Tastes of the World – Korean Version
by: Melvin Corales
Excited to try the side dishes
After a couple of weeks of planning and postponement, the time has come for me to critique the very famous Korean cuisine. Shiela and I went to Ye Dang Korean BBQ because she wanted me to try different food aside from Italian and Singaporean. Best part? It’s her treat.
Ye Dang is located at Meralco Avenue in Ortigas, Pasig City. You might want to take a cab as it is quite a walk from Megamall.
Last June 8, 2013, I had a great opportunity to join my Phinma family in their Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm tour. I was very optimistic about this trip because I’ve heard a lot of inspiring stories about GK.
After a 2 hour ride from Phinma Plaza in Rockwell, we reached the GK Farm in Brgy Encanto, Angat, Bulacan. It is situated in a rural area surrounded by very few houses and a huge farm land. The first thing that caught our attention was the structure that looked like the Beijing National Stadium. It is made from bamboo, concrete and glass. Well, I’ll take more about it later. First things first.
Welcome sign at the GK Enchanted Village
We were brought by the GK team at the GK Center for Culture and Arts. It is a big hall where they usually have the exhibits and talks.
I was very surprised when Shannon, one of the members of the GK team, introduced the key speaker of the day, Mr Antonio “Tony” Meloto. “Tito Tony”, as what his team calls him, is the man behind Gawad Kalinga. I made sure that I listened intently to him to be inspired and to learn.
Tarp at the GK Center for Culture and Arts
Our morning started a little late since we were very tired from all the walking the other day. Before checking out from our hotel, we decided to buy danggit from Tabo-an market. It was one jeep away from where we stayed and quite easy to navigate. Thank you to our very helpful front desk personnel and the jeep driver.
We were greeted by the mouthwatering smell of the market. There were a lot of dried seafood everywhere; from dried pusit, to danggit and daing. The prices were a little expensive, good thing we were able to haggle and get a good price. I brought daing and danggit.
After buying our pasalubong, we went back to our hotel to take a bath and check out. By 11am, we were on our way to SM Cebu to visit the CNT Lechon restaurant. CNT is one of the popular lechon restaurants in Cebu and is located opposite of SM Cebu.
We visited SM Cebu first to buy more pasalubong and to see the mall. Then we left our baggage at the service area of the mall. It is very convenient for tourists who want to roam around but has a lot of bags. Then we went to CNT.
At the Lapu-Lapu Shrine
This trip is one of the most memorable trips of my life because it was my first time to travel by plane with friends. I always travel with my family or during field trips so this marked my first independent journey. I am glad I did it in Cebu.
Our flight was scheduled on a Saturday evening via Airphil Express. I was surprised that there were many people flying with us considered that it was the rainy season and an evening flight.
Our plane left NAIA T3 on time and we landed at Mactan International Airport after an hour. After getting our checked baggage, we went outside to get a cab to our hotel. The travel from the airport to the hotel was actually fast. At first the driver was not very familiar with the location of Sampaguita Suites at Plaza Garcia. Luckily the Magellan’s cross is within walking distance from the hotel so it was easier to instruct the driver. It is also conveniently located near a grocery, the Magellan’s Cross and other popular tourist sites in Cebu City.
October 19, 2012
Creative shot 1
On to our final full day in Puerto Princesa.
We had the usual early morning breakfast at the rooftop of Jamp. Then we waited for our tour guide to pick us up. Our guide arrived at around 8 am, then we decided to go to the nearest store to buy snacks and drinks (with that I also meant booze. hehe).
Then we also went to the dive shop where we rented swimming gears like snorkels, swimming shoes and camera case (for underwater photos). After about an hour of traveling, we reached Honda Bay. We registered again at the tourism office then rode our boat.
Excited kahit puyat.