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Thursday, December 12, 2019

When I moved to the United States, I started to appreciate the great outdoors more. Hiking, snowboarding, going on road trips, are just some of the examples that I kept on doing while I was there. When I visited Davao a few weeks ago, I realized that it's a nice place to check out because of the outdoor activities it offers. One of them would be WHITE WATER RAFTING in the DAVAO RIVER. 
It was on my bucket list. Doing something extreme with my mom. Yes, I was accompanied by my mom and aunt to do white water rafting. I thought they wouldn't do it, but they did. So after making reservations with DAVAO WILDWATER ADVENTURE, I found myself inside DAVAO CROCODILE PARK. This is where the meet up point for this extreme experience.
The assembly time was at 8am. Since we were a little bit early, I was able to check out the park. There were tons of crocodiles around. Some were just waiting with their food in their mouths. Scary but I get it. It's fun to play with food sometimes. Anyway after heading to the office, we were greeted by the staff.
We were given waivers to sign and was asked to watch a short film. They also discussed a bit about safety and everything else. Remember, you will get wet so be prepared and bring a change of clothes, toiletries, towel, and a bag. They will ask that you put your valuables like cellphone, cameras, and things that might get wet into their lockers. If you are wearing glasses, they suggest that you leave them. They would lend you some eyeglass straps if you really need them.
Afterwards, they will be giving you some equipment to bring. Safety is important so they have vests and helmets for you. I would suggest that you wear rashguards and shorts together with aqua shoes.
The adventure itself is for a group of 5 or 6. They actually have a promotion of 5+1 at 1,500Php per person. That's not bad considering that it includes transportation to and from the river, the gears, the guides, a souvenir shirt, documentation like photos and videos. One thing I do not like though is that they give you a couple of cds for the photos and videos. Maybe, they should shift to usb instead. It's faster in my opinion.
This was us before going to the river. The ride is a little bumpy because the roads were being fixed. After an hour or so, you'll arrive in Tamugan. You enter a private area and from there walk down to the staging part. It may be a little slippery so be careful. They also teach you how to put on your vest and helmet properly.
After entering the raft and paddling for a bit, they ask that you fall into the water. Here, they teach you how to position yourself when you fall of the boat. According to them, it's important to lie down with your feet going first down river. This would ensure that you will be able to see where you will be heading and that your feet won't drag you down.
Aside from the guide on the raft, there are two other staff with us. One is a photographer/videographer and another would be a follow person just in case anyone gets thrown into the water.
After an hour or so, we stopped for lunch. They packed meals for us. Do not throw away your trash. Remember to keep it and the staff will actually collect it after you eat.
After lunch, we experienced a little shower. It was actually a welcome reprieve from the heat. Although, you get to see a lot of things while going down river.
I can't really tell you the entire story because you need to experience it for yourself. Let me just say that this part right here had me bounce off my seat. Thankfully, I still landed in the boat. During our rafting, no one was thrown out into the river. It was a great experience that I will never forget. 
We got back to the park at around 4:30pm. There, we had a shower and were given our souvenirs. Aside from rafting, we also got free passes to other activities located in the area (Tribu K Mindanawan, Butterfly House)
1) Reserve in Advance.
2) Be there before 8am.
3) Bring a change of clothes and be prepared to get wet
4) Wear Rashguards, shorts, aqua shoes
5) Don't bring valuables
6) Have fun.

