Monday, May 22, 2017

We were driving to the Alabang Center of Mitsubishi when my daughter shouted - 'I'm hungry! I want noodles!'.

Then we saw the Molito Complex - no idea if there were noodles, but that will do. Turns out, we were in luck, near each other were Ramen and Chinese Noodle restaurants ;)

Even if Ramen Yushoken was my daughter's first choice the place was super full! Near it was the Chinese Noodle House Chairman Wang's... yes, no one was dining there except for a couple with wine pairing with their noodles. Kind of intimidating to have them near my screaming toddler.

I order what looks like their best seller for our litte girl... Chairman's Prime Beef Noodle Soup Angus @ 320P

This order was such a fail, my daughter barely ate it. When I tried it out it was slightly spicy with hard beef strips.  

Hubby, on the other hand, ordered the following dishes to be shared by us and our little boy... Lemon Chicken and Mushroom soup
His were good orders. The egg soup had lots of mushrooms and spinach. It paired well with the sweet taste of chicken. My daughter ate more of these than her noodles.
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Phone Number: (02) 828 84 77


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tempura Tendon, Anyone?

If it wasn't for the heavy traffic of Sucat we might have frequented SM Southmall more - what with lots of choices for both dining and shopping.

Anyway, one of the restaurants we tried out when we were there was Tenya which according to their menu serves Japan's number 1 Tempura Tendon. I know what tempura is, but what is tempura tendon? Turns out it is the same, a tempura topped over rice.

All Star Tempura Soba/Udon Teishoku @ 385P
(From the Menu: black tiger prawn, squid, salmon, kani stick, green beans, mushroom)
Their Teishoku is a good order and very filling!

Ningyo-Yaki Box @ 135P
(From the menu: Baked Japanese cake snack in a box of dulce de leche or nutella flavors)
Cute as they may look like, these pandas weren't yummy. They were served room temperature with very little filling.
Not in the picture is an ala carte order of Isobe Cheese @ 185P for 5 pieces (from the menu: cheddar cheese wrapped in roasted seaweed, tempura fried). Another good order. It was a surprise that a cheese tempura would taste delightful! It was too good we weren't able to take a picture :))
G/F SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Rd, Almanza Uno, Las Pinas
Phone: 02 510 8055

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Quick Baguio Getaway

It suddenly became a super long weekend due to the ASEAN summit - thank you! What with the labor day on Monday and the summit on Friday ;) Since this was a 'surprise announcement' we planned the holiday in a jiffy - not giving much thought about it. Chose between Batangas, Ilocos or Baguio and in the end went with Baguio.

First day was a mess. Got flu and was shivering as soon as we got to Baguio. We left Manila at 7:45 but since there was heavy long weekend traffic arrived at Baguio around 3:45 even if we passed all expressways. As soon as we checked in at Azalea Hotel and Residences I got under the sheets and fell asleep. Husband was unfortunately left taking care of the kiddos after driving for more than 8 hours :(

The next day - I told myself I was OK, and convinced my husband not to head home. He obliged and we swung by Good Shepherd for Ube Jam and Snowball Cookies to go then Ben Cab Museum for lunch.

A friendly duck approached me and my babies by the fish and duck pond at Ben Cab Museum's Café Sabel 

The pretty garden and pond at Ben Cab

My daughter's lunch of Pesto Pasta @ 180P. She finished 80% of the plate when she accidentally ate one leaf and called the entire meal 'bitter', hehehe 

After playing with the duck, I had a duck meal @ 275P, tsk tsk. Sorry ducky but the crispy duck was pretty good with a serving of red egg salad and mountain rice.
Last time I was at Ben Cab's I was actually raving about it. This visit however was less perfect what with tables un-buzzed, gross bathroom by the café and the no take-out policy, hay.
After lunch at Ben Cab's Café Sabel we checked in at Colione Bed and Breakfast. We spent a night there then headed for Easter Weaving which was just less than 5 minutes away. Unfortunately though they were closed on Sundays even if it was said at website that they were open. We then decided to grab lunch at Oh My Gulay.
Btw, one of our choices for lunch that day was Café by the Ruins at Session Road, but when we saw the place, it was burning!
Going back to Oh My Gulay...
I already forgot that it was 5 floors up a building. This was my third time to visit the place, but the last one was way back 2012 or so. Funny how we saw some visitors catching their breathe to reach the topmost floor to be able to eat :))

