We tried this ship-inspired restaurant in Mall of Asia for dinner with the whole family. When we looked initially at their menu, we saw that their specialties are Filipino dishes as influenced by the Spaniards. I really don’t know the story behind the restaurant, but it looked to me that the food looked like heirloom pieces, maybe passed on from grand- and great-grandparents.
And as we are just coming off medical check-ups for the kids and the seniors, and the seniors have high blood pressure, our fare consisted of relatively healthy dishes so as not to further add to the high levels of cholesterol. The food was good enough in general, but I was like, 60% happy with it, owing to the lack of meaty goodness that my tummy was craving for. And it was a bit more expensive for the quality and taste. Service was great though.
Cheesy tortang talong
Paella Fiesta Filipina
Mahi mahi in spicy coconut cream
As I said the whole thing looked like a ship. The little girl had fun going up and down the mini stairs.
Because of several days’ rain, school activities of both kids were pushed, and incidentally were held at the same time. Just my luck that both of them would hold the culmination activities of their respective school’s Buwan ng Wika. Both of them needed to bring native Filipino dishes that are not normally within my cooking range. So I cheated a bit and used instant mixes hehe. Still, I had to get up at an ungodly hour to prepare and cook because I couldn’t do it the night before for fear that the food will spoil.
For Ate Mischa, she was picked to bring Ginataang Isda (whose kids eat ginataan??)
Maxine, on the other hand, was supposed to bring palabok.
They were not bad really. But why couldn’t have gotten paper plates, or disposable utensils. lol.
We didn’t get to go with Maxine because I’ve been on leave for several days because Mama was sick (more on that later). But we were able to go with Mischa before the Parada ng Lahi of students in their native costumes started. And while I see her everyday, I still marvel everytime at how fast she is growing! What happened to my baby??
With her friends and classmates:
In a parallel universe, I would have been a full time mom, and a driver to boot. It would have been my honor to cater to the every (literal) need of the kids. However, because I have to eke out a living, I treasure moments when I do have the opportunity to bring them to and from school (though the opportunity is not that ideal because I was just on leave because the grandma is sick).
Coffee is a always a good, especially when you’re with family on a perfect afternoon, and drinking it over cheesecake.
OMG, I totally dig those cups actually more than the coffee. Hehe. They’re so Martha Stewart or Cath Kidston. I also love the feminine interiors with the chic couches of the Cheesecake Fairy. But the Vietnamese latte and the Nutella cheesecake are really to die for. And chocolate ice cream is always a winner with the big little girl. The cafe, located at the Evia Lifestyle Center, is a perfect spot to wind down after going around the mall. It gives one the opportunity to catch his breath after moving about.
I love lazy afternoons like these.
Happy to have celebrated this big, little boy’s first birthday! I tried to carry him and he seemed to be heavier than Maxine, who is turning three in a couple of months. Haha. I am amazed that his mom, who is on the family way, can still bend, kneel and carry.
Glad to also have met WeiEm, the son of one of Mischa’s ninongs.
And someone got scared of Jollibee 😅. Funny how she likes the big mascot from afar, but cowered and lost her appetite when she saw the real one. Haha.
My bunso is really the cheerful one in the family. Even if she is not feeling well, she almost always has a ready smile for anyone (of course she still has her share of bad days). Today, for example, she had a fitful sleep because of colds and a warm temperature. She still managed to send off her older sister happily. And the grannies told me she is as excited when Ate comes home from school.
We love you a lot, my little sunshine!
We finished the first week of Toddler class last week, and now halfway through the second. And I am still proud to say that we have yet to witness tears or tantrums in school. Hooray! At one time or another, all of her classmates have cried for their mommies/grandmas/nannies, and the latter have spent time inside the classroom to hold the toddlers’ hand or dry their tears. So far, this has never happened to our spiffy little girl. One boy even cried for one whole week! This has, however, prevented us from going inside the classroom ourselves so we haven’t witnessed any of her classes. One lola (who is now Mama’s kumare haha) reported to us (when her charge cried and she got to go inside) that Maxine is so participative in class. Hayayay, I wish I could see her, but I rest knowing that my baby is doing well. Last Friday, we also got her very first assessment from her teachers. Yay!