Monday, November 30, 2015

Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe, Kapitolyo, Pasig

FINALLY!!!!!

Finally, na-post na 'to.
Finally, nakapunta rin!


When I got my phone from the service center, I was then having a hard decision whether to eat ALONE or just go home. I am that person who would choose the latter because I can't eat rice meals when I'm alone in public. Hahaha! Pero hindi naman kanin 'to so keribells.


I have a cognitive map of Kapitolyo since I've been there for a lot of times but that one was special because I was alone, it was raining hard (may bagyo! huhu. All for the love of matcha!!), and it was my second time returning after a year. Ulitin ko lang, medyo ma-drama talaga 'yung part ng paglalakad ko. hahaha! Nakakatawa na lang eh. 

I actually didn't know where I was going but I have more confidence in directions when walking than riding so I skipped the tricycle. I know that it's in Pioneer Street but I wasn't able to get the exact location so I just walked along the street not minding the wind and the rain.

Ang bait lang ni Kuya guard from Pioneer Center because even if I wasn't asking him anything, he told me that it was okay to ask if I was lost. (Kuya, life lessons ba 'yon? Wala naman masama sa pagtatanong. HAHAHA.) O mukha yata kasi akong naliligaw that time or naawa lang siya kasi ang lakas ng ulan at mukhang di ko pa alam pupuntahan ko. And?? I told him, "De, kuya okay lang po. Anong lugar ba 'to?" Hindi ko sinabi na naghahanap ako ng matcha cafe na dapat pala sinabi ko na lang. hahaha. He answered, "Pioneer Center" 

I continued walking but my instinct told me to go back so I did.

After all the drama, Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe is in Pioneer Center. Ge. 
I ordered Hot Matcha Latte and Japanese Cheesecake

What I enjoyed more is the Matcha Japanese Cheesecake. It was my first time eating Japanese Cheesecake and I must admit that I fell inlove at first bite. Not entirely because it's matcha flavored but because of melt-in-your-mouth texture. But even so, nadudurog kasi pag hinahati so I'd like it to be less crumbly if ever I return to order this again

For the taste, there was a slight matcha taste at first and afterwards it was all cheese.
I won't tell more details about the latte aside from the super obvious qtpi latte art that makes drinking a hard decision.


Overall, it was a pleasant matcha experience (food & ambiance). Nothing goes wrong naman with matcha and I kaya more than pleasant pa nga. hehe.


And I'll just mention this 'cause I'm happy that more and more people are discovering the goodness of matcha/green tea/nokcha. I've been on the look out for anything matcha for like more than 3 years now and the search has never been this easy. Haha! I see matcha almost everywhere now which is definitely a good thing so I can satisfy my cravings immediately.




Where else can I find delicious matcha goodies? :)))

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Never forget that excruciating pain... #pansitpamore



Dahil hindi raw kumpleto ang isang buwan ko kung walang dramaramaramrama... kakaloka tayo, life noh?

Nov. 24, 2015 - Hurriedly went home since my Nanay texted me that we had Pansit Malabon at home. I ate that for dinner, even gave our neighbor one plateful. (Note: I am not a pansit person. The only two types of pansit that make me crave are Lucky Me Pansit Canton and Pansit Malabon. Imagine my excitement because I am only able to eat Pansit Malabon once in a blue moon. lol)

Nov. 25, 2015 at 3 AM-ish (3 AM-ish talaga, Tin?!) - I woke up because of severe stomach pain. Nakiramdam what kind of pain was that, sobrang sakit lang, hindi ko alam kung ano. Shemay. Maya-maya pang-CR na. (Pasintabi po. Dami ko pa naman resto reviews.) Thought it ended there? No. I went back to vomit, then went back for another.... :(( I looked at the mirror and I was so pale to the point that it was scary already.

Buti kung 'yun lang eh but no. I wasn't able to go back to sleep because of the terrible stomach pain I had. I was also sweating but I was feeling cold. Kind of Reminded me of Mt. Pulag kasi akala ko OA na 'yung na-experience namin nung gabi, meron pa palang mas OA na experience dun which is ito na nga - walang idea kung gano katagal eh, ramdam na ramdam pa 'yung pain. Best in Experience talaga every November. Sana next November din. Hihi. Pero sana mas magandang experience naman... fall... autumn... hihihi.


Nov. 25, 2015 after getting some sleep- Spent the whole day in bed. Stomach pain was reduced but in exchange, I had headache and body pain throughout the day. I couldn't even bend my knees and elbows because of the muscle and joint pains. So ganon ang feeling ng may mga arthritis. Oh wells...

