4 Tips para makautang sa bangko (without collateral)

Starting a business can both be exciting and stressful! Exciting yung thought that people will be patronizing your business idea. Stressful naman yung part kung paano mo sisimulan, kung saan ka kukuha ng capital. (So ang article na ito ay para sa mga nagsisimula na walang wala)

Many years ago, my wife and I hopped from one bank to another hoping that we could borrow money to expand our business. We were dreaming of making it big with the help of whichever bank na willing to help young and promising entrepreneurs like us. (Kasi nababasa mo ito sa magazine diba, yung tipong they became successful with the help of banks at ang gaganda pa ng ngiti nila)

Pero nabigo kami because we realized na parang banks only lend money to people who have money. Ang saklap!

Paano naman tayo na nagsisimula sa wala? Pero yan ang systema. Wala tayong magagawa. So we decided to just focus on the positive kasi kahit na magwala naman kami sa harap ng mga bangko, di lalong di sila magpapahiram. Haha.


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Besides, baka di pa naman kami handa. Yun nalang inisip namin. (Bitter bitter lang na feeling ng mga taong hindi pina-utang haha, pero totoo ito. There is always time for everything)

Ang ending, since walang gustong magpahiram sa amin at mahirap din naman humiram sa mga tao because they add too much interest, we just waited for the right time.

Ang systema ngayon, kung wala kang collateral, wala kang naka-deposit na pera sa banko, wala kang kumikitang business, o wala kang employment – wala kang mahihiram.

If you are a budding entrepreneur and you really believe that you have something to offer, do not be discouraged.

Ang payo ng mga bangkero, you have to build a reputation with a bank.

How? Based on experience, I can only share the following 4 tips.

1) SAVE MONEY IN THE BANK – If you ask friends who work in a bank, they will reveal to you that they usually contact people with deposits in the bank and they encourage these people to borrow money for a minimal interest. Grabe diba? Bakit sila? Kasi napakita nila na may capacity to pay sila. At yun ang gusto ng kahit na sinong magpapa-utang.

Iniisip ko noon, kalokohan. Kasi, kung may 50k ka for example sa bank, tatawagan ka para pautangin ng 50k with interest. Haha. Parang pinapautang lang yung pera mo sa iyo. Pero ganun talaga, hangga’t mapakita mo na maayos kang magbayad, gaganda din ang credit standing mo at darating ang panahon na pwede ka na nilang pautangin ng mas malaki even without any collateral.

Gusto rin ng bank na makita na may movement yung pera mo doon sa bank like may deposits and withdrawals. I suggest huwag na huwag kang magbebelow maintaining balance para hindi nila isipin na walang wala ka na. (Dumarating naman tayong lahat sa point na yan you know, pero tiisin mo para tumaas ang credit standing mo)


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2) OBTAIN A CREDIT CARD – Noong una, hindi ako naniniwala sa credit card. Kasi nga daw mababaon ka sa utang. So ako naman, kapag may nagbibigay noon ng credit card, my wife and I immediately cut it into two pieces. At feeling namin ang galing galing namin because we are making a wise financial decision. Hangang dumating sa punto na iyon naman na ang hinahanap ng bangko bago kami maka-loan.

I tried getting a credit card pero nadedeny na din kasi for one wala akong pera sa banko at ako pa ay isang abogado (risky daw mabigyan ng credit card ang isang abogado na walang pera sa bangko haha). Fortunately, years ago, we have a colleague who referred us to a bank na nakatulong para mabigyan kami ng credit card. Kahit mababang credit limit, okay na for a start. What we did was to really use the card for all our transactions and pay it on time. At dumating nga ang panahon na tatawagan ka na mismo ng bangko para pahiramin ka ng pera dahil ang payment history mo ay on time. Ang ibig lang sabihin nito, mapagkakatiwalaan ka na daw sa konting halaga. Hehe.

At compared sa uutang ka mula sa isang tao, mas malayong mababa ang interest dito, as low as less than one percent per month, siyempre yung mga mas mabango sa bangko, mas mababa pa diyan.

So with good credit card standing, you can borrow without a collateral. Just having a good credit standing is enough.

3) STAY IN YOUR JOB FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS. If you are employed, some banks offer salary loan at tinitignan nila kung gaano ka na katagal sa trabaho. Kung palipat lipat ka, that means wala kang stability at matatakot yung bank na baka one day ay wala ka nang work at di mo sila mabayaran.

Kaya if you plan to borrow from a bank for business capital and you don’t know where to start. Stay in your job muna dahil magagamit mo din yan for credit standing. Isa rin itong magandang tip para makakuha din ng credit card kasi usually dapat one year ka sa work muna bago ma-approvan ang credit card application mo.

4) PAY THE RIGHT TAXES. For some banks, they require your income tax return for the last 3 years. Kung wala kang maipakita, goodbye loan application din. If you are self-employed, better pay your taxes. No income tax return means no income din so paano ka pahihiramin ng bank? So if you think this document will help you, better pay your income tax.

Yes, ang process na ito will take time. It will take years. But we have no choice because life is a process. Lalo na sa atin na walang minana at nag-uumpisa sa sariling sikap. Kesa naman umutang ka sa 5/6 na ikababaon mo rin lang. diba?

Lesson learned?

  1. Start early ka na na mag-impok sa banko;
  2. Kumuha ng credit card BUT use it responsibly;
  3. Stay in your job dahil for the meantime dahil magagamit mo din yang years of employment mo; and
  4. Pay your taxes if you are self-employed as proof that kahit papaano ay may income ka.

So there, sana may natutunan tayo today, I am excited for all of you, don’t be discouraged but be excited as you prepare for your future!! Blessings!

7 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PUTTING UP A BUSINESS

It has been almost  seven (7) years since my wife and I started Bright Hope Room for Growth Inc., and I am glad that we never gave up even if there were times that we really wanted to.

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BRIGHT HOPE MOVING UP DAY 2018

Bright Hope is a small school with a big heart and it continues to advance as one of the premiere christian Pre-kinder and Kindergarten School in the City of Baguio.  Apart from its uniquely designed age appropriate programs, one thing that makes it different from other schools is that it offers Baby Classes for ages 1 year 8 months to 2 years and 2 months old babies.


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Currently, BRIGHT HOPE is composed of 11 employees and we are blessed to have leaders who actively manage it.  This allows my wife and I to just be around as volunteer management and academic consultants.

Looking back from where Bright Hope started, I can say that it has become a ministry just like how we envisioned it to be and we are making it a goal to continue to grow.

