Saturday, February 11, 2017

Goo goo dolls in Manila!

Took a break from Mommy and work duties today courtesy of hubby (pre-Valentines gift) with my friend since goo goo dolls started:)) Enjoyed the concert much! Got a big balloon take home from the concert at Smart Araneta which made my little babies stay up until 12:30 and they only slept since it popped, hehe...

We were this near! Got a 15% discount from Citibank. Ticket price went down to 5k

Of course the crowd favorite was ''Iris", but they also played other 90's hits like "Come to Me", "Black Balloon" and others ;)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Korean Pizza Goodness at Mr Pizza

Been a while since I wanted to check out Mr Pizza at Greenbelt 3 but it was only now that my toddler suddenly had a Pizza Craze (Ramen Days are over :)))

We ordered for their set meal at 1,399

Ms Chicken is a slightly spicy chicken wings. It was just fine

I did like the Mr Chicken better since it suits the 'Pinoy taste' better - it was slightly on the sweet side

We also loved the seafood pizza with cheddar cheese crust. It had lots of shrimps and olives - my baby girl's favorite ingredients ;)

Baked pasta was also yummy and filling

Over-all Mr Pizza was actually good. I just would prefer if they had plain cup rice instead of rissotto since I wanted to feed rice to my baby boy. Also the soda + fruit drinks combination from the package wasn't available and was just replaced with regular soda. Another disappointment was no dessert offerings.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Worthy Extra Calories at Farmacy

I first tried Farmacy at Netlima Building BGC one after lunch day. I wanted something sweet badly. My officemate told me there was a nice ice cream shop just at the ground floor where we worked.

After trying out their ice cream I also got my toddler a milkshake for doing a good job on her DLSZ entrance exam :)

In the picture: Straciatella One Scoop Ice Cream with waffle cone @ 150p, Free tasting area for ice cream! And my kid's Pistachio Milkshake with sprinkles and cherry @220p

Both the ice cream and shake were great! I'm sure I'll be back for the other flavors next time ;)

Kiddie Friendly Kuya J's

We had lunch with my sister at SM Light last week. It's so convenient that a lot of condominiums have a mall under or very near it. SM Light was one of those with restaurants, grocery and even a cinema. After some discussion we opted to eat at Kuya J's since I heard they have a very yummy halo halo.

When we entered the restaurant what was noticeable were the toys one can borrow for the kids while waiting for the food. They also have more than enough kiddie chairs. Hopefully they also offer kiddie meals next time :)

In the picture: Crispy Kare-kare, what's left of the three pieces Barbecue, Tablea Leche Flan and Mango Cheesecake

The Crispy Kare kare looked yummy even in the menu but it was the least 'sulit' at around 365p but just had a small chunk of meat. It tasted good but with that serving was just small. We liked the barbecue - 3pcs at 150. Tablea leche flan was also yummy and affordable at 80p. Mango cheesecake was just fine at 150p. The halo-halo was sold out :(

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Passion by Gerard Dubois

It was a Friday night after work. BGC was full of yuppies happy for the coming weekend. It was an unusual Friday for me though cause my toddler was going to visit me. I was glad to see her and hubby at Netlima lobby at exactly 6pm. I asked her where she wanted to eat but she can't decide. She told me she wanted pizza though so I asked her to choose between Motorino and Passion which were both just at the side of the office. Just by looking at the interiors she chose Passion...

The posh French vibe. One would have to place the orders at the middle of the store after scanning through 1) breads, 2) salads, 3) pastas, 4) pizzas, 5) omelettes, 6) cakes, 7) gelatos, 8) juice - woah!

After some thought - we opted for Caesar Salad @ 248P which was served in a huge plate. If eating with another dish this is good enough for sharing, otherwise I think the serving is just enough for someone having a dinner diet. The ingredients wasn't scrimped. It had lots of bacon and grated cheese.

For my toddler's request to have a pizza we ordered their Seafood Pizza @ 365P. We also liked their pizza with generous amount of mussels and shrimps. Even my daughter liked her order but what can you expect from a three year old- she once again ate just one slice then chugged on the Stella Lemonade. 

