Monday, June 29, 2015

Negros Occidental Day 1: Arrival

My third fly out for this year is also in another Visayan Island, Negros Occidental. 


We went there to congratulate Negros Island Region. Haha! Wow, ang updated. Joke lang. Pero one thing's for sure, bought on impulse ang airplane ticket. hahaha.  

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When you're flying over the Philippines, the majority of the view below are mountains or if not, you'll see forests so when we flew over this, I took pictures because it looked so unique. As soon as I went home, I found out that this is the Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique, Panay Island. The reason why it looks like that is because of the existing mining activities. Haaay. It's not like I can stop their operation but I hope that this is the last time that I see any place that look like this here in the Philippines.




#Europe2024 or sooner. :)))
O diba, hindi pa tapos dito sa Negros Occidental e Europe na agad nasa isip ko. Hahaha

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mister Kabab Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine

a.k.a the go to restaurant during walwal days. 24 hours kasi 'yung West Avenue branch, diba? Nakakamiss din pala kumain dito! Pero hindi masyado 'yung mga ginagawa before kami mapadpad dito dati. #tumatandaproblemzzz
Here's my order.

This is my first time ordering this because I always ordered a rice meal. This didn't look filling at first. Tipong, anong kalokohan na naman 'tong order mo, Tin? Mukhang di aabot sa tyan. Hahaha! But okay na 'to, busog din pala.
Shawarma Plate

Gusto ko 'yung timpla nung beef and the "unli" garlic sauce. Haha. Ge. Alam mo na, expertise ko talaga mag-describe ng lasa eh. Di ka madi-disappoint kasi laging waley. hehehe. :))
And of course, pita bread para talagang shawarma. 

Kristel Paradiso Beach Resort, Pundaquit, Zambales

Back at Pudaquit, Zambales. Our chosen area for this year's two getaways... kasi mura. hahaha. Jk. Not only is this place affordable, you get to travel with little to no traffic. Goodbye EDSA! NLEX, SCTEX at TIPO kami. Isang diretso lang kaya kahit malayo, kaya 'to ng three hours from Quezon City. 

Do you know other affordable beach resort in North Luzon?

Anywayyy, if you're going to Barangay Pundaquit in Zambales and you're looking for an accommodating resort. Hm, you may go and inquire anywhere but Megan's Beach Resort. Ayoko NA sakanila. huhuhu. Pagkatapos ko kayong i-blog noong April, ganito pa igaganti niyo sa'kin?! HAHAHAHA. Charot lang. Even if  it might take me forever (buti pa kami may forever) to share the story, I will because I am someone who holds grudges. lelz. Gusto ko sana talagang all positive, 'yung tipong ayoko maglagay ng unpleasant experience dito sa blog ko  pero wala eh, kailangan kong ilabas to para matuto na kong magpatawad. Haha. Ang arte, e noh? 'Yun na nga... NEVER AGAIN, MEGAN'S BEACH RESORT. O edi wow. :)))) 

"E Mam, kahit anong gawin niyo, 'yun po ang resort policy kaya kayo ang dapat na mag-adjust sa'min. Mamili po kayo. Kung cottage, cottage lang para sa lahat. Kung kubo naman, kubo lang."

"Kahit wala naman kayong ibang customer? Ayaw kasi talaga nung iba na sa cottage eh kaya dun lang sila daw sa kubo."

"Hindi po pwede. Resort policy ay resort policy."


"AH GANUN BA!?!!!!!!!!? O sige, hahanap akong iba!!!!!!!!! Madali lang naman akong kausap."


Nako, nako, kung ayaw edi wag pilitin kasi baka pumayag!! Hindi naman ako magagalit kaso 'yung dalawang tao rin dun, pumayag na sila kasi nga wala naman daw tao kaso 'yung isa, ayaw niya talaga kaya nainis ako. 

Alam mo 'yun, kesa meron ng magre-rent ng dalawang cottage na may aircon at dalawang kubo sa labas, nawalan pa tuloy sila ng customer. Minsan, okay rin na bini-bend ang resort policy eh. Especially when it doesn't make sense! Wala namang ibang pupunta tas bawal? #$@%%@~!!!! RELAKS. haha! Not worth the high blood pressure.


