Lechon at Rico’s

Posted on January 22nd, 2017 by Kristel

I might have mentioned this previously, and I might receive tomatoes being thrown at my way, but I do not like eating pork all that much. Haha. More so, I don’t understand people’s excitement towards crispy pata (yes, I’m already in hiding)…and dare I say it? Lechon. 😛 That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t eat those but if there was a choice between pork and something else, most likely I’ll go for whatever that something else.

Rico's Lechon Cebu 2

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Wakeboarding at CWC

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Kristel

As I’m typing this, my heart feels a little queasy because of a lot of things about this place – mostly because it has recently been hit by the typhoon towards the end of 2016, and I felt my heart sank when I saw what it did to the CWC.

CWC Board Telwanders

CWC stands for Camsur Watersports Complex which is located at Southern Luzon, in the province of… as the name implies, Camarines Sur. I have very fond memories of this place because it felt such an escape staying there for a few days and I have been yearning to go back since my visit. So what is the whole place really about?

CWC Pro Lake3 TelwandersCWC Pro Lake


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Wakeboarding Love

Posted on January 4th, 2017 by Kristel

I don’t use the word “love” loosely because more often than not, it takes a while for me to get to that state. That pretty much goes for most of the things I do, except probably food. Would you believe, when I was younger, I hated traveling? I really did, I despised it. New York City was the first place I traveled to outside of the country and I swore not to go back because I hated the plane ride and the city so much. Years later, I was back…for two times in a span of 6 months.

Anyway, I digress. Moving to the topic that this post should really be about. Hehe. I’m writing about it because truth be told, I terribly miss it. I miss the water, I miss diversion, I miss looking forward to weekends. I miss the rush, the thrill and that physical challenge. I miss the speed, the act of balancing, and trying to be in control. I can’t help but to let out a big sigh.

Wakeboarding. I haven’t gotten around to being completely able to comfortably riding, but I once hoped I would get there. I still want to get there. I really don’t need to do exhibitions, rails and tricks. I’m completely fine being in water and struggle like hell just to get a ride right. My heart is aching just thinking about it.

Anyway, I’ll just leave you with some pictures because I don’t want to bore you on how difficult it was for me to even stand on it from end to end in a beginner’s lake when I started. That would be too embarrassing. Haha. The last time I went, I still ended up with a headache because of too much impact against the water from falling off or being dragged by the cable. Sounds like torture? It really is not. I guess adrenalin pumping and some exercise along the way didn’t hurt.

Anyway, I do hope I get to ride pretty soon. I miss hearing different wakeboarding terminologies such as toe side (can’t hear this enough, I need this always), heel side, yiw, curve, jump start, slide start, etc.

Oh, and if you happen to have that time to learn, I suggest staying at CWC to learn to ride. I truly miss that place (love their cabin). I’ll do a more comprehensive post about that some other time. Until then! 🙂

Trying to work it, haha. I was so bad at it.

What a peaceful view.

Day in and out, having fun in the water

First try with my own board =D

Hello!!! Guess Who’s Back?

Posted on December 31st, 2016 by Kristel

I know I’ve been missing in action for so long (a year or more?) and I actually miss writing…about food and travel and actually being able to hear my thought process as I type them down in my laptop. I have been in quite a roller coater ride – metaphorically and literally. Haha. The past months have been full of experiences – some good, a lot were difficult – but I always make it a point to take whatever learning there is.

As we close 2016 (which, whew, finally!!!), I’m trying to think of the things I’m so thankful of, just like how I usually do. Let me try my hand at answering some year-ender questions again.

