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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Puerto Princesa: Underground River Tour

Puerto Princesa City Tour here and here.

Serenity (not the milk tea)

Our third (and last day) at Puerto Princesa is devoted for the Underground Tour. Our departure time back to Clark is 1:45PM so we had to be at the airport a little after lunch. Our tour agency, La Tiara, arranged that our tour van fetch us from the pension house at 5:30AM.


Took this while the van was moving. Sorry. :(

Interestingly, our tour guide for the day made us watch a short video on how the Underground River was discovered and why was it considered a natural wonder.

After more than 2 hours, we finally made it to Ugong Rock Adventures.

Short stop before the actual tour

Ugong Rock Adventures is a a short stop before getting to Sabang Beach. It's a spelunking (or simply "caving") and zipline area. Since our group is a bunch of killjoys (and we don't want to spend whatever cash we have left to save a trip to the bank). We happily skipped the activities there and headed to Sabang Beach.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Paramore: Live in Manila 2013!




My first concert this year with a rock concert: the return of Paramore here in Manila! :) This is somehow unplanned, my friends and I were talking about going to this concert a few months ago but it never materialized. It was only the day before the concert that we bought the tickets to the concert. haha. 



It's my first time to purchase tickets from SM Tickets (first time to watch a concert at SM MOA Arena too). Unlike Ticketnet (which handles the ticketing for Araneta Coliseum), I still had to go to have my print-out presented for the actual tickets. I find this a little hassle, why can't you just accept e-tickets like Ticketnet?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Manang's Chicken: New Menu Items!



Manang's Chicken has been one of my favorite lunch spots since it opened last 2011. Though I mentioned before that I'll give their other dishes a try, I wasn't able to do so. Their chicken is just too irresistible! 

Well, I've tried Manang's Chips & Dips and Velvet Sundae, but I didn't have the chance to share it here. :(

Good thing I was invited by Manang's Chicken to try the latest additions to their menu. 

My friend and I first had my favorite, Manang's Chips & Dips (Php 64 for large). The large one includes 2 dips.


Manang's Chips & Dips

Available dips are Garlic Mayo, Creamy Cheese and their newest flavor, Spicy Ketchup. I like how the taste of Spicy Ketchup goes well with the chips. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nomama Artisanal Ramen

Note: This restaurant is already closed. 



I have always been curious about Nomama, mainly because of Chef Him Uy de Baron.

Nah, it's not a crushie thing, but I have met Chef Him a few years ago when he catered for our company's Christmas party, and I was a member of the organizing committee. Though I was running around the whole time, I was able to appreciate the delicious Mediterranean food and the plateful of Flourless Chocolate Cake (yes, a plateful. I'm a dessert freak :P)


Nomama Menus. Cute right? :)

That's why when Spanky sent me an message about dining at Nomama, I happily said yes and immediately jotted it down my calendar.

Nomama Artisanal Ramen opened September 2011 and has been serving non-traditional ramen and other dishes inspired by other Asian cuisine. It has been receiving positive feedback and recommendations from magazines like Food Magazine, Esquire and was even included in Northern Eats, a compilation of 50 Best Restaurants in the North.


inside Nomama

One word to describe the look of the resto: posh. From the lighting to the decors, everything screams modern yet simple. What I like most is the open kitchen, where you can watch the kitchen crew (and even Chef Him) prepare their dishes. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Campus Eats: Almer's

Note: This restaurant has already closed. 



During our visit to our dear Alma mater, we didn't miss on revisiting one of the places where we used to go for comfort food back then. Almer's is a popular foodie spot among UST students and known for their affordable sizzling plates and meryenda.

inside the (improved) Almer's


I've been dining at Almer's since high school and I have witnessed the changes this place has gone through. From a no frills open air cafeteria, it is now an air-conditioned and very decent-looking resto. One thing would never change though: the smell of the sizzling sisig will stick to your clothes that without giving any hint, your friends will know you went to Almer's. :)

So what's so special about Almer's Sizzling Sisig?


Monday, February 18, 2013

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina



Say hello to the newest resto in the Kapitolyo area: Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina.

A good friend and I planned to have a quick lunch / get-together at Silantro. It's been a while since I had Mexican food and I was seriously craving for some tacos.

Silantro is not exactly new in the food industry, as they have been serving Fil-Mex food in Dagupan City for quite a while, but decided to bring their resto to Manila. Their place in Kapitolyo has a laid-back vibe, with both al fresco and indoor dining areas.



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kantahan Para sa Catanauan: A Benefit Concert


Enjoy music and have fun for a cause. :)



You are invited to the benefit concert for Immaculate Conception Parish, Catanauan, Quezon featuring Aiza Seguerra and Paolo Santos with front acts of stand up comedians Arnell Chika and Jayo on March 2, 2013, 6PM at Metro Bar, West Avenue, Quezon City

Friday, February 15, 2013

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping


Read our 1st day in Puerto Princesa here and here.

