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I already feel bad that this will be their first review.. Ohwell.. I will give a second review on my next visit. We came here for lunch. We ordered Chicken Cheese Fondue P588 half, Kimbap beef P158, and Japchae P128. By the time we placed our order, Kimbap was served after 5+ mins, Japchae was served after 12+ mins, then Chicken Cheese Fondue was served after 30+ mins (reference point is when the order was placed). That was so BAD and unacceptable for the main/highlight dish that we were all looking forward to. There were a few customers but still 30+ mins is unacceptable. ❌ So I nicely asked the waiter why it took that long, he said sorry and that serving time is 15-20mins.. OK interesting info. . Then I asked for a complimentary because I believe we deserve it.. The waiter returned with One glass of raspberry(?) drink. OK again we were 8 pax on the table. This is embarassing.. So I said if he can give a pitcher instead of a one glass, he just said sorry. I then looked for the Manager, turns out that the Manager is the Chef, he explained to me how they work in the kitchen, first come first served/cook basis on the order slips. (Of course). Still, it does not justify the 30min waiting time and the one glass complimentary. Facepalm.🤐 I ended it by saying OK (quite stressful to argue) then continued eating my meal. The food.. There was no trace of korean cuisine/spices on any of the food. Ohmy. The cheese chicken fondue was a great idea, but we were expecting more of its flavors especially the cheese which was not that satisfying cheeseloving feeling, yet we enjoyed it (I like the taste of the chicken tenders on it). Kimbap and japchae, hmm yeah just plain food, it could be better. I commend the tall waiter because I think he was challenged by my questions and the situation, yet he handled it well and was pleasant all through out. The Chef was unpleasant to talk to, he wasn't even apologetic🏼️ Next time, I will order the Chicken Combo meal and wouldn't ask for a complimentary Haha will just tell them that they need improvement.
We grab ourselves some coffee to perk up our afternoon. Its been a while since the last time we visited Subspace coffee. Was able to get a great view of the cafe today, since its less crowded. The green couch is so chic! There are very interesting decors but still the hanging chairs in the ceiling is one of a kind.. eccentric! I had Peanut Butter Latte (12oz for P145). Kinda strong drink, with a nutty taste as you sip. For me its ok! Something new to my tastebud. While Yna N enjoyed her Purple Latte (P130 for 8oz) served with artistic touch in the foam. Cutie kitty this time! And we're feeling lucky today We've been into the place twice, but their crepe cakes are always out of stock. And its a nice thing they have it today, and its Matcha Crepe #feelingextralucky. I share the slice with my companion. We love that it has the "it" taste. Matcha taste to be exact. No "sawa" factor since its not sweet & has creamy taste. What's more good about it is that its cheaper than the leading crepe. Its only P135 per slice.
Azalea to Nami Nami Resort is located on a cliff in Diniwid Cove, Balabag, Boracay Island. Beachfront rooms gives you a stunning view of Boracay Island. You could ride a tricycle for 150php/4pax to get to Nami Resort or by walking along station 1 until the end and a cliff will lead you to Diniwid Beach. A free shuttle service is also available for pick up and drop off. Going up to the resort is an experience. There's a buzzer to get the elavator and a butler will assist your way up. You need to ride a Bamboo Elevator which gives you a glimpse of the view until you reach the reception and resaturant area (separate review of our lunch the next day). After checking in on the reception area, a complimentary drinks were given to us and we were introduced to our personal butler for the entire stay and he accompanied us to our room. I was feeling inspired in awe upon entering our room. The view in our room was breathtaking, seeing blue and green thru the glass door leading to the balcony area. I was excited yet I felt calm and relax. Our room was simple and clean. There's a separate shower and toilet room. There's a jacuzzi/bathtub at the balcony facing the ocean where you can fully enjoy the scenic view, embracing the seabreeze while having a hot bath or having a sip of your drink. The resort also offers Spa Service but we didn't had any ince it's a bit pricey. Definitely, Nami Resort is a peaceful and quiet place perfect for those who want to avoid or to get away from the busy and crowded White Beach Boracay. The resort has it's own resto and you could visit Spider House if you want to eat. I felt like not going anywhere since all I want to was staying onside our room. Diniwid's beach was ok. The sand wasn't as fine as the one i8n White Beach. Well it's just a 15 minute walk away, so you could visit it anytime. And it's fun walking along the cliff that connects diniwid and white beach. Anyway, there's a free shuttle if don't feel like walking along the beach, jusy make sure to give them a heads up 30min-1hour in.advance. Overall our stay was beyond my expectation. All of our needs were provided and anticipated. Staff were all friendly.I wish our bed was more soft and comfy lime the one we had in Azalea. Nonethess, it was a great stay and the price was worth it. 5k per night. *Diniwid's beach wasn't that big and I hope Nami Resort and nearby resorts like Artista Village, Microtel and etc will have the initiative to clean the beach. One of the pictures above will show you how dirty the shore was. Same m the White Beach Boracay, it saddened me that the LGU can't even maintain and monitor the cleanliness of the resort. Considering the bulk of tourist and environmental fees being paid, for sure they can afford to pay someone to clean it every morning since the beach itself was an asset and investment. Considering the bulk of the dirt were dried seaweeds, leaves and stems. They could impose a rule too like "Tapat ko, linis ko". Despite being said above, I still love Boracay. 🙂
