Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bellini's, Cubao Expo

This fine-dining Italian Restaurant was featured in Jessica Soho Reports several months ago and my friend, Louise, told me that this was the restaurant where some scenes of the movie "One More Chance" were filmed. I was ecstatic when she told me that. It's like finding a treasure when you're not searching kind of feeling. Hahahaha. 

Since then this has always been on my list of restaurants-to-visit/ John Lloyd - Bea-shooting-places-to-visit and it has been finally crossed out. I think I only have two left namely the opening scene of "The Mistress" and Malaysia's Petronas Towers.

Manila Paco Cemetery link: here.

This has been in my backlog for more than a month now so sorry, I have already forgotten the taste of their food but nonetheless, all were definitely delicious and the restaurant itself is really worth the travel time if you live far from Cubao. 

Italy in the Philippines ang peg.
Someday, I shall!
Dip for our bread "appetizer"
Vinaigrette something
Maybe it was a wrong decision to order this bread too when the waiter suggested.
P 100.00

We were already full after eating slices of this. -_-




Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Someday, I shall too. 

That was the first time I've gone to Cubao Expo.
The ambiance of the place is like you're being transported back to the 70's or even later than that. I don't even know. But if you're into antiques, must visit!

Mej biglang bigat lang sa pakiramdam pag enter.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Season Update! (Light Shows etc.)

"Tatlong araw na lang, Pasko na!"

Ako: O_O

If you're gonna ask me what happened to me these past days, I wouldn't be able to answer you. I can't decide whether there wasn't something significant that happened or everything was so sudden I couldn't remember any.

 Time flies you wouldn't even realize that a week has already passed. And now, what? It's only three days before Christmas and most people I know, myself included, are doing last minute Christmas shopping. (I really wish I have tons of cash that what I did or will be doing tomorrow is legit shopping) 

Again, typhoon Yolanda that devasted Eastern Visayas last month has a great impact for the way we feel now. A month ago a lot of people were thinking not to celebrate extravagant Christmas anymore in sympathy with the victims. But as Christmas day comes nearer, we just couldn't let go of our years long tradition of how we celebrate December 25th. And thus, most of us are out doing last minute shopping etc.

Anyhow,

I wish this season (all year round na lang pala) brings you joy (not only the joy you get from acquiring material things) peace and good health. 



I haven't been updating this blog that  I have a ton of backlogs I have yet to post so allow me to combine my re-visits or updates of the things I have blogged about last year, which out of "tradition", I visited again this year.


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Hello Kitty Christmas at SM North! Last year's link: here.


Trinoma's Light and Sound Show. Last year's link: here.


Show is until January 5, 2014.
This twinkle effect is so cool, isn't it?


Ayala Triangle Garden's Light and Sound Show. Last year's link: here.

video


A lot of people still go there to watch and some even sit on the floor during the show. But personally, I didn't find it as jaw-dropping and entertaining like the past two years. The then 15 minutes show was cut into more or less 5 minutes long show for this year. Though I appreciated that they now have varieties, it's still lacking. But who am I to complain when it's for free, right? Not bad especially for first timers who have no expectations yet.


Serenitea's Jumbo Cup Days (December 18, 19, 20) Last year's link: here. 

And last December 20, I realized that I'm not into milk teas anymore. 

I only wanted to try it again just for the sake of it but I wasn't thrilled this time. I mean, the 2012 me was ecstatic when I heard that they brought back their Jumbo Cup promo. 

I didn't not enjoy my drink.
Good thing my nephew liked it and drank all of it!

Can I tell you whose fault is it?

The reason why I'm over milk tea is because I'm so busy obsessing over Matcha.

Play video before reading the next line.


The best way to forget something/someone is to find a replacement a.k.a rebound.
JOKE OKAY.

Allow time to do the trick. You will discover something new sooner. Finding a rebound or immediate replacement is unfair. HAHAHAHA


And below is my food rebound:


Family Mart's Matcha Ice Cream. Link: here
Obligatory ice cream picture.

Just because I find this twirl-all-you-can matcha ice cream so so so enjoyable and delicous that I keep coming back monthly, bi-monthly even,  to practice my skills.

From the super noob me last August, look at what I did when I went back last week. Definitely a  lot of improvement!


I'm not making it seem more enjoyable than it actually is or am I? Whatevs, the fact that I've "recruited" a lot of people into trying this ice cream too is cute. When we went to Family Mart last week, I bumped into a friend of mine and he told me that they were there since he got curious of the ice cream. Needless to say, I'm more influential than I think I am. Joke lang. Natawa lang ako talaga.


So there, 5 in 1 post.


Thank you:)

God Bless:)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Zark's Burgers, Katipunan

Zark's Burgers, Taft link: here.

Nasapian na naman ako ng espiritu ng sobrang katakawan eh.
I wanted to try something else because I had their cheeseburger for two times already. I was really hungry since it was also way past lunch time so Jawbreaker seemed the best order for that day.
P 250.00 with fries and drinks
Jawbreaker is a triple cheeseburger with bacon and spam.

