Nando’s

During my time in the Philippines, I was constantly looking for comforts from home. At one point, I scoured the aisles of every grocery store within a 15 mile radius of my hotel looking for Frank’s Hot Sauce, or even Sriracha – spending nearly a month on my journey before I hit paydirt. During that quest though, my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw Nando’s chicken sauce on the shelves. How in the heck was this stuff readily available, when I couldn’t find the other mass produced brands I was so desperately seeking?

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Boracay

In the Northern most part of the Western Visayas, about 200km north of my home in Iloilo, stands Boracay – a travel destination revered for its pristine white sands, and blue water so clear you can see straight to the bottom of the ocean. A place where the beaches seem to stretch to infinity, and no one has ever complained of a bad day. If this sounds too good to be true, read on.

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Philippines: Madrid Spanish Bistro

About 3 weeks ago, I was joined by a small army worth of friends from home. Our project was starting a new leg, which meant we needed more bodies here. As a result, 4 familiar faces from my office moved to Iloilo, and suddenly, I was very busy. As the resident veteran, I took it upon myself to introduce them to some of my favorites, like Masu Cafe, Bourbon Street, and hot bowls of batchoy; while relentlessly reminding them that Jollibee is the devil’s breakfast.

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Philippines: Babingka and Netongs Batchoy

I’ve been lax in updating lately, but it’s not due to a lack of want. Ever since I’ve had my gallbladder removed in early October, food has not been kind to me. I’ve been limited to roughly 1 meal a day at breakfast time, and snacking on food throughout the day that I know won’t cause me any distress. This weekend, however, breakfast didn’t upset my stomach, so I decided to take a tour of the city of Iloilo, where I’m living through the end of December.

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Philippines: Masu Cafe

I’ve been sick for the last several days with some sort of seasonal bug that’s hitting everyone in my neck of the Philippines. When everything is stuffed up, there’s nothing that makes me feel whole again quite as much as spicy food. So when one of my co-workers suggested that we go for dinner at the Masu Cafe on Saturday night, I happily accepted!

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