Travel Spot: Silent Retreat at the Cenacle

Travel Spot: Silent Retreat at the Cenacle


Holy Week in Christianity is the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. This Christian week includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday.


Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are declared non-working holidays in the Philippines. Hence many Filipinos take advantage of the long weekend by spending quality time and bonding moments with their families and friends outside Metro Manila. I spent my Holy Week at work (yes, we’re business as usual on holidays).


Hence to anticipate the Holy Week, I did my soul-searching and spiritual meditation a week in advance at my usual special favorite retreat place, The Cenacle Retreat House.


Each year thousands come to the Cenacle to share its peace and serenity, to search for meaning and direction, to listen to the Lord, to learn what it is to be a Christian today.

The Cenacle awaits you.

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Food Trip: Brunch at Wild Honey, Singapore

30 July 2012

Brunch at Wild Honey, Singapore

Grrrrowwwwwlll. It was 4 in the morning in Manila and I was driving my car like crazy along the wet C5 road, driving myself to the airport. Growwwl again, said my tummy. For crying out loud (pun intended), I need to have breakfast. Soon.


Fast forward to 10 AM. Shopping along Orchard Road, Singapore. I, with my UP college buddies Mia and Lee Ann couldn’t concentrate on shopping. We needed to have breakfast. Soon. And I remembered Ayn’s lead re Wild Honey along Orchard. Oh goodie.


What’s up with these growling tummies? The answer came straight from Wild Honey’s intro statement – –
“Our grandmothers were right when they said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And you’ve probably noticed that over the years, breakfast and brunch have grown beyond the simple human need to “break the fast” after a night’s sleep. You could say that breakfast is the modern meal.”


Wild Honey is a cozy brunch restaurant in Singapore, dedicated to serving all-day limitless and delicious brunch meals, catering to different types of palettes — sweet, savory, spicy, classic, and simple.
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Food Trip: Catching Up at Café Año Alabang

15 July 2012

Food Trip: Catching Up at Café Año Alabang

“Written on one side, in black ink in neat cursive handwriting, is:

Why didn’t you tell me there was danger? Why didn’t you warn me?
Ladies know what to guard against, because they
read novels that tell them of these tricks

I recognize the quote from Tessâ”


“Ma’am Mai, we’re here.” I snapped back to reality as I looked out the car window to survey the area. Mom’s driver was right. We’re here. I put down my 50 Shades of Grey book to send a message to my former college roomies, advising them am in our meeting place.


Fifteen minutes later, Lee Ann arrived. Twenty minutes after, it was Mia’s turn to show up at the quaint and cozy Café Año at Westgate, Alabang.
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