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Are you going on a trip to a particular place for the first-time? Will you be setting foot in a foreign and unfamiliar soil? Rest assured that you have fellow travelers on the road who are embarking on new journeys.

I have been to many places, and the first time I stepped into unfamiliar territory I had to feel my way and rely on what I have on-hand especially when all I had were travel books, maps and print-outs from the web. My friends and I make our own itinerary. It is truly advisable to check out anything about the place before going on a trip.

Yet, you need not necessarily hire a travel agent or tour guide to get you around every time you visit a place for the first time. A little help from locals can add spice to your first-time travels. It can give you the freedom to explore the place and enjoy the feeling of not spending much, based on my own travel experiences.

You can take my word on some tips and information on the places I visited but feel free to be creative and be adventurous. I may offer some advice here and there but, as they say, “experience is the best teacher”. So, read on and find out more about my first-time travel adventures.

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First-time in Kuya J Resto

When you happen to be in the Philippines, you’ll definitely hear the word “kuya” a lot. It means big brother, but it is also used to call an older person, like a street vendor, a jeepney driver, or a man you meet on the road, as a form of respect or endearment. So when the international reality TV show Big Brother hit the Philippines, the participants call Big Brother as Kuya.

Our reserved table at Kuya J Restaurant during its opening.

Our reserved table at Kuya J Restaurant during its opening.

So imagine if a big brother or a Kuya cooks for you. That’s the concept behind Kuya J Restaurant, the casual dining restaurant that offers great Filipino gastronomic delights using quality and unique tasting dishes in a homey dining experience that relaxes you…enveloping you with the warmth and care of a brother.

Recently, Kuya J made its service available in Bacolod City, the City of Smiles, making it their 1st store outside of metropolitan Manila and Cebu. And that’s just one of the many stores (100, they say) that Kuya J is planning to open in 2015!

We can always count on Kuya J to adapt local cuisine and add a different spin to each dish. So when the Grilled Scallops landed on our table, the first to be served, we knew we were in for some fun dining experience. Then, lo and behold, the Chorizo Dinamitas followed. It was arranged like a log, looking like some fried spring rolls, only that a single protruding stem appeared on one end. It turned out that inside the roll was a large jalapeño (no seeds to burn your tongue) with chorizo or ground pork inside and cheddar cheese, plus a garlic dip.

That's not a pearl on the middle of the shell. It's the lip-smacking scallop.

That’s not a pearl on the middle of the shell. It’s the lip-smacking scallop.

Ready for some Chorizo Dinamitos?

Ready for some Chorizo Dinamitas?

See what's inside those dynamites.

See what’s inside those dynamites.

Next for us to feast on was the Kuya J’s Bulalo Soup or the bone marrow soup. Since those I share the table with were avoiding this very “sinful” food, I took the opportunity to enjoy the bone marrow, which I terribly like. We were surprised that instead of the usual plain rice served in most restaurants, we were treated to a very delectable Humba Binagoongan Rice, topped with green mangoes, bell peppers, red onions and chopped binagoongang pork.

There's the bone marrow smiling up at me.

There’s the bone marrow smiling up at me.

The Binagoongan Rice is enough for my lunch meal.

The Binagoongan Rice is enough for my lunch meal.

What followed really satisfied our palate – Kare-Kare, Pinakbet, Bam-i, Crispy Pata, and Crispy Catfish. And we thought the Grilled Scallops and the Bulalo were enough. So, we had to add another round of Binagoongan Rice to go with our new servings. The Crispy Catfish was my favorite, with its deliciously seasoned catfish.

Crispy Pata.

Crispy Pata.

Crispy Catfish.

Crispy Catfish.

And to cap our lunch, we finished it with a bang through the delicious Mango Pandan and the Fried Halo-Halo with Vanilla Ice Cream. Add to these the Cantaloupe Shake that I downed in the middle of my lunch.

Mango Pandan with that attractive caramelized sugar strands.

Mango Pandan with that attractive caramelized sugar strands.

Fried Halo-Halo.

Fried Halo-Halo.

