I totally forgot when we went, but I think it was on a Saturday, August 28, 2016.
Ino reserved some tickets ahead of time for the Asia Pop Comic Con 2016 and I’m quite elated to be a part of this big event.
I used to think that I hate going to conventions because it’s always crowded and noisy. I used to think that the cosplayers are too many and too chaotic for my sanity but those misconceptions have changed over a period of time.
We’ve been attending conventions for quite some time and it has never disappointed us. Sure, there may be times when not much people attend the said komic kon but it’s still a win-win situation for me because I still hate huge crowds.
After going to our first Komic Kon, I decided to buy shirts as a memento for each event. I am the type who was not really into reading comic books as a child, so I’d rather have something useful that I can wear.
When we went to APCC, I really didn’t have any idea on what to expect. I was just thinking of going because I want to take pictures and make use of my point and shoot skills. I wasn’t really thinking of the guests, or the people who will go there. But when we saw Toto Madayag, I instantly felt home. It’s as if we are really at the right place and not just wandering about and waiting for things to happen.
Being my excited self, I took pictures as soon as we got there. (Naks, look at my memory. I can remember all these things when it happened almost 2 months ago. Sometimes, slacking when it comes to having the urge to write right away in order for you not to forget about real time events and letting the mañana habit take most of your life – where you almost feel like you don’t need the importance of writing it anymore, have its perks.)
Ino still wants to roam around and check out the booths at that time, but I was busy being my stubborn self. So I took photos of things that are in front of me without really knowing what is going on. Sometimes, I just do things impulsively and so randomly that I forget that I need to ask and be more interested in what’s going on.
So, aside from the booths, there were also some activities in the area. I also remember watching a Cosplay event with Ino and taking my first video from my new digicam. However, I don’t really feel the need to post it here.
We also got some free Kimy Krazy Banana Surprise on the event. We also checked out some cool shirts and some interesting stuff on the booths. It was so much fun!
I’m actually glad that Ino and I went to this event. That was the latest event that we’ve been to. I’m looking forward for more fun and exciting adventures with Ino.
For the mean time, please enjoy these photos that I took on the event:
This happened on July 15, 2016. This was right after our shift and I was so excited to be going to this place that I impulsively took some pictures even if my phone was about to ran out of batteries. Yep, I wasn’t able to charge my phone at that time. Did I have a powerbank? I think I didn’t. It also sucks because I didn’t bring my camera at that time. I really should make it a point that I bring my camera whenever I go out. It’s going to be useless in the long run if I don’t.
Aiden, my team mate invited us over to Sonamoo, a Korean mart in Ortigas, Pasig City, to eat some Korean noodles and hang out. I think this was before he treated us for some Popsicles because he was already resigning at that time.
It was my first time to go to a Korean mart. So the curious in me, made me take some dark shots in the mart. I was too excited. I spent around P1000 because I had a Korean food haul on that day. Remind me not to be overly excited about everything for the first time. I tend to do so many crazy shit when I am excited and I tend to regret it afterwards. Anyhow, we were able to enjoy the food.
Dr. Aloe is our favorite drink and I got even more excited when I got to try the Honey Butter Chips that my students were talking about. I immediately bought two. However, it wasn’t the kind of taste that I was going for. Luckily, Ino liked it and actually enjoyed it.
I got some instant Jajangmyeon for my midnight snack. I drained the water on the mart’s kitchen and was able to enjoy the sweet and salty taste of the black bean noodles. However, I wasn’t able to take any pictures because my phone has already died at that time.
Last Saturday, June 18, 2016, Ino and I celebrated our post anniversary date at The Hampton Gardens. We were supposed to celebrate at the same place on our 7th year anniversary. However, I got terribly sick on the day of our date so we decided to just postpone it.
We left Citihomes around 3:30 PM to 4 PM and arrived in THG at around 4:30 PM. We just dropped our things at Lawrence’s unit and we headed to the swimming pool. We swam for about 30-45 minutes and decided to grab a bite nearby THG.
There were a couple of places that Ino was raving about. First was the burger place and the second was the very affordable Tapsihan, Tapsi Sa Palatiw, near Stella Maris Pasig.
