I love weekend's and I am sure everyone who reads this loves the weekend as well. It's that perfect time in the week where work doesn't have to bother me or Tricia, all of my email accounts are closed and whatever concerns I have in school are moved to next week. A few weeks ago, Tricia and I started and ended our week with a heavy stomach in two great places, one in the heart of old Manila and the other in the breezy Alabang.
Fireside by Kettle is an offshoot of the Kettle restaurant in Shangri-La Mall known for its really expensive but very delicious chicken. Other than that I didn't know anything else about Kettle or even Fireside, all I knew was that I was hungry after having gone through a seminar on education. I was hungry for anything and I didn't care how much it would cost, I just wanted to enjoy a good dinner with my girlfriend.
In the past, Tricia and I don't get to go out to much, the usual reason: geography. She lives in Las Pinas and used to work in Alabang and Makati, whereas I work and live in Pasig. But when she started working in Ortigas, everything changed and our Friday's are livelier than usual. Last Friday we ate out in Fireside by Kettle.
When I went to Art in the Park last year, I was overwhelmed by the immensity of all the art in the park (pun not intended), there were just too many and I felt like I didn’t have any time to really look and fully enjoy the whole art vibe. My experience wasn’t exactly the best one and I knew why, you really have to come early to get the best deals. This is what I did this time around, accompanying my two sisters, brother-in-law, and my niece I got the best seat of the whole Art in the Park, from its opening to the hustle and bustle of activity.
*to read my entry from last year, check it out here
I have never been to Bhutan, in fact I am not exactly sure where that country even is, all I know is that it is somewhere near the Nepal area (I hope I am right). Bhutan is one of those countries that sound so exotic that it becomes very interesting to learn about, my knowledge of the country is limited by its maybe 10 minute long cameo appearance in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins". Other than that, Bhutan remains a mystery to me except that time I decided to (finally) buy Dawa: The Story of a Stray Dog in Bhutan by Kunzang Choden in Mt. Cloud.
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.