Monthly Archives: November 2011

Food Trip: Gino’s Burgers

Last Monday, Aya caught my attention while talking about burgers – particularly GIANT burgers in Davao City. So he showed me a few photos of burgers served in the city that he was interested in trying out – Gino’s Burgers.

After viewing the photos and checking out their Facebook page and a few other blog reviews here and there while posting of mouth-watering photos and appetizing reviews, I was determined to check it out within the week. Luckily enough, a friend of mine invited me for a meet up that night so what better way to explore a new place than to bring along a friend.

Geared with the photo of the map I took, off we went and walked along Lapu-lapu St. With my basic knowledge of the area, it wasn’t so difficult to find it. After all, it was situated almost across the house of my former classmate.

The place had less of a diner feel but more of a carenderia atmosphere that served burgers and other sidings related to burgers. But for a relatively small space, the place was full of customers. I even noticed a few college students from my school who went there. I even noticed the owner (I remember him from one of the photos I saw) who was there assisting his staff with the orders. Nice.

Let’s proceed to our orders. My friend ordered a regular burger and I was debating on having the Baconmush Burger or the Hawaiian Burger. My craving for a more “tropical” dish won so Hawaiian for me and a serving of regular fries (which I shared of course!). I think we waited for about 5 to 10 minutes before our orders arrived. While waiting for our burgers to be charcoal grilled, I noticed a few patrons who came in to pick up their orders and others patiently waited for a table to free up. With the steady flow of the crowd, I was really eager and curious with the taste of their burgers especially since their sinages say that they never freeze their patties.

Here’s the photo-ops of our orders:

Our burgers

My Hawaiian Burger

closer look

Fries anyone?

The first bite was the crucial one. And with that first bite, a gastronomic symphony started playing at the back of my mind. Delicious! The patty was just too juicy not take a moment to savor the taste in your mouth. And the burger buns were really soft and perfect for the grilled juiciness of the patty.

I don’t think I have the right words to describe the taste test I did that night. Goes to show that I need to brush up on my adjectives. LOL. But seriously, if you’re into burgers and would like to try something new, I highly recommend Gino’s Burgers. And if you want to try ginormous burgers (for free), you can join in on their eating contests every Saturday from 2 – 4PM. If you are able eat one GIANT burger in 3 minutes, you get it for free. Up for the challenge? Here’s how:

Giant Inferno Burger Challenge

How to get to Gino’s Burgers:

Yu Uy Tong Building
Lapu-lapu St. near cor. Sobrecary St.
Agdao, Davao City
Tel. No. (082) 2262659

By the way, I seem to be deviating on my usual Food Trip Fridays so I’m short-naming my post titles into “Food Trip” instead.

Happy eating everyone! 🙂


Movies I Want To Watch VI

My mind’s racing into overdrive again on movies I’m looking forward to watch.  I’m not sure though if I’ll be able to see THESE movies in cinemas (mentally calculating the expenses… not cheap!), but I hope I’ll be able to watch it all… eventually.

I present to you the trailers that I was able to get from YouTube.

I. Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked

I’ve seen the first two movies and watching Alvin, Simon, and Theodore at it again brings back fond childhood memories.

and here’s another one…

II. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

After watching the previous 3 movies, there’s no question in my mind if I’ll be watching this 4th installment.  It never gets boring.

And here’s a short for Ice Age 4:

III. New Year’s Eve

From the creators of Valentine’s Day, here’s another star-studded movie revolving around New Year’s Eve.

IV. Disney’s Brave

Just the color of the protagonist’s hair has gotten me really interested in this Pixar animation.

Can’t wait!

Movie Quotes: Happy Feet Two

Watching Happy Feet Two last Saturday night was one of the best decisions I’ve made for the past week.  Aside from the exuding “cuteness” of the baby penguins, the tap-dancing, and great songs so aptly selected, the laugh-out-loud moments brought about the characters’ dialogue exchanges were just priceless for me.  So here are a few movie quotes I would like to share with you (not in order of the movie though).

Narrator: Everything in this world, no matter how big, no matter how small is connected in ways we never expected.

