Thank God TGIF is a few minutes away from me!

Thank God TGIF is a few minutes away from me!

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Like a watchdog, I carefully monitored the progress of this Lifestyle center – Southwoods City in Carmona, Cavite. It is only 15 minutes away from my place. It is developed by Megaworld, and if it’s Megaworld, you should expect it to be grand.

Captured this while walking at Southwoods City. =) Pretty right?

When it opened, some shops are still closed, and still under-construction, but the fact that TGIF is one of those to open, I got so excited, because the nearest one is still in Alabang, which is roughly less than an hour away from me. I was looking forward for a Bread shop too, just that. And TGIF.

We immediately visited after its’ soft opening and just the same, we had a fun like it’s Friday! =)

We had these:

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While waiting for our orders, we were served by their usual complimentary nachos with salsa.

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I also wanted to try the chipotle. Maybe next time.

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There are more than 20 branches nationwide, if you want to see more details, you can check them out from their website: http://www.fridays.com.ph/

Happy Friday! =)

Holland Park

At Southwoods City, like what a township should be, it is designed to make all your needs, just within your reach. Literally live, work, play and learn there. =)

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And here’s ANOTHER STORY

And here’s ANOTHER STORY

“Friendship is the comfort of knowing that even if you feel alone, you aren’t.”

I am not much of a mall rat. But one mall near our place that I can’t resist is Evia Lifestyle Center. 

I’ve been there for only several times, and my most recent visit, I noticed a lot has changed already.

There’s an on-going renovation, a pizza parlor is no longer where I last saw it, I’m lost and figuring-out where is the old parking lot and the Mediterranean structure you’ll see from afar. It is now converted into a high-ceiling dome in glass. And they say, we should expect more changes to come.

But we went there just to try “Another Story”. I have been fascinated by it for a long time, it’s being dreamy and whimsical. Just like Cafe Voila (which owner happens to be also the brain behind Another Story), 4th street cafe, Dreamland Arts & crafts Cafe, Cafe Juanita, Vanilla Cupcake, Secret Haven Cafe, among many others. And I’m glad that my two high school friends willingly granted my wish. =)

Character-filled Interiors like this makes me feel like I’m not just in Another story but in another time too.

Like I’m a character in a Fairy tale story, embodied the spirit of someone significant in a story line.

I admire how intricately they put attention to all the details and be unique thus standing – out from the rest.

You will see and feel the owner’s passion even from the way she describes each offering from the menu like sharing her experiences as if we’re her friends or family, or as you choose your order, it felt like you’re reading a story.

And it is not just the ambience, or the interiors, you’ll enjoy their offering too.

We only tried 2 kinds: a green salad: “Another Story salad”, we chose it instantly because it has prawns on it. And as recommended by one of their very affable attendants, we had one of their best-selling pizza. And we truly enjoyed it and all agreed that these people are taking their jobs seriously. We even agreed to go back on a weekday to enjoy the “Eat all you can pizza”, their paella and the other flavors of their cake as we definitely liked the Tiramisu cheesecake that they served as a treat for my birthday. Surely, I’m planning to
try their All-day breakfast and maybe some pasta too. =)

Complimentary bread.
We all love veggies.
And their pizza is delish too. =)
This really surprised me..=)

If you haven’t been to Another Story, please do. It is truly mesmerizing. =)

Moment of beauty…

Second Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

PS

The birthday cake is such a sweet gesture for me. I really appreciate it. =)

 

Top 10 Locally-made Products I am so proud of

Top 10 Locally-made Products I am so proud of

“Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.” ~Bob Dylan~

I just noticed that most bloggers I follow creates top 10s of their own, maybe it wouldn’t hurt if I come up with my own list too. =) I think it’s just best that I start with my most favorite local products in our country, the Philippines.
I do not have the capacity to do it per category, this is just in random, those first things that came to my mind:

1. RINA DESIGN 

Photo grabbed from: https://www.facebook.com/rinadesignmanila/

I have been using her memo pads back since 2005, I was still working at a theme park then and I’m surrounded with every creative thing I could think of, I thought my memo pads should be fun and cute too. =)

2. MESSY BESSY                                           

Photo grabbed from: http://messybessy.com/

The moment I discover their hand sanitizer, I have been using it for the longest time. They’re not just very effective, sweetly scented, all natural, very handy, but they also
do their stuff with a cause. A portion of their sales goes to an institution and that means a lot to me. I have been using their linen sprays a lot too. Yes, because it’s lavender.

3. THEO & PHILO

Photo grabbed from: https://theoandphilo.com/

I discovered these unique chocolates from Gourdos, one of my favorite stores in ATC, and instantly loved it. Especially when I found out that it’s an all Filipino (owner & origin)product. They are neatly and casually packaged, if you’re going to get them as gifts, you can just easily tie them with a nice-colored ribbon and voila, the recipient will surely love it. You will be surprised by their flavors, that’s why they’re fearless:
– dark chocolate with calamansi
– dark chocolate with green mango and salt
– dark chocolate with chili
– dark chocolate with ginger & mint
– dark chocolate with pili nut and pinipig (rice flakes) to mention a few. You wouldn’t believe, there’s also “Turon” and”Adobo” flavor.

Turon is a famous and a favorite of most Filipinos for snack. It is like fritters: sweet bananas with some lancas wrapped in flour wrapper and deep fried with brown sugar.

While Adobo is also a famous authentic dish among us Filipinos, it is pork or chicken (or both) stewed in vinegar and soy sauce with lots of garlic. It is cooked slowly and what makes it special is when the timing of cooking is just so right. Some would include pork livers to make it more flavorful and tastier.

