For my future memories feed

17.05.2020

Some thoughts to think about:

BH these days

 

Sitting on my office desk contemplating what’s happening around us these days, I decided to write these things down for my future memories feed.

A year from now and every year after, this post will always appear in my memories to look back.

 

✔ We are more than 2 months of social isolation.

✔  All the non- essential shops here are closed for a certain period of time as instructed by the Ministries and only essential business establishments like banks, restaurants, hospitals, pharmacies, optical, cold stores, supermarkets, money transfers,  Administration & Construction offices, are open.

✔ Restaurants are only for delivery or pick up.

✔  All the schools are closed since early March. And I think some of them are doing classes online.

✔ Everyone is required to wear a mask in public at all times, wash hands at all times, be cautious at all times.

✔ Everyone must have alcohol, hand sanitizer, wipes, on hand.

✔ Shortage of masks and alcohol in some pharmacies and supermarkets.

✔ All celebrations, family gatherings, occasions, and traveling are canceled. No cinemas, malls,  swimming pools, entertainment facilities are open,  no walk/in parks are accessible to the public and even you can go,  you must practice social distancing (better to stay at home, much safer)

✔ Never been to the big Supermarket since the beginning of social isolation, but I heard that there are lines in the stores to keep them meters apart- and so are for the other open essential establishments.

✔ We must comply with one meter apart (social distancing) even during the official meetings, no handshakes.

✔ Some people are now sitting idle at home on a no work- no pay policy. Thank God I still have work.

✔ There is no cure/medicine/vaccine yet. (As far as I know)

✔ Everyone worries (almost all countries) about what’s going to happen in the next few days or months or even years, how we can recover all the losses/impact made by this catastrophe.

✔ I worry about my family and Jan Francisrain, who has never gone out to see the beauty of the world since he was born exactly during this time of crisis – aside from the Airport, nearby cold stores (not anymore), daycare (not anymore- before the social isolation) and when he’s going downstairs with me in the morning when I go to work. He got used to it anyways.

 

And that’s it, Next year I’m gonna see this post on my memory status and I hope by that time, everything is gone back to normal. But for now, we have to continue praying for each other, continue to unite, and be grateful for everything as we do not know what will happen in the future.

RESTAURANT: DULANG

Tryin to find a cozy and yet affordable place to celebrate your birthday or any occasion in Cabanatuan City? Well, then I would highly recommend Dulang Restaurant located in Kapt. Pepe Subdivision, Cabanatuan City.

As I was looking for a new place to eat and celebrate, not the usual restaurant we were going, (I’ve rounded different restos, and cafeterias even lugawans around Cabanatuan particularly during my “hungry times” when I crave for something new and unusual. So, we came over to this restaurant which is not very costly ( I mean not that costly but not that cheap either) and yet the food tastes great. I remember I paid around 2k pesos for dinner for 8 people.

But for the record, whenever I go to a restaurant and I was really hungry and plan to eat a full meal, I only change the restaurant but my orders will always be the same. I will always go for chicharon bulaklak for starter and crispy pata and kare kare as the main menu, my usual order.

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And since we were celebrating something, we have added up some more menu to our usual order. So, it was like a five-course menu, with rice for almost 2k pesos, which is actually acceptable for a small family gathering when you don’t wanna go thru all the hassle of preparing at home aside from the fact that their cooking is much better.

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Location: M. De Leon Ave., Kapt. Pepe, 3100 Cabanatuan City

Phone+63 917 637 9092

LOWER MAGAT ECO-TOURISM PARK

Though we didn’t have enough time to roam around that morning as we wanted to reach the Landingan Viewpoint in Nagtipunan Quirino just before mid-noon not too hot to climb the hill, We still managed to visit and took a few photos at the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park located in Diadi Nueva Vizcaya.

Ik, I’ve missed a lot of nice views to see in there as we spent only a little later than 30 minutes the early morning of 06.01.2020 as we still have long hours to travel, (all in we spent 12 hours driving from Bayombong to Diadi to Landingan viewpoint to Dinadiawan to Aurora to Cabanatuan City) but then I don’t want to waste time as I do not know when we can get the chance to travel to Phil that long again, I still managed to take some snaps. I’ll promise to come back again and go to a lot more places as soon as we get the vacation again next year!

Here it goes:

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QUIRINO PROVINCE

And so, I’ve been to the magnificent view in Quirino Province, the Landingan Viewpoint.

