TRAVEL: Japan Day 4


For our fourth day in Japan, hubby got us another Klook Tour: Kyoto and Nara Day Tour! I’m excited to meet the deers since they always seem so friendly. ❀

Since we were joining a Group Tour from Klook, our Pick-up Location is in VIP Villa in Namba at 7:50 am.Β But the hubby wants to be on time, and when I say on time – it means an hour early. We were there by 7:00 am! And I guess other guests had the same thing in mind since several joiners were there already. (And I noticed that almost half of our group are Filipinos too. Haha)

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The drive from Namba to Kyoto was about 2 hours so even though we got up so early, we had time to take a nap. πŸ™‚ First Stop: Kinkaku-ji Temple. (or what they call Golden Temple) Entrance Fee is 400 yen. (but since we got this from Klook, it’s free already)

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The Golden Temple was previously a retirement home but became a Zen Temple. The top two floors are completely covered in Gold Leaf. AND, the temple has burned down several times already. Can you believe it?

I love how peaceful the whole place is. The temple is surrounded by a pond in the middle of a garden full of trees and plants. No wonder it used to be a retirement place.

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But before you get to the temple, you will pass by this house that used to be the living quarters of the head priest. See? It really is surrounded by lovely trees! especially in autumn. ❀

Next Stop: Kasuga Tai-sha

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This place is the most celebrated shrine in Nara and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. It is also one of the most sacred places since a lot of the Gods are enshrined in the place. On the way to this place, our tour guide taught us on how to honor the place: (as seen below, the husband is trying).

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Next: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

One of the most famous landmarks – the sky high bamboo groves are truly instagrammable. But unfortunately, we didn’t know that we needed to pay extra to go inside the road (at the back of hubby) to get a good picture. As I said, one of the most famous, thus it attracts CRAZY number of tourists!

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We don’t have a good photo to show you the giant bamboos that fill this place. BUT!!! Along side the road leading to it, there’s a LOT of food stands and stores on the road. So we managed to tryΒ  the following:

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Husband tried the Ichigo Daifuku – It is a Japanese confection, a mochi filled with bean paste, split into two and a fresh strawberry is placed within. The hubby liked it. ❀ I tried it too but I don’t really eat strawberries. Sooooo. . .

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I normally won’t go for Gyoza since I feel like the meat usually is dry. But this is good. ❀ The sauce is perfect, it was soft and the meat was not dry. Thumbs Up!

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I was pretty excited that there were ice creams in sight but as I looked closely to each store, they were all offering BAMBOO flavored desserts. I don’t eat Matcha and Green Tea so you know where my hesitations are coming from. BUT, I still wanted to try this Bamboo Flavored Soft Ice Cream –Β and it tastes exactly as matcha. :/ so the hubby finished it by himself.

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We also managed to try Grilled Crabs and Rice Cakes too. There’s a bunch of stores lined up in the streets and I’m a bit overwhelmed. We both wanted to try everything. πŸ˜›

Since we consumed most of our time binge-eating in the street, we decided to eat our late lunch in one of the restaurants in front of the parking, so we can see our bus. And obviously, we ate Tempura – the safest order. πŸ˜›

Another Stop: Fushimi Inari Taisha –Β It is famous for its thousands of Vermilion Torii Gates.

It is the most important shrines dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. Also, You have to be really patient – since there are so many tourists here too. You can never really get a shot with no one there to ruin the shot. πŸ˜›

Fun Fact: The thousand gates are donated by different individuals — and their names are written on the gates. One gate costs around 400,000 yen.

Our Last Stop: Nara Park

A very large park home to hundreds of deers. ❀

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Like I said, it is home to deers, roaming around freely. ❀ You can interact with them! Deer Crackers are sold at 100 yen for 10 crackers!! And it’s so fun! They are so tame and it seems like no matter how many tourists are there to feed them, they always seem to be hungry.

