Monday, May 21, 2007

I wonder who The Five People I'm Gonna Meet in Heaven?!

Since the arrival of the kids, time seemed to be so out of the way for my passion for reading. And I've been wanting really to rekindle this leisure pursuit. I'm just happy that finally I'm into it again and so I made a vow of reading at least one book per week.

Back in the shelf, I got Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" . I wonder why he chose among many a "Filipino child" to be the fifth person whom Eddie (the protagonist) met in heaven? Is there a special connection, a memory of some sort of the Philippines to Mitch Albom? Anyhow, it made me feel glad that the last person in the book who awakened Eddie on how valuable his life on earth was a Filipino. I was truly moved by the story of this book. It tells us of sacrifice, forgiveness and love. It displays the value of human life further teaching us how to discover its meaning and how we should live it. Two thumbs up for Mitch Albom!

Here are some noteworthy lines from the story and I quote:

"People think of heaven as a paradise garden, a place where they can float on clouds and laze in rivers and mountains. But Scenery without solace is meaningless."

"This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for."
"When you are an outcast, even a tossed stone can be cherished."

"Fairness, does not govern life and death. If it did, no good person would ever die young."

"Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know."

"No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone."

"Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning."

"Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret, it's something to aspire to. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else."

"Holding anger is a poison, it eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. "

"Love, like rain can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive."

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Bonding at BUON GIORNO!

After hearing so much rave about this Italian resto in Tagaytay named - Buon Giorno!, finally we had a chance of sampling it last May 16. Thanks to Mr. Park for making this experience possible. Buon Giorno, by the way means Good Morning or Good Day. Indeed the restaurant's name is also synonymous to good food. They've got great selection of Italian Cuisine. Remarkable are their Bruschetta (tomatoes, mozarella & basil on garlic olive toast), it has a good sweet & sour blend, Mushroom Dip which is creamy and real tasty, Di Canneloni Spinaci (tender bits of chicken & mortadella ham rolled in sheets of spinach pasta smothered with tomato sauce and cheese), simply delicious! but too much for single serving it should be shared by two, Pescatore alla Puttanesca (an assortment of seafood on spicy and peppery tomato sauce), the spicyness prevents the satiating effect, it's also yummy, and the shakes served in real tall glass mugs - all refreshing! The salads and pizza are also satisfying, what more with its affordability and ambiance. However, the dolci's are a bit overpriced for the taste. Anyway, anyone can pass on the dessert after consuming all the other filling and superb entrees. All in all, this restaurant is a sure winner! We'll definitely go back.

It's always relaxing to see the Taal Volcano

A peek of what's inside Buon Giorno

A Starstruck pose? :-)

Fire Lake Grill - The steak house in the compound

Platito - The sandwich house

Domicillo - The furniture house

The relaxing garden of Cliffhouse

It's probably good to just laze around here..

Buon Giorno's Menu:


and AFTER....

These are what filled our tummies....
Green Goddess Salad & Bruschetta

Trio of Crostini

Foie Gras Insalata
(pecan caramel has a burnt caramelic note and the goose liver has a pronounced bitter aftertaste)

Di Canneloni Spinaci

Lasagne Al Forno

Proscuito Al Funghi

Mudslide Freeze

Dalandan and Grapes Shake


This is life! :-)

Buon Giorno
Tagaytay Cliffhouse
(046) 4132102

Monday, May 7, 2007

A Pizzerrific Sunday

Finally, the nearest PIZZA COMPANY restaurant came to town. Since, Riley is a big fan of pizza & pasta, we decided to have a "pizzerrific" sunday last weekend in Festival Mall. Menu wise, the restaurant offers quite a good selection. The salads and desserts are interesting ( or probably they've got real nice product shots in their menu). We opted for a gang-set which costs Php 729. The set includes onion rings, chicken wings, pasta, 1 whole pizza - your choice of toppings and a pitcher of softdrinks. This set can serve 4 - 5 persons. Not Bad for the price huh?! Taste wise, only selected items satisfied our tastebuds. The pasta has a good blend of herbs that even kids can appreciate, Riley enjoyed it. The onion rings failed in comparison with other pizza or italian restaurant, it's really so - so. The chicken is perceived to be too much cooked, the meat is no longer tender. And finally, the pizza! It's acceptable as it is, filling, spicy but there's nothing more exciting in it. Generally, pizza company is a cross between shakeys and pizzahut. The only thing we liked about it is - it's affordable. The next time we crave for pizza, we'll probably opt for a Don Henrico's, Yellow Cab or CPK.