  1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? Now, why am I having a hard time thinking about answering this question except for travels to Scotland and Ireland? I guess shepherding is such an experience… and going to Valkyrie.
  2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I haven’t had any for so long that maybe I should be making one for 2017.
  3. Did anyone close to you die? Not so close but a significant relative did which shook the whole family. Sad smile
  4. Did anyone close to you give birth? I got a new soon-to-be godchild so yaaas!
  5. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? Hmmm…a plan. A more concrete and sound plan.
  6. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Haha, I rather not say. Smile with tongue out
  7. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Realizing what things are worth giving so much effort on and which should just be let go.
  8. Did you suffer illness or injury? No, just colds/flu but nothing serious.
  9. What was the best thing you bought? Flight tickets are always a good idea to buy! Haha. And a new phone because my 4 year old phone has given up on me. Haha.
  10. Whose behavior merited celebration? Colleagues who have made an impact beyond my professional life and friends who have respected my time and have accepted me for the crazy person that I am.
  11. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? People who are way too self-centered to mind everyone around them. Those who constantly seek the spotlight and those who thinks the world revolve around them and them only.
  12. Where did most of your money go? I want to say travel…but it didn’t. It mostly went to food and alcohol. Hahahaha.
  13. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Trips to the beach always get me pumped up so I was happy about those. Also going back to Makati as my office was such a relief and a big thing for me… and London!
  14. What song will always remind you of 2016? Closer by The Chainsmoker – is there anything else? Hahahaha.
  15. Compared to this time last year, are you:    
    Happier or sadder? Definitely definitely happier.

    Richer or poorer? Poorer – hahahaha. I’m doing something about it.

  16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Surfing, wakeboarding, reading, writing and photography.
  17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Being out of the house and just regroup and spend more time at home.
  18. How will you be spending Christmas? Spent it with people who matter <3
  19. Did you fall in love in 2016? Yes.
  20. What was your favorite TV program? Ah, I need to catch up! I haven’t discovered something which was really moving for me, but I have yet to see Designated Survivor. I should do that soon.
  21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No, I stopped hating long time ago. I just let people go.
  22. What was the best book you read? Hahahahaha. Sorry, I barely finished reading any book this year.
  23. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Chainsmokers!!! They are so good.
  24. What did you want and got? To be back in Makati working, to have more time, to have gone to Boracay for the year and for the yearly trip that happened with perfect weather.
  25. What was your fave film of this year? Me Before You – only because it was so moving.
  26. What did you do on your birthday? I had the most relaxing day because it fell on a weekend. I don’t think I did much except to eat some steak which is a usual thing.
  27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? Hmmm… I still like solid and simple colors – I feel like they are elegant. I also went a little mix of preppy and sporty just to use the sneakers that I have lying around. Haha.
  28. What kept you sane? Travel always refreshes me and love from my family and friends always keeps me grounded and sensible.
  29. Which celebrity figure you fancy the most? I’m not sure if he’s a celebrity but I somehow developed this huge crush towards Jeremy Jauncey. Oh, the eyes and the smile. Google him folks!
  30. Who was the best new person you met? Not entirely new but rediscovered them completely.
  31. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016? Make time for the people who matter to you and where you are valued. You can’t be giving all the time because you will come to a point where you will have enough – thus make sure where you put your efforts to are being appreciated. 



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Persian Food Midnight Snack at Uncle Moe’s

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by Kristel

Hi guys! Here I am again trying to pin down an entry to my blog, because, you know, to have some sort of a diversion from my everyday hectic crazy life. Haha, too many adjectives, I know. Anyway, see, there’s this place on the south side of the Metro which I was brought to for some persian food cravings, past decent dinner times. I think we arrived in the area close to 12 midnight already.

Anyway, I ordered some hummus (Php 85) because I was really feeling the pang on my stomach because of hunger. Good thing it arrived quickly with 2 pita bread. Obviously, I wasn’t able to take a photo of it because I was too hungry to think about that at that time. I even ordered an extra pita (Php 20) because I swiped the 2 pita bread almost immediately.

And then other orders came, one of them was the kofta balls (Php 210) which is ground beef with cheese and tomato sauce. The taste had that curry tasting kick into it which went very well with the cheese. Truth be told, I really am partial to any food that has good amount to cheese so this one’s a winner for me. Order it! Better to have rice with it as well.

And since none can decide whether to get the beef or the chicken, what was ordered was the kebab platter (Php 188) with buttered rice. This order included 2 sticks of chicken and 2 pieces of beef served with salsa on the side. The beef had more flavour than the chicken which usually is the case, so next time, I might just get the beef instead. Both were quite good nonetheless.

So when cravings kick in even past dinner hours, this establishment would be something in mind. They should open a branch in Makati so that I can just drive quickly.

Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

98 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City


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