 Gusto niya ng patigasan edi nakuha niya hinahanap niya. Gosh, ang aga aga. Sarreh dahil matigas ang ulo ko. Ipipilit ko talaga kung anong gusto ko kaya bahala sila. hehehe. Buti na lang, lumipat kami sa Kristel Paradiso Beach Resort. Ang welcoming nila, asikasong-asikaso kami, nag-linis pa sila kaagad at higit sa lahat, mas mura. hehehehe.  


Dahil nakakuha kami ng mas okay... for the apology I never got, apology accepted. E ikaw na sabihan ng mga kasama mo na, "Buti na lang nagalit ka! Mas maganda pa nga dito." HAHAHAHAHAHA. Mga sadista rin eh. 
We decided to island hop again.

First time that I was in the area was when I went to Capones Lighthouse and Anawangin Cove link:here.
Second time that I went there was to swim at Pundaquit beach and we rode a boat to Camara Island link: here.

This, third time, we decided to island hop to Camara, Capones and Anawangin Cove (island hop kahit hindi naman island 'yung Anawangin. hehe) 

This was taken at Camara Island. Okay naman, mukhang white sand pero pang-aquarium na maliliit na shells 'yung mga bato rito. 
Taken at Capones Island.

Ito 'yung side na nakatapat sa Pundaquit, 'yung papunta kasi sa lighthouse e hindi okay swimingan. 
There are no accommodations, no comfort room but for this? Okay na, diba?
Then on the way to Anawangin Cove...

Those mountains make Pundaquit stand out from the rest. I've been there for three times already but I never get tired of looking at the view.
Anyare sa'yo, Anawangin?! Ang lungkot na niya tignan. :(((( This is not the Anawangin that I know. It's heartbreaking to say this pero ang pangit na. :( 
I was really disappointed with the current state of Anawangin Cove so if ever you're planning of going in the area. Although hindi ko pa napuntahan, Nagsasa Cove na lang siguro. Or better yet, sa Capones o Camara na lang. Pwede naman maki-wash sa mga resort na nasa Barangay Pundaquit. 
09177502168
09188424861Kristel's Paradiso Beach Resort


Salamat kay Kuya na sobrang accommodating dun sa babaeng nanginginig sa galit na naghahanap ng resort na malilipatan. Hahahahaha!!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cafe Seolhwa in BGC

This is my second post about this Korean dessert cafe in Bonifacio Global City. I posted this because the last time I went there, I had a strawberry bingsu for free. Promote promote din. lolz. It's not free because I blog, it was free because I Instagram. 

Cafe Seolhwa, Forum South, Bonifacio Global City. The building is near The Fort Strip. Oh, you might also want to try Seoul Express (TFS) and O'rice (FSG) for more Korean food experience. :>


Anyhow, it has been more than a month since I won so I am not sure if the contest is still ongoing. Follow @seolhwabingsu and @xtintina sa IG na lang for more details. 'Yung @xtintina talaga nagdala eh. Hahahaha! 


Thank you so much, Cafe Seolhwa! Winning really made my night. It was night time when I found out that I won. Eating made my afternoon. It was a hot afternoon when I claimed this. Bakit ba ang dami kong sinasabi? 'Yung totoo. Hahahaha.


This was my free strawberry bingsu. I was shocked when Cafe Seolhwa tagged me in a post saying that I won their Instagram contest. I was just mindlessly hashtagging #cafeseolhwa and #seolhwabingsu but it turned out that I sent an entry. Not complaining. :">

We ordered these flavors: Mango Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie.

You might see me there or you might see my friends there. Basta the energetic bunch who would stay there for several hours during Saturdays. Hehehehe. Infairness naman sa'min, we order a lot kaya keri lang!

If Cafe Seolhwa had a membership card, my friends would have the VVVVVIP card by now. 

And we weren't satisfied with just ordering three flavors, we ordered this economical meal composed of injeolmi bingsu with injeolmi toast. 