I’m no business guru but with seven (7) years of Bright Hope existence, let me share to you seven (7) life lessons that I learned that may be useful to those who are putting up a business or an organization:

  1. Do not quit your day job – If you are currently employed and are just relying from your monthly salary for daily sustenance -DO-NOT-QUIT-YOUR-DAY-JOB.  Resigning from work will probably apply to those who have savings that could support them for five years or more.  It takes time to grow a business and your monthly salary can help cushion your survival expenses. If you are stressed just because you don’t have enough time to be hands-on in your business, you’ll be more stressed during off peak seasons and realize that you have no cash flow. 

2. If you can, avoid investors who do not understand your vision and is just up for the money – we have different views when it comes to entertaining investors so to each his own.  But what worked for Bright Hope is not getting other people to invest. Carefully consider this especially if your vision differ from individuals who offer to invest.  The advantage of not getting investors is that we can allocate our budget to wherever we see fit without consulting other individuals. It takes away unnecessary headaches caused by clashing decision makers.  

3. Love your employees, they are a big factor why your business is a success.  I like this quote from Stephen Covey


Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers. 


Bright Hope’s success is attributed to the dedicated teachers and staff who sincerely love their students.  In a business or in any organization, I learned that taking care of your employees or the people who help you run the organization does really make the difference.  Give them what is due.  We enter into business so that we can earn a living, but our employees need to live too. People who work for your organization will not demand more if they see that they are getting what is just and due to them. Plus, you’ll be greatly blessed as you allow yourself to be used to bless other people.

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Bright Hope Team 2018.  This was taken after the Parents’ Orientation. (3 others not on photo, sorry guys!)

4. Exceed customer expectation – I worked for several BPOs as a call center agent and that is where I learned about the importance of exceeding customer expectation.  It actually works if you care about your customers.  Besides, they are the very reason you are there. It is true that we cannot please everybody but in the field of providing services, we try to please everyone in as much as we can. This creates regular clients and customers.  Businesses do not aim for one time customers, they aim for repeat customers and that’s what you’ll need to thrive.

5. Never stop learning – continue to develop your craft, your people, your services.  Evolving will ensure your existence even if there are other products and services that are being created everyday.  Invest in education and in trainings.  My wife had to enroll in online classes just so she can learn new preschool concepts.  I had to take up management classes just to learn how to handle people (though I did not finish it after Math came in so I am looking at other Math-less courses okay?).  The teachers at Bright Hope had to go through series of trainings including make-up lessons so they can look presentable and professional even if they already are.

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Make Up Tutorial for Birght Hope teachers by Krizia Guevara.

And just recently, my wife and I attended the E-Commerce and Social Media Learning Sessions of Ms. Janette Toral held at Cordillera School of Digital Arts Baguio.

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with Ms. Janette Toral of Digital Filipino.
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Certificates given by Ms. Janette Toral during the Social Media Learning Sessions at Cordillera School of Digital Arts Baguio. 

The point is, learn new things everyday.

6. Don’t be discouraged by people who do not believe in your crazy ideas – business concepts start off as crazy ideas until they are developed and are ready for hatching. While you are contemplating on your business model you will find yourself tempted to tell your friends about it and that is normal.  Prepare to get laughed at.  That is also normal.  Remember that not everybody is born a dreamer like you. Put that in mind, okay? But don’t hold it against them, they are created to challenge you.

7.  Never, never, never give up.  There were times when my wife and I were on the verge of panicking because we were worried we could not pay the rent for Bright Hope but we just focused on answering this question:  “How can we better our services so that we can attract more parents to enroll?”  We then created program after program and blessedly, there were parents who enrolled and believed in the programs that we offered.  This kept us going.  This kept us believing that Bright Hope exists for a purpose and we will never see that purpose if we gave up. We are thanking the Lord for giving us the strength to not give up and providing for our needs.

Currently, apart from Bright Hope’s mission of sharing the good news to the children and their families, we are glad that it is able to help alleviate poverty by providing employment, a college scholarship, and a plan to subsidize skills training for children in conflict with the law.

The things that I shared are not new, but I hope it encouraged you.  We can all make a difference, hold on to that bright hope and use it to ignite a bright tomorrow.

I have to go now, my son has been playing with my phone for almost 2 hours as I write this! haha.

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My wife working on her paper as I write this blog, my son took this stolen shot upon my instruction.

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Oh yes! We have a Baby School in Baguio City!


Cassy previously enrolled in our Jolly Baby Class Program and is now one of our Toddler pupils.


My wife and I started BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC., six (6) years ago.  A venture that we started out of passion and purpose. It was a tutorial center then in Barangay San Vicente, Baguio City where we had grade school to high school tutees and even had the opportunity to teach non-readers from the nearby public school out of the goodness of our friends who shouldered their tutorial fees.

Since tutorial centers are mostly only full in the afternoon, we had to look for ways to fill the hours that our center was not being used.  One day, when I was walking along the street in our barangay, I saw a lot of mothers holding babies from ages 1 to 2 years old, so I started to have an idea.  I did my own research as to how early a child can go to school and came to a conclusion that “the earlier, the better”.

So in the first quarter of 2012, I gathered my neighbors and some of my school batch mates and convinced them to enroll their 2-year old babies in our toddler program.  Most of them were hesitant and said that it was too early for a child of that age to be in school but they registered anyway and from then on, we all saw wonders every single day.

On October 24, 2013, an article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer further confirmed the relevance of starting early and I quote:

“The average 18-month-old can say about 10 to 30 words, but some normal 18-month-olds can say only five words. Sometimes I see a toddler of the same age who can say more than 70 words and can put these words in combination to form phrases or sentences. Kate, Trevor, Ryan and Cameron, all my patients, were already talking like a three-year-old when they were 18 months old. Trevor, at 15 months, was able to say more than 40 words when most of his peers could say only three to five words. Our son Len, at 24 months, was able to read the words “Toyota” and “Subaru.”

What do all of these children have in common? They were lucky to have parents and grandparents who started talking with them from the first day of life. They read to them early on and continued reading every night as part of their bedtime routine. These toddlers were fortunate to have parents who challenged and stimulated their brain cells during the first 12 months of their life by frequently talking, reading, counting, adding, singing, and playing in a happy way.

Unfortunately, most parents have the wrong idea that education starts at Grade K. To have happier and smarter children, education must begin during the first 36 months. This is the “golden window” of opportunity for parents, grandparents, daycare workers, babysitters, and nannies to make a huge difference. And for a dramatic educational outcome, educators and policymakers should look into this “golden window” of learning and apply recent cognitive research on how to boost babies’ language and brain development in their curriculum.”

As stated in the article, babies are blessed to have people around them who can challenge and stimulate their brain cells while they are developing.  Let us not neglect this stage and take this once in a lifetime opportunity to raise geniuses out of our babies. So parents, your babies can go to school too!  It is just a matter of carefully looking for the best program that would suit their needs and their personality. 

