The Awesome Things: November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pascaline French Restaurant

It's been a month since I've had my first sweet taste of real independence. If you don't call traveling-alone-for-the-first-time-in-this-big-scary-world being independent, then I don't know what is. But before I kissed France good-bye, I got to experience a true fine dining experience in France!  I must say c'etait tres delicieux!

I’m very thankful to have met such wonderful people in France, the experience was unforgettable and I would cherish it for as long as I’m alive and well. The picture below was a lunch date at Pascaline together with my classmates and with our funny teacher, Laurent (the guy on the right wearing a scarf). Our teacher decided to have a lunch date together the day before Linjie and I left Rouen. 

France is an enchanting point of departure for cultural and epicurean exploration, it is where the French food speaks for itself and that’s certainly what placed France in the culinary map. Their food is so good with exquisite choices of cheese and fresh herbs and it’s perfect when you pair it with wine. The French really love food and their experts with it. You don’t call France the center of gastronomy for nothing.

What we had:

Suggestion du boucher + Dessert du jour = 15,50 Euro

I chose their beef with the with the Poivre sauce and the Pomme frites maison (the fries). It was absolutely delicious. The sauce really complements the beef but I should have ordered the Gratin Pascaline instead because it;s very creamy with lots of cheese. 

Poelon de 6 escargots au beurre d'ail/ 12 escargots = 8 Euro/ 12 Euro

The escargot  has seemingly that similar texture to that of the "Saang" (shells) but the sauce has a more powerful taste with it's garlic butter and I think the green texture was the Pesto. It was really good. Their escargot was as close to heaven as I could ever get.

Their menus:

Everything was so good and yummy. In hindsight, I’m still retrospecting about my experience there, it’s rather nostalgic. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Vive la France

France... France. You're beauty shines as bright as the sun. It spells romance all over. Your beautiful language is music to my ears like the wind chimes in the summer breeze (okay, so maybe it's not that sunny, it's autumn after all) but you get the picture?..

It's still hard to believe that I've been to France for one whole month. It all went by so fast, it's as though it never happened and sometimes I just want to look at the pictures I took to leave me with some kind of proof that it was not just a dream... 

Avant.. avant..

I first heard of this program 2 years ago, I saw this poster with pink details in the Arts and Sciences Building, TC and it immediately ignited a spark in me that inspired me to take up French for my FOLA 1 and a year after that I then saw the poster again at the DHM Department. I was even more determined to grab that scholarship more than anything. The requirements were pretty simple, all you have to do was to get a grade not lower than 1.7 in French and you have to be enrolled in any program/degree offered by USC. After that, you have to write a short letter of intention of why you’re interested in the program and have it noted by your department chair and attach your official print-out of grades highlighting your grade in French, and that’s just what I did. Sadly, I didn’t make it the first try because I got delayed in applying so I tried again the following year. It was my dream you see and letting it go would be like passing a day’s breath. So I never gave up and tried again the year after that and with the grace of God I was chosen for the scholarship in France and I drifted to a state of bliss and I can feel a sparkle of excitement rising through me like a fountain. One thing I learned was that if you want something bad enough you shouldn’t give up on it that easily, never!

The Scholarship program was all expense paid by the French Embassy which includes the accommodation, food, plane tickets, transportation, tours, the fee to study in Alliance Francaise Rouen and 200 Euro worth of allowance. When I first heard about it, I could not believe my eyes that someone like me would be granted this kind of blessing. I kept asking if this was really true or am I just dreaming while awake? But it was real, everything was, and it was awesome…

The trees with yellow and red leaves add a dash of freshness and color to the crisp Autumn air.

An experience here is indeed nothing less than artistry, you see style at every corner and every view was like a picture waiting to be taken. With its clean streets and medieval designed houses I was left at awe gawking around because it was not the usual scene that I would see back in my homeland.

la porte a cote un coeur..

Everytime I take pictures, the outcomes are just to inspiring because it's truly gorgeous in personal. 

The people here really enjoy long walks and they walk so fast like a hundred miles an hour. The weather in Rouen is always rainy and there was a time when it dropped to 0°C most often smoke would come out of your mouth when you talk out of the coldness of the temperature. There was a time when they were passing the winter season and they had to shift from the daylight saving time. That means they minus an hour to their time to welcome the winter season and then its goodbye summer time.

la Gare Rouen Rive Droite

People watching under the sheltering French sky... French people are really individualistic and artistic people. They like thinking a lot and creating a world of their own. 

Part of the program was the museum visits like the Musee de la Ceramique, Musee de Feronnerie, Musee Beaux Arts just to name a few. It showcases exquisite ceramics, paintings, and metal works from the times way back 300 years ago.

I see beauty everywhere here. It's no wonder people are so inspired always to be creative and to give affection to their loved ones. It's amazing.. I can't enough of it. 

