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Crispy mallard French duck leg confit. Deliciously deadly.(At Cassis, one of the finer restaurants in Jakarta’s old CBD.)

Crispy mallard French duck leg confit. Deliciously deadly.
(At Cassis, one of the finer restaurants in Jakarta’s old CBD.)

Camiguin: no Photoshop needed

For city-dwellers the usual default weekend means a drive out to the beach or the hills, but even that can spell the traffic rush because everyone seems to be doing the same thing, taking the same route. If you’re wedging your own island count in the Philippines’ 7,100+ archipelagic challenge, there’s one tiny spot down south that promises a weekend of pure nature and bliss.

Lechon Republik of the Philippines

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For a Southerner (like myself), rarely does one find the true flavour of lechon in Manila: crispy and crunchy skin, that sweet thin strip of fat before the sweeter and thicker layer of fat and, finally, the succulent flesh with the appetising aroma of herbs and spices. So good one doesn’t need the gravy sauce. Any self-respecting Bisaya knows the difference between the real lechon meticulously prepared and carefully roasted back home; and those mass-produced in Manila.

Society Lounge (Makati, Philippines)

Society Lounge (Makati, Philippines)

Inside Bistro Mondo on Polaris St., Makati (Manila, Philippines). Delicious soups, salads and pizzas; and most definitely all else in the chef’s kitchen.

Inside Bistro Mondo on Polaris St., Makati (Manila, Philippines). Delicious soups, salads and pizzas; and most definitely all else in the chef’s kitchen.

The unchallenged king of the Filipino feast of all time—the Lechon!

The unchallenged king of the Filipino feast of all time—the Lechon!

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Chocolate Fire, Manila (Philippines)

Chocolate Fire, Manila (Philippines)

Racing Through Guam—Literally (Part 2)

The second day was a lot easier, since it would lead to a very early morning the next day. After a quick, easy game of golf at the Onward Mangilao, with its holes peeking right next to a stunning view of the Pacific, we claimed yet another massive buffet lunch at Ninja, a newly-opened Japanese spot.

So what to do on a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon that’s just capped a long, wild and rough Saturday all-nighter? Head out to Aristocrat for lunch (or breakfast, if you have my pace of eating). The hot delight that sotanghon is can be both an appetiser and a meal on its own, with just the right salt and tangy after-taste of fresh spring onions. Their house corned beef is wicked, with tender chunks of beer and some fat—yum! The cuts of white onions make for a perfect balance with the beef’s natural oily goodness and the fresh, hot garlic rice. And finally—the Torta delos Reyes: a surprise of chocolate sans rival coated in rich, dark and smooth chocolate. As bonus, the Aristocrat Iced Tea makes for perfect sip in between bites. It’s the combo meant to stuff a hungry man.

Black-tie Thanksgiving Ball hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in the Philippines at the Marriott Resorts World Manila; with what’s got to be one of the most delicious servings of turkey I have ever had! Thanks to the US Embassy and the AMCHAM for a wonderful party.

Black-tie Thanksgiving Ball hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in the Philippines at the Marriott Resorts World Manila; with what’s got to be one of the most delicious servings of turkey I have ever had! Thanks to the US Embassy and the AMCHAM for a wonderful party.

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Got to Go to Guam!