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The deers are said to be messenger of Gods. At first, I couldn’t decipher which of them are fawns or which of them are the older ones. But after some research, I read that their antlers are removed every October. (so that’s why!) – Antler Cutting Tradition – for safety reasons.

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Another fun fact: Deer Crackers are just wheat flour and rice bran. And all of the profits from the crackers are used for the sole purpose of protecting the deers.

Before we left for Nara, we also found a good spot:

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Going back, I think everyone went back at around 6:30 pm and we left by 7:00 pm. There’s also a store where you can buy your souvenirs even deer shaped chocolates too! ❀

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It’s been good, Nara and Kyoto. ❀ I cannot wait to go back and explore you more! We got back at around 8:30 pm and since it was late, we went to dinner straight.

Dinner at Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M (The restaurant is quite famous so they require reservations.)

A winner in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for restaurants, ranking number 1 in Japan, and number 5 in Asia.

We first heard about this place from a friend who is pretty well traveled. We were warned that it is quite pricey — and it is. I believe this is our most expensive meal in our entire stay in Japan.

We ordered the Matsusaka Tasting Platter for 3,000 Yen – 2 pieces for each type of beef. The Beef that’s included are Sirloin Steak, Kyukyoku and Haneshita.

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You will be the one to cook this on grill in front of you. We were taught to cook each side of the beef for at least 2 minutes for the perfect taste. You are also given different sauces to go with it.

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I LOVE MEAT. and I’m amazed how tender the beef is. ❀ it’s so flavorful. Although it’s not quite filling since we shared this, did not regret this as we really wanted to try one of the best in Osaka. ❀

And because we only shared 1 rice (you know how we Filipinos love our rice), the hubby still wanted to eat. We ended up trying Okonomiyaki. We were trying to find a particular place, famous for its Okonomiyaki but we failed.

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We ordered the Pork Okonomiyaki with Big Size Octopus for 550 Yen with Draft Beer at 430 Yen.

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I don’t really eat Okonomiyaki. But I tried it – hubby says it’s good. The size is huge too!

Okonomiyaki, when translated means ‘grilled as you like it’. It’s a Japanese Pancake with cabbage, flour, eggs and variety of meat.

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And that ends our Fourth Day! πŸ˜€ We are pretty productive, don’t you think? Sad to be leaving tomorrow. 😦

EAT TAGAYTAY: Balay Dako


Balay Dako has been around since 2015. They are serving purely Filipino Dishes with Tagaytay as its beautiful backdrop. But I only recently was aware of it early 2019. We were pretty busy last year so we were not able to try this one, not until now.

It’s a bit intimidating. The place looks posh and expensive (and it is, actually). But there are also some reasonable entrees on their menu.

The place was packed around 4:00 pm. I was expecting only a few will be there but surprisingly, they don’t have dead hours (good for them). The waiters were attentive and we didn’t have to wait long for our order to be served.

We ordered Sisig na Pusit for Php 410 – Grilled cubes of squid mixed with housemade mayonnaise, garlic and onions served in a hot iron plate.

Meh. It’s not that bad BUT, I would definitely ignore this next time. I don’t particularly think it’s worth its price. Nothing special. One thing praise worthy about the dish is that it was not like ‘chewing gum’. (Or probably because it was already sliced into cubes.

Next, we ordered Binagoongang Baboy for Php 380 – Pork Belly stewed and sauteed in fermented Shrimp Paste

THE BEST! I told you! HAHA. It’s such a given for us to order this. And we were not mistaken. UGH. Their version is so, so good. I love that it has enough oil but not too much. ALTHOUGH, I hated that there’s a LOT of fat. :/ BUT, I will definitely order this again. ❀ Pure love.

We also ordered the Inasal na Pecho for Php 170 – Grilled Chicken Breast marinated in Vinegar, lime juice, black peppercorn and annatto oil.

Hubby LOVES anything chicken so when he requested this, I just had to. (though I don’t like chicken inasal). I had a taste of this. Again, nothing special. It was alright.

We also tried one of their icecreams – Cookies & Cream ❀ It’s really good too!