At Bright Hope Room for Growth Inc., we are offering JOLLY BABY CLASS, a program where babies ages 1 year and 8 months up to 2 years old are exposed to sensory, arts and crafts, fine and gross motor activities. They get to meet new friends too!

To find out our available schedule, do call the following numbers:

Admin Office: (074) 424-2647
Admin Head: 0917-145-2381
Principal: 0917-656-2007

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Scouting for a PRESCHOOL IN BAGUIO CITY?

Hindi ka pa ba nakahanap ng PRESCHOOL para sa toddler or preschool aged child mo?

Afraid of enrolling dahil baka sa kalagitnaan e baka ayaw nang pumasok ng baby mo?

Worry no more! Here at BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC. , we carefully designed a SHORT TERM PROGRAM na sasagot sa pag-aalinlangan mo kung ready na ba for school ang baby mo. 🙂

Staying true with our commitment to providing excellent childcare programs, Bright Hope Room For Growth Inc. is again offering the third wave of PRESCHOOL JUMPSTART, a 15-day program designed for the following reasons:

1) Help child experience PRESCHOOL LIFE before even enrolling in any regular preschool program;

2) Help parents who are scouting for a preschool that will best fit their child’s needs and personality;

3) Help parents understand that it is never too early for their child to come to school. 🙂

jumpstart poster

 

WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES EXPECTED?
Your child will get to sing, dance, listen to stories, and do arts with children their age.

HOW MUCH IS THE COMMITMENT FEE?
Only P2415.00 for the 15 sessions.

MODE OF PAYMENT?
50% downpayment, balance payable on the 8th session.

WHEN WILL CLASSES START?
July 3, 2017. 1:30 to 3:00PM daily.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
A list will be provided upon registration.

HOW OLD SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE TO BE ABLE TO JOIN THE PROGRAM?
Your child must at least be 3 to 5 years old.

HOW DO YOU RESERVE A SLOT?
Message us through our facebook page by clicking THIS, or call 074-424-2647 or text 09176562002, or visit 2nd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, #90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City, look for Teacher Amanda Demandante.

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HILL STATION, BAGUIO CITY: FINDING CALLOS!

On christmas eve, at around 9 o’clock in the evening and after we have celebrated at home, I had this weird craving for callos.  I remember trying it at Hill Station in one of my meetings and so I talked my wife into driving out that evening to find — callos.  I was concerned that Hill Station might not be open that night considering that Filipinos usually close their businesses during the 25th of December but lo and behold…

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Tada! Hill Station at Casa Vallejo is open!  The Resto closes at 10pm and their bar at 11pm so this still gives me an hour to have that mouth-watering callos!

I knew it, people these days dine out during Christmas instead of going through the hassle of preparation…

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From the main entrance of Casa Vallejo and before gracing the imperial staircase to Hill Station, we caught sight of this seeming festivity! It felt like they were all waiting for me so I waved my hands all the way down and celebrated with these families (KKB style).

Hill Station was surprisingly full, I surmise these are tourists who came to my beloved Baguio City to celebrate Christmas with us.  Since the dining hall was, let’s just say filled to capacity,  we were fortunate to have 2 available seats at the farthest corner of the hall.  We were ushered to sit in an area that is a little bit dark and so I was joking to my wife that we looked like an “aliping sagigilid”. I then requested to be transferred should there be a vacant table for 2.  After a few minutes, here we are…

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My Pia Wurtzbach and I, transferred to a more lit area @ Hill Station.

And so the quest for callos began…

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Hmmm do I look worried here? I am troubled about the fact that I might not see callos on the menu and not because of the price! (hint, hint) I stayed calm and voila! Saw SPANISH CALLOS there!

Before we asked for the staff to take our order, I gave my wife a quick briefing and reminded her that we already ate at home and that she is full and that we were just there for the callos and not for anything else.  I told her that we need to stick to the plan and focus on the goal and so she ended up ordering…

HOME MADE POTATO CHIPS w/ AIOLI.

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Hmmm, yes, POTATO CHIPS. But these are not ordinary potato chips, these are HOME MADE POTATO CHIPS WITH AIOLI DIP. I told my wife to take note that not all potato chips have aioli, and that we don’t see aioli everyday, whatever that is.

But before we were served the golden HOMEMADE POTATO CHIPS w/ AIOLI, the staff brought us…

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD w/ DUKKAH and OLIVE OIL, let me show you a picture so you won’t think that I’ll be using the DUKKAH and the OLIVE OIL on my face because they sounded like they were lifted from a spa menu…

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When I asked the staff about the powdery thing beside the olive oil, I initially heard him say “dukha dip”. Dukha in Filipino means poor, so I almost said “Are you giving this to us because you think we are poor?” But I kept my cool and asked him again, “what is it again and can you spell it for me please?” He then repeated himself and spelt it as Dukkah or Duqqa. Duqqa is an Egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, and spices. It is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables for an hors d’œuvre.  So I was relieved, I thought he was being judgmental.

Let me show you how a “non-dukha” will eat the dukkah…

Step 1:

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You have to dip the whole wheat bread in the olive oil. I wonder why they call it whole wheat bread, when it was served to us, the bread was already sliced. (wink wink)

Step 2:

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After bathing the whole wheat bread with some olive oil, now let the whole wheat bread in all its wholiness dive into the dukkah dip as deep as possible to achieve the intended taste. (ano daw?)

Step 3:

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Make sure that you look your best, look at the camera and tell yourself, or if you are not alone, tell the group- “This is how a non-dukha eats a dukkah”.

Kidding aside, after gobbling all the whole wheat bread, my most precious spanish callos is now served…

SPANISH CALLOS

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You can order Hill Station’s Spanish Callos with garlic bread or garlic rice. Obviously, I ordered mine with garlic rice plus extra rice. Their spanish callos was so tender that my oohhhs and my aaahhhs while eating can be heard across the room but nobody reacted because it was just me, an ordinary boy, eating his Callos, spanish callos rather. Callos is a stew common across Spain, and is considered traditional to Madrid. In Madrid, it is referred to as callos a la Madrileña. It contains beef tripe (tuwalya) and/or chickpeas (garbanzos), blood sausage and bell peppers. Chorizo sausage may also be used. Another simple recipe of Callos is boiling the tripe until tender, slicing it into strips and cooking it in pork and beans with bell peppers.

Know what, I did not only enjoy my food at Hill Station but I also learned some Baguio City trivia from their menu, here you go..

 

Trivia No. 1

From India to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, little towns were carved out of the mountainside as places of rest and recreation. Baguio was one of the last hill stations to be established in Asia during the Americal colonial period in the Philippines.

hill station is a town located at a higher elevation than the nearby plain or valley. The term was used mostly in colonial Asia, but also in Africa (albeit rarely), for towns founded by European colonial rulers as refuges from the summer heat, up where temperatures are cooler. In the Indian context most hill stations are at an altitude of approximately 1,000 to 2,500 metres (3,500 to 7,500 feet); very few are outside this range.

