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Oxford Hotel and Mid-Year Convention Experience
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We attended last week this year's PAFP mid-year convention. It was a 3-day convention and the main venue was at Oxford Hotel at Clark Freeport Zone, Clark, Pampanga. Though simultaneous symposia are being held in Fontana Convention Center, we opted to have our reservation at Oxford's so we won't be having difficulty transferring from one place to another.

The first day of the convention was Thursday, September 6. As the President of the PAFP Pangasinan Chapter, my husband had some important things to attend to on the morning of Thursday, so we left home after we had our lunch. I spent the morning packing and checking on things that my kids will be needing while we're away.

We arrived at the hotel at around 3 PM. We thought we we're just in time for check-in (check-in time 2PM and check-out time 12 NN) but we we're told to wait as all rooms we're still occupied. I decided to look around in the lobby while waiting. That's when I noticed plenty of bags on one corner, sofas are all occupied by fellow doctors, all of them waiting to be informed that their room is ready for occupancy. It took us an hour of waiting for check-in while others who were there ahead of us waited for 3 hours or more. What a day to start the convention.

Oxford hotel is new, we were told. Actually, they just recently opened. And this convention was their first major activity. So maybe they we're still getting used to their work in handling huge groups of people. Anyway, that was the only bad experience we had in the hotel.


On our second day, hubby and I decided to stay in the hotel for dinner. Oh, their food was great! Since Pampanga is known for their sisig, we decided to try sisig in the hotel. It was the best I ever tasted.



Their pasta putanesca was great too and the servings were big enough for one person.

We also ordered chicken sweet and sour. It's not at all bad but I like the sisig better. All in all we paid Php 800. Very reasonable prices. I prefer dining here than on the other restos inside and outside Clark offering exotic foods - frogs, crickets, baboy ramo, snakes - cooked fried or adobo style.

My friends tried camaro and betute from Amasuk. They said they we're not able to enjoy the food. It's difficult with strange thoughts playing in your mind. I don't think I can eat those either even with my eyes closed.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 4:10 AM  
2 Comments:
  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger Ami said…

    I've tried adobong palaka and here where we now live in Nueva Ecija, it has been quite a regular ulam in our family. Masarap naman. tastes like chicken.

    Two years ago, a colleague brought adobong daga (field mice) to our Christmas party. I tried to conquer my fear, but i gave up. I can't bring the spoonful near my mouth. pero sila, they enjoyed it. Hehe, cultural quirks talaga...

     
  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Amelyn R. Rafael,MD said…

    There was a time when i was younger when a friend of my Dad gave us one big box of ready-to-fry palaka. It stayed in the ref for quite some time and nobody dared to try. My friends tried 1-2 pieces of fried locusts in Pampanga. They say it tasted okay but it's the thought that makes them resist. I don't think I could try. :)

     
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