Kamana Sanctuary

Over the weekend, the hubby joined our colleagues in our yearly teambuilding activity. This year, we had it in a resort-spa called Kamana Sanctuary. It is a cozy and secluded resort right on Subic Bay that is accessible only by private car so you can be sure that there will be no scalawags or unwanted personas around the area. As soon as we came in, especially inside the rooms, I regretted that we didn’t bring the kids (and the older folks too). I thought that it was perfect as the resort was not big that we could get lost, and the amenities are all within reach. But the rooms were huge and our family would fit right in, and the kids could burn off energy running around without us having to worry too much about it. They have a smallish pool and beach access, a playground, and volleyball and basketball area. And the food was awesome! We had to have a mad dash for the bacon in the morning, but worth it!

Tenya Tempura Tendon

We tried Tenya Tempura Tendon, one of the new restaurants on Macapagal Ave., right before the turn to the also newly opened NAIAx, the gateway to the airport that promises faster travel because of the new flyover. And we liked it so much that we had dinner there two days in a row! As the name implies, their specialty is the tempura. And I was happy because it is not limited to the usual shrimp/prawns, but they have a basketful of goodies, such as mushrooms, crabsticks, etc. As a plus, they make a dish especially for kids (which is just tempura, but put on an attractive plate), perfect for picky eaters.

I heart Tenya!

Morganfield’s

This is my kind of food! I could eat here everyday without batting an eyelash. I like the all-American vibe, plus the barbecue and pasta constitutes what I call heaven.

My beef, though, is their serving time. It was all worth it though. The mini carnivore platter we had has the right combination of pork, beef and chicken with salad, fries and corn on the cob. One has the option of changing the variations so we had the hickory spareribs, grilled chicken, and sausages. It’s good to have a little of everything. Next time, I’ll try the seafood platter.

Mini carnivore platter

Bacon and egg aglio olio

Brasserie on 3

We sneaked a quick anniversary celebration at the spanking Brasserie on 3 at the Conrad Hotel. We actually got lost inside the hotel, and we were looking for new row of restaurants that make up the S Maison mall, but ended up here. We were quite happy as it was located in the more obscure part of the hotel, it was a weekday, and the place was practically deserted save for guests who were checked in. The ambience was just perfect and intimate to celebrate another notch in our forever 🙂

They offer buffet-style food, and there was ample selection of cuisine, although the quantity is not as expansive as the more well-known buffet restaurants. It was enough for me though. It wasn’t too pricey for a hotel restaurant, but the service was impeccable. It was the thing that stood out for me. The waiters and servers were very friendly, courteous and attentive.

Hukad

I was happy to see a newly opened restaurants in one of the fairly old malls near our place. Because it has been in existence for sometime (read: a few decades), most of the establishments there are the run of the mill restaurants. Maybe it is also because the mall-goers are your typical suburban homeowners who are just there for the convenience of the location, and are not looking for something new. So imagine my surprise when I saw Hukad by the Golden Cowrie. I gather that it had its beginnings in Cebu, and is now available in selected areas in the Metro. And is Cebuano cuisine known for? Lechon!!

But aside from the star of the Filipino table, lechon, the restaurants offers traditional, but tasty and sumptuous Filipino cuisine. And because we have a tendency to tone down taste (less salt and other pampalasa) of our cooking at home, I tend to have this feeling of being deprived. And so I compensate when we are outing out, and I order to my heart’s content, much to the chagrin of the health-conscious husband. I liked Hukad’s food so much that I dragged my parents here to eat the day after the hubby and kids dined here. These are what we had, which made my heart flipflopped :))

Baked scallops
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Pritchon
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Monggos
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Escabecheng tanigue
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Fried tuna fingers
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Pinakbet
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Lechon belly
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Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie

In the Philippines, Christmas season, including the spillover days after New Year, is all about food. If I had been a diet fanatic or health buff, I would have committed suicide. lol. Kidding aside, since it is a time for various family gatherings and celebrations left and right (yeah because we have branches on all sides of the family, circle of friends, colleagues, etc.).

Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie is one of the restaurants we binged on this holiday. And we sort of celebrated in advance Ma and Dad’s 45th anniversary. I would say that the Chinese Hongkong style comfort food they is…comforting. Hehe. I had noodles of course. Noodles make the world go round for me.

Cantonese Seafood Pan Fried Noodles
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Laksa
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Baked almond fish fillet with pesto sauce
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Chao Chou Style Dried Fish and Minced Pork Soup
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Hello Kitty and friends fashion show

The little girls got lucky again because they got to watch another live show, this time Hello Kitty and friends. I am not so much a fan of the girly cat but I would always take the chance to spend quality time with my babies. And who can say no to free tickets? lol.

They didn’t delight in it as much as they did with the Disney on Ice, probably because Mickey really does have quite a pull with kids. What I liked about the show was the interactive parts when they engage and let the audience join in some parts of the script. There were huge bouncy, lightweight balls that the kids can catch and pass on, then there were the long swaths of cloth that each had to hold so that Kitty can do her fashion pieces.

Frankly, I dozed off on some parts, still I was happy because I didn’t have this much opportunities as a kid growing up. We stayed pretty much at home, going out just to visit family at their homes, but never going out as much as we do now. You could say I am living a second life, and I cannot be more thankful for it.

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