I’ve been mentioning from the start how breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. It’s not only something that brings fuel to your body at the start of every day; eating the right kind of breakfast will inevitably affect your mood. What’s more, eating it with the right people inside the right kind of environment can automatically give your day a big boost in the right direction.
Personally, while I enjoy quiet mornings on my own with my requisite coffee in hand, I must say I enjoy it a lot more when I’m sitting on the breakfast table and I’m joined by my crazy family.
My family and I used to join Fun Runs every Sunday and even after all the sweat and erstwhile grumpiness from an early morning we would somehow find ourselves at the door of a nearby McDonald’s.
It’s not exactly the only breakfast place there is, and it’s always full of people, and yet there we are, craning our necks in search of an empty set of seats.
There’s something comforting about going into a McDonald’s, you know? Especially in the morning after a long run, you can just plop down on a chair and sip a hot cup of joe at your leisure. McDonald’s has been there since I was a kid and while its structures and interior may change, the feeling of familiarity remains. And I’m not even a fast-food kind of gal.
But over the years, if there’s one thing I’ve grown to admire about McDonald’s, it’s their promotion of the importance of breakfast.
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I think I can safely say that I’ve traveled to a decent number of places over the years, but of course I still have plenty of countries I plan on visiting someday soon. These dream destinations, as you might have guessed, are more or less similar to those many others want to go to; which is why I love it when there are these little pockets in the world obscured by my flashy European dreams that end up surprising the heck out of me. It just proves that there is more to travel than just aspiring to visit famous European cities or exotic Caribbean locations. Maybe people need to invest more attention to places like Cambodia for a change.
Tiny Siem Reap in Cambodia is a magical place. No doubt about it. And oddly enough, despite visiting mostly temples, I end up finishing my trip with a real desire to return and see the ruins once more. Temple-hopping certainly does not sound like the most exciting thing, but somehow it feels different here in Siem Reap. For me, this is the kind of place you can come back to over and over again, but each time experience differently when you go with another set of people. And it doesn’t hurt that I like the food here!
One of the things I loved the most about Siem Reap was the peace and quiet. If I’m not mistaken, the crime rate in this area is quite low as well, so I suppose that adds to the easy feelings I had while I was here. But mostly it was the sense of zen evoked by every location we visited. There’s something really unique about the way Cambodian Temples are constructed. They’re not buildings in the middle of the street or anything like that; rather they are located usually at the centre of their own little “cities”, inside large jungle spaces that somehow find a balance between nature and manmade structures. Temples like the Angkor Wat have a way of really making one feel in touch with the culture and the history of the Khmer people, and I think that sentiment alone makes traveling all the way here worth it.
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My first ever exposure to Indian food was a few years ago thanks to my Dad. He ordered this flat floury bread called the roti, and it came with this piping hot bowl of orange chicken curry along with the instructions ‘tear, dip, and eat’. My first bite was a revelation I can’t find any words to describe. I couldn’t believe how the taste of the roti and curry perfectly intertwined with each other in my mouth. I had to wonder how it took me so long to discover this. It was then that I knew Indian cuisine was poised to make its way into my list of favourite cuisines.
I find it a bit strange how some people are averse to Indian food because they are afraid their tummies might protest from the “exoticness” of it. Some believe that Indian food equals spicy food- perhaps because of the colours of the dishes- but I think the more appropriate term would be well-spiced. The Indians are masters at combining spices to create dishes that are as multi-dimensional as their culture. I’m lucky my family enjoys Indian food so I get to eat it every once in a while, but frankly not as often as I’d like. In fact, I probably need to thank Makati Shangri-la for feeding me my first Indian meal of the year!
To be quite honest, I get a lot of restaurant invitations, but this was the only one so far this year I was most excited about. I guess I miss Indian food more than I was actually aware of, because I did not think twice before I said yes to attending this event. I had literally begun to imagine all sorts of yummy Indian dishes as I sent my confirmation e-mail.
You see, starting March 3rd up until the 14th of March, Makati Shangri-la will be holding its Indian food festival called Delights of Delhi over at their Circles Event Cafe. Indian Mughlai dishes will be available for lunch and dinner buffet, and guests will get a taste of the very rich dishes hailing from the Northern regions of India. Mughlai cuisine was actually adapted from the imperial kitchens of the Mughlai Empire, which makes the dishes produced fit for royalty. What’s more, the chefs who will prepare the food for this festival have come all the way from Shangri-la – Eros Hotel in New Delhi, so this is as authentic as it gets, ladies and gents.
I’m sure by now you all want a sneak peak of the food?
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I know a lot of people who don’t appreciate old and rustic things, but to me these are the things that are most interesting if only for the reason that they are soooo full of history and character. Just looking at them can make your imagination soar. They have the ability to form images in your mind of past events that could have occurred within the walls. Did this person or some other from the history books stand in this very spot; lean against this very pillar I am touching right now? You stare in amazement at how the people back in the olden days- when ideas of construction and engineering were rather primitive- could have built something so grand and so beautiful.
I’m part of the group that actually appreciates these things. Perhaps it has something to do with my love for history as well, but I really love seeing with my own eyes all the things I until that very moment have only read about. Even if what I’m seeing are ruins, my mind can fill in the gaps in the walls; return the debris to their original places like puzzle pieces. Somehow it makes the images of the historical events I’ve studied turn as vivid as a high-def movie in my mind. I’ve always been this way so it added to the awe I felt upon visiting the temples in Siem Reap.
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