Friday, January 19, 2018

I'm Back!

Hello fellow bloggers! I know! It's been a while. It just so happened that I was searching for an old document in my laptop and came across old freestyle blogs that I wrote in notepad some years ago.

I might post them here soon. So, stay tuned. :)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Jaw Breaker

Black Mamba, Tap Out, Stone Cold Stunner, Chokeslam, Tombstone... These are just few of what Zark's Burgers has to offer.

Zark's Burgers has been featured at Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho few days ago. But even before that, I have already heard of this burger house as it was located near my hometown.

However, I only had a chance to taste one of their "Major League" burgers earlier today, the Jaw Breaker.

No, I did not take the challenge of eating this triple cheeseburger with spam, bacon and overflowing cheese sauce on top within 5 minutes. Basically because (1) I can't and (2) I want to savor the taste of this one massive burger.

Jaw Breaker Burger - Php 250 pesos

For only 250 pesos, you will get the Jaw Breaker burger with fries and unlimited iced tea. Not bad huh?!

Not only that it looks good, but it tastes good as well. For a moment - when I was chewing the burger patty - I thought that I was eating a meat ball. Well, I think that is how it really taste like. A juicier meat ball.

It was served hot enough for me to start eating. I was enjoying the burger at first, but as I finished the second patty, I had second thought if I could still chew the third one. I felt like Adam Richman from the "Man vs Food" TV show.

I tried to put some hot sauce on the burger patty hoping that it could help me finish this meal. But as what Adam says in his show, in the battle of man versus food - today, the food won. :(

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - simply because the burger was not able to sustain the juiciness of its patty after few minutes. However, overall - the Jaw Breaker burger tastes good.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Puerto Galera

It’s been a while… I’ve been so very busy with travel and work… Glad that I find time to write another long overdue blog.

Another long weekend. Another opportunity to go out-of-town and just relax. Only this time is different. It’s just Me and Olive.

We met at McDonald’s Imus Branch at 6:00AM. We just bought sausage muffin for each of us and a hashbrown for myself. Then we went to the near-by 711 and bought mineral water and Nestle Pure Milk. We waited for a bus that would take us to Robinsons Dasmariñas in front of 711. After around 30 minutes, we are already at the Van Terminal to Batangas Pier. We paid Php160 each and after more than an hour (I think!) of waiting, at last, off we got to the Pier.

We reached Batangas Pier a couple of minutes past 9:00AM.We bought a Galerian Liner round-trip ticket to Puerto Galera worth Php450 per person, an environmental fee and terminal fee.

Before 9:30AM we are already in front of closed Gate 2B. They opened it at around 9:15AM if I’m not mistaken. We followed the other passengers thinking that we are on the same ship, only for us to know that it is not the ship that we are waiting. And to make it even worse, the three (yes three!) Galerian Ships just sailed few minutes ago according to the ship personnel of Minolo Liner.

There’s no sign that another Galerian Ship is coming so we opted to stay near the parking area and took some pictures of the port.

At last, at around 11:00AM, our ship arrived. We boarded and waited for other passengers before we were finally able to sail. Puerto Galera, here we come!!! J

Arriving at Puerto Galera by 12:00PM, it was raining. I called my contact for the room reservation and was able to meet and greet Ate Melith. She told us to confirm our trip back to Batangas Pier first so we do not have to worry anymore. After I had it confirmed she took us to the White Beach Resort, Bar and Restaurant just a few walks away.

Being as hospitable as she is, Ate Melith lets us choose between two rooms. She first took us to the 2nd floor of the old building of White Beach Resort. At the end of the hallway is a vacant room. With two double beds, TV, aircon and own T&B, it’s not bad for 1,000 pesos per night. But still, I need to know how the other room looks like. So we went to the ground floor of the new building and she took us to a room almost the same amenities as the first room but only nicer and cleaner and homier. However, it is 200 pesos more expensive than the first one. Nevertheless, we chose the 2nd room because of the cleanliness and homey ambiance.