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If we had to, I’ll never forget to order the Binagoongang Baboy again and try some of the Sugpo Dishes. ❀ I especially want to try the Piniritong Sugpo at Sarsang Itlog na Pula and Lechon Kawali. It looks yum! πŸ™‚

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Finally ticked this one off. ❀

TRAVEL: Japan Day 3


Of all our planned itinerary for our Osaka Trip, I think this is my husband’s most awaited day. Why? We are going to Universal Studios, Japan! ❀ It’s his first time in Universal and more importantly, there’s a Harry Potter themed park!

We were lined up by 7:00 am and I am not over reacting when I tell you that you really need to be there by 7. It’s as if everyone was thinking the same thing, the lines were crazy long already. BTW, We bought our USJ Tickets from Klook too. They have a special ticket that allows bearers an earlier 15 minutes time ahead. It means they get to enter the park at 7:45! and man, it’s a huge difference!

By the time they opened the gates? Everyone, and I literally mean EVERYONE was RUNNING. So yes, we ran too. Haha. Our first stop? Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

In the world of Harry Potter, there’s a walking tour where you can see the different classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts. At the end of the lane, you can enjoy the Forbidden Journey, a 4kΒ  HD ride that lets you join harry during a quidditch play! If you still want a more thrilling ride, you can to the Flight of Hippogriff, a roller coaster ride that takes you to Hagrid’s Hut. It’s a must experience for you to pass by Ollivanders where you can witness how the wands pick you. And tip? they actually choose a lucky wizard among the tourist and the chosen one gets to go home with a wand! You can also eat at Three Broomsticks Restaurant to get the full experience of Harry’s World.

And never, should anyone forget to try the Butter Beer! You can find it anywhere in the Wizarding World.

Luckily, the butter beers comes in Hot or Cold variety. And since it was freezing that time, we chose Hot Beers. ❀ It’s their signature non-alcoholic drink in butterscotch flavor. You can also get it in a collector’s item souvenir stein. ❀

Second Attraction? Jaws. The iconic giant, man-eating shark attacks during the boat tour. And contrary what one may think, no. You won’t get wet.

And because we were damn hungry already, we ate at Amity Landing Restaurant in the Jaws Land.

By the time we finished eating, it was raining. :/ We had no umbrella but because we wanted to maximize our time and we have our jackets on, we walked.

 

Next Up: The Flying Dinosaur.Β We chose not to engage in this ride because we were both scared. Haha. We heard that there was a 25.9 meter drop to escape the dinosaur!

And Of course, I managed to squeeze in some sweets! We tried this chocolate churros from one of the stands. They also have some Matcha flavored churros.

Next Attraction: Minions

The lines in this Minions ride is crazy!! It took us about 45 minutes to actually get inside. There are 2 rides here: Despicable Me Minion and Freeze Ray Sliders! Both are bearable for the scaredy cats like us. πŸ˜€

And here, we are transported in New York, one of my favorite places. ❀ For our next attraction: The Amazing Spiderman 3D

Thank you, Universal! You will always be one of the places that we will visit every time we return to Osaka! ❀

Since we finished early around 4 in the afternoon, we chose to binge eat our way to Dotonbori. First Stop: Ichiran Ramen

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The most iconic symbol of Japan (I guess) and their most famoust – Ichiran! It’s a good thing we didn’t go there during dinner time. ❀ We had no trouble getting in. It’s freakin good and I’m now a believer! It’s so good!!

And as if that’t not enough, we went straight to Atchichi-Hompo.

The line was long but it was fairly quick. The takoyaki is made right in front of the customers. I don’t really eat them but my husband says that it tastes authentic.

We then tried the BIG ass grilled crabs of Kani Doraku. The place was packed! If standing is not an issue and you don’t plan on dining in, it’s a good thing they have a stand where you can just order the grilled crabs.

It’s HUGE. It doesn’t taste any different but it sure was delicious. ❀

On our way back to our side, we simply had to take a picture with the famous running man!

