A Brief, Cheesy Interlude

WARNING: This blog post is harmless. Definitely suitable for readers of all ages. Proceed without caution. 😂😂 (Don’t mind the title. I can be humorous at times.)

Manila boasts a good number of places to eat good if not great food. It is, however, hard to find a restaurant that serves affordable and quality delicious food. So yesterday, we went on a mission to try what Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina has to offer. This place is fairly small and intimate that has earned loyal customers over the years and still does!

When we arrived there at past three in the afternoon, a lovely server immediately came to greet us and we requested to be seated at the air-conditioned area which at that time was packed. We waited for probably 20-30 minutes before a table for five was vacated.



Balcony seating is available at Silantro, however, it was not a good option for our group. It is currently summer in the Philippines and the word “hot” to describe it is an understatement. Besides, we were not in any condition to negotiate our chances of comfort.

My friends and I rarely have the opportunity to go out these days and when we do, we usually bond over food and drinks. We’re not short on good company so when we have the chance of going out together, we’re always on the look out for a place that makes spending time with each other feel more special.


Since it was time for merienda (light meal) when we got there, we ordered a few of their best-sellers. The staff provided us with three different sauces (guacamole, garlic sauce, spicy dip) which in my opinion complemented the dishes we ordered. Of course, this might not be the case for some. No pressure. If the sauces are not to your liking, well, it is easy to forgo them. The staff will not hold you liable for any wastage. Then again, you might want to inform the service crew beforehand so they won’t serve you with it.







What’s great about this place aside from the delicious and affordable food is their huge portions! You can basically order different dishes without breaking the bank. Make sure to bring your friends so you can try more. They have a variety of Mexican dishes that caters well to the Filipino palate. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina was a delightful experience for all of us!

PS: Yesterday was cheesy and I was on high! 😁

The Unofficial Nirvana In Fire Ending You’ve Never Seen

Two years after the release of Nirvana In Fire, the drama series is still gaining more and more popularity in Asia. As an avid fan of the drama series, I have tried my utmost best to dissect each and every episode there is in the drama including the closing credits. It came to a point where I just had to watch it from beginning to end. I am now on my 30th time. Let me tell you, it is tediously satisfying!


At one point, I felt that Xiao Shu/Lin Shu/Su Zhe/Mei Changsu was robbed of the opportunity to inherit what is his, but then, it also made sense that the writer and director didn’t want to give the viewers false hope that Xiao Shu/Lin Shu/Su Zhe/Mei Changsu will survive in the end since it is a common knowledge that he is gravely ill.

If you paid more attention to the conversations in the drama, Consort Jing once mentioned to Jingyan after the latter found out that Su Zhe/Mei Changsu is indeed Xiao Shu, “…he’s been past enduring already.” With this and the countless times he got awfully sick to the point of impossible recovery if not for the vast knowledge of the physicians looking after him, it is very highly possible that he’ll die by the end of the series. Like some of you, I tried to hang onto the last thread of hope I could muster.

Then this happened.

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Xiao Shu/Lin Shu/Su Zhe/Mei Changsu DIED like what most predicted.

But then, this is not the end for those with enduring hearts!! 😁😁

When the last episode of Nirvana in Fire (raw and without subs) was uploaded online for the first time in 2016, it came with an alternate ending (unofficial ending). A few days after it was subbed, I watched the 54th episode on the same streaming site but it was unfortunate that the unofficial ending was edited out. I tried looking for it from other sites but to no avail. Luckily, I was able to come across a clip with more or less six thousand views on YouTube with the same scene I saw from that 2016 raw video.

If the production added the alternate ending, then the scene below would have made much more sense.

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Well, it is up to you to decide whether Fei Liu’s words made sense.

Sharing everyone GIF’s of that magical unofficial ending. Enjoy!

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Fei Liu diligently learning how to serve tea. What a good boy!

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He gets nervous doing this kind of stuff but he’s all brave and mighty when he goes out to play with the bad guys.

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Lin Chin pretending he’s not paying attention to Fei Liu. What a considerate gege! I like it better when they bicker.

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Don’t scald your hands, Fei Liu. Su gege will worry!

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The moment of truth is here!

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Great effort, Fei Liu. It passed Lin Chen gege’s standards.

Su, who is he offering it to? (pun-intended 😅😂🤣)

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And they lived happily ever after!

There you have it folks!

Don’t forget to watch Nirvana In Fire 2!

Bellagio Hills: Café Buho

A short excursion to Paoay, Ilocos Norte brought my friends and I to the modern contemporary gem fronting Paoay Lake that is Bellagio Hills. After our sumptuous lunch at Vista Del Lago, we decided to indulge on pastries, cakes and other desserts. Not to forget, a quick fix of coffee to make our day. We found ourselves driving to Bellagio Hills’ CAFÉ BUHO Bistro Bar. (Buho is a Filipino term which refers to a variety of bamboo plant. I noticed a good number of bamboo plants huddled together on the western portion of the cafe.)

Café Buho boasts a magazine feature worthy interior!



It was very unfortunate however that they only had panna cotta for dessert when we got there that day. As it was also Christmas days before, we were not aware of their holiday schedule and the exact time of availability of the desserts. This is not particular to Café Buho but a rather common occurrence in cafés, restaurants and eateries in Ilocos Norte during the holidays.

The staff were quick to suggest to choose some dishes from their menu but since we had lunch earlier on, we declined. Also, a batch of cheesecake would have been a great option but it was still being made and would take some time before they can serve it so we opted for some hot drinks that came with buttercookies which greatly complimented the bitter yet creamy taste of their house blend.

Bellagio Hills is not a place we go to often. In fact, it was my first time at the place. We sipped our coffee outside the cafe and breathing loveliness saluted our eyes. It was a sight to behold! I can vividly remember taking in the scenery before me, the cool gentle breeze caressing my skin.


It is quite astonishing that a part of home gave me unexpected fleeting, beautiful moments of stillness and peace. I believe it is this certain feeling of enlightenment that I always find myself coming back to my hometown. Ilocos Norte will always be home.