Injeolmi, for those who don't know, is one of the variants of tteok a.k.a Korean rice cake. Korean cuisine has many kinds of tteok and a more popular type would be the one used in cooking tteokbokki, the garaetteok. Anyway, what make injeolmi and garaetteok different is injeolmi's coating/gomul and its chewy consistency that can be compared with Japan's mochi

Enough of this culinary lesson because it's not the rice cake that made me want this variant too but the powder. I can't explain the taste, as always, but this is interesting to the palate. hehehehe.


Look at how fine the shaved ice is. Ka-miss pls!! Gusto ko tuloy kumain ulit.
If I were to rank these bingsu, I'd pick this mango cheesecake as my first. (Hindi kasama sa options ang Matcha Red Bean Bingsu ah. Kasi number one talaga ang matcha dito, dito sa puso ko, damdamin ko'y hindi na magbabago. hehehehe)

Strawberry Bingsu and Injeolmi would be tied at second place
Chocolate Brownie would be the last.

More more more. hehe. So far, I've only tried four of the many bingsu offerings of Cafe Seolhwa. Hehehe. I shall return! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

O'rice, Forum South Global

This is one of the new Korean Restaurants in Bonifacio Global City. It is in the same building with Cafe Seolhwa. This is on the first floor, Seolhwa is on the second.


It was a hot Saturday afternoon and we were all craving for something sweet and cold so we went to Forum South Global Building for Seolhwa. But we hadn't eaten our lunch yet so we entered O'rice...
This is the cheapest Kimbap variant in ther menu.

This big Tuna Kimbap was our order. I know that it doesn't look big here in the picture, but its size is twice to thrice the regular-sized kimbap that we know... toinks, but size is relative pa rin, diba? Hehe. Anyway, this tasted good! And they didn't skimp on the ingredients as well kaya sulit na rin. I was full after eating four pieces.
And that day, I found out that eating kimbap with mayonnaise and chili powder tastes good! 



Someday, I'll go back there to try their other food options because they have a lot! 



And, meron din palang plus points para sa paminsan-minsang fire show galing sa open kitchen nila. hehehe. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Matcha Treats: Nikko Almond Matcha Choco

Sorry, wallet and body. Hindi ko kinaya ang temptation. HAHAHAHA.

I went to Subic last month. (Zoobic Safari), then we went to Puregold Dutyfree where I found several matcha products and I almost cried. Joke. :)) Grabe. Anda. :( 


Here's my current favorite matcha chocolate from Nikko. Just that, I don't see this in any store here in Manila.

$ 4.58
Don't get fooled by how it's packed. Medyo walang effort, noh? Maibalot lang. 
Caramel coated almond coated in creamy matcha chocolate coated in potent matcha powder. hehe. Ito na puro coated. :))

The matcha chocolate is creamy but the matcha powder tastes grassy that's why I like this a lot. In this small piece of chocolate, you get to taste three flavors - bitter, creamy and sweet. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Super Duck Modern Tea, SM Cyberwest

I was invited to attend an event here at Super Duck Modern Tea in SM Cyberwest and I gladly said yes. I went not only because it is near (West Avenue, Quezon City) but because I was curious as to how they'd stand out from their competitors.

Remember that time when milk teas were the in thing that milk tea shops were mushrooming everywhere? I do. I do because I went out of my way several times just to buy one. I do because my friends and I went all the way to Greenhills, Ortigas, Makati and Tagaytay just to look for more milk tea shops but that obviously stopped because it wasn't interesting anymore.

Since I've been to a lot, I thought I've seen everything that a milk tea shop can offer but Super Duck proved me wrong. Their offerings are delicious, new, healthy and it felt like this isn't anymore about the hype but something that's here to stay.

1. Super Duck Modern Tea uses cane sugar to sweeten their drinks. Cane sugar is a healthier alternative to table sugar because of its antioxidant contents and its low glycemic index. No worries that your blood sugar level will spike after drinking.