Trivia No. 2

When the American government in 1909 was building up Baguio City, the hired workers stayed in Casa Vallejo, then known as “Dormitory No. 4.” It had sawali partitions inside and was wood and galvanized iron on the outside.

Trivia No. 3

In 1928, Casa Vallejo was leased to Salvador Vallejo, a Spaniard who came with the Spanish army at the turn of the century, married here, never left. He renovated the building and opened Vallejo Hotel. Our small function room, perfect for meetings, is named after the founder.

Okay, let’s get back to work, here is the verdict on my Hill Station Experience:

PRICE:  Well, it depends on your budget, if you are on “dukha mode” like me then the prices are a little bit high for your current financial situation. (lol)  The resto’s market are from the middle class to the upper echelons.  It is not a resto where you can eat everyday, otherwise you’ll end up selling your priced possessions just because you ate spanish callos.

LOCATION: They have 2 branches, the one where I had my Spanish Callos experience was at Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City – few steps away from SM Baguio. They also have another branch which is a thousand steps away from SM Baguio so you choose, but the address is – HILL STATION BISTRO, Ayala Land Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City.

PARKING SPACE:  They have a parking space behind Casa Vallejo but if they are full, you will end up parking by the road side and risk being issued a ticket by the Traffic Management Bureau which is also a few steps away from where your car is parked.  But to give you peace of mind, I have not been issued a ticket even once just by parking along that area, but who knows, you will be the first one. 🙂

AMBIANCE:  If you are in love, the place is romantic.  I enjoyed being with my wife there.  It was like valentines on a christmas eve.  The environment is very stylish and sophisticated even if the place used to be a run down building, the owners were successful in reviving it to its present glory.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: I would say – excellent for that evening.  Even if they  were full, they’d take care of you as if you are their only guest.  The staff obviously know how to work with grace under pressure.

Now, will I recommend this place?  Because of their Spanish Callos – definitely, YES!  This place is iconic here in Baguio City so if you are a tourist, try their Spanish Callos! Haha. I have yet to try the rest of the menu.

Until the next spoonful folks!

P.S.  My wife felt like she can’t leave Hill Station without trying some of their desserts and so she ordered their New York Cheese Cake:

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The sweet syrup looked like ketchup in the dim lit room but my wife said it was actually yummy. 🙂

 

 

ARCA’S YARD: A fusion of early tradition and modernization.

My wife and I were looking for a place for dessert and a cozy spot where we can sit, relax, and plan for our year 2016.  Since it is the 24th of December and knowing that there is an impending heavy traffic, we decided to drive outside the Central Business District of Baguio City and found ourselves at…

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You will not miss the Arca’s Yard signage if you are traversing the road towards Ambuklao.

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The wife looks excited as to what Arca’s Yard has to offer. 🙂

I am sorry that I never bothered to ask who ARCA is, where is ARCA, is ARCA a he, a she, or whether ARCA stands for something. (lol)  But one thing is for sure, ARCA has a YARD and we are about to check it out…

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ARCA’S YARD has an easy to remember address – 777 Tiptop, Ambuklao Road, Baguio City. I had to add a touch of sepia on my pic to conform to Arca’s theme. 🙂

When we entered the place, my wife and I were greeted with art pieces that made us feel as if we visited a cordilleran museum.  With that, I already told my self that it was worth the drive.

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The furniture, the paintings on the wall…made me say that ARCA didn’t only have a YARD but he/she or it has an artistic sense too! Why won’t they call it…ARCA’S YARD, ARCA’S PAINTINGS, ARCA’S EVERYTHING! lol  ARCA, IKAW NA!

And there is this wall…

ARCA'S LADDLES
ARCA’S LADLES! You can say that there is obvious obsession with ladles here. I can imagine the chef saying – “to achieve this particular saltiness, we need to use a special ladle” or “this ladle is for adobo, that one for sinigang, and the other one for pina-upong manok”. hmmmm

ARCA’S YARD has a dining hall on its ground floor and it has a stairway leading to an attic.  We opted for the attic and wow…

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On your way to the attic, you will be welcomed by these creatures. Is ARCA one of them? Who are they? I surmise that these are the people who did not pay their tab. That would be a very scary way to say “goodbye world”.

ARCA’S YARD attic is like a mini library filled with books, carpets and pieces of furniture where you and your friends can comfortably dine.  It has magical windows that allow you to experience a view of the cordillera mountains.

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This spot is very inviting. I almost took a nap. If you notice, on the left side of the pic, there are different kinds of “bululs” or we call them anitos. These anitos are believed to be guardians of the granary or the household by the cordillera people.

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This is the magical window that I was talking about at Arca’s Yard. hehe. 🙂

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I call the window magical because it brought out the artist in me. Just by looking outside, it gave me the inspiration to look at the bright side of every difficult situation, more especially now that I am going through a phase called “writer’s block”.

Apart from eating, here are some of the things you can do at ARCA’S YARD:

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READ with semi crossed legs @ ARCA’S YARD

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Model and pretend to read with semi crossed legs @ ARCA’S YARD.

TAMEME AT ARCA'S YARD
Talk to nature and go “tameme” with nature’s response only @ ARCA’S YARD.

WRITE HORROR MOVIE ARCA'S YARD
Write HORROR MOVIE SCRIPTS @ ARCA’S YARD.

But more than the many things that you can do at ARCA’S YARD, of course we came here to taste their food, so…

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Let us RING THE BELL and ORDER food @ ARCA’S YARD! You need to ring the bell to call the staff for them to take your order.

We made our selection after asking them their best sellers and so let us start to do what we are here for:

THE GRUB:

RHUBARB PIE ALA MODE

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Rhubarb Pie Ala Mode @ P140.00 per slice – the pie that will make you witness war between sweetness and sourness. The crust is cooked out of rhubarb stalks and is the one that produces that mysterious sour taste.  You will also be surprised as to how that sour taste is drowned by the taste of its ambrosial toppings. The vanilla ice cream and the caramelized walnuts sprinkled around the pie calms the struggle between sweet and sour. (Ano daw?) If you really want to know what I mean, you’d better pay ARCA’S YARD a visit.  One more thing, RHUBARB ALA MODE is seasonal and is only available during the months of December to January and August to October or depending if there are other other suppliers.

STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE @ P90.00 per tall glass.  I usually don’t like ordering strawberry shakes because most of the restaurants overdo its sweetness.  However, when I sipped from my wife’s drink, I loved every drop of it because the sweetness is, if I may use the word, tame.

Just in case we get a little hungry from our year 2016 planning, we ordered their CHEESEBURGER w/ FRIES @ P240.00.

