The Trip Back (2019)

Living in your own country will always be best, especially if your loved ones are here. Food is great, friends and families are here. You can do whatever you want.

But sometimes, we have to make decisions in order ensure a better future ahead. And so leaving the country today for the nth time may appear like something that we’re used to. But no. We can never get used to this.

We always look forward to the time when we don’t have to leave.

And so for now, goodbye Philippines. Thank you for the wonderful two weeks.

Until next time.

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Pastry Chef

An intimate dinner was held for our family to celebrate Inigo’s birthday.

Pastry Chef seemed to be the most requested resto, so we held the celebration here. This resto offers an eat-all-you-can buffet dining, with international dishes, and of course, Pinoy cuisine.



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Happiest birthday, Inigo!


My father passed away in 2011.

It is a must for me to pass by his grave to pay tribute. His sacrifices paved way to all the things that are happening to my life. Together with my mom, he made sure I got good education together with my siblings. He was an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) like me, and so I can say I am a second-generation OFW. He worked in Iraq and Saudi Arabia as a construction worker. Unlike me who lives with my wife and son while working abroad, he sacrificed being away from his family, in order to support our needs.

You are never forgotten, Tatay. Your love for us will always be remembered.


Didith was with us on this visit, but was not able to reach the tomb because of the flooded pathway.

Pinoy Breakfast

Filipino foods are being made available in the UAE due to the increase in the number of Pinoys working there. But nothing beats the real taste of eating home food at your real home. Tastes way more better.

Intemtem or Tupig is a popular native delicacy from Pangasinan which is made out of ground glutinous rice and coconuts strips wrapped in banana leaves. It is coooked in charcoal instead of the usual steaming. A family friend travelled all the way to bring these tupigs.

The purple food is called biko. Biko is made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar is the ultimate snack or dessert. This classic Filipino rice is deliciously sweet, creamy, chewy, and gluten-free! They made a twist with this one by giving it a violet color.

Pandesal or pan de sal (Filipino and Spanish for “bread of salt”), is a common bread roll in the Philippines. It is made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar and salt.


Hinulugang Taktak

Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape, also known as Hinulugan Taktak, is a procted area located in Rizal. Initially assigned as a recreation area, the waterfall area has been designated as a national park by virtue of Republic Act No. 6964 in 1990. Ten years later, it became a protected landscape in accordance to Proclamation No. 412. It is being managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Rizal Provincial Government. As of 2003 and 2004, Hinulugang Taktak is the second most popular national park in the Philippines in terms of number of visitors. (wikipedia)