Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gear Up for 2012 Holidays

2012 is hours away and since we're entering another year, those vacation leaves will replenish too. Here is the schedule of holidays for the next year.

Unlike 2011, there are actual holidays on the weekday. Use them wisely to plan those well deserved vacations.

Place to Stay in Makati: AIM Conference Center

We needed a place to crash because we need to go to work at 4am and our shift ends at 11am. It would be a hassle if we go home and then get back again and so, we booked for a place near the office for us to take some shower and rest for the few remaining hours before our shift. We had AIM Conference Center at the heart of Makati booked for a night.

Located at Benavidez corner Trasierra St. Legaspi St. Legaspi Village, Makati City, in the heart of Makati. We didn't expect that this place has hotel rooms since we know that this is a learning institution. And so, we booked here and spent a few hours to sleep.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Singing Out Loud at Center Stage

Our Saturday Night out wasn't complete without our all time favorite videoke night. We always loved to sing out whenever we're together and so, after watching the Symphony of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens, we headed to Jupiter Street in Makati to have some fun at Center Stage.

Located at Jupiter Place in Jupiter Street in Makati, at the 5th level of the building, this family KTV offers a nice place to belt all those songs you always wanted to sing. As you reach its level, comfortable seating awaits guests while you talk to the front desk and arrange a room for your group.

Food Trippin' Tuguegarao: Kainang Pilipino

Before we headed back to Manila and endure another 12 hour bus ride, we decided to have a late lunch at Tuguegarao right after our Callao Caving adventure. We decided to eat near Victory Liner Terminal so that we can relax for a bit before the long ride home.

Since it was past lunch time already, all the other restaurants nearby has no food in their kitchen and so we decided to try our luck on Kainang Pilipino which was just closing at that time because their buffet lunch was just over. Good thing the owner said we can still avail the buffet lunch so she commanded the crew to take out all the food again for us.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Bugs Grill

One night, we are treated with dinner by Pat since it was her birthday that day. We've been looking for a nice place to eat where they have buffet. We walked from Station 1 to 3 and back looking for a nice place to dine. Since we were getting hungry and tried we went to the nearest and most appetizing dishes in a buffet we can find. Near D'Mall is Bugs Grill where they serve buffet for PHP330 with bottomless iced tea.

The place is small and it was just a tent set up in the sand. It was between other establishments there but you will quickly recognize it with the logo on the table outside and the array of food choices available. Most of the dishes here are more pinoy and most are grilled. We liked it that they have soup and vegetables in the choices.

Exploring Callao Cave

After more than an hour of ride going to Tuguegarao from Kalinga, we finally arrived at Peñablanca, a town in Tuguegarao, where the Callao Cave is found.

We arrived there at around noon. I was raining and everything was slippery. We were all sleeping in the van because of our tiring activities the previous day. The van parked at the entrance of the cave and we all walked to register there. The area is near a river where you can have a boat ride.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Frozen Mochi at Yoh Froz

We were walking around Bonifacio High Street when we saw a sign at Hobbes and Landes which has a yummy photo of a mochi in it. We were all tempted and curious to have a taste and so we entered the store and inside is Yoh Froz where you can buy this yummy frozen treats.

Hobbes and Landes is a toy store where you can buy awesome toys. It's not those toy store you usually go to in malls. This one is different. Most of the time, you can play with the board games they have. It is cool enough that you can order your favorite yogurt treats while playing here since the store is just inside it.

Lunch Out Series: Fish & Co.

It has been a long while since I had a lunch out because of the shift we had for the past few months. Since we are now in a code freeze and everything was back to normal schedule, we decided to dine out before we are on holidays.

We decided to go to Greenbelt 3 and dine at Fish & Co. located at the third level just beside the array of restaurants near the cinema area. It was an ordinary day so there were less people dining in most of the restaurants there. As we enter, the staff welcomed us and assisted us to our chairs. There were only a few people there at that time so they attend to us much more attentively.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Place to Stay at Kalinga: Davidson Hotel and Restaurant

On our short weekend adventure at Kalinga, we stayed at Davidson Hotel and Restaurant which is part of the package we paid for our rafting adventure there. It is located along the highway where the Victory Liner bus pass through when getting to Tabuk.

