Delightful Ga Mi Jung Korean Restaurant in Antipolo

Ga Mi Jung is not your typical Korean restaurant. They are in business for about 7 years. This is a MUST dine -in place when you visit Antipolo City, Rizal province

Ga Mi Jung entrance

At first glance, one may think that it is a Korean grocery or Kpop Karaoke, But the restaurant had attracted several loyal clientele over the years.

Ga Mi Jung

There are also a lot of locals and even Koreans who would dined-in at the place. This place is good for friend, family and hang-out place. A small portion had some Korean ice cream and foods.

ground floor

There are some celebrities like Mr. Dennis Padilla, local politicians among others.

second floor

The capacity is 40 ground floor and another 40 at the second floor. The second floor is more traditional as visitors are required to remove their shoes. Furniture and fixture adhere to Korean vibe.

menu board

value meal

The restaurant also serve unlimited samgyeopsal in which one can share between 2 to 4 people.

appetizer

shredded mix vegetables

fried eggplant

scrambled egg with minced carrots and spring onions\

tofu with curry

appetizer like scrambled egg, shredded cabbage with carrots, kimchi and white rice.

Mandu– fried dumpling with sauce

Seonji -Haejangguk  ( Ox Blood Hangover soup ) – This is good with rice, not too spicy and there are bit of coagulated ox blood in rich soup.

Japchae – Korean two kind of noodles,  glass noodles and thick wheat noodles combined. Stir fry cooked in Korean soy sauce, carrots, pork meat and shredded onion leeks leaves topped with sesame seeds.

JokBal

Jok Bal -a Korean dish made from pork pig trotters cooked in soy sauce , spices topped with sesame seeds , sliced fresh tomatoes and fresh lettuce leaves. The meat is wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves, sauce and adding some side dishes before eating.

Galbi Jjim/ Kalbi Jjim – it is a tender, delicious Korean braised short ribs cooked using some spices in soup base. A good compliment with white jasmine rice.

The group ordered rice, Sundae -Gukbap/ Soondae -Gukbap ( blood sausage pork intestine soup) , Galbi Jjim, Japchae, Mandu ( fried dumpling) and Gopchang ( pork intestine soup)

What we love about the restaurant is that they refill the side dishes. The staff were friendly and gave us endless cold water. Our group would rate this restaurant 7.25 out of 10.

Special “Thanks” Ms. Jo Quimpo, Mr. Lebon Ong and Sir. Ramon Calado for the warm invite.

Address: 256, Sumulong Highway, Barangay Mambugan, Antipolo City , Rizal 

Contact: (02) 451 1147 Globe : 0916-9696-921
Smart : 0921-732-9369

Operations: Mondays to Fridays from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Paws and Claw at Vista Mall Antipolo

 JuanLoves Pets in partnership with Vista Mall, Antipolo and give you PAWS and CLAWS (Fur-renting Seminar, Pet Blessing and more activities that excite the visitors.


paws-and-claw
Inviting all dog, cat, guinea pig, rabbit, hamster, bird lovers and other pets that you can bring here on one (1) day event.

The registration starts at 4:00pm tomorrow October 6, 2018. Early bird catches more worm.There will also a pet blessing. So what are you waiting for sign up now. Message your pet’s name for this event.

Food Tasting and Wedding Expo at Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo

267 San Jose Extension , Padilla , Antipolo City -Rizal province

When it comes to events and a place to relax in Antipolo, There is Jardin de Miramar – This is one of the largest venue and event place in this side of the province .

Our group is very delighted to have gone to the place and many changes were done over the past several years. One can best describe the place as “Theme Park ” and Educational center .

boat and beautiful sculpture will greet visitors to the place

Galeria had boat theme garden where life-size boat and a gallery of fishes were their common names are painted within the outdoor gallery .  The area had a capacity of between 80 to 120 PAX depending on the event. The area is about 375 square meters

Yellow fin Tuna- Tambakol

Old Manila the centerpiece is a replica of the old adobe walls of intramuros , minus the civil guards and nosy people strolling .

an old wooden draw bridge add an old world charm to the place.

The place had a nice ponds which is ideal for thematic photo-shoot , garden wedding or just a stroll within the adobe walls. Climbing vines and flowering water lilies are sure hit among nature lovers and adds eerie beauty to an old world charm ! One simply can be transported back into time with these looks.

The place had a capacity of between 70 to 80 pax with a floor area of 180 square- meter

Sevilla is an indoor air-conditioned hall which had a capacity of between 100 to 200 pax with of Floor Area: 254 sqm. and courtyard of 56 sqm.

Jenry Villamar Photography and Video

table set-up by Hizon Catering

desserts sample

Penne and Fettuccine

Mr. Paolo Castillo -Fuentes and Chef Castillo-Fuentes gave the group their home-made tasty banana and jack fruit ( langka )  cake and their version of chocolate cupcakes.  They are also part time interior decorator , artists and plant collectors .

It had been a while since we saw each other , for those interested with their pastries and customized cakes , Try to reach them at their FB page :

Contact : 6512592

Website: http://jardindemiramar.com/

Mr. Ramon Calado orchid and ornamental farm in Antipolo

This is the simple yet well-maintained production area and farm of Mr. Ramon Calado

rows of Dendrobium hybrids seedlings

Mr. Ramon Calado is a well-respected orchid and plant breeder for over 35 years and had bred several hundreds of registered orchid hybrids from different genera . Aside from orchids, he also mass produce several varieties of ornamental plants varieties from the ordinary ferns to mutant varieties .