BURGER AND FRIES ARCA'S
At first look, there is nothing really special about this burger but the obvious absence of grease made it stand out. The patty looked pale but the fact that it is healthy, it saved it from not being recommended. The fries are crunchy, but it is just sad that I am not a big fan of fries.

We stayed at ARCA’S YARD longer than we thought because we enjoyed the serenity and what are the odds that we will be having the attic to ourselves.  It was so serene and my body was demanding a nap but of course that is not possible.  If you visit during non-peak hours or non-peak days, the only sound that  you will hear are some chit-chats from guests dining in the ground floor, vehicles traversing the Ambuklao Road and the click clacking of horseshoe sound.

We already achieved our purpose of planning for the year 2016 but we thought that our ARCA’S YARD experience won’t be complete if we won’t taste their best selling CAMOTE PIE ALA MODE:

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As an Igorot, camote pie is not new to me. My grandparents cooked this almost everyday when we were young and we love it. But let us talk about ARCA’S YARD CAMOTE PIE – it has a smooth texture with some chunks of camote.  The pie is topped with something crispy, I think those are nuts too. This cordillera snack complimented their CLOUD TEA priced @ P60.00. The cloud tea is very relaxing, the taste of the wild honey soothing and the presentation wow. You will witness how the foam on top will merge with the other elements of the drink. It is like watching the Baguio City fog caress a beautiful lady’s cheeks.

Now, we need to rate our ARCA’S YARD experience:

PRICE:  Very reasonable.

LOCATION: Without traffic, it is 12 to 15 minutes drive from the Central Business District of Baguio City.  It has an easy to remember address – 777 Tiptop, Ambuklao Road, Baguio City.

PARKING SPACE:  Their frontage will fit about 2 cars, you can also park by the road side.  I am not sure if they have other provisions for parking.

AMBIANCE:  Very conducive for meeting and catching up with friends.  You can have an alone time if you visit them during non-peak hours.  They play instrumental music which adds to stimulating your artistic juices.  If you are a writer, I am sure you will find some inspiration at ARCA’S YARD.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:  The staff are very patient and will immediately attend to your needs, well that was probably because there were a few customers when we went there.  We will try to visit them during peak-hours/season and see if the service will still be the same.  Accordingly, they are mostly full during weekends.

So if you are from Baguio City, explore this restaurant and experience how they fused early tradition with the gourmet era.  For tourists, don’t leave our City without having a taste of ARCA’S YARD RHUBARB PIE ALA MODE and CAMOTE PIE ALA MODE, don’t forget to complement that with their CLOUD TEA!!

Until the next spoonful folks!

 

 

 

 

5 IDEAL WALKING SPOTS IN BAGUIO CITY

Heavy traffic has always been a problem in Baguio City especially during summer and holidays.  Due to the high influx of vehicles, there have been one proposal after another to convert open spaces into parking lots.  The city is also trying its best not to allow parking in any area to avoid clogging of roads.  Just look at these NO PARKING signs!

Unless gusto mong magbayad ng P500.00 na parking fee e ok na ok lang. :)Unless gusto mong magbayad ng P500.00 na parking fee e ok na ok lang. 🙂
It looks so inviting! But yes, sorry po, no parking talaga dito. :)It looks so inviting! But yes, sorry po, no parking talaga dito. 🙂
Ganito po talaga katindi ang NO PARKING sa Baguio. Pati sa mga damuhan pinapatulan na, kaya yan, NO PARKING po dito sa may damuhan.Ganito po talaga katindi ang NO PARKING sa Baguio. Pati sa mga damuhan pinapatulan na. Kaya yan, NO PARKING po dito sa may damuhan.
To have an idea of how much the parking rate is, here you go.To have an idea of how much the parking rate is, here you go.
no parking 5On this side e di pwede mag park and smoke. So dalawa ang violation mo kung nag illegal parking ka sabay sindi ng yosi. Look for a spot na walang NO SMOKING kung yosing yosi ka na. Or better yet don’t smoke dahil masama yan sa baga and of course para isa lang violation mo.

Is there a solution to this then?  Should it be additional parking spaces?

The most practical solution to this is –  minimizing the use of our vehicles.  Easier said than done right?  But we can do it one step at a time.  And to start with this, I encourage everyone to start walking and enjoy the city’s embracing breeze.

To help promote our city as THE CITY OF WALKING PEOPLE, here are my top 5 favorite spots where you can start training yourself to get used to walking around the city:

1) Brent Road

You will never miss this sign. Malapit lang siya sa 50's Diner. If you get lost naman, just look for this sign. lol.You will never miss this sign. Malapit lang siya sa Pink Sisters. If you get lost naman, just look for this sign. lol.
Very safe to walk here early in the morning because wala masyadong vehicles. During night time, wag tumambay masyado dito kasi medyo madilim and a lot of teenagers tinatakas sasakyan ng mga magulang nila para tumambay dito at mag-inuman. Not cool so calling on our Policemen to keep this safe at night. Pero nice mag-walk talaga dito. Very safe to walk here early in the morning because wala masyadong vehicles. During night time, wag tumambay dito kasi medyo madilim and a lot of teenagers tinatakas sasakyan ng mga magulang nila para tumambay dito at mag-inuman. Not cool, so calling our Policemen to keep this place safe at night. Pero mind you, nice mag-walk talaga dito.
Plus in the afternoon, may isaw dito na 5 pesos lang. You might also want to try that. Look for kuya in front of that green gate na malapit sa may Pink Sisters. Pag may lalaki kang nakitang nakawahak ng pamaypay kahit na tag-lamig, that only means there is isaw on Brent Road.Plus in the afternoon, may isaw dito na 5 pesos lang. You might also want to try that.
Look for kuya in front of that green gate na malapit sa may Pink Sisters. Pag may lalaki kang nakitang nakawahak ng pamaypay kahit na tag-lamig, that only means there is isaw on Brent Road. Kunyari umiiwas si kuya sa camera o, pero hagip pa din. 🙂 (update: Kuya is no longer there, si ate na so look for ate).

