Karma is an awesome b*tch!



Tsk, tsk… How stupid do you think the Filipino people are GMA? Now that you’re faced with prosecution, you suddenly develop a debilitating condition which no one knew about despite your several years in power? And now that your “paawa” effect has not moved the nation one bit– it’s become dire threats against your life? Our country has nothing to gain by your death and EVERYTHING to gain with your conviction.

Stop whining about how unfairly you’re being treated. Your false pleas fall on the same ears that you played “deaf” to.

Karma is a bitch. Deal with it.

My new guilty pleasure: Amazon.com

So I’ve been away from my blog for more than two months… the only excuse I can give is a poor one. Lol! Life has pretty much kept me busy with work and our ongoing house construction that I really haven’t had much time to do anything else.

And yes,  I do plan to write about our vacation in Bali when inspiration strikes me. Since I was too lazy to post anything I just uploaded a gazillion pictures on my facebook account and left it at that– terrible I know.

Oh well.

However, I feel compelled to confess my new-found addiction… shopping on Amazon.

Urgh. They make it so easy to keep clicking on those evil “add to cart” buttons that I can’t seem to help myself! Haha!

But I actually only shopped for Wolf’s organic foodstuff. I ordered a lot of Earth’s Best Sesame Street snacks for him (the little tot is way too payatot for my liking) and a couple of boxes of Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Pasta w/ Yummy Cheese.  I also got him an Elmo plate and utensils for good measure. He’s such a picky and fussy eater now it’s so hard to feed him. Hopefully these fun-looking foods will not only grab and keep his attention, but get him to eat a lot as well.

I also found  Elmo and Cookie Monster plush toys! I can’t wait to get my package which should arrive maybe Thursday of Friday of this week via USA2Pilipinas!

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Here are  the goodies I’m expecting! I seriously want to give the toys to him already.😦 But I ordered these for his birthday so must practice being patient. Hweh.

Will update with actual photos when my box comes. Until then, toodles!

Wolf’s day out!

I had the good fortune of enjoying an absolutely heavenly meal at Chelsea Market & Cafe at The Podium last, last weekend. Yaya was on day-off but we had to take Wolf to the dentist and get his hair cut too.

So we decided to brave going out (despite being yaya-less) and went on to do our scheduled chores and errands for the day. Item one on our itinerary was a visit to Cardinal Santos where Wolf had his first dental appointment. And while I do know that it’s very OC of me to take my little one so early, I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as TOO EARLY when it comes to caring for my boy’s lovely gums and teeth.😀

Anyway, while I wanted an oral prophylaxis done, Wolf’s dentist advised that we re-schedule it for a later time. Since it was his first visit, it would be best not to traumatize him daw.😀 So he just got a fluoride treatment instead!

After that, we traveled to Podium to have his hair cut. We loved his super short ‘do last time so we went with that style again.  Wolf was in a good mood so our stay at Kid’s Hair Salon was short and speedy!

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In all it was a tiring but fruitful day, well-spent with the loves of my life.🙂

Pseudo-anniversary at Chef’s Table

While this is actually a 500-peso challenge fail, I’ve decided to post this since I did get a lot of savings out of this dinner, and ate like a queen in the process!

For our 6th year together (from the time we became a couple), Jeff and I had dinner at Chef’s Table by Chef Bruce Lim at the Fort Infinity Tower. I’d been hearing a lot of good things about the place and my curiosity was piqued.

Couple this with my newly acquired hobby of haunting all the local groupon sites and a little bit of serendipity, I came across a sweet deal that would hit all my goals with one go!

Last December, Deal Grocer came out with a Php 2,000.00 worth of food & drinks for only Php 1,000.00 deal! It was too good an opportunity to pass up!

So to make a long story short, I purchased a voucher, and the rest as they say is… all in the pictures!

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We had the Fried Pusit (Php 230) for our starter, the squid which was tender (albeit a bit bland), was served with a very tangy green mango salsa. Next we had the Inasal na Chicken Caesar Salad (Php 280) which was one of the best salads I’ve tasted. The lettuce was fresh and the dressing, perfectly seasoned and not overly salty as most caesar salads I’ve come across. The chicken inasal strips were surprisingly juicy and a delightful contrast to the crisp greens. We also tried the Calamansi Tuyo Spaghetti (Php 210) (my fave dish of the night) and absolutely loved it! The smoky tuyo flavor was perfectly balanced by the tart calamansi and was not at all salty as you would expect. Jeff was feeling adventurous and ordered the Chicken Rice (Php 55) and Bagoong Rice (Php 65). For our entree, we chose the Braised Liempo (Php 350) that was two (2) thick cuts of tender liempo that tasted reminiscently of Humba; and of course, we had to order Jeff’s favorite – Kare-Kare (Php 450) which was another win with melt-in-your-mouth oxtail paired with a unique eggplant caviar. Of note were the steamed veggies that went with it which had a buttery flavor and still had crunch.

