Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Backpacking Kuala Lumpur: KL Tower Tour

Our first destination on Malaysia the morning we got there was the KL Tower which is a telecom tower that you can go up to and see Malaysia's panoramic view of the city. It is seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world.

We got there from Fern Loft Inn we stayed in for the night through their train system. Just like in Singapore, they also have train systems that could take you to the different parts of Kuala Lupur. From Chinatown, we went to Pasar Seni Station and got off to Dang Wangi Station. From there, you can see KL Tower and Petronas Tower from afar.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lunch Out Series: Adobo To'

Okay, again, I was deprived of lunch outs with my office friends and for the past few weeks, I usually just take out food and eat it while working (I know, a loser kind of thing to do). Most of the time, I would just take out on the nearby canteen so as not to waste time. Good thing, the nearby canteen offers a lot of selection and one of them is my favorite back when I was still working at Ortigas, Adobo To'.

Their main and first branch is located at Brgy. San Antonio in Pasig City, nearby my old office. We usually call them to deliver food for us. Since I transferred here in Makati,  there was no way I can get a taste of their yummy adobo dishes until the Blessings and Prosperity Foodcourt besides our building opened up a branch. A friend of mine said that the owner was a former Smart Employee and we actually saw her managing this branch. Their stall is just small with the array of small food stands in the canteen. They usually have take outs there but you can also opt to eat there (which I don't want since the smell of the canteen will stick to you).

Backpacking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Traveling with Aeroline

After our Little India Tour, we all headed to Harbourfront Centre where the departure of Aeroline Bus are. You can actually travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by land. You can opt to ride a sleeper train going there or board a bus going straight to Malaysia. Our first option was the train, however, we cannot access their website and booking there had been difficult, and so, we opted to go with Aeroline which is a sleeper bus that takes about 5 hours from Singapore all the way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As we got to  Harbourfront Centre, we waited for the departure time. It was a wrong move since we should be getting some boarding pass first. It was a good thing the crew of Aeroline were nice and they let us get our boarding pass first before leaving Singapore. It was a bit stressful because we thought that they would leave us but as we aboard the huge bus, we were all relaxed because of its cozy ambiance.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lunch Out Series: Sandwich Guy

Well, It wasn't really a lunch out to start with, however, during those stressful days at office, I found comfort with this meal with one of my working lunch. It was introduced by our lead back in when we were at the 31st floor and I was constantly craving for it ever since. Sandwich Guy will always be one of my favorites.

Located at Robinsons Summit Center building, the place is just a small stall in the lobby of the building. They serve a variety of sandwiches, pasta and some other sidings. They make the sandwiches upon order. You'll be overwhelmed with the choices but each is guaranteed yummy and good.

Lunch Out Series: BonChon Chicken

It has been a while since I dined outside our office because of our super hectic schedule and deadlines. We decided to have a break for a while and have lunch at Ayala Triangle Gardens at BonChon Chicken.

BonChon Chicken is known for the yummy crispy skin they have on their chicken. Their place in Ayala Triangle Garden is among the array of restaurants on the side of the park. Interior is small just like the other places there, and they also have seats outside for the rush hour where there are a lot of people dining in. Service is good and even if there are a lot of guests at that time, they served the food quickly. They also assisted us in getting a place for the almost 20 of us all who went there.

Backpacking Singapore: Walking Around Little India

Singapore is a mix of many different cultures. A melting pot of different traditions and way of living. Since the population is consist of Chinese, British, Malay, Indian and other Asian roots, you can see many different people as you roam its busy streets. There are places here that represents the countries these people came from like Chinatown and Little India.

One of the first places we went to on our trip to Singapore is Little India. We were thinking of staying at Central Mall in Clarke Quay but we decided to tour Little India instead because we wanted to get the most out of our stay there.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Backpacking Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It is my first ever international trip and I was really excited. I planned to save up but since I have other trips, I failed to achieve my goal and so, with the little money I had and some credit cards, I managed to survive my 5-day trip out of this country.

Singapore is located at South East Asia at the tip of the Malayan Peninsula. It is much closer to the equator than the Philippines. From Manila, you need to take a three-hour plane ride to get there. The country is particularly small and you can go around it just by using their train system which is the best train system I have ever experienced.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dinner at Sizzlin' Pepper Steak

It was a Friday and we have nothing to do after our busy day at the office and so we decided to have some dinner to start our weekend. We went to Glorietta 5 and picked a place to eat. We decided to have dinner at Sizzlin' Pepper Steak.

