Thank You #bcbawards2015!

By on November 24, 2015

Baktin Corporation - Myanmar

I experienced a good kind of dรฉjร  javu last month after I read an email that said that my blog is a finalist in this year’s Best of Cebu Blog Awards. Just like in 2014, we are nominated once again for both travel and food categories.

Unlike last year however, I don’t know who nominated me this time. Let me first thank the person (or persons) who threw in my blog in the current pool of nominees. Recognitions such as those coming from the #BCBAwards are hard to come by in these parts, so I consider this as a validation of some sort that I probably did something right in 2015.

But just like last year, I still get the same question as to whether “Baktin Corporation” is a food blog or a travel blog or if it is a blog in the first place. I also give out the same explanation every time. And while I do that, I entertain again the temptation to finally spin off my restaurant reviews and focus on long-form travel narratives instead.

Soup No.5 and Balbacua

While there are certainly advantages to that idea, I rest in the thought that food and travel, at least in my world, will always be delicious twins.

You get to know a new destination better when you share a few bottles of the local beer with your cab driver. You will realize that the adobo tastes and looks different depending which part of the Philippines you are currently in. Political ideologies, religious affiliations and language barriers are often blurred when there is unpretentious, good and happy food served on the table.

Having said these few examples, I hope my few readers will understand by now why I don’t want to chose one niche over the other. Both are simply inseparable for me.

Finally, thank you BCBA for the nominations. I am really honored and humbled by this gesture. A shout-out is also in order for your partners for making something like this possible:

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    Adrenaline Romance

    November 24, 2015

    Nice one! Congratulations Brennan! You deserve this nomination. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      November 25, 2015

      Thank you Gian and Shei! See you next Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 26, 2015

    Congratulations Brennan!!!

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      November 30, 2015

      Thank you my mustached friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kim Halasan Nagal

    November 29, 2015

    Congratulations Bren! I will be reading this blog as long as it exists.

    Unfortunately, I will be missing the UAE for the holidays and that means I can't give you a tour around our little town. But I still hope to see you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And BTW, I am on social media hiatus until I get rid of my desperate stalkers. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Ian Fuentes

    December 1, 2015

    Congrats Brennan! I'm rooting for you on both niches, tbh. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      December 2, 2015

      Hi Ian. Thank you for the kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you this Sunday!


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokรฉmon GO or not.

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    Best Creative Writing in a Blog
    Finalist, Best Travel Blog

    Finalist, Best Food Blog
    Finalist, Best Travel Blog

    Grand Winner, Visit Davao Tuloy ang Byahe Experience Blogging Competition.
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