The reason for my skinny frame may be attributed to genes or fast metabolism, but definitely not to diet or exercise. If you ask me though, I believe it’s due to my stomach’s inability to contain a big amount of food. Nope, I never had a bariatric surgery, it’s just the way it is. Given this I am not the ideal person to hit buffet, especially an “all you can eat” one. But would I say no to a buffet? Of course not!
Last Saturday I went all the way to Quezon City in response to an invite by the sales and marketing manager of The Buffet International Cuisine, Cathy Sanchez. Joining me in this food trip are my friends/favorite travel companions, Rhoda, Paolo, and Alchris.
For four years, I was consistent in attending our company’s summer outing. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time that I’m talking about it in this blog, probably because this is where I had most fun out of all outings that we had. This year we went to the Ocean Park Adventure Subic.
In this outing, apart from skipping the swimming part, I discovered several things such as, dolphins make for an uber cool surfboard and they can walk on water (they can even do it backwards), sea lions are big and cute and not to be mistaken for seals, jellyfish sort of glows and is beautiful up close, the skin of the snake is not slimy and wet but dry and rough to the touch, animals can be trained even bats, and if friction-based fire making doesn’t work just use a friggin’ lighter.
Before this trip the only thing I can associate about Bontoc is the bus accident that killed comedian, Tado and 14 other people in February 2014. It is sad when people can only remember a place because of an ugly occurence so I am happy that I was able to go to the Mountain Province and discover the interesting things that Bontoc has to offer.
Just like the lotus feet in China and the neck rings in Thailand, there is a tradition in the province of Kalinga that women undertake in pursuit of beauty. The tradition is called “batok” or the art of tattooing tribal designs using thorn and bamboo stick. The female citizens bear the marks for beauty, which they are allowed to get when they come of age. The men, on the other hand, have to prove themselves worthy of the mark, hence, the majority of men who have these tattoos are warriors. This alone makes batok an experience like no other. It is also a tradition that is slowly dying following the passing of the original mambabatoks. There is, however, one of them who is still alive and despite her old age, shows no sign of retiring from doing this art. And just a week ago, I have had the privilege to experience this traditional tattooing procedure under the hands of the legendary mambabatok of Kalinga, Apo Whang-Od.
Dubbed as the most pristine out of all 7 lakes in San Pablo, Laguna, Lake Pandin is a popular side-trip destination in Barangay San Lorenzo. It is the smallest of the 7 lakes, about 20.5 hectares, with an average depth of 207 ft. It is separated from another lake, Yambo, by just a narrow strip of land, hence they are called as twin lakes.