ANCESTRAL SOPHISTICATION | CIRCA 1900 RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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- ★★★★★

I’ve always known that the alta of the Queen City can always be seen in restaurant like Canvas in Ayala, Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant or Café Georg which is also a part-time tambayan of the #KatKat’s. But on March 14, 2014: the bar for sophisticated restaurants for these kinds of people has been stepped one notch.

Circa 1900 is a new spot in town to look up to. The restaurant is located at Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City, to be specific, it is the small passageway between Metrobank and Sinangag Station near J.Y. Square. It is a colonial or ancestral house owned by the Castillo family that was bought and restored to become one of the most or (I should say) probably the most elegant restaurant in Cebu, not even the illusion of height and affirmation of being a socialite in Sky lounge  Blue Elephant could top this spot.

The Chef of Canvas Restaurant in Ayala spearheaded the restoration of the colonial house and created a brilliant Modern Filipino Cuisine hot boite that offers piano room indulgence and high class service.

 

SERVICE

Speaking of service, the waiters and waitresses will give you a five star service in their warm presence from welcoming you on the spot, upon taking you to your table, when you order food and when it arrives and most especially when you go home. A waitress even gave us a tour around the house just to show us the function rooms downstairs and their cute little vegetable garden on the backyard which is one of the sources of their ingredients. Isn’t it just sophisticated?

The place is just warm and expensive; you’ll feel like one of the rich people inside having their dinner or whatnots. (Hashtag KatKat)

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FOOD

They have variety of meaty and veggie offers that ranges from P200.00 to P400.00 but mostly just within the range of P200.00-P300.00 and to be honest, it’s just worth it! (MENU BELOW)

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Try their Pork Belly with Apple Fennel Compote that’s really delicious and sumptuous, because it’s a bit salty but with a hint of sweetness coming from the apple ingredient.

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Also, try their Chicken Bringhe that’s made up of chicken, some spices, sauces and the bombshell which is the puto… yes; it was puto that was the superstar of it all. It has different taste but sums up as a complimentary dish.

Unfortunately, we haven’t tried their famous iba shake because it was not available at that time. Bummer.

For dessert, try their Pumpkin Pie which was unfortunately just a slice but was delicious nonetheless.

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OVERALL

The very elegant dinner experience we had is enough for me to be happy. With their great service, food and ambiance; other restaurants should make this one as an inspiration slash competition to give a full customer satisfaction.

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SCHEDULE

Open everyday from 11AM to 12MN

HAPPY HOUR: 3PM-6PM

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Contact Number: (032) 239 6265 or 0923 279 5616

RATINGS – 5/5 STARS

 

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SURPRISED: NOT YOUR ORDINARY PACUTE TEEN MOVIE | SHE’S DATING THE GANGSTER MOVIE REVIEW

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- ★★★★

First of all (I have to be defensive about this but…) I’m NOT a fan of Daniel and Kathryn’s love team and I was really hesitant when my partner asked me to watch it, but what changed my mind was that this film was directed by one my favorite directors which gave me one of my favorite Filipino films of all time: One More Chance and she is Cathy Garcia-Molina. Yet, the fact still remains that it was a KathNiel movie still bugs me a bit.

But after watching She’s Dating a Gangster, I could say that it was a “WOW”.

But first let me break the bad, okay, good and the WOW elements in the film.

 

STORY, MAKE-UP, PRODUCTION AND COSTUME

Story-wise, the film started with the pa cute effect Daniel and Kathryn was destined to do. A bit shallow, confusing, corny and cheesy and to be honest, the costume they wore that’s supposed to be on the 80s were a bit off and discombobulated to the real fashion of that era. They were too pretty and too handsome. Was it maybe because of the High Definition camera used? Or was it really poor in production? In that sense, it never captured the 80s feel. But I don’t think any Pinoy films nowadays have captured a past era using costumes and make-up.

Anyhow, as the story progresses and when we got into the middle part: I realized that there’s a depth that captures my attention and gives focus to the story itself. The entire confusing introduction made all sense and you want more answers in the upcoming remaining minutes of the film. And also, I can see the effort of building a good movie on that moment.

