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ACROSS THE OCEAN WITH TED: NOW WITH PICTURES

Yo. Been a few since I’ve last said anything of my vacation. Not much has really happened, I mean I don’t anything to say that would make for a great summer comedy movie. More of a dialogue heavy slice of life, movie akin to a toned down version of a Kevin Smith flick or maybe more like Apatow. “A friend a day keeps the boredom away.” Excuse me for quoting myself but I tend to keep saying that to myself since it pretty much turned out that way. Daily I would meet up with one of my good friends and catch up on what’s been going on with their lives. I’ve also been doing A LOT of walking lately. Originally before I left for to go back and live in America, I would walk everywhere. Walk from to school or even from home to the downtown area. Now though, I mean I still can but I have to pace myself a bit. One of my favorite things to do currently which I wasn’t able to do previously due to my family’s “overprotective-ness” of me is walk around town at night. It’s actually very centering and somewhat therapeutic for me. Feeling like I have the whole town to myself and nothing in my way to stop me is just something one rarely gets to relish in. Another thing I’ve been doing lately is catching up with my girlfriend that I quite literally haven’t seen in person for about three years and some change. So the following few pictures will consist of me, her and her nephew who wanted so badly to hang out with us. What can I say, I’m about the same size as a burger joint mascot. Well that’s it for now. I got a few more places to go to, but man I gotta remember to bring my camera with me. In the next few posts I’ll be posting images of the more tourist-y spots in Zamboanga

So what we have here is basically Zamboanga’s version of “Central Park.” I central park because its in the center of the city. Also to note, it’s also right in the middle of the city’s financial district and as a few of my friends have said the black marketHere we have my girlfriend Michie and her nephew AJ in front of the Plaza’s “Dancing fountain.” This thing was only recently fixed and at night (actually I think it’s only during special occasions) is lit up.

Okay now you have me and Michie having dinner out at one of the new restaurants here in Zamboanga called Gerry’s Grill. I believe there are a few locations in America. I remember going to one in Cali with my ma and aunt.
For desert we had the country’s most well known icy confection known as the Halo-Halo. What that literally means is “mix mix,” which pretty much explains what it is. Just a mix of various Pinoy sweets mixed with crushed ice and milk topped off with a scoop of ice cream and a  of chunk leche(milk) flan.

CHOCOLATE CHUNK HAZELNUT BISCOTTI : THE CEREAL – ARCHER FARMS

During my six months at my new job, I’ve found that I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home in mornings. My solution to this has been simple, buy cereal to take to work and enjoy it for the first twenty minutes or so while I do the morning update. Normally I would buy the same old cereal I’ve been eating for my entire life and after a while, it gets boring as hell and loses it’s awesome taste that I once enjoyed. I decided it was time to buy something new, so whilst shopping at my local Target, I happened upon some new cereals and what was shocking the most is that they were in the ‘Natural Cereal’ section. For those of you who don’t know what ‘Natural Cereal’ means, it’s cereal that has very little processing done to it and is not enhanced with chemicals, flavorings or coloring. A lot of it can be grown in your own garden if you felt the desire to.

The first cereal I decided to try is called Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Biscotti, made by Archer Farms. Probably the biggest reason it caught my eye was because of its name, I mean who doesn’t love chocolate chunks, hazelnuts or biscottis? Now it’s all available in one single product, heck yeah I say! This morning I dug into my first bowl, as a pre-work test run on the cereal to decide if I’d like it or not. The results were as follow…

Step 1.

Open the bag and reach in to grab some of the cereal and enjoy it without milk or any thing else. I think this gives you the best idea of if you’d like it or not. It was a three step taste. First it was just nutty, kind of boring, small hints of chocolate mostly because I didn’t get a lot of chocolate chunks in the first handful. Then, I could slowly taste some of the natural sweetness kicking its way in, it sort of rolled in behind the nuts and finally the chocolate flew in and bombed my tongue. It was crunchy, but not overly so and had a nice texture. It’s not like most other cereals that are ‘natural’ who have a rough texture. My first reaction, this cereal was pretty good and had some potential.

Step 2.

Grab a bowl and pour me some of this delicious cereal. Then add milk, 2% is my selection. Pick your choice of spoons, I prefer the bigger ones since they allow me to enjoy more of the cereal at once. Lastly, dig in. The first spoonful was more delicious then when I tried it without milk. The milk really help bring out more of the sweetness and flavor of the cereal, especially the chocolate. It was much more dominate and immediately apparent, but wasn’t too strong, blending really well with the taste of the cereal. It stayed pretty crunchy till about half way through it. Eventually it really started absorbing the milk, but never actually got too soggy. It was still sort of firm and the nuts really helped keep its crunch. Final reaction, oh lardy this cereal is amazing!