To spare you the curiosity, The Glico Man was famous because it was marketed as a wrapper of an energy bar – where when you eat them, you can run for 300 m! (In case you were wondering).

And before we went home, we tried the Turkish Ice Cream. It’s one of the must try desserts in Dotonbori.

There’s a whole show of trickery before you can actually taste their icecream! I’ll spare you the details so you can enjoy them first hand. But really, the ice cream was so good! I didn’t mind eating the ice cream even though it was freezing cold.

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This may probably be one of my favorite days because we were able to cross so many food on my bucket list. ❀ The day was so tiring but I love that we were able to visit so many places and tried a lot of food. ❀

TRAVEL: Japan Day 1 and 2


We finally tied the knot! ❀ and for our Honeymoon, we visited Osaka, Japan. We nearly had no time to do our respective research but the husband managed to get us a few tickets through Klook.

HOTEL: Best Western Hotel – It’s only a 2-minute walk to the train station. There’s also a family mart besideΒ  the station. It’s a quite neighborhood.

Day 1 – We arrived in Osaka at around 9 in the evening and got lost. We still had to learn how the transportation system works. Thus, we arrived at our hotel at around 11 in the evening.

And like I said, there’s a convenient store nearby. For dinner, we purchased the items below: (spicy seafood noodles, 2 chicken fillet, 1 box of rice and 1 stick of chicken skin)

Day 2 – We are up and about at 7 am. we head to Osaka Castle Park. We then had the opportunity to try another set of breakfast at a convenient store just outside the park. We were able to try the Melon Pan, Maple Syrup Pancakes and their store coffee.

You can already take lots take of pictures in the garden. The garden is absolutely beautiful especially when we went the there as the trees are already in various colors.

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Inside the Castle Museum, you can try-on a battle armor they used to wear before. It’s the Kabuto Helmet and Armor.

The Nishinomaru Garden is a lawn that houses miles and miles of trees, a tea house and the Osaka Guest House.

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The Osaka Museum of History is just across the Osaka Castle.Β  It opens from 9 am – 5 pm.

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It shows life sized ancient times of trading, shopping exhibits and local villages.

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And because we had a deadly long walk, we were heavily starving by this time.Β  The hubby searched for the Top 1 restaurant in the area and we ended with Tokumasa Moronomiya.

Dubbed as having the Best Curry Udon in Osaka, we just had to try it.

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We both ordered the sets. The sets run from 600 – 900 yen. We ate Beef Set Curry Meal and Tempura Curry Meal Sets both for 900 yen. I was doubtful about the curry udon since I’ve tried some before and I didn’t like it. The curry udon was flavorful and so filling. The Beef Yakiniku was really good. I finished my rice meal. The tempura was good too.

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We were so full and I was really happy with my order. We then decided to take the cruise of Aqua Liner Cruise in Yodayabashi Pier.

The Aqua Liner Cruise can be boarded in 4 different locations. The glass roof of the boat can be lowered when passing some of Osaka’s lowest bridges on route. It also explains the history and other landmarks. The river is lined with different colorful trees which makes it the perfect scenery during the cruise.

And since we already had our rest during the cruise, we then walked to the center of Umeda to see the HEP Five Ferris Wheel. The Shopping Mall is open from 11 am – 9 pm, the restaurants are open until 10:30 pm and the ferris wheel is open until 11 pm.

The HEP Five is home to 7 floors of clothing stores, an amusement floor on the 8th and the famous ferris wheel on the 7th floor.

The highest point is at 106 meters above the ground and has 52 seater gondolas. It offers an amazing view of the Busy area of Umeda.

For Dinner, we head to the famous Dotonbori Area, home to the best food in Osaka. We searched for the must try dishes in Dotonbori and of the top is Kushikatsu. The Kushikatsu Daruma is one of the best out of the bunch.

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Kushikatsu means deep fried skewered food. We tried the 1800 Yen set. This is a set that includes some beef, shrimp, rice cake, asparagus, quail egg, pork cutlet, chicken meatball, sausage, cheese, chicken karaage and sweet potato. It is dipped with thick tonkatsu sauce.

