Tippy dreams of one day changing the world, but still has to figure out how to exactly. She likes words and its capacity to invoke great emotion in people. On this silly little blog she chronicles travel, music, food, advocacy, pretentious things like books, film & art, and of course everyday life.
I just got home from a rainy weekend spent with my family down at a country club by the South China Sea. It was such a shame that it rained for the most part of the past two days, but the sun did shine for about an hour and a half this morning, so I still got to waste time by the sea for a little bit while reading a book and listening to Feist.
Another great thing about this weekend was the drive going to and from Bataan. It’s one of my favorite drives in the world. I don’t know what I like about it more, the abandoned structures in a retired US Naval Base that you pass along the way, or the lush greenery on rolling hills where the winding road overlooks the expanse of water. Factor in the gray sky and the thin blanket of fog that followed us around this weekend, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I don’t think there’s anything more I could’ve asked for, really.
Photos from a trip to Manila China Town several years back for English class. As seen above are: Binondo Church, the Ongpin Street sign, the inside of a random Chinese grocery, a slipper shop, and the South San Nicolas Volunteer Fire Brigade fire house.
It’s always nice to explore parts of Manila that for me at least, remain so undiscovered.
I Checked out Fête de la Musique last night with my college best friend Macy whom without, I would not have survived the past four years. We hung out and drank while watching the jazz stage with my parents, brother & cousin, and later on met up with our friend Geno. But it was Macy I was happiest to see last night because since college ended, I hadn’t seen a whole lot of her.
Fête was cool. I was there last year as well, but I think it’s only this year that I was really able to appreciate it for what it is: a night of good music where you can drink beer on the streets and gawk at Manila’s hipster community, some expats, and the occasional creeper who is obviously there to pick up young girls. Yes, I do I think there are things that could still be improved about Fête, but overall I think it’s a great, great thing.
I spent the weekend up in Baguio with my family and some of our friends enjoying the mountain weather and laughing a lot. And because a good time is never complete without good food, here are some of the stuff I ate over the (fat) weekend:
(clockwise from left) 1. Slow Cooked Roast Pork from Hill Station- It was my first time to eat at Hill Station after reading about it in PAL’s inflight magazine. Apparently, it was named one of the best restaurants in Baguio, and as an over all experience I agree. I originally ordered their slow cooked roast beef, but since they didn’t have available beef, was served pork instead. It wasn’t the best roast pork I’ve had, but it was good enough. What my order lacked in taste however the service, ambiance (Hill Station looks like a rustic New York restaurant), and dessert more than made up for.
2. Death by Chocolate from Hill Station- One of my favorite things ever is flourless chocolate cake. Thank God I don’t have to make decisions like this, but if I had to choose one kind of dessert to have for the rest of my life, it would probably be flourless chocolate cake. Anyway, I’ve been in pursuit for the best flourless chocolate cake in Manila, and while there have been a few front runners, Hill Station’s Death by Chocolate is absolutely heavenly. Unfortunately enough what’s probably the best flourless chocolate cake I’ve tasted is all the way in Baguio. It’s probably a good thing that you have to drive 5 hours just to get to one though because I’d eat it everyday if I could.
3. Filipino Lon-Si-Log from Cafe by the Ruins- Having breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins when we’re up in Baguio is something that my family and I have been doing ever since I can remember. I’m a huge fan of breakfast, and Cafe by the Ruins is one of my favorite places for it. I don’t particularly like Longganisa, but the Lon-Si-Log in Cafe by the Ruins is just great. My favorite thing about it is how it also seems healthier since they serve the Lonnganisa without the fat, and with red rice.
4. Kamote Bread and Herb Cheese spread from Cafe by the Ruins- I think there are not a lot of things nearly as great as freshly baked bread. So Cafe by the Ruins’ freshly baked Kamote Bread is something that I eat and love every time I’m there. They have a whole variety of spreads to choose from, but after countless breakfasts there, I think I’ve decided I like their Herb Cheese best.
“The best way of travel, however, if you aren’t in any hurry at all, if you don’t care where you are going, if you don’t like to use your legs, if you don’t want to be annoyed at all by any choice of directions, is in a balloon. In a balloon, you can decide only when to start, and usually when to stop. The rest is left entirely to nature.”- William Pène du Bois, The Twenty-One Balloons
If I were to pay good money to ride in a hot air balloon though, I’d ride in one that’s conventionally shaped like a hot air balloon. I would never feel legit (or safe, for that matter) riding in that cake shaped one.
I think I’ve found my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Manila.
Last week, I tagged along with my mom and couple of her girlfriends to lunch at Corner Tree Cafe because we had come from a Craniosacral Therapy session in the morning and got out of it right before lunch, so I figured why pass on a free meal.
I had always noticed Corner Tree Cafe when driving through Jupiter Street in Makati, but only found out after literally sitting down for lunch and reviewing the menu that it was actually a vegetarian restaurant. I like vegetarian food, and would probably be able to turn vegetarian if I didn’t enjoy eating so much. But if I had vegetarian food like the one from Corner Tree everyday, I would gladly stop eating meat and fish.
Food rundown: Tofu Teriyaki with Sauteed Asparagus and Shitake Mushrooms, Arroz ala Cubana, Koftas in Tomato Sauce with Couscous, and Vegetarian Lasagna.
Restaurants that serve good but healthy food are really the best kinds.
They also had the BEST Mango Lassi and Hummus ever. But because I panic when food is placed in front of me and just start eating like there’s no tomorrow, I didn’t get to take a picture. Also, their desserts are crazy. We had Chocolate Mousse with Dark Toblerone and Chocolate Cake, and both were so good. Again, I panicked when the dessert was served so no picture of those two either. Once I go back though I’ll be more diligent and try to keep my cool once I’m faced with the food.
150 Jupiter St., Makati City. (+632) 897-0295 for reservations.