Where to Date for Monol Magic

It’s February again and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here in the academy, it’s also the season of Monol Magic! Students may have found the right one in a person called ‘classmate’, so it’s the perfect time to hang out together for those feelings to bloom like the flowers just in time with Panagbenga!

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Either too cheesy or too much love in the air, you’ve got to check out these lovey-dovey destinations for a memorable date:

For the Artsy Couple:

Love is beautiful and so is art! As a student, a museum date is very fulfilling in both romantic and academic aspects. You get to immerse yourself in art, discover different cultures, and spend quality time with your partner. Situated at Km 6, Asin Road, the museum holds the works of national artist Benedicto Cabrera, hence the name BenCab.

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Cafe Sabel (Photo: https://lostandwonder.com)

Here you’ll also find exhibits from other artists, as well as the famous erotica gallery and a garden where you can stroll around. To finish it all off, you can grab a bite to eat at the museum’s Cafe Sabel, named after BenCab’s muse in his paintings, where they serve home cooked dishes with farm fresh ingredients.

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Cafe Sabel (Photo: https://lostandwonder.com)

For the Outdoorsy Pair:

It’s a given that Baguio’s scenery is definitely a feast for the eyes. Plus, with the outdoors, there’s so much to discover! Step outside campus and enjoy a lovely picnic under the pine trees in Camp John Hay, and afterward take part in trekking an eco-trail and zip lining. If you’re up to a challenge, you can also try hiking popular mountains near Baguio like Mt. Yangbew/Jumbo or Mt. Kalugong, both located in La Trinidad.

If you’re into simple and close to town activities, you can always ride a bike and go boating in Burnham Park. This date idea is like the equivalent of the traditional ‘I love you!’ plus it’s a must-experience in Baguio. Don’t forget to try out Burnham delicacies like ice cream and ice-scramble.

For the Ultimate Food Date:

As they say, food is a love language, and Camping Date located in Legarda Road translates that into Korean cuisine and unique dining experience. Customers ‘camp’ indoors while enjoying specialties such as Korean chicken and pizza. It’s both a gastronomical adventure and a date to remember. It’s also a nice change of pace from campus food.

But if you really want to treat your partner to some chocolate for the heart’s day, Tsokolateria (Upper Session road) is a great cafe where you can enjoy the best Filipino hot chocolate. It’s made from roasted cacao beans and you can partner it with mouth-watering food from their menu.

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Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake (Photo: http://www.carizzachua.com

To top it all off, you can celebrate the end of a wonderful date by grabbing a bite of cake. Vizco’s, located at Session Road, is famous for their cakes especially their Strawberry Shortcake. A sweet ending to a delightful Valentine!

 

 

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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

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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Required items before coming to MONOL

Written by: Zoe (Essential Intermediate ESL student)

Today, I want to share about what to prepare before coming to the Philippines.

I chose this topic because even though Monol gave me a list of items, I searched for more information about this when I was preparing to go to the Philippines.

This is the second time for me to visit Baguio City. I visited Baguio when I was a middle school student, so I was better than other students in preparing what to bring. Continue reading