Despite the food overload, we still had room for dessert. We opted for the Banana-Mango Jubilee (Php 130) which we had split into two. The mangoes were tart, the bananas sweet and the ice cream was lightly spiked with the just the right amount of rum to make the dessert absolutely heavenly!

In short we  had a lovely time, good food, cozy setting and impeccable service! Not to mention, we only paid Php 1,000 for a total food bill of Php 1,928.00!

Happy sixth year love ko! And thank you Deal Grocer for serving up spectacular deals every day!


Catching up on pre-holiday feasting

Okay I admit it, I’ve been a lazy mommy blogger again!

It’s just that the days have been so hectic with all these holiday preparations, not to mention year-enders that I really haven’t had the time nor the inclination to post anything new.

Oh, and fine– I’ve been obsessing about our house construction plans so all my energies have been focused on that.

But then, despite the lack of posts, I have continued to diligently chronicle the hubby and I’s “eat-scapades” and have been taking photos  AND have been strictly observing our Php 500.00 challenge!

It’s been an interesting journey so far. Mostly, it’s been fun trying out new places and thinking of inventive ways to stretch our budget, giving us the best dining experience possible within the limits we’ve set.

I’ll be posting some photos of our recent forays into our dinner dates.🙂

To get things started, we have the Aristocrat Restaurant along Jupiter, Makati.


While deciding on what to order, Jeff asked for warm calamansi juice as he was feeling a little bit under the weather!

Anyway, after much deliberation I ended up ordering my go-to meal when I’m not craving for anything– barbeque!



The barbeque was soft and flavorful, although not as good as I remember. The Java rice tasted dull and flat with an oily aftertaste of margarine. So while I was happy with my pork, the rice was blech.

Jeff ordered the lumpiang shanghai, and was disappointed as well. As a whole, it tasted heavily of coriander (which I am not a fan of). I found the wrapper too thick as well, the fact that it was very crisp and crunchy was its only saving grace– oh, and that it was quite a hefty serving.

It was an average meal, nothing to write home about. So what’s the point in all this, you might ask. Total food bill was under our Php 500.00 limit! And that my friends, is what this is all about.!

Aristocrat Restaurant

146 Jupiter cor. Saturn St., Bel-Air Village

Makati City, Metro Manila


(02) 895-0101

Milky Way dinner at Rockwell… Success!

While I haven’t posted anything new in awhile doesn’t mean that the hubby and I have behaved, and have not been eating out. Haha!

I’ve just been a wee bit busy with other things that I haven’t had time to post.😦

But I have good news at least, that the past two dinners out, Jeff and I have been very good! So far, we’ve been able to stick to our budget and it’s already more than a month! So yay! *pat on the back*

Anyway, here are some highlights of the past two dinner dates Jeff and I have had over the course of the week.

Yummy Milky Way kare-kare!

Over-all, the tripe and meat were tender, and the veggies were firm and still had a slight crunch to it.

The sauce was tasty enough, although it could still be improved as it was too watery for my taste– I like my kare-kare sauce thick and peanut-y!

I rate this a 3.5 out of 5!

Another of Jeff's fave food...

Jeff on the other hand ordered the dinuguan. Jeff knows I don’t eat black food (what can I say? it’s a quirk of mine) but since it wasn’t that dark, he urged me to try it. I had a bite, and it was a bit sour, and the pork was juicy.

While I didn’t have to choke it down or

Php 430.00 dinner

drown my taste buds in water, I’m still not a fan so I can’t say much about it– I will have to take the hubby’s word for it that he’d give it a 4 out of 5!

I’d have to say it was another satisfying dinner at only Php 430.00!

Milky Way, Powerplant Mall

Milk Way is located at the ground floor of Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati.

* kare-kare – a traditional Filipino peanut-based stew with ox-tail, tripe and veggies (usually eggplant, string beans and banana blossom). Served with bagoong (sauteed shrimp paste).

* dinuguan (pork blood stew) – is a Filipino savory stew of blood and meat (typically stomach, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy darkgravyof pig blood, garlic, chili, and vinegar. – taken from Wikipedia

Del Monte Farms… The Land of Ketchup!

As promised, here I am once again about to babble and gush about our unbelievable (not to mention unforgettable) experience at the Del Monte Farms Clubhouse in Bukidnon!