Kuya J Restaurant, located at the ground floor of SM City Bacolod, is spacious and ideal for family and group dining. Food are affordable as you get real value for your money. They also have a special room for those who prefer a private area in the restaurant. But despite its large space, Kuya J was packed that day. People were even waiting outside the restaurant, wanting to try its great food but also get an opportunity to be with football stars, Phil and James Younghusband.

The whole menu.

The whole menu.

James (leftmost) and Phil (rightmost) Younghusband with Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentebella (2nd from left), Winglip K. Chang (3rd from left), and Julia Estrella-Javellana (4th from left).

James (leftmost) and Phil (rightmost) Younghusband with Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentebella (2nd from left), Winglip K. Chang (3rd from left), and Julia Estrella-Javellana (4th from left).

Yes, we had lunch with them and I even had an opportunity to ask them of their favorites in this restaurant. “Oh, I like what I’m eating,” Phil said, referring to the Mango Pandan he was finishing. “And the balat (skin) of the Crispy Pata,” he added. James liked the Grilled Scallops, which was also one of my picks.

It was truly a great meal, enjoying Filipino food with a unique twist. It’s something to look forward to when one visits Bacolod.

Me (the one in red) with Maricar Dabao and the Younghusbands.

Me (the one in red) with Maricar Dabao and the Younghusbands.

First-time in Orange Karenderia

The good thing about visiting – or, in my case, settling back in –Bacolod is that you will never run out of restaurants to try. Another new eatery that arrived in the City of Smiles is Orange Karenderia. How uncanny, we thought, that it sits next to Pizza Republic and shares the same building architecture. The same could be said in their stores in Cebu. As it turns out, the owners are friends but they have their respective businesses to run.

Orange Karenderia has a clean, industrial look but has a spacious, friendly ambiance.

Orange Karenderia has a clean, industrial look but has a spacious, friendly ambiance.

Orange Karenderia in Bacolod is the third store to open in the country, with the original stores located in Cebu, and this one is the first outside of its homecourt. As I arrived in the industrial looking building but its interior was very welcoming and comfy. Right behind the counter, a young chef was busying himself with the orders. This chef, is the 24-year old General Manager and owner of Orange Karenderia – Chef Michael Bato. Although he is a Psychology graduate from the De La Salle University, his love for cooking led him to pursue a degree in Restaurant Management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Chef Michael Bato is UCLA-trained.

Chef Michael Bato is UCLA-trained.

Although the word “karenderia”, which is a term used for the local eateries in the Philippines, may often be associated to small, food joints that are usually found by the roadside, Orange Karenderia, is a spacious resto, well-lit and very neat, which elevates “karenderia” to a higher level.

Colorful, neat and elegant look - far from the usual karenderias.

Colorful, neat and elegant look – far from the usual karenderias.

As I looked at the menu, one word caught my attention – EXOTIC. True enough, the staff came to our table and served us Crispy Tuna Bihod (Tuna Roe), which tasted crispy, chewy and different altogether. Then came the Betsy’s Garlic Chicken, Pork Barbeque, Crispy Tuna Bagaybay (Tuna Gonad), Chopsuey, Larang Endong (Moray Eel Soup), Tinola Mamsa (Jack Fish), and Crispy Tuna Buntot (Yellow-fin Tuna Tail). Their food falls within the P100 to P150 (USD 2.30 to 3.40) price range, which is very affordable. And the food fares are prepared on the spot, which makes them fresh and hot that appeals to one’s palate.

Crispy Tuna Roe.

Crispy Tuna Roe.

Pork barbeque.

Pork barbeque.

My favorite was the Larang Endong, which has a tangy and spicy kick to it. The Yellow-fin Tuna Tail was a surprise because as we cut pieces of the fish, we later discovered the fat, scrumptious part of the tuna, which was very delectable.

The soup fare.

The soup fare.

Orange Karenderia found a good spot along 22nd St., which is near Lacson St., the city’s main thoroughfare, making it very accessible to those who want to have a sumptuous meal.

Crispy Tuna Tail.

Crispy Tuna Tail.

Asked why they named their restaurant as Orange Karenderia, Chef Michael grinned and quipped, “It’s for the simple reason that it’s the favorite color of my dad.” A very straightforward and simple answer. And like the fruit orange, you’ll always find a tangy and appetizing reason why you’d want to come back to Orange Karenderia for more.

