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Once Again

So once again I am sitting in an airport in front of a gate waiting to board tan AirAsia flight which brings me back to the Philippines. And once again I am looking forward to see my missus and the two monsters.  And once gain it is harder to think about how long I have to stay in Dumaguete until the next trip. In that many years I am in the Philippines it gets just more and more depressing to see how that country is just going backwards all the time. If I would not be for the two kids where I promised to take care of as long as it takes to get them a good education or an appropriate job, I certainly would have wrapped up all, pack my missus and would be gone. read more

Awesome Desserts Dumaguete Boulevard

So there has a new place opened at the boulevard in Dumaguete called Awesome Desserts. Like with each new place opening it appears that the friends of the house are asked, or volunteer to spam each related website and internet forum or facebook page to write down their one line “wow, best thing since sliced bread, you need to try their…”. read more

Dapitan – Glorias Fantasyland

Entrance of Gloria's Fantasyland in Dapitan

Entrance of Gloria’s Fantasyland in Dapitan

On our first evening in Dapitan, I went with my family to Gloria’s Fantasyland in Dapitan and was more than surprised.

The place is spotless and very well maintained. A huge difference to the normal, rather scary, rusty, and squeaky rides you find usually in the Philippines. read more

Dumaguete – Mifune Japanese Restaurant – Revisit

Signboard - Mifune Japanese Restaurant

Signboard – Mifune Japanese Restaurant

Last Sunday I went with my Family to Mifune, a Japanese Restaurant in Dumaguete for a revisit. I have been there a couple of times, but I think this was the second time, or so, we went together. They adjusted the interior a little bit and it is more “Japanese”, although the seats and benches are a kind of “cheap-ish” hammered together. Nevertheless a big improvement to our former visit… read more

Brigada Eskwela in Dumaguete

Brigada Eskwela is the name of a maintenance week in the public schools in the Philippines at the end of the summer holiday, where teacher, parents, kids and officials organize themselves to do whatever is needed to start the new school year. With my friends from the Thursday Club in Dumaguete we decided earlier this year to support the Elementary School in Candau Ay. read more

Captain Ribbers – Dumaguete

After a year or so we went back to Captain Ribbers in Dumaguete. We, that is my little monster, my boss and I,… as the sponsor. The place is conveniently located in Silliman Avenue, close to the boulevard. Captain Ribbers had a bit a construction going on and has now an aircon area. I took some pictures, but some people didn’t want their picture online and I respect that. … wonder if they  belong to the few who have no facebook-account or were maybe there with someone, they should not be with… read more

Vegetarian Chicharon

Chicharon – an awesome, unhealthy spanish snack which goes along perfectly with a lot of alcohol and a bad-ass movie on the sofa at home. Now it wouldn’t be the Philippines if they would not try to invent something new.

The Vegetarian Chicheron

No more greasy fingers, the taste of old fat which need to be washed away with beer or rim ‘n coke. Just a boring crunchy chew without any taste. I run into it at Manila Airport when coming back from Germany. My intention was to get into my pinoy-mood right away and eat some local snack. Sadly, i did not read and just looked at the picture. And here is what they did: Taking a perfect Spanish Snack and killing it by taking out the main ingredients, which are: read more

Dumaguete Airport

So I left Dumaguete to visit my parents in Germany. My daddy turns 70 and that is more than an appropriate reason to pay a visit. It’s been a while since I was in Germany; around 7 years and 30 kilos. They probably don’t even recognize me anymore… I found a good flight to Nuremberg, where my brother will pick me up. From there it is just a 30 minute drive or so, to his house. The whole trip still takes about 34 hours from leaving Dumaguete to arrive in Bamberg. I brought a real boring book, that should let me sleep most of the time. read more

Singapore Zoo – Visa Run Part IV

We decided our second full day in Singapore will be spend in the Zoo. The Singapore Zoo is considered widely as the best rainforest zoo worldwide, as the best is just good enough, that was the place to go. We figured out our route with MRT and Bus, which would take us about one to 1 ½ hours going there. The Singapore Zoo is a northeast of Geylang at the upper water reservoir and we would need to change MRT and Bus a few times. read more

Sentosa Island – Visa Run Part III

Waking up in the morning, looking out of the hotel window for weather check, we made the decision to go to Sentosa, a popular island full of fun. A place you can’t go wrong as a first time visitor to Singapore. My boss and I decided to have breakfast just around the corner in one of that little “hole in the wall” Indian eateries and take a bus to Sentosa. read more