Affinity by Selfie

CEBU CITY -- Me and my Classmate Wynonah "mobbed" the senator for selfies, published on a local Cebuano tabloid.

CEBU CITY — Me and my Classmate Wynonah “mobbed” the senator for selfies, published on a local Cebuano tabloid.

It was a hot summer day, almost the last of April. I was in my beige high-heeled shoes and beige lace dress with thick make up on my face. We were all standing waiting for a white colored vehicle to swoop the scene where other graduates were gathered. We stood for half an hour, but there was no sign of the guest.

A professor in front gestured us to sit down and I took the first move; everybody followed. After another half an hour, guests who were more excited than we were came running towards us, telling us to stand up for she has arrived. Right there before my very eyes, I saw the senator whom I admired so much. She was wearing a bright yellow dress with a bright smile on her face; she was plump as I had imagined. With no hesitation, I took out my phone and took several pictures of her. That was not the end of our affinity.

She gave a very sweet speech for about an hour. Most of it was focused on the country’s corruption and what we can do, as fresh graduates, to stop it. I could not forget her jokes which centered on finishing a degree such as, “Degree kaba?,” we replied, “Bakit?”. She answered, “Kasi ang hirap mong makuha.” She had the audience laugh in hysteria for the rest of the time she was joking but left us nodding when she read the last parts of her speech. It was the call to be vigilant against corruption in any form.

As the star student who looked up to her so much, I was in awe. When she moved down the stage accompanied by her escorts, I pulled my classmate (who owned a good-looking phone suitable for selfies) toward her to take pictures of us. The following day, we were on the cover page of the different tabloids and local newspaper – students who mobbed the senator for a few selfies. A month after the same photo was seen on a national daily. It was a day I would never forget.

About two weeks ago, she broke the silence on her disease; it was stage four lung cancer. She had no record of vices whatsoever and it shocked her as well. Studies say that the cancer was acquired from second hand smoking and they seem to be right. For six weeks, we will not be seeing the senator as she will submit herself to rest and medication. Her treatment, she explained, is a small tablet which is believed to cure the cancer without having the side effects of chemotherapy. But she is not scared, she said. She even “welcomed” this new dimension in her life.

For six weeks, we will not be hearing from the iron lady who has so much angst against corruption in the senate. Now that the Disbursement Acceleration Program has been declared unconstitutional and the budget secretary opting to resign, we wonder what could have been her take on all this. Add to that the constant going to the hospital of a few who were included in the budget scam.

Surely, we will miss that plump lady who had something to say when it came to the country’s treasury. For me, those selfies that we took the metro by storm will be our affinity and with that I pray for her fast recovery. She is a gem to the country’s political landscape. I have never known anybody who is as well-read with the highest degree and is in position like her.

On her big announcement, she joked about announcing her 2016 presidency when she is well. When that joke turns out to be true, we now know who deserves the seat better after she lost her presidential campaign so many years back. You will be missed for some time, senator.

Published on The Freeman Newspaper on July 15, 2014.

Le Creperie Paris

When I was a young child, I have always been fond of the French – their language, food and culture. In fact, I took basic french language courses through a childish software (YouTube and the proliferation of the information of the internet were not yet available). Last week, I went to this place called Le Creperie Paris in Cebu City particularly at Juana Osmena Avenue. If you are coming from the Capitol Area, turn right to the street where Mang Penong’s Chicken is located. The chicken restaurant is quite big so won’t miss it. Just go straight and you’ll see the eiffel tower as posted above or look for homebakers pastry shop for reference.

The facade

The facade

 

The ambiance is so Francois. They have this dimly lit feel with antique furniture plus they play French music on the background. The moment I went in, I felt like I was in a romantic French movie. It’s perfect for hanging out to chill and spend a date with a special someone.

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True to its name, they serve quality crepes that aren’t that quite pricey. I wasn’t able to take a photo of their menu but their crepes ranged from P95 – 150. You may also choose the toppings on your crepe if you have a creative intuition for this type of food. They have savory and sweet crepes. Of course, I want to taste the sweet ones! Me and my companion Ate Bon got the La Glace Caramel (Salted Caramel, Almond nuts and Ice Cream) and the La Chocolat-Caramel (Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel). When I first took in a bite, it was heavenly!

Hers

Hers

Mine

Mine

La Chocolat - Caramel with ice cream

La Chocolat – Caramel with ice cream

La Glace Caramel

La Glace Caramel

Of course, I would truly recommend this place to those who want to have a sweet snack with a long conversation. They also have coffee and tea to accompany the sweet bliss. A new Cebu experience!

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Chewy Junior’s new location

One of Singapore’s craze that is trying to enter the food biz in Cebu City are cream puffs. A franchise from the said country, named Chewy Junior recently hit the metropolitan with a branch opened at J Centre Mall, Mandaue (which is quite far off from the city). True to its name, Chewy Junior is small but just about right for your tastebuds to be satisfied. It’s size is similar to a donut and yes it is chewy.

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Today, I found out that they opened their third outlet at Ayala Center Cebu, 3rd Floor between Maze and McDonalds. They have bright orange cushioned chairs for you to sit on.

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Soft opening sign. Sorry, it got messed up!

