I can’t believe that after more than 6 years living overseas, we are finally back in Manila! I was really excited to speak the language, be back to everything familiar and feel at home. I was in for a surprise! I never thought I would say this, but after only 3 years without coming back for a [read more]
When we would travel from the Philippines to Jakarta and back (we were posted in Jakarta for 4 years), we would take budget airlines Cebu Pacific because we can buy up to 45 Kilograms of weight per person. 90 Kg for the two of us was plenty and worth it, because it is cheaper to [read more]
I am reposting this list that I found a while back. It’s the 25 THINGS TO DO IN THE PHILIPPINES from INQUIRER.net. Most of my life before I met TD was spent traveling the Philippines with my family, yet there is still so much of the 7000+ islands that I haven’t explored. There is so much [read more]
One of our good ol’ faithfuls in Manila is a small restaurant in the basement of the Rockwell Powerplant Mall. The food is consistently good, the service fast and the prices quite reasonable. We always order the same dishes whenever we go. Pictures after the jump!
Whenever I am in the Philippines, I never fail to go to my dentist and aesthetician Dr. Laura of Affinity Dental Clinic. I’ve worked hard to maintain my teeth and gum health over the years. I’ve even had braces twice (the first one was to straighten teeth) and the second one was to avoid risky [read more]
I am busy organizing and decluttering, not just my home but also my computer files, when I stumbled upon some of last years photos of Manila. I am really missing Manila so this is my way of coping… by writing about the stuff that I miss! One of the places we like in Greenbelt (and [read more]
One thing that I haven’t been able to live without since getting posted to Jakarta is Allercon Dust Mite Spray. It is regularly sprayed on our bed every few days and I bring a small bottle of it whenever we travel because you never know which hotels have them, especially when we are on a budget [read more]
I’ve meant to write this post for a while. Guess what we usually ask our Filipino friends to bring us when they come to visit us in Jakarta? Everything can be found in a supermarket like Rustans Fresh. Another possible title for this post was “things to buy in the Philippines before going to Jakarta.” [read more]
As a diplomat’s wife, I attended many receptions and parties. There are many times when I have to wear a Filipiniana gown or party dress and high heels. These receptions are usually cocktail-style so you are eating and socializing standing up. By the end of the night my poor tootsies hurt like heck and I’m dying to remove [read more]
Mamou is a favorite of many foodies in Manila. The steak is always talked about, though I cannot for the life of me remember how it tastes. I am not a steak person. (I am more likely to remember the 1kg crab my dad brought us from Mindanao or a lechon dinner, rather than a [read more]
This is our favorite place to eat Japanese in Manila. Not just because of the excellent quality and freshness of the food, but also because of the prices – it is cheap considering the quality. It has to be the best value for money Japanes restaurant that I’ve encountered so far. My friend Laura has [read more]
I just love watching this video! What do you think?
My husband received a neat gift from a pinoy in Jakarta lately. Thanks Jeff ! I love muscovado sugar with my coffee! And also loving how this resurgence in interest in healthy natural living in making Muscovado more popular!
Sometimes you just need fast food and I’m definitely not above a Mc Donalds double cheeseburger or gravy soaked KFC chicken breast (white meat lover!) but the choices are very few. The last time we were in Manila we had a crazy 2 week renovation/retouch schedule so we had to have fast food and I [read more]
When I went back to Manila one of the things that we were looking forward to was eating at Pho Hoa. We miss Vietnamese food in Jakarta, and although there is good ol’ Vietopia, it’s not the same. There are no pork spring rolls and other porky-goodness haha! So while in Manila we sustained ourselves [read more]
For those looking for a posh place to brunch on weekends, I recommend you check out the Museum Cafe, better known as M Cafe, at Greenbelt 4 in Makati. The setting is just so chic and elegant and there is a great and diverse selection of food – something for everyone’s palate! Since this is [read more]
You would never believe what my most popular blog post is (most number of hits) – aside from “Sergio Ramos’ Girlfriend” that is. It’s my post on FINO leatherware! People from all over the world are searching for their website. Unfortunately they don’t have one. They have limited designs and quantities of their bags that [read more]
I am making this list for friends who are visiting or moving to Manila. If you are going to Manila to visit for a few days I hope this helps you decide where to go for shopping and where to eat. Manila is a great place for shopping. If you know where to look, it’s [read more]
One of the things I noticed in the recent dinner party we hosted was that I didn’t know where to place the serving spoons while the lids on the different dishes were on (to keep them warm). I remembered the super cute serving spoon rest that my best friend had for her rice paddle or rice [read more]
I was getting hungry while waiting for our domestic flight to depart in NAIA 3 so we went to the convenience store to buy a snack when these colorful mini-Jeepney carts caught my eye! To my delight they were selling yummy healthy Malunggay snack products! If you see these babies around Manila or anywhere in the [read more]