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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Blue Ginger Restaurant, Singapore

The famous durian chendol

One of the many known facts about Singapore is it has a rich and unique cuisine, with varied influences from Chinese, Malay, Indian and other neighboring countries. As a traveler and a blogger, and just like any other tourist who’s exploring a new place or country for the first time, I always make sure I find that original, authentic taste of the food unique to that place.

“What food is this place known for?”

“What do you recommend for us to eat?”

“What’s their national food?”

“Any exotic dish?”

Each country is unique. Each cuisine has its own unique story you can only find out by immersing your taste buds to it. Let me take you on a culinary tour to one of Singapore’s famous restaurants, The Blue Ginger Restaurant.

With Singapore foodtrip buddies, Meg, Khai and sister, and Melai.

The name Blue Ginger was derived from a key ingredient in Peranakan (Straits-Chinese) cooking known as Nam Kiong in Cantonese, or Galangal in Malay. Peranakan is a culture which evolved through the intermarriage between early Chinese settlers and the indigenious Malays in the areas surrounding Singapore in the 1800s. As a result of this union, a whole new culinary flavor took form.

Kueh Pie Tee

Kueh Pie Tee is a thin and crispy pastry tart shell filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns. It is a popular Peranakan dish. The main filling is shredded Chinese turnips and carrots.

Beef Rendang 

My favorite! Beef Rendang - tender beef cubes prepared in rich coconut milk spiced with ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and a dash of curry powder. I've had my share of beef rendang from different Asian restaurants but this from Blue Ginger is probably one of the best.

Sotong Kunyit

Sotong Kunyit - fresh squid stir-fried with turmeric powder, flavoured with tamarind.

Ngo Heong

Ngo Heong - deep-fried spring rolls with minced pork, shrimp and water chestnuts served with sweet soy dip.

Udang Lada

Udang Goreng Tauyu Lada - sauteed prawns with pepper in sweet dark soya sauce.

Juhu Kangkong

Juhu Kangkong - Stir-fried kangkong with cuttlefish and sambal

Seabass Gulai

Seabass Gulai - fresh seabass simmered in spicy tamarind gravy flavoured with lemongrass.

Ayam Panggang

Ayam Panggang - deboned chicken thigh and drumstick flavoured with coconut milk rich in exotic spices and grilled to perfection.

Ayam Limau Purut

Ayam Limau Purut - chicken simmered in a spice ladened tamarind mix.

Blue Ginger is definitely a must-try when in Singapore! Great food, great service; just perfect for first time tourists. If you want to have a taste of Singapore, Blue Ginger can sum it up for you on your table! I'd give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars! :)

The Blue Ginger Restaurant is located at Tanjong Pagar Road. It's a 3-minute walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Dish description courtesy of Blue Ginger.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

#SHIFTDavao: The Power of Social Media

It was an honor and privilege to be invited to become one of the speakers to the first and biggest social media conference in Mindanao, alongside the big names like Maria Ressa, Bianca Gonzales, and Atty. Yves Gonzales.

I talked about how Travel, Photography, and Social Media helped me achieve all the good stuff that happened in my life. I believe that by sharing what I did and what I have accomplished, people would realize that it's just not all about earning money, getting a high-position white-collared job, or being successful in one's career. I wanted my audience to inhale and digest: life is about doing what makes you happy, maximizing each and every day that we have, and then from there, you learn, make yourself better, and eventually, you become that one person you are destined to become. That's life.

At the last part of my talk, I told my audience: "Do one thing everyday that scares you." This is one of my favorite quotes, and I always try to apply this everyday. It doesn't matter how far or near you are from your goal. What's important is you are getting there. Little by litte, one little step at a time, and it will take you to where you want to be. :)


Millions of Netizens belong to virtual communities or social networks and use social media. Get a glimpse of how engaging with the crowd through social networks which can result in deep community engagement and one-to-one dialogue.

Virtual communities or social networking sites are proving to be a powerful online marketing venue to target, build relationships and grow your network and community. The most popular sites are a great source for generating massive results for your online marketing campaign and a lot more.


Engr. Jaypee David, Globe Telecom Community Manager
Travel, Photography and Social Media

Maria Ressa, Rappler's Chief Executive Officer/Founder
The Power of Social Media

Atty. Yvez Gonzalez, MMDA Consultant for Technology and Communications
Social Government

Sec. Lucille Sering, Philippines' Climate Change Commission
Using Social Media as a Tool for Change

Bianca Gonzalez, ABS-CBN Celebrity Host and Reporter
Building Online Community

Michael Josh Villanueva, TechRap Producer, Rappler
The Future of Technology

Luke Meinzen, U.S. Embassy - Manila
The Role of Media and Government on Social Media

Robert Shore, Frame Works Institute
Thematic Digital Storytelling for Social Change and Evaluating Social Media Impact

Due to security reasons, Luke, and Robert, both from the US Embassy had to cancel their flight to Davao. But they prepared a video presentation which was shown during the conference.

Watch my presentation in this video from

Watch the whole #SHIFTDavao Social Media conference here.