Musee de la Ceramique showcases tablewares, statues from the moyen age (middle age)

I feel like a princess walking down the stairs in a big mansion with it's exquisite design and gorgeous paintings hanged on the walls. 

with my Australian friend taking in some culture at the Musee de la Ceramique..

a bunch of middle-aged ceramics and English tea pots. They're so quaint and lovely I must say. Charming, indeed.

Taking a stroll down Vieux Marche admiring it's boutiques and other cute details on their shops.

France is an enchanting point of departure for cultural and epicurean exploration, it is where the French food speaks for itself and that’s certainly what placed France in the culinary map. 

Here's a little music that our teacher taught us in class

More posts to come soon..  Hope you enjoyed my little gift from France..

Friday, November 16, 2012

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Cebu on Nov.24, 2012

What it's all about:

Have you ever thought of wanting to become an influencer to change the world? Okay, so that may sound so BIG, making a difference and all that. But, It's possible. Take it from Steve Jobs, "The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are actually the ones that do". Have you ever had thoughts of wanting to become an influencer towards brand awareness, advocacy, promotions or whatever products you have to offer but you just don't know where to start or what connections and contacts you need to have? Worry no more because the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit is just what you need. The Summit will take place SM CEBU Conference Room AB on November 24, 2012 at a bargain price of 1000 Php (Originally 7,000 Php for this type of event) and it already includes a conference kit and certificate( for those present from start to finish). Food not included.

The Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Cebu #dim2012 aims to empower entrepreneurs, marketers and advertisers with insights on working with influencers and brand advocates

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Ms. Janette Toral of said that the Internet, particularly the social media has empowered users to become digital influencers and brand advocates. Cebu is an important stop for the summit since it is the first location in the country to form a blogging organization, she added.

Who are the speakers for this event?

Social Media Specialist Fleire Castro of Third Team Media and Cebu-based bloggers Kevin Ray Chua and Rabsin De la Cruz will share their insights about how bloggers have become a force of influencers towards their advocacy support and brand awareness.

SEO Specialists Ruben Licera Jr. will also teach entrepreneurs on how they can take advantage of the Social Media to help boost their online presence and on how their content could rank page 1 of the search engine results.

Elisa Escobar of Azalea Residences Baugio and Richard Eldridge of will give advices on how brand managers and entrepreneurs could collaborate with bloggers and social media users to create awareness on their products and services and to help boost their revenue.

Digital Influencers Ben Francia and Khoa Bui will also share their stories on how freelance professionals and entrepreneurs can build their personal identity.

Cebu Architect and fitness coach Alan Choachuy will tackle on how social media paved the way for him to become a health influencer to inspire Filipinos to live a a healthier lifestyle.

For more informations and instructions to register online click here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

#AMALAYER Jamie Paula Salvosa: "The Maldita Queen"

                                             Kids! Tandaan Huwag kayong tutulad neto..

The new internet sensation, Paula Jamie Salvosa has been the subject of humiliation after the video which was originally posted by Bayan Patroller Gregory Paulo Llamoso, has gone viral. The 23-year old girl was said to have been an aspirant as a Video Jockey for Myx Philippines. Looks like she got the fame she's always wanted now, in a  not so very pleasant way though.

Speaking in English doesn't make you seem classy and the top of everything. Be careful of how you act, speak and think because it might only destroy you. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

In the eyes of a 20 year-old in France

This post is an attempt to share my perspective in life in the eyes of a 20 year old on her FIRST adventure out of the country.... in Europe (finally!)
Wow, it's a relief that I can finally speak in a language familiar to me. For the past few weeks all I hear and read is french, sometimes it just makes me want to pull my hair off. I can't speak in English in class because it's not allowed and I can't speak English with most people because we're not going to understand one another pretty well. Everything is so new here, the temperature, the language, the buildings, the different races. It's not the everyday things I get to see back home. Back in the Philippines, I get to sweat a lot because the country is tropical and humid after all. Though there are also some characteristics with the people here similar to that of the Filipinos. They are very hospitable and endearing persons. The french are not as rude as I thought they are, it's rather the contrary of things. They would treat you just as how the Filipinos treat their guests, show you around their beautiful sceneries, feed you with their strange yet yummy food (I'm even surprised myself that I liked it). There are some who are not so nice here like this guy I met in the train, he was speaking to me in French "blah blah blah yatta yatta yatta Italie blah blah". Goodness! the only thing I understood was Italy, I think he was saying something not so nice though, good thing I didn't understand him but from the looks of his face and the smell of his armpit, it was not pretty! Sometimes, I forget the right English, Cebuano, Tagalog words to use that would fit the sentence. ugh, all of this French is overwhelming me. The 3 year-olds even speak better french than me! Okayy, back to the comparison conversation. There are nice and not so nice people here just like anywhere else in the world, I guess it's safe to make that kind of conclusion. There are also the ones who smell worst than their dog, there are the crazy and funny French people, but the thing that I love about them the most is their accent. It's so sexy!

