Chef Amy Besa, a legend in Philippine culinary circles and owner of Purple Yam, teams up with the Hindy Weber and Mel Teng-Go of Holy Carabao to forage and cook a meal in the forest of their farm in Batulao, Batangas.
I’ve recently discovered a magical place in Tagaytay hidden away inside a new developing village which is a home away from home for happy new age hippies such as myself. Relax and let your om mani paddle hum humming self relax and enjoy the fresh air, the plethora of books to get lost in, and discover new tools, crystals, and oils to enhance your current mindful meditation practice at the Bodhi Shop.
Between learning about the benefits of juicing, exploring their organic farm, and melting on the massage table from a two-hour traditional Filipino massage, Jericho and I spent our days in different corners of the big property, either exploring the place by ourselves, catching up on sleep, taking a dip in the pool, or finding a quiet spot to curl up with a book and read ’til we dozed off. The only time we’d actually see each other was during meal times, where we’d meet at the restaurant, Gabriela, to enjoy the healthy cuisine choices they had on offer.
While spending most of my week at Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay, I took a peek at their in-house farm called The Farmacy located on a few acres of land a short walk form the village. Kuya Elmer, one of the farmers and farm resident, came by for Jericho and I after breakfast and we took a 15-minute walk down from the gate of Nurture Wellness Village to that of The Farmacy. I was all giddy like a school girl holding hands with her crush.
I was given a demo on the Nurture Healing Juices specifically concocted by their wellness nurse designed to help prevent sickness and help the body heal itself. They blend their juice to maximise the benefits of everything from the concentrated liquid product to the pulp and offer special packages for wellness retreats that include these juices and healthy meals during your stay.
I left my laptop at home, barely kept my phone on, and decided to go back to basics for a 3-day stay at Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay to re-learn the bare necessities of life – a quiet mind, a relaxed body, and eating organic and all-natural. I got all of that and so much more, now I can’t wait to go back!
A Tours offers far more interesting things than weekend trips to Vigan, it seems. I jumped on a chance to join their Paranormal Tour of Intramuros (which happened to be free at the time), one of the oldest and most historical cities in Manila. Being intuitive myself, I thought it would be cool to see what myself and other people could pick up during the 3-hour walk. I have never really been to Intramuros at night, and the old fort looked like a shadow of its former self in the moonlight.
When your get the hankering for your favorite cut of beef, charbroiled to utter perfection, with your choice of toppings, sidings, and sauces – then by Jove, you have got to head on over to Chops Chicago Steakhouse at Greenbelt 5.
I am pretty chuffed that this authentic Japanese place that specializes in teishoku, or set meals, chose to open in the south, a short drive from where I live at the Evia Lifestyle Center. This is definitely one of those simple dining spots to share with friends and family.
Chelcie’s Homemade Spreads isn’t just for toast! The lovely selection of artisanal fruit butters and spreads are a hit at home with their unique flavor combinations and versatile uses!