Turquoise and blue gradient waters, fine white sand, breathtaking views and most of all, tranquility and peace--Calaguas Island is an over-the-top paradise! I've never been to Maldives but looking at photos for comparison, it will definitely pass off as our version here in the Philippines. I am not exaggerating things, go and see it for yourself. Unplanned trips are indeed the best. I went to Bicol with a friend to explore the place riding our bikes (which was the original plan) then a family friend of theirs gave us an invite to come over their place. We never realized that the place they were talking about was Calaguas Island. Yes, folks they live in a small community that is situated few steps away from the island itself. Calaguas is home to them. Feeling envy yet? Since the trip was all impromptu, we had made no cottage or boat reservations. From Paracale, we had no other choice but to ride a passenger boat just to get there. The boat ride normally costs 50 pesos, but due to the low number of passengers to board, we all paid 100 pesos just so we can leave ASAP. Passenger boat means no life vests, no other lifeguards but the locals, only PURE ADVENTURE. The boat ride was unexpected. The experience was purely thrilling, if you don't know how to swim you will absolutely pray for your life. No kidding, according to the locals the waves we were experiencing that day is the normal state of the sea. We were actually sailing against the current of the water. I was so tensed during the whole journey. But what is adventure without a hint of fear, right? The trip lasted for an hour and a half. We saw several color transitions of the sea water fom the lightest of blue to dark blue, and bluish black. There are several drop off points depending on where you are coming from. Ours was in another island where the small community is located, and then walked few kilometers to get to Calaguas. As we reach the island, we can't contain our excitement to go and dip ourselves into the water. We arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon but never minding the sun, we went straight to the beach. It's stunning. It's beyond beautiful. Though our trip may be impromptu, we had the chance to bring some food but it's actually not a big deal if you can't because several stores are lined up in the beach. The locals aka tourguides also offer packages which include everything--boat transfers, cottage, tent, food (and I'm talking about freshly-caught seafoods) and of course, tourist-friendly service. That's what our friends, Kuya Ryan and Ate Angelica do for a living. You may want look for them if you happen to go there unplanned. At night, you can either sleep in tents or opt to rent a cottage. Friendly tip: the best time to go there is between Monday to Friday, because the tent areas are crowded during weekends. We were lucky enough to experience Calaguas almost all by ourselves on a Friday afternoon. The next day, we woke up early to accomplish our photo op session and it was like we owned the island for a moment. As per the other activities, there is a hilltop climbing experience that they offer. It costs only 20 pesos (environmental fee) and it will give you a bird's eye view of the whole island. It's the perfect spot for a panoramic shot. Aside from karaoke machines and occassional poi dancing acts, there are no other festivities at night, and I guess that's what separates the island from any other. It is truly an escape from the chaotic city life. There is no network service, no internet connection, no stress, no hassle, yet you get the chance to experience life like no other. ITINERARY: From Manila to Bicol, we rode a bus headed to Paracale in Cubao, Quezon City. The fare costs 500 pesos and discounts apply to students as long as you have your ID with you. Then we got off in Batobalani, from there we rode a tricycle (20 pesos each) to get to the boat terminal in Paracale. I cannot tell you exactly how much we spent during our 2 days and 2 nights stay but I guess it is just safe to prepare 3,000-5,000 pesos depending on your spending techniques and how many are you going on the trip. Aside from being financially ready, you must also prepare for an extraordinary adventure of your lifetime. #PhilippineBeaches #CamarinesNorte #TravelPH #Pinasmuna #Halloolooween2016
If you want a time out from rushed city life, go here. If you're finicky about amenities, pick another place because this place is pretty basic. However, the people are nice and the F&B head listens to what you need. The sand... the beach... the sunset... snorkeling off of the other nearby islands.... that's what you come here for. I've included a photo of their conference space. Which beach resort owners could thinknof making conference areas more natural and in keeping with the venue... By the way, the food was AWESOME!!!!! Great to eat by the beach and have a couple of brewskies...!