Their streets are so clean here and everything is so well-kept. Though I find myself shaking from the cold at times (mind you, the temperature can drop to 0 degree Celsius here) I'm relishing it as much as possible because when I get back to the Philippines, it's like being baked in the oven. I'll sweat like crazy again.

Their market here is just similar to what we have in the Philippines, the only difference is that they are Caucasians and there some really cute "tinderos". Mas social. hahahah.

Before I got to France, I though I'd starve to death worrying that I would not like their food, But no! That's not the case, The french really know how to prepare good food. Masyado silang marunong when it comes to food. They love food, but they're not fat. I guess I just got lucky as well that my host family Chantal Coiffe cooks really good French food, my favorites are the ones at the top, the Quiche Loraine, Champignon with the Soignon cheese, and the Fish with mushrooms. It has the right texture and taste. But who am I kidding right? I'm probably boring you to death, what good are these pictures if you yourself are not the one experiencing it. My sentiments exactly. But, I guess there are just some things in life that are frustrating, you'll feel sick with envy (yeah! been there, done that, nothing new to me) Thank God we get to dream! Mon Reve.... mon Reve. Just don't give up, never! Just like what I did.

My class schedule..

Making macarons with Patissier Arnaud! Those Macarons were just so good.

I feel so french now, eating macarons, smelling them, licking them, walking in French streets, feeling the cold weather, being surrounded by French people and absorbing their osmosis. I may not speak and look french but my heart is French. 

France... the land of Cheese! My favorite is their Neufchatel and Soignon. I love how it melts in my mouth and making my taste buds smile. The cheese that I liked the least are the livarot and Pont L'eveque. Why? I'll tell you why, for that one reason that it smelled so bad. that's why.

Oh France, what a beautiful country full of lovers kissing in the streets and parks. Life is beautiful, Love love love. Spread the love.

One more thing I love about France is their buildings, they have such pretty buildings everywhere. Victorian designed houses with vintage details, flowers-filled balconies, statues of angels and nude people. Everywhere you look, you see art. No wonder the people here are always inspired to live life with style and enthusiasm.

With my new-found Japanese friends at the fete du Ventre (Rina Subue, Tomomi Suzuki and Chikako Makino)

This is my dream. Sipping hot chocolate/coffee in a restaurant in France with friends around sharing the moment and listening to French music. Get a hold of yourself, Puri! Just take it all in, breathe. (hee hoo hee hoo haaa)

La fete du Ventre, I only bought those chocolate truffles and costs about 5 Euros. Not bad because they were really good!

My host family and her friends, I'm so thankful that they shared to me their life, food and beautiful places even though I'm a stranger living in their country. These people are awesome. They are nothing but nice to me, I just don't understand them a lot though. But if I probably comprehend most of what they're saying, I think that they share lots of similar characteristics with the Filipinos though. Perhaps, that explains why I didn't feel culture-shocked living in a foreign country for the very first time... alone. 

Overall, I feel pretty content. I've proved to myself that I can do it, I can be very independent , rode the airplane and the train by myself (patting myself at the back though there were times I felt like crying but no tears seem to fell) It was not easy communicating with them carrying my huge and heavy luggage, but I actually did it. With God's protection and guidance, I'm still alive and in one piece. I'd like to think that I'm very street-wise, oh yeah! Just Deal with it.

If you happen to go to Europe, my tip  is that you buy the plug with the little circle tips since that's what most European countries use. It costs about 29-39 Php but if you buy in Europe it's about 2-3 Euros, so you be the judge on where you'd prefer to buy it. You choose. You can't say you weren't warned. :)

Well, it's nice to finally express my thoughts in a language familiar to me. It's my only link to the familiar past. I'll update about my Paris escapade soon. As much as I would want to blog more but my reality beckons- and as of this moment, so does my bed. Gotta hit the sacks. TTFN (tata for now!) 

Chicken Tostadas

Prep time: 15 mins.            Start to finish: 15 mins.                  Yield: 6 Tostadas

6 tostada shells (6 inch)
1 can (15 to 16 oz) refried beans
3 cups shredded or bite-size pieces lettuce
1 1/2 cups cut-up cooked chicken or turkey1 cup salsa
1 medium avocado, sliced
Lemon juice
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese (3 oz)
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
Sour cream, if desired
Salsa, if desired

1. Heat tostada shells as directed on package. Heat beans in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Spread over tostada shells, sprinkle with lettuce.

2. Mix chicken and 1 cup salsa in 2-quart saucepan; heat until hot. Sprinkle avocado with lemon juice.

3. Spread chicken mixture over tostada shells. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with tomatoes and avocado. Serve with sour cream and additional salsa.

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