Adventure of Life

Adventure of Life

Friday, June 24, 2016

Food Excitement (Herfy Cafe and Grill)

Saudi Arabia has an exceptional and increasing presence of local restaurants. And while I am likely to mostly eat Asian Food because I'm a Filipino, I do take pleasure in eating out other cuisines occasionally as well. And the fact that as I tried to get out to the comfort zone of my taste bud, the opportunity to capture the excitement of food gives much significant importance in my food experience as a whole, so once opportunity arises, I make sure I never missed the chance to embrace and hold it and will surely be back for one.

Food Photography

While I’m not a professional food photographer, I can say that it’s all about the subject matter. Focus and the light, the intensity and how it hits the food. Here are my shots of different menus offered in Herfy Café and Grill. Enjoy!!!!!

Herfy Café and Grill
Address: located at the Prince Turki Al Awwal Road, An Nakhil, Riyadh opened by Herfy Food Company, which caters and one of the largest fast food chain in Saudi Arabia.
Camera:Sony Experia

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

From the Airplane

As an Overseas Filipino Worker, every time I fly, I always request and make sure for a window seat to provide me enormous opportunities to take photos out of the window plane. Because as a person infatuated in capturing photos of whatever, I know that this opportunity will give me different perspective in the world of photography. So, here is my top 5 collection of pictures taken out of airplane windows. Enjoy!!!

1. Cloudy photo
From Riyadh Saudi Arabia to Philippines 

2. Cloudy photo
From Philippines to Oman

3. Cloudy photo
From Damman Saudi Arabia to Philippines

4. City landscape
Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia

5. Sunset 
From Oman to Philippines

Memories of Minalungao

This adventure happened last April 2014 during our high school batch get together in Minalungao National Park which was in the process of becoming famous in Nueva and started gaining popularity among travelers/adventure seekers that year. And today, after two years, Minalungao National Park has already developed as an eco-adventure park that offered adventure attractions and has been on the top list as tourist destination and consistent number one in the bucket list of all travel adventurer in the Central Luzon.

Minalungao National Park is located in the Municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija on the foothills of the wide-ranging Sierra Madre Mountain, just under four hours away from the capital Manila. It is usually compared and usually called El Nido of Nueva Ecija because of its meters-high rock limestones formations as seen mostly in Palawan. It has a total land area of 2,018 hectares.

Memories of Minalungao

I just happened to find photos from our get-together trip in Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija two years ago which brought my memories of Nueva Ecija to the surface again.
That is why one of my favorite’s things about taking photographs is the ability to relive your experiences through the photos.

It’s such a majestic place, I manage to fall in love with Minalungao even only I spent a day with it. I will definitely return to Minalungao and fall in love with it all over again.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Traditional Iftar Experience

Here in Saudi Arabia, YOLO or You Only Live Once mindset should be an expatriate precedence or should always be held in reserve in his/her mind, simply because activities here were very limited due to the rules and set of laws need to follow. So to keep in mind YOLO, me and my friends went to Muslim Center to experience traditional Iftar wherein all Muslims will gather in one specific place usually Mosque or Islamic Center before their first prayer to break their fast. People will sit side by side along with the food provided by the Center which consists of Dates, Chicken Shawaya, Fruit Juice and Laban. 
Traditional Iftar is the way that most of Muslim celebrates the special part of Holy Month.

The Place
Batha Islamic Center - one of the busiest and famous place here in Riyadh for all Filipinos as well as other expatriates.

The Foods
Each food has its own important significance as follows:
Dates Fruit: By tradition during Ramadan, dates are eaten at the start of Iftar to symbolize the breaking of the fast or first food to get ahead of in one's lips. It is one of the main food sources in the Middle East country like Saudi Arabia and its existence recorded thousand years ago.
Chicken Shawaya: Is also a traditional part of the Iftar feast. Entire chicken is hollowed out and stuffed with different spices such as ginger, black pepper, chilli powder and masala spice then roasted for perfection.
Fruit Juices and Laban: Traditional popular drinks serve in Iftar is called laban – a buttermilk-style drink which strengthen the digestive system.

The people

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My First Ramadan Iftar

The Holy Month of Ramadan is here, a point in time for millions of Muslim from around the world observes fast from sunrise to sunset, meaning no foods and drinks are consumed. The fast is wished for to convey the truthful closer to God to implement in self-control and to put into practice selflessness. But aside from fasting, Ramadan serves for personal reflection as well as engaging in anything that is poorly-natured and excessive.Ramadan serves as a time of worship and self-direction towards God and family.

During Ramadan, two main meals were provided, the Suhoor, which is serve before dawn, and Iftar, which is serve after sunset, and at the end of the Ramadan month, Muslims celebrate the Festival of Fast-Breaking, called Eid al-Fitr.

As an expatriate here in Saudi Arabia, I was able to celebrate the Iftar with our Muslim brothers in the company I work with.

The Place 
Herfy Cafe and Grill which features international chill-out cafe, quick service, and sports bar.

The foods - local and international cuisines complete with all groups : meat, bread,milk, cereal,vegetables and fruits.

The people - people I considered my family and worth cherished with.