Sunday, June 26, 2011

Reliving the Magic at Tanabe ♥♥♥

We went back to Tanabe last Thursday to relive the magic that we had on the Fourth of April.

Even our orders were the same, except that we passed on the Nigiri Sushi Special Bento because DB was still full from lunch.

Chirashi Sushi

Steaming Japanese rice with shredded seaweeds topped with fresh ingredients which include Salmon, Saba (Mackerel), Iwashi (Sardine), Ebi (Shrimp), Uni (Sea Urchin), Crab Stick, Unagi (Eel), Tamago (Egg), Tako (Octopus) and Salmon Roe. The best Chirashi in Manila, hands down.

You can hardly see the rice from all the toppings!

Whenever there's Futo Maki in the menu, DB would order and finish it to the last piece no matter how full he is.

Futo Maki

"Every moment I spent with you is a wonderful experience I would love to live through over and over again."


Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia
Central Business Park, Bay City
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 556-0360

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chicken-All-You-Can Night

Tropical Depression Falcon cannot stop DB and I from going to the Mall of Asia to finally have a Chicken-All-You-Can night!

I had 2 quarter-sized chicken.. maybe three.. or more. DB gave me the leg part of his fourth chicken, so technically, he had 3 and 3/4 which was more than what I ate. *wink*  He also ordered Sizzling Tofu which was yummy except that it had too much oil in it.

Sizzling Tofu

I lost appetite after seeing the oil so DB had to finish half a plate of the Tofu.

I had too much Fried Chicken that night that I need to stay away from it for a while. If I can.


Max's Restaurant
SM Mall of Asia
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 556-0520 to 22

Rainy Days and Mondays

It was a rainy Monday morning when we learned that we have to cancel our Dipolog trip due to conflicts on DB's work schedule. It was supposed to be my birthday trip but we had to postpone *sigh* and reschedule some other time.

Fast forward to Wednesday, its been raining the whole day (as it was the whole week), DB and I decided to make a visit to the home of our favorite comfort food.

Jay-J's Champorado!

which also comes with Danggit.

We also ordered some other favorites like the Garlic Chicken -- which tasted more like Extra Sweet and Sour Chicken because I can hardly taste the garlic and Calamares.

Garlic Chicken


I'm still sad about our canceled trip but the Champorado somehow made me feel a bit better.


Jay-J's Inasal
Hobbies of Asia
Diosdado Macapagal Blvd.
Pasay City, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 556-1308

Monday, June 20, 2011

Congo Grille

DB and I were supposed to have Chicken-All-You-Can at Max's Restaurant but were unsuccessful for two consecutive nights. Last Friday when we arrived at 7pm, the waiting list is already at  No. 28 (with some even up to 10 in a group) so we backed out and went to Congo Grille instead.

I told DB that I'm craving for Parilla's Kilawin that night, but they only have a branch in QC which is on the other side of the Metro from where we are. And so the quest for the next best Kilawin began.

Congo Grille's Kilawin na Tanigue was fresh but too sour.

The Tuna Sisig had too much mayonnaise, it felt like eating tuna spread. Pass on the bread please!

Beef Kare-Kare was a tad bit oily and they obviously used peanut butter instead of old
school grinded peanuts. The beef was very tender though, melts in your mouth.

Any suggestions?


Congo Grille
GF SM Mall of Asia
Pasay City, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 556-0108 to 0109

Weekend at Singapore-lah!

With no particular plan or itinerary in mind except to go to Universal Studios, me and my friends flew to Singapore two Fridays ago for a weekend of fun and spontaneous R&R.

Marina Bay Sands

Merlion Park in front of The Fullerton Hotel

Marina Square

The Esplanade -- a performing arts venue in Singapore

As long as you have a map of Singapore and the MRT, you can go anywhere you want!

I've always wanted to try out the original franchise but we were always in a hurry, no time to buy even to go. *sigh*

A former colleague of ours, who now resides in Singapore with her family invited us for dinner in their new home.

Hotpot and Yakiniku night

The group with the queen of the house, Marissa.