And at the very end, it all sums up to giving you an entire emotional bittersweet love affair that will surely crush your heart into pieces.

It captures a love that is sacrificial and deep that in the end will always have a happy end no matter what. The story is just good.

There were really some fun moments in the movie but nothing beats the KathNiel fans that whenever Daniel appears to look pa cute on screen, everyone around is just going wild which gave my partner and I a noisy but hilarious cinematic experience.

 

ACTING

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting for Daniel Padilla to improve and be an effective character. I was shocked even on the first few minutes of the film; he already showed intense characterization that even my partner and I did not fathom.

And to Daniel’s mini-brilliance comes Kathryn’s mini-annoyance. Well, probably because she has to be quirky and all and it’s just so regular of her to do that and that maybe is the reason why we can’t see any improvement in her. But then, she’s still good when she shed’s tears (evil).

 

A RICHARD GOMEZ AND DAWN ZULUETA MOVIE

Yes… when you get to the ending, the part where Richard and Dawn’s characters did meet: they stole the scene from everyone including Daniel and Kathryn even when it’s just seven minutes long! The buildup of the story up to that specific ending makes you think that this film is not just some typical teen movie that you watch and puke right after but it’s the movie you should give focus to and wait for the very heartbreaking yet satisfying ending.

And it was all because of Richard and Dawn’s chemistry and pure acting. Maybe it’s because they’re veteran (they should really be good at it by now) and it was just so believable that it made me cry which I really did not expect to.

The scene where Richard and Dawn’s character meet eye to eye, and everything else was in slow motion, captured the real emotions of bitterness, confusion, loneliness and happiness… everything was just good until Dawn spoke of a one-word liner: “GANGSTER” that made everything in the movie fits like a puzzle which tugs your heart and will bring you tears to the eyes.

Another TBH, I am a CharDawn fan… die hard. UGH!

And because of this, I think it’s about time that ABS-CBN should produce a CharDawn film with great, great, great story and has to be handled well by a director like Garcia-Molina because it will surely be a huge hit not just for matured people, but also for young adults out there.

 

OVERALL

Overall, the movie is really good because it has a deeper sense of storytelling that differs from every one generation storyline films we’ve seen and Cathy Garcia-Molina definitely knows how to pull our heartstrings.

 

She’s Dating a Gangster is produced and released by Star Cinema and was directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. Starring Danieel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

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COSPLAY HAVEN | TOMO CAFÉ REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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- ★★

For a long while, cosplay fanatics have raided the scene from television to cinema and showcase their creative talents all over the globe. Japanese people have always been at the top of this kind of league due to the fact that they’ve always pride themselves having the best anime’s of all time; one of it is Dragon Ball Z which I’m also a fan.

Korean coffee houses have dominated the scene in the Queen City of the South, but I’ve recently discovered something new that would incorporate coffee house and cosplay.

Tomo Café: A Maid and Butler Cafe is located in Talamban, after  University of San Carlos campus and Family Park and right after the Park Terrace Arcade if you come from the city and it is uniquely good for everyone. The café itself, although it has been clear that it is a Maid and Butler café, is a haven for cosplay fanatics and common anime geeks alike. The café is rich with anime, cartoon and mostly Japanese stuffs that certain kinds of people will fancy.

Tomo Café offers a variety of food and drink services: from pastries, coffees, teas and breakfast foods if you might want to.

Try their bestseller Campfire Mocha which costs P150.00 and taste really good plus the weird smiley on the side of the cup you’re sipping with.

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If you love tea, I’d suggest their Four Red Fruits Tea for P100.00 which you can enjoy sipping hot while on a chilling misty day.

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Also, if you’d like to learn basic Japanese language this place is perfect for you because on the other room of the café: you will see a small classroom loaded with students learning the said language and the best thing about it is it’s for FREE! You’ll only have to go there and ask for the schedule and register.

