Month: December 2017

The Underwater Sto. Niño of Bien Unido Bohol

There were some videos of scuba divers and a priest that showed a giant statue of the Holy Child and also a statue of the Blessed Mother, being installed underwater. With a lot of gullible people believing these to be miraculous and defying rules of nature, I knew better because I have been to the site myself and know the real story behind it. An hour or more away from the shores of Bien Unido, is a portion of the Danajon Bank, one of the six only double barrier reefs in the world. Sad to say this area of Bohol used to be plagued with Dynamite fishing and so the mayor then decided that in order to discourage fishermen from destroying the reef, a placement of  religious symbols was to be done. This was back in 2010. Sad to say in the time I was able to go there around 2016 the local boatmen shared: though dynamite fishermen did avoid the areas where Sto. Niño and Mother Mary, these destructive fishermen still pursued nearby reefs …

Hole in the Wall: Dong Bei Dumpling Manila 东北水饺

Seldom do I travel to a certain destination JUST FOR FOOD but when I do fall in love with a certain dish or delicacy, I go the extra mile (or in this case, the extra miles) just to get a bite of that dish. When I was still frequently flying to Manila, this became my number one favourite in the big city: Dong Bei Dumplings (东北水饺)Located at the end of Yuchengco Street which is just a few minutes walk away from the Binondo Church, Dong Bei (Pronounced as “Tong Pei”) Dumplings was a delightful discovery when they were mere mentions from friends when I asked “what to eat in Binondo?” Now Binondo is quite far from the usual cities I go to like Makati and Taguig but since I’m very critical about authentic Chinese food, I decided to give this a go. Off to Dong Bei One LRT ride, one MRT ride, and 30 minutes walk later I finally arrive at what seems to be a very small eatery that can only accept 10 customers a …