November 2017
Photos, videos and stories of town explorations.
I'm already staying in Cubao for more than one month now. This has already breached the record—my longest stay in Metro Manila was my 4-week hospital internship in various hospitals way back in college.

✈ If I could survive the challenging chaos of Manila, then I would be able to survive living anywhere else in the world, an ultimate dream for the outgoing Ilocano in me.

✈ It's a city exploration thing. I love the new things I'm learning here, significantly different from the place where I grew up.


[Quezon City, National Capital Region, Luzon Island, Philippines]
Cubao, Quezon City

I'm considering leaving Cubao now but this area created some sparks. Now I'm interested to explore and discover more the heartbeat and lifeblood of Cubao. Indeed, there's no 'bad' destination. All you have to do is to unveil the beauty of it. It's a city exploration thing. I love the new things I'm learning here, significantly different from the place where I grew up.

As I left my millennial lifestyle, of being self-entitled, selfish, self-centered but "palamunin ng magulang", I'm now embracing independence, a concept my mom used to frown because she never wanted me go away from home (except for her dream of me to work abroad, it's ironic). But I'm growing older, still a millennial technically but I would like to consider living the old school independence. I think Manila is a nice training ground. If I could survive the challenging chaos of Manila, then I would be able to survive living anywhere else in the world, an ultimate dream for the outgoing Ilocano in me.

Cubao, Quezon City
[QUEZON CITY] ► TRICYCLE QUEUE AT MONTREAL STREET

I'm already staying in Cubao for more than one month now. This has already breached the record—my longest stay in Metro Manila was my 4-week hospital internship in various hospitals way back in college. It was required after all. After that, I've never attempted to stay longer. I only used Manila usually as transit point. I've already played a tourist role in Manila though but never did I stay here as a tourist for more than 3 days. I didn't like staying here for long. I got stressed and I hated the rush.

Anyway, I've already mastered how to commute using a trike here in Cubao. Basically, it' a 24-hour service—for the trike terminal near the Nepa Q-Mart at least. Each street that crosses the Aurora Boulevard to the Araneta Center has its own TODA (an organized group of trike drivers and operators). The trike queue is just located at the corner of every street with Aurora Blvd as the reference point. There is also another one at the corner of New York Avenue and Montreal Street.

Cubao, Quezon City
[QUEZON CITY] ► RIDING A TRIKE AT 03:30 AM ON MY WAY TO AURORA BOULEVARD (HAVE YOU WONDERED WHY I'M TRAVELING THIS EARLY?)
Cubao, Quezon City
[QUEZON CITY] ► TYPICAL INTERIOR OF A WHITE CUBAO TRIKE

Public utility trikes in Cubao are usually painted in white (these are the legit ones). There are also some painted with other colors like red, yellow or green but I think these are either colorum or from a smaller TODA.

If you want the more trustworthy ones, pick the white trikes because they're the established operators with franchise number posted on its body. However, I don't want to assure everyone that all trikes are trustworthy. I also do not want to ignore the fact that not all trike drivers of smaller TODAs are not trustworthy. In every rule, there's always an exception. Always apply your Manila hypervigilance with street smartness.

Cubao, Quezon City
[QUEZON CITY] ► A TYPICAL WHITE TRIKE OF CUBAO

Trike fare is 17 pesos if you picked a tricycle that's in queue. If you waved for a moving tricycle then it stops to pick you, then pay only 10 pesos. Schedule of fares are applicable within Cubao area. If you are already familiar in the every corner of Cubao, then tricycle is a cheap way to move around. Taxicabs may be convenient but expensive. Tricycles are cheaper and more fun. So far, these are my initial stories for Cubao. I won't promise I can do more because I've already said many promises to write but until now I never fulfilled them. However, I hope I could write more about Cubao because there are just so many stories I want to tell here. | end |


Map Showing the Location of Quezon City

MAP OF QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA
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✈ The insights, condition, and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it an archive and I won't update my narratives because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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Being a person is an indispensable condition for success in the modern world. Because strong, interesting, creative and charismatic people can now succeed. How to develop these qualities in itself? How to become a person?

► Every day we communicate with family and friends, with classmates, comrades, teachers and with completely unfamiliar.

► The way we treat others around us, to a certain extent, depends on whether we are happy or not. The man also needs essential spiritual warmth, understanding, respect, love.

Unfortunately, for many reasons, not everyone has them. It often happens that people concerned and interested in affairs, problems of one person. And anyone is interested in the fate of other people, their affairs, nobody cares for them. And such students often call any writing essay service for assistance.

Throughout your life, you have the opportunity to grow and develop. You can do almost everything you want, be what you want. 

A few writing tips on how to continue your personal development. Take responsibility for your life and your growth, nobody else can do it for you. What you do today determines what will happen to you tomorrow.

