Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban




ur·ban /ˈərbən/


  • In, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town.
  • An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to areas surrounding it.

My entry for this week challenge is…

My hometown. The land of promise and the land of the brave. The City of Davao or in Filipino  ”Lungsod ng Dabaw”  is the most peaceful, safest and cleanest city in the Philippines. Davao is 3 times larger than Metro Manila and 7 times larger than Cebu. With over 240,000 hectares of land area, Davao City is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of acreage.

Davao City, Philippines

Davao City  is  known for a lot of things. It is the Orchid Capital of the Philippines, the Fruit Basket of the Philippines and the City in Bloom.  The Philippine Eagle also known as Monkey-Eating Eagle is  found in this city. Davao is the home of a lot of gardens, plantations and a wide variety of flowers. The most famous flower found in abundance in the city is Waling-waling or Vanda Sanderana, a type of orchid.

Davao City has plenty of amazing beaches and mountain resorts, and is close to diving spots and the highest peak in the Philippines, Mt. Apo. It was awarded by the Department of Tourism as the “Most Livable City” in the Philippines in 2008. This city is a typhoon free and is also known as a Durian City of the Philippines. If you missed my previous post about Durian fruit click  here.

The other reasons why people like to choose Davao as a good place to live or visit  is because of the quality of life that we have here. The city is extremely urbanized and yet satisfyingly simple in lifestyle, so it retains the best of both worlds. Davaoeño, a dialectal variant of Cebuano, is the major spoken language in the city, while the Tagalog itself comes a distant second. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood and spoken especially in the field of business and for all official documents. Bistaglish, an informal mixing of the above languages, is spoken as well. My hometown was, and remains a peaceful and beautiful town and I am proud to say ” Davaoeña ko bai.

Day 11 – Your favorite food

Seems easy but why is it so hard for me to do this one? Maybe because I love food too much that I cannot just pick one meal or food that is my favorite! Hmmm alin at ano nga ba ang paborito kong pagkain? Ang hirap naman mag-decide  batting eyelashes Chicken Adobo nalang…. 🙂 may nalang eh noh? Oh well,  Adobo is one of my favorite food that I always used to cook for every now and then. It is truly a delightful meal for the whole family because of its complete course of ingredients and nutrition value.  Adobo is perhaps considered the national food, a food consisting with chunks of pork, chook, or both. Stewed with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic clove, and pepper, added with bay leaves with the extra Filipino taste. Adobo could be the dish that truly connotes the Philippine islands. Stewed in the above ingredients to encourage the meat to tenderize along with the sauce to thicken. This dish is containing more phosphorus and protein. An individual caveat with Adobo, however, is its sodium level. The sodium level within this food is quite high as a result of addition of soy sauce. Furthermore, the use involving oil and meat, certainly pork, makes it high in fat content. As a fix, you can always trim off the skin and the excess fats. You can also choose leaner cuts with pork and chicken. Of course, you can always opt to use lesser oil and have the healthier oils like olive oil. It is affordable and easy to do especially when you are running out of ideas on what’s next on your list of family meals. Plus, experience the impeccable taste of traditional Filipino authentic recipes. I can eat adobo every day, be it chicken, liver, fish, whatever it is basta ADOBO. Now, I will share you guys how to make this authentic Filipino dish. Adobo is the recipe that you truly should not miss! cook


3-5 pounds chicken thighs

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed

1 teaspoon brown sugar

5 cloves of garlic crushed

Dried rosemary

3 bay leaves


Combine all ingredients in a pan. Cover the pot and let the mix marinate. Typically one to three hours. Once marinated, heat the pot to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Uncover the pan and allow to simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and when the chicken is lightly brown. And now you have chicken adobo.

It is easy to make and a quick dinner to throw together. Serve it with steamed rice and  you’ve got yourself a dinner 🙂

Day 5 – Picture of your favorite city



Davao has always been my favorite place to live. Yes! I left half of my heart  in Davao City.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Throughout my childhood and well into my teenage years, I would fantasize and dream about being a famous singer.  I could be Lea Salonga or Celine Dion.  I have such an intense connection and love for music. I wanted so badly for that to be my destiny.  Yet  last night, I was dreaming of myself singing in front of many people, singing a duet with an International singer  Charice Pempengco. In my dream we sang her song ‘’One Day’’ and that was one of my dream to have a duet with Charice.  When I woke up this morning, these questions appeared in my mind. What does my dream mean? At my age of 27, will it still be possible for me to pursue that dream? Hahaha!  sounds funny though but who knows? Hahaha again, slap me! pinch me! I might still dreaming again!