Bon Voyage

Safe travels and Godspeed to my future chef cousin and Dylan’s and Maddy’s Uncle Sonny who is NY bound. Woo-hoo! Proud Ate here. I am going to miss the crazy times and I’m just happy that the future is bright for the cuz.





That New Lego Store

Oh, to be a kid again!

The Lego Certified Store at the newly constructed Kidzania building opened its doors last week. Having grown up with these kinds of toys I just had to rush to the store, and on a weekday! 

Everything is awesome! Pure eye candy everywhere…

Although there are lots to see, I only focused on the main prize – the Frozen Disney Princess. Worth almost double its orginal prize of $39, I knew I won’t sleep until I buy Elsa’s castle.


As I went on opening day, I was able to buy the Spiderman Lego within the allowable limit. I also got the Valentine’s dinner set as freebie for a minimum purchase of P3000.

Here’s a better glance of the finished products. The Valentine’s dinner set is cute and the Spiderman Lego is perfect for the nephew and my inaanak.

But the Frozen set is LOVE!!!


I have to say, I had the easiest MRT-Fort Bus ride last Tuesday and was home before 9. Lucky ride, I guess.

I went back to the store earlier for a more complete experience. (The first pics are from earlier.) And to find the Hulk per request of the nephew. And to have the keychains engraved.

I was not able to have the keychains I bought from Hobbes and Landes engraved because I didn’t buy them from the store. Sayang because the gold one is too pretty not to have anything engraved. My reaction is exactly the same as the Hulk expression in the middle keychain. 

Because of that unfortunate experience and as I already bought what I came for and in order to avoid more mindless spending, I won’t be coming back to the store anytime soon. Unless they say that they can engrave my keychains. Or when my little nephew wants to go.

Still, I had a grand time. I would like to go to Legoland now, please.

Update 5/20: My not-so creative entry to that 20 bricks that represented education of World Vision Phils. Of course I had to involve Anna, Elsa and Olaf!


Mom’s Day

I couldn’t let this day pass without greeting a happy mother’s day –

To Mama: mother of two and lola of two, my contant companion and sometimes driver

To my still charming Lola, who I was lucky to spend some time with a few months ago:

To my SIL, who gave birth to the two kiddos who never fails to make my day

And to my two aunts from overseas, my cousins, friends and to mother’s all over the world. 

I share to you these flowers on your special day.


Ace Weekend

Just got back from one of the best staycations I ever had at the Ace Hotel and Suites.

Located in the same building which houses the Ace Water Spa in Kapitolyo, Pasig, Ace Hotel and Suites is definitely a go-to place for those who want to hangout more in the area. There are a lot of restos to discover in Kapitolyo, plus the new mall in the block, the Estancia in Capitol Commons is just nearby.

Of course, I used the Belle De Jour coupon which entitled me to P2000 discount off the regular rate. The rate includes the complimentary spa and breakfast for two, so it is sulit. We got the twin deluxe room this time.

 I love the spacy separate bed

  Just for the weekend. It is our second time to be here.

It was also the perfect time to go to the much reviewed Kanto Freestyle Breakfast and ended up going there for our meals. Love that a meal costs an average and budget friendly P95.

What is comfort food

 Partially stranded dinner time last night  because of the storm 
My friend and I went to the spa pool on Sunday morning, which I do recommend because of fewer guests. Plus there is really something about working out in the morning that keeps the energy up. 
This time, we spent a lot of time in the room drinking a bit of the complimentary wine, and just chillin. Plus, breakfast buffet is on the 8th floor which meant more space for the hotel guests. As usual, bitin but we made sure we have a fab time.

Till next year!



Aloha Havs

It’s the season of wearing flipflops once again and this time, Havaianas celebrates its 10th year with its Make Your Own Havaianas event, Hawaiian style.

As usual, I got crazy and these are my pairs:

Class of 2015
My only Top pair: ice blue sole and light pink strap, is accessorized with Mandala pins. This is an eyecatcher.

My Hawaiian commemmorative pair: Slim sole, rose gold strap, and nothing says “Aloha” more than the hula girl, hibiscus, ukelele and rainbow. As in “Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high…”


I’m not so crazy about the third pair with the Slim light pink sole, ice blue strap and hula girl pins, but I say it’s still pretty decent. I will probably sell or give this as a gift.

MYOH still makes me love my Havaianas. I should know, based on my still growing collection. 

Update 5/10: I have a fourth pair! I really have to give away some of my old Havs. Top light pink sole, metallic gold strap, Aloha, hula girl and ukelele pins.


Savory Treats

Now I update with my fave food of late.

Fave burger: Tried different brands of late but my fave now is this bacon and mushroom burger from Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. I like that the burger is grilled and with the right amount of bacon and mushroom. It’s the sauce that gives this burger it’s unique sweet flavor.

Fave steak: Torch’s tenderloin salpicao medallion. Cooked medium rare, this steak tasted better when cooked in medium a few minutes after it’s served. Best with mashed potatoes.

Fave ramen: Hanamaruken’s Signature Happiness ramen. The slow cooked pork is the reason why this is the best among the bunch. 


Latest discovery: Tim Ho Wan’s pork buns. The reason why people line up in this 3 Michellin star resto. Plus the dimsum is also really good.


Sweet Treats

Posting my latest fave sweet treats

Best cronut: Wildflour’s Dulce de leche cronut. Now I know why this is the best seller. This coming from a forever chocolate fan.


Fave cookie: Dean and Deluca’s salted double chocolate cookie. With the right amount of sweetness, this cookie makes me come back for more!


Fave cake (local): Mary Grace’s Chocolate truffle cake. When I’m not having their ensaymada con chocolate, I will be having their cake of the day. Their chocolate truffle cake is a perfect match of my fave flavors.


Runner-up: Mary Grace’s Chocolate mousse cake. Light and fluffy with the right amount of sweetness.


Fave shake: Triple O’s Cookies and cream milkshake. The reason why I keep going to this new resto is definitely for this sweet treat. The homemade ice cream is not so sweet, with  a generous amount of Oreo crumbs.

Best ice cream: Farmacy’s Pistachio ice cream. Never tasted pistachio ice cream that good. Best with chocolate syrup and/or bananas, like this banana split.


Can’t see the pistachio ice cream from here though…

Best Churros: The churros in La Lola’s is a must try! Definitely an improved version of our local ones. Best with chocolate, of course. 

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