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!

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.

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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)

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Antipolo Church

The Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Shrine, also known as the Antipolo church is an iconic place of worship down south of Manila. Many worshipers come here, especially those who plan to travel or work abroad, to pray for safety while away from their families.

This church is even more dear to our family, as we come here for our Sunday Masses many years back, when we still own a house in a nearby subdivision – Woodrow Hills. That property has long been sold, after Didith and I moved to the UAE to work.

The visit here brings back lots of memories. They have made lots of improvements around the area.

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Lunch with the Pantanillas

Every vacation, the Pantanilla family makes sure that they get a lunch date from us. It is usually their treat, and they try to bring us to really nice restos around.

This time, we went to Jeca’s, which is a very Pinoy resto located just in front of the new Malolos Municipal Building. The food was in modest servings and the taste was perfect, especially if you long for Pinoy cuisines.

After this, we were also treated to some Starbucks frap, for I guess, dessert 😀

Thank you, Pantanillas!

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The Pantanilla family are our relatives from my father’s side.