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Although the place is really, really interesting with its Victorian inspired color and design plus the good service the cutely dressed waitresses provides: the students, cosplayers and geeky people (all of them young) are too noisy for the seemingly cozy place to sit down and have a chit-chat with your friends or just by reading a book. But then, it is obvious that the café’s intentions are for those kinds of people I mentioned. Although I would love if the place would be as silent as possible, but I’d respect their target market; besides, business is business.

Anyway, you should try there and be delighted with everything you see and taste.

 

CONTACT

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SCHEDULE

11:00AM – 2:00AM

RATINGS – 2 Stars

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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION MOVIE REVIEW

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- ★1/2 stars out of 5 stars

The glorious franchise of Michael Bay’s Transformers, now has reached to the 4th and still giving us the typical kind.

Transformers: Age of Extinction was screened last Wednesday here in the Philippines and I’ve seen it last night and what it left me was that of the same old, same feel Transformers 1, 2 and 3.

With the new cast members including Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yaeger, Nicola Peltz as his daughter, Tessa, Jack Reynor as Shane plus Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci in the film.

The movie picks up five years after the disastrous Chicago battle in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, leaving all behind including the original cast.

The movie has the same style as with any other Transformers movie, and it somehow did not translate very well. Just like the other three, Age of Extinction has a very, very interesting and captivating beginning that will make you focus well on the screen but only for a short amount of time because you’ll end up getting bored with the middle part and then it has the explosive ending… literally, with all the action going from here to there which to be honest kinds of heavy in a not-so-good sense.

Michael Bay should be thankful for the exciting ending that tolerated all the heavy action and numerous unnecessary scenes. Some of the humor felt like pushed to the limits of corny-ish, but still, there was the humor that we all loved in a Michael Bay film especially Transformers.

As to be said, the action sequences were too huge and heavy that it did felt like too much and there could’ve been some scenes where they could just cut it out from the final movie.

Although the film was only two hours and thirty; it did feel like three hours or more, and unfortunately, it’s similar with the other films: long and tiring.

A quick comparison between a Michael Bay film and a James Cameron film. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that when you watch Titanic or Avatar, it doesn’t feel three hours long, on the other hand, Michael Bay’s Transformer Series felt like it’s three which is bizarre.

I can conclude that long-takes (which Cameron does) make the movie shorter, and as you can see in Transformers, in just one minute or less, it changes from one scene to the other and there are plenty of settings included which feels like the movie drags too long that it has so many things in it.

I did not appreciate the fact that it was just another Michael Bay film and it did not step up to another level of storytelling. Although CGI-wise, it’s a WOW (except for the shooting star in one scene which was really, really ugly).

But I cannot delete the fact that there are some parts that kept me in excitement and gave the chills because of some really cool sequences, but only if the film crew could step it up a notch a bit.

If I reward this with a top 4 from all the Transformers movies, I think this is next to the first film. This is not the best, it’s not the worst, it’s also not OKAY.

 

Transformers: Age of Extinction is an American film directed by Michael Bay and a fourth film of the Transformers series which stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, and Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime. 

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PIZZA REPUBLIC | REVIEW

 

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-          ★★★★ ½ out of 5 Stars

The name speaks for itself; it is a pizza house that pwned any other pizza houses in the Queen City of the South. Pizza Republic is housed at Salinas Drive, corner La Guardia St., Lahug, Cebu City just along the road of Asiatown I. T. Park going to J. Y. Square or vice versa.

Pizza Republic just opened on the 1st of June 2014, its new and innovative style of serving pizza created a buzz throughout the town and even when it just recently opened; it has been swarmed by numerous people from all walks of life.

This #KatKat infested pizza house is a make-your-own style on a 9 inch thin crust for just only P245.00! I mean, you can put almost EVERYTHING on top of your stylish or sumptuous pizza for just P245.00, of course with the responsibility that you’d get stomach-ache after putting all ingredients… nah just kidding; it’s just so amazing.

For us, we ordered collective ingredients of Salami, Spanish Chorizo, Shublig, Pepperoni, Frankfurter, Hungarian, Italian Garlic, Red Bell Pepper, Pineapple, Mushrooms (all kinds of it), Black Olives and that’s on top of the Red Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese.

