

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An Ivatan Woman Wearing Traditional Vakul

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Ivatan’s Local Products

CHAMANTAD-TINYAN VIEWPOINT

Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint offers the best view spot in Sabtang where you can see wonderful cliffs and the vast Pacific Ocean. On the area, you can purchase some good local delicacies and products.

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Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

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Ivatan Kids

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (Sidetrip)

Since we already have finished a half-day tour in Sabtang, our tour guide took us for a sidetrip in Fountain of Youth or locally known as Rakuh-a-idi Spring in Mahatao. The design of the mini infinity pool is man-made, but the place will assure you that the water is coming from a natural spring.

You can bring your food and enjoy eating in the hut located near the pool. But don’t forget to bring a garbage bag in case you will have trashes after eating.

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Fountain of Yout Man-made Pool

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Infinity Pool Feels

When you want to visit this serene and peaceful place, you need to take a trek for about 30 minutes. So be ready with your trekking or comfortable shoes and extra strength for this activity.

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HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018

HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018

In just 24 hours, Hydro Manila Music Festival 2018 will once again bring a bigger and stronger rain in the metro!

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Official Poster by HYDRO Manila Music Festival

Hydro Core Events and Productions Corp. is presenting its annual installation of the new but well-known Hydro Manila Music Festival. The said music festival conquered the music and rave scene through incorporating various local and international acts to perform and spin for the public. And this event is open to all people who wants to celebrate youth and music in one night.

This year, the music festival is set to commence on August 18, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The party event will feature live performances of Philippine’s favorite local DJs and artists like Michael Pangilinan, Al James, DJ Patty Tiu, DJ Katsy Lee, DJ M.O.D., DJ Franco Zarate, DJ MC DM, and more.

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When you’re in the event proper, Hydro Manila in collaboration with C1RCA Philippines will sell exclusive tees for the party goers. So be early to grab limited shirts that will serve as your souvenir for this once-a-year hydro party.

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UNFORTUNATELY, tickets for HYDRO Manila Music Festival 2018 is already sold out. This seems to be a fun party of the year! Next time, be quick for another round of hydro event on 2019.

The event company is one of the biggest productions in the Philippines specializing on music festivals and parties. Hydro has successfully organized more than 20 events all over the Philippines. For more updates about HYDRO events, you can follow their social media accounts in facebook and instagram .

Kandle Cafe: Dining in a Peaceful Place

Kandle Cafe: Dining in a Peaceful Place

Just located along the street of 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, Kandle Cafe is hidden in a greenery and simple old brick wall that will make you feel at home upon entering the restaurant.

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THE KANDLE CAFE

Kandle Cafe offers different cuisines from appetizers to desserts which will make your gastronomic journey complete. The outlet also shares rustic interiors and good ambiance upon dining– furnitures and decorations are instagram-ready whenever you want to take snaps of yourself and the restaurant.

Unlike other cafes, Kandle Cafe has this peaceful vibe even the outlet is being swarmed by diners especially during weekends. The restaurant also got enough seats for all the guests whether you’re a couple or in a group.

The plants and trees all over the outlet are the ones that are making your time dining in Kandle Cafe more relaxing and refreshing. The greens loosen up your stress from a tiring day of work or other personal concerns.

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There is also a dessert corner that is displayed when you enter the restaurant. This area invites your sweet tooth to order them after a good meal at Kandle Cafe.

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THE KANDLE FOOD

Well of course, this is not just about the setup of the cafe but it’s also about their special cuisines on the menu.

So, we ordered Pomelo and Shrimp Salad (Php 340), Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy (Php 310), Beef Sirloin (Php 270), and Carrot Bar (Php 100).

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Pomelo and Shrimp Salad

All fresh and healthy if you opt to order healthier food in the cafe, likewise, ordering Pomelo and Shrimp Salad is the best diet for all the diners in Kandle Cafe as this recipe gives a perfect tanginess. Obviously, there’s a generous amount of shrimp and greens on the salad. And to add up, the candied walnuts give a different texture to the mix.

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Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta

One of the famous dishes of Kandle Cafe is the Mr. Egoy and Ms Eggy Pasta. Though different from a normal color, the squid-ink pasta is flawlessly mixed with cream sauce and cheese topped with perfectly poached egg. And to give that full blown taste, the pasta is sprinkled with crispy bacon bits.

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Beef Sirloin

Sizzling and hot– that’s how the Beef Sirloin is done in Kandle Cafe. Served in a sizzling plate with grilled veggies, the beef sirloin recipe will surely make you drool for a couple of minutes as its aroma from smoke adds desire to your appetite.

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Carrot Bar

And to cap the meal, a healthy Carrot Bar is ideal for all the customers. This dessert gives you a light taste that is not too sweet and will not make you guilty after dining in Kandle Cafe.

FOOD QUALITY

All food that we’ve ordered are just perfect for our taste, not too salty nor bland, not too sweet as well for the dessert (For me, the recipe for each dish is well-thought of). You can sit and just wait for your food and expect it to be just right for your tastebuds, and yes, it really is. Though the bread in Mr.Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta is a bit tough, the overall experience with Kandle’s food is excellent. I’ll give it a 4/5.

SERVICE QUALITY

Service wise, all the staff from the cashiers to the waiters were all attentive. Since the area is full of trees and plants, we can expect that there are mosquitoes in the restaurant. And when a staff saw us dining outside the outlet, he immediately put an outdoor insect repeller.

On the other hand, food service was just right. We didn’t wait a long time for our orders to be served. And if not mistaken, I passed by the owner of the restaurant and he smiled at us when we entered the cafe.

Lastly, this cafe is pet-friendly! My animal-advocate heart is so happy knowing that this cafe allows pets in the restaurant. So it’s a 5/5 for the service.

FACILITY QUALITY

If there’s one thing that I also appreciate in Kandle Cafe, that is their design. The refreshing feel from the outside going to the interior design makes you want to stay longer in the restaurant.  The peaceful vibes and the homey atmosphere of the cafe are also added points. With these things, it’s a 4/5.

PRICE QUALITY

Price list is just fair as everything I tasted is worth paying for. The food were great, service and facilities too are nice, maybe that’s why I call it a fair pricing. When we dined in Kandle Cafe and tasted their food, we didn’t mind how much we paid or whatnot. As long as we enjoyed their food and the ambiance, then price will just remain a price. It’s more on experiencing the bests of a certain restaurant and its offerings to the customers. So it’s a 3.5/5.

Overall, the hidden gem in Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City is a perfect spot for people who are looking for a good food, nice service, and peaceful place. The feeling of creating memories with the people you love and spending it in Kandle Cafe will make it more special.

Kandle Cafe is open from Monday to Sunday 11:00 am until 11:00 pm. They serve lunch and dinner while you can also order pastries and coffee. For more info and updates about the cafe, you can check their social media pages, facebook and instagram.