Mr. Ramon Calado

Some of the country’s top farm producers sourced their orchid hybrids and ornamental plants from Mr. Calado . Most of his orchid hybrids are highly sought after by local and even foreign collectors  due to their superior flower forms and quality plants.

orchid seedling on flask

He also had a laboratory facilities were seedlings of orchids and other ornamental plants.

collection of native ferns

For appointments :

Mr. Ramon Calado

(02) 782-64-45

Timely bloom of Cymbidium finlaysonianum

It is the height of the dry season in most of the western part of the country. It is also the  blooming season of one of the most common Cymbidium species in the country.

The inflorescence of Cymbidium finlaysonianum is pendulous, can reach lengths of over one meter or so, bears up to 30 well-spaced blooms about 5 cm in diameter. This is one of the most commonly seen orchid species, anywhere in the Philippines.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum -pale yellow form
The one featured above is a Cymbidium finlaysonianum grown in our backyard for about 30 years. ( probably given by a distance relative or neighbor). While a smaller form is growing on another Manila Palm ( Adonidia merrillii) for several years was bought from an ambulant vendor some 25 years ago.
The orchid species was originally collected by an Englishman named Mr. Finlayson and Company in Cochin- India in the early part of the 19th century. The species was dedicated to him by Lindley who described the plant in 1832.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum naturalized on a moringa tree (malunggay) Samonte road within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Novaliches, Quezon City.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum naturalized on a narra tree within Quezon Memorial Circle.
Cymbidium finlaysonainum commonly grown in the country had at least 3 to 5 color forms. The common ones have yellowish-brown sepals and petals, and a white labellum with red blotches and two yellow ridges. The flower had a slight fragrance especially during the first few days of its opening.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum and probably Cymbidium atropurpureum naturalized on a kalachuchi tree in University of the Philippines ( Church of Risen Lord chapel) in Diliman, Quezon City.

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum naturalized on a coconut palm in Tanza, Cavite province.

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brownish pale green form

Another form is the brownish greenish color form found in an old ancestral house in Tanza, Cavite province.

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum with large petal and darker color ( photo courtesy of Plantchaser)

There was another dark yellow colored flowering type with fuller petals and sepals collected in the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Quezon and Ifugao.

I featured Pozorrubio Orchidarium Farm of Mrs. Remedios “Remy ” Rodis Santelices in 2009 which had a couple of blooming Cymbidium finlaysonianum variety flava ( yellowish form) in Pangasinan.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum variety flava ( photo courtesy of PlantChaser)
 The more sought after form was Cymbidium finlaysonianum variety flava or yellowish sepals and petals with pure white labellum. I think i have seen some being sold before in Pangasinan and there are some orchid growers in Metro Manila, Antipolo, Bulacan, Laguna, Davao and Bukidnon regions.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum with Davalia fern in Liliw , Laguna province.
Cymbidium finlaysonianum used to be commonly cultivated in many areas until few years ago when gardeners grew tired of growing these orchid species.
There were a lot of folklore surrounding the growing of this species in many parts of the country.
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Cymbidium finlaysonianum grown on tree fern slab in Santa Fe Orchidarium in Nueva Viscaya  province.

Timely Bloom

This is a timely season for the blooming of the Cymbidium finlaysonianum, It had rained for almost 8 times and This specimen plant rewarded us with 3 spikes with between 25 to 30 flowers.

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum naturalized on Manila Palm within Chapel of the Holy Sacrifice within University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum featured by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) in 2004

Cymbidium Species

There were at least 11 known species with some color variations found in the country and is divided into epiphytes /lithophytes and terrestrial growing.

Cymbidium aloifolium, Cymbidium atropurpureum, Cymbidium chloranthum and Cymbidium finlaysonianum, Cymbidium bicolor  Lindl. subsp pubescens. which are found growing on trees, while i have seen some orchid grown or mounted on rocks, man-made grottoes, adobe rock or even on hollow block walls.

We got Cymbidium finlaysonianum and Cymbidium atropurpureum grown on a Manila Palm for several decades.

Cymbidium aliciae, Cymbidium dayanum,Cymbidium cyperifolium, Cymbidium ensifolium subsp. haematodes , Cymbidium lancifolium, Cymbidium macrorhizon are classified as terrestrial.

While Cymbidium macrorhizon had a special relationship with symbiotic fungus, the only time it is ever seen is when it flowers.

Bibliographies and Sources:

Plant Chaser

Personal communication with growers

Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology ( issue June 2007) : http://asbp.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/907-3032-2-PB.pdf

The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 drawing

Second Print 1982, Manila pages, 86 to 91: Davis S. Reg and Steiner Mona Lisa: Philippine Orchids ” A detailed Treatment of Some One Hundred Native Species” printed by M& L Licudine Enterprises, Dongalo, Parañaque, Philippines 

Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984
The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001
Teo, Chris K. H. Cymbidium Pages, 44 to 49; Native Orchids of Peninsular Malaysia 1985, 2001, Times Media Private Unlimited.