Lazy Summer Days

Wait, what? June is almost over? Can we all slow down just for a while and... eat ice cream? What have you been doing lately? It's summer where I am and instead of hitting the beach (huhu is there a nice one that does not involve a bus and train ride), I'm hitting the sack--- really! I turn on the AC for an hour, grab my Kindle and fall fast asleep on a ridiculously hot Saturday afternoon. But there are times when I also think of things to do- laundry, iron, clean- stuff that do not require stepping out of the house.

Anyhooo. Some life and food updates.

TOCFL exam
I finally had the courage to take the TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language) exam and thankfully passed Level 3. I took the pilot test before the formal exam to know how it is going to be. For those who are required to take TOCFL, I suggest taking the pilot test too. I know it's time consuming (both exams run for 2 hours, a month apart) but at least you'll have an idea how it's done. Visit this website for more information.

Baba Kevin's American BBQ
Meat overload!!! Would highly recommend this to a meat-loving human being. I enjoyed everything on my plate, except for the corn muffin-- it was as dry as the Sahara. Order different sets on the menu so you can try a variety of barbecued meats.
No. 6, Lane 115, Minsheng E. Road, Sec. 2

La Petite Perle 小珍珠烘焙坊
I accompanied my colleague to La Petite Perle last week to buy some pineapple cakes and cinnamon rolls. I've always passed by this quaint bakeshop on my way to Yongkang Street from church, but never really bothered checking it out. Colleague said their pineapple cake is better (and cheaper at 35NT apiece) than Chia Te. I had to try and boy she was right. It does not taste too.... commercialized. They don't bake a lot though so better call and reserve.
No. 25, Lane 243, Jinhua Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 (02 2394 4222)

Philippine Independence Day celebration
Nothing really exciting this year. Well except for the new representative of the Phils to Taiwan Amb. Banayo. And free Carmen's Best ice cream. And sige na nga, the Tanduay Drinks bar. No raffle draw and the food was nothing spectacular (last year was better).

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