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Our pizza choice was perfected with normal and spicy ketchup… it was a delish! And we didn’t have to wait long for our pizza to be served, although I really have no idea what it is on a jam packed hours (mostly dinnertime).

The process of making ours was easy, all you have to do is look up and you’d notice some huge marquees with words to instruct you on how to do it. From the far right of the pizza house there’s the ‘PIZZA ASSEMBLY STARTS HERE’ where you greet the joyful faces of the pizza makers there; then you’d ‘PICK +  MIX’ which you’ll instruct your own pizza maker on what to put on your pizza; and last is the ‘FINAL ASSEMBLY’ which you’ll pay for whatever you ordered.

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They also have some extra offerings like what I ordered which was the Caesar’s Salad. It really brought me joy because on top of the greens are plenty of bacon strips: I loved the fact that it’s plenty because I admire a salad that has a hint of meat with it. It’s really impressive, and no other restaurants serve that much.

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Anyhow, the place is very cozy… it is like a renovated garage with Italian leads all around, great for friends and those pizza hungry people.

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Speaking of Italian: I spoke to two waitresses in their clean and big loo and asked some questions about the place and what I discovered is that Pizza Republic, although very Italian, is owned by a pure Chinese business man. The hot boite is titled Pizza Republic  Pick+Mix by Guiseppe Genco, and I was curious why there’s a ‘by Guiseppe Genco’ if he’s not the owner. They told me that Guiseppe was the owner’s culinary instructor. I have no other source to confirm this, but I’ll let you know.

Anyhow, this place is cozy and their pizza is delicious! Try Pizza Republic for a new must tries in your list!

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Opens 11:00AM – 10:00PM (Sunday-Thursday) and 11:00PM (Fridays and Saturdays)

 

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 MOVIE REVIEW

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-★★★ out of 5

“Tumultuous. Better than its predecessor.”

 

I’m not a fan of the first How to Train Your Dragon movie, although it has good points with it; it just doesn’t suit up with my taste. But there are elements in the first film that are sequel-able (I just made that up) that could create a new franchise that will be good enough for the adults in the rating of G or PG.

HTTYD 2 levels up to a whole new discovery of new places and characters that are relevant to the story. Adding up Cate Blanchett who played as Valka, who is the long lost mother of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), which plays a vital role in the film. Kit Harrington who played as the helpless villain turned ally, Eret, who gave the entire movie another reason to laugh. And, Djimon Hounsou who played the vicious villain Drago.

I love the fact that the new characters feels appropriate and not pushed, because there are times when sequels add more characters, it tends to be like incompatible ending up for them not to shine in some ways that you can just take them away from the movie and still not hurting the plot because they’re just unnecessary. Even when characters have superpowers/machines like a rhino machine or capable of handling electricity; and if they’re not focused, writers might as well scratch them off the script; they’re USELESS.

The humor is quite right, although I wished to have more to compensate the dragging moments in the film. Humor is totally related to animated feature, most especially on rated G films because they are targeting more on the young audience and of course, these people are tend not to really focus on the story itself, but to the color, animation, action and humor. If I were a kid watching the two films: I would honestly have a bad time with it. And for a fact that most comic moments in the movie are rated PG; I mean, who laughs about girls going gaga over huge muscles? Of course it would be us, adults. But still, as an adult, I have a good laugh.

The story is deeper compared to the first film, because it’s much more dangerous now than it was. The villain, Drogo, is a dragon master capable of doing evil and there’s a sense of danger there. The theme of Good versus Evil is evident throughout and that’s good because it still reminds us to check our values.

I also love the fact that it’s a family movie. The first one was a total adventure, but this one, it focuses on how important it is to have a family, to be complete and happy. The film almost got me on my feels, man, and there’s a part there where you can just put regret on the entire screen and I just love it.

The film for me is tumultuous. Better than its predecessor.

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an American animated movie starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Herrera, Jonah Hill and Djimon Hounsou. The film is directed by Dean DeBlois and was released June 11, 2014 in the Philippines.