1500 per head.
5+1 promotion.
Itinerary :
8:00 am Assembly at Crocodile Park
9:30 am Departure
10:30 am Arrival at Put In Area, Tamugan
11:00 am Start of Rafting
12:00 noon Lunch
3:00  pm Arrival at Take Out Area, Purok 8, Lacson
3:30  pm Departure for Crocodile Park
4:30  pm Arrival at Crocodile Park

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. Paid for the tickets. Some of the photos were taken by our photographer
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Monday, December 2, 2019

A nice decent steak. That's all I ever wanted when I want to indulge. Sometimes, it takes a lot of effort just to get what you want. In this holiday season, traffic would be long and tiring. Parties would be set in different restaurants and the thought of all the cars on the road makes me want not to go out. Enter WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE. Recently, they have launched their catering services that would make your guests brave the traffic and head on over to wherever you may be.
On a lazy Saturday evening, I found myself in a subdivision in Quezon City. Mind you, it's only a few kilometers away from my place but the traffic was hellish. Once I entered and approached the house of one of my friends, I find this. A huge truck that seems different.
Inside, I saw the executive chef of WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE. Chef Chris was busy preparing all the cuts of meat that would be served that day. What made me more excited was that they have their very own broiler inside the truck. This would ensure that the meats are properly cooked the way WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE is known for. Aside from that machine, they also have a number of burners to be used for their other dishes.
While waiting for all the guests, I saw the set up. Everything was crisp and clean. It was as if I was transported to a WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE restaurant in Manila.  The wait staff was courteous and there was even a bar set up. The catering service thought of everything the party might need. From drinks, to utensils, and service, it was all there.
The meal started off with some baked bread. Dinner rolls, focaccia, and more. 
Things started to heat up when they got the shrimp cocktails out. Huge, plump, and juicy, one piece, two piece won't be enough. BUT, one needs to pace for the meal ahead.
A steak dinner won't be complete without salad. Fresh greens to make up the ceasar salad, it was perfect precursor to a heavy meal.
It seems that they try to start the meal with some healthy dishes. The next one was the GRILLED SALMON. Perfectly cooked, tastes really good with the sauce.
For meat lovers, the CANADIAN BACON is a must. Thick cut, the bacon is just amazing. It's not your normal bacon but it has a deep flavor.
Before the main event, the wait staff offers glasses of wine. I chose to have red as it goes well with steak.
For the main course. The Steak.  WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE does excellent steak.
They serve them medium to medium rare. Honestly, I like it. It's a little red but juicy and it retains all the flavors. They have the USDA PRIME DRY-AGED STEAK. Flown in weekly and dry aged for an average of 28 days, the flavor of the beef are enhanced.
Something that guests must not miss would be the STEAK FRIED RICE. Only served in the Philippines, this is the mother of all steak fried rice. Made with drippings and cuts of succulent meat, the fried rice is a great partner to the meat. Don't forget to get a serving of their famous creamed spinach and mashed potatoes.
The meal will not be complete without dessert. Here, they offer their Chocolate Mousse and their New York Style Cheese cake. Both luscious, it's a must to try them.
WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE in the Philippines is now offering their Catering Services. A minimum of 12 persons is required for the offer. The menu can actually be customized based on the needs of the party.

(632)75056272 ; (+63917) 7028913 ;

Disclaimer:wrote this based on my experience. was invited to this meal.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019
HEADING BACK TO WEE NAM KEE: Checking Out New and Old Dishes

 One of the few places I know that serves Singaporean food would be WEE NAM KEE. This franchise from Singapore has been around for a few years in the metro. I haven't visited them in awhile and I wanted to see what new things they had to offer. 
One lazy afternoon, I went on over to their Makati branch in Ayala triangle. If you're planning to watch the lights and sounds show at night, they also offer outside dining.
 It was nice to see that they offer refreshing coolers. Drinks such as the Strawberry Passion Fruit, Fresh Barley, Milk tea, and even their in house iced tea provided a much needed break from the humid weather.
A visit to WEE NAM KEE will not be complete if you don't try their HIANANESE CHICKEN. You could actually pick between a combination of roasted and steamed. Both giving different texture and flavor profile, it is best to partner them with the sauces. You could go with the chili route, sweet soy sauce, and the ginger and garlic.
Something different would be their CURRY FISH FILLET. Not too spicy, this dish would make you want to eat a lot of rice. The curry went well with the fillet.
 Speaking of rice, they offer a variety of such. You could go with their hiananese rice which was flavorful and fragrant. For fried rice lovers, they got this PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE WITH CHINESE CHORIZO. It's a sweet and tangy twist on fried rice. If that's not your bet, the SAMBAL FRIED RICE is a great alternative as well.
 For other main choices, you could go with the ROAST PORK AND BARBECUE PORK  and GRILLED US FLAT IRON STEAK WITH SWEET SOY SAUCE.
 The Roast Pork offered crunchy skin and moist meat. Kids would definitely enjoy it. The BBQ Pork had a sweet flavor to it. It makes you want to eat a lot of carbs. The US Flat Iron Steak is their take on something sizzling. The meat was tender and perfect for any meal.
WEE NAME KEE is the place to go for your HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE FIX. This Singaporean Restaurant has been in the metro for years. It's your comfort food at its finest.