We headed to the burger place first because we were supposed to have burgers and shakes for snacks. However, it was still closed when we dropped by. Closed at 5 PM? Hahaha.. Pretty weird, right? Ino said that the burger place usually opens around 6 PM and closes at 2-3 PM. So, since it is still closed, we just went to the other place that he was raving about.
TAPSI SA PALATIW
I let him choose the kind of Tapsi that he wants to order since he recommended the place. It was my first time to go there so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve eaten at several Tapsihans and Tapsi sa Palatiw’s Tapsilog was just right for me. For a very affordable price, the Tapsi was not a miss but it wasn’t as stellar as Tapa King’s. It was actually a hit for me because it is a go-to-place if you are looking for a budget friendly dine in experience.
Aside from the Tapsi, we also ordered a couple of barbecue sticks. It would have been better if they reheated it. The meat was already quite cold and difficult to chew so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much.
The Tapsilog costs P31 pesos per meal and the barbecue costs around P10 to P12 per stick.
The dining experience was comfortable. The place was spacious. Not many people dined in when we went there but that’s because it’s a Saturday and it’s not really the high time for people to eat dinner or eat rice and a viand for snacks.
I will still go back and try their chicken meal if I were given a chance. For a cost effective experience, I would rate this affordable restaurant a 3.
Tapsi sa Palatiw is located at Stella Maris Ave, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila.
Off to our next stop, Ino chose another place for desserts.
For P25, I get to Swirl to The Max!!!
It isn’t obvious that it was my first time to ever go to Lawson. 🙂
It was actually not my first time because Ino and I had tried it before at Legarda, Manila a few months ago. But let me just enjoy this post because it is worth writing. 🙂
I’ve tried several ice creams from different marts like 7-Eleven, Ministop, Family Mart, and Circle K. I’d definitely choose Circle K’s vanilla ice cream over Family Mart’s.
My curiosity started when I’ve read about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream from Mati Serrano‘s blog and DomesticUrbanite‘s blog. Both of them are foodies or food enthusiasts and reading about their recipes and food trips from time to time helped me discover new places and new dishes to try. Reading their blog posts about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream made me think that it must be something that I, myself, should try.
At the same time, my resident bully and fiance, told me that he has already tried the Charcoal Ice Cream before which made me green with envy. I was very curious at that time but I don’t know where Lawson is in Ortigas.
So, here I am. Looking like a first timer because I really am. 🙂
The Charcoal Ice Cream experience was delightful! It was fun to eat although it messed my teeth (which Ino made fun of) because of the charcoal. For P25, it wasn’t that bad. It is now my 2nd favorite next to Circle K’s.
Looking at Lawson’s selection, I can say that they have more stocks than 7-Eleven and sometimes Mercury Drug. They offer different kinds of stuff from toiletries to different instant food. I was actually amazed with the toiletries because there’s a lot to choose from.
I had to compare because I’ve been waiting for Ino at 7-Eleven for almost half the year after I tired myself out from hanging out at Mc Donald’s several months ago. It was something that I have to write about since that habit will eventually end by the end of June. Hopefully.
So, going back to the Charcoal Ice Cream experience, I would say that I’d like to give it a 4 for trying. It was definitely something new and something refreshing to try on a hot summer or rainy day. 🙂
We went to ELITE NAILS HAND, FOOT AND BODY SPA after taking a rest at THG.
I think Ino reads my posts and take my Sunday Currentlies to heart. I remember one Sunday Currently post where I’ve written something about needing some pampering. I think he didn’t miss that post because he treated me to a nail care experience at the Elite Nails Spa on our post Saturdate Anniversary celebration.
We inquired about their nail services first before we decided to book a pedi session before we went to Tapsi sa Palatiw and Lawson. My usual dilemma in inquiring about a product or a service to a clerk or a sales representative is their ability to explain the product or service that they are selling and how knowledgeable they are in what their products or services are.
I was pretty satisfied with Elite Nails’s attendant because he was able to explain the differences of the services that they offer. It was clear and what I just needed to hear, so as a result, I was able to choose right away on which service I’m going to avail.
