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I'm super obsessed with sashimi. Like with a passion. So when Chichi T, Kirby G, Dastine S, and I decided to start off our weekend binging here, I had no qualms. We got their Uni platter and the club sashimi platter (a combo of their usual best sellers except the Uni). The Uni was amaze balls. Good Uni in the PH is hard to come by. The salmon and ebi sashimi was good but I've had better. Maybe I just expected it to be better than that of little Tokyo. Can't say anything bad about their aesthetics and the service. The cool fixtures and the modern Japanese look was really nice. Will surely be back to try their other dishes. To summarize (like what I do in my IG chubbyperohappy): 🏼Value for Money: 3 yums 🏼Taste: 4 yums 🏼Ambiance: 4 yums 🏼Service: 4 yums 🏼Overall happiness: 3.5 yums *The scale is 1 to 5; 5 being the highest* #chubbyperohappy #centurymallhappening #yumi_century #activesocialph
Banaue Rice Terraces is quite popular as it is one of our country's pride, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a former contributor to the Seven Wonders of the World. Some Filipinos even call it as the Eighth Wonder of the World, and beyond this terraces are many more rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao. What's in the photo is the Batad Rice Terraces, it's not as popular as Banaue, but some locals say it's more magestic than the Banaue Rice Terraces. Last week, we went to Batad to finally unleash and explore its unpopular beauty, and yes, we were not disappointed, unluckily, we came after the harvest season which made our visit kinda muddy and we were not also able to see much greens as the crops were already harvested. Tip: do some reasearch regarding Batad Rice Terraces in its greenest because that's when it's advised to go here! :) Although muddy, it's still beautiful! What more during its planting season? We trekked an hour to reach the highest point of the terraces and the reaaaallly exhausting way up was really worth it. It's such a great escape to Manila's urban jungle, all you can feel at this place are nothing but fresh air, the calming sound of mother nature, really nice locals and a piece of paradise. We even got the chance to watch the locals do their cultural dance and their music when they're serenading or celebrating a certain occasion in their traditional Ifugao clothes. You'll also be amazed with how hardworking the Ifugao's are. I've met an old lady there who is already 66 years old and she can tirelessly trek for hours everyday, plant a bunch of crops, offer a massage to tourists, be a housewife and even perform a cultural show (she's one of the performers I have witnessed) Batad is a humble yet magnificent place to be at. If you have an obsession with nature, this shouldn't be missed in your bucket list! And oh, there's a beautiful waterfall here! Check my first review for that ;)
The Ramen craving was so intense the past weeks that we even made a 6-long streak! Bahaha - but sadly this wasn't so much of a good ender. Good, but not the best. Yep, we started with jackpot ramen hits like Mendokoro Ramen Ba, to Kitchitora, even down to Ramen Nagi. Had a losing moment because of the awful Mitsuyado Sei---- (something I gave up on you) house of tsukemen ramen thingy! I'm a Tantanmen person but I do appreciate other bases (horray Ikkoryu && Nagi) && I have yet to try Ukkokei and Yushoken :s But this --- I expected so much T.T I had the Limited edition Black ramen (yes the one with cilantro). I liked the level of spiciness, and the broth was tasty but not the this-is-so-good-i-cant-stop-slurping kind of broth. I love cilantro garnished mexican meals but with ramen? Just no. I gotta say that there's more cilantro than spring onions! :( might have picked the wrong ramen? Mmmmmmeh. Huge plus points though for their GYOZA!!! It's screaming eat-me from the photo More meat than the wrapper! And boyyyy was it the best deep fried gyoza we've ever had! mendokoro's is a different story of course cause it ain't deep fried. Plus points for their tamago also - runny, yet firm outside. Mmmm! So yes, still a 4 because gyozuhhh. The red and black vibe somehow gave off Ramen Nagi's but this one has dim lit areas and cool black bowls for display! Oh wow, it's been more than a year since I fell in loove with looloo! ^^, Looloove, B #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway
Imagine yourself on this rock formation... It's like from Norway or Ireland, nah! It's Mt. Ulap of Itogon, Benguet. The peak rises 1,846 meters above sea level and has 4/9 difficulty level. It was a cold 17 degrees Centigrade morning when we arrived at Sitio Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. You may settle registration fees and guides here at the baranggay hall. The group hired a van from Manila to avoid public commute and to lessen travel time. We left Pasay around 2100H and arrived at Ampucao around 0500H in the morning. Did I say they offered free native coffees? Haha! The residents are so generous here. Free CR, free shower, free food. After settling all permits and registrations, we started trekking around 0700H. You'll be treated with cool weather and hundreds or even thousands of pine trees along the trail, just like Baguio minus the overcrowded residentials. The views on the upper part are awesome too! I'm out of superlative words to explain. I can see the lowlands of Central Luzon, on adjacent side the Mt. St. Thomas and Baguio, the Sierra Madre mountain range and to the north the majestic Cordillera mountain range. From covered pine trees trail you'll pass the open trail grassland, just like in New Zealand. Wild cows roam the area but beware 'coz they chase anyone according to local guides. Then comes the steep rocky trail, now you really need those balancing and scrambling skills. Some parts of this trail is a steep cliff on both sides. Arriving the summit is an achievement or somehow we were mitigated. There's this rock formation slightly attached to the solid summit where you can pose for an awesome picturesqe view at the background. (Dayum, somebody draw an illuminati sign at the rock) Who would have thought that there's a place like this. After some photo ops we descended back to jump-off, took a shower and headed back to Baguio for a bounty dinner, then finally back to Manila. I thought we've save a lot from this day hike. We only paid P1200 all-in (food and transportation) to Mam Jho Esteban the organizer. Tranpo from Manila to Baguio normally costs P500 so that would be a thousand bucks already back and forth. I really suggest a private transportation here because the jeepneys to Baguio are also limited.
If you want a quick weekend getaway from the city, you should probably visit Camp Netanya in Mabini, Batangas. It's just a few hours away from Manila. An overnight stay for two is just 6,000 pesos but you have to reserve before you go there cause they don't accept walk-ins and they're usually booked every weekend. Why wouldn't they right? The place is heaven. From the structure of the rooms to the color scheme of the place, you'll feel like you're in Santorini. They've got lots of rooms, an infinity pool and access to the beach as well. They have a big pool which is 5 feet up to 10 feet and they also have a kiddie pool for the young ones. If you want to go explore the ocean, they offer boat paddling and kayaking for free when you're a guest. Their rooms are very cozy I swear. You can request for a queen sized bed or two single beds. The bathroom is clean and well maintained. They also have a veranda per room so that's a plus for smokers or if you just want to enjoy the view and breathe fresh air. All rooms are air-conditioned. Food won't be a problem. If you want to bring your own ingredients and groceries, you can ask their kitchen to cook it for you. You just have to tell them and bring everything to the kitchen, and then you pay for their cooking/service fee. If you don't want to stress yourself from buying everything, you can just order from their menu. The price of their food is very reasonable and it tastes good so you don't need to worry about that. If you love doing the Karaoke just like most Filipinos do, you'll enjoy it here cause you can rent a Karaoke machine for only 500 pesos. The place is very quiet and very peaceful, perfect to just chill and relax after that long and stressful week you had. #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway
Silantro, in this new branch in UP Town Center, is no doubt one of the most visited establishments in the whole mall. Since UPTC aims to be a place for bonding with family and friends, Silantro, with its generous servings, VALUE FOR MONEY (can't emphasize that enough), and level of comfort, it is without any question, a clear winner. The first time I tried the quesadilla, I had some reactions as to difference in the appearance compared to many other quesadillas I've tried before. Yes, it was so good, but now that I know what to expect, it lifted the whole game for me. This is and will forever be a part of my happy core memory. With flavors oozing with so much flavor, one can't help but smile, and just when the bite is almost over, a sheath of comfort that feels like your mom tucking you into bed on Christmas night embraces you. Suddenly everything is good in this world. If you haven't tried this before, please do. If you have, go ahead and line up again. This deserves more than an Instagram post. Yum! #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway
A taste of Ancient Greece in Nasugbu, Batangas. Though Fortune Island is an abandoned island, the parthenon-like ruins and wrecked statues still brings out the beauty in it. If you are planning to visit the island, be sure to know before hand the "what to expect", "what to bring" and "what to do". Here's some what to expect - not to spoil anyone's excitement but the island doesn't have water supply, no electricity and functioning restroom/shower area. Can hardly get signal, too. Brace yourself also on sun's heat esp at noon. Feels like you are getting a sauna in edsa (Wut). On the brighter side, the island has a clear turquoise water, semi-fine sand and has terrific view up from the ruins. Here's some essentials to bring - Water! (We brought a gallon when we went here. Hehe.) Food and Tent! Whether you are just staying for a day or overnight, you shall bring them. Powerbank, just in case you run out of batt and want more selfies. Sunblock, though sometimes you have trust issues in them. Camera of course and flashlight, if you'll go overnight. Here's the fun part - there's so many things to do in the island but what I enjoyed most is the cliff diving! Never did I expect that I can float on water without vest. Lol. Such a fun that I did jump many times. You can go swimming and snorkeling too and have some photo ops in the ruins and lighthouse. We just stayed here for a day. I can't imagine going on an overnight here but still want to experience it (kinda). Btw, on the boat we just paid 3.5k instead of 4k. Natawaran since we're only 6 but still I find it really expensive for a back and forth ride. #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway
I love this barbershop! my go-to place before any special day or event. by the moment you get in, you'll know that you've come to the right place. the interiors and the setup was sharp letting you feel the gentleman's vibe. the barbers were well trained. you can exactly get what you asked from them. so I suggest that you should go there prepared for the look that you would want to have. my best so far for the cut and shave. the barbers interact with you specially with your cut and the receptionists were accommodating letting you feel that your presence was important. if you really want to enjoy the experience, I guess you should allot an ample amount of time and avoid the rush. the price for the service that they provide was really affordable. you could also choose a drink: beer, iced tea, or just plain water. they also do customized clothes if you want to complete the swagger feel with not just the hair but also the clothing style. I highly recommend this place for every gentleman out there. tip: don't forget to make an appointment before coming to the place. make it at least 3 days ahead, because it can really be possible that you wouldn't get accommodated if you'll rely on walk-in.
Part our I.T was to climb Mt.Ugo first tapos Ampucao 7 summits traverse via PhilEx Ridge. Glad that I'm of part of the first group to established the new trail which will be opened to public soon. I have been eyeing for this event. I was invited by a friend of mine to join the event. We arrived in Benguet at around 10 AM.. kapos na masyado sa oras kaya binilisan nalang namin ... No stretching time pagbaba ng van sugod agad. Mt.Ugo has a distinct and alluring beauty that makes this mountain one of the best in the Philippines..No doubt why this is included in the top 10 Famous and most visited mountain in the country. I love the mountains here in Benguet not just because of the Jawdropping view but because of the cold weather too. It was just past 11am and the fog covered the whole place like we're in heaven. Too many cows here... Kakatuwa lang. I just remembered may isa na sumalubong sa akin tapos sabi ko sa guide kuya, He's going to attack me.. gagawin ko talagang nilaga yan sakto gutom pa naman ako..tapos sabay sabi sa akin ni kuya, lechonin mo nalang sir mas masarap yun tapos sabay nagtawanan nalang kami. The view at the top is priceless as you can see neighboring mountains like Mt. Pulag and Mt.Ulap. I just don't like the other groups who climbed that day too coz they left their trashes sa gilid ng trail then, we reminded them that they don't have a janitor to pick their trashes. It's always leave No trace for us kaya nga meron kami garbage bag dala para sa basura. Just a quick question, how can I add a newly- discovered place here? Just want to add Ampucao 7 summits traverse via PhilEx Ridge located in Tuba,Benguet. I just want to share my experience here..the new trail will be opened at the end of the month. I wanted to post some my photos sa mummy cave but the Barangay officials told me na antayin daw muna ang inauguration day.