Since I was already full I just asked hubby to buy their Macaron @ 55p each. We had the salted caramel and chocolate and they were both lovely. I liked the chocolate one better though since the salted caramel had too much of a buttery taste.

For lunch I actually also had Passion...

Yep, eating on my desk. Not that I'm busy but because I spent my lunch shopping for office clothes:)) Anyway, I had their Guava Juice @ 95P and Salmon Quiche @ 280P. I also liked my lunch order. Not something for everyday though as it's too expensive for a worker's lunch!

Check out that yummy quiche with layers of cheese, egg and smoked salmon.
I think the only problem (which is rather a big problem) with Passion is that despite their good food their staff wasn't excellent. When I ordered for lunch I asked my quiche to be heated but they didn't do so. No utensils were also given. Come dinner only one staff was accommodating. Oh well, room for improvement.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sing and Binondo Wok at Uptown Mall

I was kindda getting frustrated that Sing was just shown too short of a time at some malls. It was also full at Greenbelt last time we checked. Finally it was a relief we were able to watch it last minute at Uptown Mall cinema! Weird though most movie theaters charge an infant full price even if they won't sit on a chair. Only Ayala mall doesn't - hope this rule hasn't changed :(

After the movie we decided to check out their food hall. Lots of restaurant choices but it took some time before I saw someone cleaning the tables. We already cleaned up the table ourself, tsk tsk.

Anyway, we ate at Binondo Wok by Savory and it was rather a disappointment. We ordered their dimsum and soup. It was an expensive version of the Savory we know - expensive in the sense that there was less dimsum at the same price when you eat at Savory. Just check out their lumpia, tsk tsk. We did enjoy the Hakaw though.

Btw Uptown Mall is the 'new' mall at the end of BGC Fort Bonifacio near the International school ;)

Chinese New Year at the Fort

Got free dimsum from Grab at Central Mall! I just passed by quickly over lunch break. I think I'm in a relationship with Grab already, been using it since I started working at Fort Bonifacio

There was also a dragon dance ;) super cute dancing dragons

This one was not at fort but we ordered our usual koi tikoy...

Big one at 160, small at 28p

Happy Chinese New year :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Filling Cuapaos at Pao Pao Xiao Chi

We attended the wedding of my friend since elementary days at Mary the Queen Parish at Greenhills. It was a solemn and wonderful wedding.

But you know how weddings go, specially since my three year old and I were part of the entourage - we came at the hotel at 9:30am and the mass ended at 3:30 pm. I tried to feed her with her formula milk and two cookies but she was already starving by that time. We were just talking where we would go for drive thru when just a turn away from the church and Xavier school we saw Pao Pao Xiao Chi. 

I suddenly craved for Siopao when I saw that siopao smiley face. What's weird is that they actually don't have siopao! My kid was shouting noodles! noodles!- good thing, that they do have.

Taro Milk Tea @ 65P

Milk tea was just fine but reasonably priced.

Beef Dry Noodles @ 135P

The dry noodles was tasty and had meatballs and wanton. My kid ate some of the noodles and just took a bite of a wanton and the rest was for mama. No wonder my birthing belly never got back to its original shape :-X

Sausage Cuapao @ 80P

I super love their sausage cuapao which tasted like a chunk of yummy chorizo in soft buns. Biggest cuapao I've ever seen. The reason why I asked hubby to order a cuapao is because I thought their cuapao's were just as small as the ones in Henlin. I knew I was going to get filled soon once the buffet starts at the wedding. But this big cuapao was just too good not to be eaten while hot:))

Chicken Chops Cuapao @ 80P

Their chicken chops cuapao was also big and tasty. Breaded chicken with sprinkles of sugar. The steamed leaves were just the right amount of salty. 

Pao Pao Xiao Chi
Little Baguio, San Juan (Behind Xaview Sports Complex)
Telephone: 02 994 8554

Other Branches here.

