The Cafe at Hyatt City of Dreams | February 24, 2018

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Smorgasbordin’ at 28

You know you’re getting old when birthdays hardly seem birthdays anymore.

I decided to celebrate my 28th year in this planet dining at a buffet restaurant with my mom and sister. I haven’t given much thought as to where I’d like to eat for my birthday, except for the fact that I knew I wanted to try the high-end Vikings buffet experience. I’ve been to several branches of Vikings and not once have I been disappointed. You could just imagine why I couldn’t wait to try and get a sense of what they call their next level – NIU by Vikings.

I love buffets. Nothing beats variety when it comes to food. Whether you’re into desserts, anything fried, noodles or seafood – buffet restaurants have you covered. If you’re just looking to stuff your tummy with nothing but food, you might as well eat-all-you-can. 😉

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Food Review: Samjung Grill Restaurant, Poblacion, Makati, PH

Admittedly, this is already a long overdue post. However, as I was perusing my photos in the hopes of clearing up some space on my SD card, I decided, why not write about it.

Last July 14, some co-workers and I braced the rain for hot ramen at Mendokoro. Little did we know that the place was jam-packed and that a lot of people were still in line, waiting for to be serviced. Saddened yet starving, we had to change plans and look for somewhere else to eat. Left with not a whole lot of options, we took a cab to Makati Avenue and ended up dining in a quaint Korean restaurant named Samjung. Continue reading “Food Review: Samjung Grill Restaurant, Poblacion, Makati, PH”

Food Review: Filling Station, Poblacion, Makati, PH

What was supposedly a ramen night for a friend who’s bound to the UK very, very soon turned into American dining, which I couldn’t be more thankful for.

I would hear about Filling Station once in a while and I would see pictures of the place and the food here and there. Unfortunately, as it seems I’m the “boring” person who won’t even leave the comforts of her bed, I am quite ashamed and proud to say that I have never been to the so-called Red District at night, nor have I had the chance to experience dining at this restaurant. Until last Friday night. (Thank God for Fridays!) 

Getting to Filling Station isn’t quite a bit of a trouble, if you think about it. It’s within the heart of Makati and is definitely accessible from all parts of Metro Manila. Traffic, though, can make it such a hassle, so watch out for payday Fridays and holidays. Although we anticipated that there MIGHT BE and WILL BE traffic, considering that last November 29 was payday Friday because the following day was a holiday, we sure underestimated how bad it could get. What was initially set for 17:30 became much, much later as two of us managed to arrive past 19:00. Continue reading “Food Review: Filling Station, Poblacion, Makati, PH”

Weekend Getaway in Baguio: Day 2

Day 2: Hustlin’ and Bustlin’ in Baguio

The day started early, but not as early as I had planned. We woke up, fully recharged from yesterday’s activities. As we went outside to our breakfast table, I was remarkably cold. What a break from the usually sweltering weather in Manila!

It’s true what they say. You’ll have this uncanny love-hate relationship with the Baguio weather. At times, it’s perfect. But a real enemy for when you need to get out of bed. 😅

Nevertheless, it was relaxing to wake up to something different. It felt good looking at tall pine trees for a change. And the fact that it was 15°C that morning made it even more spectacular.

We had breakfast and it was so good. More details will be posted on my succeeding blog, so watch out for it! As soon as we were done, we were back on the streets. Continue reading “Weekend Getaway in Baguio: Day 2”

Weekend Getaway in Baguio: Day 1

We were in Baguio over the weekend (February 24-26) in celebration of my mom’s birthday last February 22. To be honest, we didn’t think we’d be there just in time for the culmination parades of the Panagbenga Festival. We felt lucky for the chance to witness the highlight of this month-long festivity. Although, at the back of our heads, we knew we were getting into probably the city’s busiest time of the year. A lot of people, especially those coming from Manila, make it their yearly tradition to drive up to Baguio to attend the festival. Towards the end of the month of February, Baguio holds the most anticipated activities of the said festival – the Grand Street Parade and the Grand Float Parade.

About a month ago, we decided we wanted to celebrate mom’s birthday out of town. Apart from the usual birthday dinners we do, we opted for something different. And so the idea of traveling to Baguio was born. We carefully arranged our travel to and from Baguio, our accommodation and the itinerary. It sure was tedious enough coming up with a decent itinerary for a 3-day stay that it took me almost a month to draft a plan. Allow me to walk you through our Baguio experience. I’ve included tips, a little bit of history of the places we’ve been and short reviews of the restaurants we’ve tried. Continue reading “Weekend Getaway in Baguio: Day 1”

Mr. Choi Kitchen

The rest of last Sunday was all figured out. Sunday Mass and bowling afterwards. The only part we seemed to have missed out on was where to eat in between. We decided the best option was to look for some place in Waltermart Makati (as it’s only walking distance to and from the bowling center in MCS). Just around the corner, we spotted Mr. Choi Kitchen. Dar said that she’s tried their food before and it was good, so before we knew it, we were marching inside and getting ourselves a table. 

Mr. Choi Kitchen is not a high-end Chinese restaurant. It is, in fact, very typical and traditional. What I liked about the place was the whole interior arrangement, the service crew, and the price.

Food choices are rather good, though I might say, the list was kind of, limited. The best part of this gastro-venture so far, was their serving portions. One dish can fill up to three tummies, that’s why for a price of 200-300++, it surely is reasonable and practical. Continue reading “Mr. Choi Kitchen”