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Dear Taylor,

 

My name is Don; I’ve been an avid fan of yours ever since I laid my ears on the very first song that became an instant hit here in the Philippines. And ever since, your songs have always been a therapy, theme songs and best of all, my best friend.

I’m writing this because I’m just so sad that I did not make it to your Red Concert in Manila. It’s very unfortunate; however, in my absence in that stadium is the presence of the memories running back through your songs I’m listening now.

The impact of the lyrics told to me became the instant advice; some became the sudden realization; and some became the voice that words can’t be described on my own.

 

Remember the time when you said ‘I can see it now’? I did, and always have been daydreaming of a future together with someone I really like even when I just met him. It takes me years ahead, flash forward to the times that it’s supposed to be, which I’m hoping to be. It’s a rollercoaster ride; ups and downs, loving and saying goodbyes, yet still lasts forever until we get old thinking he’s the best thing that’s ever been mine. Yeah, I saw it.

Those uncharted moments when everything is just so uninteresting but then I suddenly saw this guy in the crowd and no words to describe it but, ‘It was enchanting’. It’s the best of the best feelings: first enchanting meetings, in which you felt sparks and never letting go. I was just wonderstruck walking back way home thinking about that same guy over and over; blushing and laughing. Then, I remembered looking straight at that guy and telling him the exact words I held back in my mind that you also said, ‘Please don’t be in love with someone else, please don’t have somebody waiting on you.’ And at that moment, everything felt flawless.

When you correlated emotions to the colors Blue, Grey and Red… it was just the perfect metaphor for the strong and inaudible emotions I felt for the times I fell in love. You told me that.

And on the saddest experiences in my life; falling in love and getting hurt and just being sad about it… you were just there, saying the words even I can’t dare think or ponder about. When you were helping me reminisce the beautiful past of a failed relationship in exact words like ‘wind in my hair, I was there, I remember it all too well’. Maybe my relationship got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much and surely that relationship was a masterpiece until he tore it all apart. I was a crumpled up piece of paper lying, broken hearted… just like what you descrribed.

Another sad experience was regretting something and wished for him to come back like he would if this life was a movie and true to what you said: freedom ain’t nothing but just missing that person… I would surely go back to that month all the time and make it all right.

Remember the times when you were with me on my path for revenge? When I felt like it was too unfair on my part that he left me with someone he doesn’t even know that much? It really felt like sabotage. And you helped me with my revenge by saying ‘sophistication isn’t what you wear and what you know’ and ‘no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity’ which truly describes that person who looked clueless but totally bitching her way to him. She might have him, but I’d always have the last word. Whatever.

When I had just the worst relationship ever, and people are asking me if we’d get back, and I’m just like, ‘We’re NEVER EVER EVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER’, and just dance about it instead… which will be awkward. Haha!

Then on my high school days… let’s add college days, where every guy I loved felt like someone I will never touch because I’m just invisible in his heart. The times where they liked some girls but I know deeply that they will never love this guy the way I will love him though. It’s hyperly hopeless romantic.

Those times when I was so deeply in love but you just couldn’t push it through because of hurtful things happened, and on that very separation stage; you have his number and you just wished to call him because you miss him and you want everything back, but you just can’t because you can’t risk another goodbye… yeah, I almost do.

But the fact that you just taught me to fall in love, get hurt and rise back to your feet, take risks and just be fearless became the best principle you taught me. I learned to take it slow, capture moments, remember it, dance in the rain, just fall in love, head-first, fearless.

Those funny times where we thought, daydreaming of things like ranting to a wedding and telling the guy not to marry that girl because she’s not worth it, because I am. It was just so hilarious, I couldn’t help myself. You said to me, ‘Speak now, or forever hold your peace’, and instantly I became the person who tells people what I feel the need to be told.

When falling in love will often be not to the right person, when knocking on someone’s door might be trouble, and you have no one to blame but only you. When loving someone who only thinks of himself instead of the relationship. It was just the worst!

When realizing that I have grown up, we have grown up, and looking back not on the happy thoughts but on the hurtful things we’ve been through and looking in the future for more of it: it’s just so scary, wishing we would just never grow up? But you can’t.

