June 25, 2019

New Hip Place in the Heart of San Juan: Araullo Gastropub

Beyond the highly exclusive villages and the ever-famous Greenhills Shopping Center, did you know that the city of San Juan played an important role in history? The city is known historically for the site of the first battle of the Katipunan, during the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire. Notable landmarks today such as Pinaglabanan Shrine and heritage homes are located in the city.

Aside from being a major shopping hub, unbeknownst to many, San Juan is also one of the premier dining destinations in Metro Manila. It may seem that the prominence of this area has somewhat diminished throughout the year, as establishments have come and go in Greenhills and Wilson St. But if you venture out of the mainstream area of the city, and go to the heart of it, you will actually find some hidden gems.

June 24, 2019

Bring Back Your Childhood Memories with Dough Creamery - North Towers, SM City North EDSA

What makes you nostalgic? What things or places reminds you of good o’l days and/or happy memories of your childhood? Is it a song, a movie, a book, a toy, a place, or a particular food perhaps? When I get nostalgic about something, my mind wanders off. I somehow bury myself in the warmth, pure joy and limited worries of that certain memory. Especially when that nostalgic thought brings about the comforts of childhood and zero responsibility.

I like to reminisce things about my childhood, it wasn’t the best but I so have so many fun memories. I don’t know if it’s a form of regressing or I just want to go back to them unconsciously hoping I can start all over and avoid a lot of things that take up some space for regrets. But all I know is, it feels quite good especially when I think about my grandma’s cooking, the sweet potato that we would dig in my grandma’s garden and cook afterwards, the daily visits of street hawkers of binatog, taho and dirty ice cream.

June 23, 2019

A Guide on Nightlife in Siargao

Siargao is indeed a paradise for those who love nightlife. One of the most laidback and paradisiacal islands, the island is getting increasingly famous for its nightlife. Well known as a surfing hotspot and for the motorcycle adventures, Siargao distinguishes itself from other islands because of the adventurous nighttime activities. There is always something or the other going on here – parties, events, live music, deejays, and more. Take advantage of flights to Siargao promo and book yourself a flight to this haven for nightlife fun and thrills.

Discover Siargao’s nightlife and experiences here are indeed going to be a special part of your life forever. Do not miss the chance to know what it is like to dance and party in Siargao and all you need to do is confirm your booking on Philippines airlines online booking platform. You will love mixing with the locals and other travelers who fly here every day. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed here, and it seems as if everybody knows everybody here. Although you might come across the same people plus new visitors every night, the night is not the same.

June 22, 2019

Taco Tuesdays and Weekend Jam at Solaire Resort and Casino’s Waterside Latin Restaurant

One of Solaire Resort and Casino’s casual dining restaurant, Waterside Latin Inspired Cuisine is an ensemble of fine tastes. Waterside is the perfect backdrop for your get-together with family and friends. Indulge in the great food and its luxurious ambiance. Whether you fancy a light snack or a heavy meal, you can be assured of the finest quality Latin-inspired cuisine at Waterside. Waterside recently launched their newest offerings: TACO TUESDAYS and WEEKEND JAM.

Waterside’s Weekend Jam is where good food and good music mix. What better way to welcome the weekend than with inspired Latin fare, flowing cocktails, and live entertainment? Find your weekend rhythm at Waterside, where your unique dining experience is accompanied by relaxing music starting June 21, 2019.

June 20, 2019

Now in Manila: One Zo Is Your New Favorite Drink! Milk tea with Handmade Flavored Pearls!

With the proliferation of milk tea stores in the Philippines which MT spot will become your favorite? I love the ones that are value for money and offer legit and strong tea flavors rather than the ones that are sweet and milkier. I also look for those milk tea shops that has one of kind offerings. Just this week a new milk tea place just arrived in town! One Zo Milk Tea from Taiwan! So, you ask, what’s with this brand that will make you visit them. Well, read on.

The art of milk tea now comes with handmade flavored pearls! 
Just when you think you’ve tasted all the milk tea variants one can concoct, here comes a new player in the local scene to get you back into the craze. Flavored pearls, freshly made right in front of you. Now, this is definitely worth checking out.