Intraspec’s 20th year at Metro Inn

One of the first things I did when I went back my home city of Bacolod is to join the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. where I had the opportunity to re-orient myself of the place where I grew up as well as meet new friends. There I came to know the famous Bacolodnon, Jojo Vito, who is associated with the art of making masks and decors. Yet, his Jojo Vito Design Gallery is just his hobby, based from his own words. His day job, which is another aspect of him and an entirely different business, is giving trainings through his Intraspec Management Consultancy.

Jojo Vito's Intraspec turns 20.

Jojo Vito’s Intraspec turns 20.

Founded in 1995 as a “partnership” with Daisy de Dios (+). The original name of his business was HUMANSPECS, Co. Later, it was rebranded to INTRASPEC MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY when Daisy de Dios moved to Manila. The business was left to Jojo Vito to run it solely. INTRASPEC stands for IN-Integrity TRA-Training SPEC- specialist. Inspired from the Bible verse Isaiah 61:3b where it states “and they shall be called oaks of integrity (righteousness) planted by the Lord to show his glory.” This has been the anchor of all the training programs offered by INTRASPEC, especially on trainings like Values Formation, Teambuilding, and Leadership. INTRASPEC is a management consulting firm which specializes on Training and Human Resource Management Consultancy

It has conducted trainings in Luzon ,Visayas, Mindanao. Some of the big corporations that received such trainings were: Norwegian Ship Owners Association (with its Philippine office and training center in Taguig), Inter-orient navigation Company, Wartsila Land and Sea Academy (Subic), Coca-Cola, San Miguel Corp, Distileria Bago, Inc., Lopez Sugar Corp., First Farmers Holding Corp., Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (Zambales), DMMA College of Southern Philippines (Davao), John B. Lacson University , UNO-R, University of Cebu , Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (in all of their branches in the Visayan region) and many more.

This month, Intraspec just turned 20 years and what better way to celebrate this milestone than to bring together managers, businessmen, leaders, and writers in one wonderful venue with a top-notch guest speaker to inspire the audience.

So there I was, setting foot in the five-storey hotel building of Metro Inn for the first time. Upon entering its doors, my attention was caught by the high ceiling lobby with the beautiful artistic chandeliers, which turned out to be one of the creations of Jojo, through his other business, which is the Jojo Vito Designs Gallery. The signages pointed me to the elevators so I could proceed to the 5th Floor where the event would take place.

Metro Inn's lobby.

Metro Inn’s lobby.

The topmost floor housed the Catterino Hall and the terrace that gave a wonderful view of Bacolod City. At the common area outside the elevator, banners gave a hint of the event, with one highlighting Intraspec’s 20th Anniversary and the other welcoming our guest of honor, which was no less than Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, known for his strong leadership style that gave Davao the reputation as a model city for peace and order.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

As we sipped Metro Inn’s one-of-a-kind fruit (and flower?) punch, we enjoyed the scenery before us – Bacolod City with no skyscrapers to block the sunset and greens all over. Catterino Hall, where the main event was to take place, had beautiful decors and interior accents, thanks to the creativity of my friend, Jojo.

One-of-a-kind juice.

One-of-a-kind juice.

No skyscrapers in sight.

No skyscrapers in sight.

Catterino Hall.

Catterino Hall.

Fabulous lights.

Fabulous lights.

When Duterte arrived, he immediately gave his talk, which had us laughing over his very straightforward demeanor. I never thought the guy had a great sense of humor. He talked at length but what he said is an entirely different matter altogether – one that centered on Mindanao, the state of our country, and how he hopes Filipinos would understand his viewpoint – and all these may require a separate post entirely.

The 6th Street, as seen from Metro Inn, is filled with restaurants and eateries.

The 6th Street, as seen from Metro Inn, is filled with restaurants and eateries.

As the night ended, we lingered at the common area and decided to take the stairs on our way down. That gave us the opportunity to see the hallways of the hotel, along with the other creative artworks that gave the feel of Metro Inn as a hotel with inclinations to art and the craftsmanship of the Negrenses.

The corridors at the 4th floor.

The corridors at the 4th floor.