Whenever my partner and I fight; I always remember the things that you said that were exactly describing me whenever it happens. The words like, ‘I said ‘leave’ but all I really want is you’ and ‘when I left I wanted you to chase after me’. It’s really stupid and predictable, but that’s me and that’s what loving someone’s supposed to be, chasing, isn’t it? Then words scramble in my mind trying to get out of my mouth like the things you said in that song yet all you wanted to say is ‘I need you.’

And with that, I just told my partner “STAY, STAY, STAY”. Haha! It’s all so crazy… falling in love.

Those memories when I was with a guy who was too vain about himself and did not make me happy which all ended, and I was never really hoping to fall in love again; everything was just dark and for the past months all I thought that love has ever done was to break, burn and end… but then, eventually, you will meet that one guy that will take it all away, appreciate you, love you and laugh at your jokes… and you suddenly realize: you watched love begin again.

When you told me that falling in love worlds away is falling in love in the cruelest way was just so true, especially when my partner was gone away for days.

Love really is a ruthless game unless you play it good and right.

And then there’s when we hang out together in our twenties but we don’t know anything about life and it’s AWESOME. We were happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way. Doing crazy things with friends and just dancing our hearts away singing to the song we know and just be awkward about it. And you told me, ‘Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we’re 22.’ And we realized that life will just fall into place in the right time.

 

I have to admit, my heart shattered just by watching videos of you having your concert in Manila and not being able to be there, jumping around and screaming my lungs out still I know one day we’ll meet and tell you stories about everything that I just told here. And I know you’ll make songs that will surely be the next theme songs of my life and love, will inspire and most especially will be my new best friends.

Cheers! And keep it coming!

 

Your crazy fan,

Don

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BEST COMMON RESTAURANTS IN CEBU

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Cebu is one of the fast growing provinces in the Philippines in economic sense due to rising job vacancies and availabilities, plus with international schools with variety of students from all over the globe. Also, tourism in Cebu is in a high rate not just because we have beautiful spots all around the vicinity, but Cebu also connects one place to another in the entire Philippines, especially on provinces that are only accessible via the Queen City.

And due to that demand of number of people rising is also the number of good restaurants to enjoy that are affordable, accessible yet satisfaction guaranteed.

Here is the list of my top common restaurants that you’d want to visit not just once but many other times:

 

1. MANILA FOODSHOPPE

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I might have learned it wrong, but my friend told me it was originally a small restaurant in the heart of the city which customers like, and now they’ve grown to an entire new level (but not really sure about their history). What I love about Manila Foodshoppe is their variety of good Filipino foods yet very, very affordable. My partner and I always order for their Chop-suy which is good for four because it’s really plenty. They have variety in their menu too, from pork, beef, fish and pastas. Where else would you like to taste Filipino cuisine than in Manila Foodshoppe?

 

LOCATION: SM City Cebu, Osmena Blvd, Parkmall, Manalili St., and Gaisano Mactan

 

2. MOON CAFÉ

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The sister company of Lantaw Native Restaurant (which I happen to have a review here) and also Thirsty (Which is my FAVORITE); the empire itself is somehow bringing something really, really good to the table. All three of their chains are so likeable in many different ways. Lantaw is a very special restaurant in three different terrains (beachside, mountain, roadside); Thirsty is a fruit-shake stand that has plenty of delish and classic offers; it never gets old, and also Moon Café.

What I love about Moon Café is it’s a Mexican themed restaurant. I love anything that culminates spices and flavorful. I always go there at 2:00-5:00PM from Mondays to Fridays because they have special offers for about 99 pesos only. Their steak also rocks! It’s really affordable and delicious.

 

LOCATION: G/F Robinsons Cybergate, 2/F The Terraces Ayala Cebu, G/F The Walk I.T. Park, G/F SM City Cebu, Parkmall, Shopwise Supercenter, Emilio Osmena St. Guadalupe.