We arrived there early morning after our 12 hour bus ride from Manila. We were a bit sleepy and disoriented from the ride and we walked directly in the hotel. Our contact person was waiting for us and she welcomed us right away. We went to the front desk to check in and they gave us a room. The other two rooms are to be available at the afternoon. It was okay and we just went ahead and placed our stuff there. We went back at the restaurant area for breakfast. It was part of the package.

Barkada Dinner at Wee Nam Kee

Our dinner out with friends was scheduled that Sunday afternoon when I was obliged to go to work in the morning and attend an out reach program at noon. It was really a busy day but I prepared myself for it. I was wandering around Serendra in Bonifacio Global City when my friends arrived to see me. They were from our street and they met with me after my long morning's activity. As dinner arrived we looked for a place to eat and we decided to eat at Wee Nam Kee.

Even though I tried it here before, I still decided to eat here again since the first time, I only had one dish of them. Also, I like their Hainanese Chicken Rice and I couldn't resist the thought of eating it again. This is the only Singaporean dish I could eat everyday. I really like it.

Food Trippin' Boracay: Boracay Crab House

Our stay at Escondido includes a free dinner on our stay there. We availed it on the first night and we dinned in at their restaurant called Boracay Crab House.

Located at the Escondido Beach Resort, the place offers guests with their specialty which are crab dishes. The place is located at the second level inside the Escondido Resort compound. The interior consist of wooden tables and chairs. It is an open area and guests can enjoy the nature around while dining in a cozy atmosphere. During night time, the light illuminate the place as well as the small garden below and the place is somewhat enchanting and a nice place for bonding with family or friends.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Rizal Passport: Manila and Intramuros Tour

My friends decided one weekend that we use our Rizal Passport that I got from the Department of Tourism Office a few months back. We planned to get all the Manila stamp site locations stamped at that day and so, early morning, we met up at UN Avenue Station in Manila to begin our day's adventure.

The Lakbay Rizal Project is from the DOT wherein they are promoting the areas where our National Hero had been on his life. The goal is to get all the locations stamped and these locations are all over the Philippines. It started last June as we all commemorate Rizal's 150th birthday and from that period up to a year, the project will end giving the first to complete all locations a special prize. At first I wanted to win but as priorities and schedule were demanding, I just wanted to try if I could get as many stamps as I can.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Chico River White Water Rafting Adventure

After our 12 hour bus ride from Manila to Tabuk in Kalinga, we are ready to take the adventure that Chico River has to offer. From Davidson Hotel, our hotel in Kalinga which is included in the rafting package we availed for PHP4000, we took a jeepney going to the drop off point where our rafting adventure will start. We had another group with us and they are friendly and we get along just fine.

As we go to the drop off point, we were awed by the beautiful scenery that we see as we pass by the side of the mountain. There is a nice view of the river and there are rice fields on top of the mountain. If it wasn't that cloudy that day, it would be a perfect view. The road is a bit narrow and we need to pass by some area where it seem like the mountain is carved just to hava a road there. There are few vehicles passing by there but the driver was cautious enough that we arrived at the drop off point safely.

Kalinga-Tuguegarao Weekend Escape

We planned to go White Water Rafting in the far north of Luzon and so one weekend, we decided to go to Kalinga to experience the rapids of Chico River located at the province of Kalinga and to maximize our stay, we decided to take a side trip at Tuguegarao which is a few hours away from Kalinga.

We booked our White Water Rafting Adventure with Chico River Quest and our package cost PHP4000 per person, inclusive of the accommodation, White water rafting adventure plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. All we need to pay is our transportation going to Kalinga and to Tuguegarao plus our meals the next day. It was a nice deal since the hotel that we stayed in was nice and the food we had was also good.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Place to Stay at Boracay: Escondido Beach Resort

On our weekend getaway at Boracay, we stayed at Escondido Beach Resort which is located at  Zone Escondido, Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island. It is just a few minutes walk from the beach. You need to cross the main street from here and it is located at the back of the church there. The resort is also where Crab House is located. It is a bit difficult to find but you can ask people around and they will quickly point to you its location.