Ater taking a rest at the Hampton, we headed to Elite Nails for a Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure.
We waited for almost half an hour but that’s okay because the place was well air conditioned and had a relaxing vibe. The attendant and the staff were friendly and very accommodating. ‘Though they have a separate staff assigned for the Foot Spa and another for the Pedicure, it’s okay. I don’t have any qualms on it.
The Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure costs around P390. I had an additional OPI Nail Polish worth P50 to P60 because the staff said it lasts two weeks longer than an ordinary nail polish so I gave it a go.
It was actually worth it. The foot spa was good because the staff really tried to scrape off my dry skin and callouses. She was very hardworking and was very friendly too. I admit that her job was very difficult and given that it’s almost dinner time, I give props to her good service because she didn’t hastily do her job. I felt that I’m getting the service that is worth what I’m paying for so I didn’t regret giving her a tip.
The pedicure, which I was expecting to be painful was very painless. The staff who attended to me was very careful and checks on my reaction from time to time. It was not painful so it was okay. She also followed my request about not using a nail file because I hate the feeling of it scratching my nails. I also gave her a tip for taking care of my nails.
I would definitely go back to this branch if I will be given a chance. I’d also choose the same staff, if only I could remember their names. 🙂 I think I can still remember how they looked like. 🙂 I give this branch a 3.75 for a quite excellent service.
This branch that I have visited was just outside the Hampton Gardens. It’s located at Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila. You can also check their menu on their website.
Finally, after everything that transpired on that day, we chanced upon the burger place that I was writing about earlier.
It’s already open!!
TAPSIHAN SA MAYBUNGA
When I said burger place, I was actually referring to Tapsihan Sa Maybunga. This is the place that Ino was telling me about. He was actually raving about the huge burger that they are offering.
He was telling me about the ingredients of each burger. It was quite a mouthful. Each burger is offering a Quarter Pounder. 🙂 Some of the burgers have SPAM, bacon, sunny side up fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, special butter sauce, etc.
My choice was the Butter Beater and it didn’t disappoint. I was also leaning towards Big Max since I’m not into different kinds of meat in one burger. Ino likes Rise N Shine but I find it quite greasy and too much. Although it is not that bad because it is really worth your money thanks to their generous serving. 🙂
I didn’t choose Level Up, Fast Break and Firehouse because of the SPAM, bacon, eggs, and jalapeno. It’s just me. I just don’t enjoy too much food in one bite. I guess it’s delicious too but I think I might try it out if Butter Beater or Big Max are not available. Haha!
Oh! We also bought a Choco Chip Shake! It was good but I wish I ordered Mocha Frappe instead. I was supposed to order Mocha Frappe but Ino said he has already tried it. I wanted him to try out a different flavor too but unfortunately, he chose the same flavor he had last time. It was quite a let down. But I will definitely try their Mocha Frappe next time! 🙂
The shakes are pretty average for me. I think it is not really worth P75. I think they could have served it for around P60 to P65 instead. The presentation and the taste wasn’t that rad for P75. I wish they could level it up by adding something more to their “plating” or to their unique taste.
With how Ino hyped the burger and the shakes, it really got me expecting something out of everything. I was expecting something worth writing about and not just an Instagram moment. I was expecting a memorable taste out of it. Something that could linger and make me want to come back even if it’s quite far from where I am from.
I guess, it’s just me and my expectations. The burger was great. The presentation and plating was surprising. The knife on the burger was liberating. The plastic gloves was a unique suggestion on how to eat the burger. It gave a subtle hint about a no poise moment. It was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed it!
I will give this restaurant a 3.5 for the effort and for the hype. 🙂
I also liked the way the servers feel like family. It’s really hard to tell whether they are just staffs or family members helping each other out in their family business. It’s a Saturday anyway, and it somehow made me feel nostalgic.
I used to dream about my own clan owning a restaurant and each one of us helping out in any way we can. I know that it’s impossible right now but it could have been a good business venture for each of us.
Anyway, I was able to enjoy the food and the drink. It was a treat! So yeah, I really enjoyed everything. I’m still looking forward to visiting Tapishan sa Maybunga because I might just really have high hopes for everything products and services related. This is how I am most especially when I am paying or someone is treating me for a food experience.