Nov. 26, 2015 - Head still thumps and there are still stomach cramps especially when standing but I am feeling a whole lot better. Nag breakfast na nga ko ng bacon eh at nakapag-blog pa 'ko akalain mo 'yon. Grabe. Di kaya ako naka-kain kahapon.


I searched for the Facebook page of tooooot and I was supposed to send them a private message to tell them our concern (Since hindi lang ako kundi lahat kaming kumain. Magkakaiba lang ng degree of pain.) but I saw a comment there and what they experienced was the same with ours so sumagot na lang ako dun sa convo. It's because we are in the same industry that I am not being hysterical about this nor am I making this a big deal - tagal din nila inalagaan 'yung reputasyon na 'yon e saka sobrang dali kasing makasira ng kung anuman pwedeng mabasa sa internet kaya hindi ko na papangalanan. Also, I am considering the experience as a reminder that safety and sanitation are very important in food preparation. You'll never know eh. The food wasn't spoiled. It tasted the same with the first time I ate it. Proud na proud pa kong sabihin na one of the best 'yon kasi na-feature na sila on different tv programs such as Jessica Soho and KrisTV. Tapos, one of the best pain we'll ever experience pala. Hihi. Unforgettable nga at namigay pa ko ng isang platong foodborne illness. 'Yan ang  sobrang generous, pati sakit e ipinapamigay.  Hahaha!! 

I don't think I would ever crave for Pansit Malabon again. Ka-trauma. Buti na lang may Lucky Me, Sotanghon at Japchae pa! hehe. May chance pa sa long life! haha. Ngayon pa baaaaa. 


Here's to surviving the food poisoning ordeal!
Woooo. I made it through the rain pain I can stand up once again... *insert Mariah Carey's "Through The Rain"*
Nga pala, laking tulong talaga ng Human Heart Nature balm for all seasons kahit kelan sa sobrang sakit naubos ko isang lalagyan nang hindi ko namalayan, ng buko juice, ng Psyllium fiber na dahil regular naman akong may intake e mas appreciated ko pa, ng erceflora, ng biogesic (loyal kay Lloydie!) ng oil galing Regina Institute of Contemplation in Asia (halatang ritwal ang naging sandigan ehehe!) saka ng prayers shempre. huhuhu. 



Again, I am not writing this to complain but because of gladness that we were able to recover fast (with that degree of pain, understatement ang glad) and because I want to remind everyone that we all have our roles in keeping our food safe. And, hopefully for us there would be no further complications. 


For us, food handlers, may we able to come up with better food-handling practices so as not to repeat what had happened. We should really pay close attention in all steps of the food preparation. 

For us, consumers, may we more vigilant and only eat food that nourish us. Although hindi ko rin alam kung paano, may we stay away from contaminated food all the time.

At pang Ms. Universe: Hoping for a world where everyone has access to clean food and drinks, and proper nutrition.




Seryoso, napaisip talaga ko kahapon nung sobrang sakit ng tiyan ko kung parusa na ba sa'kin 'yon kasi kain ako ng kain pero naisip ko ngayon na hindi naman siguro, nagkataon lang. Alam mo na, for more life lessons. Haha. ktnxbye. :)))) 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro, Tagaytay

I used to frequent Tagaytay (attractions link: here.) but this time, it took me more than a year to return. I was surprised not only by the new establishments in Tagaytay City but also by those along the Sta. Rosa - Tagaytay Road. How can there be that much change within a year? Anyhow, this is not to answer the question, "what changed?" but "where to eat?" and "what to eat?" when in the area.

This is along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hi-way, roofdeck of Domicillo Botique Hotel. 'Yung daan pa-Mahogany Market merong gas station. Lagpas lang ng kaunti doon, then nasa left side sila pag pa-Batangas 'yung way. 

Interior of Aozora 
If it wasn't so hot that day, this part would be the perfect place to stay at. 

Oh. I heard that the best time to go here is during sunset. Yes, I think that sunset viewing is perfect in their place 'cause nasa west part sila and there are no obstructions in the view. (Sunset at Picnic Grove link: here.)
Japanese snacks are for sale.

Got over my love for Meiji's dark chocolate because it's Meiji's Kyo-matcha for me now. Hehe. 
And they have the best spot of all the establishments I've visited along the ridge.

The name Aozora (blue sky) makes perfect sense when you're at this part. I would love to view the sunset here someday. Sige, kapag may ka-date na ko. Char lang :))
Panoramic View

You are to see nature and forest in its finest. You are to eat Japanese cuisine in its finest. Definitely worth the drive!


