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>.

 

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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View deck at 6:00 pm

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!