Ate Melith gave us the key with the key card (for the electricity). I ask her when and where we are going to pay. She said that we could pay as soon as we are settled. So, I left Olivia in the room and followed Ate Melith to the restaurant where the front desk/cashier is also located. I paid for 2,400 for a two-night stay.

I went back to the room to freshen-up and to change to more comfortable clothes. It was raining outside but we are both starving so we head down to the restaurant to have our lunch.

We spent the whole day just staying inside our room, watching a movie. Then, we went to the restaurant again to eat our dinner and decided to give Mindoro Sling (highly recommended by my cousin Maude) a try.

The next day, we went snorkelling and island-hopping after breakfast. Being able to see the corals and shells of Puerto Galera, up close, is one hell of an experience.

We then spent the rest of the day swimming, shopping, chatting and (yes!) movie and TV marathon.

On our last day, we are able to have our breakfast first before our boat came to bring us back to Batangas Pier. The sea is much more peaceful this time. J

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Wedding Singer

The organ’s playing
The entourage started coming
I see him walk
I see him smile
He is so proud
And yes… so in love
He stayed in front of the altar
Waiting for his lovely bride
When she finally came, he held her hand
She’s so beautiful
So wonderful
I know she’s everything he wants
She’s the one he loves…
It’s now time to recite their vows
And so the music was played
I have to sing their wedding song
And I don’t know why there is pain
He hears my voice…. And he stopped for a while
He looked at my direction
He can’t believe it with his eyes
He sees me smiling while I sing
He tried to look me in the eye
But I looked away from him…
‘Coz I don’t want him to see me weeping
I was smiling outside…
But crying deep inside…
I don’t know if I can bear this any longer
I was hurt… my heart’s wounded
Then the music fades together with my voice
I ran away… ‘coz I have no choice
I ran away because I know that I can’t stay
I ran away from the man who used to be mine
But failed to stay for a lifetime…

July 11th, 2005 by michellelucero on Friendster

I Died

I was down and out the day you said goodbye
My head was spinning
My heart stopped beating
I was lost…… I died
I tried to recover
God knows how hard
I told myself to forget you
I thought I did…
I wished I did…
A few good men tried to win me
But all of them failed
Coz I’ve forgotten how to love…
I’ve forgotten how it felt…
My friends told me
I should try to move on
And so I tried… But I failed…
For a thousand times and more
How can I move on when it’s you that I ever wanted?
How can I love again when it’s you who stole my heart away?
You stole it the day you went away
So please… Give it back to me…
I want to live again!!!

July 7th, 2005 by michellelucero on Friendster

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Banaue-Sagada Adventure (Part 2)

After the long wait… Finally, here’s the second (and probably the last part) of my Banaue-Sagada Adventure.

April 23, 2011: Black Saturday – Early morning we had our breakfast and prepared ourselves for the most intense part of our visit to Sagada.

We are set to go to the Sumaguing Cave, Lumiang Burial Cave, Sagada Underground River, Echo Valley and the famous Hanging Coffins.

First stop is the Sumaguing Cave. I honestly do not know if there is an entrance fee. If so, I do not have an idea how much it is or even how much is the guide’s fee. Reason: This is a partly sponsored tour. Everything has been arranged even before we elope from Manila. All we have to do is to follow the itinerary as strictly as possible.

Anyways, before we enter the cave, the guides told us to just leave our belongings in our jeepney. Even the jackets should be left because we will get wet inside. I only have my flashlight in my pocket and nothing else. We had picture takings before we enter the cave. There are few instructions before going inside from our guides. The first part of the cave was very rocky. As we go on further, it became more difficult as there are some rocks which are a little bit more slippery than the other. We do not have a choice but to hold-on to the other rocks with fresh bat dungs for the life of us. At one point of the cave, the guides requested for us to remove our foot-wears and just leave it at a certain part of the cave wherein we could get it later on our way back. It has been a lot easier when I removed my slippers. The next part of the cave was exceptional. I was amazed by the different rock formations such as the Pawikan (Turtle), The Queen, The King’s Curtain, Rice Terraces, The Cake  to name a few. True enough, we got wet… very wet… I even had my watch broken. Too bad I brought the wrong watch, it’s not water resistant. The water was so cold and it gets deeper as we go further down the cave. We had to do a little rappelling to get back. But the spelunking was superb. And the cave was wonderful that I want to come back.

