Around Yale University

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Where have I been these past few months? Or better yet, where have I been this past year (or two)? Around. Pretty much around. My life has been very busy recently hence the infrequent journal entries.

Moving on… I just came back from the United States. It was my first time to step on American soil and I had a great time. One of the primary reasons of my visit was to attend my brother’s graduation from the Master of Laws program of Yale University. Yale Law School, by the way, is regarded as the number one law school in the world.

Yale Law School Commencement. This was after the university rites held at the Yale Old Campus.

We spent quite some time appreciating the campus of Yale University. The buildings were grand, charming, and full of history. Walking around the area was surreal, almost like being in a movie. It had a vibrant, old-world charm to it that I loved.

Sterling Memorial Library.

Yale Law School — Sterling Law Building.

Flowers were in bloom. Can you find the bird? :)

Bikes and sunshine.

Hogwarts. Haha!

Just about anywhere I look, there’s something beautiful in New Haven. The weather was also lovely and cool with just the right amount of sunshine.

Of course, I wouldn’t miss the chance of eating something special from Yale. We went to Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana, one of the oldest pizzerias in the United States.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

Established in 1925, Frank Pepe’s well-known in the country. They specialize in thin-crust pizzas cooked in brick ovens. The restaurant’s popularity was pretty evident from the long line outside even though we came at an off-peak time. We ordered the white clam pizza, named as the best pizza in the whole of Connecticut, and the margherita pizza.

White clam. This is really good! It burnt my palate though. Hahaha!

I loved the Margherita Pizza more though. It was simple and light, refreshing to a certain degree.

One of my favorite spots in New Haven was Mason Mathis, which is a Belgian cafe. I loved dining there, especially outside the shop. The ambiance inside is nice, but outside, people watching is fun. Hehehe. :P

Inside Maison Mathis.

Favorite breakfast in New Haven! Loved the salad.

Enough with the food, here are more photos from around the campus…

Courtyard.

Cheerful chairs and a church.

Details.

To the dungeon. Kidding!

I really hope I would be able to stroll around Yale once again. Good thing my brother was accepted into the Doctor of Judicial Science program of Yale, meaning I’d probably be visiting him next year. Time to save up for my airfare! :P

Good bye, I’m off for now. :)

Nth Return

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Hello there! I am back (again).

To say that the past few months were crazy is an understatement. One of the reasons of my extended absence here is that I moved to a new company. In my four months with Citibank, only five weeks were spent here in Metro Manila… The rest were spent in Chennai, India. Of course, I’ll share my India experience here. Eventually.

Also, I need a new laptop! I don’t have a personal laptop anymore. Tears. I want to purchase a Macbook Air (or any decent ultrabook) but I am currently saving up for a roundtrip ticket to the USA to attend my brother’s Master of Laws graduation at Yale University. How I wish there are piso-fares going to the States!

Globe’s Billing Puzzle

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If I am asked what my biggest mistake for 2013 is, I would immediately say it’s staying loyal to Globe and renewing my postpaid plan. The billing woes I am experiencing right now is absolutely frustrating.

Flashback to the early half of this year. Given that I have been encountering a lot of trouble with Globe’s screwed-up billing (either they come past due or they don’t come at all), I was contemplating on switching to Smart once my contract with them ends. Continue reading

Singapore Night Safari

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So, here I am again sharing my Singapore experience from a few months back. Actually, this is the very first part of it since my last one was on Legoland Malaysia.

I hardly visit zoos. There is only one instance which I can recall that I visited a zoo – the Manila Zoo when I was in 2nd grade. There’s something about zoos that don’t interest me even though I love watching the National Geographic. That’s why I was pretty surprised when I actually wanted to see the Night Safari in Singapore.

I look like a dweeb. Then again, I’m a geek. Close enough.

The Singapore Night Safari is the very first safari park for night (or nocturnal) animals. It opened in 1994 and today it welcomes more than a million visitors a year. This award-winning park has more than 2,500 animals housed in areas similar to their natural habitats. A ticket here costs 35 SGD for adults, which is roughly 1100 PHP.

All set for my Night Safari adventure!

The park has different attractions for both the young and the old. Their main attraction is the guided tram ride that takes one across 7 zones from around the world. There are also walking trails for the guest to explore. Quite a number of the animals are too little to clearly see from the tram ride and this is how you’ll see them. Lastly, they have special shows and performances to keep you entertained. There’s a fire dance-slash-stunts show called the Thumbuakar as well as the popular (and definitely a must-see) Creatures of the Night. Continue reading

Awesome Ramen at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

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A few weeks back, I was invited to Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen to sample their dishes. Ikkoryu, located at the East Wing of Shangri-la Plaza, specializes in Tonkotsu ramen. It is one of the more popular restaurants in the mall – the waiting list gets crazy during peak hours. When I first tried out Ikkoryu with my family, we waited for half an hour for a table.

Chic, modern, and trendy are the words that best describe the restaurant. You will be greeted by striking red chairs and wood panels hand-painted with writings in Japanese. The place is quite compact but it didn’t feel cramped.

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Sofitel Staycation and Spirals Feast

After a long absence, I have posted an entry again! As mentioned in my previous post, I will be moving my food-related entries to my new Blogspot journal, The Geeky Gourmet.

Here’s a preview of my first post…

One of things that I have been longing to do is to have a staycation. Technically speaking, a staycation is defined as staying home and doing leisurely activities. The scope of the word has widened though, going beyond the walls of one’s house.

Just recently, I had my first staycation experience at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. It is a five-star luxury hotel in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex and is popular for its highly-regarded Spiral buffet.

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Moving!

I am moving… I mean, my food journal.

Okay, I have tried moving before but I need to re-start things. Why? I want to try out Blogger and ‘unify’ my accounts. I will still keep this one as my personal blog though. I’ll also post links to entries in my new food journal, quite similar to what I’ve done for my first attempt.

Visit my new page!

The Geeky Gourmet (v2)

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