Penguins: We’re bringing fluffy back…yeah!

Mumble: But there are plenty of reasons to dance.
Erik: What’s mine pa?
Mumble: The only way to find out, is to try it. Come on son. Let’s shake this world!

Ramon: I wanna know what love is!

Ramon: What’s a best friend for if he cannot bring a daddy and his boy together?

Gloria: When your daddy is in a deep hole, he has to learn to stop digging.

Erik: Fluffy don’t float.

Ramon: Okay! Here’s what we’re going to do. We count to three. Push me on two… but don’t tell me!
Penguins: One….. (they push Ramon in)
Ramon: Baby penguins – cute, but ruthless!

Ramon: The love-god is back!
Atticus: Whoa! Ignored by thousands!

Carmen: You. Me. Fat chance.
Ramon: I have a chance, and it’s fat!

Ramon: But who will love Ramon?!

Sven: If you want it, you must will it. If you will it, it will be yours.

Sven: Believe in yourself Erik. Sven believes in you.

Will: There’s only one of me in the world. I’m one in a trillion.

Will: Everything has an end. I must reach the end of the world.

Will: This is our moment Bill.
Bill:  Okay…
Will: Adapt.  Or die my friend.
Bill: Adapt?  There’s no telling what we might become!
Will:  Fine! Be a plankton for all your life.

Bill: Will, what are we looking for?
Will: That’s the adventure my friend. I don’t know.

Will: I’m moving up the food chain! I’m gonna chew on something that has a FACE!
Bill: No no no no….
Will: (latches on, chomps down) “A little…chewy.
Bill: You just nibbled on it’s butt!

Baby Penguin: Booyah!

Mumble: When things go wrong, running is not the answer.

Mumble: Okay, keep going.  But nice and slow.

Elephant Seal: Take your little furball and fluff off!
Atticus: You’ll be apologizing, or I’m gonna tear you a new nostril!

Miss Viola: Do you have a tail feather?
Boadicia: Yes, I have a tail feather!
Miss Viola: Then you shake it, my dear!

Penguin: Every obstacle is an opportunity.

Mumble: But there are a lot of dangers out there.
Viola Boadicia: Not dangers but challenges.

Will: Delusional singing. That’s the first sign of madness.

Bill: Let’s make our own swarm!
Will: We’re both males.
Bill: Let’s adopt!
Will: No.  You adopt! I adapt!
Bill: Fine!  There are many other krills in the sea.
Bill: Will?  Wait for me!

Bill: So… you want some music?
Will: Nope.
Bill: Let’s have some music!
Bill: (singing) Wake me up before you go go. ‘Coz I’m not planning on going solo. Wake me up before you go go.
Will: (groans) Would you keep it down!
Bill: I wanna hit that high…
Will: Just keep quit!
Bill: Yeah yeah!

Bill: (singing) I’m never gonna give you up. I’m never gonna let you down…

Gloria: Come on everyone.  Let’s cuddle up.

Mumble: Ramon! It’s incredible! Everybody came.
Ramon: Except for that guy who stayed behind because he had the sniffles…
(Penguin sneezes loudly in the background)
Ramon: Oh, no, he’s here.

Ramon: I hate this long distance relationship.

Ramon: You are my world.. entirely.
Carmen: Ramon, you’re beautiful!
Ramon: Only on the outside…

Will: Imagination is the second sign to madness.

Penguin: As long as we are together, we are already home.

Penguin: It’s nice to have a family.

Mumble: Come on. We’re wasting our time. There’s nothing for us here
Erik: No, Pa. This is so unfair. After what you have done, you really deserve better.
Mumble: Nothing makes sense in this world, Eric.

Bill: We all have a purpose. Yours is to change the world.

Bryan the Beachmaster: Sometimes you have to back up in order to move forward!

There are some quotes that still come to mind but I can’t remember the exact wording.  I’ll update this once I remember.  In addition, I’ve added some of the songs which I caught myself bouncing into.  Thanks to iMovie for uploading these tunes in your channel:

The Intro Medley

Papa Oom Mow Mow

Dragonstea Din Tei

Bridge of Light

Under Pressure/Rhythm Nation

Have you guys seen the movie already?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  For those who haven’t, I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough for you to watch it with your family!