Our stay here is through a coupon we availed for a 3D/2N stay with free breakfast and dinner. Comparing to other resort's rates, it wasn't that cheap but the coupon was already paid and it was still a good deal for all of us.

Bright Christmas with the Symphony of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

Every Christmas, Ayala Avenue comes to life with its bright Christmas lights along the road. Along with this, the Ayala Triangle Garden is equally decorated with bright lights. It is not only those lights that is featured during the season, ATG is known to showcase this lights with a blend of Christmas songs in the garden every night. It is called the Symphony of Lights.

Every year, they get to do this in ATG. The lights that hung from the trees are accompanied with a very festive music in every blink of these bright lights. It seems like those lights were dancing. I thought I'd miss the show this year because of my schedule at work but thankfully, we dropped by here one weekend just to enjoy this.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Exploring Istanbul: Bağdat Cadessi

On our first weekend at Istanbul, we decided to explore the streets since it was the last time we'll be spending it with our other office mates who will be leaving soon. We decided to spend our morning there exploring the place because they told us that there are a lot of shops and bazaar there.

From our hotel, Byotell, we took a cab that brought us to Bağdat Cadessi. It is a long street with a lot of shops and cafés on the side street. It was all high end shops all around and we are looking for the bazaar.

Flying with Emirates

It was my first business trip in the office and I will be travelling almost halfway around the world. For this, we booked with Emirates which was famous for it's good service. And what's much more nice about this flight is that I'm flying in Business class, another first time for me! 

We were scheduled to fly from Manila to Dubai and Dubai to Istanbul on a Saturday morning. The flight took us around 12 hours plus a couple of hours waiting time for the transfer flight. It was a really long flight and good thing we were in Business Class and everything was all comfortable.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Exploring Istanbul: Topkapi Palace and Rustem Pasa Masque

The second half of the tour began after lunch. After exploring Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar, we proceed to Topkapi Palace and Rustem Pasa Mosque in the afternoon and explored the other places and learn the history of the old civilization, Constantinople, today, Istanbul, Turkey.

The bus took us back to Sultan Ahmet to where we were in the morning. It took us to the entrance of the famous Topkapi Palace where the sultans had lived before they changed their government. As we alight the bus, we were given a brief preview of the place. We waited until we got our tickets and finally entered the gates of the old palace.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Aria Gelato

As we indulge in the sweet and yummy crepes of Crazy Crepe, my fried craved for a scoop of gelato and so, to satisfy her cravings, we all went to the far side of D'Mall de Boracay to buy a scoop of the yummy looking Aria Gelato.

The small store is just a counter wherein there is a display of gelato and its different flavors. There are crews behind it that waits for your order. All the available treats and their prices are in a sign just above where guests can see and decide what to buy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Quency Cakes and Pastries

The reason for our Boracay trip was to celebrate my friend's birthday there at the island. And so, on the day of her birthday, we decided to have a surprise treat for her and we decided to buy it at Quency Cakes and Pastries in D'Mall.

We have been planning on the surprise for a while that is why when we saw their shop at the D'Mall de Boracay, we had a mental note to go there and buy her a surprise. The store is located near the Crazy Crepes and it is just small. They have a small ref where the cakes are displayed. You get to choose which one you like there. They have different sizes and designs there. We originally intent to buy a nice beach design but unfortunately, there was none on stock. And so, we opted for a chocolate cake. They have different sizes for this. The big one is around PHP500 and the medium round one is at PHP320. We chose the latter. It was fit for us all.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dinner at Kulinarya Experience

It was my first time at Robinson's Place Manila and me and my friends decided to have dinner there after a day of adventure around Manila. We ended up picking Kulinarya Experience aka KXP as our place to eat and we all liked it here.