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2) John Hay;

Here is John Hay sa hapon. :) Naubusan na ng oras at liwanag kaya almost evening na ito. While jogging here, you will enjoy super fresh air kasi di napapagod bumuga ng malinis na hangin ang mga puno dito. :) This is John Hay sa hapon. 🙂 Naubusan na ng oras at liwanag kaya almost evening na ito. While jogging here, you will enjoy super fresh air kasi di napapagod bumuga ng malinis na hangin ang mga puno dito. 🙂 Di tulad sa bandang town, pati mga puno nag-yoyosi na din. hehe

3) South Drive;

Jogging and walking ba ang trip mo? Sabay ka dito sa South Drive. You will never be alone. :)Jogging and walking ba ang trip mo? Sabay ka dito sa South Drive. You will never be alone. 🙂
Dahil accident prone area dito...Dahil accident prone area dito…
I suggest na huwag po sa kalsada mag-lakad at mag-jogging...I suggest na huwag po sa kalsada mag-lakad at mag-jogging…
Dito lang po tayo sa sidewalk, if you want a second chance in life. :)Dito lang po tayo sa sidewalk, if you want a second chance in life. 🙂

4) Teacher’s Camp;

Di ka pa pinapanganak ay uso na ang maglakad at mag-jogging dito...Di ka pa pinapanganak ay uso na ang maglakad at mag-jogging dito…
You can run, you can hide but you can't escape my love ang theme song dito sa rubberized track and field ng Teacher's Camp, pero hindi basta basta nakakapasok dito...Dahil rubberized ang track and field ng Teacher’s Camp, hindi basta basta nakakapasok dito…
Bago mag ready, get, set go....Bago mag ready, get, set go….
Kailangan mo muna bumili ng ticket sa ticket booth...Kailangan mo muna bumili ng ticket sa ticket booth…
Ipakita ang ticket kay manong guard kahit ganun siya makatingin dahil...Ipakita ang ticket kay manong guard kahit ganun siya makatingin dahil…
No ticket, no entry dito.No ticket, no entry dito.
Kapag nakapasok na, huwag kang feeling - dahil may designated na joggers lane. Baka kasi pagkamalan kang kasali sa National Team e ipadala ka agad sa South East Aisan Games ng wala pang ensayo. Menos medalya yun para sa Pinas. Kapag nakapasok na, huwag kang feeling – dahil may designated na joggers lane. Baka kasi pagkamalan kang part of National Team e ipadala ka agad sa South East Asian Games ng wala sa oras. Menos medalya yun para sa Pinas.
Kung wala ka naman pambili ng ticket...Kung wala ka naman pambili ng ticket…
Here ka nalang sa labas ng Teacher's Camp para you will be jogging into the woods. :)Here ka nalang sa labas ng Teacher’s Camp para you will be jogging into the woods. 🙂

5) Burnham Park;

Kung sa dami naman ng pwedeng gawin apart from jogging or walking, baka Burnham Park ang hanap mo. :)Kung sa dami naman ng pwedeng gawin apart from jogging or walking, baka Burnham Park ang hanap mo. 🙂
Pwedeng mag-boat sa chocolate flavor na man made lake. :) Di talaga ganyan ang kulay niyan, may naglaro lang siguro kaya kung sa ilocano e Pwedeng mag-boat sa chocolate flavored na man made lake. 🙂 Di talaga ganyan ang kulay niyan, may naglaro lang siguro kaya kung sa ilocano e “nalibeg” ang itsura. hehe
Pwede ding mag-biking. Kids love this so much so tag along your children if you visit Burnham Park. :)Pwede ding mag-biking. Kids love this so much so tag along your children if you visit Burnham Park. 🙂
Kung transient house naman ang hanap mo, makakahanap ka din dito...Kung transient house naman ang hanap mo, makakahanap ka din dito…
Or kung pagod ka na at naghahanap ng rason na umupo, kalabitin mo si kuya at magpa Henna Tattoo. Or kung pagod ka na at naghahanap ng rason na umupo, kalabitin mo si kuya at magpa Henna Tattoo during the day…
Or during night time kung weird ang trip mo...Or during night time kung weird ang trip mo…
May hilot at reflex din at 50 pesos daw...May hilot at reflex din at 50 pesos daw… (pero mukhang bawal na ito ngayon)
Pero huwag ugaliin ang maglakad ng gabi dito dahil baka sa hospital ang bagsak mo habang naririnig ang mga katagang Pero huwag ugaliin ang maglakad ng gabi dito dahil baka sa hospital ang bagsak mo habang naririnig ang mga katagang “follow the light”. Joke lang. Safe naman pa din dito pero advisory lang.
Balik tayo sa umaga at siguradong madadaanan mo ang booth na ito at...Balik tayo sa umaga at siguradong madadaanan mo ang booth na ito at…
...magpa-picture kay Doglas the dog! Yung mga anak daw niyan ay na kay Manny Pacquiao (daw). Kumikitang pangkabuhayan ito dahil 25 pesos per shot, gamit ang sarili mong camera phone. :) May advantage din ang pagiging anyong aso ano? Buti pa si Doglas the dog. Talo ang mga abogadong hindi binabayaran ng mga nagpapanotaryo sa kanila. Kaya ang linya niyo - …magpa-picture kay Doglas the dog! Yung mga anak daw niyan ay na kay Manny Pacquiao (daw). Kumikitang pangkabuhayan ito dahil 25 pesos per shot, gamit ang sarili mong camera phone. 🙂 May advantage din ang pagiging anyong aso ano? Buti pa si Doglas the dog. Talo ang mga abogadong hindi binabayaran ng mga nagpapanotaryo sa kanila. Kaya ang linya niyo – “sana aso na nalang ako”. Joke lang! (Since this was published 3 years ago, not sure if Doglas is still a dog, este, not sure if Doglas is still there)
Nalaman ko rin na hindi pala pinsan ni Doglas the dog ang ibang mga St. Bernard Dog sa Baguio! Had I known. Meron akong kilalang pusa named Nalaman ko rin na hindi pala pinsan ni Doglas the dog ang ibang mga St. Bernard Dog sa Baguio! Had I known. Meron akong kilalang pusa named “Kuting”, she is barely making it in life. Sana i-endorse din siya ng Tourism of Baguio, baka sakaling maging celebrity din siya tulad ni Doglas. 🙂
Malayo na rin ang narating natin...pero di problema yan kung naiihi na kayo dahil may clean pay comfort rooms tayo dito...remember Malayo na rin ang narating natin…pero di problema yan kung naiihi na kayo dahil may clean pay comfort rooms tayo dito…remember “pay”. Kung wala ka namang dalang pera, kalabitin mo ang friend mo and say “friend, naiihi ako, libre mo naman ako.” Imposible namang tiisin ka ng kaibigan mo, dahil di siya tunay na kaibigan kung ganun. Or pwede ring ikaw na ang mag-aya kung medyo may extra ka and say “friends, tara ihi tayo, treat ko to!”

Whew! Now we finally come to the end of this article.  Napagod kayo ano?  Just a reminder, wherever you jog or walk sa Baguio, paalala lang po…

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Let us go back to loving our city once again because there is no other place like Baguio.  I may not have experienced the old Baguio that our predecessors first fell in love with but I am of the view that there is so much to preserve than develop.


MAMA’S TABLE BY CHEF VICKY, A BAGUIO CITY FOOD REVIEW.

