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Dinner in a diner

July 4, 2015

I’ve always loved diners. Although, this was actually my very first time to try one out. But I’m fond of watching movies and tv series, and whenever they feature a diner, this thought always pops up in my mind – “What is it like having to eat in a diner really?”

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Good thing I finally had my chance to experience this kind of foodplace. And this was when we spent a weekend in Boracay few weeks ago. As I saw this one, Johnny Rockets, I really got excited and felt glad that the place is great and cozy. Also, I expected it to be crowded by that time since it’s a Saturday evening but luckily, there were still few customers so we had a lot of options to choose which area we wanted to stay and be totally comfortable.

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See? The place is just so vibrant! I love how it gives you retro style feels. I swear I could even stay here the whole night! :-D

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And on some tables, you could find this mini vintage jukebox that’s so adorable! We actually thought that we could play a music by putting a coin in this one but the staff said that it’s just for display.

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Obviously, we chose this table because it’s the one nearest to the outside area. And I think it was a good choice because not only did we enjoy the perfect ambiance of the place, and the cold weather that evening, we also had fun looking into random people and stuff.

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If you’re one who loves burgers, fries, and shakes, then this would be one of your happy place! :-D

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And this one is the true jukebox! :-D You could play a music you like by just putting a coin in it and selecting the song. So fun!

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Here’s the close up shot of the songbook wherein you could choose what music to play. You’ll just click a button and you can browse through the pages. How I wish I could take this back to my home though, it’s just so much fun having this! :-D

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Pictures hanging on the wall add up to the diner’s retro style too.

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One of the best Vanilla milkshakes ever. :-D

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And for dinner, we each had this “Half Pound Grand Canyon Burger”. Perfect taste! It would really make your tummy full and very much satisfied! :-D

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We both really enjoyed our experience here in Johnny Rockets. The staff were so much friendly and accommodating, the food is great, overall service is perfect! We’d surely go back here and try another burgers when we visit Boracay again. ;-)

Boracay Escapade

June 28, 2015

Can you imagine just how perfect it would be to spend your Sunday afternoon at a beachfront like this? Oh how relaxing and cozy it would be, for sure. And I’m badly missing this scenery already. Now I’m back to the hustle and bustle of Manila, back to intense heat, back to busy days, back to reality. Sigh. Anyway, I’ll share with you here how me and my boyfriend celebrated our 6th anniversary together in Boracay, Aklan!

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It’s our first travel together, so yeah, we’re excited even we were still waiting for our boarding time at the airport. I must admit though that I was not fully satisfied with NAIA Terminal 4. There were very limited food places and no convenient tables and chairs to eat and be relaxed. All you have is the waiting area which I think is just fine. But if you’re bored or you want to eat while killing time, just head across the airport area and there you can find lots of food places to choose from.

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It’s also our first plane ride together so we were really excited to document everything! Hahaha! :-D Our travel time from Manila to Boracay was approximately 45-50 minutes and Air Asia sure gave us a safe and sound voyage.

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And right when we landed at Kalibo airport, this was the first thing I’ve done. Hurrah. From Kalibo airport going to Boracay island is not as easy as you maybe think it is. From the airport, we had a 2-hour shuttle ride going to Caticlan port, then from there, roughly 15-minute boat ride to Boracay, and the journey did not stop there, lastly, a 10-minute tricycle ride to Station 1 of Boracay. This actually depends on what station you’ll be staying, Station 3 is the farthest.

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Since we arrived around 1 am, 95% of the area we’ve stayed in is already closed. So we had to walk what feels like a thousand miles just to finally see our hungry-tummies savior, Andok’s! Hahaha! :-D Tell you what, it’s been a while since I have been to a beach or province hence I was a bit shocked but delighted to see a common food place like this because I have rather expected some kind of a native restaurant. Fortunately, Andok’s saved the day! :-D

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And we spent our first morning with this lovely view. This picture just doesn’t do justice. But I can still remember the feeling, waking up then having a good breakfast with your favorite person and with this perfect ambiance, you’ll really find yourself speechless.

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This is the pool area of the hotel we stayed in, Boracay Sands. People there call this hotel just “Sands”.

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And to fully start our day, we had an early morning walk on the beach and discovered that there is a Chatime branch here, yey! Simple happiness for milk-tea lovers like me hehehe. :-D

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We also visited the Trick Art Museum and had fun taking some snapshots in there.

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This one is not a trick. This is real sexiness. Hahahahahahaha! :-D

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This buggy car ride was one of the bests I have ever experienced! Besides having the awesome roadtrip, we also had the chance to see more of what Boracay has.

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Inspite enjoying this one, I never really liked stairs most especially loooong one. :-( But I could say it was totally worth it because…

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…okay Doraemon is adorable but he’s not the main attraction hahaha! :-D

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This is what I’m talking about. One of those breathtaking moments.