Kulinarya Experience is located at the Midtown Wing of the Mall. It is found at a corner near CBTL. It is a bit small but you can easily notice it with a big sign and a big menu display just outside it. As you enter, you will be greeted with the crew in their kitchen and bar area where they get most of the orders. The rest of the area are seats for guests. It was quite big and I think it can seat around thirty to forty people. The place is dimly lit adding to a nice cozy ambiance.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Crazy Crepes

It was another night when we are looking for something to eat after dinner. we were at D' Mall in Boracay when we stumbled upon a crepe store which sells yummy looking crepes based on the designs on the front of this store. We couldn't resist and we had our dessert that night there at Crazy Crepes.

The place is small and is just consist of the front counter and their kitchen. Basically it is a takeout store and you just order there and get your yummy crepe on the go. You can opt to stay at the benches outside but most of the time, you can carry around this yummy dessert. The store is decorated with samples of the flavors you can choose from. it was quite difficult to chose at first but we managed to pick what we want. There is also a price on the displays so you'd know how much the different flavors costs.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Don Vito Italiano Ristorante's Gelato

As we explored the island of Boracay at night, we usually crave for sweet things especially after dinner. Among the array of restaurants there is an Italian place where they also serve some gelato. This is said to be the restaurant wing of Mandarin Island Hotel. It is known as Don Vito Ilatiano Ristorante. We didn't eat the restaurant per se but my friend wanted some gelato and so she bought one for herself while we just tasted it.

This place hits me when I realized that the logo they have is similar to that of Red Hat Linux. It was just weird and I was wondering if it was even legal to use that image. Anyway, we only stayed outside while my friend went in. From the outside, you can see that the place is packed with guests. It seems like they serve good food there. Maybe if we have some budget to splurge on to, we would have dinned in there. Reviews says that they have some awards on being a good restaurant. I am not sure, maybe I'll research more on that. The place has this cozy ambiance inside and I think it is a perfect place to stay for a group of friends who want to eat Italian.

Read the Label and Win with Human Nature

I was looking at blogs lately and I stumbled upon some natural and organic hair products that I instantly got interested in. It was called Human Nature and I have no idea where to get it. I thought it was some imported stuff that you need to get to some specialty store and so I looked in some but failed to see any traces of this product.

I was in a local grocery looking for some stuff when I saw a stand with a Human Nature logo with it. I instantly grabbed some products and bought it right away. At home, I did some research and looked up their website, there I found out that you can actually win a trip to different destinations in the Philippines with it and so I tried my luck and joined.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Exploring Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

During our stay in Istanbul, we decided to have a tour around and see the sights it was famous for. Long ago, Turkey was known in our history books as Constantinople. We toured it and saw the rich history and culture behind it and the foundation of the country we visited.

The first half of that day, we went to Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. There are in between locations that are equally amazing to see. There is the Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodossius and the Carpet Show.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Starbucks 2012 Planner

Every year, before the year reached its last few days, Starbucks Coffee never fails to give out a planner to whoever completes the sticker booklet. For many years now, this is the first time I tried hard to complete it since last year I didn't like the design and just gave away the stickers I had. This time, aesthetically, the planner is very nice and I liked the simplicity of it plus how earthy it seems. I decided to complete it this year and today I have my Starbucks 2012 Planner!

This year, Starbucks made two options in completing the sticker booklet, Option 1 is still the Christmas Special plus drinks making a total of 17 stickers. Option 2 on the other hand is completing 23 stickers with any choice of beverage. Of course, I chose the lesser number of stickers and with the help of friends giving me their stickers whenever we go to Starbucks, I have successfully completed all 17 of it after six branches of Starbucks. Yey! It was a big accomplishment for me.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Food Trippin' Istanbul: Robert's Coffee

On our short stay at Istanbul, Turkey, we were assigned most of the time with a client. It came to a point where we got tired of the free food in their cafeteria and so we always make an excuse just to go to lunch by ourselves and here we discovered Robert's Coffee.

It was just a small stall inside the large building of Akbank in Turkey. They also have one outside but it only offer coffee and tea for those smokers outside. The stall inside is quite bigger. They have some seats available if ever you opt to eat there. They also offer a wide selection of sandwiches and drinks.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Jonah's Fruit Shake

On our first day at the island, when we were walking back from lunch, we decided to have the famous fruit shake that everybody raves about in Station 1 in Boracay. It is the famous Jonah's Fruit Shake.