 

3. GOLDEN COWRIE/HUKAD/HUKAD SA GOLDEN COWRIE

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Another Filipino Native Restaurant that offers really, really good foods. What I love about Golden Cowrie is the fact you’ll eat in a banana leaf (excites me every time) and it offers unlimited rice, only that the rice is so heavy, you’ll feel bloated after one and a half cup. Anyway, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their baked scallops. It’s so heavenly, I could die. People in Foursquare talks about their Dinugu-an too which I haven’t tried. Their crispy pata is one of a kind and their soups are delicious.

 

LOCATION: SM Cebu, Salinas Dr. Lahug, Robinsons Cybergate, A.S. Fortuna St., The Terraces Ayala Cebu, Parkmall, Marina Mall.

 

4. DIMSUM BREAK

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Want something Asian specifically Chinese? Well, there’s Dimsum Break. Offers variety of Chinese fast-food cuisine; from siomai to steamed rice. Although their offers are variety and delicious, I only have one claim that I quite feel steep; it’s their price. In one meal, if I order steam rice, siomai and drinks, I could reach P150.00 just for that. Although affordability-wise it’s not competitive; but let’s admit, it’s a Chinese restaurant.

 

LOCATION: SM Cebu, Banilad Town Center, Ayala Cebu, JESA ITC Avila Bldg., Elizabeth Mall, Parkmall, Gaisano Fiesta Mall, One Pavillon Mall, Colon, Mango Square,

 

5. GERRY’S GRILL

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Grill at its best? Gerry’s Grill got it all good. Although everyone agrees (except the #KatKats) that the price is quite steep for the serving, still, they have the best offers from all the restaurants in Cebu. Everyone knows about Gerry’s Grill which you can find easily navigating around the city.

 

LOCATION: SM Cebu, Ayala Cebu

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FILIPINO PROBLEMS: HOMOSEXUALITY, THE VICE GANDA ISSUE, AND THE UGLY TRUTH

Natutuwa, pero hindi nirerespeto. Natatawa, pero hindi tinatrato ng sakto.

That sums up to what being gay is like here in the Philippines, and how treatment is most likely have and still happening. Upon the issue of the rumored Vice Ganda and unknown boyfriend break-up raised an unforgivable and pitiful issue of pre-judgment, inequality and discrimination.

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Based on the articles I’ve read and TV show clips I’ve seen in the past few days: first and foremost in The Buzz which Kris Aquino interviewed the indisputably the most famous Gay ever that stayed long in Philippine Television: Vice Ganda, about his break-up with the unnamed lover.

He has hints of initials T and R in his official Twitter account which is the rumored Ateneo basketball star Terrence Romeo. Clearly, whenever that topic is raised, even on his noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’; he always give comical remarks on what really is it but never gives a confirmation on who that person is. Leaving people in question, ‘Is it true or not?’

Hence to the issue in that TV interview; a Facebook account of Terrence Romeo grudgingly posted about how dismayed he is about the said issue and threatens to deactivate it permanently if people tolerate it.

Terrence, on the other hand, then denied, but seems happy and even praised that someone took the initiative to post it.

In addition to that faux-post and partly degrading appraisal is a statement made by Terrence Romeo’s father William, quoting:

“Si Terrence talagang tinuturuan ko ‘yan ng katuturan. So kung totoo man ‘yang istorya na ‘yan, sinuway niya ako. Dahil hindi naman lahat ng oras nakasama ko siya,” he said. “Pero si Terrence, kumpleto ng aral sa akin ‘yan. Pinaiiwas ko siya sa mga bagay na hindi mabuti.”

In the past, being gay is generally unacceptable in the Filipino society because of numerous reasons:

 

1. Religious – As a true blue religious country, believing in everything the church says; we are ignorant of the fact that the Earth is round, the universe is infinite, and science can be the highest form of education we can achieve to become a worthy and knowledgeable citizen. This doesn’t mean I don’t believe in God, it’s just that I have my faith, but not in the same normal people who preaches.

2. Global Standards – Rest assured, the Philippines is not the only nation to appease an abomination to the gay community, but also to the world.

