Food Trip: Oakroom, Oakwood Premier

“The Oakroom is Oakwood Premier’s signature restaurant, rendered in sumptuous browns and earth tones with views to the city.

 

It offers a fine selection of international cuisine by French Executive Chef Jerome Cartailler who uses natural and the freshest seasonal ingredients to present an excellent range of choices, from Filipino and Asian favorites to gourmet classics and healthy options.

 

Popular dishes include Seared Tuna Loin, Braised Sea-Bass Fillet, Chicken Tikka Masala and the famous Choco Lava Cake.

 

The Oakroom has three private rooms that can accommodate six up to 15 persons for dining. It is open 6:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.” – http://www.oakwoodpremiermanila.com/oakroom.php

 

Oakroom restaurant – with its dark wooden furniture, white linen, and brown leather chairs – is very cozy, elegant and inviting.

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Food Trip: Cafe Sabel @ BenCab Museum, Baguio

Cafe Sabel is the in-house restaurant of the BenCab Museum. For more details regarding the BenCab Museum, please click here (https://mailovestoeatandtravel.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/bencab-museum-baguio-city/).

 

Cafe Sabel is named after BenCab’s famous muse in his paintings. Sabel is BenCab’s famous subject that recurs through his works, inspired by a real-life scavenger from Tondo whom he photographed and sketched in 1965.

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Nature Tripping: Wawa Dam

02 October 2010

 

Nature Tripping: Wawa Dam

 

“The Wawa Dam was constructed in 1909 by the Americans as a reservoir and pumping facility. It became a battlefield during the Japanese occupation. Many Japanese soldiers died here defending this holding point when the Americans retook the area. A marker was placed in one of the caves that anyone passing through the trail can see. It was placed in honor of these brave men. One of the caves in the Wawa Dam site is historically significant. The Pamitnan cave is large enough so that it can be explored. It may take an hour for a group to explore the whole cave. In April 1895, it is said that the Philippine revolutionary group KKK (Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga anak ng bayan) took refuge here. Their first cry of freedom took place here in the cave.” — Philippines Insider

 

Nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Rodriguez (formerly known as Montalban), Rizal is the Wawa Dam. The dam site is approximately 30 minutes away from Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

 

The Wawa Dam site is a highly recommended venue for hikers, photographers, trekkers, mountaineers, and cave explorers. Little huts have been constructed at the foot of the dam for swimmers to hang out and have lunch at. The enormous gorge is well, uhmmm enormous. Try to google it and you’d see the gorge in google map. Several mountaineers and rock climbers try to conquer the gorge especially during the summer months. White gigantic rocks on slow flowing rivers against white limestone walls make excellent photography subjects — especially during the golden hours. The caves look mysterious. These caves were believed to be tunnels created by Japanese soldiers. One of the tunnels lead to a small opening beneath a big black boulder in our village – on a lot at the street next to ours (coolness).

 

The quiet river, the huge limestone rocks, the caves, and the tranquil scenery depict a mystical scene. I highly recommend that hikers, photographers, trekkers, mountaineers, and cave explorers visit the Wawa site.

 

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