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A day in Paradise

Nothing beats a day like this…

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The Gorgeous Beach and the Laid-back Island Life

Five years ago, before I decided to move to the province of Cebu for work, I was already planning on visiting one of Cebu’s best beaches, the famous Bantayan Island. So, when I got the job offer in Cebu, I thought it was going to be awesome, I could go and explore the best beaches in Cebu on any given weekend. Well, to make the long story short, it didn’t happen…. work schedule was really hectic, Saturdays are regular days at work.

It was only last November when I finally got to visit Bantayan Island. I think maybe this is because I was already leaving my job and thinking of settling down again in Manila. So, about less than a month before I left, I sort of forced myself to finally do it before I regret it.

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The nearly 6 hours travel time from Cebu city to Bantayan Island (including waiting time at the port) was really worth it. The beach was gorgeous. The fine white sand, the clear water, and the laid-back life on the island are the best ingredients when you are looking for a place of solitude. Early morning walks at the beach to catch a glimpse of sunrise was amazing. The days spent swimming, lounging at beach, walking along the shore, massage at the beach with fresh coconut juice, and simply sitting quietly and staring at the sea were precious ones… all I ever wanted after the stressful weeks during my last month at work.

I fell in love with the island and I’m definitely going back in the near future.

On Project Management and Kitchen Experiments

It’s a public holiday today and instead of going to the city for a little bit of shopping and/or simply wandering around looking for the best place to have a nice cup of coffee and some sweets, I decided to just stay home to recharge my batteries which apparently are wearing out due to so much stress.

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My favorite Marco Polo ensaimada

Having a big project approved, on top of the existing ones, and setting up a small business is really draining. Being a project manager may sound cool but I’m telling you it’s far from that. The mere project approval process can get very tedious and the amount of responsibilities that comes with the role is comparable to the total project cost. I know this is an exaggeration but if you have managed several projects at the same time, which in fact makes you a program manager, then you will understand what I’m babbling about here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I’m simply stating a fact.

Setting up the business on top of my already stressful job is entirely my choice. I always say that I prefer getting really stressed and busy doing several things at the same time over getting stressed and busy doing just one thing. I like variety 🙂 This business thingy gives me the chance to relax a bit and take my mind off work. It gives time to cook and experiment on several meal types that we plan to serve at the cafe. I find cooking very relaxing and it is also rewarding when people tell me they love my experiment and ask for the recipe. I’m not a cook and I don’t get to cook more often but whenever there is a chance, I take advantage of it. For me, imagination and common sense play a big role in cooking. You just need to imagine the kind of meal that you want to cook and then find the ingredients. There’s no need to strictly follow the recipe book, you can always make some adjustments here and there based on your preferences.

20140409-182454.jpgGreens, cheese and cherries

20140409-182811.jpgPork steak with cheesy tomato dipping sauce

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Baked fusilli in cheesy white sauce with hungarian sausage and bacon. This is not for the calorie conscious ones 🙂

20140409-183729.jpgGrilled tomato and mushroom sandwich with mozzarella and quick melt cheese

20140409-183954.jpgWhite asparagus and hungarian sausage with herbs and spices

20140409-184144.jpgSpiced pasta salad with sliced olives