Located along Station 1 just at the beach front, this branch of Joanah's Fruit Shake is one of the many in the island since they became famous and they branch out. The place here is good, you are facing the beach while the sea breeze and the sound of the waves relaxes you as you sip into a yummy drink. The place here is just small but can seat around forty to fifty guests. They have crews roaming around to quickly get your order.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Light Lunch at Latte Coffee Kalibo

As we go back from our weekend getaway, we went early to catch our flight in Kalibo Airport going back to Manila. It was almost lunch time and we decided to have a light bite in the airport. We decided to eat at Latte Coffe Kalibo at the second floor of the departure area of Kalibo Intenational Airport.

Latte Coffee Kalibo is a small café located at the 2nd floor of the Kalibo International Airport. You will not notice it at first since it was among the souvenir stores there.There are small tables with it that can sit around ten people. There are only a few guests and most of them are just eating light snacks before the flight. They offer drinks, coffee, pastries, pasta and sandwiches. We chose to eat there since it was only a few minutes before our flight.

Milk Tea Hunt: Serenitea

The newly opened branch of Serenitea located at Rada Street in Makati is becoming popular since its opening a few weeks ago.Since I like milk tea, I wanted to try it out and so, I went there just to have a taste of the famed Serenitea.

From our office at Ayala Avenue, you need to walk going to Dela Rosa Street and as you see the Rada, Street sign, you are near! You just need to walk further down the street and you will find this store at the left side of the street (if you're from Dela Rosa) with a brightly lit signboard at the front.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Food Trippin' Boracay: Andok's

As our first meal in Boracay, we decided to go to D'Mall and see what we can have. There are a lot of option there but we ended up choosing Andok's Manok for our lunch.

Located at the middle of the D'Mall, you can find a small area where Andok's is. It is besides the other restaurants there with some tables and chairs for customers to dine in. You can have your order on their counter where you can also choose what is available there. You will then wait for your order to be served.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Food Trippin' Mercato: Manang's Chicken

When we were in the Midnight Mercato, we tried this popular Chicken Wings that my friend is raving about. It is from a stall called Manang's Chicken.

It was said that this yummy chicken wings were just a recipe of the owner's helper and every time it was served to the guests, they keep coming back for more, and so, they decided to try their luck on the Midnight Mercato and opened a stall there and soon, foodies discovered the yummy and crispy chicken wings in a unique dip that will you will surely crave for.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Midnight Food Haven at the Midnight Mercato

Midnight Mercato is becoming a popular trend with the foodies of the city. It is similar to Ortigas' Banchetto wherein different food stall gather in a certain area every Friday night and offer a variety of dishes for those who love to experience the different treats eaach stall has to offer.

It opens at around 10pm and if you really want to experience it, you should be there at around that time. There are seats available and even if food stalls are not all opened yet, most of them are already operating. The food stalls are all at the sides of the place. You can chose from different varieties, pasta, grilled, baked, etc. There are really a lot of choices here. The tables and chairs are at the middle. Sometimes, it extends outside but since it was a bit rainy, all of them are cramped inside the tent. There is also a mini stage in the middle of the tent that was built for this. This is where performers play music. It provides a nice ambiance in the chaotic queues of people lining up for food.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Food Trippin' Istanbul: Konyali Mevlana

It was a Sunday and after bumming for the whole day at the hotel, we decided to have dinner and at the same time, explore the shops around. We found ourselves in a small restaurant called Konyali Mevlana and even if we don't have any idea what they have in the menu, we went there and had our dinner.

The place is quite big. It has a lot of seats inside and the place extends outside the main restaurant. The place is well lit and you can smell the different flavors of food that they prepare there. The staff is also attentive even if it was difficult for us to communicate with them since they don't speak English. As the menu was given to us, we quickly decide what we wanted and just point to them hoping they'd understand us.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Food Trippin' Singapore: Tiong Bahur

Before we finally go home, we had our last lunch at Singapore at Tiong Bahur Haineanese Boneless Chicken Rice and Curry Rice near our inn in Clarke Quay and just across Central Mall.