Unfortunately, mahirap na makakita ng ganitong spot sa Tagaytay kasi ang dami ng buildings and houses. Buti na lang, meron pa rito.



So here it is.

Tagaytay's first authentic Japanese restaurant. 
Dragon Maki

Named as such because it looks like a dragon. Laki kong tulong talaga. Haha. But this tastes good huhu I want to go back. 
Gyoza

Miso Soup

And my favorite of the dishes that I tried there is Aozora's version of Sukiyaki. 

Aozora's Fried Rice
So good you don't even need a viand to eat this with. 
Aozora's owner, Ms. Christine, told us that they import most of their ingredients from Japan. Their salmon has a different texture from the salmon sashimis that are available in eat-all-you-can buffets.
Aozora's Salad

The crunchy kani on top took this salad on a different level. Sarap! I can eat this all by myself. hehe.
Tempura
Chicken Katsu
Loved this as well!
The chicken meat was tender but the panko coating was crunchy.
Pork Tonkatsu
Chicken Terriyaki
Tempura Ice Cream for dessert

This one's interesting because the ice cream's obviously cold but the tempura coating is hot. The taste of chocolate syrup, red bean and vanilla ice cream are all complimenting. Must try!
I was surprised when they brought this out. Bulalo ramen daw.

But I was more surprised that they managed to make this dish into something na hindi nakakaumay at bagay. Bulalo in not my kind of comfort food but with Aozora's Bulalo Ramen maybe it can be now. 
A look of Taal lake once again. 
Yay for the virgin forest they have there. Looks like no one has traversed here yet. 


If you find yourself in Tagaytay, go to Aozora 'cause not only do you get to see this scenic view, you also get to eat delicious and authentic Japanese food prepared by Chef Seiji Kamura.


AOZORA JAPANESE CAFE+ BISTRO
9 AM - 10 PM
KM 58 Gen. E. Aguinaldo Hi-way, Tagaytay City, Cavite

For reservations:
09155038800


Thank you, Ms. Christine Villongco of Aozora for inviting us and Aldous of aldousatetheworld for organizing this event. :))


Bet talaga, noh?
Mej ingat lang kasi walang glass na harang dyan. Di ko lang rin alam kung ano tawag. 

A photo posted by Aldous Calubad (@team_aldous) on
With other bloggers and Ms. Christine. Pahiram ng IG picture mo, Aldous! Hehe. :D

Friday, November 20, 2015

Artsy Cafe, Maginhawa Street, Teacher's Village

Posted 16 weeks later. Hehehe! 

Here's my first time in Artsy Cafe, Maginhawa Street. I have passed by there a lot of times and the crowd/line is noticeable especially during dinner time so I've always wanted to try eating there and I did... 

Sorry for all the things I said when I was hangry. :))

Kind of unfair that it took me so long before posting this, soooooo. Alam na. Waley na naman 'to kasi nalimutan ko na 'yung lasa and feeling after kumain. :(

Fish and Fries for appetizer
Pesto

This was my order and even though it wasn't something special for me, it was good enough. It wasn't oily and having the cheesy chicken on top was better than pairing pasta with bread. Laking tulong ko e no. Haha.



People who love to eat are always the best people. IKR!!!!!!! Kailangan pa bang i-memorize 'yan?! 
Overall, even if the food we had weren't that remarkable to me or I've probably forgotten about the taste, it's the ambiance of this place that I liked a lot. The multi-colored chairs and tiles were also cute additions to the interior. 
I love how it is living up to its name - artsy.


As for the crowd, peak hours are always my problem in ALL restaurants I've been to at Maginhawa. I don't think I even need to mention that here again. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Baguio Trip 2015: One Afternoon in Baguio

Three Days and Two Nights Sample Itinerary with Expenses in Baguio: here.
The Road That Lead Me to BagUIO (Kennon Road): here.

Do you plan to go to Baguio during the APEC holidays? Haay. Buti pa kayo. Team bahay is love. Hahaha! 

What I am posting here are the photos I took when we went there one afternoon last October. It was an unplanned trip so I wasn't able to look for tourists spots other those we've visited last year. Sinundan lang ulit 'yung nakalagay sa post ko paikot sa city. Sa sobrang galing ko gumawa ng itinerary, sinunod ko rin 'yung sinabi ko. Haha. Char lang. Wala naman kasi akong ibang alam na puntahan.

Also, this was after Typhoon Lando so the damages it did to Baguio (Nothern Luzon actually) were still evident.