Another artistic creation of Jojo Vito.

Another artistic creation of Jojo Vito.

The prizes we won during the event will afford us an opportunity to stay in Metro Inn and experience the comfort they offer, especially for those who travel for leisure and business alike. For now, I’m glad I have finally seen the interiors of Metro Inn and I look forward to spending a night or two in this hotel. And to my friend, Jojo, and his team in Intraspec, congratulations and thank you for that opportunity to see a new side of my home city.

Cafe Uma and Trattoria Uma

When you’re in Negros Occidental, the “sugar bowl” of the Philippines, where vast sugarcane plantations meet your eyes as you hit the road, you’ll consistently encounter the word “uma” (with stress on the second syllable), which translates to “farm” or those areas that are often called “haciendas” by the locals.

For me, “uma” is a picture of greens and vegetation everywhere, with a house in the middle that has an open-air balcony where you can sit all day and look out at the horizon while the breeze blow on your face. Animals roam freely. The music of the birds chirping and the leaves rustling harmonize with the sound of the wind. It may be the equivalent of a vineyard in Europe or the estates in Southern America.

The relaxing ambiance at Trattoria Uma and Cafe Uma.

The relaxing ambiance at Trattoria Uma and Cafe Uma.

It is the same relaxing and homey feel that the people behind Cafe Uma and Trattoria Uma in Bacolod City — brothers Chef Juan Miguel Gaston and his brother, Joey — thought of opening these two restaurants in the City of Smiles. Combine that ambiance with the delectable family menu that is often shared on family gatherings.

In 2001, the Gastons first opened Cafe Uma at the little corner of the Negros Showroom where original products from the island are being showcased. As more people frequented the place, they moved to a larger space at the CSI Building located at the corner of 15th and Lacson Streets. The current space has interesting facets, such as the wall display of the pages of Sugarlandia Magazine, published in the 60s, that featured interesting information about Negros Island; the tiny sugarcane trucks made of wood; and the wine bottles used as part of the wall.

Separated by bottles. The upper photo is the Trattoria Uma portion while the lower photo is taken inside Cafe Uma.

Separated by bottles. The upper photo is the Trattoria Uma portion while the lower photo is taken inside Cafe Uma.

History wall from the pages of Sugarlandia Magazine.

History wall from the pages of Sugarlandia Magazine.

Before I go into talking about their food, let’s walk a little bit, round the corner to Lacson St. and three to four doors away, in the same building, is Trattoria Uma. “Trattoria”, in Italian, is an informal restaurant and Trattoria Uma is a simple, rustic food joint that specializes on Italian food. Their menu list shows the map of Italy, shaped like a boot, and Negros Island, shaped like a sock, side by side. On it were the words “dalla nostra cucina per voi”, which literally means, “from our kitchen to you.”

The boot and the sock go together.

The boot and the sock go together.

We started our food escapade in Trattoria Uma as they served us their Salsiccie All’Uva Salad which has sauteed homemade Italaian sausage, grapes, organic greens, tomatoes, and balsamic glaze. Of, course dinner won’t be complete without their delectable pizzas – Margherita, Salmone, and Funghi con Pancetta- and pasta, Marinara con Pesto. They also treated us with their Gnocchi All’Uma, which has homemade gnocchi, lamb ragu, green pea cream, homemade pancetta, garden peas, hard boiled egg, black olive, and orange zest. We also tried the sumptuous Prochetta All’Uma.

The pizzas served to us - (clockwise from upper left) Margherita, Funghi con Pancetta, Salmone, and Asian.

The pizzas served to us – (clockwise from upper left) Margherita, Funghi con Pancetta, Salmone, and Asian.

Marinara con Pesto Pasta.

Marinara con Pesto Pasta.

Gnocchi All'Uma.

Gnocchi All’Uma.

Salsiccie All'Uva.

Salsiccie All’Uva.

By the way, did I mention that they allowed us inside their kitchen? it was so neat and clean and their cooks busied themselves preparing our meals, for us to enjoy. It came as no surprise that the Philippine Tatler has recognized Trattoria Uma as one of the Best Restaurants in 2014.

Inside Trattoria Uma's kitchen.

Inside Trattoria Uma’s kitchen.

