I don't know why I missed this festival for so long, I don't know why I always passed the chance or be so ignorant about this wonderful event. Regrets aside, this being my first year attending such an event, I got truly excited because for the first time I would be meeting a New York Times Bestselling author and the experience of meeting one was a memorable and unforgettable literary experience.
It's one of those days when the weather is just right, not to hot or cold, neither humid or rainy, just perfect. Perfect enough to have a bowl of ramen, it's been ages since my last bowl of ramen and as usual, Tricia and I, can't stop ourselves from enjoying this wonderful Japanese dish. With the city in virtual traffic lockdown over the Occupy Ortigas movement and indecisive over whether to watch Inside Out, we stewed our thoughts over a bowl of ramen, this time in Makati's Ramen Santouka.
It's been a year since I last visited Intramuros, it's been a year since I last walked its streets, smelled the familiar smells, and entered its classic buildings. It wasn't my intention to stay away from the walled city, in fact I adore Intramuros and the whole inspiration of this blog is in the city. Thankfully, I am happy that I finally visited the walled city last Tuesday and explored the historic quarter with a new batch of students. Alongside my colleagues, we partnered to give an exciting tour based on what we know so far.
*for the purpose of safety, security, and confidentiality I did not include any of my students' faces in this post.
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.