Everything practically tastes the same but I especially like the beef, sausage and cheese. It’s a bit filling but not particularly full. I can still eat. I’m glad we tried this. ❀

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We ended the night strolling the streets of Dotonbori and mentally ticking the food that we want to try the next day. And oh, this is probably my favorite place. Dotonbori is alive, it’s full of people and you can already see the culture and practices of the locals. It’s full of tourists too and it reminds me a bit of the Times Square in New York, everyone doing their own thing, everybody busy with something.

And that’s where we end our first day. ❀ ❀ ❀

EAT ANTIPOLO: Yellow Bird Cafe


Normally, we don’t celebrate heart’s day. But as years passed, I wanted to. I don’t mean bouquets and chocolates. (chocolates would be nice) HAHAHA. I mean spending time, just the two of us with my now, hubby.

And as others would fear, Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday and Pay day. It just means, Manila Traffic plus raging hormones on the street, rush hour triples the traffic. So, Jude planned for a Breakfast Date. He just told me he’ll bring me somewhere. And hell, I didn’t know that it was still on, so excuse my bare, no bath face and hair.

We arrived at this quaint cafe in Antipolo. It’s Instagram friendly, and by this I mean the place is picture perfect. It’s pretty both inside and outside. You’ll want to take a picture of every corner.

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Crunchy Okoy for Php 155

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My hubby is pretty excited about this. And now I know absolutely why. The okoy was thin and crispy. The shrimps doesn’t hurt my throat (which usually does at most places). It can be eaten as an appetizer and as a viand. (which I did). Must try!

Homemade Beef Tapa for Php 165

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All of their breakfast plates comes with garlic rice and 2 eggs. He loved this. I tasted the beef. It’s okay. I wouldn’t usually go near a tapa. I hate how dark and extremely marinated it is. But this one is okay. It wouldn’t be my go-to but I can eat it.

Bacon for Php 165

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It comes with 2 eggs too which I had requested to be scrambled. I’m a bit disappointed with their bacon. I like mine crispy but this one is far from it and it’s bit on the thick side. It’s not bad though. The rice, I like.

Hazelnut Coffe for Php 145

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Nothing special. It tasted like a regular flavored coffee. It didn’t even taste like hazelnut but it’s okay. I’ll order this again.

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Overall, I guess I’d like to come back. I’d probably order a Spam for Breakfast or Shrimp Scampi or Spicy Sardines Pasta or Beef Bulgogi and Macadamia x Hazelnut for Coffee next time. I can already imagine it. ❀

Thank you for bringing me here, babe. ❀ Next time ulit please. πŸ™‚

As for Valentine’s, I wanted to give him something since it’s our first as Husband and Wife. ❀ and I wanted to mess with him, thus ‘WANNA SCREW?’ and ‘WANNA BANG?’ plastered outside the paper bag. I decided to give him (3) shirts.

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I also received my perfectly favorite stargazers. I will never get tired of them. Thank you so much, baba. I love you. ❀

EAT SUCAT: Mesa


If you’re from the south, then you’d know that the recent developments of SM Sucat isΒ  Β  Β  l – o – n – g overdue. The building is practically dying. People just go there to eat. I myself prefer not to go there except for errands and last minute dining issues.

Enough blabbering. For dinner, we ate at Mesa in the new wing of SM Sucat. There was a long line outside. This is beside Ramen Kuroda – both had long lines. (good for you, guys!)

For Appetizer, we had Tinapa Roll wrapped in Lettuce for Php 175

Diced smoked fish with tomato, onion and salted egg.

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It’s not woahhh but this one is good. πŸ™‚

Sisig in a pouch for Php 220

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An appetizer that can be a viand. A bit salty for me but delicious nonetheless.

Baby Squid in Olive Oil for Php 375

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Tender and flavorful, even if it’s only in olive oil. Gummy? Not.at.all.