We were only there for around five hours but still thankful that I was able to spend an afternoon there. Cordillera Administrative Region has a special place in my heart that I always look forward to going back no matter how long the travel time takes. Someday, Buscalan and Sagada! 

ANYHOW...

Passed through the picturesque Kennon Road and we arrived at Baguio. Grabe, Kennon Road! 
Viewing Deck of the Good Shepherd Convent
Houses and Mountain Ranges.
That's me wearing NYX's Copenhagen Matte Cream Lipstick
It's a good thing Good Shepherd accept card payments. Di ako prepared but I was able to buy bottles of ube jam. Hehe.
This is Mines View Park now.

The entrance of the park looks much better compared to its state last year.

MINES VIEW PARK, GOOD SHEPHERD 2014 link: here.
These are all for sale.
From the viewing deck of Mines View
Souvenir Shop

New gate.
I felt sad upon seeing this. This wasn't the only tree that got uprooted during the typhoon. I can't even imagine how long it took for this tree to grow then nawala na lang ng ganun.
Missing the foggy view of Burnham Park

Di kasi masyadong malamig and foggy when we there unlike the first when it was almost zero visibility everywhere.
Burnham Lake
More broken branches and uprooted trees.
I have been wearing that necklace for more than 5 years now and we've gone to a lot of places that's why I am frustrated that I lost it yesterday morning when I'm just staying at home. Hello, natulog lang ako tas nowhere to be found na. NAKAKALOKA.

I don't know if I placed it somewhere I can't recall since I was too sleepy or whatevs, di ko talaga mahanap more so maalala.

 Pag may nawala, may darating. Hindi naman sa kwintas 'yun kundi sa Miraculous Medal na nandun. Buti na lang feast day na sa Nov. 27. May ginagamit ako ngayon na iba pero at least makakakuha ako ng bago.
Baguio Cathedral was repainted. This is my first time entering the church. Hehe. THANK YOU POOOOO!
One of my favorite spots in Baguio.

First visit link: here.
Yes pls. hehehehe. Money daw oh. 
This is what the Baguio Cathedral looks now. Pink paint 'to before.
Last stop was the Wet Market to buy fresh vegetables. 
Tingin pa lnag fresh na fresh na eh.

Sarap ng dalandan at strawberry swear. Hindi 'yung dalandan na nabibili rito sa'tin. Tas found out na meron palang orange farm something sa Mountain Province. Hehe. Soon.
And it won't be complete without strolling along Session Road.



NOTE: Kung magkataon na 'yung post ko na nakita mo e may mukha ko tapos magkasalubong tayo anywhere (Ang liit pala ng Baguio! hahaha) e kalma lang tayo pareho kahit medyo nakakagulat naman talaga. Wag naman 'yung approach na common na gawin ng mga masasamang loob kasi nakakapraning. Hahaha. Okay na okay na sa'kin ang HI. Artista levelz lang. hahaha. :))) Charot!

Enjoy your trip! Sabihan mo naman ako kung ano pang pwedeng mapuntahan dun o. :) 





Overnight trip?

Look for Baguio Hotels HERE.






Tuesday, November 17, 2015

THE ROAD THAT LED ME TO bagUIO.

I Kennon! 

I went to Baguio two times last year and for both I was asleep the whole drive and only awoke when we have arrived in Baguio. Plus, all those were at night so there wasn't much to see.

So... Baguio has three major access routes from the lowlands: Marcos Hiway, Naguilian Road and Kennon Road. 


Three days and Two Nights Sample Baguio Itinerary (2014) link: here.
Mt. Pulag Climb Series (2014) link: here.
One Afternoon in Baguio (2015) link: here.

It was only on our most recent trip to Baguio that I was able to look at the view.

 Funny thing here is all those months, I thought that it was Kennon Road the buses were passing through. Hahahaha. There's definitely a lot more to learn.


Ito pala 'yung famous lion's head.
Lando's damage was still evident in the area. :( This is only one of the many landslides we saw on our way.

There are camps 1-8 in Kennon. It was said that the camps were for the builders of the road that was then occupied by the local residents. 
Kennon is a landslide and accident prone road especially during the rainy season. We even personally saw the aftermath of Lando but not one of us was thinking about the danger. Instead,  we were only marveling about the beauty that is Kennon. 


I have no pictures of the canyon below where the Bued River flows. Aside from the zigzag road, there are also several cascades and cliffs that you can look at.


This only proved that CAR is, so far, my favorite region in the Philippines. Hehe. More plsssss. 
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