A foodie is a person who has a particular interest in food, someone who has a discerning palate. A friend once asked me if I am a foodie and in a heartbeat, I said “NO”. I don’t think my palate is sophisticated and discriminating enough to be considered one. Don’t get me wrong. I love food and I will eat anything you serve me for as long as it is edible and especially when I am famished. Most of the time, my goal is just to fill my stomach and that makes me happy and good to go.

When asked to rate food I will only say things like –  “too salty”, “can we add salt on this?”, “I believe the chef’s family has no history of diabetes, too sweet”, “the food is like my skin, flawless but with a twist”. Judging food should be as simple as that, right?

But don’t under estimate my self-proclaimed un-sophisticated palate, because the same mouth where my palate can be found is convincing enough to draw the eating public to your restaurant. (with narrowing look and a slight giggle) So instead of a foodie, just call me a food PR.

For me, reviewing food should include not only the taste but the presentation and ambiance. Imagine mo nalang na ngumunguya ka ng spaghetti na lasang sinigang habang katabi ng table mo ang pintuan ng CR at habang painum ka ng iced tea ay maririnig mo pa na may nag flush ng toilet bowl kasabay ng iyong paglunok. How would you feel?

Going back sa being foodie and making a food review. Sa akin, dapat yung itsura ng food bagay sa taste. If you ordered adobo, dapat lasa at itsurang adobo ito. Hindi yung:

Kuya D: “Excuse me. Kuya, I think I ordered adobo, not dinuguan”.

Waiter: “Sir, sorry but that is adobo.”

Kuya D: (tumbling 5x, sabay split).

On a serious note, here in Baguio City, there is this hidden food paradise that only food hunters will discover. Along Ambuklao Road, a huge glass house warmly welcomes people with adventurous palates. This food paradise is called “Mama’s Table” by Chef Vicky Tinio-Clemente.

Reservation starts by texting Chef Vicky and receiving the message below:

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Di ba? Sa word palang na “degustation” e mukha na siyang masarap. 🙂 And always tell her ahead of time if you have allergies kasi mahirap naman kung kailangan pa nilang tumawag ng ambulansya kung biglang kumapal ang labi mo. 🙂

Without traffic, the paradise is only a 10 minute-drive from the city. Upon arriving, you will be ushered by Chef Vicky to this wide sala: Where you can entertain your guests:

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Me, telling my friends about alta stories.

Toast to a colleague’s success:

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Celebrating Judge Jeanylene T. Isip-Fukai’s success!

Fight over who’s going to foot the bill:

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Atty. Yzanne Merced could not believe she’ll be footing the bill. Atty. Jerico Gay-ya just decided to look on while Judge Glenda Ortiz-Soriano is saying “kasalanan mo ito, ikaw ang nag-invite”. Prosecutor Bong Soriano of course just supported her wife, while Chef Vicky was super ready to kick us out.

Plain soshalan lang:

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Judge Jeanylene Isip-Fukai, Atty. Jerico Gay-ya, Judge Glenda Ortiz-Soriano and yours truly. We just arrived so everyone looks fresh pa, later wala na.

It is also in this part of the house where you’ll get the warmest food welcome through Chef Vicky’s special appetizer:

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(Pic courtesy of Atty. Yzanne Merced)

While waiting for your food, you will be tempted to take pictures of the beauty that is before you. A huge glass house, wide garden, sophisticated furnitures, paintings that only altas can identify and appreciate (Wala akong na-identify kaya na bad trip ako. But I was able to appreciate naman kahit papano, I said “hmmmm nice painting” and I immediately went outside to count how many pine cones fell). Here are some dramatic pictures from the place: By the fire place and the living room.

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“Familia Alta, Sino ang susunod na tagapagmana?” From left to right: Prosecutor Bong Soriano, Judge Glenda T. Ortiz-Soriao, me, Atty. Jericho Gaya, Judge Jeanylene Isip-Fukai, and Atty. Yzanne Merced.

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From left to right: Prosecutor Bong Soriano, Judge Glenda T. Ortiz-Soriao, me, Atty. Jericho Gaya, Judge Jeanylene Isip-Fukai, and IBP Baguio-Benguet Chapter President Atty. George Fukai.

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With my Food Buddies from the PUBLIC ATTORNEY’S OFFICE: Atty. Juliet Toma-ac Camuyot, Atty. Immanuel Awisan, Atty. Louella Navarro, Atty. Rubie Lorraine Bogya-Lictao, Atty. Daisy Padolina-Limos and yours truly.

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“Ang mga anak sa labas at ang tunay na taga-pagmana” – Siyempre hindi mawawala ang posing na ganito, para madaling i-crop. LOL.

Mga maaring eksena sa garden habang hinihintay ang pagkain:

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Araw.

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Gabi.

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Pag-ibig ang namutawi. (My beautiful Abigail and I)

After taking pictures inside and out, ito na ang pinakahihintay ninyo – DEGUSTATION:

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The table that will change your life.

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Sinong magsasabing manok lang ang pinapatayo o pinapa-upo?  Meron ding “pinatayo itlog”. Once you taste this, you will never look at your eggs the same way again. Forgive me dahil di ko namemorize mga pangalan nila.

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THE SOUP. Chef Vicky carefully explained to the group kung paano ito ginawa and to be honest, I never tasted something na prinepare with so much love and detail. Passion at its finest.

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Melted mallows with a twist. Nakakiliti yung lasa ng cheese at nakakakilig yung tamis ng mallows. Perfect combination.

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DUMPLING na mapapatumbling ka sa sarap. The challenge:  Isang subuan lang dapat at kailangan makuha mo ito ng buong buo para ma-appreciate mo ang lasa.  Kung maliit naman ang bibig mo, try mo singhutin nalang. LOL.

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THE SALMON. I am not a fan of sea food but Chef’s salmon made me change my mind. This was served along with different kinds of spices and herbs that complimented the salmon. Chef also provided a spoon so you can enjoy the, somewhat, soup that comes with it.

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OMG, THE STEAK. This made the visit all worthwhile. The steak was amazingly tender and juicy and it came with mashed potatoes. Chef did something to the mashed potatoes that made it appear like it still has skin. The different kinds of mushroom was also a hit to my palate.

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MOUTH WATERING WATERCRESS. Who would have thought that this rapidly growing aquatic plant will be part of the menu? This will prepare your palate for the oh so yummy dessert. 🙂

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HEY, NOT YOUR ORDINARY MERINGUE. I think I heard chef say PAVLOVA. I’m not really sure. Next time I will take down notes. The chocolate thing that you see is Toblerone syrup. The strawberry and peaches regulate the sweetness. This brought heaven on earth.

The very first time that I’ve been to this place, there is only one thing that I captured and that is – PASSION.  Only a person who loves what he/she does can come up with something like this and I salute Chef Vicky for being an inspiration.

