A Happy Hearts Day at Bistro Lokal

Valentine’s day in the time of Coronavirus doesn’t have to be a sad, sterile affair. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a lovely meal and support local businesses – with masks and face shields on, of course. As always, if you’re heading out to dine or shop, don’t forget to comply with contract tracing measures, and wash your hands often. Be considerate to … Continue reading A Happy Hearts Day at Bistro Lokal

More Baguio Finds for Every Craving

As exciting as it is to see chain restaurants opening their doors in the City of Pines for the first time, nothing beats a uniquely Baguio meal. Here are just a few of the meals and desserts we’ve enjoyed over the past months that you (mostly) won’t find anywhere else. Remember to dine responsibly – mask up, put on a face shield for good measure, … Continue reading More Baguio Finds for Every Craving

Shop School and Office Supplies from Home with Papercart.ph

It’s that time of year again: Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey are making their presence known on every radio station and in every department store. Christmas is just around the corner, and for a lot of us, that means putting aside some time to shop for something special for our loved ones. And with gift buying comes gift wrapping. On that front, Papercart.ph has … Continue reading Shop School and Office Supplies from Home with Papercart.ph

My Mandeko Kito 2 Haul

Baguio has long been a haven for art lovers, including people who love crafts and crafting. The second run of Mandeko Kito (Ibaloi for “Let’s sell!”) hosted artisans from all over the Cordilleras and ran every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of November – perfect timing to get in some Christmas shopping before the holiday rush. I made a few rounds on a rainy Friday afternoon … Continue reading My Mandeko Kito 2 Haul

Budget-Friendly Gourmet Fried Rice by Macsbox

Despite having lived in Baguio for most of my life, including my broke college (and broke new employee) days, I never indulged in Macsbox fried rice – until recently. Established in 2002, Macsbox has been a long-time favorite of students and anyone on a budget in need of a filling meal. Strategically located in front of the Saint Louis University main gate, they sold enough … Continue reading Budget-Friendly Gourmet Fried Rice by Macsbox

Final Girl: The Babadook

It’s time to get Babashook! In episode four of Final Girl, we talk about The Babadook. If you want to be scared but you’re not into jump scares and gratuitous gore, then you need to watch The Babadook. Underneath the creepy, unsettling exterior of the visuals is a different kind of horror – a story about loss, depression, and the drastic things they can push … Continue reading Final Girl: The Babadook

Late Lunch on a Foggy Afternoon at Arca’s Yard

Tucked away in the aptly-named Tiptop, Arca’s Yard offers a cafe experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s quite the journey getting there, especially compared to other, more convenient spots near the city center, but it’s well worth it once you arrive. If you’re looking for a quiet place where you can enjoy a meal and a hot drink surrounded by … Continue reading Late Lunch on a Foggy Afternoon at Arca’s Yard

The Long Road Home, part 2

In my previous blog, I talked about how we secured the requirements to leave Pasig City (and Metro Manila) under General Community Quarantine. We applied for entry into Baguio after the Pasig City Hall emailed us our documents (health certificate and travel authority). Once you have yours, you can sign up at the City Government of Baguio website to learn more about the requirements and … Continue reading The Long Road Home, part 2

The Long Road Home, part 1

I had always planned to return to Baguio after getting my master’s degree. Along with the looming expiration of our contract with our Pasig landlady, the COVID-19 pandemic put that plan on fast-forward. Partly due to the change of status back and forth from GCQ to ECQ to MECQ in Metro Manila, there was an overwhelming amount of information online, some of which was incomplete … Continue reading The Long Road Home, part 1

Final Girl: mother!

Episode three of Final Girl tackles one of the most divisive movies of 2017: mother! Part Biblican allegory and part psychological thriller, mother! is a rollercoaster of a film, and I recommend erring on the side of caution if you’re sensitive to gore, or idolatry, or both. Listen to the third episode of Final Girl here: As always, you can also find the episode (and … Continue reading Final Girl: mother!