A Taste of Home: Japanese Cuisine (Part I)

Tonkatsu’s crumbly breading and the taste of juicy pork right after the crisp. The steam of aromatic soup from the bowl of ramen topped with slices of meat drizzled with herbs and spices. The soft and pinkish sashimi dipped in soy and a little of wasabi. These, folks, are just the tip of the iceberg of Japanese cuisine.

Japanese food is one of the most sought-after in its stratum (thanks, sushi). It is actually on the top 10 list of countries with delicious foods landing the fifth place as featured on CNN Travel (Li, 2017).

Well, it’s no wonder. Japanese cuisine almost always equates to fresh ingredients and healthful foods with the advantage of the waters surrounding the land area. Owing to these and the inflation of the number of Japanese students studying English in Baguio, the numbers of Japanese restaurants has also boomed in and around the city.

To satisfy your oriental cravings, we listed some of the Japanese restaurants that are just few minutes from Monol:

Chaya

Chaya is a homey restaurant with excellent service. According to some Japanese students who has already been there, this restaurant serves the most authentic-tasting Japanese food. Spoiler alert: Your every meal would end with a sweet delight.

Worth a try, right?

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Location: Legarda Road
Travel time: ~20 minutes
Store hours: 10 am – 9 pm


Naruto

Brace yourself for the warm greeting: Naruto Japanese Restaurant will draw a smile on your face upon entering the establishment.

For the rainy season, they offered English academies in Baguio, including Monol, to enjoy a perk of 10% discount on all of their dishes until October. Just present your ID to avail this promo. Definitely a good deal!

Location: Naguillan Road (In front of Baguio City Hall)
Travel time: ~15 minutes

Store hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


Tajimaya

If an eat-all-you-can spree is your tummy’s desire for the day, Tajimaya is the best Japanese restaurant to go to. For only Php 499, you can enjoy unlimited Yakiniku experience.

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Location: Military Cut-off
Travel time: 20-25 minutes

Store hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm


Teriyaki Boy

If you happen to crave for Japanese food while strolling around SM, you can visit Teriyaki Boy located at the 2nd floor. This restaurant also boasts good service and  convenience being inside a shopping mall.

Location: SM Baguio, Upper Session Road
Travel time: ~20 minutes

Store hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

Top 10 Countries with delicious food source:

Li, Z. (2017, July 12). Which Country Has the Best Food? CNN Travel, Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/world-best-food-cultures/index.html

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3 Simple Ways to Steer Clear of Sickness this Rainy Season

Baguio’s average temperature of approximately 18 degrees Celsius makes learning more convenient. However, with the continuous pours and drizzles in between, the weather has become colder and that consequently brings some inevitable illnesses.

Getting sick is one of the things that we must avoid especially when studying. You don’t want to go to to your pronunciation class with sore throat, or to your grammar class with head ache accompanied by held back snuffles. To avoid these, here are some tips packed in three reminders on how we should maintain good health this season.

  1. Load up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to boost immune system. Every meal, Monol dining area serves fresh veggies and fruits. Increase your usual serving of these healthful rations. In addition to these, you can also take Vitamin C as dietary supplement for protection boost.

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  1. Keep Warm

Say good bye to miniskirts, sleeveless tops, and shorts because they are going on a long vacation. Keep your body warm by investing on wool sweaters, jackets, and pants. Apart from that, you could also go for warm beverages such as tea and coffee. We have a jug of freshly brewed coffee placed just beside the bread section to warm your body up. If you opt for wider variety of choices, you can go to the café located at B5. Who says we can’t survive with cuddle weather alone?

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  1. Gear Up

If summer season is the counterpart of the rainy season, then sunblock, shades, and swimwear is to umbrella, rain coats, and boots. We can reduce the chances of acquiring diseases if we prepare the right ‘gears’ for this season. An umbrella would come in handy during those 20-minute store visits or when going out on a weekend; raincoat could protect your OOTDs from getting soaked; and boots, well aside from being stylish, they can protect your skin from  getting fungal infection brought by the contaminated rain water.

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JUST IN CASE…

As was mentioned earlier, illness is inevitable during this wet season. While prevention is better than cure still holds true, you might just find yourself catching colds and flu one of these days. If that case happens, don’t hesitate to head to the clinic located at the ground floor, Room 308. We have friendly nurses who can give you medicine and other first aids you need. You can also take rest there until you feel better.

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Monol Launches Photo Essay Contest for Term A Students

There’s always beauty in everything. Despite the long farewell of bright sunshine, sun blocks and shades, and beach season, there are a whole lot other kind of beauty brought by ephemeral rainy season — and that beauty was captured by students

Following the Photo Essay Contest for term B students, term A’s turn to showcase their photography and writing skills has opened. Students’ photos and essays revolved around their favorite spot in Baguio City, their closest friends in Monol, and the reason they chose Monol International. Winners were announced at the End-of-term Activities held at B4 Dining Hall on July 21, 2017.