  • Every day, find time to do something for your development.
  • Periodically attend some courses and do not miss classes. The new environment and information give impetus to change and better performance of writing paper.
  • Read books or listen to audio records on personal growth. Let it be at least one book per month.
  • Do not look back - you can control your actions only at this moment. Ask yourself what should I do right now?
  • Try to learn more about the experience of other people than to try to master everything on their own. This significantly reduces the time of training.
  • Solving problems will help you find patience and strengthen your mental ability, it is a useful intellectual exercise.
  • Analyze, rather than judge yourself and others for mistakes made. This will help avoid repeating them in the future.
  • Reward you every time you achieve something in your work on important goals.
  • Never say that something can not be done or will not be completed. Continue to look for ways to implement.
  • For any object of acquisition experience, whether reading, reviewing something, thinking or attending events, apply an approach: understand, develop an attitude and apply, if possible.
  • Eliminate your life things and habits that waste your time in vain.
  • Be open to everything that offers you life, and try to find it.
  • Determine what you really want to get and achieve it even with the writing help of somebody.
  • Find the like-minded people with whom you could openly discuss your ideas and problems.
  • Work for yourself as a resource for others. Think about what you can do for others. Everything you get corresponds to what you give.
  • Work on the balance of your life goals: business, family, finance, spiritual goals, entertainments.
  • Always keep your goals in focus when you do something new.
  • Do not be afraid of failure in the performance of any business. You will learn this lesson.
  • The most complex projects are at the same time the maximum opportunities for revealing your abilities.
  • Add pictures depicting your dreams and goals where you might see them quite often. They will serve as reminders and support, focusing on goals and visualizing them.
  • Find one or more imitation patterns. Analyze their lifestyle and behaviour. Do not copy them, but try to learn from their experience.

To become an individual, everyone needs to carefully peer in and in life. It is very important to educate the unity of words and deeds, not to forget that any situation is a kind of school of behaviour in life. | end |


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People travel for different reasons. Some want to be in the mainstream and visit popular sights; some are fans of architecture so they travel the world to quench their thirst for contemplating beautiful buildings.

► Some want to get acquainted with new cultures or practice the languages.

► Some travel for food, that is, for new gastronomical experiences.

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However, almost always food and travel go hand in hand, and every tourist has food-tasting on their to-do list. Once you get tired of exploring a new city, it’s time to relax and refresh yourself in a local restaurant. If you think that European cuisine can’t surprise you, you are gravely mistaken. It can even shock you. Try the following dishes during your next trip around Europe. If you have a nerve. This list was prepared by the experts of the site bridesdating.com

Frog Legs (France)
This dainty comes in different degrees of doneness and variations. You can order slightly grilled or deeply roasted frog legs or frog legs pasta. They taste very much like chicken. French ate frog legs during the Hundreds’ Year War when there was a critical shortage of food. Today, many consider it a worthy food for traveling to France.

Schwarzsauer (Germany)
Schwarzsauer is a German blood soup made from pig blood, goose giblets, onions, and vinegar dressed with cinnamon, clove, pepper and other spices. It was a very popular dish during the post-war period due to its cheap ingredients. Today, the black soup is a kind of specialty in restaurants. In terms of energy value, it’s wonderful: one serving contains the daily portion of protein. Though, its strong “flavor” is far from pleasant.

Arroz de Cabidela (Portugal)
Arroz de Cabidela stands out from other blood dishes. Goose giblets are marinated in the vinegar and blood sauce. The Portuguese traditionally cook giblets-containing dishes they had to cook due to famine. Today, instead of giblets, rabbit or chicken meat is used.

Haggis (Scotland)
This traditional Scottish dish should definitely be on this list. Huggis is a meat pudding made from the minced sheep’s liver, heart and lungs mixed with oatmeal and beef meat, dressed with cayenne pepper, onions and salt. It’s served with mashed potatoes or turnips and oatmeal bread. The dish should be complemented with a glass of Scotch whiskey.

Creier Pane (Romania)
When in Romania, eat what the locals eat. For example, Creier Pane. This is a dish of crumbed brains. Pig or calf brains are crumbed and then fried. They are served with fried potatoes or vegetables.

Angulas Baby Eels (Spain)
The weak-nerved may feel unwell even looking at this dish. It’s a small snack that consists of bread, spread and the maggots of freshwater eel called angulas. This delicacy is also called “spaghetti with eyes”. It’s a quite popular dish not only in Spain, but also in England and France. Baby eels are stewed in olive oil with garlic and chili pepper. Angulas are not easy to catch, so you can be served a fake dish made from fish.

Hákarl (Iceland)
Hákarl is definitely for the bravest. This is the jerked shark meat. Raw shark meat is extremely toxic, as their blood contains urea and ammonium. But the locals know how to prepare it right. A disemboweled shark is buried in a pit and left there for several months. Then the bulk is unearthed and left to dry out for a few more months. If you manage to taste it (it smells really bad), it may turn out to be the food worth traveling for.

Casu Marzu (Italy, Sardinia)
In 2010, this “grubby cheese” was recognized as national heritage, although there is a ban on selling Casu Marzu in Italy. The cheese contains the maggots of cheese fly. Some gourmets consider it to be delicious. Casu marzu means rotten cheese. It’s made from the Sardinian cheese pecorino which is brought to putrefaction by the maggots. | end |

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