This burger is so massive and filling that I wasn't able to eat everything. I wasn't able to eat a patty, the top bun and some fries.


There's this Zark's challenge that when you finish this burger within five minutes, it's free! 

No, I did not take the challenge. I just wanted to see how much will I be able to eat on my own "phasing".


Will you dare?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss, SM North EDSA

Whether you notice it or not, there's a ramen craze in the Philippines. Ramen restaurants are like the new milk tea cafes with different branches sprouting like mushrooms everywhere. 

I saw a branch at Market! Market! before.
Moshi means Hello
Koshi, according to them, is the sweet state of a noodle that is firm but not hard, with resistance to bite. Much like that of Italian food's al dente noodles.

I can attest to "resistance to bite," because on my first bite I immediately felt the springy feel of the noodles. I don't like soggy noodles so that's a plus.

And you're assured that you're getting nothing but fresh noodles because they made theirs in store daily. Truly the noodle boss!
Best consumed within six minutes.. wait!!
Sa sobrang competitive ko, napaso lang naman ako. Hahaha
Minsan talaga e hindi uso ang common sense.
Shoyu (Soy-based) Ramen
P 200+ I fogot the exact price.
Was it P 210? P 220? I don't remember.


I really enjoyed their noodles.
 That firm, chewy, springy or the best word, Koshi state of noodles is what made this so special.




On another note, I heard that Martilyo gang was at SM North around 7 PM tonight. Buti na lang talaga nakaalis na 'ko.

A friend reminded me that when MG was in SM Megamall last January, I was in Megamall too. HAHAHA. Di ko alam kung dahil lang 'to sa lakwatsera ko kaya kung sansan ako napapadpad o nagkataon lang talaga. Link here. Buti  nakauwi na ko agad bago pa naganap ang mga naganap. Tsktsktsk.

Sana mahuli na lahat sila at wag silang best actor pag nagkaganun.
Bawal mabuhay ng patas? Pikon pa rin ako sa mga magnanakaw na 'yan ah. Hindi naman sa nagsisisi ako sa cellphone ko pero shems, di ko talaga alam kung san ako pupulutin. Tas ayan sila, instant pera. Kung di ba naman. -_- 

Karma, karma din.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Yoogane, Il Terrazzo

Back to Korean Cuisine!

Months ago in one of my Korean Restaurants post, a reader commented that I should try Yoogane's Dak (Chicken) Galbi too. I've never forgotten that I should try this place out though obviously, it took me several months before I got to eat there.

Banchan

Their kimchi was super spicy it may numb your tastebuds. Myeolchi Bokkeum which remains to be one of my favorite korean sidedish, Gamja Jorim (baby potatoes), pickled radish and carrots,  beansprouts and cabbage.

The process of stir-frying (?) Yoogane's Famous Dak Galbi


They pull the exhaust closer to the cooking pan.
This is great because the smell of Korean food sticks to your clothes. Seriously.

Done!

Dak Galbi
P 285.00

My spiciness threshold usually "soars" whenever I eat Korean cuisine. As in it's the only spicy food I can bear but with Yoogane's Dak Galbi? My tongue became numb but as always, that didn't stop me from enjoying this dish.

This is best paired with rice or perhaps with an additional order of mozzarella cheese to balance the flavor especially for those who can't eat super spicy food.
Samgyeopsal
P 270.00

I prefer Samgyeopsal with "grilling experience" ahaha or better yet, unlimited samgyeopsal (123) but theirs isn't bad but the ssangchu (lettuce) was bitin.
Free Yakult



Overall, I enjoyed dining here at Yoogane. The much-raved Dak Galbi did not disappoint and the prices are reasonable because the servings are huge.


Looking forward to my next visit.
I shall try the other variants of their galbi.



P.S. To my Korea dream, I shall. HAHAHAHAHA. I shall continue dreaming. Toinks.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu, Quezon Ave (Favorite lang?? HAHAHA)

First visit link: here.
Second visit link: here.

Nag-crave kami sa isaw eh, ayan. 

The burgis way of satisfying isaw cravings is to go straight to the nearest Tong Yang branch.

Joke.
We went to this newly-opened restaurant somewhere in Q.C but was disappointed with the choices so we decided to eat here in Tong Yang instead. 

When a new option fails you, you'd  have to go back to your sure ball and thus, here we are once again. 

It took me three visits to realize that I love these chicken wings. 

As usual, their sushi choices aren't to die for but okay in satisfying one's cravings.
Someone got creative with the soups... for the first time.



I have two previous posts about this so if you want more, I linked both posts at the beginning (assuming you missed reading that part).



P.S.

What kept me LSSed for the past two days is an OST from the movie "Frozen", entitled "For the First Time in Forever".