Heneral Luna's Punyetang Shitake (from the Menu: Mushrooms, béchamel sauce, cheddar cheese) @ 150P
Little girl liked her pesto the other day better than the mushroom pasta. Nevertheless she still finished up the entire plate with the help of our baby boy come dinner time.

Cesar Asar (From the Menu: vegetarian Caesar salad, cheese croutons) @ 150P
Hubby liked his cheesy salad with lots of filling croutons.

Bandilang Pula (Mountain Rice, Vegetables in season, Mongolian sauce, Tofu, Omelette) @150P
My order was yummy but would've preferred more Mongolian sauce and tofu on it.

Pretty dining area. There was also a nice koi pond in the middle of the area and lots of artworks on display.

Km 6, Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
Phone: (+63 74) 442 71 65
Tuesdays to Sundays 9AM to 6PM.
Last entry 5:30PM. Closed Mondays, Christmas & New Year
Entrance: 120P
5th Floor, La Azotea Building, 108, Session Rd, Baguio
Phone: +63 939 912 7266
11AM to 9PM


Birthday at La Union

We went to La Union for me and baby girl's birthday 2017. The kids loved the beach and the 'grape-picking'. Daughter got a bit disappointed though she wasn't able to visit 'Panda' at the temple :))

Pretty Infinity Pool Side at Thunderbird Poro Point. Loved the resort! If it wasn't that far would've went there every month :))

Beach front had fine sand perfect for sand castles!
The next day we went to Gapuz Grape Farm. No grape picking yet since according to them the grapes will ripen only by the 2nd week of March. My babies were able to touch the grapes though and were happy about it already :))
VO Compound, Pennsylvania Ave, San Fernando City, La Union
Phone: +63 72 888 77 77
Bgy Urayong, Mac Arthur Highway, Bauang, La Union
7AM to 6PM
Phone: +63 915 778 45 94/ +63 917 896 31 61

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ranger Rabbit Easter Adventure @ Powerplant Mall

Easter Celebration at Powerplant Mall was as usual, very good :)
There was a decent line cued up 5 minutes before 2PM...
They handed out the loot bag - which was literally a bag. I liked the idea. It can be used by the kids even after the egg hunt. When I opened the two backpacks at night time this is how much goodies there were inside... plus...
They also had an egg painting session. Look at that concentration - and he's only 18 months. So cute :)
One of my favorite activities was done in a store...
Slime making
Our orange slime was turning out well. A little gooey, but I think it only needed a dash more baking soda - then a store crew assisted us and made it crumbly :(
We ended up going home with this blue slime which is still very sticky. It was left by a mom and her daughter since the former had been stirring it intensely for sometime to no extent. The staff gave it to us rather then not having anything. My son and hubby was helped out by another staff though and theirs were perfect :-O
Candies and Lollipops from the eggs and stores :-D

Holy Week 2017 at Batangas

In fairness, this is the first Holy Week in ages that we actually just went to churches - yes, no beach, no long trips.

We were supposed to go to Calaruega but ended up in Batangas instead. Hubby wanted to avoid the inevitable heavy traffic at the direct route to Tagaytay so he did a 'back route' going there - which turns out to be closed. We ended up 28 Kilometers away from Tagaytay, and just 5 Kilometers away from Taal Batangas so I just told him to abort plan and go to mass instead at the old town of Taal.

This was our second time in Taal - first was when we went to have a picture taken of our then 2 year old at Villa Tortuga with Filipinana costume.