Mesa Braised Beef for Php 385

Version of Rendang in coconut

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They say Beef Rendang but for me it tastes like Kaldereta. A really, really, really good kaldereta. ❀ I love this. This is my Mom’s favorite. I guess mine too. πŸ˜€ The sauce is a viand on its own. ❀

Binagoongang Baboy ni Kaka for Php 295

Pan fried pork belly sauteed in shrimp paste with grilled eggplant

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I’ve always loved a good Binagoongang Baboy and I must say, this is a Big Thumbs Up! It’s the perfect mix of meat and fat. This doesn’t look appetizing but wait til you have it in your mouth! I can finish this whole serving and I’ll be more than okay if we only ordered this one. ❀ not shared, of course. HAHA

Pinakbet with Bangus Belly for Php 225

Stewed vegetables in shrimp paste topped with milk fish belly

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I’m not a fan of milk fish unless it’s fried. And I’d like a pinakbet with a lot more shrimp paste. This is okay, I’ll eat it but it’s not something I’ll order if I had the chance.

Overall, the Braised Beef and the Binagoongang Baboy is definitely a must try. ❀ Looking forward to eating here again. ❀

EAT LASPINAS: HAVANA


The South is alive! and C5 extension is creating a buzz, thanks to the family who is making it happen. Apart from the political side of their family’s reign, I commend his impeccable eye for business opportunity and strategy.

Still, good job for developing this side of town! The area is actually complete and it’s been easier to shop around. We have a church, a bunch of fast food for easy go-to meals when we don’t have the time to cook, a grocery, an events place and a handful of family restaurants being built in the area.

One of them is Havana. My dad has been mentioning this place since he wants us to experience the ‘live’ band. (as if we haven’t yet). But, of course you have to give in when the adults suggests it, to save argument.

It’s best to phone them for a reservation. (good thing, we did). We watched a lot incoming customers turned down because the place was packed!

We ordered the following:

Nachos Grande for Php 295, Sizzling Hungarian Bites for Php 305, Tostadas for Php 190, Beef Quesadilla for Php 210, Gourmet Tapa for Php 265, Sizzling Squid for Php 385

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Of which, I only got to take a picture of (2). THE SERVICE WAS SNAIL SLOW. The food was served after an hour. GAD. Service was really bad. Most of the waiters were avoiding eye contact. I don’t know if they were just jam packed but nonetheless, I think an hour of serving time is too much.

It’s a good thing I really liked their sizzling squid. It was savory and it was very tender. The quesadilla was good too.

We also ordered Smirnoff Mule for Php 95, San Miguel Pale Pilsen for Php 95, Amaretto Sour for Php 190 and Margarita for Php 235.Β 

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I think they are a bit on the pricey side. Although of course, there’s the ambiance of live music you are paying for.

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There were 2 bands. I don’t know them both and the crowd was not joining in at first. I guess it was a good thing they decided to belt out Ben & Ben. By this time, they captured the crowd.

I hope Havana invites other bands too. The place is okay, food is okay, service is bad, band is alright.

EAT MAKATI: Nono’s


My husband has been raving about this place for so long and I’ve been pitching it to my colleagues about the same time but we never really gotten around to it with our limited lunch time of 1 hour.

BUT, Lo and behold. . We were given an opportunity when we had a field meeting! But it was only the two of us. It’s a good thing that we arrived at around 2:00 pm already. The place was almost full with 1 reserved table. What more during lunch time, right?

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Penne Pasta with Mixed Vegetables for Php 365

Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini, Asparagus, French Beans and Carrots with extra virgin oil, basil and garlic sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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Okay! I didn’t think I would like it. Although I only had a taste of it. It’s my friend’s order. I recently discovered french beans and It’s pretty legit. If I were to go back, I will order this. ❀

Fried Chicken Nibblers for Php 295

Crispy chicken bites served with Nono’s home style waffles or fries on the side.