Having said that, this is not a paid advertisement and I’m blogging about it to share my own experiences. Also, I’m blogging about my thoughts so that one’s service or products will continuously improve and provide satisfaction to their customers.
Tapsihan sa Maybunga is near Hampton Gardens. It is located at 416, Dr. Sixto Ave., Pasig, Metro Manila.
Woohoo!!! This is the last entry for my backlog! I’m so glad that I’m finally free from it!! :))
For this post, I will be talking about the ever famous Kyochon Chicken and Mr. Park’s! Both restaurants serve delicious Korean food. Once again, this is not a paid advetisement.
I will start with Mr. Park’s first. (Redundant ba?)
I’ve heard about Mr. Park’s from my colleagues, Abba and Cara. They said that they frequent Mr. Park’s after our shift just to buy some pastries or coffee. They also mentioned that the food is affordable and delicious. They also suggested that we try Mr. Park’s Bingsu.
It was the night when I drank with three of my male colleagues at Metrowalk. Since I’m not that close to them, I felt very awkward and nervous to hangout with them. It’s a good thing that Ino was on his way to Metrowalk to fetch me. I drank 4 bottles of San Mig Light and felt a little dizzy. Ino also drank a couple of bottles and had a couple of cigarettes because my colleagues are smokers too. I understand how he feels and I know that it’s just for that night, so I let him smoke.
After some chitchat and another round of beer, we decided to go home.
However, we didn’t go home yet. Because as we were strolling around Emerald avenue, we spotted Mr. Park’s and decided to give it a try.
We ate some bread and sandwiches to keep us sober. We also ordered the Fruit Bingsu that Abba and Cara were talking about. It was actually nice.
The ambiance was very chic and classy. The food looks gourmet and the staffs were very friendly and accommodating. According to their staff, Mr. Park’s is open 24/7. 🙂
It was very nice. However, the Bingsu that we ordered was not the exact Bingsu that I have in mind. I thought that it would be like Cafe 7ate9, which was creamy and sweet. However, since it’s composed of fruits, the sourness of some of the fruits affected the taste of the Bingsu. (Haha! What am I saying?) It’s 2:25 AM. I’m sorry.
Probably, it was because I’m expecting a heavenly taste. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as heavenly as it was supposed to be. Or I just have a high expectation on things.
I was able to take some photos but my phone’s battery died in the middle of my picture taking. 🙁 I also have some photos in Ino’s phone but he hasn’t sent it to me yet. I’ll just update this soon, okay?
So, here’s the beautiful place of Mr. Park’s:
Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake is located at Garnet Street Corner F. Ortigas Jr, Ortigas, Pasig City. Please visit them as soon as you can! 🙂
I’ve been hearing about Kyochon Chicken from my students because of its famous Chicken and beer (Chimaek) and it got me curious about how it tastes like.
Unlike Filipinos who like to eat chicken with rice, Koreans usually eat their chicken with beer. I have tried the Yangnyum Chicken in Seoul (Korean Restaurant in Escriva) and it is by far the best chicken that I’ve ever had. Even their plain fried chicken is very delicious!
I was very giddy when Ino agreed to eat at Kyochon in SM Mega Mall. Since I’m such a curious cat, the thought of eating at a famous Korean restaurant where my students can actually relate to, made me really happy.
I became much happier when he ordered Tteokbokki and Hotteok for dessert. 🙂 Oooh, I’m becoming hungry again.
Anyway, here’s what we ordered:
The Tteokbokki and the Hotteok are really nice. I enjoyed the sweetness of both dishes! I enjoyed it too much that I ended up having a terrible toothache afterwards.
The chicken was pretty small but they have an explanation for that. It was okay. It was a little similar with Bonchon but I prefer Kyochon’s snacks and desserts more. I love Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) though.
I would like to go back to Kyochon and try another dish if I will have another chance. Hmmm… this is not a good time to get hungry. Time check 2:11 AM. :))
Ino and I celebrated our 83rd Monthsarry at the World Street Food Congress 2016 at BGC, Taguig.