This restaurant is located at the side streets and among the array of restaurants in the area. It is like an eatery similar here in the Philippines. The place is just small and there are a lot of tables for the customers. It is packed during lunch time that they extend to the streets just to accommodate hungry customers. At the back of the place is the counter and kitchen area. Here is where you pay your food upon ordering. By the way, the staff there seats you first then hands out the menu then you chose and tell them. They then give you a piece of paper and you have to pay it on the counter.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Boracay Weekend Escapade

It was a spontaneous trip to the famous island down south in Aklan. We booked a few weeks back before my friend's birthday where in she will celebrate her birthday in the beautiful island of Boracay.

It was my first time on this island even if I have travel most parts of the Philippines. My wanderlust to this place started when I was still in elementary when my aunt visited here and they went there. More than a decade after that, I finally got to step on the white sand beach that is famed all over the world.

Food Trippin' Singapore: Bongo Burgers at the Night Safari

After our trip around the Night Safari and enjoyed the animals and shows inside, we are all feeling hungry and a late night dinner is the only option we have right then.Just near the entrance of the park is a small restaurant which serves burgers and pastas. We decided to have dinner here at  Bongo Burgers.

We decided to have dinner here since the place is not much crowded and it was much cooler in the area. The place is just small, a small counter and kitchen plus the tables that extend up to the walk ways of the park. You have to queue on the counter upon ordering and the waiters serves you your food on your table. The place is with the park's theme. It was like a safari with zebra prints and a lot of native stuff all around.

My Fluffy Twigy Boots

Back in Istanbul, it was getting chilly at night since it was already autumn. The sneakers that I was wearing wasn't of help and so, as were exploring Carrefour, we saw a shop which sells different kind of furry footwear that we are sure will be nice to have on our stay there. It was Twigy and ever since we saw that store, we always have loved looking around there.

Located at Carrefour, the small stall they have near the main grocery/shopping area can easily be seen with a lot of shoes hanging from ceiling to floor of the store. The place is dimply lit and packed with different displays of their products. The walkway is only good for a person to pass through. They have a range of products from boots to slippers. You can choose from a wide array of selection.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Food Trippin' Singapore: Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice

While we are touring Singapore on our third day of vacation, we decided to have lunch before heading to Orchard Road and one of the first malls we have gone into as we alight at the Orchard Road Station of the MRT is Wisma Atria Shopping Centre and there, we looked for a food court where we found Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice and decided to have lunch there.

Since we're all fond of eating Chicken Rice on our stay in Singapore, we all agreed to have lunch on this place. Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice is located at the far end of the Food Republic of Wisma Atria Mall.Their stall is quite big and you can see the chicken that they served being hanged on display behind a thick glass. Basically, you can see them prepare your food upon ordering.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Backpacking Singapore: Siloso Beach at Sentosa

There are a lot of attractions to find at Sentosa but since we enjoyed our Universal Studios for almost the whole day, we have a few hours to spare in exploring Sentosa. So off we went to Sentosa Express and alighted at the last station where you can find a shuttle or tram going to Siloso Beach.

A reclaimed area using the the sands bought from Indonesia and Malaysia, the beach is just an artificial one. There are two other beaches with Siloso on Sentosa, they are Palawan and Tanjong. There are also shuttles to bring you at these sites but we chose Siloso since the shuttle going there comes regularly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Milk Tea Hunt: Tea Farm

There is a newly opened store in KPMG Building, along Ayala Avenue near our office. I learned that they sell milk tea and so, we went there and followed the winking cow logo of the store to taste the growing popular Tea Farm.

Located at the ground floor of KPMG Building, at the back, you will find a small stall where they sell hot and cold tea and some pastries. The area is small but they still provide quests with tables to stay in. It fits less than ten people and the tables are located outdoors. The place usually caters for take outs but just in case you want to hang out, they have space for that. Though the area is not that good and not relaxing since a lot of people pass by that area.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Milk Tea Hunt: ChaTime

For my second entry for my 'Milk Tea Hunt' segment, I'd blog about ChaTime located at the bridge way of Glorietta and Landmark in Makati.

