Monday, October 6, 2014

Welcome to Hell's Kitchen

He is nasty and rude but I still watch him on TV.  I think he is one of the best chefs today.  He makes cooking easier than I thought. That is why when I went to Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas,  I had to get into his restaurant. I ordered a glass of beer and took as many photos as I wanted.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY

the Rosary Pool

Google Map indicated driving time would only be less than 2 hours from Toronto, but 3 hours have passed and our destination was still nowhere in sight. Thanks to Iphone and GPS, I soon realized that I missed the turn to Fatima Shrine and drove straight to a small American town which name I already forgot.   I turned back my car and fifteen minutes later,  we finally saw a sign to Fatima Shrine.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Exploring Toronto: Reasons to Visit Chinatown

Chinatown in Toronto is considered to be one of the largest in North America. It is strategically located in downtown Toronto,  centered at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue.
In my opinion, the easiest way to get to Chinatown is not by car due to high volume of traffic in this area. I always use the subway, which is more convenient, faster and cheaper way to go around downtown Toronto.
For first-time visitors of the city, here is the easiest way to go to Chinatown: take the subway from any where in the city, get off at the Spadina Station and from there take the streetcar going to Chinatown. Fare would be $3.00 only.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Celebrating Mother's Day @ Cora's

For some of you, you probably got up early and make breakfast at home to celebrate Mother's Day. At my place, we headed out early to Cora's to celebrate this wonderful day dedicated to all mothers in the world.
Cora's is a popular breakfast spot, with branches all over Canada. The restaurant is bright, colorful and clean. The servers are friendly and attentive. It offers delicious breakfast, and its menu has been consistently tasty since I first stepped into this restaurant more than ten years ago.
Most of the items in the menu are just over $ 10. You can have a big plate of waffles, omelet, crepe, fruits or french toast.
For many years, I have been ordering the same item - Cora's Special! My big plate has everything - ham, sausage, bacon, crepe, eggs, fruits!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Exploring Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

‘Twas our last day in Bangkok.  Since our flight to our next destination was close to midnight, it meant we still had a full day to spend in the city. I wanted to see another temple, the famous giant reclining Buddha, but my two friends had other things in mind – they wanted to do some more shopping!  Hell no! We already spent half day shopping  the day before at the Platinum mall near Pratunam market and they still wanted to do more shopping!  It was two against one, so in the end even with some protestations, I conceded. The shopping destination – Chatuchak Weekend Market or JJ Market.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Wat Phra Kaew or The Emerald Buddha Temple

My friendship with Irish goes back a long, long way.  I met her when I was working as an English teacher near  Bangkok in the late 90’s.  February of this year, Irish and I met up again, when I stayed in Bangkok for a couple of days, as part of my Southeast Asian trip.  Although Irish is born Filipina, she now speaks Thai like the locals. She has grown to love this country so much that she decided to pursue a lucrative career in this foreign land, while I, on the other hand, continued to move from one country to another.

Irish became my guide during my 2-days stay in Bangkok. Thanks to her, I got to spend my limited time in Bangkok to the fullest.  Although major areas of Bangkok at that time was closed due to political unrest and occupied by demonstrators, Irish made it sure that I shopped at the best but affordable shopping areas, ate delicious authentic local cuisine, and visited famous landmarks in Bangkok.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pura Tirta Empul: Another Spiritual Journey

When I saw a photo of this Balinese temple in one of the travel magazines,  I decided right there and then that I had to visit this place. And that’s the reason why when I traveled to Ubud, Bali last January,  I automatically booked a day trip to Tampak Siring Village where the temple was located.

It was after lunch when we got to the village. We were greeted by some elderly gentlemen at the gate of the courtyard. We were given yellow cloth to be tied to our waists.  I had no chance to ask why,  now I wish I did.  Tourists wearing short pants were given colorful sarongs to cover their legs.