manila, philippines: the penultimate seven days

It’s Christmas week and this week had been a flurry of activities – from last-minute gift shopping and get-together dinner with friends and past colleagues to getting some poolside tan and celebrating two Christmas family parties.

In the three weeks that I’ve been here in Manila, I’ve developed a certain liking to this one particular restaurant called Cyma Greek Taverna that serves food inspired by the flavors of well, Greece. This week, I’ve tried their filet mignon which was a tad rubbery, an appetizer of anchovies, the best salad I’ve ever had in my life (I swear!) – greens with walnuts, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing, chicken kabob, and moussaka. I’ve yet to try their dish that gets engulfed in flames while the waiters shout “Opa!”

Skipping a sidetrip to the island of Boracay, famous for its powder-fine white sand beaches, I went for the next best thing in getting that tropical tan – an afternoon at the poolside of my brother’s residential complex. Bea and Bianca were there, too, in their floater swimsuits and killer smiles.



We celebrated Christmas Eve at my brother’s place where we played games, exchanged gifts, and had a feast of food. Present at the table were the obligatory lechon or roasted pig, spaghetti bolognese, beef rolls, barbequed pork, chicken lollipops, chili crab, and fruit salad. For the exchange gift, I got this green sweater from Bench which I specifically requested. Nice, no? And finally, I opened Knut’s Christmas present – a Gucci belt! I loooooooove it! Tusen takk, min skatt!




Christmas Day, my mom, dad and I went to Batangas, my dad’s hometown to spend Christmas with my grandmother and other relatives. Needless to say, there were more food to eat and gifts to give and receive. I swear I gained so much holiday weight and I need some serious calorie-burning when I get back to Oslo. Good luck to that! But before we drove for over an hour down south, we stopped by Market! Market! to buy fruits for my grandma. Philippine mangoes are still the best and the sweetest in the world!





Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!


6 Responses to “manila, philippines: the penultimate seven days”

  1. 1 tricia December 28, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    hey mark! yes, ikaw yung tinutukoy ko dun sa blog ko! eh sino pa ba noh??? hehe. well, as usual, im kinda goin thru d same old shit…not exactly knowing whats goin on between me and this guy…

    did u read my other posts? basahin mo friend…

    but i know ill be ok….may take some time, though…i guess i just need to ask him some questions, or we can talk abt it…timingan ko lang…ewan….bahala na c batman! haha

    anyways…hows manila? have u seen ayen and mayee and inigo and tina? kamusta mo n lng ako sa kanila…tell them to email or ym me nmn…or they can read my blogs….hehe

    pota! miss na kita!

    im goin to vegas this sat til jan2 for d new yrs…yay! ill be w relatives and a co worker…should be fun!


  2. 2 sardonicnell December 28, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    isn’t that the most fabulous holiday! really miss christmas in manila. haven’t done that in the longest time. enjoy your new year, God bless ;)

  3. 3 RennyBA December 28, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    What a great report with wonderful pics – good to see your having a great time with your friend at Yuletide.
    The food looks yummy and so did you :-)

    Welcome home – good to know you brought some Aquavit LoL

    Happy New Year to you and Knut!

  4. 4 isac December 30, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Wow what a nice foods. Merry Christmas.

  5. 5 Kristie January 2, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Hey, Renny sent me! Have a wonderful 2008! Love, Kristie in Oslo, Norway

  6. 6 Kristie January 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    PS…like your theme :) I have cutline too.

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