We drove for about 2 to 3 hours from Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya just to see this beautiful scenery on top of the hill.

It was a sunny day on the 06th of January 2020. Our first out of town-2020 together with my hubby and our newborn baby. We left his hometown at about past 8am and reached Landingan before lunchtime.

Landingan is open to the public. The registration fee is PHP50 per person and that includes entrance to the caves/waterfalls and other tourists/tourism attractions in that area, but in our case, since we have a baby with us, we were not able to go and see those other places where infants and babies are not allowed. No establishment or souvenir giftshop on sight, (as I noticed) not even a restaurant nearby (but some small cafeterias and carinderia’s in the highway below). Also, I haven’t seen any foreigners out there, maybe because the place is not yet known to the public.

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Added to my bucket list! Another province ticked! And not only that, I’ve seen one of the most beautiful God creation! Fantastic view, Instagrammable photos, definitely Landingan Viewpoint is worth a visit!

Some photos taken during our visit to the place:

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On the way to Landingan, we passed by and stopped at some views along the way.

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BH SAILING CLUB

Looking for a  private beach this summer?

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BAHRAIN SAILING CLUB-  Located in Az Zallāq in the Southern Governorate Region, 25 mi from Al Khobar, Bahrain Beach Resort features free WiFi in all areas, a private beach area, and water sports facilities. Bahrain Beach Resort is part of Bahrain Sailing Club.

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The first time I went there was a few years back with my friends on a weekday working day. That’s why as you could see, the beach was empty 🙂 which actually made us feel that we have the beach all by ourselves!

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We stayed here overnight, and we rented a room with full amenities for BHD25 that time…and it feels good as if we rented the whole place!

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The second time around was with a group of friends on a weekend and the beach was a little bit crowded. We stayed there until mid of the night, swim all day, did some grilling and all.

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During our Church get together….and a few more times with friends.

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BATAAN

Bataan (/bɑːtɑːˈɑːn/; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Bataan; Kapampangan: Lalauígan ning Bataan) is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Balanga. Occupying the entire Bataan Peninsula on Luzon, Bataan is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north.

I’ve been to Bataan, particularly in Balanga when I had my On-the-job- training during my Caregiving course. It was in Bahay Puso-  Home for the aged located in Sitio Mathay, Upper Tuyo, Balanga City.

It was quite a very memorable OJT as here,  We happened to interact first hand with our Filipino elders. I gained a lot of experience, a real experience dealing with them that is far different and more difficult compared to when you were just doing your demo of Basic life support, First aid, Infant bathing, and others at school using dolls and mannequins.

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So, it was actually not an Out of Town trip from my side, but a part of my studies. But then, I enjoyed a lot and learned a lot during my stay. It’s just bad that I didn’t pursue my career as a caregiver coz I went to a different path to my BS studies.

Rj and Me

HOW WE MET

01.   Friends.

Early 2013- Known this guy for the past 4 years but never in my life I thought that one day, four years later, after being acquainted for so long, I would learn to like this guy…not to mention that this is the person I will soon call my husband.

My idea of him was quite not good since I was fed wrong information about his personality by our common friends.

We used to be in a group eating/ drinking together with some of our common friends and right there and then, I defined him as an alcoholic, loud and irritating, war freak, brutally frank, but funny kind of guy.

During that time, I’ve seen this guy in his worst, a drunk, haggard, dirty and smelly, eats like a pig/dragon, (sorry for the word, my love), sometimes he would look like he has never gone into the shower for days, walking with messy hair,  wrinkled bacon shirt with holes on it, like he has gone out to buy a bottle of vinegar for his mother only then he decided to go see his friends. Straightforward to everyone. Someone who always does the talking, and usually the loudest and the goofiest one in any conversations.

But hey, It’s not something that would make you dislike him, he may sometimes get the nerve off you, Frank, intimidating, irritating, disturbing, annoying and very vulgar, but you know, it’s just something that he is very real, comfortable and at ease with his friends.

During the entire four years, we happened to talk and chat from time to time and some days I would seek his advice regarding some of the issues I have dragged myself into and in fairness, he would give me one good piece of serious advice. Though we may differ in most of our points of view and ways, well at least I could still get something useful from him.

Fast Forward!

02.   A little more than friends.

Late 2015- Sometime later, After hibernating for a while, I happened to rekindle my communication with him on a regular basis again. But this time, it was not something you would treasure afterward.