2. They only serve authentic Taiwanese Tea.

3. They use fresh fruits/purΓ¨e in their drinks.

4. The prices of their drinks are affordable yet product quality isn't sacrificed.

5. They care a lot about their customer's well-being. It was mentioned that they purify the water they use and that they are also the one making their ice. 


Siguradong malinis at top quality 'yung drinks na maiinom mo. 

6. ANG DAMING OPTIONS. AS IN. DRINKS FOR EVERYONE. Categories are Fresh Flavor Tea, Milk Tea Series, Juices, Yakult Series, Fruitty Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Smoothies, Premium Milk Tea, Mellow Milk, Nai Kai Series and Unique Blends. Complete Menu link: here.

Ang dami that you might feel a bit overwhelmed when you look at the options but it's also a good thing 'cause you'd be sure that you'd have a drink that would suit you. Don't hesitate to ask for their suggestions!
I was lucky to have tasted most of their drinks. Sa wakas nakatikim rin ng iba at hindi lang ako puro Pearl Milk Tea. 

The one in this picture Passion Fruit Perilla (P 75.00 and P 85.00). Kung ako lang mago-order, hindi ko susubukan kasi ayoko ng itsura pero nagulat ako nung nagustuhan ko 'yung lasa saka gusto ko rin nginunguya 'yung Perilla. hehe. Notice again that the price of the drink is affordable, pwedeng pwede na for a healthier you, diba? Hindi nakaka-guilty sa bulsa at sa katawan kahit mapadalas na naman mag-milk tea.
Some of their Quackers/Snacks

Vegetarian and Halal 'tong mga 'to.

Calamares, Nuggets, Fries and Hotdog. They're all good!
I was busy taking pictures when they said that the quackers are all made from veggie meat so I didn't know it when I first had my bite of this cheesedog. This didn't taste like veggie meat at all. Super like! 
This is the first time that I liked drinking wintermelon milk tea. Sa dinami-rami ng milk tea shops na napuntahan ko na, first time ko lang magustuhan ang wintermelon. 

'Yang may froth sa taas was wintermelon nai kai (P 95.00 and P 105.00). Alam niyo naman, I am not good at describing the taste but I liked this a lot. 
We were also able to taste their Carbonara and Pesto Pasta. Okay din. 
This was the tumbler give-away and the Bailey's Milk Tea that I took home.
Thank you Steve and Dennis for having us. 

Uyyy, ito pa! 


I was surprised because of their cocktail drinks: Heineken Green Tea, Bacardi Cider Juice Pop (not in the picture), Almond Kahlua Milk, Bailey's Milk Tea.  

I am not into drinking liquor (anymore hahaha uyy anymore daw oh) but I liked these drinks especially the Bailey's Milk Tea. Ito 'yung tipong uhaw ka at gusto mo ng lasa ng alcohol o 'yung tapos ka na sa walwal stage (kagaya ko siguro) ng buhay mo pero iba pa rin pag alak 'yung iniinom niyo ng mga kaibigan mo, okay na alternative 'tong mga 'to. Walwal stage talaga description ko. Sorry na, kanto girl eh. Hahahaha! Basta ayun na nga, ang interesting naman e, diba?


SUPER DUCK MODERN TEA BRANCHES:
Ortigas - Burgundy Tower
ABS-CBN Loop - ELJ Communications, The Loop Food Court
West Avenue - SM Cyberwest (across SM North EDSA, Annex)
D. Tuazon - TCC Building


Like them on Facebook: Super Duck Modern Tea θΆ…η΄šι”ε―ζ™‚ε°šθŒΆι£²

Monday, June 8, 2015

Zoobic Safari 2015, Subic

Zoobic Safari is under the same group as Tagaytay's Residence Inn and Paradizoo. Even if I've already gone to the two, I was still looking forward to going here mainly because of the tiger safari ride.


Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and footwear when you're going here. 

