Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thank You, My "Lab"!

December 2010

I'm very vocal about my Christmas wish list - a new pair of sandals, a new bag and a new pair of slippers. One shopping day, my "Lab" brought me to the mall and bought those wish list items - to my absolute happiness!

My "Lab", thank you! You know how precious you are to me. I love you.
(all together now: eeeeeeeeeeeew cheesy!)

Trip To: Baguio City (2009)

July 24-26, 2009

Due to its proximity and cold weather, we chose Baguio City to celebrate our first monthsary.

Paparazzi shot outside Fort Del Pilar (PMA)

Crisostomo Ibarra & Sisa shirts from Artwork- SM Baguio branch (Maria Clara shirt wasn't available)

Dinner at Cafe by the Ruins: "What's your order, sir?"

An impatient diner

The newest boatman of Burnham Park

Akyat-Nagor (a native house) at Tam-awan Village

"Will I fit in there?"

Violation of the RPC

Welcome to my kingdom! 

Igorot officemates

Snap, quick!

With Douglas at Mines View Park
Obligatory shot at Mines View Park


The right pose @ the Wright Park

Channeling Rosalinda: "Ay amor!"

Brunch at Camp John Hay

The butterfly effect

Camp John Hay




Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spotted: The Big Fish of MMDA!

January 22, 2011
EDSA Shrine 

Spotted this "big fish" (partly hidden) of MMDA while I was riding a metro bus yesterday noon. I find it politically funny so I whip out my camera before the traffic light goes green. Gotcha!

Kozui Green Tea

January 23, 2011
Kozui Green Tea
258-B Tomas Morato Avenue
Quezon City

It's healthy to go green! 

 Takoyaki (Php 100) ~ fresh pan grilled tako balls flavored with generous chunks of ika, ebi and negi served with Japanese mayonnaise, bonito flakes, nori and special house takoyaki sauce

 Minced spinach soup (Php 110)

This soup may look terrifying to non-veggie lovers but it tastes A-okay.

Kukicha lemon teaz (Php 90, grande) ~ Japanese kukicha green tea, a tea with sweet infusion of herbal overtones and hints of chestnuts

Celebs spotted: Ricky Davao with his 2 daughters and Bernadette Sembrano

Booksale Loot

January 22, 2011
Shopwise Arcade Cubao

1) Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

I like collecting novels which were later made into films. I watched the movie years ago but I couldn't remember whether I enjoyed it or not. Probably not.

2) Hatchet Jobs and Hardball: The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang 

A fun read. American political slang is certainly amusing.

3) The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

I have to watch the film adaptation of the same name to fully appreciate this novel.

My Very Own Nachos Supreme

January 22, 2011
4:00 p.m.-ish
Home sweet home

I made my very own nachos supreme yesterday. I used queso de bola for two reasons: (1) to save some bucks since it's basically part of New Year's Day leftovers and (2) I love cheese - no matter what shape or texture.

Grate it, grate it good!

 Fresh from the microwave! Nah, the cheese didn't melt as in melt. Think mozzarella.

Okay, the ingredients. No exact measurement here. Common sense and my picky taste buds prevailed.

1) nacho chips
2) shredded red & green cabbage
3) white onion
4) tomatoes
4) ground beef & pork (pre-cooked with Magic Sarap, lotsa pepper, red onion, garlic and fish sauce to taste)
5) queso de bola.

Perfect with ice-cold Coke. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Date: Banapple @ Ayala Triangle Gardens

January 21, 2011
4 p.m.-ish 

Banapple's polka dot-inspired table 

Ayala Triangle gardens

 Banoffee pie (Php 85/slice)

 Banapple's house salad (Php 110) ~ mixed greens with corn, cucumber & bell pepper bits, crumbled banana chips, honey peanuts and shredded mozzarella; drizzled with balsamic caesar dressing

Banapple smoothie (Php 95)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Because I Don't Want To Get Sick...

January 20, 2011
10:00 p.m.
My second favorite place: Kitchen!*

... I drank this Vitamin C-loaded drink. I squeezed six (6) pieces of dalandan and added two teaspoons of brown sugar to kill the sourness. Then I found a three-week old lemon in the fridge; I rescued it and put it into good use.

Bottoms up!

Wondering what's inside that white casserole? It's pork & chicken adobo. Mind you, I was so tempted to eat some with rice (God only knows how many cups) but I think that would be a major diet faux pas. Grrr.

*First place goes to my sanctuary - bedroom! 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cupcakes by Sonja

January 16, 2011
Cupcakes By Sonja
Serendra Piazza
Bonifacio Global City

A visit to Cupcakes by Sonja will never be complete without PB & J's. Check out my previous post.

PB & J's - concorde-grape-jelly-filled chocolate cupcake iced with creamy peanut butter frosting

Cupcake heaven

Sweet tooth 100 % satisfied!

Someone is sweet enough to let me bring this box home. :)

 Cookie Monster, Lemon Drop & Chocolate Surprise

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I Heart Booksale!

January 15, 2011
Shopwise Arcade Cubao 

As a general rule, I condemn sudden heavy downpours. Who doesn't? Seldom would you find an umbrella in my possession or any protective gear designed to shield me from instant fever and runny rose; hence the general rule. Just like any rule, it admits of exceptions. (Omigod! I suddenly miss Elle Woods drama!) So, the heavy rains forced me to sashay into Booksale - one of my favorite places in The Cube - to kill time and patiently wait for the rains to stop. Obvs, I always treasure every minute I spend in that place. Look what caught my eye and destroyed my weekly budget. 

It's THE Nancy Drew! I literally gasped at the sight of this. It brought back wonderful memories of my bibliophilic grade school years.

 Brand new & thick as an old school family album

 It got an envelope at the back which says "Postcards". When I opened it (note the whitish area), book covers of ND series posing as postcards were revealed. Smells good too!

All pages have interesting features which showcase ND's adventures in the series. Pop-ups galore. Very interesting. As of this writing, I actually finished reading the book. Told ya, I'm a fan!

Spell H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S.

I'm eager to click "publish post" now just so I could read the rest of my book haul upstairs. Au revoir!

Marsh-Mellow Eskapo

Sizzlers' Blends
Mezzanine, Shoppes @ Victoria
# 78 Timog Ave. corner Panay Ave.
Quezon City
January 14, 2011

 Sizzlers' Blends: A Tasteful Fusion of Fire and Ice!

 Her Royal Highness Princess, dinner sponsor :)

 Strawberry kiwi coolers

 This is what we do best while waiting for sizzlers - smile for the camera!

 Sizzler # 1: chicken sisig with lotsa lotsa mayo!

 Sizzler # 2: beef salpicao

 Sizzler # 3: gambas

Tummy worms attack!

 Let's pose before we eat.

 Yummy & seedy strawberry kiwi cooler!

 After we destroyed our diet

Diet plan, stand by. 

Ton-Ton Thai Massage
Tomas Morato Street
1-hour body massage (Php 300 only)

 Before the relaxing Thai massage. Two thumbs up for this place!

Thanks Princess for this wonderful treat! See you soon! :)