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 surgery, that could possibly damage some nerves in my jaws. I am the type of person with teeth that chip and get tooth decay easily so I have to be vigilant, and always have to get cleaning and fillings. TD is lucky though, he never never gets fillings.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 there are so many!) is Mr. Jones Diner. It’s a fabulous retro diner with gorgeous interiors, fab retro details and yummy food. I’d recommend eating the diner food since it seems so apt.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 trip.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. Photos of the goodies after the jump!Read More
As a diplomat’s wife, I attended many receptions and parties. There are many times when I have to bust out the Filipiniana gown or party dress which have to go with high heels. These receptions are usually cocktail style events with no seats and a few cocktail tables to place ones drinks on. By the end of the night my poor tootsies are hurting and I need to slip my shoes off. Now instead of waiting to get in the car to put on slippers, I have a secret weapon… Butterfly Twists which are usually tiny enough to carry in my bag! #BestInventionEVERRead 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 thick cut of juicy steak.) Just wanna share with you photos of a brunch TD and I had there. Love the homey ambiance and comfort food. Calling Mamou a Home Kitchen is perfect! We were absolutely ravenous so we ordered a lot and wiped it out. Photos after the jump!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 been telling me about it for years and I always read kitchen renegade Erica Paredes’ tweets about it. So if you haven’t been, it’s definitely a MUST TRY.
Hey guys! So sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve been on an Idul Fitri break sort off. =) It’s the equivalent of Holy Week for us in the Philippines, where everyone goes back to their Kampung (provinces) and the city is so quite with no traffic at all. TD and I had a staycation and stayed home vegging and reorganizing. So here I am giving you a photoblog on one of the legendary restaurants of he Philippines… Antonio’s Tagaytay.
It’s embarrassing to say that last April was my first time to try Antonio’s. During our honeymoon 4 years ago, we tried to go for lunch only to find that it was closed. (We were naive enough not to call for reservations or we would have realized that they are closed every monday.) Talk about bad timing! So after the fabulous beach wedding weekend we attended in Batangas, a group of our foodie friends and I trekked the long way to Antonio’s!Read More
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!Read More
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 remembered reading about Bon Chon on Erica Paredes’ blog and twitter. We finally got to try it! Yay! I’m happy that there’s another fast-food option in Manila (and Jakarta!).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 with the Pho Hoa food nearby. It felt good eating cheap and healthy.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 delayed, the food or the offers will probably be different, so make sure to call to inquire first.