Girl stuff

My girl is starting a bit earlier than me in the going out department. At 8! I think started hanging around with friends outside of school when I was 12. Oh well, this is chaperoned anyway. And we know her friend’s family since they were preschoolers. Plus they live one block away from us. It is only now that they reconnected during 3rd grade. I hope they will be in for the long haul, and wish them true friendship that is very rare nowadays. I couldn’t wish for a better friend at this point because I know her family and they way she and her siblings are being raised. They’re the kind that I hope Mischa would hang around with.


Peruvian roast chicken is love!

We stumbled upon Chikos in the mall, which is newly opened we think as we haven’t seen it before. Good thing too as we now have a new option (sometimes this noodle freak gets tired of anything noodles too!), and quite affordable too. The restaurant is fairly small, the only have about five tables. This gives the crew more time and attention to its diners! Love it!

The Oriental Legazpi

This is a very late post as we have stayed at the Oriental Legazpi over two months ago. Maybe because I have mixed feelings about staying here, hence, my lukewarm reception to it. Why mixed? Because I was happy when I first set foot in the hotel because of its warm and elegant design, which slowly dissipated as we went up to the rooms. Plus, we had a bad experience overall because of delayed flights, which ended up with us taking a 14-hour bus ride, so it wasn’t the best trip at all.

Anyhoo, as I said, I was quite impressed with the decor as you go in the hotel. Both the lobby and the restaurant just off it are visual feasts. I especially like the purple theme.

But oh the room! The room is the biggest disappointment of all. Websites do lie! The photos posted that led us to the decision of getting them is quite a farce. The beds are the saving grace but everything else in the room (I didn’t even have the heart to take photos) is forgettable. Literally like they were forgotten since the 1980s. The cabinets, desks and chairs’ wood are old and chipped. The bathroom is horrible. They didn’t even have bidets, no tissue holders (toilet papers are just propped on the toilet tank), water tap is broken, you get the drift. Just plain horrible. I wanted to run as fast as I could. But knowing we were staying just overnight, we endured it like saints.

Food was also just okay. Couldn’t say anything bad about them, we’re just neutral.

Going back? Not in a million years. Not worth the price.

Super blue blood moon

We were lucky enough in the Philippines to witness an extremely rare phenomenon of the moon. The “super blue blood moon”, they say was last seen here in the country in 1982, and in the US in 1866. How cool is that? I was sure that a lot of people were still out and ogling the wonderful moon last night. My kids stayed past their bedtime to witness this once in a lifetime treat.

It was so much brighter and brilliant in real life. My phone could not capture its ethereal beauty.

Jose (Restaurant)

We tried a new restaurant called Jose. They said they specialize in unlimited wagyu and sizzling seafood. Seemed like a good come on but hey, I was (am) on a diet so it didn’t do anything for me (yay!). We decided to give it a try anyway because it was past 1:00 p.m. and we haven’t had lunch, and everywhere else is full.

For a fairly new restaurant, the place reeked of old. An old establishment must have sat there at one time (though we couldn’t recall which, and we frequent the place) and they didn’t change the interiors much, especially the flooring. They did put up new chandeliers and furniture, but the chairs were a letdown. It was not friendly to small people like me because my feet couldn’t quite reach the floor (go on and laugh!). But the area was huge so it was not stuff inside despite all the grilling.

The service though was a total disappointment! The servers and wait staff were attentive enough, but the food took soooooo long to arrive. We were starving! And the main point of eating there – grilled tuna belly – came when we finished eating all the other food we ordered. So that’s like, an hour, including the waiting time. Of course, we cancelled it.

Taste itself was a little so-so. And expensive. Not worth it. We are 98% not going back.


Fried chicken

Sinigang na pampano

Tim Hortons in Manila

Because I’ve tasted the original Tim Hortons coffee during my short visit to Vancouver almost a decade ago, of course I got curious whether the one established in Manila tastes the same. I’ve been wanting to go since they opened shop last year, but the branches were out of our way. And my heart skipped a beat when we saw they opened one near MOA, yay! Finally, tried it last Friday and I wasn’t disappointed.

I actually got an overload because they were offering their signature brewed coffee for free (just because the branch recently opened) for every order. And since we already have iced coffee for our combo orders, we were Tim Hortoned till the next day, which was mighty fine with them. Love their coffee as it already has cream and sweetener. Just got their cheese panini and the hubby got the Italiano bagel, which was a lot of work if you ask me, but he seemed to have enjoyed it. We also shared a chocolate dip donut. Next time I’m having the biscuit and bagel with cream cheese.

Post-holidays celebration

Still at it. Yeah. Whoever heard of a Christmas party in January? We almost hit a deal-selling online facility for enticing us to buy deals for a discounted buffet dinner and then finding out that the hotel providing the buffet do not have slots even after Christmas. But we played it nice, and decided to just have our party after New Year without making too much of a fuss. Anyway, everything was still good.

But we had our exchange gift just before the actual Christmas party of the whole office, and this is our annual photo (this is a tradition).

As always, and despite some misunderstanding the past year, we enjoyed each other’s wacky company. Got to say though, food was so-so if you ask me. I was kind of disappointed since this is Pan Pacific we are taking about. I expected more choices. We thought we kind of paid only for the ambience since if we got deals for other buffet places then we would have enjoyed the food more.