Discovering Rama Mahal

I found an authentic Indian restaurant in the business district of Subic, just a stone’s throw away from the International School of Sustainable Tourism. I asked my seatmate Pao if he wanted to join me for lunch and he gladly did. The epicurean in me wanted to discover something new to the palate. Though I’ve had Indian cuisine before, it’s always nice to compare the creations of different cooks.

I wanted Chicken Tandoori, the resto’s specialty, but life is unfair, I can never have chicken.

Interestingly, the Indian restaurant also serves several popular Thai dishes. I picked Tom Yum Goong soup with shrimps. The soup is a combination of distinct flavors —  lemongrass, kaffir lime, chili paste, cilantro, tamarind paste, fish sauce, and other ingredients like straw mushrooms, tomato slices and chili peppers. A good starter dish for the famished.

Appetizing Chana Masala with garbanzo. Masala is a mixture of spices and flavorings.

It looks like ordinary rice but it’s saffron rice. Saffron in the most expensive spice in terms of weight. It adds a delightful grassy-like aroma to the rice.

Curried Lamb. It was exquisite. The flavors were rich but not cloying at all.

It’s been a while since I had my first Gulab Jamun, made by my Indian friend in Laoag. Rama Mahal’s deep-fried milk balls in heavy syrup was excellent. The right thing to have after the exotic food adventure.

Never leave an Indian restaurant without trying a Lassi Indian yogurt drink. It comes in sweet and salty, but I prefer the salty variation. Mmnn, bliss!

The attentive Mr. Ram Sharma, the executive chef and manager of Rama Mahal with some clients.

Overall, the experience was pleasant. I recommend this restaurant to those with adventurous palates. The service was friendly.

Rama Mahal Building West Gate Suites,  Sampson Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Open daily from 10 am- 10 pm.
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Survival Techniques

Life isn’t all too blithesome sometimes. But as they say, we need to be awake to be alive.

I guess my seatmate Pao Pao sensed that I got up from the wrong side of the bed, he offered me a bar of Snickers.

The 7 Eleven right across the school.

For the body clock out of whack.

Thanks, Mommy Grema for lending me the magazine I wanted to have, but I couldn’t have — Smile Cebu Pacific Air in-flight mag, October 2010 issue.

Feeling so close to home.

Sunshine City Laoag!

Okay, it’s the hubby on one of the pages.

Stretching before school.

Ag-Ilocano tay met ngarud a. My Ilocano speaking buddies from Region I and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (with Malaysia’s pioneer ecotourism man and Secretary and Treasurer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Anthony Wong, and  participants from Bicol, Tarlac and Bulacan).

They say mangroves are boring, but Triboa was my favorite part of the ecotour.

A sense of security. Imagine the oceans without mangroves and seagrass…

A smile from nature.

Sugar rush!

Hmph, scene stealer!

Robin and Danny de V?

In case you don’t know, the guy on the right was the model for the world-renowned barrel man of Ifugao.

Tee-hee. That’s Philip Bartilet from Lake Bulusan National Park, Sorsogon. He’s the President of the newly-organized Philippine Eco Guides Association (PEGA).

The VP for Luzon, LOL.

My friendship sarong from my sweet roommate from Zamboanga. Thanks, Ddick, for the frequent tète-à-tète. Hope to be able to photograph your famous regattas someday.

At the end of the day, humor and hope are the best survival tools — my closing spiel for the oral presentation during the final challenge of the program.  For the first time, I was speaking as an  ecoguide, and JEST (Jungle Environmental Survival Training) Camp was my turf.

Proud to be wearing this on our last day☺

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