On one of our family “Sundates” I suggested that we go to ATC to eat at CPK so that I can use my gift certificates (Yay! Thank you so much, looloo!). After our scrumptious lunch, I and my sweet-toothed sisters craved for something sweet. There is a number of dessert options in Town and we chose between Rita’s, Papermoon, Conti’s and Milkbox. (Ang laki ng problema teh) Lol we needed to decide carefully since we can’t go there often (probinsyana problems)So in order to decide, I browsed these dessert shops in looloo and I saw a post with a picture Milkbox’s sizzling Matcha. Matcha daw beh. SIZZLING..MATCHA. I did not browse for other shops anymore, Milkbox it is! I convinced my sisters (who are not matcha fans) to have our dessert there. This dessert place replaced the cute Mochiko Café in ATC and it has been there for almost a year now but I was kinda hesitant to try it before due to some cons that I have read in reviews and it's quite pricey. When I saw sizzling Matcha, I knew I had to try it. When we went there, there were no available seats inside so we stayed outside which was just fine. There ambiance was nice but can accommodate limited number of customers. I browsed through their menu which had specialty coffee, skillet desserts, cwazy shakes, ice cream, wonuts, waffle sundaes and sandwiches. I still read their menu even if I already had Sizzling Matcha (Php 243) in mind so that I know what to order next time! Hehe! The stuff in their menu were kinda expensive so we only ordered one and agreed to try the others next time. I told my sisters that if they didn’t like the matcha, they can order others (pero yung cheaper, haha!). So there, after waiting for 15 minutes, our order was served. It consisted of matcha blondie (the brown bread) with green tea ice cream on top and was served in a hot skillet. It was topped with cereal crumbs and there was a separate bottle with matcha white-chocolate ganache to pour over the sizzling goodness. Haay, it was heavenly!!! The matcha ganache which seemed like matcha condensed milk was sweet and oh so goooood! In every scoop, napapa “haaay sarap naman nito” ako. . Perfect combination of hot and cold🏻️. I think it will be too sweet for others but for a sweet-tooth and matcha-obsessed like me, it was the perfect matcha dessert. My sisters (who are not matcha fans) loved this dessert too! It was their first time to like something with matcha in it. It was a good thing also since they did not ask me to order other dessert anymore. hehe 🏻 I would definitely recommend it for everyone who loves matcha I am looking forward to try their wonuts and their best-seller waffle sundaes next time :)
It's been ages since I last posted. Ohhh how I miss looloo. Super busy na kasi. First off, mom's birthday treat! It was just an impromptu call for buffet lunch at High Street Cafe. Mom was at her usual, she has no plans for her birthday. Hahaha. So dad decided to make a reservation at the newest Shang. It was great 'coz we got a reservation just for the day. No hassle. We start at exactly twelve. I haven't had enough breakfast so yeah...I got this. Hindi ako lugi. The hotel lobby was simple yet elegant. There was nothing much, nothing extravagant. It's spacious. Upon entering, staff were very polite. They greet you with enthusiasm. Looks like I'm going to enjoy. I started with salad of course. Same as the usual buffets, what I came back for was their sesame dressing with bacon. lol. I also had thai salad. 'Coz I'm curious like that. It tasted more like Viet salad, very tangy which I happened to not like. But my mom does liked it. Next was main course. I had all meat. From the tenderest roasted pork to my favorite lamb and mint. Ugh! I loved both! The lechon was love! I wanted to have more but I was afraid baka sakit batok. Hahaha! Of course, the steak was there, filipino dishes like kaldereta, spaghetti, dynamite, duck and a whole lot more of protein. By that point I could feel the defeat. lol. I'm quite full already. I was aiming for Japanese food. Sadly, I can't. But for dessert, I still have room. It was yum!!! My brother who tried eating here before told us that they got the best array of dessert. I got them ice cream first. Tried the burnt rice and blueberry which was both just okay. Their cakes and tarts. I'm such a sucker for tarts! I love their tarts! Ugh! The crust was perfect. Not hard. A little moist inside and the texture was right. The filling was good! I wanted to take it home. I wanted to have their chocolate lava too but I was full. All in all was great! Definitely a must try. #Halloolooween2016
Great Sta Cruz Island or "Pink Beach" of Zamboanga is just 15 to 20 minutes boat ride from Paseo del Mar. Boat ride costs php 1000 (to and from) good for 10 persons (If less than 10, same amount will apply). Additional of 100 per head if exceeded 10. The red coral that disperses in the sand is what contributes to the pink sand of the beach. They also limit the number of people that goes here because of security reasons. For everyone's safety, during bad weather, they will pull you out from the beach. It was definitely a wonderful experience. You can bring your own food there and of course you have to bring back your trash to preserve the beauty of the beach. Taking home of corals is strictly prohibited as well. They have restrooms there for you to change clothes. No shower available and the water they use is salt water. So it is only advisable to change clothes there and take a bath at home.
