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EK x Soderno Escape

June 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Last May 25,2012 my friends and I should be skating, but due to reasons, we decided to finally go to Enchanted Kingdom (theme park in Laguna). We were planning this for such a while but we haven’t taken this seriously most of the time. Despite a short notice, we just continued to go there.

Finally, a day to spend for enjoyment. It was on my third year in high school when I last went there. That time, I didn’t enjoy much of the rides. After riding the Space Shuttle (Roller Coaster), the rest of the day was such a pain in the head. I felt nauseated and felt like vomiting. oh well.

Space shuttle (Marc photo bombing.lol)

It was a big mistake for us to ride Jungle Log Jam. We somehow got wet. Then we continued to ride Rio Grande. It was a mistake for me to wear shoes that day. I should’ve worn slippers due to those rides like these two which will make me wet. After the ride took off, I also took off my shoes and socks even though the Ride operator told me not to. haha. Because I easily get colds, I changed shirt afterwards.

We ate Chimichanga from a Mexican food stall near the foodcourt. Yeah it’s awesome. Sumptuous. Then we rode other rides such as Bump car, Anchor’s away (which made me scream so much) and Ferry’s Wheel. Because of boredom, we made a Lip Synch-ing Boston (Augustana) video up there:


I can’t believe that I was convinced to ride Space Shuttle. But I thought, “Most things are once in a lifetime experience. Why let it pass if you can try even for once.” I like the adrenaline rush it gave me. But after riding that, I felt the same as before, nauseated and vomiting. So we went to the First Aid area and asked for an ointment. We also ate frozen bananas. My bad feeling of vomiting was gone. Yey.

We decided to try Lazer Tag. It was a Lazer Maze where you must get to the buttons and push them. Fortunately, Candice came in second place.

Here is her Video. hehe. (Peace Candice) 🙂

Our last stop before going home was the Horror house. Heck We don’t know if we’re going to be scared or laugh. It was sort of scary at first but we laughed at ourselves. haha. The last person at the exit won’t let us out. We actually said Abracadabra, Alacazam, Open Sesame. I said the chant for levitation (in Harry Potter) and then he let us out. He was a Harry Potter fan I think.lol.

The Magic stays with you

And I forgot to tell you that I bought a Jester hat and wore it the entire time. 🙂

Me doing the ‘Candice Pose’

After EK, we had to eat atleast something. We decided to go to Soderno (Night Food Market at Alabang). Food choices were limited that night but we found a craving, Street food ‘ihaw’.

Pork, Chicken Innards, Corn, Barbeque, Quail Eggs

When and where are we heading next? Find out on my future posts. 🙂

**All photos and Lip- Synch-ing video are taken using LUMIX LX3

**Video Frogcour c/o Marc

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Binondo – Intramuros Date with the SR Guys

May 10, 2012 1 comment

Binondo and Intramuros have been one go to place to those who want to shoot, atleast for Shutter Revolution Members. Last May 4,2012, Some members of the group (Eric, Happie, Aden, Lex, Brylle, Teo and I) decided to have  a photowalk and food trip at Binondo.

Some of us met at Ministop Hidalgo while we met others in Fortress. But while waiting, most of us looked at camera stalls. I bought LR44 Battery in a low price (15php, while 25php in malls). Finally I can use my LCA+ again. I also brought Olympus Pen EED. It’s been a while since I last used it. It’s as if I don’t know how to use it again. 😦

Anyway, because the weather is kind of gloomy, we decided to start our walk to Binondo and find a place to eat our lunch. I still remember the last time I was here. I joined the group in our Chinese New Year photowalk.

Chinatown (Photo by: Hannah Nacis Vivitar IC 100 x Fuji Provia)

It was January 23,2012 that they held Chinese New Year. That time, the whole Chinatown was in celebration. Firecrackers and beating of the drums can be heard and performers seen.

Performers (Photo by: Hannah Nacis, Vivitar IC100 Fuji Provia)

Back to the current walk. We decided to eat in the famous “Estero” where they serve frog as a dish (of course it’s cooked). We decided to order Pancit, Buttered Chicken and Crispy Froglegs. At first look, the crispy froglegs looked like the buttered chicken. Some says it tastes like chicken. I don’t know if it’s just me but I liked how good it tasted. Maybe because of the way they marinated or seasoned it. (Okay sorry I forgot to take digital photos).

From Left: Teo, Lex, Aden, Happie, Eric and I (Photo by: Brylle Instagram)

After lunch, some of us wants to go to Tayhua to check for something (I think it’s cable release). Most of them said that products there are cheaper than in Hidalgo.