The students received certificates and cash prize for winning in the said competition.

Click on the link below to view their works:

http://mymonol.com/studentscorner/

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A Taste of Home in Baguio: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Pita bread. Hummus. Kebab. Falafel. Just the sounds of these make us picture the sandy dunes of the Middle East.

The convenient thing is you don’t have to jump right off the next flight just to have a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine. Here in Baguio, you can find food hubs that give you the same taste in form of a good deal.

Ahmad Brothers Café
Pakistani, Indian food

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More often than not, when Middle Eastern food is being mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is Ahmad Brothers Café.

Ahmad Brothers Café serves authentic Middle Eastern food, plus, the staff is nice and accommodating. Aside from that, they serve halal food which means “permissible according to Islamic law”. Sold meat has undergone a process that is acceptable in accordance with the law. The processes involve pronouncing Allah’s name, slaughtering through the jugular vein (the veins found in the neck), and speaking a dedication while doing the process.

This restaurant has moved from Legarda Road to Jose Miguel Bldg., #01 Yandok St., Corner Naguillan Rd., Baguio City, open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Habibis Grill
Lebanese food

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Lamb Shawarma. Habibi’s Lebanese Restaurant and Cafe. 21 March 2017. Web. 18 July 2017. <facebook.com>

This restaurant claims to have the “Best shawarma and kebabs in town.” and that is not just an empty claim. Owned by two Lebanese cousins who grew up in Baguio City, their passion for food and their desire to trace their roots are the reasons why their shawarma is loved by their regulars.

This restaurant has two branches, one at Ground floor Cuesta Bldg., Bonifacio St. which is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and the other at Travel Lite Hotel which is open 24-hours a day.

Ali’s House of Shawarma
Indian, Pakistani, and International Food

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If you’re looking for a budget friendly restaurant that gives the same fulfilling taste without breaking the bank, Ali’s is the best for you. This humble place is situated at 177 Upper Bonifacio Street, Baguio, nearby Saint Louis University Gate 4.

Ali’s House of Shawarma also serves Halal food. For only 35.00 pesos, you can enjoy a palatable warm shawarma. If you opt for rice meal, your 60.00 pesos will give you justice.

**Featured image: A beautiful display of some of the most popular Middle Eastern flavours that are good enough to eat alone. Egyptian Streets. 2014 June 5. Web. 17 July 2017. <egyptianstreets.com>.

 

A Taste of Home in Baguio: Vietnamese Cuisine

“There’s no place like home.”

is a cliché for a reason. While most of us go to other country to experience new things, immerse in a different culture, or change our lives, we can’t help but miss a thing or two about our mother country, that given, is the food.

Thereupon at times when we miss the food, we somehow miss home.

But because Baguio is a pool of diverse cultures, this city also caters to international dishes. For students who miss their local food, there are some restaurants situated in this city that could somehow fill that longing heart.

To start with, here are two hubs you can run to when you crave for noodles made of sticky rice, lots of herbs, fish sauce, and dishes that tells the story of French influence and neighboring countries the second your tongue touches the food – that is Vietnamese cuisine.

Yes Pho

From their branch in Camp John Hay, this Vietnamese restaurant has moved to a more accessible location in Upper Session Road, Engineers Hill, Baguio City. Rumor has it that their customer service is excellent, their dishes are authentic, and apparently, are quite affordable.

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Yes Pho Menu. X Marks the Spot for Good Baguio Foods. 10 March 2017. Web. 10 July 2017. <findgoodbaguiofoods.com>.

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Pho Bo by Yes Pho. The Kitchen Goddess Files. Web. 10 July 2017. <thekitchengoddess.blogspot.com>.

Their best seller?  Pho Bo—- a steamy pot of noodle soup with simmered beef and vegetables seasoned with flavorful spices. Truly a Viet classic!

The Coffee Library

The Coffee Library is a rustic themed restaurant that makes you feel out of the city in the city. Aside from Pho Bo, Vietnamese coffee, which often is complemented by coconut milk is one of the goods this restaurant is proud of.

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Since their opening in 2015, this café and restaurant has been gaining commendable reputation for its delish grubs. That is why earlier this year, The Coffee Library has opened another branch in San Juan, La Union.