Once inside, you'll be enveloped with it's captivating ambiance. The lights hanging down from the ceiling emitted a radiant and romantic glow. These were the first thing that rushed through my mind when I saw the place. I think the servers were trained enough to be in that perfect balance between accomodating and aggresive. They were always ready at the moment's notice. The place was set up well enough so that it wouldn't feel it was crowded amidst the number of people that could dine in. Once seated, we were given deep fried pizza bread. I could not stress enough to NOT NEGLECT THEM. They were dangerously addicting. I said to myself I'll just taste one, the next thing I know I'm asking the waiter for the 4th basket. Yes, they are that delicious. Don't worry it's free, and I know for others it's hard to, “exploit” these things but they are worth it. I would've made a stronger case if I had a picture, but I keep forgetting due to the fact that I'd rather stuff them in my mouth than to take a quick photo. I'd definitely take it next time around. We had a lot of orders going around but I think I'll just mention what genuinely made me say “mmmhhh”. Tagliata di Manzo: “Beef Ribeye steak with Basil Sauce and Parmesan Cheese” - When this landed on the table I already wanted to take a picture of it. It looked so appetizing. I was immediately hypnotized with the way it was presented. You'd have that urge to put a slice in your mouth instantaneously. The taste didn't disappoint the look. Ours were served with lemon as well. The overall experience in your mouth invited you to intake even more. Butabara Yakitori: “2 piece pork belly”- With how it looked it was deceptively delicious. It did look good, but not great. It becomes great once you put one in your mouth. It was grilled perfectly. Don't worry about the feeling of getting sick because of the grease because there is none. The fat delivered the coup de grace. It erupted eith great powerful flavors of a pork dish. Salsiccia e Friarelli: “Pizza topped with Italian Sausage, Turnip Leaves, Mozzarella, Chili Pepper”- The pizza was simply amazing. It didn't look fancy in any way but it was flavorful once tasted. The toppings complimented each other instead of overpowering it. You'd expect either the sausage or the mozzarella to win over the other but it didn't. Then you'd expect the combination of italian sausage and chili pepper to deliver a spicy after taste but it didn't as well. It created enough spiciness to linger over a few seconds then vanish upon the next bite. (You can ask for more chili pepper if you'd rather have it spicier) The other food ordered were good as well but I just chose to focus on those that left an impression on me. The only reason I gave this review a 4/5 was due to the high price of its menu. The food was amazing but I believe I could find a more filling place with the same amount of money. #Halloolooween2016
It has been days that I religiously go home after work. I was glad to see my dear friend after office for some chitchats and dinner. We agreed to dine in Makansutra, since my friend haven't tried it yet. We ordered at Geylang Claypot Rice. We tried the bestseller, Coffee Pork Ribs ( P300) its a glazed Pork ribs with nutty coffee sauce. The meat is tender and there's a distinct coffee taste.. just a bit and I enjoyed this dish. Its good for sharing. We also ordered rice( P75 bigger than 1 cup)its actually a basmati rice (long grain). We also ordered the sugatcane drink in a cup that costs P150, served with lemon. Its refreshing! Verdict: food is great! We're happy with the serving and the Coffee Pork Ribs tastes great! However, we find it a bit pricey.
"Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome! When we’re living our dream.” Those lines have been stuck in my head ever since I watched The Lego Movie. I still go crazy whenever I hear it and I just have to sing along! And I got crazier when I found out that a Lego themed burger joint opened a few months back, I just have to visit it soon! Hello, Brick Burger! The place was packed with families on a rainy Sunday afternoon but we were lucky to score the last vacant table. We were quickly assisted to our table and were handed menu cards. There are not a lot of dishes to choose from as Brick Burger focused on comfort dishes such as chicken wings, pasta, hotdogs, fries, nachos and of course, burgers. After much thought, we went with Cheesy Mac (PHP210) and Fries (PHP65). While waiting for our order, I took more photos of the adorable display and realized that they do not have Lego bricks for diners to play with. I guess it is also to avoid the headache of possible theft or having to clean greasy bricks. But I still think that having these colorful toys available for diners to play with is a nice idea and would entice kids to pester their parents to come back for more. After a short while, the plate of fries was served and it looked sad, really sad. I could easily count the fries with my hands! And it was also a bit too salty. The Lego-ed cheeseburger was served next and it did look cute and Instagram-worthy. I was a bit iffy with the bun’s bright red color but eventually took a big bite after several snapshots. The bun was a bit chewy and the buttons (or brick locks) on top were quite hard. The patty was quite good as it was succulent and flavorful. However, I only got to appreciate it when I ate it without the salty mac n cheese and bacon bits. The cheesy macaroni was just too overwhelming and the bacon bits made the whole burger even saltier. I just had a couple of bites and had everything else wrapped. I ate the leftover burger the following day and surprisingly, it tasted better! I’m not sure if it was because I was expecting it to be worse than before or if I’m getting used to eating leftovers; but I liked the leftover burger more than when it was fresh. Then again, it must be because I skipped the top bun which I accidentally burnt and that bun took out of the cheese hence made the burger less salty. Overall, Brick Burger offers a refreshing and cute concept but do not expect food that’ll make you go wow. It may be Instagram-worthy but average at best.
Whenever I plan of food crawls, I wouldn’t consider Baliwag as one of our stops as its roasted chicken is something I could get anywhere. Hence when Baliwag was our first stop in our Marikina food crawl, I was a bit dazed by it. I even considered skipping this stop and head straight to the next one. But I was so glad that I didn’t and let me tell you why. Hello, Baliwag Grill & Restaurant! Thanks to the crazy Saturday traffic, we got to the spacious sit down Baliwag restaurant one hour later than expected. And we were greeted by bad news as soon as we stepped inside, rather, the al fresco dining area. The air conditioned area was closed for an event and we had no choice but to enjoy Manila’s humidity during lunch. Glasses of service were served within 5 minutes but everything else took way longer than acceptable. Our plates and utensils were given to us after 15 minutes and our food were served one by one after roughly 40 minutes. Some of us even turned hangry already. First served was a beautiful plate of Baliwag’s specialty, Roasted Chicken (PHP285) with a small bowl of gravy. It was nicely roasted though some parts of the meat were slightly pinkish which made me a bit squeamish. The meat was also a bit dry. The Pancit Bihon (PHP315, small | PHP505, medium | PHP705, large) was a crowd favorite. It had a hefty serving of chopped veggies and pork bits making each bite crunchy and enjoyable. I drizzled mine with some calamansi juice and it was love at first bite. It would have been better though with some pepper. I also liked the Pork Sisig (PHP180). I was surprised that a place that specializes in roasted chicken could serve mean sisig. The thing I loved the most with this sizzling plate is that it was crunchy. I absolutely love crunchy sisig! The Lechon Kawali (PHP190) was also delightful. I had a blast munching on its crunchy skin and juicy meat. It was just a tad too fatty though so I wasn’t able to eat much of the portion I got. Another delightful surprise that day was Baliwag’s Kare-Kare (PHP190). Again, I had no idea that Baliwag offers this Pinoy favorite and its taste does not disappoint. It had a lot of beef tripe (tuwalya) and veggies which I liked. Though I’ve tried better kare-kare elsewhere, its price point was a winner! Overall, it was a pleasant experience. Though I didn’t really like eating at the al fresco area during lunch time, the food served was good and definitely value for money. They just need to work on their service as the wait was a bit too much.
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