After every visit, you will never “not want” to have a picture taken with the lady who, like an orchestra conductor, played melody for our stomach.

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Chef Vicky with my friends from the PUBLIC ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Atty. Daisy Padolina-Limos, Atty. Louella Navarro, Atty. Rubie Lorraine Bogya-Lictao, Chef Vicky, me, Atty. Juliet Toma-ac Camuyot, and Atty. Immanuel Awisan.

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hmmm, I am wearing the same shirt here but this is actually with another group of friends. Me, My wife abbey, Ellen, Chef, Net, Kris Mangaliag, Ali Mangaliag, Kai and Jean Urquiza.

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Top: Atty. George Fukai, Atty. Yzanne Merced, Prosecutor Bong Soriano. Bottom: Atty. Jerico Gay-ya, Judge Jeanylene Isip-Fukai, Chef Vicky, Judge Glenda Ortiz-Soriano, Chief Protocol Officer to the Chief Justice, Atty. Zaldy V. Trespeces and yours truly.

We enjoyed the food and the place and I hope that you enjoyed the read.  Visit Chef Vicky one of these days and be inspired.

I intentionally did not edit her digits above so you can contact her and have this once in a lifetime experience.  Again, this is DEGUSTATION at its finest.

NOTE: (Night pictures courtesy of Atty. Yzanne Merced (Except the group pic in the garden); Day and Food pictures courtesy of Atty. Louella Navarro)

That BAGUIO CITY WEDDING you've been dreaming about?  IT'S REAL! VISIT SOULSCENT FLORAL ARTISTRY and make it happen. NOW!
That BAGUIO CITY WEDDING you’ve been dreaming about? IT’S REAL! VISIT SOULSCENT FLORAL ARTISTRY and make it happen. NOW!

We offer Baby, Toddler/Nursery & Kindergarten Classes in small groups.  For inquiries call 09178120753.  Visit us at 2nd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, #90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City.
We offer Baby Class, Nursery, Kinder 1 and Kindergarten 2 classes in small groups. For inquiries call 09178120753. Visit us at 2nd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, #90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City to reserve a slot.

Magkano ang ZUMBA SESSIONS sa Burnham Park, Baguio City?

Everyone is becoming health conscious these days.  Maririnig mo ang iyong mga ka-opisina planning to work out after work or turn on that speaker for an in-office zumba session.

Zumba sessions will cost you around more than a hundred per session if you hit the gym, but that is no longer the case.

Here in Baguio City, you can just plan an early walk at Burnham Park and do things like jogging, walking or joining zumba groups.  Yes, para silang mga union ng mga trabahante, may mga grupo sila.

Join me for a Zumba tour:

Ready to walk the talk.  Taken from Baguio, City Hall.
Taken from Baguio, City Hall.

Pagdating ko sa Burnham Park, nagulat ako sa dami ng grupong nagzuzumba!

I asked around and guess what! Zumba sessions start @ P20.00!  Saan ka pa?!  Kung wala ka namang P20.00, pwede kang magtago sa likod ng gumamela bush para di ka makita ng zumba instructor dahil malamang ay bilang niya kung ilan ang naki-ki-indak sa kanya to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller song.

Sa dami ng nagzuzumba, I decided to take some memorable shots of my ZUMBA TOUR.  Here are my favorite ZUMBA SESSION PICS: (I’m not a photographer so forgive the quality, taga caption lang ako. hehe)

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Mukha lang po silang nagpapatintero at si ate na naka-red ang taya, pero zumba session po talaga ito.

Ate, di na kita maipagtatanggol, mukha na talaga kayong naglalaro ng tumbang preso dito at ikaw ang taya.  Obvious na.
Ate, di na kita maipagtatanggol, mukha na talaga kayong naglalaro ng tumbang preso dito at ikaw ang taya. Obvious na.

Si ate naman na naka-yellow hindi naka-zumba attire.  Feeling ko galing lang siya ng party at inumaga na kaya naki-zumba nalang siya ng mapadaan sa Burnham.  Oo nga naman.
Si ate naman na naka-yellow hindi naka-zumba attire. Feeling ko galing lang siya ng party at inumaga na kaya naki-zumba nalang siya ng mapadaan sa Burnham. Oo nga naman.

Akala ko sila lang ang nagzuzumba but when I continued to walk to the other side of the park, I was amazed to see more of their kind.  (More of their kind talaga, hehe)

Dahil hindi makasunod si kuya na naka-puting outfit, mukhang nagdedesisyon siya kung susuntukin nalang niya ang kanyang dance instructor. hmmm
Dahil hindi makasunod si kuya (naka-puting outfit), mukhang nagdedesisyon siya kung susuntukin nalang niya ang kanyang dance instructor. hmmm

Ayan, mukhang nakapag-decide na si kuya.
Ayan, mukhang nakapag-decide na si kuya. (Pasensiya na maliit yung pictures, nandun siya sa right side)

Nagulat naman ako dito sa kabila, dahil iba ang kanilang trip, may variety…

Interpretative dance...
Interpretative dance…

Wushu...
Wushu…

ballet...
ballet…

At dahil hindi na daw uso ang duck face, tinuturuan niya din ang kanilang followers ng duck pose...
At dahil hindi na daw uso ang duck face, tinuturuan niya din ang kanilang followers ng duck pose…ang last instruction na narinig ko is ganyan sila maglalakad pauwi para mas effective yung exercise nila.

Pauwi na ako ng mapansin ko na nandito pa din ang grupong ito…

Hindi ko alam kung anong klaseng performance ang ginagawa ni kuya dito, pero pansin ko na puro seniors ang kaniyang mga audience at tuwang tuwa sina lola.
Hindi ko alam kung anong klaseng performance ang ginagawa ni kuya dito, pero kaya naman pala dahil puro seniors ang kaniyang mga clients at kailangan magdahan dahan para di mabigla.

Inip na inip naman si kuya magtataho dahil gusto na niyang makabenta...
Inip na inip naman si kuyang magtataho dahil gusto na niyang makabenta…

at mukhang aliw na aliw sina lola...
pero wait ka lang diyan dahil mukhang aliw na aliw pa si lola…

Pero di lang mga nagzuzumba ang napansin ko, namangha ako sa pagmamahalan ng dalawang ito:

Breakfast beside the lake ang kanilang trip...

…dahil breakfast beside the lake ang kanilang trip…para lang silang nasa isang floating restaurant with their gourmet coffee and malunggay pandesal.

Whew, paalala lang, if you join the zumba groups, don’t forget to

basura

para mapanatili ang kalinisan sa Baguio City. So ayan, alam niyo na kung saan makiki-zumba ng pasok sa budget!

Mag-ukay na ng zumba clothes and join them. Thanks for reading and joining me in my random morning adventure.  Until next time!