Little Miss Drama

Being a single mom is tough!

These past few days have been challenging for me. Joaqui, my son, got sick and his fever would not go down even after already going to the doctor for a check up. He was advised to rest for three days and was prescribed Disudrin for his colds and cough. Two days after, it was I who caught the bug. I started having fever and was not feeling very well that I could no longer bring my son to the doctor for a follow-up check up. I thought that by Sunday I’d be feeling okay. But I wasn’t. Despite having a fever, coughing and sneezing while shivering from time to time, I had to think about my son’s assignments and lessons in school. I had to think about doing the laundry. Because if I don’t do all of those things, who will? No one.

That’s when I started to feel how hard it is to be a single mom. When you and your child are both sick, no one else takes care of you. I started to break down, feeling self-pity with our situation, worried and anxious. Yet I tried to psyche myself that if I keep crying, my colds will just get worse, I will not be able to finish my son’s assignments (I really hate those cut and paste assignments) and will not be able to sort the clothes I would need to wash. This is the time I need to be stronger and unfazed.

I kept taking paracetamol every 4 hrs hoping my fever would go down. Monday morning, I prepared my son’s things, reviewed his school lessons and gave his meds. I asked my sister to sort the clothes I would need to wash. After sending my son to school, I had lunch and then I started doing the laundry despite having a fever at 38 degrees. I was exhausted but I could not stop until everything has been washed. I finished doing the laundry at 9pm, had to change my clothes twice because of too much sweat, had my temp go from 38 to 37 degrees.

I no longer went to work. I know my body needed to rest. But because I was already feeling well, I started working on my part-time job instead. Until I felt tired and sleepy and thought of writing before hitting the sack.

I realized I have to take care of myself more. I should start living healthy. I have a child I am responsible for. What happened these past few days gave me a scare. I need to be healthy for my son. He has no one else but me.

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Stunning cars displayed at Los Angeles Auto Show 2016

Source: Arabian Business

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A 2017 Nissan Rouge is displayed under a Star Wars TIE fighter during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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Storm  Troopers stand at attention as the 2017 Nissan Rogue 1 Star Wars Limited Edition is unveiled at a press conference during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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A limited edition Storm Trooper helmet which will be included with the 2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition is on display at a press conference during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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People look at the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV as it is unveiled at the Automobility LA Press & Trade Days and Connected Car Expo ahead of the 2016 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova poses with the Porsche 911 RSR as it is unveiled at the Automobility LA Press & Trade Days and Connected Car Expo ahead of the 2016 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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Patrick Dempsey and Maria Sharapova pose with the Porsche Panamera as it is unveiled at the Automobility LA Press & Trade Days and Connected Car Expo ahead of the 2016 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is unveiled at its world premiere at the Mercedes-Benz press conference during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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Racing team members unveils the Mazda RT24-P DPi challenger racing car at the Mazda press conference during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2018 Mercedes AMG E 63 S Edition 1 is unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz/Smart press conference during the Automobility LA Press & Trade Days and Connected Car Expo ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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A model poses beside the new Alfa Romeo Giulia on display on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16,2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Acura NSX is displayed on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16,2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Audi R8 v10 plus in grey is displayed on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman SE all-wheel drive is displayed during the BMW AG Mini press conference at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The new Porsche 911 RSR on display on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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Volkswagen’s all-new 7-passenger Atlas on display on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is displayed during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is unveiled during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The new Cadillac CTS-V is dusted clean while on display on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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Porsche CEO Oliver Blume introduces the new Porsche Panamera on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Hyundai Ioniq on display on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Smart Fortwo Smart Car is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz/Smart press conference during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Shows consumer days will be open to the public, November 18-27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Ford Ecosport is on display during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2017 Chevrolet Coronado ZR2 is displayed during the Automobility LA Press & Trade Days and Connected Car Expo ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Kia Sorrento ‘Ski Gondola’ autonomous concept car with rubber track tires is on display during media preview days ahead of the public opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2016. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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The 2.0L turbo engine from the new Buick Envision on display on the first of two press days at the 2016 Los Angeles Autoshow, now called Automobility LA, in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2016, where the show will open to the public on Friday November 18. The LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 18 through November 27. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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My UAE Chronicles: Talking Art – Louvre Abu Dhabi

August 21, 2009.

Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi is an event that has been conceived to celebrate the continuing development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project. Its objective is to present the principal architectural and cultural aspects of the project.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the five iconic cultural institutions within the Saadiyat Island Cultural District development. A universal museum for the 21st century, this program of tours and events reveal the spirit and concept of Louvre Abu Dhabi for the first time.

I remember the first time I saw the actual Madonna and Child of Bellini. I told myself I could die right there and then. I could not believe that it was really happening. That I was staring, and at the same time admiring, the very same painting which I only saw in art books and slides in my art class. It was really in front of me and I was just filled with awe right that very moment.

It's me! :D

It’s me! 😀

Giovanni Bellini (Venice, 1430-Venice, 1516) Madonna & Child Venice, circa 1480-1485 Oil on panel

Giovanni Bellini
(Venice, 1430-Venice, 1516)
Madonna & Child
Venice, circa 1480-1485
Oil on panel

I have asked my friend’s parents, Tito Manny and Tita Olga, together with my flatmates to go with me to the exhibition. They said ‘yes’ in an instant. This was my second time to attend an art exhibit at the Emirates Palace. The first time was the Picasso Exhibit, which is another chronicle for me to tell. 😀

Here are some of the photos from the exhibition. I only took these photos from the brochure they provided since it was not allowed to take pictures inside.

Black Figures Amphora Greece, circa 520 BC Ceramic Attributed to the Antimenes Painter (2nd half of the 6th century BC)

Black Figures Amphora
Greece, circa 520 BC
Ceramic
Attributed to the Antimenes Painter
(2nd half of the 6th century BC)

“Sosibios” Vase
Athens, circa 50 BC
Marble
Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Greek, Etruscan & Roman Antiquities — at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

Head of Buddha North China (from Henan to Shandong), Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD) White marble

Head of Buddha
North China (from Henan to Shandong), Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD)
White marble

Standing Bodhisattva (Maitreya) Gandhara region (present Pakistan), perhaps Takht-Bahi or Sahri-Bahlol, 2nd-3rd century AD Schiste

Standing Bodhisattva
(Maitreya)
Gandhara region (present Pakistan), perhaps Takht-Bahi or Sahri-Bahlol, 2nd-3rd century AD
Schiste

Lamp inscribed with the name of Sultan Hassan Egypt, 1347-1361 Glass, blown, enameled and gilded Loan from the Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Islamic Art, former Spitzer collection

Lamp inscribed with the name of Sultan Hassan
Egypt, 1347-1361
Glass, blown, enameled and gilded
Loan from the Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Islamic Art, former Spitzer collection

Christ showing his wounds Bavaria or Austria, circa 1515 Limewood, polychrome

Christ showing his wounds
Bavaria or Austria, circa 1515
Limewood, polychrome

Jean-Francois de Troy (Paris, 1679-Rome, 1752) Esther fainting before Ahaseurus Paris, 1730 Oil on canvas

Jean-Francois de Troy
(Paris, 1679-Rome, 1752)
Esther fainting before Ahaseurus
Paris, 1730
Oil on canvas

Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Seville, 1617-Seville, 1682 Jacob's Dream Seville (Spain), circa 1665 Oil on canvas

Bartolome Esteban Murillo
(Seville, 1617-Seville, 1682
Jacob’s Dream
Seville (Spain), circa 1665
Oil on canvas

Edouard Manet The Bohemian Paris, 1861-1862 Oil on canvas

Edouard Manet
The Bohemian
Paris, 1861-1862
Oil on canvas

Vessel depicting the Feast of Cupid and Psyche Urbino (Italy), 1541 Earthenware

Vessel depicting the Feast of Cupid and Psyche
Urbino (Italy), 1541
Earthenware

Tsonga Headrest Zambia, 2nd half of the 19th century Wood

Tsonga Headrest
Zambia, 2nd half of the 19th century
Wood

Paul Cezanne Rocks near the caves above Chateau Noir Aixen-Provence, circa 1904 Oil on canvas Paris, Musee d'Orsay

Paul Cezanne
Rocks near the caves above Chateau Noir
Aixen-Provence, circa 1904
Oil on canvas
Paris, Musee d’Orsay

This is how the Louvre Abu Dhabi will look once the construction is done.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

After our so-called art appreciation experience, Tito Manny treated us for a cup of coffee at the nearest coffee shop.

