Anglaagan Turned Two

Anglaagan just turned two last March 6, 2012, after another full year of good food and great destinations. The year opened and closed on a high, starting with a trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and ending with a least expected but most enjoyed journey to London. We also spent a few days in Seoul half-way through the year, exploring what is perhaps the most “photogenic” city I have been to in Asia. Locally, we also had the chance to visit other parts of the Philippines, including a weekend in Ilo-ilo and Guimaras, as well as several trips to my hometown in Davao.

Writing about my journeys and taking people with me through the words that I type and pictures that I take has given me immense satisfaction over the last couple of years. From being a simple venue to share my own photos and stories, it has become an advocacy of sorts, to show people the world as I’ve seen it in my own eyes, and to let my experiences rest not just in my memory but in my readers as well.

What do I get out of all this, and why do I do it? I have been asked a few times. For the first question, I get pride, self respect, and that’s pretty much it. For the second, I really don’t have a good answer either. I just do it because it feels like it’s the right thing for me to do. Steve Jobs once said, on a speech in Stanford, that you cannot connect dots looking forward, you can only do so looking backward. And with that I hope that some time in the future, I will look back at all this and realize why I was doing it, why I was given the privilege to see places, and the gift to put what I saw and felt into writing. Someday when I look back, I hope to see what this was all about.

Here are the photos of my journeys and experiences in Anglaagan’s second year. I hope you’ve enjoyed travelling with me, and I look forward to taking you to more places in Anglaagan’s third.

Universal Studios, Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The evening skyline of Singapore
The Rasa Shangri-la Sentosa, Singapore
Spaghetti with Meatballs at Secret Recipe, Singapore
The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Pavillion at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Menara Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fernbrook Gardens, Muntinlupa, Philippines
St. Jerome Parish, Muntinlupa, Philippines
Aresi at Subic, Philippines
Ocean Adventure, Subic, Philippines
Ramen Bar at Eastwood, Quezon City, Philippines
Solenad Nuvali at Santa Rosa, Laguna
Avilon Zoo at Rizal, Philippines
Las Casas Filipinas at Bagac, Bataan, Philippines
Hotel H2O at Manila, Philippines
Manila Ocean Park, Philippines
Blueberry Pancakes at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay, Philippines
Dinner at Marcia Adams, Tagaytay, Philippines
Grilled Orange with Vanilla Ice Cream at Marcia Adams, Tagaytay, Philippines
Ayala Triangle Park at Makati, Philippines
Grilled King Prawns with Rice Pilaf at Restaurant 101, Taguig, Philippines
Jaro Cathedral, Ilo-ilo, Philippines
Miag-ao church, Province of Ilo-ilo, Philippines
Reymen Beach, Guimaras, Philippines
Manila Ocean Park, Philippines
Desserts at the Mandarin Oriental, Makati, Philippines
Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, Korea
Cheonggyecheon, Seoul, Korea
Lotte World, Seoul, Korea
Myeongdong, Seoul, Korea
The Teddy Bear Museum at Seoul, Korea
Bukchon Hanok at Seoul, Korea
Itaewon, Seoul, Korea
Kimchi in Seoul, Korea
The Mandarin Oriental at Makati City, Philippines
Eggs Benedict at the Mandarin Oriental, Makati, Philippines
The Makati CBD, Philippines
Tuna Salad at Myron’s, Makati, Philippines
Xiao Long Bao at Crystal Jade, San Juan, Philippines
Handuraw Pizza at Paranaque City, Philippines
Bonifacio Global City at Taguig, Philippines
Greenbelt Mall at Makati, Philippines
Eastwood City, Quezon City, Philippines
Rockwell Center, Makati, Philippines
The Christmas light display at Ayala Triangle, Makati City, Philippines
The Oakwood Premier at Ortigas Center, Pasig, Philippines
The Ortigas CBD at Pasig, Philippines
Fresh Tuna Kinilaw at Banana Beach, Tagum City, Philippines
Banana Beach at Tagum City, Davao Province, Philippines
Christmas light display at Mana Davao, Davao City, Philippines
The Peak at Davao City, Philippines
Abreeza at Davao City, Philippines
Pomodoro at Gervacios Bakery, Davao City, Philippines
Kaputian White Beach, Samal Island, Philippines
Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Palace of Westminster and Tower Clock, London, United Kingdom
River Thames and the London Eye, United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom
Parliament Square, London, United Kingdom

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