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My order is part of the Kid’s Menu. I didn’t really want something heavy since I was planning to wait for my hubby from work at a coffee shop. So I ordered from the kid’s section.Β  But the portion was good enough for me. It comes with Orange juice too and with pulp. πŸ˜› I was looking forward for the fries but their waffles are good too.Β  Even the maple syrup! Usually, I find a lot of maple syrups too sweet – but this one is something else. ❀

I would love to go back and try their viands. I liked both of our orders. ❀ Recommendable! The husband is right.

EAT MAKATI: WOODEN SPOON


I don’t know why we never go here when I know for a fact it will be a good meal. We decided to have dinner here to celebrate my birthday. (I know! It feels like I aged 3 years since we’ve been celebrating several times)

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Crab Pancit for Php 229 This is a must try! This is one of my favorites. ❀ and it’s one of their best sellers too. I don’t know why but my family is not a fan.

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Binagoongan for Php 299Β Again, a favorite. ❀ It’s not woah for me but it was good too. However, there’s a lot of fat. :/

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Crunchy Garlic Bangus for Php 350 It’s so crispy, I’m gonna dieeee! I like mine crispy! Thumbs up!

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Stuffed Pechay for Php 205 The bomb! I love pechay alone, stuff it with pork, drenched in coconut and a bit of spice. ❀ LOVE.

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Pork Sisig for Php 275 This is one of my husband’s requests! I hate cartilage and the small bones. Luckily, everything is as crispy as it should be. ❀

We also ordered Kare Kare for Php 375. But since I don’t eat such, I forgot to take a picture. HAHA. Sorry. :/

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Honestly cannot pick just 1 viand. Everything is so, SO GOOD. ❀ I gained and keep on gaining. 😦 But glad to be sharing a meal with my loved ones. ❀

EAT ALABANG: PARMIGIANO


The place is open and surrounded by glass. It’s lit with sun so the entire place is bright, which is why I also like it. ❀ We had a reservation that’s why we were able to get a table. I suggest you do the same because while we were there, there’s a couple of groups which they had to turn down because the place was full and tables were already reserved.

Anyway, so we ordered a LOT. It seems like all Filipinos are – we are afraid to go hungry. πŸ˜€

Paella Negra for Php 690

Thanks to my husband, this is now one of my favorite food to order anywhere. I’m glad that the serving of seafood is very generous. The calamari was still crispy and the actual squid is not gummy and not just flour. The paella is flavorful unlike some where it tends to get bland. Love, love, love this. ❀

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Pasta del Parmigiano Pasta (Parmigiano Wheel) for Php 520

I didn’t get to taste this but according to my sister and brother in law, they really liked this. I think the serving can be for 2-3 if you ordered other food to go with this.

Tomato Cream Spaghetti Al Gambheri for Php 825

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4 Stagioni for Php 485Β 

This is basically veggie pizza – Tomato based topped with artichokes and mushrooms. This is a no for me. I’m definitely not their customer.

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Carnivora for Php 550Β 

Pollo Al Mattone for Php 720

There’s a lot of food I didn’t get to try. I apologize. πŸ˜› Hahaha. BUT, a lot of good feedback.

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Serving is good for groups. ❀ Next time, I’ll stick to pasta and paella. ❀ Happy Birthday to me! ❀

EAT ALABANG: OOMA


Pre-game is strong! πŸ˜€ Another pre-birthday treat of my hubby is in Ooma. Okay, honestly we are to choose only from the Moment Group since a supplier gave us a gift card. Thank you. ❀

We ordered the Kani Salad for Php 295

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Love Kani. ❀

Ebi Tempura Maki for Php 255

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and Gyudon for Php 209

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Absolutely nothing special. I find it too salty and so-so.

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But heyyy, just look at my handsome date. ❀ ❀ ❀ I can’t believe I get to have a date with this one whenever I freakin want to. πŸ™‚

EAT ALABANG: FRANKIE’S


It’s my Pre-Birthday Lunch! and because we are about to check-in in one of the hotels nearby, we decided to have lunch in Molito, Alabang and the hubby has been craving for frankie’s. TSS. (as if it’s his birthday) no. not a fan of wings btw.