What I tried was the crunchy butterscotch with cornflakes on top and the crunchy peanut butter with crushed peanut on top. Yes, they were worth it! I bought each at Php25, 50 for both!

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It’s only downside I think is that they don’t serve house water but no need to worry since their products are not that sweet as compared to donuts and/or cronuts. They also have a lot of flavors to choose from that I had a hard time deciding which one to pick.

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Now that the news is out, it’s time for you to check out Chewy Junior at Ayala Center Cebu. These luscious cream puffs would never disappoint your tastebuds. Oh by the way, you could order in boxes of 9, 12 and 16 if you want to take them home. It’s also a perfect pasalubong to the family.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

The Diner Dash

Whenever I hear the words Diner Dash, I could always associate this with the computer game where a waitress named Flo rushes to cater to all her customers in a day. Although I found this game very cute and challenging (I used to top the scores for the PC version), I had no idea what Flo was serving. But this isn’t about the Diner Dash game, this diner dash which I have found at the City of Naga just off the road towards their public cemetery.
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It was about lunch time when me and my companion found this hefty place. They served the usual carenderia dishes with a provincial twist. We ordered one serving of ginaling (sauteed ground meat), chopsuey (mixed vegetables and two pieces of siomai. They even had complimentary soup and free water. What made it more tasty was that we had corn grits instead of rice.

The full meal at Diner Dash

The full meal at Diner Dash

Siomai for 7php each

Siomai for 7php each

Tasty Chopsuey!

Tasty Chopsuey!

Ginaling

Ginaling

Not to mention, we hauled quite a number of pasalubong for our families back in the city by a certain vendor who came from Car-car. He had all my southside favorites – Bocarilyo (colored coconut strips rolled and dipped in sugar), ampao (rice krispies) and chicharon (crunch pork rind).

Our pasalubong haul!

Our pasalubong haul!

We paid only P92 for our lunch complete with drinks. It was all worth it especially in place as far as Naga. As for me, I would definitely eat there when I get the chance. It was like eating in relative’s house for the day.

 

I have always loved travelling especially when it is down south. When you’re in Cebu, don’t forget to check out this place and have a full meal like we did!

Sunset Chasing

I have always loved sunsets – it’s colorful hues and majestic view is just breathtaking. That’s why I opted to chase the sunset last Wednesday at Lilo-an. For those who don’t know, the municipality of Lilo-an is found on the North-Eastern part of the Cebu Island. Despite it facing the east, I have managed to take a few sunset shots before and below is an example.

Sunset shot at Lilo-an around November 2013

Sunset shot at Lilo-an around November 2013

However, my trip this time was not what I expected it to be. My companion said, the Earth may have tilted that’s why I was not able to grab a good shot of the sunset.

My Lilo-an Sunset 2014

My Lilo-an Sunset 2014

My trip was not put to vain though since I was able to tread the shores of this municipality (not recommended for beach buffs though, sand is a bit muddy) and eat the most tasty halo-halo I have every encountered.

Muddy sand at Lilo-an

Muddy sand at Lilo-an

The best halo-halo for 40 pesos only! It's large with two scoops of ice cream.

The best halo-halo for 40 pesos only! It’s large with two scoops of ice cream.

But here’s a lesson I learned from this misadvenutre: Chase with a strategy in mind. Whatever it is that you would want to chase, be it a new career, a relationship or a new gadget; always have an end game ahead. Be wise in all aspects. Don’t just go right in and indulge for you might regret it in the end. I can relate this to what I am going through today, I’m about to chase a wonderful relationship with the Lord after falling behind but I’m going to chase it with a strategy. I hope you will do, too!

My Buddies Experience

The Buddies food chain is known to serve burgers. It was my first visit to one of its branches since it opened here in our place – Cebu, Philippines. I didn’t want to binge on the usual so we got other stuff from their menu.

Buddies countertop

Buddies countertop

I visited the Talamban branch, the one by Piazza Elesia since I work in a music school in the same area.

The holy grail where orders are taken

The holy grail where orders are taken

We ordered two main dishes and two side dishes without any beverage which amounted up to P310. The sizzling burger steak was worth P100 (P85 without egg); Fried chicken with rice P85; Quesadilla was P80; and french fries P45.

Buddies version of french fries, salt only.

Buddies version of french fries, salt only.

Cheesy Quesadillas oozing with cheese!

Cheesy Quesadillas oozing with cheese!

Not so sizzling burger steak

Not so sizzling burger steak

 

Two piece chicken and blob of gravy

Two piece chicken and blob of gravy

  • Fries was good. It was crunchy and salted right.
  • Quesadilla tastes zesty especially because of the cheese. Tastes better if you spice it up with Sriracha or ketsup.
  • The burger steak was a disappointment since it wasn’t sizzling! It was only on a sizzling plate there no sizzle and it was not that hot. Not that tasty as well. Orange Brutuz would have been better.
  • Their fried chicken is so-so. Just the usual crispy chicken but there is not something new to it.

Since their ambiance is quite quaint, I like the place but I won’t go back for the food. It’s only enough to make you full but it’s not really a gastronomic experience. Well, at least I have tried. It was time well spent.

Mandatory selfie

Mandatory selfie

Adieu Buddies! You were an experience. Like they say, experience is the best teacher.

xx

 

Feanne