Pop by The Coffee Library located at Rex Hall Building, Upper Bonifacio Road, Baguio City. Open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

**featured image: Vietnamese Cuisine. Ngoc Long. 3 December 2015. Web. 10 July 2017. <ngoclongfood.com>.

Teachers’ Tips: Speaking/ Discussion

To speak a foreign language fluently — that’s every language learner’s dream. Whilst self-expression through speaking comes almost naturally to us, conveying meaning, especially in a context and a different language could make us feel like a fish out of water.

For the last part of  Teachers’ Tips, Monol teachers share what they think are efficacious ways to be a step better (or more!) in speaking and discussion. Read on:

“Organize your thoughts or ideas when talking about a certain topic.”
-Teacher Jesheamor

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Imagine this situation: You are to talk about a recurring debate, let’s say privacy vs. surveillance. Having an idea about a topic is one, but being able to properly organize these ideas and eloquently deliver main points is another thing. Whether it’s IELTS or TOEIC speaking, or even just a run-of-the-mill conversation, it is highly encouraged to organize your thoughts to make sense of your opinion. Focus on the topic and formulate subtopics. Start the discussion with introduction, body, and conclusion.

“Study with other nationalities.”
-Teacher Geralyn

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When asked about why students come here to study English, one of the most common answers is, “To talk to foreigners“. Well, the purpose could be the process at same time. Engaging in a conversation with other nationalities is consequently one of the best applications of all the hours spent inside the classroom. In Monol, there are diverse nationalities that you can make friends with – Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Arabs, Monogolian, Japanese, and of course, Filipinos.

“Share opinion with people.”
-Teacher Areya

Engaging in a healthy discussion is a good way to get exposed to different perspectives. This is one good way to practice expressing abstract ideas and emotions. In addition, it can show us the other side of the world that we haven’t seen before. With the help of organized thoughts and ideas, you might just inspire or open the mind of other people.

“Do not be preoccupied with grammar.”
-Teacher Rolando

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Accuracy or fluency? More often than not, students are well-aware of grammar technicalities and get too preoccupied with it that it affects the next 10 seconds of what could have been a chance to speak and be able to learn from a mistake, if so. People have different takes on this, but an efficient one would be: Just speak and learn in the process.

“Study vocabs and try using them in daily conversations.”
-Teacher Marria

What’s the good of learning a dozen of vocabularies a day if you’re not going to use them? Pick words that you would want to use in a day and use it while talking to at least three people. You’ll be surprised how easily you can memorize these words.

Bonus: Listen. Conversation is a two way process. Avoid communication traffic by letting other person speak without interruption.

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5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Monol

Letting loose after long hours of studying or working is necessary for a balanced living. Here in Monol, students have the option to go out after class until 9 pm (except if student has penalty, oops!). However, with Baguio’s rainy season, going out is quite a bit of a hassle for students. Fortunately, “Live and Learn” resonates what we live up to that is why even if you stay just inside the academy, there are a lot of fun activities that you could enjoy:

  1. Sit and Talk in the Sauna

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Going to sauna especially during this season would be one of the best resorts to warm your body up. Aside from recreational and social, there are other innumerable benefits of going to this heat room–it relaxes muscles, flushes toxins, clears skins, induces deeper sleep, and even burn calories! There are separate saunas for men and women situated at B5 sandwiching the cafe counter. Open every day.

  1. Go for the Game Ball

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Are you the sporty type? You can tag your friends along to play billiards or table tennis! Located at the rooftop, students are allowed to play here from 5 pm onwards to avoid disruption of classes.

  1. Hit the Gym

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If your daily routine revolves around sitting in class for hours, going to the dining hall and taking rest in your room for the remainder time, this season might be a good opportunity to break the vapid routine. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend doing an average of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activities per week. This means exercising for about 30 mins per day for five days. Worried about which exercises are suitable for you? Don’t fret because we have friendly gym instructors who can guide your way to fitness.
Monol gym is open from 6 am to 12 midnight. Here is the schedule for fitness classes:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Wrestling       5pm-6pm
Jiujitsu            7pm-8pm

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Muay Thai      5pm-6pm
Boxing             7pm-8pm

  1. Yoga Yonder

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Feeling stressed? Relax, take a deep breath, and release your stress.  Free your mind and be physically active at the same time inside these four corners. Yoga class starts from 7pm to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but the yoga room is open every day if you wish not to join yoga class. Pilates class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm-9pm.

  1. Catch up at the Cafe

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Rain or shine, going to a cafe is just a perfect fit for a chit chat and even ‘studying’. Visit the cafe just outside B5, get yourself a warm cup of beverage, and the view overlooking the lush mountains covered with fog and mist will take care of the rest. This cafe is open from 9 am to 7 pm.

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On a regular day, students can also enjoy basketball and badminton at the open court. Don’t hesitate to ask for sports equipment from MSD. Enjoy!