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ramblings from a gypsy soul

ramblings from a gypsy soul
Ramblings froma girl in love with travel, food, books, photography and life in general.
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WS #39: Beer Party
2008-06-02 06:12:00
Two WS entries in a row with nothing in between, ayayay I'm slacking again. I need to get cracking on my backlog of posts.But for now, here's my entry for Weekend Snapshot #39, a photo of the brew we ordered for a beer-tasting party. It wasn't one of those formal beer-tasting events with the survey forms etc., just a group of fellow beer-loving friends sampling different varieties of imported
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WS #38: Stairway
2008-05-26 14:49:00
I forced myself out of bed earlier than usual last Saturday morning so I could make it to Agrifina Circle in Rizal Park by 10 am. I've been to the Louvre, the British Museum, many other museums in foreign lands, even the Egyptian Museum! But I had never, in my 34 years as a Filipino, ever been inside the galleries of our very own National Museum. I know, right? Sad! It boggles my mind that this
Carlitos' Way
2008-05-14 03:14:00
I've gone on many of Carlos Celdran's walking tours, some more than once, which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about the Philippines or who simply wants to be entertained for a few hours. Because much more than just a tour guide, Carlos is a highly-entertaining street performer. Save for the photos I've taken while on his tours, this post isn’t going to be about that. If
WS #36: Three
2008-05-12 08:34:00
My dear niece turned three last weekend and we had a nice intimate party for her at her my sister's garden. There was all the good stuff of birthday parties including games, prizes, presents, and yummy party food. After she blew out the candles on her cake, and as soon as night fell, her uncle brought out a torch he made especially for her, which when lit glowed a beautiful number 3 for the
Playing dress-up with my cupcakes
2008-05-05 18:03:00
How many of you were told time and again not to play with your food? There you were, still a little munchkin, sitting at the table with your mind on other more interesting things than what's on your plate. You're pushing the peas around with your fork and there's a bored look on your face, which is likely resting on the palm of your left hand, when the stern reprimand comes. Sound familiar?Yes,
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WS #35: Mother Nature's works of art
2008-05-05 05:20:00
I'm still enjoying the 'hangover' of yet another wonderful weekend at the beach. Because Thursday was Labor Day and hence no work, a group of us took Friday off as well and headed out to a friends farmhouse by the ocean. There we lounged around in the pool, played with the kids, cooked paella outdoors under the rain, feasted on gorgeous Filipino food on banana leaves, chased crabs, picked
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I survived the Guam shopathon
2008-04-29 05:45:00
view from Two Lovers' PointWanderlust had gotten the better of me that before I knew it I had overbooked myself for the month of February with a trip planned every weekend. It all started with a journey to the north (Ilocos), a day trip to Clark for the hot-air balloon festival the weekend after, followed by an overnight tour of Corregidor with Carlos (will write about this very soon!), and then
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WS #34: Bangkero
2008-04-28 04:43:00
This shot of the lone fisherman/boatman (bangkero) was taken last Saturday at a beach in Batangas. For WS #34, I was deciding between this photo and a photo of the 'floating ice cream' man (he has his cooler propped on an inner tube!) but chose this because I thought it had more drama. :)How was your weekend? Tell us in the comment section, or show us by joining Weekend Snapshot here.
Other reasons to visit Bohol
2008-04-25 02:21:00
Aside from the churches and ancestral houses, there are of course other reasons to visit Bohol . Here they are, in no particular order:The Chocolate Hills : No visit to Bohol would be complete without seeing this peculiar landscape that has been declared a National Geologic Monument. Our hike up a couple hundred steps to the viewing platform is rewarded with a view unlike any I've ever seen
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Treasures of the past
2008-04-22 16:38:00
Just as with old churches, I am equally fascinated and doubly charmed by old houses. It pleases me even further when they are still inhabited by descendants of the original owners and not converted into a government office or restaurant or what-have-you. I still think about all those gorgeous ancestral homes in Silay (Negros Occ.) and how much I regret not setting aside time from work to venture
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WS #33: Mini World Cup Final Score
2008-04-20 19:00:00
The Final s scoreboard for Manila World Cup 2008. Africa wins the cup two years in a row, while Spain earns a deserving spot in 2nd place. It was that time of year again, Mini World Cup time! A two-day football (soccer) event that's been in our family tradition for almost two decades now I think. Many countries are represented by their own nationals, with some inevitable imports, in a friendly
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A Taste of Yellow: Tocino del cielo
2008-04-18 15:34:00
My mom and I can be polar opposites when it comes to certain things. Case in point:My mom is a walking medical encyclopedia and a frustrated pharmacist. Give her just two symptoms and she'll diagnose your problem, suggest a prescription and even give you a prognosis. You will later make a trip to the doctor who will more often than not echo mom's words and charge you for it. Regardless, doctors
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How are you smart?