We had to pay 20 pesos in the near-by comfort room to wash-up. And then the girls went up the jeepney for the “top-load” as we move to our next destination… The Lumiang Cave.

Lumiang Cave is interconnected with the Sumaguing Cave but it will take 4 hours of spelunking from one cave to another. Lumiang Cave is a burial cave.

After visiting the Lumiang Burial Cave, we went down (again) to the Sagada Underground River. Had a little picture takings and then we decided to take a trail to the Echo Valley. From Echo Valley, there is another trail towards the famous Hanging Coffins, if you want to have a closer look.

Going back from Echo Valley, we passed by a cemetery and a church and we head back to the guest house to have some rest. After a few minutes of rest, myself and Olive went to the Ganduyan Museum which is just a few steps away from the guest house where we were able to meet Christina Aben, the founder and curator of the said museum.

We had lunch at the Yogurt House and then went back to the guest house to take a bath. While Greyz is taking a bath, myself and Olive decided to explore the streets of Sagada where Olive bought Barbeque and Hotdog. I’m a little bit jealous because I cannot eat meat at that time since I am following an old Semana Santa tradition. Right after she finished her barbeque, we went to the Cosmic Tea Herbs and Fruits aka Yoga and Herbs to have a cup of Cosmic Tea. Cosmic Tea is a special tea made from boiled mountain leaves, herbs and spices.

April 24, 2011: Easter Sunday – Our last day to Sagada and Banaue. We packed our things after a free breakfast and went for an early Easter Sunday mass before we head back to Banaue where we were given only 30 minutes of shopping while waiting for our bus to arrive at the station.

The bus arrived and we wait for a couple of minutes more then we travel back to Manila leaving the wonderful place of Banaue and Sagada. Taking nothing but pictures and great memories with us.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Banaue-Sagada Adventure (Part 1)

Hey peeps! Here’s another adventure that I want to share with you following my Ilocos Tour last February. This time, I explored two municipalities in Mountain Province, Philippines. Banaue and Sagada.

It was a four days and three nights adventure together with the SPi Mountaineering Club and Camera Club.

But first, here’s a little general information for Banaue and Sagada.

Banaue: It is widely known as the site of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is where you will see the Banaue Rice Terraces which was tagged as the Eight Wonder of the World. The rice terraces were built 2,000 years ago by our Ifugao brothers. It begins at the base of the mountain range and extends several thousand feet upwards. It was once said that the total length of the terraces would encircle half of the globe if put end-to-end.

Sagada: Sagada was tagged as a Sleepy Town. But I tell you, if you really have all the time to explore Sagada and do trekking, spelunking, rappelling, visit historical sites, explore the caves and waterfalls, and if you are lucky enough you could also participate in tribal celebrations, then you will agree that Sagada is NOT a sleepy town at all.

This place is famous for its hanging coffins. A traditional way of burying people.

The above are just few information about these two mesmerizing places but what’s waiting for you in the next paragraphs of this blog is a lot more. Here’s a glimpse of our Banaue-Sagada Adventure.

April 20, 2011: Holy Wednesday – 8PM. The bus is waiting for all 49 participants in front of the SPi Global Building at Parañaque. 8PM is the assembly time but we are scheduled to go by 9PM. By 9PM, everyone was there. The President of the SPi Mountaineering Club gave us some instructions for the trip. Then off we go to Banaue by 9:30PM.

Since it was Holy Wednesday, we expected lots of heavy traffic along the way. It was a long drive from Manila with only two bus stops, one in Bulacan and the other one is at Nueva Vizcaya. It was like a roller coaster ride.