During this time, he was in the stage of just-recently-recovered-from-a-very-bad-relationship and I was then renewing and trying my best to survive an almost about to fail relationship for the nth time again, (Well actually, I’m only trying my hard- best to save/stay in a relationship that is no longer beneficial to me in all aspects, I just don’t want to waste the time and effort though I’m really fed up!) then we crossed each other’s path. A different him and a different me. No more other friends around. Something happened that I wouldn’t want to elaborate much but it ended questionably as there was no beginning nor an end.

He comes and goes and most of the time pissed me off – that this guy would only come and fool around. In short, it was just one of those yeah, just one-of-those kind of whatever I have around and even worse than that, because this guy has the nerve to name that relationship. It took sometime before we finally lost in touch but continued to remain as good friends, and casual chats from time to time, forgetting what happened in between.

 03.   Lovers

2016- A few months later, after our PH vacation, before the end of the year, I was out with friends (Marriot Hotel) having a couple of drinks when he chatted with me again. This time, he gave me the best laugh I ever had in my life for years when he invited me out to spend a night with him in a hotel. Polite as I always am, I do not want to humiliate this guy for telling me that he wants to spend some time with me with all his naive honesty though later apologizing for being frank, I gave this one a good laugh.

Doubtful about his intentions, I reminded him as a joke that he forgot the promise he made before leaving for vacation the previous year.

He invited me for a dinner at his home (not in the hotel, but a home-cooked meal prepared by him) and from there, he gave me a NIKE Airmax rubber shoes as a gift for all the occasions we missed. I was expecting a very aggressive RJ but no, he was not.

We’ve been constant chat mate and running mate for the next few days after that. He would also come from time to time to bring me food at home. A few days later, while we were at his friend’ s house he told me that he would buy me rubber shoes again the next day for my workout. True to his promise he did that, plus some other stuff from Victoria Secret.  Since that day onwards he kept asking when to see me again or if he could see me again the next day even when we are still together, which is very unlikely of him that made me wonder what’ sup with this guy these days? Few more days again he told me he would take me to the salon to fix my hair, and at the same time on the same day, he gave me a paired watch, one for him and one for me.

Still doubtful, I was getting surprised by his recent actions and one night he told me that he has feelings for me and at the same time he felt bad about the feelings because it might cause him another heartbreak to have someone who will take advantage of him again. I could sense somehow that he is real as he looks at me in a different way this time, like with so much love and affection and would always give in to my whims, but I’m the one who wasn’t that sure about my feelings. I liked him as a friend, and  I’m getting used to being with him most of my afternoons but nothing very serious at that time, but then he showered me with kindness and caring ways.

04.   Today

2017- And the rest is history.

I have seen different RJ. Thoughtful and caring. Not so reserved/ refined (straightforward) in some ways but tolerable. Would serve you like a Queen. Would do everything for you I would say. Would always please you in any way that he could.  Would always ask to see you. Would always prepare food and drinks for you. Would even do the laundry for you. And yes, would spend money on you.

I don’t know how it happened or what made him love me like that because I do not see anything special in me, but it happened, and we were not able to control everything afterward.

Spending straight six months with him has a lot of adjustments, ups, and downs, highs and lows, petty quarrels, but I know this is true,  or  I may call it a developed love thru the years, four years in the making, but one thing I confidently sure, we love each other.

05.   Future

But of course, you have no hold of where the future might take you, but then if ever, in case there would come a time that you are no longer with me, I would say that you are one of the kindest men I had ever encountered in my whole life.

06.   Conclusion

One thing I have learned in this relationship is that there are really some people out there who would do everything for the person they love. Been in a lot of relationships before but never I did something like this to anyone, to be honest, like how you would take care of me and all my needs every day.

And yeah, in every relationship that we got into, we always had something new and something different to learn and vice versa.

And for that, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for everything.

Now and the days to come.

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Update: 2018

Happily Married for more than a year now. With all the ups and downs, highs and lows, thick and thin, occasional fights and a lot of laughter afterward, I’m happy to say that we are still here! Managed to conquer all the trials we faced and will continue to pass all the ordeals that we have to face- together.

Steak Lovers

For the record, Steak, medium or well done is my comfort food ever, this is my simple pleasure. Whenever I’m out to reward myself, Steak is always my first option.