He ordered a Half Dozen Classic Buffalo Wings for Php 130

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And I ordered the Boneless Salt & Pepper Chicken with Bleu Cheese Dip for Php 209

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And obviously, a side of French Fries for Php 100

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I will always be celebrating with this one from now on. ❀

EAT PASAY: Nara Thai Cuisine


Thai is and will always be a safe place for me to try. ❀ I seem to love everything. It’s a never a hit and miss for me. Haha.
We tried going to the new Ayala Mall Manila Bay and settled for Nara Thai Cuisine.
I was not able to take a picture of the surroundings.
We ordered the following:
Pla Nil Tord Nam Pla / Fried Pla Pla with Fish Sauce for Php 650.

Chicken Pandan for Php 360

Fried Prawns in Sweet Tamarind Sauce for Php 750

Pomelo Salad for Php 380

Crispy Fried Shrimp Cakes for Php 350

Bagoong Rice for Php 245

Nara Thai Sampler for Php 395 (Fish Cake, Chicken Satay, Pork Wonton, Spring Roll & Pomelo Salad)

Prawns in Spicy Lemongrass and Lime Soup for Php 430

The place is good for occassions or dining in groups. 😊Food is delicious too. ❀ The winner for me is the Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce. (: can’t wait to go back.

EAT EVIA: Red Lobster


Let’s cut to the chase! We went to Evia Lifestyle Center for some l – o – b – s – t – e – r!!

For their welcome treats, they are giving this parmesan bread? which is bland? the flavors are just at the top and the bread is a bit dry inside.

We ordered the Honey and Blue Cheese Salad for Php 450 which I wasn’t able to take a picture. πŸ˜€ so we ordered some meat.

Chops New Orleans for Php 495 – Pork Chop, Shrimp, Cajun, Butter Sauce, Pico de Gallo and Wild Rice.

and a bit of Chicken Fingers and Shrimp Poppers for Php 450 with Honey Mustard

and the rockstar of the whole restaurant!! And Ultimate Feast for Php 2,500 each. Main Lobster Tail, Snow Crab Legs, Shrimp Scampi, Fries, Wild Rice, Veggies and Butter Sauce. I am all about the shrimp that’s why it caught my attention more than the crab!!

The ultimate feast is Good for 2. You can stretch it to three if you have other viands to share with. 😊

Happy sharing a feast with your family or your apecial someone. 😍

EAT TAGAYTAY: Pamana


A proper date to celebrate what we normally wouldn’t celebrate. πŸ˜› actually, just my excuse to try something new. πŸ™‚

Pamana is a restaurant run by the Ongpaucos which highlights time tested family recipes that was handed down from one generation to another. It’s a classic Filipino dishes with somehow a twist.

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The main dining hall is on the second floor. Though there are also a few tables outside and on the first floor. We opted to sit in the main dining room.

LRM_EXPORT_35639256900741_20190720_202553849The hubby knows his way around the menu. It’s not his first time so when he says, it’s good. I trusted him. Here goes:

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Crispy Adobong Pusit Calamares — Php 325 This dish deserves an astounding OH-MY-GOD with a very eaky squealing voice. This innovation is definitely one for the books. A must try and will surely be a repeat order every time. ❀ ❀

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Okoy Bites – Php 225 Okay, this may not be completely new but I love that it’s in bite pieces already. It’s certainly still crispy but I would have wanted something with more meat or veggies in it.

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Binagoongang Bagnet — Php 365Β Β I am always down for some binaggongan. What I liked about this dish is how it remained crispy despite having some sauce at the bottom of the plate. I was disappointed however of how little sauce they provide. It seems the dish is just Bagnet, not Binagoongan.

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I think there’s a lot of food to go around, that’s also the reason why there’s so much food left after we can barely eat another spoon.

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With my hubby. ❀  ❀  ❀