My Favorite Summer Treat

I scream, you scream we all scream for “Gelato”! Haha! If you want to beat the summer heat, you should try a scoop of gelato. I am sure you will not regret forgetting your strict diet plan for a moment like this.

As most of you know, “gelato” is an Italian-style ice cream. While the ice cream is made of cream, the gelato is made of milk. But don’t get me wrong, since gelatos are churned less than ice creams, they tend to taste creamier and richer because of the much denser texture.

You should go to La Casa Gelato if you want the ultimate gelato experience in Vancouver. They are open 7 days a week and serves 238 flavors! Yup, 238! You can even try every single flavor for free! Unbelievable, right?

Whenever my family and I go to La Casa Gelato, especially in the summer, the store is always jam-packed. You will mostly see people who are having a hard time deciding which flavor they want, and I admit I am one of them. It is definitely hard to choose if you have 238 options. But one thing I noticed was that I always tend to get the pistachio flavor. Maybe because it was the first gelato flavor I ever tasted, and to me, it was like “love at first taste”.

Pistachio and Creme Brûlée Gelato
Creme Brûlée and Pistachio flavored gelato
Mango Pistachio and Tiramisu Cheesecake flavored gelato

How about you? What’s your favorite treat this summer?


Sushi Madness

Sushi Pizza. Sushi Burrito. Sushi Burger. You name it, we have it!

There is at least one sushi joint on every block here in Vancouver. And did you know that most of these sushi joints are not actually managed by Japanese? A number of these places are owned by either Koreans or Chinese and sometimes you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Vancouverites would agree when I say that sushi is an inexpensive but filling food that you could easily get wherever you may be. Although I have not yet tried the ones I’ve mentioned at the top, I know that I would love and enjoy eating them the same way.

In no particular order, below are some names of sushi places that I’ve been to or want to go to:

  • Tojo’s – 1133 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1
    • $$$$
    • Japanese-owned
    • Famous for its Omakase (“leave it up to us”) dinners
  • Pokerrito – 558 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1Y1
    • $$
    • Popular for “build-your-own-base”
    • Offers Sushi Burrito
  • Wild Sushi – 4288 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC V6S 2G1
    • $$
    • Clean place
    • Offers Lunch Specials
  • Hapa Izakaya – 909 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G8
    • $$$
    • Offers modern fusion Japanese tapas
    • Awarded Best Izakaya: Golden Plates 2016
  • Japanese Bistro Hatzu – 1175 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2
    • $$
    • Formerly known as Sushi Bella
    • Offers Sushi Pizza & Gyu Sushi Burger

Most of these photos are posted on my Instagram food account: @thepigleteats. Feel free to follow me for more food photos!

Four Seasons

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to experience 4 different seasons in one year?

Growing up, I was only able to experience 2 seasons; either crazy rainy days or humid sunny days. The Philippines is known to only have 2 seasons: the wet and dry season. This is actually tiresome since you always need to use an umbrella whenever it’s raining or even when it’s just sunny. Yes, you heard it right! Most Filipinos use umbrellas to hide from the sun, only because we do not want to get darker skin tone.

It was Autumn 2014 when my family and I moved to Vancouver, Canada and I was so excited to finally experience 4 different seasons in one year. Moving to a city with one of the best climates in Canada was just perfect; not too hot and not too cold.

I waited the whole year round just to capture these 4 scenes; autumn, winter, spring, and summer. And it feels so great to finally share these photos with the whole world!

Want to know what’s my favorite season/s? Check out my About page here.

What is the meaning of life to me?

I do not think that there is any user manual on how to live our lives. The decision is always in our own hands, whether we will stop dreaming or we will work harder to make the most out of life.

Life itself is a wonderful blessing. This is the meaning of life to me.

Having a condition called Achondroplasia, I admit that I have been through a lot of ups and downs. I am living a normal life in my own simple but extraordinary way. If not for the love and guidance of my family, I would have been one of those people who just waste or even take their own lives. I am not one of them, and I will never be. My strong faith in God’s unconditional love will not waver.

I may not have the perfect life, but if I was given a chance to live another one, I would choose this life over and over again. I do not regret that I sometimes made bad choices but I always tried to learn from them. These choices made me who I am today, a woman who is not perfect but one who radiates positivity.

I want to become an inspiration to everyone around me. I want them to smile as soon as they see me. I want them to be reminded that there is more to life than being happy. Having the reason to live is what’s more important. As I said in my recent inspirational message to Psychology students before I left the Philippines, “I had a mission to change and inspire other people’s lives.”  I will strive hard to live by these words because I owe my life to God.

A view from the Cypress Mountain 041715
A view from the Cypress Mountain 041715