2008-04-14 08:28:00
Oggi recently tagged me for a personality test so now I'm posting the results. It's pretty accurate, as I got the same results two years ago when I administered the Myers Briggs tests to people in the office including myself. I am from the school of thought that believes we should not ask "how smart am I?" but rather "how am I smart?". The old IQ system was based on an old belief that everyone
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WS #32: Cowfish
2008-04-13 17:34:00
For Weekend Snapshot #32, I'm submitting this photo of cowfish (aka boxfish) that I snapped at the newly-opened Manila Ocean Park. Aren't they adorable? So cute those puckered-up expressions on their faces. :)My folks and I joined my brother and my niece at the oceanarium where we spent at least two hours marvelling at beautiful sea creatures. Though not completely finished (mall, hotel, dolphin
A tour of Bohol's historic churches
2008-04-10 19:33:00
Baclayon ChurchChoosing to stay in the town of Baclayon in Bohol proved to be a wise decision. Our homestay was only a 5 minute jeepney or car ride from the Baclayon Church while most of the ancestral homes we wanted to visit were also very close by. So after grabbing a bite to eat at the market, we crossed the road to the first stop in our tour of Bohol's churches.#1: The Church of Our Lady of
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WS #31: Cocktails on the beach
2008-04-07 15:35:00
This is a photo of our cocktail spread last Saturday, during a long weekend at the beach with some of my best friends and their adorable kids. We munched on all this (salami, aged gruyere and manchego cheeses, green mangos freshly picked from the tree in the garden, olives, pineapples, chips n dip, shrimp a la king on crackers, smoked tanigue fish will dill sauce, white bean dip, bruschetta,
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Feeling at home in Baclayon
2008-04-03 17:48:00
Baclayon baluarteWe were met with lousy weather when our plane touched down in Tagbilaran city, the capital of Bohol. By the time we retrieved our luggage, the rains were coming down hard and I was sticky from the humidity. I started to fret that this would ruin our weekend, but quickly resolved to make the most of it. It was just rain, after all, it doesn’t bother me much. Two years in London
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Windows to Bohol
2008-04-01 12:52:00
After all this time, I finally got my butt to Bohol ! I didn't want to wait any longer so I made reservations months ago for the Feb. 25 long weekend. I didn't even bother to wait for any of my travel buddies to book along with me. Most of my friends had already been there and I figured I'll go alone if I have to, so I was psyching myself up for that. I was surprised to find out though that a 'new
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WS #30: Honey-balsamic glazed fruit cup
2008-03-31 02:55:00
I love my fruits. Tropical fruits, exotic fruits, fruits of the forest; poached, baked in pies, stuffed in crepes, preserved in jars, blended in smoothies, flambeed with rum, tossed in salads, love them all! But not as much as I love them raw and pure. Straight from the tree, or bush, or from wherever it is your favorite fruit is grown. I recall reading somewhere that when Mother Nature can no
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Ws #29: Pool with a view
2008-03-24 15:26:00
My Weekend Snapshot entry this week is a glimpse of our Easter vacation at my cousin's beach house in Calatagan. It was a wonderful 5 days of sun and fun with mostly family. There was a lot of lazy lounging, holy week prayers, sunset cocktails, chatting under the stars, bird watching, fresh fruits, frothy capuccinos, more chatting over beers and bruschetta, and swimming. It was heaven. I hope
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Simple strawberry trifle
2008-03-19 17:12:00
I am a huge Friends fanatic, one of those that owns all 10 seasons on dvd, has watched each episode at least 4x so far and has never recovered from the show's end. It still elicits big belly laughs from me and I don't think the humor could ever get old, at least not for me. As much as I've watched the show though, I such at games like Friends Trivia and Scene It Friends edition (both of which
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White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut cookies
2008-03-19 13:54:00