A stamp of recognition from the Philippine Tatler.

A stamp of recognition from the Philippine Tatler.

They also brought us food specialties from Cafe Uma, such as the Traditional French Onion Soup of Monsignor Gaston, who also dropped by Trattoria Uma. We also sampled Cafe Uma’s Signature Asian Pizza and the Cafe Uma Special Pasta which consists of spaghetti, pesto cream sauce, bacon cubes, and smoked salmon.

Monsignor Gaston's Traditional French Onion Soup.

Monsignor Gaston’s Traditional French Onion Soup which was very sumptuous and delicious.

Cafe Uma Special Pasta.

Cafe Uma Special Pasta.

Not content with just tasting the food, we walked to Cafe Uma where we also enjoyed the Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and the Cassava Bibingka with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. And for me, I capped dinner with their delicious hot chocolate.

Desserts and warm beverages to cap the night.

Desserts and warm beverages to cap the night.

Chef Juan Miguel “Jomi” Gaston sure knows how to tickle our palate. He was trained in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, USA, where he earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. He has worked in several countries abroad before he finally devoted his time and expertise in Gruppo Uma,where he takes care of all the restaurant concepts, with Cafe Uma specializing on Asian and European Cafe Cuisine and Trattoria Uma Restaurant on authentic Italian Cuisine. Though Chef Jomi and Mr. Joey Gaston were not present when we dined in their restaurants, we were graciously hosted by Mrs. Ina Gaston, who advocates for local products and is active in the Association of Negros Producers. She proudly told us that the things they use in Cafe Uma are made by local producers.

And as we chatted over dessert, sipping our coffees and chocolates, I basked on this moment where we relaxed and enjoyed good food just like how people do in the “uma”.

The Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. (NBSI) members with Monsignor Gaston (4th from left) and Mrs. Ina Gaston (5th from left). Photo courtesy of Jojo Vito.

The Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. (NBSI) members with Monsignor Gaston (4th from left) and Mrs. Ina Gaston (5th from left). Photo courtesy of Jojo Vito.

My Music Festival 2015 in Malaysia

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There’s something exciting that’s happening in Malaysia! Its largest Live Band Music Festival is happening this 8 March, 2015 at the Sunway Surf Pool in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Branded as My Music Festival 2015 or MMF2015, this mega live band festival will showcase 20 of Malaysia’s top performing live bands, musicians and artist from around the country. And for the highlight of the evening, a special appearance by international British Rock Legends ‘Smokie’ as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour will bring back nostalgic memories from back in the day.

It will be one grand, fun music event ever. Malaysia My Music Festival will feature 20 Top Malaysian Live Bands and artist with different genres of music varying from indie, jazz, pop rock, fusion, funk, R&B and reggae that will please all music lovers. Among the live bands and musicians featured are top Malaysian artist like Alleycats, the Blues Gang, Kyoto Protocol, Joe Flizzow, Heavy Machine just to name a few.

Head on to the Malaysia My Music Festival if you love the sounds of these artists:

• Joe Flizzow
• Alleycats
• Kyoto Protocol
• Blues Gang
• Heavy Machine
• The Union
• Hydra
• JunkOFunc
• Enterprise
• Fazz
• Back2Basixx
• Coca D Monday
• JaggFuzzBeats
• Jumero
• Froya
• 9 Lives
• Paperplane Pursuit
• Dotters’ Division
• A.P.U (Aseana Percussion Unit)
• The Strollers 2 featuring Vijay David
• Smokie

As part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, Smokie will be the highlight of the evening by performing live in Malaysia churning out evergreen hits like “Living Next Door To Alice” and other popular numbers like “Needles & Pins”, “Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me” and “If You Think You Know How To Love Me”. The band Smokie was a household name back in the 70s and 80s during the pop-rock era and is well known to the rock, retro and Gen-X generation. Their songs are still being played over the air, in bars and clubs and also performed by many live bands.

The primary goal of My Music Festival 2015 is creating a unique music festival for all walks of life – young and old where everyone can come to one festival and enjoy the different genres of live music. There will also be food and drinks available at Sunway Surf Pool area and for Tourist and International School Students, a dedicated special access lane is provided when attending this event.

