Seasons greetings! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday this year. I’ve come down with a cold but not before enjoying a chill Christmas at home playing games. :D I’m still trying to get over it, so this entry will be a quick one.

I managed to edit the pictures I took during my work weekend in Philly earlier this month. Besides Wordcamp US, it was a relatively uneventful trip. It was mostly me visiting my old favorite places and trying out new places to eat. It did feel good to be back for a few days.

Bethlehem Steel Stacks

I took the bus from the valley to Center City. We passed by Bethlehem Steel on the way, now the SteelStacks. Mad Men mentioned it in one episode. That was neat!

Halal King food truck

The first thing I did when I arrived in Philly was go to my favorite food truck. These halal food trucks are everywhere, and their food is delicious! I had less than half an hour to catch them before they closed. I consider myself lucky since I had to go from my Airbnb room in the Italian Market to City Hall! Worth it. <3 Display case filled with cheese

On my first day at Wordcamp, my boss treated me to lunch at Reading Terminal Market. Look at all that cheese! Mmmm.

Grilled cheese and hotdog pretzel Hopes's Cookies stand

We had grilled goat cheese sandwiches from Meltkraft and pretzels from Miller’s Twist. We also got a cookie from Hope’s Cookies. My boss wanted me to try their chocolate sea salt cookie. Their last one was crumbled, so they gave it to use free of charge. :D It was gooood.

Plate of karage Ramen bowl and karage

For dinner, I headed to my favorite ramen place, Hiro Ramen House! I’ve blogged about it before, but here’s my usual: Portofilio bowl with karage on the side. :3 It was a lot of food, but I ate it all coz I’m a bottomless pit.

Burger Fi Sign

On my second night, I tried out Burger Fi. I love cheeseburgers, so I need to try out every burger joint I see. XD It wasn’t too far from Wordcamp’s venue either!


I had their Twenty-Eight burger, onion rings, and peanut butter shake. The onion rings are huge! They were my meal’s highlight. The burger itself was all right. I also liked the shake, but it could be nuttier in flavor.

Love Sculpture with Christmas Tree

The closest subway station from Burger Fi was closed, so I had to walk to City Hall for the next available station. Christmas Village happened to be on the way, and I decided to stop by. It reminds me of the night markets we have back at home. Lots of boutiques and food stalls, plus a stage for local performers. I ended up purchasing a knit hat and earwarmer from this very lovely lady.

Wish Wall filled with written paper hearts

Here’s a wish wall close to the stage. I didn’t write one myself, but I thought this was cute.

Christmas Tree in front of City Hall

I didn’t bring my Sony camera. I just relied on my phone the whole way. I was trying to pack light, and I was confident that my phone’s camera would be enough. It certainly was for Snapchat, although I wish I did have it for Christmas Village. Oh well, there’s always next time!

I had to go back home the next day after Wordcamp ended. Leaving Philly is always bittersweet, but I’ll be back. :)



    It looks like you got a good amount of adventuring going on at Philly! Proscuitto is so delicious @___@. The salami and ham looks delicious too!

    It’s amazing when the meat is lightly toasted! This makes the ramen feel more legit XD. The onion rings are huge!

    The decorations look great :D. Glad to hear you had fun there!
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  2. OH, MY YUM. OH, MY YUM. What the heck, Raisa! First Kristine, and now you?! What is it with two people in/formerly in Philly making me hungry?! This is what I get for catching up on blogs all at once, haha! I swear, you or Kristine need to learn magic, so you guys can zap me over so I can join you two lovelies! :D

    Btw, love that last photo! I assume that’s Christmas Village? Sounds like a real neat place! ^^
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  3. I wonder what Christmas village look there because we went to one in Baguio and it’s great! We get to experience snow even if it’s just fake. Haha

    I’d love to try the food there because they look really good! I want to try the burger and ramen! :)
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  4. Yum, all that food looks delicious! The ramen and burger photos are making me crave both XD I love how many vendors are in the Reading Terminal Market. I went there once to go to DiNic’s because I had seen their pork and broccoli rabe sandwich featured on TV, haha.

    The tree at the Christmas Village is beautiful! It’s so big too!

    I hope you’re feeling better! Have a happy new year!
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  5. Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time! All those food photos are making me super hungry.

    Hope you have a safe and happy new year!

  6. All that food is making me hungry. I really want the cookies, it’s so great that you got an extra one! I’d love a burger and onion rings right now as well. Glad you had a great time.

    Hope the cold clears up soon. I got mine over and done with just before Christmas, which was lucky.

    Happy New Year!
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  7. Wow! What an amazing trip! Those photos made me feel as if I was there. The food, and the cheese look so good! The Wish Wall is cute, and a wonderful idea. I hope you have a Happy New Year! I really enjoyed reading your blog. :)

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