With Cher

With Cher

Tita Olga and Tito Manny

Tita Olga and Tito Manny

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The coffee shop

The coffee shop

With my flatmates, Cher & Khendz

With my flatmates, Cher & Khendz

My cappuccino

My cappuccino

Going home :)

Going home 🙂

On our way home, I also took photos of the light decorations on the street, celebrating the Ramadan holidays.

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My UAE Chronicles: The Guggenheim – The Making of a Museum

February 2010.

The exhibit was organized in a collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which brings masterworks from the great collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to the Middle East for the first time. It is the first exhibition to be organized under the auspices of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum.

My colleagues (Monica & Erma) and I decided to check the exhibit after work. The exhibition was held at Emirates Palace, the 7-star hotel in Abu Dhabi.

And because I was an Art Studies graduate and haven’t been anywhere near Europe, this was the closest I got to all of those paintings I have studied back in college. I almost died after seeing the great works of Seurat, Cezanne and Pollock.
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It’s me! 🙂

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Vasily Kandinsky’s Decisive Rose. This was what was posted outside the exhibit.

The following photos are from the exhibit itself which I got from Arts Abu Dhabi website since it was not allowed to take photos inside. You can constantly check this website for more art-related events. 🙂

The planned museum will look like this once it is done.

Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

After appreciating all that beauty, we decided to stay a bit longer at the hotel to also take some photos.

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The ceiling of the hotel

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Look at that floor!

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With Erma 🙂

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The wall of the hotel bearing the typical Arabic art.

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With Monica

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Inside the lift 😀

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Joaqui’s Baon: No Bake Mac & Cheese Recipe

I was browsing one time on my FB newsfeed when a friend posted baon (packed lunch) ideas for kids. That was where I got the idea to try my own version of mac & cheese.

I started looking online for more recipes of mac & cheese, trying to check how else I could pull it off, given the limited resources I had in our kitchen. And so I came up with this:

Ingredients: 

8 ounces elbow macaroni

1⁄4 cup cabbage (this is me including veggies to a yummy meal for my son)

1 can of tuna

1 small-sized onion, chopped

1 small-sized red bell pepper (which I picked from our backyard)

1⁄4 cup butter

1⁄4 cup flour (which I didn’t have so I replaced it with Nestle Cream)

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1 dash black pepper

2 cups milk

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or 8 ounces cheddar cheese

Directions:

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  2. On a separate pan, heat oil. Stir in onions, tuna, cabbage and red bell pepper.Jpeg
  3. Mix in the macaroni.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in cream, salt and pepper; slowly add milk.
  5. Cook and stir until bubbly.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted.
  7. Add the cheese sauce to the macaroni. Stir to coat.

Now I have my kid’s baon. 🙂

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My money, my call.

Because I got offended today by what I heard from unexpected people, I am venting out on my blogsite. This blogsite.

I don’t like to be called a name as I would assume you would not, either. But you did not know me when I used to be carefree and selfish and sometimes irresponsible. You were not there when I  would gladly spend all of my hard-earned money on unimportant things and even irrelevant people.

Until I became a parent. Things had to change because now I am responsible for one person’s future. So I’m sorry if I would rather not spend a single penny on an extravagant expensive cake when I know I can actually give a simple yet cheaper one. That I would rather save a few bucks for a month rather than go on a trip with people who don’t even grasp the idea of what ‘living on a budget’ means. Or that a 10 peso, hell even just a peso, already makes a difference to what I spend.

You may think you understand where I am coming from because you also have your own responsibilities. Trust me, you don’t. Maybe not until you become a parent like myself and plans for someone else’s future.

