Gi-Chi’s Lugawan

It is a Saturday.

The torrential rain which came with lightning just stopped and my stomach is churning.

What to eat?

Time check 4 PM.

I sent a quick message to my eating buddies. They have just finished having Korean Samgyupsal. What’s for dinner? I asked.

They have no idea.

I said why not have some lugaw? In that unlimited lugawan they have always been telling me about.

Weather is just perfect for that warm bowl of congee. I asked if they also serve tokwa’t baboy. They have, they said.


See you at 6:30 PM then.

And I continued reading blogs until I need to get up and prepare for the night.

Gi-Chi’s Lugawan is located in the street near Diamond. If you are from Angeles, you know where Diamond is. It is a subdivision where lots of restos, cafes and videoke houses have sprouted. That is the destination.

We arrived and was welcomed by a garage turned carinderia.


Plastic chairs and tables covered in linoleum. A counter which houses the steaming goto and some side dishes for accompaniments.

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I ordered EggCaldo. 30 pesos. Not bad. I paired it with tokwa’t baboy worth 25 pesos and a bottle of Pepsi for 10.

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A big bowl of steaming white delight arrived with those golden brown tokwa’t baboy. Stomach problem solved.

For only 65 pesos, Saturday dinner, check.

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Parking 4 out 5

Park at the sidewalk at your own risk. There were plenty of spaces though when we arrived.

Taste of food 3.5 out of 5

Limited condiments. Friend garlic is rationed. You can have all the kalamansi, patis and pepper you like though.

Hygiene 2.5 out of 5

My measure for this will always be “Will my Mom eat here?”. Definitely not. Exposed washbasin with your typical curtain covering the bottom part. Possibility of crawling critters but I did not see one.

Price Soundness 5 out 5

For 30 pesos a bowl. You cannot complain.

Will I eat here again? It will not be a favourite place but for those times when budget is low and craving is on full mode, why not?

Also, there are several videoke and bar restos in front all blaring their own music. Conversation is not possible. Stress from noise pollution? Guaranteed.


Work-Life Balance, Eating and Writing. Yay!


It has been almost 10 months of living in Clark and I have to give the self a pat at the back.

I got what I wanted. Yay!

I am living independently, doing work I love and having a real awesome WORK-LIFE balance.

Work-Life Balance, something that has become a stranger to me in previous jobs. Something that I was able to own back for the last 10 months. Hurray!

So what is the life in this work-life balance anyway?

Aside from having weekends off which I rarely had before because it was either I was travelling or working, I now have the opportunity to nurture my loves. Which are? Doing things I cannot do before such as cooking, maintaining a home, reading, napping, exercising(?), and eating!

Nothing spectacular really, I know. But they are to me. Especially if you have missed them for a long time.

And I am very grateful that I live in Clark now. It has everything I need and want and sometimes more!

One of which is the abundance of great places to eat. 10 months and I am still not even a fraction close from trying and dining in all the gastronomic delights this place has to offer. And I like food at that and often eats out when time and money permits. So there really are a lot!

This place is foodie haven!

Colleagues have noticed this passion for eating and some has been suggesting to blog those food-sojourn. Share the experience. Recommendable or blah. Some sort of an advice kind of blogging.

And I said yeah, why not?!

My blog has been in hiatus for quite some time. And this project might keep my fingers to start tapping again.

Marrying two loves. Eating and Writing.

So here goes.

To more gastronomic adventures and beyond.


If you are a Clark mainstay, you have probably noticed that carnival-looking place near Mimosa Leisure Estate and have wondered what the heck it is. No, it is not a carnival (really) or a perya of some sorts. It is one of the new restaurants in the place. A real, legitimate restaurant. I kid you not.



The resto is called Matam-ih which stands for delicious in one of the Aeta dialects in Tarlac.

We tried the place one time when we have something to celebrate with colleagues and believe me when everyone was a little bit hesitant and unsure when it was found out that it was the chosen destination.

The place was a combination of steel, wood, lights and some indigenous material, all beautiful in their own right, but looks odd and disharmonious when combined together (or is it just me?). We got seated in one of their gazebo-looking place attached to the main area of the resto and was welcomed by one smart-looking chap who took care of us all throughout our stay. We don’t know what’s in store for us.




The hesitation and ambivalence to the place stopped when the food was served and everyone digged in. The food, the taste, unexpected. They were all just mouth-watering delights. To say that they were all yum will be an understatement. They were divine.






Everyone was happy filling in his plate and taking in serving after serving of what were on the table. All dishes were cleaned to the last morsel and everyone got so excited when it was time for dessert!

When they say don’t judge the book by its cover I guess they were talking about Matam-ih. It is one gastronomic delight. Now, every time I pass by that place and people ask what the heck it is, I am all just praises and very generous in citing a very unexpected experience I had with them.

I will always remember that night when I went home with one very happy tummy.

Try it.

Dining in Medan


You go to Medan not for anything else but for eating, to satisfy your gustatory cravings.

I don’t have a very nice impression of the city. It is crowded, chaotic, dirty in some areas, always jammed with traffic, bustling. Typical of any Asian city that was caught unprepared in the burgeoning commercialism that is its future. Just like Manila.


Nevertheless, Medan is coping. Indonesians, I believe like Filipinos, are made from the same stuff. Resilient and adaptable.

So there, I haven’t really stayed long enough to explore the city save for the rare rendezvous I have here and there.

All I remember is that when I am in Medan, I always eat good food.



Medan is usually just a short stopover for people who want to explore North Sumatra. I haven’t really been around much as my work takes most of my time but the nice wildlife and scenery this part of Indonesia can offer is just amazing. One of these days I will just grab my backpack and see as much as I can on what this island can offer.

Going back to the food, they say Medan is such a delight to dine in because different people melded together here and brought with them their own culture particularly their way of cooking.

Malays, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Western, they have it. You got one rocking city full of food.

From cheap to expensive, from roadside to fine dining, from halal to haram (haha… yikes), Medan got it covered.

Last week, colleagues brought me to Cambridge, a hang out place for those who wants to be seen. I cannot be bothered with that stuff actually but the restos in the place are just amazing. Floors and floors for diners, I got confused which one to try.

After a while, I chose Chatterbox. The interior beckons. It looks so pretty. Plus the colleagues told me the food is not that bad too.



Chatterbox serves various cuisine. We ordered Chinese, Indonesian and Western food altogether. The food tastes good and fresh.





But what I like most about the place are the drinks!




They are so cute!!! They are such eye candies! And they taste so good too.

We were meaning to try a nice dessert place after dinner. Agenda canceled. No space for additional food. That one has to wait for my next visit, it seems.

For the moment, I am back to my everyday organic dining up here in the hills where I live. I am not complaining.juice