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Date archives June 2012

France / Writing

Walking along Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe

From La Sainte Chapelle we headed to Place de la Concorde, which is at the far end of Champs-Élysées.

Place de la Concorde used to be Place de la Révolution, the square where they hold the executions during the revolution. More than 2,700 people were guillotined here, including Queen Marie Antoinette. The guillotine is no longer, and two fountains were built at the square. They have become the iconic fountains of Paris. They were modelled after Roman fountains at St. Peter’s Square and Piazza Navona. Just between the two fountains is the 3,300 year-old Luxor Obelisk, a gift from the Egyptian government to France. It used to mark the entrance of the Luxor Temple.

Place de la Concorde

From Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe is at the other end of the 3.2 kilometre stretch of Champs-Élysées. We originally planned on walking but the sun was blazing and we were simply too tired. Took the metro and got off at Charles de Gaule – Etoile.
Tip: don’t cross the roundabout to get to Arc de Triomphe. There is an underground pedestrian passageway. A group of elderly American ladies attempted to cross in the middle of bustling traffic, needless to say it caused quite a spectacle, with the gendarmes yelling at them and all.
Champs Elysees

Ac de Triomphe

The Paris Museum Pass covers the entrance to the Arc. (A ticket would normally cost 9€.) We took the stairs 284 steps up. There is a gift shop and a couple of exhibitions at the mezzanine area.

inside the Arc de Triomphe

atop the Arc de Triomphe

Twelve main avenues converge at Arc de Triomphe.

Baron Haussmann absolutely planned this city so well. Note that the buildings almost look the same, and are of the same height.
view from Arc de Triomphe

view from Arc de Triomphe

view from Arc de Triomphe

Seeing this made me smile!
sweet moment at Arc de Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
Metro: Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile

Food / Philippines

Instagram Photos Roundup

Mostly food pictures from the past months, taken with my cameraphone.

House-made pulled pork sandwich with pickled onions, BBQ sauce, dill pickle at ‘Cue Modern Barbecue (Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig)
I expected a tangy barbecue flavor from the pulled pork but was a bit disappointed that it tasted quite like Southern-style chili without the heat; it was sour. Not bad but I really did expect a ranch-barbecue flavor. The sweet potato fries are really good.
Cue's pulled pork sandwich

Roast beef and chicken spinach lasagna at Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe (Katipunan, QC)
My past dining experiences at Mom and Tina’s Makati left much to be desired, but gladly this was a good meal. Roast beef looked dry, though.
Mom & Tina's

Mom & Tina's lasagna

Garlic Tapa Overload and salmon dish with wild rice at Mr. Jones (Greenbelt 5, Makati)
Always love the tapa at this place. Red / wild rice is supposed to be good for you, but it’s rather hard to wash down.
Mr. Jones garlic tapa overload

Mr. Jones salmon

French deli sandwich at Kuppa (Fort Global City, Taguig)
I never had a sandwich with melted cheese sauce, and this one is not bad at all. The potato wedges were tasty and were seasoned well. After going on a food tour a few weeks back I realise that I have new-found respect for local growers / roasters, establishments buying fair trade, and generally I ought to start supporting the smaller shops and less of the bigwig money-making empires. Kuppa is originally from Bacolod and they roast their own coffee beans in the store.
Kuppa deli sandwich

I am one of those people who can eat the same food everyday and not get tired even after a while. I used to eat tuna sandwiches everyday. At work I have McDonald’s cheeseburgers on a semi-daily basis. That being said, I can eat mango sticky rice and/or pad thai everyday. Too bad it’s not as accessible and affordable in Manila. These are from food shops at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
mango sticky rice!

pad thai

T fed me a pack of Indomie instant migoreng while I was over at their place and I liked it a lot I decided to bring several packs home, only to find out they are also locally available, at SM (P95 for a pack of 5, or P20 for one). The Amazon reviews are funny. “The crack of the ramen world. How can something this cheap be so bloody good. It’s ramen, so it’s as healthy as styrofoam. But oh it is so worth it.”
Indomie mee goreng topped with a fried egg!

Roasted chicken and cereal prawns at Wee Nam Kee (Ayala Triangle Gardens)
This is probably the last proper dinner I had with family, at a time my loved one was still well enough to go out. I cannot even begin to say how this year and the last have been so tough. Hoping & praying for more happy family dinners, despite everything.
Wee Nam Kee roast chicken

Wee Nam Kee cereal prawns