After spending our first day in Puerto Princesa touring the city, our second day is for Honda Bay Island Hopping. Again, this is included in our tour package. 

The Honda Bay Island Tour we had includes transportation to/from our pension house, lunch, entrance fees to the islands and a licensed tour guide. 

We began our day a little off: there was a little miscommunication between our agency and pension house about serving us breakfast before the van fetches us. But there wasn't enough time to cook us breakfast so we rode the van to Honda Bay Wharf a little hungry.

at Honda Bay Wharf

Luckily, we stopped by a convenience store to buy bottled water, chips and some bread (the store also has a bakery so I bought some pan de sal we munched on during the trip).

A few meters from the wharf, we again stopped by a snorkel rental shop. Since I am a killjoy, one person in our group rented snorkeling gear. But the store owner shared some scary stories about stepping on a stonefish (or Ursula or Squidward), she also got a pair of aqua shoes. Rent is a little more expensive than the regular, say Php 200 - Php 300.


Our group had to pay Php 40 per pax for the environmental fee since it wasn't included in our package. Not a big deal though. :P While waiting for our boat, we got some hot taho. Interestingly, their taho has condensed milk. I wasn't able to take a photo, I slurped it down immediately.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Classic Italian at Amici




Amici has been on my must-visit list for quite a long time and it was only recently that I crossed it out my ever-growing list.

As everyone knows, Amici was founded by a priest from Don Bosco Makati. What started as a small canteen is now an Italian restaurant chain with several branches all over the metro. Amici also supports Tuloy Foundation, which is also founded by a priest from Don Bosco Makati.

With my good friend and fellow foodie KC, we went to their SM Megamall branch for dinner.

We started with pasta, Lasagna Al Ragu (Php 298).

Lasagna Al Ragu

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Winner of the Dads Kamayan Saisaki Giveaway!

I obviously used my planner as a background. haha.


Before I announce the winner, I'd like to thank you, dear readers, for joining my giveaway. I really, really appreciate it! :)

For this giveaway, I received over 2800 entries. That's overwhelming guys!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Puerto Princesa: Arrival, City Tour and Crocodile Sisig (Part 2)

See Part 1 here.


After the van picked up 2 more groups from other hotels, we went to our first stop: Palawan's Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center or also known as the Crocodile Farm.

1.) Palawan's Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Crocodile Farm)


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Delightful Treat from Ang Mo Kio!

Here's a delicious offer from Ang Mo Kio: Singaporean Hawker Cuisine



You can celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family and friends at Ang Mo Kio at a very affordable group meal. :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Puerto Princesa: Arrival, City Tour and Crocodile Sisig (Part 1)



My last trip for 2012 was Puerto Princesa City (PPS) with my college friends.

This trip was actually booked for January 2013, but AirAsia Philippines cancelled Puerto Princesa flights, affecting our booked flight. We were given options: to refund our fare, to put our fare to a travel fund and book another destination within a 3-month period or reschedule our flight two months early.

We decided to reschedule it since refunding our fare would be moot point as we only spent Php 550 for a round trip ticket. Good news? We scheduled it on my birthday weekend! :)



This trip has a lot of "firsts" for me: first time in Palawan, first time to fly from Clark, first time to fly via AirAsia and first time to get a tour package.

I'm usually more comfortable with DIY travels, but it's a different case for Puerto Princesa. Permits are required for Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour, and the travel agency can fix it for you. Tour packages are much more practical if you're visiting PPS. I need to mention that Puerto Princesa City is the second largest city, in terms of land area, in the Philippines.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mitsuyado Sei-Men



The House of Tsukemen has finally arrived in Manila!

The UCC group, headed by Mr. Hubert Young, opened the first branch of Mitsuyado Sei-Men here in the country last November 2012.



I was fortunate to be recently invited to try Mitsuyado's tsukemen and other dishes as I was reading a lot of good reviews about this place, especially with the cheese tsukemen. Looking at the photos of cheese sauce poured on top of the noodles leaves me at a dazed and dreamy state. I loooooove cheese.

From the outside, you can see the how they make noodles. Yes, they create their own noodles. Too bad they weren't making noodles by the time I arrived.

the noodle making room

Entering Mitsuyado was like travelling to Japan sans plane ride and passport. There was even a real bicycle hanging on the wall.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Breakfast @ Charlie's Grind and Grill


It was one of those lazy mornings again that I just want to eat and bond with a friend.

This breakfast was actually accidental: I just called him to ask if he's still in the office so I could drop by, he said he's already in the bus and the bus is already around Ortigas, so I asked (well, mandated is more proper actually) if we could meet up as I'm in Ortigas. Being such a good friend, he did alight from the bus, coming from the night shift and all.

We were supposed to have burgers, since I was telling him how good it was when I first went to Charlie's. It didn't occur to me that they are only serving breakfast in the morning. Bummer.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

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