Why do I love Ian? The easy answer would be because he’s such a beautiful man, sexy, charming, like probably no one else walking on this planet. The truth is, Ian is MUCH MORE than that. I think that the trait that makes me really love him it’s his PURE HEART OF GOLD. And, sadly, this is a not a thing you can easily find on people, even more difficult is to find a wonderful man with a wonderful soul matching his unbelievable good looks. But Ian is all of this and more. He’s compassionate towards people and towards animals and nature. He loves our planet and its creatures so much that he started the ISF to make the difference and try to make the Earth a better place, not only for us, but for future generations, too. He is so passionate about his causes, he believes in them and he has the ability to move people with his ideas, so we can all do something good. Last, but not least, he is always so dedicated to his fans, it could seem not real, but it is. He always tries to find time for them, to give them a smile, an hug, a photo, anything. He doesn’t eat, or sleep, if it means having less time to spend with them. He loves all of us genuinely. Nothing in this man is fake. He’s always a very down on earth man, honest, kind and lovely. And after having the luck of meeting him, I can assure you that he is exactly like this, no fake façade, just a beautiful man with a big and pure heart.
When you’re traveling to a new place, one thing to make your visit worthwhile is experiencing the best food that you could find there. As a ten-year resident, I gave my friends a tour in Los Baños, Laguna. We visited some famous landmarks inside the University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB), and of course, we fed ourselves throughout the day. If you’re planning to have a food trip when you visited UPLB, I came up a list of affordable food that you could try in one day while touring around the university.
First on the list, for breakfast, you should visit Go Bald located besides Coffee Blends along Lopez Avenue and order their Pankeyks Na ‘To worth P200 (good for 2-3 persons).
This is a 6-layer pancake with bacon strips and scrambled eggs.
Next, you must visit Seoul Kitchen, a Korean restaurant along F.O. Santos Street.
They have many specialties, but one of the best-sellers we ordered to satisfy our cravings was the Cheese Rappokki, a popular Korean dish with spicy rice cakes and instant ramyun noodles. For the price of P90, it is really worth it.
You should never ever miss the best siomai in town from Siomai Fudhaus that costs P4 each.
If you want affordable lunch, you should try Mang Toto’s Grilled Porkchop and Liempo worth P45 and P65, respectively. Our group also decided to buy Eatsumo Teri Haus’ Kani Salad worth P60 for our side dish.
For your dessert after lunch, we recommend the Baked Cheesecakes of Café La Bonne Vie (meaning: Good Life) located in front of Anest Tower near Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center.
Their cheesecakes are different from other coffee shops and restos nearby because they are rich, creamy, light, fluffy and delicious! Morover, their graham crusts are always well-baked.
Café La Bonne Vie offers three flavors of cheesecakes: Cherry, Oreo and Blueberry (the best one for me). Each costs P90-110.
There’s a place in UPLB where you could find not only dormitories and apartments but also food establishments. Raymundo Gate is the street food haven of UPLB. The famous and best ones you could eat there are Proven and Isaw.
Proven consists essentially of the proventriculus of a chicken, dipped in cornstarch and deep-fried. Mhel’s Proven, which costs P25, has the best vinegar sauce in town; maybe this is the reason that their proven has become a “box-office hit” for Elbizens.
In front of Mhel’s Proven, you could find an Isawan or food stall of street food. Isaw is made from grilled intestines of pig or chicken. In Los Baños, three sticks of Pork Isaw cost P10.
For your early dinner, you could visit Bonitos Bar and Restaurant, one of the best food stops around UPLB. It offers delicious rice meals, appetizers, pastas, but you should never miss their Everything-On-It Pizza. This is the best pizza in town because you could taste all the flavors, and it shows incredible attention to detail and quality.
