My First Ever Manila Escapade

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Of all the things I am least expecting was travelling to Manila. I said many times before, never in my wildest dream to visit Manila but I was wrong.

I left home and travelled to a place unknown to me because honestly speaking it is my first time to ride the airplane and Manila as well. You can laugh at me, but I am just being true to myself here. As of the moment, I am contemplating and reflecting whether to push a teaching career or not. Since, I went to Manila, the main purpose was job hunting abroad.

Being in Manila with only a friend whom I entrusted my life. I was very thankful that my stay there was safe and a bit fun. Apparently, jet lag struck me and when we arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3. I still couldn’t believe it that I finally got the courage to fulfill my purpose.

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On my first day, we took a taxi to Paco, Manila since all the agencies are all nearby, but the problem is we have no place to stay and I didn’t have any contacts in which we could stay just for the day. We look for a certain hotel around General Luna Street but my friend couldn’t remember its location. All he know was it’s placed in a gasoline station.

I told him to ask someone and he said we should inquire a Pajak driver since they are well acquainted of the place and he is correct. He found it and it was Toilena Room and Board. The rate is not that bad but unfortunately we have no choice but to stay there. As we inquire, we choose the rate and I was surprised to that for PHP 740.00 we are allowed to stay for only 6 hours and additional fee of PHP 100.00 per hour in excess of what we booked.

I was not able to get pictures of the hotel, but the room is good for me. Till the next post.

See you!!!

On TESDA Training: Bread and Pastry NCII (Hamburger Buns with Recipe)

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Today we were tasked to make Hamburger Buns. This is one of the bread recipe that I am eager to learn since this is the first time I am making it. For a newbie like me, with no baking experience at all. Learning is very fun. Thus, I want to make it as good as possible.

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The ingredients:

For Sponge:

800 grams – Hard Flour

440 grams – Water

20 grams – Yeast


200 grams – Bread Flour

100 grams – Lard

60 grams – Milk Powder

120 grams – Water

150 grams – Sugar

10 grams – Salt

2 pieces – Whole Eggs


Mixing Bowl

Dough Cutter

Tin Sheet

Measuring Tools


  1. Sponge: Dissolve yeast in water for 10-15 minutes. Mix ingredients to have a sponge. Ferment for 1 hour or until double in bulk.

  2. Dough: Mix all ingredients into the sponge and develop a dough. Allow the dough to rest for 30-40 minutes. Punch down the dough. Cut into desired shape and size. Round pieces and give an intermediate proofing for 5 mins. Desired weight: Around 20-70 grams.

Car Repair and Maintenance while Travelling

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If you have a car then you are bound to have it check for safety reasons. It is not good to travel to another place when you know that your car has a problem. It is advisable to have a monthly Car Repair and Maintenance while Travelling. We live in the province and Davao City is the place we could to go in terms of repairs and maintenance of the car as well as if we need for car parts replacement.

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This photo was taken few days ago when we went to Davao City because we experienced a problem with the car battery. As per inquiry, most of the technician said that it is better to have the alternator replaced but mine you. Honda car parts are very experience, so we settled to look for Japanese surplus in Bajada, Davao City and we are so lucky to have the exact parts.

The replacement took almost 4 hours while waiting, hubby told me to go elsewhere so that I will not get bored.  But I said, it is better to stay so that he can have me to talk to and that is why I took this picture. Anyway, when the alternator finally got replaced we went home in Lupon, Davao Oriental. But unfortunately, another problem arises and this time it’s the car air-condition. Oh my!