After a tiring trip and the adrenaline-rush from doing the zip line, you can just imagine the appetite we worked up! What better way to cap off our day than to make a stop over at the famous Del Monte Clubhouse– which I was really looking forward to after having heard stories about how juicy, sweet and tender their steaks were!

Vincci striking a pose... then it's lamon time!

And the long wait is over! Despite a few missed turns and boo-boos, we finally made it!

Once we settled down, everyone opted to order the large Porterhouse Meal, which came with soup, a side salad, rice and dessert– which our waiter assured us was good enough to share. And at Php 1,300.00 it seemed reasonably priced.

As for our drinks, our trip wouldn’t be complete without ordering fresh pineapple juice (bottomless) which only cost Php 20.00! Cool beans!

While waiting for our meal to be served, the boys stayed outside and enjoyed the view of the Fairway. Us girls chose to stay inside and chat.

Finally, dinner was brought out and it wasn’t a very promising beginning. We were given instant asparagus soup (Knorr to be exact– I know my soups!), which was ok at best. And to our horror of horrors, the side salad was even worse!

I couldn’t believe my eyes, (and tongue) as it was the first time I set my peepers on something like it…

Kakaibang salad... with ketchup dressing! Asteeeg? NOT!

Even now I am at a loss for words at how utterly atrocious this salad was.

I get it, we were in Del Monte country… But seriously?


Hindi ko tuloy alam kung thousand island dressing ba dapat ito and they just forgot the mayonnaise…

Anyways, buti na lang everyone in the group had a sense of humor. LOL!

Since I am not one to waste food, I asked our friendly waiter for some mayo and mixed it into the salad to make it more palatable.

And the dessert, don’t get me started! What was supposed to be a fruit salad was so sad… it was mostly just banana and papaya drowning in a weird mayo and condensed milk concoction! And to make matters worse– it had a hint of ketchup! Grabeh! ‘Di ko talaga kinaya!

But thank God the steak more than made up for the hideousness of everything else! It was as huge as the sizzling plate and it had melt-in-your-mouth taba!

Medium rare goodness!

YUM!!! Though I usually prefer my steaks

done medium-well, I have to admit that I absolutely enjoyed this in all it’s juicy and bloody goodness!

Every bite was pure decadence, what with the buttery fat and oil drizzled over our steamed rice… heaven! The meat even had a sweet-ish flavor, maybe because the cows are pineapple-fed? Hmmnnn…

The gravy that went with it was also very tasty (unlike the watered-down gravies that are usually served in most restos)– though we could have eaten it as is because YES– it was just that good!

Mmm… Malasa, malambot, malinamnam… What more can I say except that this exceptional slab of meat was truly the highlight of our day!

For those who are planning to visit CDO and Bukidnon, visiting the Del Monte Clubhouse is a definite must! Not just for the yummy steak, but for the unbelievable salad and dessert as well! Hehe! :p


Reyes Barbeque… sige na nga, pwede na…

Because I finally got my new toy and have been anxious for it’s safety, I dragged Jeff to Robinson’s Pioneer last night to look for an affordable notebook sleeve!

After checking out several stores, I finally found the one that I was looking for! Digiking, which I discovered earlier on ebay… hehehe.

Anyway, since I practically got my beautiful new gadget for a song, I decided I could afford to splurge on some accessories. But that’s another story and is completely irrelevant to this post!

After the express shopping, we decided to have dinner there and let the traffic ease up. We ended up in Reyes Barbeque and had an okay lang meal.

I chose the Sinigang na Baboy combo meal (it came with crab & corn soup and a glass of iced tea) and had some pork isaw as an appetizer. Jeff on the other hand ordered the Lechon Paksiw combo meal.

The spread...

Our verdict? The Sinigang na Baboy was pretty good, and sulit since there was a lot of meat (which was actually very soft and surprisingly tender) and the broth was tasty– best of all it was only Php 70.00.

The isaw (Php 45.00)… the picture speaks for itself and as you can see, it looks like dried shoe leather and had an equally rubbery texture.

Jeff’s Lechon Paksiw (Php 95.00)… was in reality just fried liempo smothered in lechon sauce– needless to say, he wasn’t very happy with it.

Dinner number 2

But hey, who are we to complain when our whole meal (which included soup and drinks) just cost us a cool Php 224.70– inclusive of Vat and service charge!

So the moral of the story? Don’t order paksiw na lechon in a restaurant that is known for it’s barbeque and grilled items unless you want to be a sad (and hungry) man like Jeff!

Adventuring in the city of Pine… apples!

After a little over an hour’s flight, we finally landed in Cagayan de Oro.

Of course the first thing I did was call yaya up to check on Wolf! It never ceases to amaze me, the power and convenience of technology!