Located at the 3rd level of Glorietta 5Sizzlin' Pepper Steak occupies a small area along the other restaurants in the place. It has a small interior but seats are extended outside for those who prefer to dine outside with open air. Their crew immediately assisted us upon arrival and got us to a table for 5. They gave us the menu and instructed us to flip their "moo - flip" card in case we are ready to order.

Movie Nights: Ang Babae sa Septic Tank

I first saw Ang Babae sa Septic Tank trailer in You Tube and I wanted to see it at that moment, however, since it was part of Cinemalaya, I am not sure where it will be shown. I learned that you can catch it at UP Film Center and that place is way too far from me, plus, I don't know anyone whom I can invite and so, I let this pass.

As I was watching with my mom on her soaps, I saw the trailer being shown on TV and I was surprised that they will be showing it in cinemas starting August 3. I was so excited and asked some friends and they gladly said that they would also watch however, our Friday movie night was postponed and I was left with no one to watch it. Monday comes and Irish invited me to watch with Marjun and I gladly accepted! Hooray! I get to watch Ang Babae sa Septic Tank!

**spoiler alert**

Flying with Tiger Airways

A few months ago, there had been a sale on Tiger Airways and we all agreed to book a flight to Singapore and so, before July ended, we all flew to our major out of town trip this year.

Tiger Airways is a budget airline. It is more like Cebu Pacific here in the Philippines. Going to Singapore, they depart from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 and they land in Changi Airport Budget Terminal which is quite isolated from the other two terminals that it has. Our flight was scheduled at 5:50 am and so we were already there at around 2:30-3:00 in the morning just to check in and while waiting for the boarding, it was delayed. So don't expect much on this airline, however it is one of the cheapest flights you can get to go travel around Asia.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Great Deal at Azzurro Bar through Ensogo

We availed of one of Ensogo.com.ph's promos for a 50% off Beer and Cocoktails all you can plus buffet pica-pica at Azzurro Bar in Linden Suites in Ortigas. We planned to use this as sort of a mini reunion with my former office mates from my previous company.

Azzurro Bar is a small bar located at the 2nd floor of Linden Suites along San Miguel Avenue in Ortigas, Pasig City. It is near my former office and so it was convenient for me to go there from Makati. As you enter it, you can only see their bar, a few tables for dining guests. They have a large LCD TV showing movies from cable TV. The buffet area fro the pica-pica is near the door and is very small that you can't even notice it.

Backpacks by Sandugo

I always wanted to buy a heavy duty backpack for travelling since my Jansport got damaged and I am worried that if I keep on using it with my trips, it might completely get ruined, that is why I decided to buy a bigger backpack dedicated to my 2 or more days of out of town trips (where my Jansport couldn't carry much of my stuff). I am looking on different brands but my brother suggested I try Sandugo since it was the one he is using.

I went to their store in Festival Supermall to look for the bags. I had difficulty in deciding since I wanted something big but isn't too big enough for me (since I am just small). So I went there for 2 months contemplating on the design I want and finally, I decided to buy a Ascent 40L backpack, perfect for my up coming Singapore - Kuala Lumpur trip.

Weekend Photoshop Workshop

I have really no Idea what I was saying yes when a friend of mine told me that we should attend a workshop on that weekend. At first I thought it was just a mini photography class but I later found out (after signing up) that it was a Photoshop Workshop with Parc Cruz which I have got not a single idea of whatever.

I know Photoshop but I only use it to re-size my photos. I am really not sure how those tools work and if I have time, I play around with it, not really paying attention on what it is for. So basically, I came to the workshop with zero knowledge of everything. I didn't know that I would feel like an expert after that day's session.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dinner at Gravy Fix

After our volunteer work at P.A.W.S, we all went to Katipunan Avanue to grab some dinner before completely calling it a day. We saw a unique place there and we decided to try it out. Along Katipunan Avenue, you will find Gravy Fix which is a small place with great serving of food.

After we parked at the back of their building, we went to the restaurant which is currently filled with dining customers. We were lucky enough that there is a recently vacated seat for the five of us. The place is a bit big that many diners can be accommodated. The crew assists you however, it is quite difficult to be served especially on busy hours. We asked for a glass of water for all of us since we were all tired from the volunteer work but it took us almost 5 request before getting one. And we got it when we already had our orders.

Volunteer Weekend at P.A.W.S

It was another no-going-home-weekend and from our overnight stay at QC, I went to Mandaluyong to meetup with my former officemates just to help out at P.A.W.S. or Philippine Animal Awareness Society. We are going there to volunteer and feed the animals in their facility.

It was my friend's birthday and she chose this place to celebrate, by feeding the animals there. We volunteered to go with her and to help. The facility is located at Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City just besides the Superline bus garage. It is near the border of Marikina and Quezon City so you can see SM Marikina from afar.
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