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Dexter’s Pizza in Dumaguete City


My Saturday was tiring filled with travel and meetings. I was back in Dumaguete City for an important meeting with AGLOW Philippines and meet a good friend afterwards whom I’ve not seen for quite awhile.

Roaming around downtown area gave me a good idea to try a local spa for their promo of an hour massage at P 185.00 only. After the relaxing massage came the idea of eating somewhere near the place where I was staying.

Who could have thought that you’ll find a pizza house somewhere in Burgos Street which is filled with local and international acclaimed restaurants.

I noticed that there was no one inside the pizza house which made me to decide to choose it for faster accommodation. There was no one at the counter at first but when the personnel saw me standing at the counter, she immediately came out and offered me their “specialties”.

Having a short conversation with her led me to know a few things about the store.

For one, they have more than 5 stores across Negros Oriental with 2 within the city area. There are 2 stores in Dumaguete City, one located near the city hall and the other one near the former mayor’s house.

Second, they opened a year ago and the stores in Dumaguete and the rest of Negros Oriental are branched-out from their main store in Manila. Their prices are quite the same from all their branches in Dumaguete and the neighboring cities.

Third, they specialize in home made pizza on a thick crust.

After sharing these details, we went through their menu and noticed that they have a lot of flavors to offer for a hungry man. To note, they have 4 major courses with all time fave,healthy cravings,gourmet and premium. 

They have a total of more than 20 pizza flavors ranging from 6 in. (kiddie),10in. (medium), 12in. (large),15in. (party) for their supreme sizes which only ranges from P 65.00 to P 285.00 per order.

After getting dizzy choosing which one to pick, I settled with their latest craze“Shawarma Pizza” on medium size which by the way cost around P 185.00.

The Shawarma delight is “oozing” with cheese and tastes like your typical “shawarma” recipe minus the meat. There were only a few shredded meat on the thick crust pizza and a few onions and veggies that could have ignited the cheese and sauce to it’s full flavor.

The pizza can really satisfy an empty stomach,especially it’s hot sauce (verde “something…”! I was able to finish 6 slices alone and can rate it at 7 out 8 for flavor and value. Although I was really hungry at that time but I think I really ate it out of the tasty sauce instead of being “hungry”.

Conclusion:

The top pick for the month can make you settle for the medium size pizza since it’s 12 inches can satisfy one man’s fill with but if you’re ordering for a group (or a couple with a big appetite!), I would greatly advice to get their party size delight.

Picky or not, the price is above average from your typical pizza house in Dumaguete City. Not to be biased about it, the one in Piapi tastes better on a thin or thick crust pizza at a cheaper price.

But if you’re in downtown area and at the hem of local diners and restaurants in the vicinity, Dexter’s Pizza is one good choice for a laidback weekend without rice.

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Happy Birthday to Me: Two Decades ++


Inset: Yours truly writing my wishes on sand at the beach of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

Yesterday was my birthday, second I spent as a blogger in one score and two years of my life. Throughout my year of adventures, I have blessed to have gone miles in my journey, failed in some endeavors but achieved so many milestones that defined who I am now. Journal, I am tempted to write, almost a novel but I will be bringing you photos of the places I have been, maybe some significant eats, and perhaps the baby steps that turned to great leaps as I continue down the Life Street.

Negros Bloggers

Inset: Negros Bloggers’ monthly meeting on July 2, 2011 at the Museum Cafe.

Negros Bloggers is an 80-member strong premiere blogging association in Negros Island. Nang Glady Tomulto, now Glady Reyes added me in. Core group welcomed me officially on July 2, 2011 in the monthly meeting at Negros Museum Cafe and as a core group member as I won the logo making contest while doing some liaison work in Manila for some events.

The Ruins

Inset: An almost panoramic shot of The Ruins in the afternoon nearing sunset.

Inset: Yours truly inside the The Ruins for the first time on my birthday.

The Ruins in Talisay City, Metro Bacolod was my destination for my 21st Birthday. I did not spend my 21st in a fancy dinner or some elegant reception, just a simple trip with family to Mambukal and The Ruins, with simple family dinner at 18th Street Pala-Pala. Nevertheless, it was my first time visiting The Ruins with a personal debut to the blogosphere.

26th Negros Trade Fair

Inset: The bloggers and media team in the meet-up at Negros Trade Fair in Rockwell Center.