April 21, 2011: We reached Banaue by roughly 9AM. We got off the bus and transferred into two jeepneys which took us to the Halfway Lodge and Restaurant. One rule is that riding on top of the jeepney is discouraged. But still, some of the guys went on a top-load as we head to the Lodge. They served us a Filipino Breakfast which consists of Hotdog, Fried Red Rice and Egg with a slice of tomato and cucumber on the side. This of course goes with a hot coffee.

After breakfast, they gave us our room assignments. Greyz, Olive and Myself together with six other girls shared a room, M-3. We went inside the room to dress-up for the first adventure, the Bangaan Rice Terraces trek.

It was almost one hour of travel from the Lodge to the Bangaan Rice Terraces. We rode the same jeepneys that fetched us in the bus terminal and passed through the rough and dusty roads of Banaue before we reached Bangaan. We went down the rice terraces under the hot afternoon sunlight.

Then, after an hour or so, we went back to our jeepneys which took us at the Main View Point where you could have a panoramic view of the Rice Terraces. After taking some pictures and buying some pasalubong, we went to the Banaue Public Market where we ate our late lunch. The market is just a few steps away from the Lodge which means that we already have our free time and we could do whatever we want or go wherever we want to.

After we had our late lunch, we went back to the Lodge to rest for a while before the three of us decided to check out the Museum which is just a tricycle ride away. Cameras are prohibited inside the Museum so I do not have any pictures to share. But for those who wants to exercise their imagination skills, here are some “what’s inside the museum” bits.

It was just a two-storey house with pictures of their ancestors hanging on the walls of the upper floor. Some spears which they also exhibited in the same floor. The ground floor (or is it the basement?) exhibits the accessories, dresses and some other stuffs of the Ifugaos. I remember Olive asked me while I was reading something in front of a box-like stuff that’s made of wood. She asked me, “What is it?” referring to the wooden box while stepping towards me. But after I answered, “It’s a coffin”, she suddenly walked away. The entrance fee is 50 pesos per head.

We went out of the museum and waited for the tricycle driver who promised to fetch us before the museum closes at 5PM. It was raining outside. After a couple of minutes of waiting, he’s finally back and took us back into the Lodge. We’ve had some chit-chat with Yudz, Jay-R and Nick at the entrance of the Lodge. Yudz told us that they will be attending the mass in the church nearby and asked us if we want to go with them. It was still raining and we do not have umbrellas so we said that we will just follow and I asked for the direction of the church. After a few minutes, we decided to attend the mass. It was Maundy Thursday, so we had a chance to witness the re-enactment of the “washing of the feet” of the apostles during the mass. Then we head back to the Lodge to rest and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s early trip to Sagada.

April 22, 2011: The wake-up call is 4AM. Breakfast served by 5AM. Since it’s Good Friday, no meat in our plates for today. We had daing na bangus, sinangag, itlog and coffee.

We are off to Sagada by 7AM. While travelling from Banaue to Sagada, we got caught by the beautiful “sea of clouds on our way that we had to stop for a while and took some pictures as this is something that we don’t want to miss. We went back to the jeep and continue the ride but even before we reached Sagada proper, we dropped-by to the Mother Mary Statue which stands 50 feet tall near Mt. Polis.

At around 10AM, our jeepney reached the Sagada Guest House. We took some rest in the Guest House’s Lounge while waiting for the other jeepney to arrive. When everyone’s there, they gave us another batch of room assignments. Vhixie gave me the key to room E-4 located at the second floor of the house. So, we immediately went to the room with 6 single beds in it to freshen up and prepare for the next adventure.

By 12NN we started the 3km trek to the Bomod-ok Falls (Big Falls). It is a 200-feet tall falls. There are some concrete walkways along the trails of the rice terraces. Getting there was easy, but going back the on the same way is insanely hard as the trail is highly elevated. Over-all the trek was long and exhausting. Not to mention that it was so very hot considering the time of day that we started the trek. However, the breath-taking and stunning sceneries down there worth all the effort.