As far back as I can remember, we would often have a box or two of Hawaiian Host chocolate-covered macadamia nuts courtesy of a visiting relative or friend of my parents'. It seemed to be the favorite pasalubong (gift from travels) during those times along with cans of salted macadamia, Almond Roca and Violet Crumble (ooohh how we would fight for these!) among a few others. And so for a very long
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Steaming cauldrons & delicious concoctions
2008-03-16 17:10:00
Lookie lookie! It's the newest, most adorable cookbook to hit the shelves! I was really excited when I first heard about this book while it was still in the works. I thought, what a cool idea!, and couldn't wait to see the finished product. And now I have! I love it. It's cute and the characters are so much fun. The Witchkins All-Occasion Cookbook is really much more than just a cookbook with
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WS #28: He sells seashells by the seashore
2008-03-16 14:32:00
There's no denying summer is here! School's out and it's getting hot, hot hot! So it's off to the beach we went. There was a lot of eating and lazing around on the beach with cold beers. I hope you all had a great weekend too! :)This photo I took at the beach is my entry for this week's Weekend Snapshot. Check out the other entries here and maybe submit your own weekend photo to share with us.
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Come with me to the Kasbah...
2008-03-15 01:14:00
I have some exciting news for all the food-loving and island-loving people out there! The country's first ever authentic Moroccan restaurant is here! Happy happy! joy joy! Ok not quite here, here. But in Boracay. The Kasbah is open! Kasbah is Donna's baby. I've known Donna online for a while now so I have seen through her posts the hard work she's put into this. It was no easy task, putting up
Eating our way through Ilocos
2008-03-14 00:44:00
Our lunch spread in Saud beach: kilawin, grilled eggplant, bagnet and grilled fishThe culinary delights in the Ilocos region were plentiful! Prior to our trip, I made a mental checklist of food to try while there: bagnet, the local empanada, royal bibingka, dinendeng, poqui-poqui, miki & gipang, pakbet and pakbet pizza. And so true to my travel form, I set off with wide-eyed and eager, with an
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Ilocos Norte road trip: the destinations
2008-03-12 11:35:00
I don't know if I mentioned this before on my blog, so most of you may not know this but I have a thing for lighthouses. Back in 2002, an old friend of mine sent me a lighthouse calendar which I've kept because I love to look through the pictures every now and then. They are beacons yes, but also symbols of perseverance and self-sacrifice. But I think the attraction for me is it's connection to
More About: Trip , Destinations , Road Trip , Road , Ilocos
HHDD #17: Mushroom provolone pizza with truffle oil
2008-01-29 14:28:00
When Joey announced she'd be hosting this round of Hay Hay it's Donna Day! (HHDD), I promised her I'd join in. I always enjoyed seeing the entries to the past rounds that the thought of joining in the fun crossed my mind a few times. But like with other food events (I've only managed one Lasang Pinoy round), I worry about committing and then not meeting the deadline. And although we're given more
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WS #21: Quiapo Church bell tower
2008-01-28 00:54:00
I missed far too many Weekend Snapshots already which I felt pretty bad about so I decided I wasn't going to miss this one. Here is a picture of the Quiapo Church 's bell tower taken during Carlos' North Bank walking tour. The church, also known as the Basilika ng Nazareno, is the home of the Black Nazarene - a life-sized statue of a kneeling Jesus Christ. On January 9 each year, the statue is
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Silk Street & Street food
2008-01-24 18:50:00
Silk street, as it turns out, isn't a street lined with stalls selling silk products. What started out as an outdoor alley market (reason for the name) is now touted as the third most popular tourist destination in Beijing after The Great Wall and the Forbidden City. It is a seven-level building crammed with thousands of retailers selling anything and everything under the Chinese sun. One level
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