Finally, I've had the chance to try Backyard Kitchen & Brew through their new branch at Circuit Lane Mall at Circuit City, Makati. This visit , I truly enjoyed their Tinapa & Quinoa Salad. Their Lobster & Prawn Roll would have been also good except for a couple of misses. I have been meaning to try Backyard K&B for some time now. However ,their original branch in QC was quite a distance for a visit. As luck would have it, upon checking the new development of the Ayala Group, Backyard Kitchen + Brew was one of the only 2 restaurants open in the new mall. However, I must say, once Circuit Lane goes full operational, the place seems to be a very promising foodie destination judging from the list of restaurants set to open soon. The Tinapa & Quinoa Salad was a hefty serving of mixed greens with Tinapa flakes, salted red eggs, quinoa, and tomatoes tossed with honey-balsamic vinaigrette. I enjoyed the delightful mix of sweet-tart-salty of the salad. The greens were nicely crunchy and the quinoa was cooked right giving a good nutty flavor to the salad. This salad, in all its healthiness, tasted great too. Their Lobster Prawn Roll was made of chunks of lobster and prawn meat tossed in a Butter-Mayo dressing. The roll they used was a thick slice of buttery brioche. The sandwich was served with potato chips and a red cabbage-papaya slaw. The lobster-prawn filling was nicely seasoned. The butter-mayo dressing had a faint taste of Japanese mayo giving the seafood stuffing a bit of nice sweet-creamy kick. Perhaps however, they could lessen the amount of dressing just a bit as the filling was too "wet". The buttery brioche would have been good as a sandwich for more savory fillings. Personally, I prefer a crunchy roll (a baguette or French bread) for such seafood salad fillings. The sidings though were good. I'll definitely be back for the Tinapa & Quinoa Salad and try Backyard K&B's other dishes. I'm glad that they opened a branch a bit more convenient for me.
Soft Opening A friend gave me a heads up that there's gonna be a soft opening last Friday and it's limited time only. I decided to have late lunch here to check it out. Brief background: The Halal Guys is a world-renowned international restaurant chain, which started as a hot dog cart in New York City; bringing American Halal food all over the world, they are on their 25 years already. (Thanks Google, for that) 🏼 The first ever store in Manila is located in Mega fashion hall of SM Megamall. When I got here, there was already a long queue waiting for their happy meal. You've got 2 choices, rice platter or take the sandwiches. I got the Gyro and Chicken Combo Platter, which consists of tender chicken and flavorful gyro meat, soft pita bread, mixed with fresh tomatoes and lettuce, and lastly topped with their famous white sauce and/or red sauce. (You could have it on the side too.) Oh, and I also partnered it with Coke Zero, perfect for my combo platter meal. I liked it. Think about getting all the stars align for you and served in your plate, it's like magic. That's how I describe the feeling when I finished all the carbs and meat I had. ️ Definitely a good comfort food. A warning though, since this is an American-Halal food, it has kind of milder taste than the legit one, of course. The Halal Guys will have their grand opening tomorrow, October 13, 2015. Go get your tummies ready because it's gonna be a carby-day for everyone! PS The red hot sauce is really the bomb and soooo good!
Cebu has a lot to offer and one of that is the Canyoneering at Matutinao River which is a must-do for every adventurers at heart like me. You will enjoy the 3-4 hours of trekking, climbing, cliff jumping, swimming and frolicking on it's turquoise cold water. You will get to do a lot of cliff jumps from 6ft to 30ft which I enjoyed so much that I had to repeat a lot of jumps. The end point of the canyoneering was the Majestic Kawasan Falls where you can go swimming and rafting. The 65 ft water fall that I wanted to jump from but was not allowed to haha. The canyon at Matutinao River is so beautifully amazing and the experience there is so ecstatic that makes me want to visit Cebu again. This experience is a one of a kind and I will definitely go back and try it again.
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