Monday, November 9, 2009

Dapitan Arcade

I have been meaning to pay a visit to Dapitan Arcade because I heard that cheap stuff abound, and yep, I am sucker for anything cheap. So last weekend, we made the long journey (long because traffic was horrible on a Saturday ) from Taft to Dapitan.

Going there can be a little bit tricky. Good thing my cousin, who was quite familiar with the place told us to just turn right to Laon Laan from Espana and go straight, that should lead us to Kanlaon which is where Dapitan Arcade is.

There are many parking spots available from the Suki Market, to the side of the multi purpose hall to the one beside the Arcade itself. We got there around 4 and one of the sales ladies said they normally close at 7. There are stalls along the streets and the others are inside a building. I'm not sure why but it sort of reminded me of the Saturday Jatujak Market.

Dapitan Arcade is exclusively houseware though. Here you will see dinnerware, wooden furnitures, living room accents, lamps, chandeliers, storage boxes, etc. They also peddle mostly local products with very good design, craftsmanship and quality.

We read in one of the blogs that your one thousand can go a long a way's true! SKP was able to buy six pieces of plates, dainty tissue holders, big intricate church candle holders for a little under a thousand.

As for me, I feasted on peanuts with chili and twenty pieces of squid and chicken balls all under a hundred bucks! Aylavet!

Some photos I took from the street stalls. I only took a few because SKP was already scowling at me, I was tempting phone snatchers daw :p

The Melt In Your Mouth Cheese Bread

SKP was telling me about Tinapayan, the bakery that sells this supposedly melt-in-your-mouth bread that the other chef from his office brings every morning while we were cruising along Dapitan. Suddenly, I saw this brightly lit store signage that spells the two words that made SKP's day/week/month: TINAPAYAN FESTIVAL :)

So he did what every excited chef does , hit the brakes, pushed the hazard button and hurriedly crossed the street. He bought about a month's worth of Cheese bread.

I must say, this bread is not your average panaderya tinapay that you can find across the street. It almost has a soft, somewhat cloudy bite similar to Bread Talk staples. You can eat it on its own or you can dunk it to piping glass of hot chocolate.

What I don't like about this bread though is that it costs PHP 80, rather outrageous for a kanto panaderya dontchatinks :p

By the way, Tinapayan Festival has a branch in Market Market, so no need to go all the way to Dapitan, hoorah!

What I Had For Lunch


Japan Surprise

My officemate came from Japan a couple of weeks ago for vacation. We were teasing her that it seemed she only went to Japan for grocery because all she bought were boxes and boxes of snacks. We were of course delighted because Japanese junk food is the bomb!!! I kid you not :)

But what really kept us laughing and talking was the erm creamy pudding she brought for our male officemates:



Little Rascal

Our office had a Halloween Trick or Treat event and we had a pretty good turn out of kids who donned their scariest/cutest Halloween outfits. One kid though stood out from the rest. He was about 8 or 9, and he was running around, screaming, in other words he was like a tornado of activities all by himself.

Just before Trick or Treat started, he ran like crazy at the pantry area where all the kids were and screamed "I KNOW WHERE THE CANDIES ARE!!! BUT I WILL NOT TELL YOU WHERE THEY ARE!!!" Hahaha

So I was telling this story to my friend and she goes, "Ah yeah, I know him, we're not surprised, his mother is like that." Hahaha

Anyway, she recounted her encounter with the little rascal a few hours ago at the copying area. She was going to print something and the rascal said, "Later, I'm doing something" :P

When my friend saw, the kid was doing 20 copies of this:

Now I'm afraid to have kids hahaha