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And walking down the stairs is not a problem of course. :-D

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And this is our main event!! Riding a Jet Ski is the best! It gives you a really amazing feeling that makes you want to try again and drive yourself and enjoy the waves of the sea! But then even though how much perfect you think the moment is, somehow, some little terrible things happened. Like not having a good picture and a complete video because your camera battery shuts down already. BIG SIGH. This just proves that there are moments that the camera could not capture, because it’s your heart that would capture them.

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A view of the pool area in the evening.

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Another glimpse of the interior of the hotel.

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The view from outside during sunset! Well it’s not obvious because it was actually gloomy that time.

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Of course we did not miss the very famous “d’mall” wherein you could enjoy shopping souvenirs, go food tripping, and just enjoy the night life there. We planned to spend the whole night wandering and doing random things but sadly, rain started pouring early in the evening so everybody was forced to stop outdoor activities and our night life was quite ruined.

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We had a great dinner in this diner, Johnny Rockets. Besides the great food, they also have great service and an overall 100% rating from us. I’ll blog about it next time. :-D

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We had buffet breakfast in Boracay Sands Hotel and the overall service was great, too. The staff were very accommodating and friendly.

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We spent few minutes at the beachfront before finally saying goodbye to this stunning island and its creamy sands.

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Having to visit a place like this is so much a blessing and a pleasure. It will make you reflect so much and step back from reality and just appreciate every bit of what you see, and just live every second happily. I’m glad we had our anniversary celebration here in Boracay. Everything is just so worth it. I could not wait until our next visit! :-D

By the way, here’s a 2-minute video to sum up our whole Boracay escapade, enjoy!
(Kindly watch in HD for better viewing. Thanks!)

Magnum Manila

May 3, 2015

Summer season sure does make us crave for a lot of random treats to beat the heat. And for some of us, sweets or chocolates are always present in the list. And so me and my girls did not miss the opportunity to have a taste of experience in this talked about pop-up pleasure store in town!

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Magnum is a brand known for offering varied ice cream selection with good quality and taste. I, for one, is a fan actually. I believe that every penny paid for it is really worth it. Never a dull moment with a Magnum ice cream. :-D

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For Magnum lovers like me, I’m pretty sure that the excitement is doubled when they announced that they will open a Magnum Pleasure Store located at SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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The interior gives off a cozy and luxurious feel. The overall ambiance will not disappoint you, it’s actually the long queue of people each waiting for their turn to choose among the available flavors.

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Angel and Alex opted for the Magnum S’more Ice Cream bars.

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While Jen had the Red Velvet and then Rex had this cool “Make my Heart Melt” ice cream.

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And this is what I had, Death by Chocolate. I was literally dying slowly because of too much sweetness. Hahaha! Kidding aside, if you have a sweet tooth, this is perfect for you. But if not, I am already telling you now, think twice LOL! :-D

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Here are additional photos taken with my phone.

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I wonder how many sticks were used for this Magnum M design? Hmmm.. Anyway why don’t you personally visit there and make your own magnum? Have fun! :-D

#MIAS2015

April 12, 2015

It’s that time of the year again! Manila International Auto Show is here to make some noise in every corner of the World Trade Center in Pasay, Metro Manila. It started last April 9, 2015 and will have its finale today until 10 in the evening.

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I’m no car pro so I’ll just give you a little tour and let the beasts do the talking. ;-)

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Well as expected, a bunch of guys would go gaga over the very pretty and sassy Ms. Mika Umali so this picture is the best I could take.

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And in the middle of the brouhaha, I find myself drooling over this big black beast. :-D

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These miniatures of some of the cast of Fast and Furious most especially Paul Walker’s are just so cool! Beside them are their wheels also.

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Aside from the car display, there’s also this cool mini racing of mini cars.

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See you again next year, MIAS! :-D

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Aquaventure in Anilao

February 8, 2015

A week ago, we stepped out of reality and drove off to a beautiful place in Anilao, Batangas. It’s just so good to be surrounded with a bunch of trees, a serene body of water, and an overall view of the nature that tells you to take a break from the outside world and just appreciate every bit of detail that you are looking into right now.

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This stunning view wowed us all right when we got inside the resort. Well, who wouldn’t actually be if you were welcomed by this relaxing ambience? :-)

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I really love how each stone has its distinct feature. :-D But I totally hate how they make it kind of difficult for me to walk to when going to the water. It’s just that the struggle is so much. Haha :-(

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I can’t help but feel awe when looking at this one. It’s so pleasing to the eye when the sky and the sea is in one photo, both calm and peaceful.

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We stayed here in Aquaventure Reef Club Resort overnight. Aside from the beach vacation, they also offer Scuba Diving course if you might be interested. That was actually why we opted for this place because Jose’s sister, Ate Ana, wanted something new to learn while spending her holiday vacation here in the Philippines, so she enrolled a 2-day Scuba diving class here.

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The resort has this mini bar place which is closer to the beach and where you can enjoy the full view of it.

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We did not let the beautiful sunset pass without us seeing it. It was so much of a scene stealer that all other details became silhouette in the photo.