And since this is my best food, here are the types of steak cut;

  1. Tenderloin- I believe that this is the most expensive cut of steak. This is usually taken under the ribs. The meat is lean and usually cut in thick slices.
  2. Sirloin- Boneless.  Behind the ribs and comes with a little fat throughout the meat.
  3. T-Bone-  Bone-in. Just as its name, it comes in t-shape bone with meat on both sides with fat on the sides of the meat.
  4. Rib Eye- Boneless or bone-in. Lots of fat throughout the meat.

I happened to track down almost all the Steaks-houses within the area. If you are looking for the best steak, here are some places where you can find the best steak ever.

The best I’ve been- Bennigans, Bahrain

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Bennigans

Location: Avenue 22, Bahrain

Phone: 1781 3750

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FRIDAYS

Fridays

Location: Murjan Centre, City Center

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Le Jardin

Location: Ramada Hotel, Adliya

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Chilis

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Le Chocolat

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Sheraton

This may look strange, a steak in a disposable plate, but this is actually in Sheraton Hotel 🙂

 

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Zyara

Zyara is a Local Restaurant in Bahrain, but they served a very nice Steak too.

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Mei N Yu

Mei N Yu, Amwaj Lagoon

Phone: 1601 0160

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My Personal Chef  🙂

And of course, who else wouldn’t love RJ homecooked steak? 🙂

If you are in BH and looking for the best steak, don’t forget to check out these places.

 

ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT

Over a year ago, during our vacation to the Philippines, We happened to check some of the nice Restaurants within Metro Manila area and near Nueva Ecija. Then, my Grandmother suggested that we should go and try the new branch of Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera Nueva Ecija which is fortunately very near to Cabanatuan City. I had no idea as to when it was first opened in Talavera, but I guess it was sometime in 2017. I remember when we planned to go to the same branch somewhere in Tarlac a few years ago during my vacation as well but couldn’t able to.

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To refresh with, Isdaan Floating Restaurant is a Theme restaurant that offers homey Filipino food along with a good ambiance that is perfect for family gathering.

There is also “tacsiyapo” wall where you are able to throw mugs, plates, or bowls on a specific part of the wall while shouting “tacsyapo”, which is a great way to vent your emotions and a stress reliever for everyone but unfortunately, it isn’t available that time.

I forgot what we ordered but it is a meal set good for a family of 10  and we had a variety of chicken, fish, pork, vegetable, and dessert for something like PHP5,500++.

We chose the floating dining hut and after the meal, we had the chance to roam around the park and took photos from the sculptures everywhere and the small pond with a lot of fish that you could also feed. But since we went on dinner time, I couldn’t able to snap nice photos from my phone camera and how I wish again that I had a better cam, haha!

Anyways, here are some of our photos taken;

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What to eat in Bahrain

Food, Drinks, and Dine.

When visiting any country, the very first interesting to know is their Traditional Food. Living in a different Country requires you a lot of adjustments according to their culture and traditions, rules and regulations, and other things particularly food. Living here for more than a decade, I have learned to embrace and mix with the Country’s entire Standard of living according to their norms.

Tbh, you wouldn’t have a hard time blending in the Country and with the people due to the fact that this Island is inhabited by a lot of ex-pats from around the world and since this place is not that very conservative, mingling with the locals is a common practice. In addition to that, you would learn to love their food which is mostly made of spices but quite tasty.

Bahrain Staple Food

  1. Machboos- One of the most famous Bahraini dishes is machboos, which is made up of meat or fish served with rice.

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2. Ghoozi-  This is grilled lamb stuffed with rice, boiled eggs, onions, and spices.

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3. Sambooza-  This is very addictive. This is either cheese or meat or vegetable wrapped to a  triangle shape in spring roll wrapper and deep-fried. This is good for a starter.

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4. Shawarma- Well, shawarma is a very famous Middle Eastern food. Middle Eastern meat preparation based on the döner kebab of Ottoman Turkey. Originally made of lamb or mutton, today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, beef, or veal, cut in thin slices and stacked in a cone-like shape on a vertical rotisserie.

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5. Hummus- Hummus is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.

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These are only a few of the Bahrain food you must try. There is still a lot to name with that you would only find here; such as grills, tikka, kebab, lamb chops, broasted, a different selection of sweets and desserts like baklava, halwa, kunafa, umm alli and others.

Whenever you are in the country, don’t ever leave without trying any of these. Definitely, you will love all this food.