Salad Stop: Healthy Can be Tasty

My husband's bowl of Hail Caesar Salad @ 260P
From the Menu: Romaine, shaved Parmesan, edd, croutons, bacon bits, Classic Caesar dressing. (Option to add grilled chicken add 50P)

My Jai Ho Wrap @ 250P
From the Menu: Romaine, Tandoori chicken, potato, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber, indian spiced yogurt dressing

I liked my hubby's Caesar Salad better than the Jai Ho. They were equally good though and the serving was more than enough. 

Salad Stop
Bonifacio High Street, Central Square, Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: 0917 804 6921

2017 Year of The Rooster Bearista Bear

Someone came home with hubby today... It's a yearly thing since 2005 :)
Starbucks Rooster Bearista bear now sells at 895p

Sunday, January 8, 2017

8 Cuts Burger

Seats were utilized well

You can see your burgers being prepped

love the onion rings with tasty powder

My order of Four Cheese @ 245P. From the menu: Parmesan-crusted quarter pounder Beef Bomb Blend patty of chuck and short rib, yellow cheddar, aged gruyere, mozzarella, arugula, garlic aiolli all on sesame seed bun.

I didn't enjoy my burger that much. It was just fine and I found it a bit expensive for the taste. For burger cravings I would rather go for McDonald's Quarter Pounder. Or maybe I just got the wrong order. Will give their other burgers a try next time, perhaps?

Molten Chocolate Bottoms @ 135P. Sinful but good ending.

3rd floor Megamall Fashion Hall
Telephone: 02 631 43 88
Mobile: 0917 505 33 56

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Filipino Food at Corazon

Corazon is located at the new wing of Shangri-la Plaza Mall. They serve Filipino food with Spanish influence.

free cornick or corn nut appetizer

Pradilla @ 695P 
From the menu: Ox tripe stew with chorizo and pine nuts
In fairness, it was pretty tasty. Thick sweet tomato soup with veggies, banana, beef meat, and the sinful ox bone marrow. The serving was a tad too little for the price though.

Suam na Mais @ 398
Soup in cream with malunggay leaves and carrots.

Soup was good for sharing and baby girl liked it.

Suman Latik @ 180P
This is what mommy liked! Stucky rice dipped in thick dark tablea chocolate

Quezo de Bola Cheesecake @ 210P
Cheesecake was nice but it lacked the Quezo de Bola taste

4th Level East Wing, Shangri La Plaza, Mandaluyong
Phone: 02 687 19 55, 0917 817 82 98

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year 2017 at Zambales

Happy 2017!

Our family celebrated 2017 at Zambales this year :)

December 30 was an unplanned stay at Laud Beach Resort at Baloy Long Beach. We were supposed to stay at Canoe Beach Resort in Pundaquit but they were not confirming the reservation on the day itself. 

In fairness, rooms are a few steps away from beach front. Fine dark grey sand. Clean shore.

Chickens crossing to the rooms. Good thing their staff cleans after them. Room @2800P for 2 pax + additional bed for third adult free. No breakfast.

Come December 31 we met up with the rest of our family for island hopping - 3 islands 250P/pax at special rate. Normal rate is 300P/pax. The waves was strong though and we ended up just enjoying one island.

the beautiful Anawangin with a swamp in the middle of the island. The kids liked swimming here better than the sea.

View of Capones. We also just took a picture of Camara from afar. The boatman said we can jump going to shore but nobody did. I so wanted to but I was carrying my 1 year old.

We were able to check-in at Casa San Miguel at around 3:30pm - not bad eh? We stayed in the same place for our 6th Wedding Anniversary :)
Early media noche was served at 7:30pm with roast chicken, 4 pastas, two servings of ice tea, and rice @ 1599P. Coupled with free unlimited brewed coffee with milk and muscovado sugar (I still ordered cheesecake slice @ 150P) - never heard the word 'diet' before:)) 

Not the usual New Year fireworks but we liked it better at 11:45pm - we were invited for Indonesian Lantern releasing at their open grounds. Goodbye 2016!

Fireworks nearby

Baloy Long Beach Rd, Olongapo
Phone: 0925 850 7004

San Miguel, San Antonio, Zambales
Phone: can be contacted via FB