Flowers in the Fields of Tagaytay

I’ve been poor at publishing posts because this fresh graduate (naks naman!) has been busy being a bum (not so naks). The real naks are mid-bearing and high waist outfits which have been my go-tos lately just like this floral one with pops of pink all over.

Chill day at Tagaytay Tropical Greens

I wore this tropical set over a month ago for an overnight grad celebration at Tagaytay Tropical Greens with friends. #ThrowbackTuesday

Girl in the fields outfit

“Nakasuot ka na ng pang-swimming!?” (You’re wearing your swimwear already!?) my friend quizically asked when we met up at Jollibee. Continue reading

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Waffle Obsessed at Batter or Dough, SM North Edsa

Batter or dough SM North Edsa

We shouldn’t compare pancakes with waffles, its much more sculpted cousin (they’re the one with abs right?) because they’re both batter-based happiness cakes that everyone deserves. I’ll take them both any day tbh but today I’m craving for dessert waffles- extra crispy and a little bit chewy please.

Crispy waffle flavors
(Clockwise from upper-left) Cinnamon Sugar (P135), Batter or Dough Original (P95), Whipped Butter and Maple (P150), Nutella (P150)

Batter or Dough serves them golden brown and hot off the iron with cool and creamy drinks to go with! Read if they’re good or not on wheninmanila.com! *Drizzles more maple syrup while waiting for you to click*

That air bubble tho 🤤🍫 new waffle + coffee shop pops up up north @batterordough

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Batter or Dough

4th Floor, The Block SM North Edsa, Quezon City
Instagram | @batterordough

Sugar Cravings Solved at Puzzles Board Game Lounge

Me: *Eats deep fried oreos, milkshakes overloaded with ice cream, and more sugar
Also me: ugh why do I keep getting pimples

I curb my sugar cravings on weekdays. I sometimes fail at religiously staying away from it though with a few cookies now and then but swear, I try to say no. Weekends are my cheat days when I satisfy my desire for sweets! My almost week-long dessert-fasting came to an end with a Saturday visit to Puzzles Board Game Lounge BGC.

Wicked Oreos
Oreo Afraid of the Dark? (P150)

Cheats on diet, never at board games 😇 🎲 chill with milkshakes and card games at @puzzlesbgl

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The Puzzles Milkshake in Vanilla, Oreo, and Chocolate (P210)

Milo Godzilla
Milo Godzilla (P180)

Puzzles BGC Branch
Good food and good old board games

Puzzles did not only solve my sugar cravings but also served as an avenue for  us to be kids again. They offer about 350 tabletop games and indulgent comfort food. They’re launching a new menu this May so the prices may change. Read all about Puzzles on wheninmanila.com! *I won’t share my Oreo milkshake with you unless you click*

Puzzles Board Game Lounge

Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
09176217944
Instagram , Twitter | @PuzzlesBG

 

 

5 Iconic Food Trip Stops in Binondo! (A Review)

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Chinese New Year, January 28, is fast approaching! The world’s oldest Chinatown would be teeming with families on a day trip, squads on a food trip, performers in red & gold, dragons, and more people who will celebrate the Fire Rooster Year.

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We wanted to experience the less crowded version of Binondo so Jolo, my brother, and I went on a Ramada Manila staycation and food trip early in January. All about our Ramada Manila experience on Wheninmanila.com. The vast choices of food available kept our tummies very happy during our stay. We wandered at night looking for the locals’ favorite restaurants for some takeout to eat back at our hotel.Here are our five must-try food trip stops in Binondo:

5. Five Spice Bistro

Five Spice Bistro at Ramada Manila kick-started our food trip. We had a lunch and breakfast buffet at this Asian-themed bistro. Arriving pretty late in the afternoon, the buffet spread was half-full. The food left was satisfactory. It wasn’t “wow omg ang sarap” levels but tasted fresh and homemade nonetheless.