At the Taal Basilica there are lots of people selling these red candles with a molded person with it. We also bought one last time and removed the rubber band. Turns out it's supposed to be lit together for unity in the family - lesson learned, did it correctly this time ;)

The arc of the basilica. There was a Passion of Christ mass at 3PM and we were there at 1PM so we opted for lunch first around the area...

The nearest and prettiest nearby was Café G

They had a pool with a lounging area outside
Pretty Love Locks Wall. One can purchase a colorfully painted lock

Their pride was a combination of Coconut and Kapeng Barako @ 115P.
I liked this refreshing drink, but my hubby's tummy wasn't happy with it.

My meal of Smoked Salmon turned out to be a bit more expensive then the one in Contis @ 385P and a tad smaller. At the menu it had 250P per 100grams.A bit pricey for the province, eh?

The Calamares @ 180P had a tasty dip but few pieces

After lunch hubby said it was too hot to go back to the basilica with our baby boy and little girl at tow. There were also too many people.
Driving on our way back to Manila we passed by a modern church at around 2:45PM at Alitagtag Batangas. We did Passion of Christ here instead.

Invencion dela Sta Cruz Parish Church Alitagtag was a nice church with lots of fans and trees outside. Too bad there weren't any speakers so I didn't hear mass as my little boy roamed around the trees outside and rode all the vacant parked tricycles and motorcycles :))
  Not necessarily a Visita Iglesia, but I think that went well :)

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Cheesecake Fairy had Us Enchanted

After the lunch at Another Story we decided to just roam around Evia Mall until we were hungry again :)) Then we remembered that there is an equally pretty dessert shop at the 2nd floor - The Cheesecake Fairy. Turns out they have the same owners - hence the pretty flowers everywhere!

it's like dining in a garden
Cake displays. Their small cakes are so cute ;)
dessert, anyone?
I love this fairy dust - so pretty!

My little one's request - she can't take her eyes off those strawberries!

Strawberry Cheesecake Slice @ 215P. Kindda pricey but it is thick and filling enough to be shared if ordering another slice 
We loved this - super yummy Salted Caramel Cheesecake @ 215P
2nd Level, Evia Lifestyle Mall, Daang Hari, Las Pinas City


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Another Story at Evia

So we made the big move to the far South two weeks ago - Daang Hari to be exact. This is the longest travel time and most expensive I've ever had to the office. The area is pretty though with lots of trees and pretty birds. It also has a decent mall which is very near our place, the Evia Lifestyle Center. Except for the parking, everything is nice. A good number of restaurants to choose from. We first tried Another Story for lunch on our first weekend at the new place...
Lots of cute stuff around. Just look at this center piece. The interiors will surely draw people in.
Even their glass is pretty!
Complimentary bread with olive oil, tomato and parmesan dip
From the menu: ROAST CHICKEN (Whole @ 395P) Roast Chicken is always a welcome feast in our family dinner table with mushroom gravy sauce
The serving was big and will make you truly feel at home! This was a very good order
Buttered Pasta sides @ 75P
My toddler always wants pasta or pizza, so when I saw this as one of the 'Choices for sides' I ordered it right away. Surprisingly she loved it so much she finished the entire plate :-O Note: if she doesn't like something even if I promise her a toy she still won't eat it
Steak Rice @ 75P
I didn't feel the steak here, but nevertheless it tasted good. 
Vietnamese Latte
 Such an eye candy! I love the presentation and the free cookie!
Overall we enjoyed the first restaurant we dined in at Evia - food was superb, ambiance was very nice and the service was good too :) 
2nd Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Rd, Almanza, Las Pinas City
10AM to 10PM
Contact: (02) 869 0003

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Our Fav Easter Egg Hunts in the Metro

Easter Sunday is just around the corner. A lot of restaurants and hotels have started uploading their Easter offerings. Here is our favorite ones - the less crowded and reasonably priced Easter Celebration we have been frequenting :)


They also have their own Easter event at Central Square but as of this moment it is not yet in their FB page

I hope this year's event is as 'sulit' as their previous ones! We already got tickets last week since tickets run out fast

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 ;)