Month: November 2016

Eat Girl: Kapasigan 4K’s Embutido, Caldereta and more!

This is my first post for my Eat Girl series in this blog and I am guessing that this will be the most updated category because if it’s still not apparent, I am going to say it now – I love eating!

I’ve been a Pasigueña since childhood (although I was born in Pampanga). And before I self-proclaim Pasig as the traffic capital of the Philippines, I have watched Pasig bloom into a beautiful food hub. I mean, try visiting Kapitolyo and tell me that the search for your food cravings is not yet over.

So without further ado, I am going to feature this little food place at Kapasigan, 4K’s Home-made Specialties x Clash of Burgers. 4K’s used to be just a small catering service and I think they still do as per my research on their Facebook page. Click this for 4K’s Home-made Specialties Facebook page.

20161117_123717The ambiance is decent. The white wall paint helps in getting the right amount of light in the place. The menu were all laid out properly and everything looks clean.
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There’s also a CCTV camera if in case you want to say hi to the person in the control room. JK! We need it for security purposes.

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Once you enter, it seems like there is not that much space for you to dine-in but they do have another floor for guests who would like to enjoy their food inside.  20161117_124046

I am not sure if it’s just me or there is really a school-vibe with these stairs. #Nostalgic20161117_124050

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We ordered a pitcher of red tea and I was surprised that they only provided plastic cups rather than glasses. It came out as a surprise to me since the Pasig City Government discourages establishments from using plastic.I think this is something that they should improve on.

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They are not the best in plating, but hey, Caldereta tasted good it tasted FIESTA!!

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I did not like Embutido that much, it’s a bit too dry for my taste. Also, the stir fry veggies side dish didn’t match the viand. I guess it would be better if they paired a soup with the Embutido.
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My favorite amongst what we ordered was the Nachos for only P79!!

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Take a closer look at the Nachos if the picture above isn’t mouth-watering enough.

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I haven’t tried their burgers yet so I guess that is enough reason to come back!!

Follow their social media accounts for more info:

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Overall, I think that the place for people who are looking for full meal, but are currently tight on budget. There is not much parking space in the vicinity, hence, it will not be a good idea to bring your private car.

I hope that somehow, I was able to give useful information regarding this food place. Thanks a lot for reading!!!

On Quarter-life Crisis + Free MSA NMAT Reviewer

Imagine you just received your most awaited salary. You can now buy that thing that you have been eyeing for so long. You go to the mall or wherever the hell you can find that something that you have always dreamed about. Finally, you are at the doorstep of that special place. You can finally have it, after months of saving up for it, you can finally own that thing. Except that you don’t want it anymore. You no longer feel like it’s worth it. That thing that seemed as a necessity before, now feels like just a mere want in your life. So you veer away from the place and find a new thing that entices you. This new thing feels like it is what you have been waiting for so long, and when you can finally have it, you lose the interest again, and again, and again. And you are stuck in this cycle, feeling lost. That is what quarter-life crisis feels like —  a limbo, a purgatory, a place where there are no directions, just several forks in the road.

Just like many other people of my age out there, I experienced this crisis. I cannot say that I am over it, but I think I have already learned to keep it at bay. What helped me during these times are the articles and books by Mark Manson. My most favorite article is entitled Screw Finding Your Passion, which debunks the myth that we need to find our passion in order for us to be happy.

I used to see myself as a professional doctor — fully dressed in white, working in a hospital, or in a clinic, treating patients and diagnosing illnesses. In my head, I will be like Dr. House, who seems capable of treating the most obscure illness there is. It seemed like a pretty cool job. It felt like it was my passion, job that will make me happy, and a dream that I needed to fulfill. But when reality bites, boy it stings and it stings like a freakin’ giant arthropod. Long story short, I realized that the medical profession is not for me, not because I am weak but because I am not interested with the process needed in order to get there. I am just interested with the result. I am interested with the degree, with all the benefits that comes with, but I am not interested with long hours of sleepless nights, exams, and whatnot. I am not in love with the process. I am only in love with the result.

I salute all med students who, though already on the verge of giving up, still continue to study because they feel that what they do is worth it and meaningful. I actually follow MaartistMD on Twitter and this Twitter account shares comic relief on being medical students. You should check their Twitter account. This afternoon, I cleaned my room and saw the MSA NMAT Reviewer that I bought last year when I decided that I wanted to enter med school but as since I no longer need them anymore, I felt the need to give it away to those who really need it.