WEE NAM KEE IS PRESENT AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS in the Metro. I visited the one in Ayala Triangle. I wrote this article based on my opinions. I was invited to try out this dishes.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

When someone asks me where to go for lunch, I usually say let's go to a buffet. The upside is that you get tons of choices and you won't need to wait for food. One of my go to places would be THE ALLEY in UP TOWN CENTER KATIPUNAN. Recently, they just opened their 4th branch of the same concept in BGC.  This newer place is hipper and more instagrammable.
Since this is owned by the VIKINGS GROUP, you could be sure of its quality and quantity. One thing that differs between the usual Vikings buffet is that THE ALLEY is patterned like a food hall. They have 14 different stations that you could choose from.
You just have to remember that this is a buffet. You go for the meanest and best bang for buck dishes.
If it was me you're talking to, I usually head on over to their Japanese section first. NAMED as YATAI, this stall offers sushi and sashimi. Other Japanese dishes are also found here. 
It's tempura all you want as well. If they don't have a single one waiting for you, the staff is willing to bring newly cooked ones to your table. So don't forget to get your table number.
After starting with my go-to's, I would suggest that you visit the stations that offer the carved dishes. IN BUONO, you are greeted with the big guns. Aside from turkey, lamb, and beef, they also have deep fried pork aka liempo. Surprisingly, they offer chicharon bulaklak here as well.
Another must try would be their baked oysters. Topped with tons of gooey cheese, you won't go wrong with these babies. Just remember to eat them when you have something in your stomach already.
As you enter THE ALLEY in BGC, you have a choice between the left side and the right side. Don't get me wrong, both sides are perfect places to sit at. My only tip is to stay somewhere at the back since most of the main courses are there. One stall named as HAO CHI, offers Chinese Dishes. Aside from the deep friend pork, you could also go for the soy chicken. Really good stuff.
The choices here are extremely limitless. You can never go wrong with any.
I appreciate that they also serve street food. They have a fishball cart that sells deep friend goodies. Beside it, they offer bibingka and puto bungbong. You could also have some dirty ice cream, taho, and balot.
Another thing that makes me like THE ALLEY is that they have an extensive list of drinks to choose from. You can go for something alcoholic like their cocktails of the day, or fruits juices and even freshly brewed coffee.
THE ALLEY BY VIKINGS in BGC is their 4th branch with the same concept. It is located on the second floor of Bonifacio High Street Central.

C1, Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
(02) 8-VIK-INGS (or 8-845-4647) 
+63 917-188-9488 • +63 918-919-7888 • (02) 8-805-7888 • (02) 8-805-9888


Adult Weekday Lunch: 788 (+5% service charge)
Adult Weekday Dinner: 988 (+5% service charge)
Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 988 (+5% service charge)


Kids below 3 ft: FREE
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 238 (+5% service charge)
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 338 (+5% service charge)
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 338 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 4.6" Weekday Lunch: 448 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 4.6" Weekday Dinner: 648 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 4.6" Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 648 (+5% service charge)

Disclaimer:Wrote this based on my experience. Was invited to try out this place.
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