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This is me and Jose talking about some stuff. I hate how the towel ruins the whole photo though. :-(

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I totally love this one!

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AAAAAHHHHHH TOO BEAUTIFUL!

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This is Ate Ana with her diving instructor Ms. Mabel photobombing her haha! They had just finished their first day of diving class.

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Here is a little peek of the dining area inside. You could really feel the Pinoy vibe especially because of the tables and chairs used here.

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These are the equipment used in diving.

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And those large containers are where they are to be washed afterwards.

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What a beautiful family photo! Starting from the left side, that is Jose’s mom, then his dad, then Ate Ana, then him, then lastly, his cousin Ate Karla.

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Here are more photos that I’d like to share with you. These are all from my phone.

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This is the interior of the place. It’s clean and relaxing and as I’ve mentioned earlier, it really gives of the Filipino vibe.

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To start the first day there, I had this hot chocolate and it was good! ;-)

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I have not taken a whole snapshot of the room interior but this is a little view of it, just so to have an idea.

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Beside is the pool area where you can enjoy swimming, but then unfortunately, I did not have the chance to go swim in there because of the unbelievably cold water! Haha! I’m not sure though if it’s always like that or it’s just the weather that time.

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That day, there were no other students so Ate Ana had the one-on-one class with her diving instructor. Good thing we were allowed to take a look at them while the class was ongoing.

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And this was when we were on our second and last day there. We were allowed to join them and enjoy the sea while they dive. And for some reason, my face seems bloated in this photo. Haha! :-D

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The water is clean and greenish and we could actually see random sea creatures! :-D

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Jose and Ate Karla are both good swimmers so they went snorkeling and had fun in the water. :-D

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Once in a while, it’s really good to be going to places like this one to remind us how wonderful the world is. ‘Til the next travel! :-)

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Bellini’s

January 17, 2015

Rumors speculating making of sequel of the hit Filipino movie in the year 2007 “One More Chance” starred by Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz are all over the internet these days. This started when pictures showing some of the cast and crew reunited once more in that particular restaurant in which the characters in the story were always hanging out, were posted on Facebook and Instagram. And so I couldn’t help but reminisce my personal experience in that place years ago.

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Bellini’s, the name of the restaurant, came from the owner’s name itself, Mr. Roberto Bellini. He manages this amazing food place along with his wife, Mrs. Ma. Luisa Bellini.

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When you first get inside, you’ll be welcomed by these stunning masterpieces with an Italian vibe in it.

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Not only that the food is great but the owner, Mr. Roberto Bellini, is just so cool and friendly to his customers. He welcomed each of us personally with a big smile and a happy vibe and has so much stories to share with us including that one where the production team of the “One More Chance” movie had chosen his restaurant to be a part of the said film.

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Although, we were told that the team had some changes in the interior including the position of some tables and chairs to make it look like not a restaurant, but a place visited by a group of friends every time they have their reunion or special gatherings instead.

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I just hope I could come back here again soon and meet Mr. Roberto again and just enjoy the overall amazing experience! :-D

Residence Inn Tagaytay Zoo

January 3, 2015

Can’t believe 2015 already started and it is now the first weekend of the year actually! Oh how time really flies so fast! I know most of us are now busy getting back to our normal programming in work and in school but to those who are planning to extend their holiday vacation and finding a place to visit this weekend, here’s what I can suggest:

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Almost a year ago, Jose’s big sis got some few time off from her work in Australia which made her spend few weeks back here in the Philippines so we, along with his family, had the chance to visit Tagaytay City and we’d chosen to try going to this famous Tagaytay Zoo.

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To tell you frankly, I’m not really a fan of going to zoo and all, but then Tagaytay is just too good to pass up! So come with me and let’s go explore some parts of this zoo! :-D

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Zooris Market will be the first thing you’ll see when you arrive at the place. This actually consists of tables and chairs for whoever likes to stay there for a while, also, you’ll see here different vendors selling varied items like foods and souvenirs.

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Fishes were the first ones that welcomed us and they are in different types and colors and sizes!

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Snakes were there as well.

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There were these huge wall art and this one is just so amazing! :-D

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I love seeing bunnies especially fluffy ones like these! :-D

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The color of this snake is so sightly but still, scary! :-(

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I’m not sure what to call this man but he’s just so funny making random poses whenever I look at him so there, I’ve taken pictures of him. :-D

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We also had the chance not only to see a big tiger, but also to feed him milk! I was really surprised that we could actually do that because they are known to be wild animals but of course, this activity is always under a supervision of a professional.

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Cute monkeys are in their respective places too.

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Along the way, you would see short trivia about some animals there.

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And of course, all these adooooorable stuffed toys can be bought in the store before you finally leave the zoo. It’s kinda hard to choose though because all of them are just so cute!! :-D

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Lastly, the buying of pasalubong and souvenirs!

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I like how they name the stores with the “zoo” word in it. So creative! :-D

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So that’s it, our mini tour to the Tagaytay Zoo. Thanks for reading! ;-)

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