Since Tricia and I have been ramen fans for quite some time, visiting: Yushoken, Ikkoryu, and Ramen Nagi, it was time we visited another ramen place. We had seen Hanamaruken Ramen a month ago during one of our grocery runs, back then it was still undergoing a soft opening and we were quite excited to try out another ramen restaurant and test whether it had the noodles to stand up against our standard for all ramen places--Yushoken.
It has been said that China is one of the world's oldest continuous civilization and a country with the biggest population in the world. Before our trip, many people have taken great lengths to dissuade us of going to this vast and expansive country, their usual reasons: polluted, the Chinese are rude, it's dirty and probably so many other reasons which at that time only increased my worries and anxiety.
After having enjoyed our deliciously good meal at Manong Papo's, it was time to move on with our very quick Marikina food trip. Taking a short drive along the main thoroughfare and heading off to parts unknown, our group finally stopped in front of this quaint little house. Apparently this quaint little house is now a bakery and coffee shop called Sweet Apple Creations.
Three years ago, one of my good friends and officemate, took me to a side trip to Marikina. Back then, my knowledge of Marikina was severely limited to my experiences as a Red Cross volunteer during Typhoon Ondoy back in 2009. What we did in Marikina was what my officemate and I normally do, which is explore the city and find great places to eat and just chill out. Some of my food adventures was the sumptuous burgers of Alexei and the pisong kape of Tiyo's. But yesterday, my officemates and I along with Tricia, decided to go back to Marikina and try out Manong Papo, an affordable inasal place near the Marikina Elementary School.
Among the three places that I visited in China, Xian province and more specifically, the Terracotta Warriors Museum is by far the best one that I have been to. Like what I said earlier on, everything in China is big, grand, humongous and a whole lot of superlatives and adjectives, seeing the Terracotta warriors was really the most exciting part of the whole 4 day tour.
*for the purpose of safety, security and confidentiality, I have not included any of the faces of my students.
The next day was another new experience, woke up bright and early, brimming with absolute excitement. My first day in Beijing was already a worthwhile experience, but one cannot simply leave China without visiting another one of its famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China.
*for the purpose of safety, security, and confidentiality, I did not include any of my students' faces in any of the pictures
The first leg of our tour started in the capital city of China, Beijing, upon arrival we were immediately shuttled off to the parts unknown. I was already taken away by the sheer immensity and vastness of China, it was when I got down from the bus and entered Tiananmen square and walk to the Forbidden City, that the largeness of China would be personalized with its historical buildings and places.
*for the purpose of safety, security, and confidentiality, I did not include any of my students' faces in any of the pictures.
For four days, from November 18-21, 2014, my Grade 8 students and I took an educational tour to ancient, mythical and massive land of China. We stayed mainly in Beijing and later on, transferred via bullet train to Xian Province. During those four days, I got to learn so much about the 2,000 year old history of the world's oldest civilization. This of course is the first part of my three-part experience and reflection of my Beijing - Xian tour.
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.