I am clueless about what the event would be like. First, I thought that the food congress, having the word “World” in the title would suggest that we’d get to eat different kinds of food all over the world. I was excited with the idea that I will be able to try some Korean street foods but lo and behold, there wasn’t any Korean food on that day.
Second, I didn’t have any idea on what the congress would be like. I imagined that it would be located indoors and that it would be inside a mall or a building or something. Surprise, surprise!! It was an outdoor event.
Well, that’s what you get from not reading anything or making a research about where you’re going ahead of time. In my defense, Ino just told me that we’re going to this place a few days before the event and I’m not exactly sure about what to expect. I guess, I wasn’t really paying attention when he was telling me about it.
It was already afternoon when we arrived. We walked from Market! Market! to McKinley and we were greeted by the long cue of people. We eventually found our way to the end of the line and after a few minutes were able to get in.
We got a free bottle of Listerine when we arrived. Then I got to take tons of photos using my new Sony camera!! I was very happy that I got to try it for the first time. It really made me feel like a blogger! Hahahaha! :))
So, we took some photos here and there and we looked around for the dishes that they were serving. Unfortunately, there isn’t any Korean stall. 🙁 It was such a let down but it was still a good experience.
There were a lot of people in the food congress, there’s always a long cue for each stalls. Some stalls closed early because they were already sold out. The price range for the food costs around P150-250 depending on the kind of food that you are ordering.
We get to taste different variety of dishes from meals to snacks. Unfortunately, the bagoong chicken didn’t make the cut because it didn’t work for us.
Here’s a funny story…
While we were eating our food, there was a band on the stage. Actually they were just an acoustic duo. Upon hearing Silent Sanctuary, I (being the gullible person that I am) thought that it was really Silent Sanctuary singing on the stage. So, I took several photos of them until I realized that they just meant that the previous song that they sang was a cover of Silent Sanctuary’s Sa’yo. I was very embarrassed at that time because I even told Ino that it was SS but it actually wasn’t.
Anyway, we just enjoyed the music because they didn’t invite other guests at that time. I think they were more focused on the food and profit that they haven’t thought of inviting a band. (Even an indie band to perform!!) It was actually a let down.
The acoustic duo also had a second set, in which the singer were asking the audience for a song request. Ino and I requested for Ripped Jeans / Photograph. The singer/guitarist accommodated our request but it seems that he’s not familiar with the chords and lyrics of the song. So, yeah. Another disappointment.
He also sang Marry Me by Train because Ino requested for it. Again, he wasn’t that familiar with the song again that’s why he had a hard time. But since we just enjoyed the event, it was still a good experience for us.
Here are some of the photos that I took using my new Sony Camera:
Oh February! It seems like a year to me but in reality, it was just about 4 months.
Remember when I was so excited to plan my wedding? Hahaha! Ino proposed on December 25 and a few weeks after that excitement took over me and I don’t know. I really don’t know what happened to me. I just started contacting people and making plans.
Now that four months have passed, a lot has happened and I’m not sure if I’m still that excited. We stopped planning for a bit and decided to continue our lives as it is. It was Ino’s request to take things slowly. I’m fine with that but it’s June… I’m going to have my first wedding gown fitting… erm… measured? this month.
And that’s an instant update about my wedding preparations. Well, we’re not doing any preparations lately so that’s that.
In light of this post, Ino and I met with Ira to have our wedding planned. We decided to meet Ira at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in EDSA Shangri-La Mall. We went there ahead of time, so we had lunch first and decided to order a blueberry cheesecake, a Pure Double Chocolate ice blended drink and brewed coffee.
We haven’t met Ira yet for the first meeting because we haven’t reserved a church yet. We haven’t reserved the reception as well. Well… I hope it will be sorted out soon.
I know that it’s already June 4, 2016! It’s half of the year already and I still have some backlogs from the first half of the year. So, here I am… trying to find some ways on how to deliver these food experiences that Ino and I had for the past 6 months.
I’ve been quite curious about Korean food ever since I got into the Korean culture. It has been over 4 years since I’ve worked in the ESL industry. Discovering the Korean culture, most especially their food is such an experience for me.