Last on the list, if you crave for sweets, you must try Mini-Moo Ice Cream, a little shop located at corner of F.O. Santos Street. Based on the texture and taste of their ice cream, I think they have the same supplier of Yellowcab’s ice cream. However, Mini-Moo is cheaper. Two scoops of ice cream costs P35-45, depending on the flavor and cone. There are a lot of flavors to choose from such as Dark Choco, Mint Choco Chips, Salted Caramel, Avocado, Strawberry Fields, Pistachio, Bubble Gum, Midnight Cookies N’ Cream, and many more.
This is just a suggested list of making your one-day stay around UPLB by eating affordable and commendable food. There are a lot of must-try restaurants in Los Baños not included in this article that you could find amazing and worth the visit.
Because he is the most inacreditavel human that exists. God did with the gift of compassion, love, happiness, humility, simplicity, and not least of beauty. Ian came into my life and left happier, “light.” It was on his way to being won “us” that we are proud to be called “Somerholic”.
Today and forever will wish all the good in his life, that aims all his plans, and confront (and win) their challenges. Love you, Ian Joseph Somerhalder.
I think everyone who knows me is well aware of my endless love for Damon Salvatore and, most of all, for the incredibly talent Ian has in playing him in such a perfect way. Damon’s character is branded in my soul in ways I think no character has ever before, and this is mostly because of Ian. Every emotion, every facial expression, every tear, every smirk, every sexy moment, every single shade of Damon’s complex personality are so real and alive because Ian pours his heart in this character and it’s something clearly visible when you look at Damon. All of Ian’s passion and emotions, are so linked to Damon, it would be impossible to me to imagine someone else playing him. Ian is Damon and Damon is Ian, in all the good ways. BUT I have a freaking soft spot for Ian playing the good guy, too, and I loved him playing Tyler in “Wake” so much. The movie is super cute and funny and Ian’s so comfortable in that role, so sweet and lovely, that my heart melts every time I rewatch it. Plus, short hair, rosy cheeks and that smile? How could I even resist? And I don’t mind if Ian keeps saying he’s not that good on playing those kind of roles, because, in my humble opinion, he’s believable playing both the good and the bad guy, because he’s amazing and talented like that.
I’m always on the hunt for good Filipino food in New York City and had heard about the oddly-named Ugly Kitchen from a number of Pinoy friends…
The East Village establishment, which becomes a club on weekends after 9pm, still serves food to accompany all their original cocktails… some of the most authentic Filipino food I have had outside of Manila!
Here’s a look…
The special on Saturday night was grilled isaw, or pork intestines, a common street food in the Philippines, which was the highlight of the meal! After one bite, we tried to order more but they were sadly sold out…
We got an order of fried isaw instead, which was equally enjoyable…
Addictive adobo ribs…
Sizzling sisig, which was a little heavy on the onions, but one of the best in the Big Apple…
And yes, there was balut, but as boiled eggs in general are one of the three foods I can’t eat, I passed…
No flash used as I did not need to be reminded of this horror…
One of the more pleasant surprises at Ugly Kitchen was that the bar makes a number of cocktails using kalamansi juice! Rounds of kalamansi whiskey sours were downed…
It was often hard to hear ourselves speak as the music was so loud, but we were so busy stuffing our faces with Ugly Kitchen’s delicious dishes, there wasn’t much to say anyway.
Day One - Why do you love Ian? [July 8th] Day Two - How Ian’s actions and/or words did influence you? [July 9th] Day Three - Ian’s favorite quote [July 10th] Day Four - Favorite Ian’s role in a movie/show [July 11th] Day Five - Favorite Ian’s photo/photoshoot [July 12th] Day Six - Favorite Ian’s interview/funny moment [July 13th] Day Seven - Celebrating Ian’s beauty [July 14th]
No matter if you want to use gifs, graphics, videos, text posts, everything is welcomed :) Let’s just show our love for incredible talented, kind, sweet, amazing man in any way we can!!! Tag every post as #ISAW1 so we’ll all be able to see and reblog the posts :) You have one week to think about it, maybe start creating your own posts, and on Monday, July 8th we’ll start!!!!!
Hope all you proud Somerholics will join us :) I will reblog this post during next week as a reminder for the start of the Ian’s week :)