Random Photos 2017 – Food from Zambales and Beyond

I cannot attest whether the stomach is the best way to a man’s heart or not. I believe that food is not only a basic human need, it nourishes, eases the discomfort caused by hunger – and stress (that is unhealthy though) – and brings people together.

Food in the Philippines is a fusion of different flavors and influences. I have foreign friends and acquaintances who find Filipino cuisine unique in some ways and how ingenious we are in preparing meals and snacks. We use vinegar in cooking, which is not common in other countries. We eat cashew leaves, bamboo shoots, balut, among others. Nevertheless, similar to other cultures in the world, we have food meant only to be eaten in certain occasions, we prepare food based on tradition and belief, and we have techniques that are passed on from one generation to the next.

Food is good. I love eating, and food is best enjoyed free of charge. I rarely eat outside and when I do, it is more likely because it is free, cheap or it really is that good, or when I am really, really hungry – I am used to my mother’s cooking and somehow, the taste of home food is a standard measure. I dine out with friends and family. I eat street food, so I am not that fastidious in what I eat; unless, of course, if you will let me eat something icky or what they call exotic. I am not a fan.

I am sharing some pictures of the food I have eaten so far, from Zambales and beyond, where I ate (or eat them) and some recommendations. I am not a critic, and my taste buds are not [yet] at par with anyone who has professional, discriminating taste.

Feast your eyes. These photos were taken using my Asus Zenfone Max.


Random Photos 2016 – People

Pictures can certainly paint a thousand words. There are pictures that evoke us, to think, to leave us in awe and wonder and sometimes, to feel.

Pictures tell stories and preserve them.

I have not so much stories to share so I browsed through the files in my phone and found the photos I am sharing with you today.  I am not a professional but a person who likes taking photos.

For now, I have been using my phone’s camera, and I think that it did the job. These photos were taken using my Zenfone Max.


It is safe to say that change is inevitable. The world continues to evolve each day and although it is cliché to say, nothing is permanent in this world, except, maybe, those proven constant in Mathematics and Science.

We transition from the past to the present and to the future. The past is history and it is a permanent mark in each person’s life. It is a time forgone, some forgotten but cannot be taken out. The future is something we look forward to, it is an unrealized time. Today is a gift – it is called the present and what we do today can make or break us in the future.

The very lesson we learn is that things are doable, we can change ourselves and we adapt to changes. We resist changes because of fear or maybe because they are not what we expect or picture them to be. Trying a new approach on things, something that we are not used to, can be a source of stress and we often conclude will not bear the result we think it would bring. Continue reading Changes

Random Photos 2016 (1)

Being busy at work does not mean not getting the time to have a refresher. Work and work without enjoying the fruits of one’s labor is dull. Taking some time off from work and busy daily routines to breath and smell the roses is not wasting time — it is finding time to rejuvenate from all the stress and worries. It is seeking adventure. It is finding peace and happiness.

I am not a pro when it comes to taking photos but here are some of the photos I have taken so far.  I hope you will enjoy seeing the photos as much as I have taken them. Good day to all!

We found this colorful display in April, before the city’s celebration of their festival.
It was raining lightly during the time this photo was taken; hence, the droplets on the lens. The three-storey building on the right is an old movie house. This is in front of RMTU Main Campus’ entrance.
The best smile. Mango Festival features a street dancing competition each year.

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Hello, Stranger


Hello, Stranger

Our paths have crossed again.

It has been a while –

I’m wondering how you’ve been.


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Once Upon a Stormy Night


And in the night sky, the lightning struck

As if a silver blade slicing through the dark;

The charcoal clouds that dawdled from the heavens

Disturbed by the thunder that broke the silence.


The powerful wind blew from different ways

Our umbrella struggled like a leaf in a daze;

My heart could have melt when you held my hand

Your palm drove off the cold with a reviving warmth.

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A Beautiful Afternoon at RMTU Candelaria

Part of my work is to assist in the conduct of seminars, meetings and trainings. This gives me an opportunity to go places, learn, share ideas and be inspired of what I am going to write next. More than a month ago, we visited Ramon Magsaysay Technological University’s Candelaria Campus, formerly known as Candelaria School of Fisheries.

After the meeting, I had an opportunity to walk around the campus (the part that RMTU owns). It is small. There are asphalt stone paths as well as covered walkways leading to the key buildings. It is far from the town proper and took us about five minutes from the highway to the campus by car.

The Administration Building of RMTU Candelaria Campus.

The ambiance in the campus is backward. It has that provincial feel (the characteristic is colloquially referred to as “promdi” derived from the phrase “from the province”).

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The “Pier” in Cabangan: A New Beach Lovers’ Destination

Biking at Cabangan? Why not try the “Pier”? Or if you are looking for a place to enjoy the sea and take photos, the place is surely worth visiting.

The post-Holiday season in Zambales means cold evenings and warm days although there are still chances for storms and rains. While the water is chilly and the winds can be strong, many people choose to spend time in the province not only because of its accessibility or affordability but also of its laid back charm and hospitable people.

Last year, I started this blog with many things in mind, one of which is to let other people know of the wonders of Zambales.  So far, after writing a few articles (which by far is less than once a month in average and I am thanking you right now for reading), I am back to feature Cabangan.

Cabangan is a town almost at the center of the province. It is a small municipality, which is (by bus) about an hour and 45 minutes away from Olongapo City and almost 45 minutes away from Iba, the capital of Zambales.

Similar to the other towns in Zambales, Cabangan is a destinationfor beach lovers. Resorts are only a few minutes away from the highway and amenities are good as well as affordable. However if you are on a tight budget, there are beach fronts open to the public.

The Dragonfly. A dragonfly rests on a rock during my visit and did not stir while the shot was taken, and surprisingly, at a very close distance.
The Dragonfly. A dragonfly rests on a rock during my visit and did not stir while the shot was taken, and surprisingly, at a very close distance.

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The Perils of Distracted Driving in Zambales

The road can be very scary. I have been commuting to work every single day and recently, I have passed by and saw what’s left of vehicular accidents. Trucks, vans – you name it.

Unfortunately, although I have not known the fate of the driver nor the passengers of those accidents, I know how scary it is to be in an accident. Years ago, we were riding a minibus when it we heard a loud explosion that came from the blown tire of the bus.  The bus was fast, crossed the middle of the road, went to the slope side of the highway, hit a tree and fell on its side.

It was traumatic. People died and many were injured, including my father and I.

The reason for this crash: the driver over sped when a public utility jeep passed it by.

Most roads in Zambales do not have sufficient traffic signs and signals similar to that of other progressive provinces in the Philippines. Even if there are more, accidents can happen anytime and no amount of caution can guarantee that all motorists follow best practices while driving.

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When Bucao River dries up, it’s photo time

Hot, dry and dusty like a desert. This is what to expect when you plan on going to Bucao River during the summer season in Zambales. While the Mt. Pinatubo, Lady of Poonbato, ‘Domorokdok’ Festival and their beach resorts may be the most popular reasons to visit the town, you may want to consider checking out their waterfalls, try hiking, or visiting historic sites, such as their Catholic church.

Every day, I commute to work and one of the rivers I pass by is the Bucao River. Its bridge, one of the longest in Zambales, collapsed after a strong typhoon hit the province a few years ago, which, sadly, also destroyed roads, facilities and other infrastructures. Today, another bridge was built but a section of the old one is still standing, reminding the people of the devastation.

Now, back to the present, there are some things to remember when crossing the Bucao Bridge.

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