It was only after I was able to”talk” to my little boy that I was actually ready to concentrate on the sights and sounds of Cagayan de Oro City.

Not that I was able to see much though.  From the airport, we went straight to Malberry Suites, Limketkai Center to rendezvous with friends who had already flown in the day before.

Although I had been told by my friend RJ Samson (the island explorer) that Mallberry Suites was the best business hotel in the area, I wasn’t expecting much. I was happily surprised that at least this time, the reality actually did justice to the pictures!


No rest for the weary, the boys hard at work even on vacay!


The hotel had a very modern feel and the fact that they were constructing a new wing must mean that business is good, if not great.

I also had the chance to check out their rooms (the one of Gem, Jan and Earl’s anyway). I didn’t take a picture anymore since having been slept in and all, it was messy but I did take note of the modern furnishings.

While the gang was checking out, I made a quick ATM stop at PNB in Robinson’s Mall, just to check it out.

Same old, same old. Malls are the same wherever you go, this was no exception (and yes, I did take a picture for posterity).

After that, all ten of us proceeded to squeeze ourselves inside the red Nissan URVAN we rented for the weekend and headed for the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon.


Your gateway to adventure!


The park boasts of a wide range of amenities such as wall-climbing, a rope course challenge, the Zorbit– but it is famous for being home to the longest dual Zipline in Asia which is at a whopping 840 meters long and at 4,700 feet above sea level!

The Zipline has three courses, the shortest being 150m, 320m and 840m respectively. Of course everyone was game to do all three!


Tara na! Lezzzzzzzzzz doooooo eeeeeeeeeetttt!


Even better is that it is a no-smoking zone which assures you that you are indeed inhaling pollution-free and fresh mountain air!

The cool weather was also a surprising but welcome balm to our tired and abused bodies!

Since the hubby and I were the designated photographers for the afternoon’s fun, we were able to enjoy the scenic views of Mt. Dahilayan and appreciate the fog that slowly descended from the mountain peak.


Look mom, I'm Superman!


Depite the fact that Jeff and I didn’t try any of these dangerous *cough, cough sabay huge grin* activities, I must admit that it was truly an unbelievable and unforgettable experience made even more memorable because we were in the company of good friends.

As the years go by, I’m sure that we will continue to make more memories that we’ll look back upon with love and laughter.


Pose muna bago kumain!


Here’s to more adventures, misadventures and everything else in between!

(Del Monte Farms, the Land of ketchup up next!)

Our 500-peso challenge begins!

I’m proud to say that the hubby and I are off to a good start on our 500-peso challenge!

Yesterday, we managed to fit in breakfast AND dinner on a Php 500.00 budget!🙂 Pretty good huh?! Anyway, I just want to share the details of our meals. Hehe!

Since the car was coding yesterday, we opted to drive-thru for breakfast since we had to leave the house by 6:00am.  We both had Sausage McMuffin meals from good old reliable McDonald’s! This cost us Php 128.00.

Since I was able to prepare baon the night before, we saved on our lunch expenses! Jeff had pork binagoongan while I had pancit malabon (left-overs from Sunday merienda in Cubao).

The highlight of our day was dinner! Since we had to wait for 7:00pm, we decided to eat dinner before heading home since we were already a bit hungry… and because I was craving for arroz-caldo!

We ended up in Mongkok (G/F Lourdes Suites, Kalayaan cor. Makati Ave.), where instead of arroz-caldo, I had yummy beef brisket and wanton noodle soup!🙂

Two yummy bowls of soup for the price of one!

Jeff ordered Century Egg as our appetizer, then we split the bowl of noodle soup as we usually do.

Yummy century egg as our appetizer!









For our main course, we decided to share a Spareribs with Taosi rice topping. I’m glad we remembered to do this since the rice in our meal was more than enough, which is typical of Chinese restos. We always forget this and end up ordering more rice than we can finish! This time at least, after digging in– only a few mouthfuls were left!

What are you waiting for? Let's dig in!

All in all, I have to say we did pretty well on our first official challenge.🙂 We were happy and full, we ordered what we wanted, food was not wasted and best of all, we stayed way under budget! Woot Woot!

Check please!

Php 285.00 lang! Sus! Ilabas ang limpak-limpak na salapi! LOL!










Total damage for our meal was… Tadaaaaaaahhhnnn! A super affordable Php 285.00! That said, our food expense for the day came out to only Php 413.00!

In a nutshell, I’m one happy camper! Best of all, I just proved that you can dine out and eat well even on a budget.🙂

It just takes an adventurous spirit, some creativity and we’re on our way to keeping and beating our 500-peso challenge!


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