Here is the map of the zoo. 
We waited for a bit here at the reception area.
Zoobic Safari guided tour lasts for around two hours. The zoo is huge so a tour guide is really needed plus visitors would also learn more that way.
You'll see a lot of signs like this is the zoo. It was so pun reading them all.
I've seen tigers in several zoos before but they're all caged and felt tamed but being able to experience this ride somehow scared me. I hope they are not starving these tigers just to elicit that kind of feeding behavior. 'Cause one thing I noticed is that tigers here in the tram ride are way thinner than those caged tigers from the close encounter.

Anyway, this tram ride is the highlight of the tour and the most memorable part for me. 
Just like our finger prints, it's impossible for them too to have similar prints.
We were shown dances performed by our Aeta brothers.
They aren't waiting for food. The reason why crocodiles often have their mouth open while sleeping or resting is to let the heat out. Crocodiles have no sweat glands so opening their mouth while at rest is a way to thermoregulate. 
Here is Zoobic Safari's current rates.

There is definitely a lot more to see than what I've included here. I just posted pictures of the tour highlights for me.
This is one of the cages from the close encounter area where we also got scared.

One tiger was roaring so loud at the tiger caged beside it because it didn't eat all the food. Sinasabi siguro nung tiger, "Kainin mo 'yaaaaaaaaaaan!!!"


Here's an instagram video I posted. I recorded the video while on the tram ride.




Dahil dyan.... Universe, dalhin mo ko sa Calauit Island ng Coron, Palawan o sa Chiang Mai, Thailand someday. Hihi. Giraffe, elephant at zebra naman plezzzz. Edi wow. Hahahaha.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Soon, June, Soon.

Kamusta? Huhu. Bilis ng araw!!! 

Sasabihin ko sana ang tagal ko bago makapag-update kaso mas lamang pa rin pala posts ng May 2015 kesa sa May 2014, pero nakaka-miss pa rin mag-blog. </3 Dami ko na ring backlogs. haha. Follow mo ko sa IG mas updated dun. Username: xtintina. Hahahahaha! Kailangan talaga nagp-plug ng SNS account.

I cut my hair last month. I now look like this if I want to. 


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Take note: If I want to. :)))) Medyo may daya kasi 'yan. Hindi lahat maikli ngayon unlike when I first cut my hair short last 2013.

Malayo para mukhang sexy. hahaha!

Bakit nga ba Soon, June, Soon?

If there's one thing I realized last month, it is that I am finding it easier to let something/someone go these days and my mind is having a conflict whether it is a good or a bad thing.

Delikado pala pag sinama mo 'yung HOPE saka 'yung WANT kasi that means that you're hopeful that the best is yet to come and you won't anymore settle for something that you don't like. Hindi ka na 'yung okay lang kahit ano kasi 'yun lang 'yung available e. 

When you finally understand that it's all about you and not them, di ka na papayag na basta na lang tapunan ng emotional basura (expectations, frustrations etc.) ng ibang tao. Minsan kasi ang bigat na rin lalo kung dadalhin mo rin 'yung pasanin ng iba. If it's weighing you down, let go. 

When you realize that it's normal to want something but it's not normal to be desperate. You'll make an effort to have that "something" but still, you have a life. If you're not desperate, you won't set conditions on your happiness.  Gusto mo lang eh kaya you're somehow detached. Pag andyan edi andyan. Pero pag desperate ka, mas gusto mo na mamatay kesa mabuhay ng wala kung ano man 'yun.  


Ang gulo. Hirap kasing i-explain dahil ang gulo rin ng isip ko ngayon.

Soon. Darating 'yung time na masasabi ko sa sarili kong, "Ahhhhh, kaya pala ako naguluhan noon.

Hindi ko man makita pa 'yung reasons kung bakit ganito e alam kong darating din ako dun sa panahon na 'yon. Soon. Sabi nga, 
 "You don't have to force something that's truly meant to be." Darating din 'yung tamang oras. Hehehe.

My prayer is that matutunan kong ma-recognize kung alin ba talaga 'yung mga essentials, mga kung ano na dapat kong hawakan hanggang dulo at ang pinaka-importante sa lahat e maramdaman ko kung kelan ba 'yung tamang oras. Lord, I need more wisdom. hehehehe. Arti. 



Surprise us, June! <3
God bless. 
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