Our trip was too short I did not even had time to meet with my other friends and relatives. Maybe in the future if I have enough travel fund (Singapore is a very expensive city!), I'll be able to go back and get a room at the Marina Bay Sands. *wink*

Bugis Street, SG

Much like Hongkong's famed Mongkok area, Singapore's Bugis Street is where you can find clothes, bags, shoes, electronics, watches and all kinds of souvenirs at very affordable prices (far from the sky-high prices at Orchard Road). Just don't be surprised if they won't give you discounts, unlike in most flea markets in the Philippines, Malaysia and Hongkong, the vendors here are very "firm" with the prices of their goods. But hey, they still offer the best value in whole of Singapore.

Its not air-conditioned so it could get really hot inside especially at noon time.

Souvenir t-shirts are being sold here at SGD10 for 4 pieces.

Street food is also available if you get hungry.

We saw these kids from the Young Artists Club of Singapore in front of the market.

That is a really nice drawing!

After shopping, we went to the food court just across the street to grab lunch and rest a bit before heading to Orchard Road.

Roast Duck Rice

If you're a bargain hunter and loves Singapore's hawker food, then Bugis Street is the perfect place for you.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Universal Studios, SG

The main reason why we scheduled a trip to Singapore is to go to Universal Studios!

Built inside Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world since its soft opening in March 2010. This one-of-a-kind theme park is consist of seven unique zones surrounding a lagoon namely: Hollywood, New York, Sci-fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.

Ticket prices:  SGD72 for adults and SGD52 for kids aged 4 to 12 years old. If you have extra money, I suggest you add SGD48 for the Universal Express (that's on top of your ticket price) so you won't need to queue on the rides and other attractions especially if you're going on a weekend or holidays.

Hollywood -- themed after the real Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s with the famous Walk of Fame and icons stationed in every corner you can have pictures with.

Everybody was kung-fu fighting..

At Hollywood Boulevard

New York -- themed after post-modern New York City that features sidewalks and famous landmarks that mimics its impressive cityscape.

Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg himself, we were ushered to a stage that became a setting for a major hurricane about to hit New York City. It felt like I was watching a Hollywood blockbuster movie in real life!

The Lost World -- featuring Waterworld and Jurassic Park.

Be prepared to get soaked if you're seating in the blue area!

If you've seen Kevin Costner's Waterworld, you'll have an idea what the story is about. But seeing the death-defying stunts, explosions and thrills right before our eyes was a very amazing and jaw-dropping experience.

There are no take two's nor doubles for the stunts they are about to do.

Lunch was at the Discovery Food Court just in front of Jurassic Park gate.

Chicken Rice. At last!

Far Far Away -- based on Dreamworks Animation's Shrek.

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away..

On our way to Shrek 4D, my friend noticed that her digital camera was missing! We immediately reported it to the security personnel of Universal Studios and filed a report. They told us it was the first time it happened in the park and they are very concerned since a lot of tourists go here and safety is an utmost priority. My friend left her contact details in case her camera "resurfaces".

They gave us Universal Express tickets for the hassle incurred by the incident.

A 17-minute 4D film, guests can get to see, hear and feel the action from their seats as Shrek takes on a journey to save Princess Fiona.

Madagascar -- set in a displaced cargoship that features characters from Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar.

Ancient Egypt -- themed after the rich Egyptian architecture and artifacts found during the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration in the 1930s.

Sayang, hindi ako nakapag-outfit!

Sci-fi City -- equipped with space-aged technologies and the ultimate modern convenience, this is what the city may look like in the future.

The most terrifying ride I have ever had in my life!

The Cyclon (Blue) is a suspended roller coaster that goes up, around and upside down with an intense corkscrew and a cobra roll, while the Human (Red) speeds up to 82.8km/hr and propels to over fourteen storeys into the air.

After the riding the Human roller coaster, we went to Mel's Drive Inn for a snack.

A real and working juke box

I passed on the burgers and ordered the Homemade Apple Pie ala Mode instead.

The diner's singing and dancing waitresses

We were back to the Hollywood zone just in time to catch Monster Rock, a rock and roll extravaganza featuring a Filipina (and a new-found friend Earl) who played the role of Shewolf.

The group with Earl, the lady with the blue bag, who stars as Shewolf in Monster Rock.

Best seat in the house!

OMG. Its the Streetboys! I remember my grade school days when I went gaga over them,
even went to Eat Bulaga just to watch them perform live.

The theme park is open from 10am to 9pm everyday. I heard they're putting up the Transformers ride late this year. That would be an exciting addition to the great attractions of Universal Studios. Just make sure to bring an umbrella or a raincoat so you're prepared for Singapore's extreme weather changes.
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