Negros Trade Fair by the Association of Negros Producers is an annual event in Metropolitan Manila where members of ANP bring their products to be showcased here. It has been going on for almost three decades, the longest provincial trade fair in the metropolis. I was honored to be a media partner and organize a bloggers and an online forum meet-up.

Philippine Blog Awards Visayas

Inset: Yours truly in the Negros Bloggers core group “uniform” for Philippine Blog Awards.

Inset: Merci Pasalubong booth at Sen. Dr. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center.

Philippine Blog Awards Visayas 2012 was the first major event organized by the Negros Bloggers and we chose Silay City, the acclaimed Seat of Arts and Culture of Western Visayas and Paris of Negros, as the host city. I went back to help the core group in organizing the event through web and on ground at Sen. Dr. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center.

Silay Bloggers Tour

Inset: Farm community scenes at Hacienda Adela Folklore Village in Silay City.

Inset: Volunteered lettuce picking with other bloggers at Fresh Start Organic Farm.

Silay Bloggers Tour was organized by the Silay City Tourism Office to thank the bloggers for choosing Silay City as the host. City Tourism Officer Ver Pacete toured us around the historic city of 32 ancestral houses, several undeclared, farms and unseen cultural wonders that took to Hacienda Adela Folklore Village and nearby Fresh Start Organic Farm.

Balay Negrense

Inset: Dressed as “Don Marco” checking food at the buffet table in Balay Negrense lawn.

Inset: “Don Marco” turned sacada carrying light canes with Balay Negrense backdrop.

Balay Negrense deserves a separate place since it was my first time to visit the ancestral house-musuem and I was so happy about the bloggers’ reception given to us by Fresh Start and the City Government of Silay. The mansion was once owned by the family of Yves Germain Gaston, the French haciendero. It now houses display on Negrense culture and lifestyle.

Philippine Blog Awards Luzon

Inset: In the Philippine Blog Awards Luzon and National Leg at RCBC Auditorium.

Philippine Blog Awards Luzon and the National Leg were held together at the RCBC Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, Ayala Center in the City of Makati. I was not nominated but was there to represent for Negros Bloggers and lone blogger finalist from our group. I was able to network with some interesting bloggers. This year, I wish to make it as a finalist for PBA L&N.

Nabas, Aklan

Inset: Participated in “buso” or pull fishing with the fisher community of Nabas, Aklan.

Inset: Rocky outcrops below a cliff in Nabas, Aklan facing the Visayas Sea.

Nabas, Aklan may not be familiar to the ears except to those tourists wo travel from southern Panay, grudgingly look at the image at Google Maps if they are near Boracay already, though it hides a charm not commonly seen. I went on a cultural immersion in that town and stayed close to the fishing community. I joined them one morning in buso or pull fishing.

Christmas Tour

Inset: Yours truly with my guest, Dr. Richard Espeno, a physician working in Singapore.

Inset: The Hinigaran Presidencia or Municipal Hall at the town south of Bacolod City.

Dr. Richard Espeno, physician friend of mine who works in Singapore, came to Bacolod for him to see it first time so I acted as his guide. We were not able to go to the beach but he was able to experience at least chunk of Negrense culture and heritage. We also went to Hinigaran and tasted seafood, also ate at Mila’s. It was also my first time in that Negros town.

When In Manila

Inset: Some of my friends from When In Manila on a feature assignment at Bar Dolci.

Inset: Senior Writer Ivy Say :”>, the one taking the photo of the group in Bar Dolci.

When In Manila is a blog turned online magazine headed by Vince Golangco, the Editor-in-Chief and DJ at the Mellow 94.7. I sent my application of sorts with an article about The Ruins attached. He immediately accepted me and rose up the ranks fast as Senior Writer. Most of my blogging breakthroughs in Manila are because of When In Manila and friends.

Food Features

Inset: PR Officer Nana Nadal of Uncle Cheffy and other related group of restaurants.

Inset: Baby back ribs from Uncle Cheffy at dinner in their Ortigas Branch at Ruby Road.

Uncle Cheffy was my first full food feature at When In Manila and this led me to several more food features that became my specialty of sorts in the online magazine. This led me to focus more on food with travel at my own blog as well though I feature other things on interior design and fashion if they are Negrense products. From here on, read my food articles.

El Nido Resorts

Inset: Yours truly at El Nido Resorts with bloggers Melo and Brian with GMCI PR Officer Nella.

Inset: Water cottages at Miniloc Island, one of the islands managed by El Nido Resorts.