For a while, I have been seeing this small stall however, queue here is so long so I decided that I'd try it out once the hype of a newly opened store has subsided. One morning, the queue was incredibly short so I knew this is the time I try this place out.

Milk Tea Hunt: Moonleaf Tea Shop

I love milk tea ever since I get to taste one back in my previous company. Since then, I always loved it, even making my own mix. I promised to taste all the milk tea shops I could find so I started this segment in my blog called 'Milk Tea Hunt' to blog about all the milk tea shops I ever went into. I was glad that my friend invited me to UP Teacher's Village to have a taste of yet another yummy milk tea mix in Moonleaf Tea Shop.

Located at Maginhaw Street, Moonleaf Tea Shop is found among the many establishments in this residential area. The place is small and you can't barely notice it when you pass by it. It is beside a small place where they serve yummy food. As you enter the place, you can find seats outside with the customers enjoying their drink. This is also for the smokers since the store is air conditioned and is a non-smoking area.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lunch Out Series: World Topps

It was a quite a while since our last lunch our and we decided to have one. originally, we wanted to dine at Shakey's but it was packed with customers at lunch time, and so, we walked the streets of Valero and found World Topps with just a few people dining in.

Located beside Mang Inasal at Valero Street, just behind PBCom Building is Worlt Topps. It is a small place and you can hardly notice it save for the sign on the restaurant entrance. As you enter, you will be greeted warmly by the waiters which will seat you. The place is just small. around ten to twenty people could fit, however, they have a second floor which offers more seats.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Coffee Tasting at Starbucks

After our run for a cause, Rain 4 Africa, we decided to have breakfast and since I am collecting stickers for a Starbucks planner, we agreed to eat at Starbucks in Shell Gas Station at SLEX and spend the morning there.

After we had ordered drinks and food, we stayed there for a long time. When I say long time, it was about four to five hours. Our food were finished and so are our drinks. We were just chit chatting there letting time pass by. After a while, a Barista went to us and asked us if we were to stay longer. I thought she would tell that we should leave, but instead, she asked us if we would like to participate on their Coffee Tasting Activity. And we gladly agreed.

Family Dinner at North Park

It was my brother's sort of despedida dinner before going to Singapore for work and we decided to have a family dinner at North Park, Alabang Town Center.

It wasn't my first time to eat at North Park, nor blog about it but I think I need to express my thoughts on the place and food and service on this branch.

Running for a Cause: Rain 4 Africa

This morning, I ran for a cause. I woke up at 4 in the morning to prepare and wait for my friends to fetch me so that together we all go to Filinvest Alabang for our 5K run for Rain 4 Africa, a run to help the poor kids so that they may have something to eat.

Organized by the Lifeline Foundation, the event aims to raise funds so that kids on East Africa. The proceeds will go to the World Food Programme for their projects to help those kids. Registration was worth PHP400 for all distances, which are 3K, 5K, and 10K. Even if it was a bit expensive, the cause was all worth it.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Food Trippin' Istanbul: Begüm Börek

As we explore the streets on where our hotel, Byotell,  was located, we found ourselves in a small café when we were hungry and looking for dinner. Just a block away from Byotell is Begüm Börek or Begüm Café.

At first er thought that they were already closing up since it was quite late already but as soon as we enter the small place, the staff greeted us warmly. We asked for the available dishes and they showed us pictures on their menu. They were accommodating and were trying their best to communicate with us even if it was like a charade telling them what we want. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Backpacking Singapore: Universal Studios Singapore

Our trip at Singapore would not be complete if we have don't visit one of its main tourist attraction, Universal Studios Singapore located at Resorts World Sentosa at Sentosa Island.

To go there, you need to go to Harbourfront MRT Station and go to Vivo City Mall. At the top floor, you can see a large area where you can buy tickets for Sentosa. You can also opt not to buy there if you only wish to go to Universal Studios. You can ride the Sentosa Express which is a monorail train going to Sentosa Island and alight at the first stop which is where Universal Studios is located.
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