My Music Festival 2015
• Date: 8 March 2015 (Sunday)
• Venue: Surf Beach at Sunway Lagoon
• Time 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
• Organiser: OX Entertainment, a division of Memories

MMF2015 Ticket Information:
• The Festival is FREE and Open to Public.
• International tourists are required to register at the venue entrance.
• International school students and tourists will have a dedicated entry lane.
• A limitation of 15,000 visitors will be observed for this music festival therefore it is recommended to come early.
• Drinking Zones are open to those aged 18 and above only and limited to only non-Muslims.

My Music Festival 2015 is supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia. In conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 or MyFEST 2015 celebrations, MMF2015 is pleased to showcase the best in Malaysian Live Band entertainment in one venue for the inaugural My Music Festival 2015 in Malaysia.

Tom N Toms Coffee: A Touch of Korea in Bacolod

Who would have thought that a South Korean brand will arrive in the quiet city of Bacolod and give a jolt to the already vibrant food scene in the City of Smiles? Tom N Toms Coffee, which first opened ApGuJeong-Dong in Seoul in 2001 and now in the US, China, Australia, Mongolia, Qatar, Thailand and Singapore, chose Bacolod as the first location in the Philippines to have its doors open.

Tom N Toms Coffee has arrived in the Philippines! In Bacolod City, to be exact.

Tom N Toms Coffee has arrived in the Philippines! In Bacolod City, to be exact.

Its doors are finally open.

Its doors are finally open.

But why Bacolod? According to Tom N Toms Coffee CEO Kim Do Kyun, who flew all the way from South Korea to Bacolod, said that the people in the city are nice and friendly (oh yes, I totally agree!) For Peter Kim, Tom N Toms Coffee Philippines President, he simply quipped during a small chat before the press conference “because I live here!”

Tom N Toms CEO Kim Do Kyun (left) answers questions from the media.

Tom N Toms CEO Kim Do Kyun (left) answers questions from the media.

Tom N Toms Philippines President Peter Kim is a Bacolodnon by heart.

Tom N Toms Philippines President Peter Kim is a Bacolodnon by heart.

Tom N Toms Coffee is strategically located on the corners of 26th and Lacson Streets, a major highway, and is easily accessible to various kinds of public utility vehicles and is in close proximity to residential areas, schools, offices, hospitals, hotels, tourism attractions, and several notable businesses and establishments. The store is a two-storey, 700 square-meter building that can seat as much as 260 people. It’s a relaxing place to hang out and enjoy a quiet afternoon or coffee with friends, while it is also ideal for small celebrations.

The Tom N Toms Coffee executives with Bacolod City first lady Paching Fuentebella (third from left) and guests.

The Tom N Toms Coffee executives with Bacolod City first lady Paching Fuentebella (third from left) and guests.

The spacious ground floor.

The spacious ground floor.

The store includes seating areas designed for a group of three or more customers, semi-private business rooms with separate electricity outlets, high-speed wireless internet, adequate parking spaces, smoking and non-smoking areas, and various seasonal promotions, among other services.

A place to relax with friends over coffee and pretzels.

A place to relax with friends over coffee and pretzels.

The Korean staff.

The Korean staff.

When it comes to drinks and food, Tom N Toms Coffee definitely has an edge among other known coffee chains. Since it was the first to establish its own roasting factory in the industry, it brings 100% fresh Arabica beans to each store. With its coffee academy, it can carry out continuous product research and development in order to provide the best quality to its customers. Plus, it is the only coffee brand that serves freshly-baked pretzels with its set of signature recipes. Not to mention, its soothing smoothies.

Making an Italian Pretzel.

Making an Italian Pretzel.

Sweet potato pretzel with dips and the Dog Pretzel.

Sweet potato pretzel with dips and the Dog Pretzel.

Corn Pretzel.

Corn Pretzel.

Hot Pretzel.

Hot Pretzel.

Yoghurt Smoothie.

Yoghurt Smoothie.

I’m glad to have another food joint here in town, with a bit of Korean flavor at that. Bacolod is happy to welcome another restaurant, eatery or coffee shop in its midst as it grows to become a food junkie haven here in the Philippines.

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