3. Homophobia – to get a textbook definition of this: Prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality. Or in societal definition nowadays; a person acting straight, disliking homosexuality because of a hidden, unaccepted and shamed hypocrisy within self.

4. Family Standard/Upbringing – this sums to parents’ Religious beliefs, Global standards and/or Homophobia.

 

And some other pathetic reasons you can think of. With this still obvious in our society; I’m definitely sure we’re still in the century where science is denied and ignorance is tolerated.

And now back to the issue as per told by William Romeo and how discriminative his statement is:

Pinaiiwas ko siya sa mga bagay na hindi mabuti. (I let him keep distance to the things that aren’t good.)”William Romeo

It’s annoying and unfair because he correlated being wrong with being gay or having an affair with a gay person.

Discriminating gay people on their gender preference or sexual orientation or same sex relations is like claiming you are GOD that you can do or say whatever you want because you are the Law. And obviously, you are not GOD, therefore you have ZERO right to dictate on what preference these people chose to have; not even lecturing on absent verses on the New Testament about how wrong being homosexual is wont exempt you from hell, because in the first place you have judged.

And what I learned about Jesus is that he was here not to judge but to accept and forgive. And that’s one commendable personality one person can have, and definitely that’s what it meant by being Christ-like. And Pope Francis clearly understood that.

If you have nothing good to say, better shut the hell up.

And if you think I am over reacting to this issue; well you’re ignorant to what’s happening outside our nation then. If this was heard in the US; this would be sensationalized.

Vice Ganda is a national phenomenon, he has breached the cinema and the music scene smashing some records. He’s called the Unkabogable (undefeatable) because he’s the only gay person to have reigned in our showbiz who lasted years and still going strong with the ultimate competition that is himself and only himself can break it.

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I look up to him.

Because he set the standard of a fact that Showbizness is done with straight people on the top of the charts, and it’s time to be different; it’s time to accept the fact that there are talented people out there, straight or gay, who could redefine total entertainment.

He did also change the way people think about being gay: that respect is somehow subconsciously earned and some people changed the way they look upon us. I can concretely say that because as years passed by, straight people changed the way they treated me; some with utmost respect, some with a cunning fear, and some trying to be close with me with no prejudice on what orientation I might choose.

I felt that sudden change in people surrounding me and in my society. But there’s still that lingering fact that discrimination is going on in these uncharted hearts of people laughing with Vice Ganda or Gays in general.

Natutuwa, pero hindi nirerespeto. Natatawa, pero hindi tinatrato ng sakto.

They adore, but respect is fleeting. They laugh, but discriminate right after. Hypocrisy seems to be floating amidst this battle we’re fighting. The LGBT community has been fighting for equality. I too have been fighting my whole life for equality, acceptance and a resonating cry for RESPECT.

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A DOCUMENTARY ON HOW THE EARTH CAME TO BE WHAT IT IS TODAY

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Recently, I’ve been obsessing myself to intelligent documentaries of National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and some others because science is a forte of mine way back on my elementary days; and being ignorant about things creates curiosity on the what’s, why’s, and how’s not just on Earth but in the entire universe.

I’ve come to historical documentaries to science ones and they’ve all impressed me. But none of it has awed me like the one I just watched which was by History Channel entitled: History of the World in Two Hours.

It tells the scientific story of how we all came to be. From the very first atom collided to become what we know as Big Bang, to the ancient creatures that soon to be realized as our ancestors, to the homo sapiens of Africa travelling and conquering the massive lands of Eurasia for years, just by foot, to the dynasties we know about, and to the industrial age leading to what we have today.

It’s very intelligent, and for me, it’s perfect for kids ages 15 and above. I’m 24 now, and it’s absolutely perfect. Perfect for science teachers introducing the massive universe and the science behind it all. Although it says Two Hours, but they have included commercial gaps within it, so it technically runs 1 hour and 40 minutes.

It’s impressive. On how you come to realize your own existence, how vast is could this world be, and how infinite our universe is.

You should watch it!

If you know Torrent, I suggest you click here to download the documentary.

ENJOY!

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