The lure of El Nido

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 05/11/2018

MY SISTER generously invited me to another adventure. I was hesitant to go, thinking of the long-distance travel to Palawan from Cebu. I hate to admit that lengthy land trips at my age are becoming more and…

Sushi in Maglev

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 03/25/2018

IF YOUR family loves to eat Japanese food, there’s a new place that everyone, including your children, will enjoy—Genki Sushi. I flew on a weekend to Manila and was hosted by young couple, Lyn and Larben, IT…

Enye on a Thursday Night

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 09/01/2017

I WAS invited to a soft opening of a new restaurant at the Crimson Resort and Spa, a rather well-known resort in Mactan, one night under the stars. Every chance I get to eat outside the house,…

Plants, flowers and perennial herbs in food

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 07/08/2017

Towards the last days of my summer term,  I was invited to a dégustation, a sampling of  Chef Ron’s (SIALO*) signature dishes, all worthy of a Michelin star. It turned out to be a culinary journey for…

Coolhouse of Singapore

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 03/31/2017

CONSERVATORIES started around the 16th century with a special purpose for growing crops, like lemon and oranges (also called orangeries in Europe) and other crops coming from the warmer region of the Mediterranean. Today, a conservatory is a…

Unbearable beauty of the bare and the basic

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez, Ronald P. Villavez 05/21/2016

OUR recent Japan trip at the beginning of spring this year was more than just a weeklong R&R and sightseeing. It was a spiritual quest. Any artist somehow, at a certain point in his creative life, is…

The Garden of Olives in Gethsemane

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 11/28/2015

I HAVE visited more than a few gardens, and have written about some of them. There were large public gardens where plants are grown to be studied, and other smaller personal gardens. What, if anything, do gardens…

A visit to the Bonsai village

Ram Alcoseba-Martinez 05/11/2014

Omiya (“grand shrine”) gets its name from the Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine,  said to have a history of more than 2,000 years  and one of the greatest  old shrines in Japan. The village of Omiya is located…

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