El Nido Resorts was my first sponsored tour as a blogger which I got via When In Manila. I was the first one to reply in an email sent by DJ Vince hence another breakthrough. It was my first time in Palawan and flying in a turboprop plane as well. I was with travel bloggers and a PR officer from Geiser Maclang. We went to Apulit, Lagen and Miniloc Islands.

Inset: Yours truly frolicking and enjoying the moment at Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.

My birthday is just the start of another year for blogging and my chosen career. I give thanks to the Lord God Almighty who keeps me safe and provides for my needs, even in my trying times. My family as well for supporting me all the way in my writing stuff and for keeping me company in some features. Mark and Jo Tan, especially Ivy Say, who keeps me up in my articles for When In Manila. When In Manila, GCF Ortigas and blogger friends, muchas gracias y Dios bendiga!

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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV 1984


Incoming Birthday Wish and the Newest Cameras from Canon


Inset: Yours truly in my 21st birthday visiting The Ruins for the first time.

So, it is going to be my birthday in a month and preparations are under way for at least a simple celebration. I remember last year on my birthday when I went back to Bacolod aboard a ZestAir flight to celebrate a weeklong birthday for the first time in four years and as a fully-committed blogger. It was actually my debut as a member of Negros Bloggers, now going to be incorporated as the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. while retaining the ‘brand name‘. With a score and two years of my life upcoming, there are a few wishes but on the top of my wish list is a new DSLR camera which I need as a blogger, to replace my old digital.

Inset: EOS5D Mark III, one of the most coveted new EOS cameras at present.

A few months ago was the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Canon Marketing Philippines at SM North EDSA where I was lucky to have been invited to attend. They unveiled new camera models but I was drooling over the EOS 5D Mark III where I actually got to use it onsite during the program. Amazingly, it can reach as high as ISO 102,400 minus the noise that is usually associated with higher ISO. No wonder it is that good since they are targeting the advanced amateur photographer to indie filmmaker markets for this one. It would not be bad to actually wish for this hot camera, isn’t it? That goes for my good wishes.

Inset: The 10.1 megapixel Canon Ixus 510 HS with 28mm lens.

On the ground, there are new Canon Ixus models. Though they do not as attract my attention being stuck to digital point and shoot for quite an ‘umay’-inducing long time, they are actually impressive ones being wi-fi enabled. That just means you can share pictures to social media immediately after the shot through a pad or tab. There are actually two new models for this one by IxusIxus 510 HS and Ixus 240 HS. Though the megapixel quality of iPad is improving steadily, the need for sharing better quality pics is what IXUS is driving at. These are actually good for fashion bloggers who have to take photos real quick.

Inset: New fashion blogger endorsers of Canon Ixus cameras.

Speaking of fashion bloggers, Canon partnered with some well-known fashion bloggers to promote Ixus cameras. I see the likes of Lissa KahayonKryz UyPatricia Prieto, Cheyser Pedregosa and David Guison designated by Canon as IXUS Ambassadors. Canon armed each with IXUS 125 HS, IXUS 500 HS, IXUS 510 HS, IXUS 240 HS and IXUS 230, all wi-fi enabled cameras for easy sharing. I do have fashion blogger friends and they do have handy digital cameras with them apart from their usual DSLR cameras, especially at times where one needs to take photos fast like fashion and design events.

Inset: Canon PowerShot SX240HS with a 20x optical zoom lens.

Like fashion bloggers, travel bloggers also need handy digital cams apart from the DSLR cameras for trips. I have done some travel in Luzon and Palawan lately and I do know that having a handy one for an easy grab is good especially in a moving vehicle. While I’d prefer a DSLR in many instances, handy cameras with some DSLR-like functions like a PowerShot SX240 HS or PowerShot SX260 HS are good for moments on the move. It also has a GPS tagging function which makes it easy for one to remember places while on the move in areas of less road signages, especially on exploration trips up the mountains.

Inset: Yours truly in a recent trip to Las Casas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.

Lots of new cameras from Canon, isn’t it? I just hope that as I plan for more trips this year, I am going to have my new camera soon. Indeed, it is but frustrating to take bad pictures with a camera of depreciating quality for such picturesque places. I just hope that generous hearts would gift me one. For my birthday, I would be staying in Manila to spend time with friends and family but I would going back to Bacolod to serve as a liaison officer for an international competition for Tchoukball in the city which I will be writing soon. I hope you hope and pray with me for that wish I need badly for the my further blog trips.