Happy watching!

Food Trip Saturday: Trellis ‘n Vines & Banana Berry

In my many solo walks around the city, I’ve passed by Trellis ‘n Vines but never got the chance to try out their cuisine.  So after watching the movie last Saturday night, I was rearing to have dinner at a new place.  So off I went to  Araullo St. corner Mabini St.

Trellis 'n Vines

As I understand, they have a different branch at Matina.  The branch I visited, however, was located a bit closer to home.  Quaint was the word that came to my mind upon the entrance.  There was a certain personality with the presence of a porch-style entry that seemed to beckon people into checking out the place.

Across the Table

The interior was quite intimate.  If you plan on hanging out with a couple of your closest friends or go out on a date, this would be a perfect setting for that.

Menu anyone?

I had fun browsing over their menu.  If you didn’t have a specific order in mind, you’d be overwhelmed with their choices from appetizers to salads, soups, main dishes (your selection of pork, chicken, seafoods, and beef).

Baby Back Ribs

Being keen on trying the specialty of the house, I gave in to the waitress’s suggestion in ordering their Baby Back Ribs.  Glad that I brought along a friend, the ginormous serving would have smothered me and I doubt I could finish it off on my own.  For a reasonable price, one serving would already be enough for 3 persons.  Just order extra rice.

Their ribs had a certain “wine-y” flavor (or perhaps it was the sauce) that I can’t find the exact words to describe it.  Nonetheless, it was delicious!  Maybe next time I’ll be able to get there earlier than just less than an hour from their closing time.

Anyway, for more information about Trellis ‘N Vines, you can you view their website here and you can also visit their Facebook page here.

For a bird’s eye view of their location:

After dinner, I decided to take a relatively long walk home from Trellis.  The general area alongside F. Torres St. was thriving with people.  In addition, micro restaurant business were slowly paving their way in establishing themselves along the vicinity.  So another stopover I made was to try out BANANA BERRY.


 Banana Berry is situated outside Bigby’s along Metro LifesStyle Center F. Torres St.  BB offers a wide variety of cold and hot drinks and blends, pastries, and Yogurt!  Still have to clarify though if they’re open 24 hours.

Banana Berry Counter

I opted to try out their yogurt since I was still full from dinner.

My mixberry yogurt

It was the first time I tasted flavored yogurt that you could still taste the pulp of your chosen flavor.  Quite different from what I’ve been used to tasting.  But delicious yogurt nonetheless.  I’m looking forward to hanging out here some time soon to really feel the whole place al fresco.

Movies I Want To Watch V

Here’s another set of movies I’m looking forward in watching:

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Also known as Journey to the Mysterious Island.  It’s the sequel of the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth.  I wasn’t able to watch the first movie fully but this one looks interesting.

Snow White & The Huntsman

Coming from the producer of Alice in Wonderland Joe Roth, here’s a different version of Snow White that will be gracing the silver screen



I’m a fan of Greek mythology.  So I’m pretty much looking forward in watching this one.

A Year After Goodbye

November 6, 2011

A year ago (on a Saturday), at 6:06PM, my father surrendered to liver cancer. The pain of the loss has long been turned into a dull thudding inside me that I could tune out at most times but somehow, in days like these, I still remember the last few moments I spent with him.

Feeling quite sentimental really…

Been typing and deleting words I could use to clearly express what’s going on in my mind, but my brain’s not cooperating. A large part of me wants to share the details of those final moments with him… but another part of me wants to keep it all inside. Maybe its because I’ve shared it before (with close friends) and then repeating it again a year after would make me seem like a broken record. I want to give a tribute to my dad but there’s so much to say and I don’t know where to start yet.