On our way:

Signs and Chinese decors (Photo by: Hannah Nacis, Olympus Pen EED True Colors)

Virtual ‘Pendong’ and Sleeping Manong (Photo by: Hannah Nacis Olympus Pen EED True Colors)

Binondo Church (Photo by Hannah Nacis LCA+ Lucky Color)

After Tayhua, Brylle suggested Big Scoop (escolta) for Ice Cream. (Okay sorry again, no digital photos). I think this was one of the happiest moment. We were actually having fun eating ice cream, especially Eric, Teo and I. We had a hard time deciding what to order. Finally, we decided to order a pint (65php each) of Mint Chocolate and Bubblegum Mallows. Kuya Eric described the Bubblegum Mallows flavor as “Too girly” which seems if eaten Butterfly, unicorn and stars might pop. LOLs.

Walking down (Photo by Hannah Nacis LCA+ Lucky Color)

Due to circumstance, Brylle and Lex needed to go. The rest of us (Aden, Eric, Happie, Teo and I) walked to Intramuros to shoot. Everytime we go to Intramuros, we always stop by the Graffitti wall.

Graffitti Wall + Skater Boys (Hannah Nacis LCA+ Lucky Color)

Kuya Eric, Happie and Teo decided to drink (beer) afterwards while Aden and I went home.

In totality, even though they’re all guys, I had fun. 🙂

*More photos here and here

Travel back to Quezon

April 20, 2012 2 comments

Every year, I always look for spending Holy Week at our province in Quezon. People re – enact the Passion of Christ (such as washing of the feet, centurions, the rise from the dead..). Most of the time, I expect a lot of eating and bonding with my family and also a quiet and peaceful time for myself.

This year, I think I’m hoping for more relaxation time away from the city. (April4- 8)

Travel time took longer than expected. It almost took us 12 hours to arrive the house. Whew. It was too hot that day.

The first place my brother and I went was the Bakery were we used to buy breads, but to our surprised, it closed for some reason. We found a bakery near our place but the bread there wasn’t the same as the other. This year was not the same as before. Less seafood were served this time. But still lots of food for snack and meals.

Palitaw (sticky rice with sweet caramel sauce)

As before, we went to see the coconuts. We tasted fresh harvest coconut.

Coconut fruit

Look how blue the sky was

We also watched the Cruxifiction of Christ.

Cruixifiction (but in our province, the Church didn't permit people to actually use nails but instead to use ropes)

The next day, Black Saturday, we went to the beach. Unlike last year, we stayed at a more decent beach.

I did enjoy my stay there but I think I want to stay longer next time. We left Easter Sunday. But unlike the travel going to Quezon, going home to Las Pinas was easier and faster.

*All photos belong to me. (Hannah Nacis)

*Taken using Lumix LX3

Pan de Amerikana (Marikina)

March 29, 2012 2 comments

As promised, I will be blogging about Pan de Amerikana. My friends and I decided to have breakfast here and stay upto 10 am. My bestfriend (Leslie) suggested this as our first stopover eversince we planned the sleepover to her house.

Just a jeepney ride away from her house, we saw it’s Native like exterior.

photo from Pan de Amerikana site

It really does look dreamy even from the outside.

Photo taken using Android app

Upon entering, I was surprised of how spacious it was. The first part that you’ll see is their ordering station and the menu. Their menu caters from breakfast to dinner. With a reasonable price of 50php above, anyone can enjoy a sumptuous meal. Here’s an excerpt of their menu from their site:

If you want to taste authentic 1950’s PAN DE SAL (mega sized wheat P5.50, giant Pandesal Pan Amerikano P55, mega-sized ensaymada P10), MARIKINA DISHES (everlasting and waknatoy), FILIPINO DISHES (ILOKANO-longganisa-papaitan-igado,dinakdakan, pinakbet,sarabasab,dinengdeng, steamed okra,dinuguan BICOLANO-express-laing, tinomok, bicol callos, pinangat, CEBUANO-sinugba, KAPAMPANGAN-sisig bangus-sisig rice-sisig pork, BATANGENO-tawilis), STEAKS (T-bone and Porterhouse), SEAFOODS-plapla bawang, bangus belly, PASTA (carbonara,spaghetti, bolognese, baked macaroni ), BREWED COFFEE , ICED TEA , FILIPINO BREAKFAST MEAL (Daing, Longganiza, Tocino, Tapa), CHINESE (chopsuey, lumpiang shanghai) MUSHROOM delicacies(crispy mushroom)

Nowadays, their Pandesal is 6php. It is still a reasonable price. It is actually a wheat (flour) Pandesal. Their Ensaymada is now 12php and it is also wheat made. THUMBS UP for the price, size and taste!

”]We didn’t think that the Bangus is served in that size. Awesome!

Leslie told us that we should try Everlasting. We just ordered a small one. I even wondered why it was named like that. I was telling them that maybe it has powers like giving a youthful lifetime (lol) or even an unlimited order of that (haha). Kidding aside, based on my readings, it was named like that because it was made and stored for a period of time before it is served and eaten. Pan de Amerikana’s description of it was:

Everlasting – looks like an “embutido” placed in a “Llanera” and is garnished with pickles and carrots. It was called such because it is the food that is “ever present” in almost all the fiestas and gatherings in Marikina.

