Singapore

This post in ten years in the making. lol. The family went to Singapore, with a short side trip to Malaysia, months ago. In November to be exact during the kids’ term break. As with family trips that include small kids and senior citizens, it was very, very tiring and challenging, but so fulfilling that we get this chance to spend quality time with each other.

The whole trip involve mainly theme parks and eating at hawker stalls in Singapore. Food is insanely expensive in SG like you wouldn’t believe. But everything else was great because SG is a tourist haven because of the accessibility of the attractions, safety in the streets, and . We were also lucky that Mico had a friend who provided transpo, and invited us to several dinners. 😀

It was fun, fun, fun!

La Creperie

We spent Christmas at Mico’s, and stayed there for a few days after. This is becoming a tradition in the last couple of years. We always opt for spending New Year at our own house anyway. But this year, in lieu of my recent hospital trip, and Mama is kinda getting slower, too, we all didn’t have the energy to cook and prepare Christmas Eve noche buena. Instead, we slept and just got up late the next day for a quiet brunch.

When Mico had to go to work on Christmas day itself, as is customary, we decided to go out and have a late Christmas lunch somewhere else. We went to a nearby fairly newly opened mall, and because everywhere else is full, we ended up at La Creperie. They have quite a full menu, and surprisingly we didn’t even get any crepes. lol

Squash soup

Frozen hot choco (which is ironic in itself)

Chorizo pasta

Chicken wings (which is good if it doesn’t look like anything)

Carbonara

Since the restaurant is new, it is very clean and the decor homey. I like the wall of mirrors plus the shelves with some bestsellers, and trinkets and stuff you are likely to find in a warm home. It makes you want to linger whether you are alone, or with a friend, loved one, or family.

A dose of sanity

They were my rock before, and I am happy that I had the chance last night to spend albeit a little time with them. They’ve seen me at my best and worst, in the darkest hours of my life. I really regret the time that we grow apart over the years (but yeah, that’s life). I so wanted to unload all the pent up emotions I’ve been holding back, but I just can’t. Love you so guys!

Foggy weekend in Tagaytay

Our office had a midyear assessment in Tagaytay City. And because both of us are going, I couldn’t really leave the kids alone with just the grannies (paranoid with anticipated emergencies teehee), we decided to bring them and book them a room at a different hotel. The hotel where the rest of the officemates were staying is fully booked. The kids had fun even though they stayed cooped up in their room for the weekend. Great opportunity actually for us to take a breather before school starts this week.

Tapsi ni Vivian

On a very rare occasion, I found myself with just the grannies and Mico. We seldom hardly go out, just the four of us anymore, since I got married and had the kids, because the latter are always in tow of course. For several heartbeats, I remember my childhood when it was just our original nuclear family. How time flew! We are now the ones making all the decisions, and almost taking care of them (almost because for the most part they are still independent despite being retirees). It was a good way to unwind never mind that we actually came from a wake (of Mico’s long time house helper).

Mico brought us to Tapsi ni Vivian, a very busy restaurant that serves comfort Filipino food. As the name implies, its specialty is tapsi, short for tapsilog, or tapa (braised beef strips)-sinangag (fried garlic rice)-itlog (egg). Aside from that, we had other hypertension-inducing Pinoy favorites. Happy tummies indeed!

Okoy

Crispy crablets

Daing na bangus

Rellenong crab

Sundrops

Having our tired feet and legs pampered is slowly becoming a bonding activity for us girls. Especially now that Mischa is becoming a tweener, we often bring her with us to salons and spas. Recently, we got to try Sundrops, a day spa inside a mall we frequent during weekends. As we (Mischa and I) are suckers for anything girly, its feminine decor and vibe beckoned us in. Thumbs up for their clean interior, nice couches and warm lighting. I’ll tell you that I’ve been getting quite particular with couches since there is one day spa I used to go to regularly, but haven’t been to lately because I got turned off by the ever darkening couches. It seems that while their service is great (their pedicurists are good with in-grown nails and dry skin in the deep recesses of my toe nails), they haven’t been paying attention to the stains and grime accumulating in their sofas. So I’ve been on the market for a better place.

Sundrops offer a wide range of nail, hand, foot, arm and leg care, including nail art, however, we just opted for their Mint Mademoiselle package, which includes footspa with massage, pedicure and basic polish. And since we were early, we had fresh hands who took care of our feet and nails. I like that they have “light” hands, and were careful with the nails and cuticles. In general though, the service was just okay. Not a place I would go back to in the near future.

Cheesecake Fairy

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.