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Food Trip : Pacing's House of Barbeque (Navotas)

I rarely venture far from home because of the traffic - unless it’s for a travel or hiking trip, but JZ, an old friend, outdoorsman turned entrepreneur had started a food business in Navotas, roughly 25 KM away from my comfort zone and I wanted to show my support.

Opened in May 2016, Pacing's House of Barbeque features an heirloom recipe from JZ's late grandma, wine-marinated barbeque that she used to serve during family gatherings.
Its interiors are simple, giving it an atmosphere that's pretty chill, a place where you can bring your family and friends for good food without having to bother about what you're going to wear. It's a go to place when you want to skip cooking or if you're craving for something tasty after a tough day. 
Aside from the savory chunks of pork barbeque, it also offers a variety of sizzling dishes - pork, seafood (shrimp, fish) and tofu; other Filipino favorites, calamares, SILOG (Sinangag and Itlog) paired with meat like barbeque, tapa (ma…

SOCCSKSARGEN Region : A Morning at GenSan's Fish Port Complex

Initially, I wasn't keen on joining my friends for an early morning trip to the fish port, a popular attraction in the country's tuna capital, GenSan. Due to lack of information, I had misjudged the place to  be a big tourist trap, chaotic, wet and smelly. Admittedly, I was wrong and I'm thankful I was swayed to join them. 

General Santos Fish Port in Barangay Tambler covers 32 hectares and is the Philippines' second largest fish port, next to the one in Navotas.(See traveller reviews on Trip Advisor here.)

That morning, we were up before the sun lit up the sky. Fortunately, our hotel, Square Suites, was willing to serve breakfast earlier than usual (Book here). By 5:00 AM, we were out trying to hail a tricycle to the fish port complex (if I remember correctly, we paid around 200 Pesos for 4 people). It's about 25 KM away from the hotel and by  6:00 AM, we were at the gate. We registered and left one  ID for the entire group. Then we hitched a ride to the office to r…

Visiting the Borobudur Temple Compounds

Considered a must when visiting the region of Yogyakarta is Borobudur temple. Built in the 8-9th century AD, this Buddhist temple in Magelang City is a glorious structure, made up of 3 tiers surrounded by stupas. Its base has 5 square terraces, topped by 3 circular platforms and then 1 huge stupa at the top, a total of 9 floors, covering an area of 2,500 sqm.
Going around, you will find detailed stone carvings  on the walls, a depiction of Javanese culture and Buddhist doctrine (Source: Lonely Planet), but what I found most fascinating is how it was built by hands and kept intact by interlocking stones! To a playful mind, it's like walking inside a giant lego structure.  A volcanic eruption has kept it buried under volcanic ash, until it was rediscovered in 1815. With the efforts of the government together with UNESCO, it was restored to its grandiose state.  Along with two other smaller temples, Mendut and Pawon, it's collectively known as Borobudur Temple Compounds and inscrib…