Anyway as planned for his 1st year death anniversary, we – me, my mom, a few of our neighbors, and my half-brothers and other relatives – were set to meet up for a short get-together prayer at my dad’s final resting place. And for the whole day I’ve been reminded of my dad. To name a few:

1. Disney’s The Game Plan

The movie was playing at a local channel and although I’ve seen it a couple of times already, I still enjoy watching it. Aside from the fact that regardless of my “young” age I’m slightly addicted to Disney, I remember watching it with my dad. A Daddy-Daughter movie that’s very heartwarming. I’m easily moved to tears when watching a feel good movie, so the waterworks really started with those cute and sweet moments Joe Kingman shared with his daughter Peyton.

God… I miss my dad.

2. Phrases running through my mind

“Kiss ko beh…”

I remember one of dad’s rare moments where he goes sweet on himself asking for me to kiss him. Dad was still able to drop me off to work (a day before we rushed him to the hospital). He came back later in the morning to get his LOA for his check-up (along with my half-brother and aunt) when he asked for his kiss. In retrospect, a surprising request. Dad didn’t get to have himself checked-up that day anymore.

“Surrender na ko… (I surrender)”

November 5, 2010

The day we rushed him to the hospital. Mom didn’t come along at first. It was just me and my half-brother then my other half-brother came along. I still remember the nurse inquiring if whether all four of us were siblings. I guess my dad looked young for them and he was already 63 that time! A welcome comment to distract me from the severity of the situation. I kept thinking “Not again… it’s been less than a year from his ExLap surgery…” plus the fears of a few months ago (refer here). So when the doctor arrived, I was on the edge. And rightfully so! I didn’t know what to expect. So when the doctor said my dad had Liver Cancer and we were just counting the days until he’ll be leaving us, maintaining my composure and keeping my tears at bay was the least of my problems… breaking the news was.

So when my dad jokingly told me “Kapoy na man. Unsa man, surrender na ko? (I’m tired already. So, should I surrender?” It took every amount of my strength to keep me from bursting to tears. He asked me the same thing again, once we were settled on a room. He already knew something was wrong since my response was a sober one. God! Feeling chest pangs…

I never got to talk to him after. When I got him settled with my mom and half-brother looking after him, I reported for work to finish a few stuff. Then when I got back, Dad was at the ICU with a tube stuck on his mouth to aid his breathing.

He was slowly distancing himself from us during his last two weeks. I guess he wanted to show us a strong front and that nothing was wrong. As for me, after receiving the breaking news, accepting it was a process.

November 6, 2010

“Ma’am, if he comes to a point for cardiac arrest, will we be reviving him?”

“So soon? He just got admitted last night!”

Keeping the tears at bay while at the ICU was physically draining and emotionally painful. Since Mom appointed me to make the big decisions, signing of waivers and be the receiver of the doctors’ news, putting up a brave front was the only way to go.

“He might be going today”

The doctor – a close friend of my dad – broke the news. There was no chorus of crying from our party. But there was no dry pair of eyes surrounding my dad’s hospital bed. After the final blessings for the dying, I had to push back the tears and pain I was feeling and be strong for my mom.

Do you know how painful it is holding a bedside vigil? Monitoring the last rise and fall of blood pressure, the slow intake of breath, the last pulse and heartbeat, waiting for the medicines to wear off, grown up guys crying saying sorry to a father who they believe abandoned them, a doctor crying for a loss of a friend, listening to whispered messages and prayers…

I think I need to stop now. I’m sure you get the picture.

3. The Missing Death Certificate

Dad’s DC has been missing for quite sometime now and scavenger hunting for it at home has been more than tedious. Now, it suddenly turns up hidden with a few of my stuff in my room. I don’t know if it’s because my room has been in disarray or something else.

So that’s it. For now.

I still miss my dad. I miss our bonding moments together. He always made it a point to introduce me and talk about my relatives on his side of the family tree. I still feel uneasy with the exposure I get with my father’s side of the family. Eventually, I’ll be more open and comfortable when I’m with them.

The Rockstar that was My Father

Daddy making faces

Share your thoughts? Would love to hear from you. I’ve posted about my dad and his passing here:

Past Words Of the Day

Past Words Of the Day.

Hey guys!  I came across this post and I thought it would be nice to share with you guys. 🙂

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