Aside from talking to different students everyday, I also enjoy eating Korean food. I first fell in-love with Bulgogi Soondobu Jjigae and Galbi Jjim. I love all kinds of Korean food and I really consider it as my stress reliever. 🙂 I used to hate eating spicy food but Korean food changed my perspective 360 degrees! No kidding!
Having said that, my students often recommend Samgyetang to me. They said that it is one of the most appropriate food for summer. So, I really got curious about how it tastes and initially thought that it tastes like our traditional Arroz Caldo (Congee) but boy, I was wrong.
According to Maangchi, Ginseng chicken soup (in Korean, Samgyetang) is a hot, steaming, delicious dish that features a small chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic, and jujube.
I was quite bummed out when it wasn’t available at Seoul Korean Restaurant in Escriva, Ortigas, Pasig City. So I just promised myself that I’m going to try it out when it’s available in another Korean restaurant.
Fortunately, it is available in Hoolala Chicken House. It is located at Escriva Drive in Ortigas, Pasig City. I didn’t get to take some pictures at that time because Ino and I were too hungry. If I remember it right, Seoul Korean restaurant, refused to accommodate us at around 12 AM because they were closing at 1 AM. (We didn’t come back as often as we used to after that because of that experience.)
Oh well.. Hoolala Chicken House has a fast foody feel. It is not as homey as Seoul, but it is more like a Korean version of Jollibee. They also sell Korean snacks, Kimchi, and other Korean snacks. They have two huge flat screen TVs which were installed on the different ends of the walls too.
The food was good. It was quite cheaper than Seoul but the taste is not equally satisfying. The staff are not as friendly too but it’s just right. I give it a 3.
The Samgyetang was really different from what I imagined it to be. I guess it was quite a let down. But hey, it’s just my first Samgyetang. Maybe I should try it out in a different restaurant next time.
All in all, the place was quite accessible. It’s a good place to visit most especially if your shift ends in 11 AM. It’s also a good thing that they are open from 10 AM to 2 AM.
Oh! According to PhilStar.com, Grace Lee owns it along with her business partners, Paolo Bediones and Arnold Vegafria. I actually thought that it was owned by an ordinary Korean businessman or something. Well, that was a trivia for us. 🙂
If you are looking for a different Korean experience, I’m encouraging you to try it! 🙂
I’ve been working in Ortigas for years and I’ve been wondering about what this place is about. Ino and I occasionally pass by to this area because it is close to the ATM centers but we’ve never tried to hang out in this place EVER. All I know is that a lot of yuppies hang out, enjoy loud music, drink some beer and hear boisterous laughter whenever we pass by.
Luckily, Lyn is a party animal and she brings the party animal in me to drink occasionally and pour our hearts out. I actually miss her. 🙁
We used to talk about our careers, our family, our relationships and the lack of having one, etc. We talk about anything under the sun but she has to resign because of her full time job.
I think this was actually taken on her last day. She invited me to drink and unwind. I was really sad that she’s gone. I mean that she resigned. I really enjoyed our friendship and our mature conversations. It’s too bad that it was cut short because of priorities. Well, I hope to see her soon. 🙂
Anyway, Mozu has a variety of food that you can choose from. We often order the calamares while we drank some beer or some ladies’ drinks. Sometimes we order a slice of their cake.
I think my dining experience is not exactly enough for a review. If I’m going to rate their food, I think it wouldn’t be enough. The cake was gratifying but it costs quite a lot. The frappe was also satisfactory. However, I need to pay more visits to this place next time to give justice to this review. Hahaha! 🙂
If you are around the area and you are as curious as I was. I dare you to try it out and share your experience. 🙂
These photos were taken on December 6, 2014 in 6022, East Wing Building, Edsa Corner Shaw Blvd, Wack – Wack, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila.
One of the most delicious Korean restaurants in Shangri-La Mall was Woo Galbi. It was quite expensive but the food was worth it. 🙂
Ino and I went to Shangri-La for our date. Since we are a big Korean food foodie, we decided to dine in here instead of dining in at a Japanese restaurant. We didn’t explore their different dishes but I’m looking forward to visiting it again. 🙂