It is an MSA NMAT Reviewer Revised Edition 2014 with practice sets on Chemistry, Physics, Quantitative Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Perceptual Acuity, Biology, General Reviewer, and Companion Volume Answers and Explanations.

NMAT Reviewer for free!
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I Resigned!!! + Spontaneously Discovered Northern Cebu for 3D/3N

Last Nov. 8 – 11, I went to Cebu to meet some web developers and web designers for the projects that I am working on as a freelancer. (I resigned last Oct. 7 and I have been working freelance since.) I was accompanied by PJ and although he also had to work, we did a side trip and explored the Northern part of Cebu. If you are looking for a tipid kind of itinerary, this is not the right travel post for you. What we did was something spontaneous, hence, not the best budget for a trip. Nonetheless, here is our itinerary and a breakdown of our expenses:

  • Grab to NAIA: P300
  • Airfare (MNL – CEB – MNL): P12767.60
  • Taxi from Mactan – Cebu Airport to Crown Regency Hotel: P200
  • SkyWalk Extreme Adventure + Dinner Buffet: P1500
  • Starbucks (Sobrang gastos lang nagSB pa sa Cebu. LOL.) : P175
  • 7-Eleven (mostly toiletries, and food that we will bring to Bantayan!): P450
  • Uber from Crown Regency Hotel to Cebu North Bus: P100
  • Cebu North Bus to Hagnaya Port: P340
  • Hagnaya to Sta. Fe Port: P400
  • Environmental Fee: P20
  • AirBnB: P3482 for 2 nights
  • Market (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for 2 days): P1500
  • Motorcycle: P500 for 2 days
  • Gasoline for the motorcycle: P50
  • Bag (This is totally unnecessary. Gastos lang to. lol): P140 
  • Lunch at Kermit’s: P280
  • Tricycle to Wharf: P200
  • Boat to Virgin Island: P1000
  • Entrance to Virgin Island: P500
  • Goggles for Snorkeling: P150
  • Nature Park Entrance: P400
  • Sta. Fe to Hagnaya Port: P340
  • Environmental Fee: P20
  • Van from Hagnaya Port to Mandaue City: P340
  • Taxi from Mandaue City to Mactan Cebu Airport: P200

TOTAL Expenses: P25354.60

Expenses per person: P12677.30

Few notes that I learned from our trip to Bantayan Island:

  • Take promo fares seriously. A big chunk of the expenses went to our airfare. I think this just costs around P250 during sale.
  • Before going to Virgin Island, buy meat and ingredients while you’re at Bantayan Island. I swear, the prices of the food are doubled or tripled on the island! For example, 1 liter of Coke costs P70!!!
  • It is really convenient that you have someone with you who knows how to drive a motorcyle. For instance, our AirBnB is not that close to the public market, or from the Nature Park, so we had to drive for 30 mins using a motorcycle. Our AirBnB host told us that it costs P200 if you hail a tricycle to go to public market.
  • Bantayan Nature Park is not that noticeable. You cannot see the sign when you are coming from the public market so be extra attentive and do not forget to ask the locals for direction.
  • Be really cautious and attentive when you are inside the BANTAYAN NATURE PARK!! I think I bumped a twig and a snake fell on the ground. I wasn’t able to see it but PJ did!!! He said it was a green snake. We asked one of the staff of the Nature Park if there are really snakes lingering in the area and he said that there are but they are just small and not harmful. I don’t know about you but just the thought of snakes near me is just freaking scary!!  It really freaked us out that we left the place before it gets dark! Haha!
  • AirBnB is gold. We had a whole beachfront apartment, complete kitchen utensils for cooking (perfect for those who love to cook!). They also have DVDs and books for leisure. Ate Chrissy also has been a wonderful host to us. Please check the references for their AirBnB listing if you would like to visit Bantayan Island!
  • Ask, ask, and ask! What made the stay easy for us is that the locals are very approachable. We met Kuya Poly at the Nature Park and he helped us get a private boat that will take us to Virgin Island. I shared his contact number below for those of you who are interested.

Here’s a photodump of the whole adventure:

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The view from our AirBnB apartment
The view from our AirBnB apartment
A hammock is installed in front of our apartment.
A hammock is installed in front of our apartment.
Virgin Island
Fine white sand
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I love view!
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Awra!

I also did a vlog while we’re at Virgin Island. LOL. Puro tawa ko lang ‘to.

 

References:

  1. Kuya Poly’s Contact #: +639506415340
  2. Click this for the AirBnB listing of the beachfront apartment in Bantayan Island where we stayed!!!

Thank you for reading!!!!