You don’t get to judge me for the decisions I make with my own money. You don’t even have the right to comment anything about it. Not a single bit.

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Where to Eat: Yakimix

Craving Japanese food? Then perhaps Yakimix is the answer to those cravings. Yakimix is a Japanese with Asian-fusion themed eat-all-you-can buffet restaurant with different branches all over Metro Manila.

Yakimix, Trinoma

Buffet prices are as follows:

Mondays to Fridays: Lunch – Php 499 / Dinner – Php 599

Saturdays and Sundays – Lunch and Dinner Php 599

Below are its branches:

YAKIMIX ATC: Upper Ground Level, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
Tel. (02) 553-4757, (02) 553-7433

YAKIMIX GREENBELT: 3/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Tel. (02) 475-5153, (02) 475-5154, (02) 998-8039

YAKIMIX MACAPAGAL: G/F Hobbies of Asia, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Pasay City
Tel. (02) 556-6673, (02) 736-7904

YAKIMIX MALL OF ASIA: G/F Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Tel. (02) 836-1535, (02) 836-1536, (02) 836-1537

YAKIMIX PODIUM: 5/F The Podium, Mandaluyong City
Tel. (02) 806-4331, (02) 806-5367, (02) 634-0302

YAKIMIX ROBINSONS`S ERMITA: 4/F Robinsons Place Manila, Manila City
Tel. (02) 354-9289, (02) 353-4674

YAKIMIX SM MASINAG: G/F SM Masinag, Antipolo City
Tel. (02) 781-4182, (02) 781-4183

YAKIMIX SM NORTH EDSA: G/F SM North EDSA, Quezon City
Tel. (02) 921-9806, (02) 921-6375

YAKIMIX TRINOMA: 4/F Trinoma, Quezon City
Tel. (02) 861-1718, (02) 861-4022, (02) 901-0057

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An exclusive look inside Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Source: Arabian Business

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Falcon owners wait to check in their birds at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A Falcon is weighed as part of a health check at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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Falcons wait for health checks and other treatments at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A falcon is placed on a bench at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A falcon awaits a health check at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The centre which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The centre also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are moulting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A Falcon is weighed as part of a health check at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The centre which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The centre also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are moulting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A falcon awaits a health check at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The centre which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The centre also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are moulting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A falcon rests in an air conditioned unit at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A falcon has it’s feathers checked under anesthetic by hospital director DR Margit Muller, (centre) at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, Falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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A general view of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital on February 3, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is located just outside Abu Dhabi. It is the largest of its kind in the world attracting customers from all over the UAE and the wider Gulf region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Around 9,000 birds are treated each year for a wide range of ailments. The center which has a an ophthalmology department, and intensive care unit is equipped to deal with everything from X-Rays, cases of Avian Flu, Falcon Pox, repairing of feathers, and general health checks and provides a 24 hour service. The center also has two large air conditioned aviaries where falcons can rest while they are molting, or changing their feathers. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their Falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence. The practice of Falconry was recognized by UNESCO in 2012 under the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. (Getty Images)

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Where to Eat: Zark’s Burgers

Just because we were in the office on a holiday, we decided to have breakfast in Eastwood City after shift.

My office mates wanted to go to Zark’s, which I had no idea about, so I tagged along.

I don’t recall anything special with their burgers except maybe for its gigantic sizes/servings. Our order included their very famous Jawbreaker which is a triple cheeseburger with spam, bacon and overflowing cheese sauce on top (value: Php275), Deep-fried Bacon Wrapped Burger (value: Php240) and Blue Cheese Burger, a mushroom cheese burger topped with blue cheese sauce (value: Php145).

Top right: Jawbreaker Bottom Left: Blue Cheese Burger Bottom right: Deep-fried Bacon Wrapped Burger (Eat at your own risk!) Note: Correction on the year. It was 2013.

Top right: Jawbreaker
Bottom Left: Blue Cheese Burger
Bottom right: Deep-fried Bacon Wrapped Burger (Eat at your own risk!)
Note: Correction on the year. It was 2013.

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