That movie is so underrated here in our country and I firmly believe it deserves more raves than what it is having at the moment. Now go!!!! Watch!! Sana meron in 3D. :))))


"I know it sounds so crazy to dream I'd find romance. But for the first time in forever, I think I've got the chance."

&

"You're worth melting for."

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas (2014 and beyond) Wishlist!!

Buzz Lightyear lang ang peg. To infinity and beyond.


Feel ko magpaka-Dora, the Explorer next year. Baka maka-explore!!!! Baka may pang-explore!!! HAHAHA.

'Yung Wishlist na ginawa ko last year for Christmas 'yun pero natupad 'yung iba this year lang, tipong hindi isang bagsakan kagaya nung 

1. BB Sweater
2. Cellphone (Biglaang gastos!! Nawa'y tumagal)
3. Ilocos
4. Meron na kaming bike (na hindi ko naman pala rin gagamitin haha!)
5. Hindi pa rin ako nag-aral mag drive.

So far, 5/15 or 3/15 'yung accomplished.


For this year, 

I have two material things in my 2014 wishlist: New Point and Shoot Camera (Travel camera mahaba 'yung zoom ng Canon or Samsung or Sony or 'yung waterproof, shockproof, weatherproof ng Sony o Olympus) at Laptop 
(Pero utang na loob, current laptop at current digicam. Wag munang kayong bibigay!! Gusto ko lang ng bago, hindi ko sinasabing ayaw ko na sa inyo. HAHAHA. Nakakapraning talaga 'yung cellphone ko eh.)

'Yung iba ko last year ay carried over sa 2014 at feel ko ma-a-achieve 'yung #3 ko.



Non-material.

1. Funds to continue being a miracle to my sponsored child. Link: here.
2. Plant a tree or trees. 'Yung may pangalan ko. Ehehehe.
3. Become a volunteer teacher again.
4. Volunteer at an NGO. (My eyes are on PAWS, Gawad Kalinga or Habitat for Humanity)

5. Sporty hobby. Gusto ko ng jogging na nagiging walking lang naman, boxing, muat thai, badminton or zumba/dance classes. Gusto ko sana subukan ang yoga pero di ata kami bagay.
6. RAKET!!! 


Pero most important siguro,

Good health hindi lang para sa'kin kundi para sa iba na rin.
Good health ng body at ng wallet and bank accounts natin. Toink. hahaha.




Nag-move ako from material to non-material na meron na rin for the benefit of others kaya pwede na rin sigurong sabihin na Grown Up Christmas List na ito. Ehehehe. Pero siguro andun lang 'yung hindi naman talaga ko materialistic na tao. Mas gusto ko gumagastos sa mga bagay na nae-experience gaya ng food at travel. Shems, ang mahal ng "mission" ko sa buhay. HAHAHAHA. 


At sa pagitan ng Materialism at Experientialism, ayon sa nabasa ko, mas generous daw kaming mga Experiencer. IKR. Maisingit lang.



God bless!!
Ikaw, ano ang wishes mo? :)

Hi, December!!

4 days late ako agad! December 4 ko na 'to sinusulat.
Ang bilis bilis lang ng panahon. 12/12 na.

Nabigla ako recently at dami yata ng gastos ko at marami pa kong gagastusin kaya pera-pera na naman ako ngayon.


Ang December ay buwan ng gastos kaso hindi ko na talaga alam kung san ako pupulutin. Una, nagastos ko na halos 'yung savings ko at medyo marami pa ko dapat bilhin/gastusin kaya good luck sa'kin. Ang alat pa naman ng Christmas Parties ngayon dahil kay Yolandi. Tsktsk. Alam ko naman na I can make ends meet pero hahahaha OMG. Di ko talaga alam kung paano.

3 things:

1. For some reasons, 'yung kawalan ng pera can be better kasi may problema ka't gustong makuha. Tipong hindi lahat ng kailangan mo e within your reach kaya may challenge.

2. Pero hindi rin pwedeng all the time e parati kang walang pera o kulang ang pera. Dapat money cycle lang siguro, meron tas mawawalan o tipid tas parating meron pero tipid. HINDI KO RIN ALAM. HAHAHA. Nababaliw lang. 

3. Na-realize ko lang na kahit mahal ay pwede naman palang mapag-ipunan tas alam mo 'yun, pag nakita mo na 'yung bagay na gusto mo, iba 'yung pakiramdam eh lalo pag alam mong pinaghirapan mo rin naman 'yun kahit papaano. 



Dahil dyan, kulang na ata talaga pera ko kaya kailangan na magtipid. Gusto ko sana sabihin na gagawin kong agresibong pagtitipid pero dahil December ngayon ay medyo asa pa maging no spending month 'to pero 'yun nga, kailangan ko na talaga mag-save for something. hihihihi. 


ISA PA:

Kung meron kayong alam na MASARAP O MASAYANG kainan na MURA kahit medyo malayo sa Quezon City, sabihin niyo please. Gusto ko magtipid pero mukhang mahirap iwan ang pagfu-food trip. :))))
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