Five Spice Bistro Continue reading

Holiday Shopping in Reds

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My sister and I scoured Rockwell’s Holiday Fair at Hidalgo drive looking for quirky gifts. We found “animals judging people” pins and sushi socks! Just across is a parking entrance which we thought was a good contrast background for our super casual white, red, and maroon clothes. There also weren’t much cars driving through so we didn’t feel too judged :)) Continue reading

UP Prof Guide (PE 2 Courses)

UP offers a multitude of PE courses that cover land, water, and air. Along with basic PE 1 (Foundations of Physical Fitness),  I was pleasantly surprised to find unique classes like”Walking for fitness”, “Petanque”, “Skin diving”, and “Bird watching”. Everyone says (even a PE 1 prof) to take as much PE 2 courses as you can bec. they’re free and the professors are usually top-notch but the easily-tired me limited myself to these four: Continue reading

Easy Outfit | Denim Dungarees

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Currently in that UP college senior stage where I almost don’t care about what I wear to school anymore. I could wear pambahay to school anytime and people won’t judge me… but I’d judge myself :)) The Continue reading

Nanbantei of Tokyo: Grilled Japanese Yakitori at Bonifacio Global City

This is a non-dessert related food post! Share for luck because it appears only during the 11th moon rise when planets align. Jk. I decided to start writing about restaurants that don’t specialize only in sugary stuff since I found myself constantly searching online for dinner choices. Even if I could have just cake for dinner, (Tried and tested ‘to) appetizers and mains make my tummy just as happy. 

nanbantei-of-tokyo-review-blog-8eThe honor (not really) of my first non-dessert restaurant feature goes to Nanbantei of Tokyo! It’s one of  my family’s favorite restaurant because of its authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices. On the same favorites list is Nihonbashitei at Pasay Road but that’s for another time.
japanese restaurant interior
Nanbantei specializes in Yakitori which are grilled and skewered dishes. Basically, they’re Japanese street food. I love Filipino food, but Yakitori is 100 levels above isaw especially when eaten with Gohan (Japanese Rice). Sorry Mang Larrys Isawan…  They also serve other dishes and they have affordable platters for the whole family. (Check menu below) 4-5 sticks of yakitori + steaming gohan + unlimited cold/hot brew service tea is enough to make you full.

Now to show how their food looks like with the photo ability of an iPhone 6. Itadakimasu~

Kani Salad (P195) and Miso Shiru (P85)

The miso soup was hearty as it had chunks of tofu and seaweed. Same goes for the Kani Salad with lots of crab! Artificial crab nga lang. Continue reading

Time Gives and Takes

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I realized…
Time is free but taken for granted.

Thanks to time,
wounds heal and the ugly past fades into oblivion
you heal, you learn, you become stronger

But because of time, the moments  you wanted to last forever ended
swiftly, abruptly.
There are portions of your life you can never get back.
No thanks to time,
those moments remain only memories now.

Nay for random midnight thoughts poorly constructed
I better sleep now bye

Photo from here.

Divine Desserts at Pazar Food Park, Fairview

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Food parks are go-to places when you’re in the mood for a food adventure because there are a lot to choose from for your palette to be pleased! They’re spaces made for friends, conversation, and lots of food choices. Given its rising popularity in the North, Pazar Food Park entered the scene with its 10 home-grown food concepts, each with specialties that will make go “what?” to “wow” in a bite.

I’ve written about each of them on Wheninmanila.com *click for a feast*. It was by far the most food I had in years! We came in as 4 hungry foodies and left feeling (and maybe looking) like we doubled in size after tasting EVERYTHING.

Allie Halaman at Bo's (19) My foodie friends helped me out by eating :))

My favorites were desserts of course! We had our sweet ending with S’mores Dip from Flip & Dine, Oreo surprise waffle from Cuckoo Waffles,  Ice Scramble and Choco Loco from Planet Shake.

Ice Scramble with Ice Scream
Choco Loco Madness Shake

Pazar Food Park
Blk 43 Lot 14 Regalado Ave, Fairview 1121 Quezon City
Instagram | @pazarfoodpark