It does resemble Embutido. Thumbs up for its youthful powers (lolz)

Panoramic view of Pan de Amerikana (photo by Kristel)

The ambiance was homey and comfortable. With its garden like setting, you can have a more relaxing vibe. PDA excerpt:

If you want to dine in a garden setting (waterfalls, treehouse, rope bridge, koi pond, traviesa benches, old antique wood tables, batibot chairs and tables, tropical rain forest plants, wishing well, Italian colonnade European ruins)

photo by Kristel

It is also known for its jumbo sized chess

photo by kristel

What more can I ask for? Nothing. Ask them if they have Wi-Fi? They have. Awesome right!

Before I forget, They also have Tai chi sessions and Art sessions too. ( I just saw the sign at the entrance).

PAN DE AMERIKANA: 5 THUMBS UP

* The restaurant Marikina branch is considered as the ONE OF THE FIVE CHESS THEMED RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD Pan de Amerikana bakeshop Main office is at 92 ordonez street Concepcion dos MARIKINA (tel. 475-2398) and now has branches located at Katipunan Avenue Quezon City (tel. 421-1966) and another at Wilson street GREENHILLS San Juan(tel.384-6741). The third branch is located at MAKATI AVENUE corner constellation st. beside Savory.

http://pandeamerikana.multiply.com/

*We also went to their Katipunan branch which is the UPSIDE DOWN RESTAURANT. It’s smaller than in Marikina Branch though.

Marikina Backpacking

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been lurking at home for the past few months. One time, my friends (Leslie and Kristel) and I were posting on facebook about our next meet up. Kristel recently went here at my crib and thought if we could crash at Leslie’s crib next time. So our planning begins.

March 16 and 17.

Kristel and I rode a bus to Baclaran and then Mrt to Cubao station. We met Leslie in Gateway and we decided to go to Marikina Riverbank before night falls.

Kristel and I

Marikina Riverbank is a good place where families and friends can hangout. Staying there is free of charge. There are also activities which you can try like Biking (there is a rental station) and Zipline. There are also food stalls and streetfood vendors if you want something to munch on.

An old train

Biggest shoes

Inside the mall, the biggest shoes were displayed.

We went home, ate dinner and had bonding time. I bought Royal Jelly facial mask from Etude House. After relaxation, we went to sleep. Leslie told us that we have an itinerary for tomorrow. Her Aunt was also good enough to lend us a car and driver. Awesome!

Pan de Amerikana in Marikina

We head early to Pan De Amerikana for our breakfast. Even from the outside, you can see that it is a nice place to stay.I had Tocino while Leslie had Tapa and Kristel had Bangus. We even tried the food ‘Everlasting‘. I even joked them why it was called Everlasting, if it gives everlasting life or youth to those who’ll eat it or if we can eat it to the max (I mean refillable). hehe. Kidding aside. It’s like ‘Embutido’. (I’ll just do a separate post on this place)

After eating, we waited until 10am for the driver. We also went to Pan de Amerikana in Katipunan. It was somehow different from the one in Marikina. We also headed down to the part where the delicacies are found. Leslie bought us ‘Puto‘ for pasalubong.

Our next stop was suppose to be in Marikina Sports Complex but the oval was closed because it was used. We went to the plaza were a big arch is found.

Marikina Arch

Next we went to Cafe Kapitan to take photos and then we went to the Shoe Musuem but unfortunately it was closed on sundays. We decided to have lunch in Cafe Lidia but it will be open 3pm still. So we head back to Cafe Kapitan.

Cafe Kapitan

I treat them lunch as my Graduatation treat. (another post for this).

Oh no. It rained. We headed down to Sta Clara Church. But we didn’t stay long because it was raining hard. We even decided to go home. But we had a trip  around Marikina, Antipolo and Cainta. Our driver told us stories about what happened during Ondoy.

Our next stop was in Loyola Memorial Park. Kristel wanted to visit her grandparents. She told us that there is Last Supper there.

Last Supper

I was surprised to find out that it was so big. Cool. Then we went to search for Kristel’s grandparents.

Yey no more rain. We decided to continue our venture to Marikina Riverpark.

Riverpark view

I didn’t like it that much because the river is dirty. Thumbs down. But despite of that, there were fishers around.

Cafe Lidia

We agreed to take a rest at Cafe Lidia. We’re still full that’s why we just had a drink. (maybe a review of the place in another post)

We said our goodbyes and went home.

Our trip to Marikina was so fun and enjoyable. This trip was one of the most unexpected trip I’ve ever experienced. The tour plus Foodtrip was such an awesome experience.

Thank you for Leslie and Kristel for making this happen.

*All Photos c/o Kristel

*Leslie said, I looked like Dora the explorer because of how I dress and because of the backpack, thus I called myself “Doray the backpacker”