4. BLUE KITCHEN

Photo grabbed from: http://www.thebluekitchen.com/

I love breakfast. I love “tuyo” (dried fish) with tomatoes and sunny-side up eggs on fried rice. However, I’m having a hard time removing the fish bones. And when I discovered this, I’m now settled having it for breakfast anytime. =) And they have one of the best salted-chips I’ve tasted. =)

5. GOOD SHEPHERD UBE JAM

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I think every Pinoy knows about this addicting Ube jam from Baguio. Each time I visit their place, the queue is usually that long. You can simply have it as dessert or you can also use it as bread spread just like what my late dad is doing. I tried it on pandesal too. =) Try the caramel Alfajor too, it is so heavenly.

6. NAMI LEATHER

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There are a lot of artisans here in the Philippines manufacturing leather products. Nami is one, I like their design, the texture of their leather and their customer service, they’re very prompt in all your queries, does it in all professionalism, I think my next bag will be coming from them. =)

7. PILI-ANI
https://piliani.com/

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The moment I saw Pili-Ani, I immediately and carefully read their page and I am very impressed with this new product, the substance that they put to use, the glam of its’ packaging, and not to forget, their choices of colors!

8. ENSAIMADA from UNIVERSAL BAKERY, SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA

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I wouldn’t want to miss something that is originally made in my hometown. It is one of the softest I’ve tasted, with just enough butter, cheese and sugar. But there’s a tweak! It has bacon bits that amplified its’ over-all taste. I usually pair it with Coke (when I was still drinking it), or pineapple juice, it is nice with pancit and pasta dishes too.

9. PAPEMELROTI

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Papemelroti equates college days for me. My pen, my notebooks, my pouches, my stationery, my little boxes, knick knacks of all kinds, came from Papemelroti. By the way, It’s name was taken from the owner’s name – Patty and her children:

This shop exudes that country-feel by using recycled papers on most of their products, so that brown thing emanates the feel of rustic or rural or vintage, beautiful, feel-good stuff and yet simple. It is inspiring to see them not stopping to innovate through the years.

10. CARMEN’S BEST ICE CREAM    

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When I learned eating frozen yogurts, it had really replaced the fire in my belly for ice creams. Not until discovering Carmen’s best. It is truly tempting. It is how real ice cream should be.

SARI-SARI STORE BOUTIQUE

This is where I shop when I as still studying in college. It is just sad that they weren’t able to flourish as expected or last like the other shops at the time. I especially loved the
theme. It is very classy, elegant, used black and white to dominate the whole interiors which extends to its’ products. I have bags, blouses, dresses, tops, wallets, name it, scrunchies, a lot.

They’re packaging is so lovely, it comes with a postcard showing off some of their products, the shopping bag is sealed with a very nicely designed sticker too. They actually came up with a sister shop too: The Black shop. I hope they
will resurrect or something like theirs will show up in the market soon. It’s like a local Kate Spade during the 90s.

We had it at HEAT – Edsa Shangri-la Hotel

We had it at HEAT – Edsa Shangri-la Hotel

“It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.” ~Ellen Glasgow~

Each year, we usually celebrate our birth month in different places due to our busy schedule, Jen used to call it our month-long celebration.

This year, our last celebration was at Heat Restaurant. Heat stands for Healthy Eating and Amazing Treats.

It is located at the lobby level, Tower wing, 1 Garden way, of Edsa Shangri-la hotel fronting the huge swimming pool, so each time guests passed by our table in their swimming gears, I am no longer surprise.

We tried their buffet for a slightly late lunch (conflict of schedule it is), so we have very limited time bonding and consumed our food like were frenemies. I was telling her that “Hey, I can cook this!” but she says we need to just enjoy eating the more that we were not the ones who got tired preparing it.

This is what we’ve had:

No soft drinks for me. And i really liked that bottomless iced tea.
Should I be awkward with that rice? =)
Especially when Jen opted “no rice” instead.
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And some Japanese food too…
While I savored the greens..
And the hakaws!
And of course the sweet treats!
I especially loved this blueberry ice cream topped with unlimited walnuts…=) Of course I took advantage, walnuts is one of my favorites just like pistachio.
Jen isn’t much of a sweet tooth, though she truly enjoyed scooping from the dessert station.
This is what she actually wanted, but we can’t make it for dinner time, she had to work and I have to be home before 7pm, curfews nowadays isn’t only for teens…

So we will just have to set another date for Jen’s lobsters.

While I indulged on the sweets.

If you want to try this gastronomic treat, you can book a table thru:

Phone: (632) 633 8888
Location: Lobby Level, Tower Wing
Operating Hours: 6am – 12 midnight (Mon – Sun)
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Smoking Policy: The hotel’s designated smoking area is located at the 2nd floor, beside the tennis courts.

 

 

The Lion King Manila

The Lion King Manila

“Hakuna Matata!”

I have been defiant to see The Lion King on stage, I have qualms as to how they will translate scenes from the jungle to the stage. Though I remember being astonished when I watched “Phantom of the Opera” and didn’t expect how they did magic on the boat on the water scene.

But then, one of my favorite characters is Simba and Rafiki. Not to forget these cute tandem: Timon & Pumba! =)

So after seeing it, I just kept on admiring the brains behind all the stage plays I’ve seen. How they bring scenes to life. How they evoke emotions. How they attain recognition with so much ease.

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We weren’t able to squeeze ourselves to those huge posters for our souvenir photos, we’re in a hurry to get home because my mom is sick. I almost couldn’t post this.

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There was a standing ovation. Kudos to everyone who made this show possible. We’re looking forward to the next!