June 19, 2019

Dark Coffee Specialty Coffee - SM North EDSA

In this time and age when coffee fuels the soul of almost every living person in the world, do you still know anyone who doesn’t drink coffee? For those you know who do, do you have an idea as to what type of coffee they prefer? I remember how my former S.O. would always joke around whenever I asked him how he likes his coffee. He would always respond: “I like my coffee dark, just like my soul.” He just thinks that he has that, but he is the opposite of a dark soul, he was nothing but a lovely creature. As for me, I love the bitter sweet kind, it’s not that my soul is bitter sweet, but my life is, I guess.

Anyhoo, speaking of dark and coffee, I discovered this café named Dark Specialty Coffee during one of the rare times that I found myself in SM North EDSA. You can find it in the main (and oldest) building of the SM North EDSA mall complex, near the cinemas and the walkway to the parking building. It is somehow interconnected with the store beside it which is Onesimus, (looks like this well-known brand that makes and retails barongs, suits and formal wear for men has also ventured in the food and beverage sector). Both of which are owned by the same company, yes.

June 18, 2019

Exploring the Magic of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

Sydney’s eastern suburbs are one of the most amazing parts of this fabulous city. Situated between the pretty Rose Bay, offering stunning harbour views and Double Bay, famous for jewellery designers’ workshops, this location is bathed in sun from dawn to dusk. There is Rushcutters Bay, where you can hire a yacht or anchor your own and many great sporting events at Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium in Moore Park. And the list goes on… So, what makes this part of Sydney so popular?

Bondi beach
It wouldn’t be fair to start with any other part of the suburbs than the internationally renowned Bondi beach. This crescent-shaped stretch of white marble sand and rolling waves symbolize the relaxed beach culture of the city. Bondi is just 8km from the city centre, so it comes as no surprise that it’s one of the busiest suburbs of Sydney. Apart from the beach, you can find a lot of cafes and restaurants, as well as nice promenades where you can enjoy the sunshine and laid-back attitude to life.

June 13, 2019

Affojeans - Manila's Affogato

I love coffee and I couldn’t reiterate enough how much important it is to me. Clinically speaking, I don’t think caffeine still has any effects on me physiologically. I guess drinking several cups of coffee a day made me immune to caffeine that it doesn’t really work its magic on me now unlike before. Nowadays it’s more of a psychological effect. But I still couldn’t skip drinking at least 1 cup after I roll out of bed. Whatever it is my relationship with coffee, it still is the fuel of my soul.

I like my coffee bitter sweet, but I’m always up for trying other variants. I don’t know if you have heard of affogato? I’ve come across it in the past but I’m kind of confused as to where it falls. Is it a dessert? Is it coffee? Though restaurants and cafes in Italy categorize the affogato as a dessert, some restaurants and cafes outside Italy categorize it as a beverage.

June 12, 2019

Flattering Swimsuits for Every Body Type

A few days ago the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration declared that it is already the start of the rainy season in the Philippines. Usually summer ends in May in this part of the world but somehow this year it was extended until the mid of June. Even if it is technically the monsoon season, I still can’t feel it because up until this day, the weather is still super humid and hot. And I wish I’m not in the city but in a beach somewhere.

The good thing about living in a country lying on the tropical belt is that it’s basically three hundred sixty five days of summer here. It may rain but it doesn’t mean it is going to rain every day or for weeks during the rainy months. So even if the weather is a bit cloudy or gloomy, that is not a reason for people to enjoy the outdoors or go to swimming pool or the beach.

June 11, 2019

New Dishes from Tori Chizu - U.P. Town Center

Chizu is a Japanese word that means a thousand storks and the stork plays an interesting role in Japanese arts and culture. It can have a variety of meanings depending on how it was depicted in a story, a historical record, and more. In many East Asian countries, the stork is believed to represent prosperity and longevity. It is also a symbol of grace, wisdom, and luck. On the other hand, in Western cultures, stork is known to symbolize birth and new life and are sometimes included in fictional stories depicting that the stork brings in babies for expecting parents.

Another meaning of chizu is cheese. I am not sure if this meaning is a gairaigo or Japanese loan word from English (or a Japanized English word) but as far as my research went it kind of looks like it is. I am not sure why Scottland Incorporated decided to name one of their restaurants as such (the are also the ones behind Go Bento and Bon Chon) but based on the articles I’ve read Tori Chizu literally means “chiken” and “cheese”.

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