Thursday, July 27, 2017

Exploring Laguindingan: Trek to Tambo Falls

A certain magic is at work the moment we hear the sound and see gushing waters. Our worries and troubles seem to fade away.

In my hometown Laguindingan in Misamis Oriental, there is a small but beautiful waterfall located at Brgy. Sambulawan. They call it Tambo Falls.

While people are flocking to widely visited, man-made and fancy tourist destinations, some people enjoy exploring off-beaten path like this. I personally like it very much. Its rustic beauty is charming--the rugged and narrow paths, the damp areas you stepped into, the wild ferns and plants, the leaves that slap your face, the sound of the chirping birds, the swaying of the trees, and all. It is just wonderful.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hanabishi Multi-Cooker in the Kitchen

Home-cooked meals are always the best for budget-conscious like me. Although, it is great to dine out once in a while to excite your taste buds and to save you time from washing the dishes, cooking your food at home is cheaper.

It could be difficult to find a karenderia especially in Metro Manila's upscale areas. Hence, It is wise to cook instead and save some of your hard-earned income.

So, recently I purchased a 9-in-1 multi-cooker from Hanabashi for Php1,250. It can be used as a broiler, braising pan, steamer, slow cooker, stew, BBQ, deep fryer, stir fryer, and warmer.

Since I bought it, I've been cooking my meals using the multi-cooker. I've cooked rice. I toasted my sandwich. I fried fish. I cooked my veggies. I'm still exploring what else I can cook. 

Here are some of the meals I've prepared so far:

Toasted bread and not-so-scrambled eggs with cheese

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

Peanut butter and banana toast is my new found love. I spread the peanut butter on toasted bread and top it with sliced banana. Other times, I would prepare a sandwich first before toasting it. The crunch of the bread toast plus the sweetness of the banana and nutty flavor of the peanut butter is delicious and comforting.

That's Lily's Cruncy Peanut Butter in the picture. It is only P107, which is like 20% less the price of well-known brands.

I did not just wake up and realize I wanted to eat bananas and peanut butter. There is a science to this diet.

These past several weeks had been pretty intense. The stress manifested on my skin and too much hair fall. I've acne not only on my face but on my body. I'm anxious with so many things. Sign of hormonal imbalance, don't you think? Or sign of aging?

I tried a little meditation, motivation and exercises on my own just to release the anxiety. I don't say I am sad or depress. It far-fetched. But this anxiety might take its toll and might lead to depression eventually.

So, I shut myself from the world, a little. I'm just not ready to socialize at the moment. I want to feel better.

This saying: "You have to fill your cup. You then give away the overflowing, but you keep a cupful for yourself," sounds so true to me at the moment.

I did a little reading. I've been doing tons of reading lately actually.

I find out that peanut butter and bananas have great health benefits to our moods.

According to Livestrong, "Peanut butter provides you with a variety of nutrients with health benefits. It also contains substances that activate neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals, to stabilize your moods."

It is said to contribute to the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that provides calming effects.

On the other hand, banana contains Tryptophan, which encourages relaxation and boosts mood.

Several other foods including nuts, whole-grain bread, salmon and milk can help reduce anxiety. But for now, let me enjoy this peanut butter and banana toast. It's delish and it has the health benefits that I direly need.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Camiguin Island Budget Travel

Nature makes me feel so active and alive. So, when I had the chance to go to Camiguin, I grabbed the opportunity. Can you blame me? I'm staring at the computer for like 8-10 hours inside my room working almost every day. This lady needs a break, okay? So, I did just that.

I heard great things about Camiguin since I was a child. Though I lived in Cagayan de Oro until 1996, it is only this 2017, thank goodness, that I was able to go to this island. Indeed, all those beautiful stories were right. Camiguin is a very charming small island in Northern Mindanao region blessed with many wonderful tourists spots. It is famous for its sweet lanzones. It is great that commercialization has not yet exploited the place that much.

View of Mt. Hibok Hibok

This Jollibee food truck is the only famous food chain and a large corporation that made its way to Camiguin. Sign of blossoming commercialization of the place, Isay.

I've gained new amazing friends and new beautiful memories during this trip.

The entire trip cost me Php5,000. Though I didn't make proper accounting, it was the only budget I allotted.

We were a bunch of backpackers from Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. We took a jeepney which just cost us Php50 each going to Agora Terminal, Cagayan de Oro City. Of course, we used our charm to have that bargain fare. It was only 5 a.m. and we were like the buena manong pasehero ni kuyang driver who had driven us to our destination like it was going to be the last jeepney ride we were going to have in our lives.