food

Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ Review

Sunday, May 20, 2018

“Have you tried Thai BBQ before?”, my husband asked me on our first day in Singapore last month. It was his birthday when we arrived for our long weekend getaway and I told him he’s got the freedom to choose what he wanted to eat for dinner. To answer the question, no I haven’t tried Thai BBQ before - not in Thailand, nor in the Philippines.

mookata thai bbq

Because he stayed in Chiang Mai in Thailand for two months during college, my husband missed the food he had eaten so frequently back then. Apparently, he already scouted for restaurants within the area surrounding our hotel in Katong where we stayed. Just across the street from our hotel is Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ restaurant located in Katong.

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Matam-Ih Restaurant Review: Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Let me begin this post by mentioning the elephant in the room. See, I took photos of Matam-Ih back in December and haven’t reviewed yet one of my favorite Filipino restaurants in the Philippines. So pardon the delay and let’s begin!

restaurant review

If you haven’t heard of Matam-Ih yet, it’s a restaurant serving authentic Kapampangan cuisine, located at Clark Freeport Zone. “Matam-Ih” in the Aeta dialect means delicious, and I can guarantee their claim is accurate. But what makes this unique from other Filipino restaurants we already have?

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In Full Capacity: Louis Vuitton Key Pouch Review

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The LV Key Pouch is probably Louis Vuitton’s most popular luxury starter piece. As people in the luxury community refer to it as the clés (French for “keys) or key clés, this accessory has been a staple of many LV lovers and collectors. If you look at it, the key pouch simply looks like a glorified coin purse with an attached chain and hook for the keys.

louis vuitton key pouch product review

However, I’ve been reading great reviews and YouTube videos about this product and discovered how people swear by the high quality and value for money of the LV clés.  Some people found this piece so useful in their everyday life, that they collected all three available prints for this item (monogram, damier ebene, and damier azure).

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Stuck in the Past? Matabungkay Beach Hotel Review

Friday, May 04, 2018

With no mid to high-end resorts available in Laiya for the third weekend of March, my mother booked us an accommodation at Matabungkay Beach Hotel instead. Also called Matabungkay Beach Resort, this vacation spot was known to be one of the best high-end resorts in Batangas, Philippines during the 80’s.

swimming pool in tropical resort

As my mother reminisced her days as a regular employee, she said only managers and high ranking officials in their company could afford to go to Matabungkay before. Staying over the hotel equated to luxury - but for the aging millennial, this I had to find out myself.

food

Osaka Takoyaki Restaurant Review

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Osaka Takoyaki is one of the newest Japanese restaurant chains in the Philippines. Having only started in January 2015, Osaka Takoyaki now has more than 40 branches nationwide. What makes their menu different from other Japanese restaurants is that their food offerings are specifically served in Osaka prefecture. Osaka is known to be a place where sumptuous dishes are made, thus it is a well-known location to enjoy street food.

japanese restaurant review

Trying Osaka Takoyaki for the first time, I visited their newly-opened branch at SM City Cabanatuan last month. Together with my husband and mother-in-law, we tried some of their dishes, including the famous Takoyaki.

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Tokyo Drugstore and Apparel Haul

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I had fun shopping in Osaka last year (especially at Japanese drugstore), and so I thought of getting something for myself again this year in Tokyo. During my last trip, I bought a number of Japanese makeup and skincare products. Now you’ll notice how Tita I’ve become with all the different muscle patches and relaxation products I bought! (Lol).

tokyo shopping spree

I think I bought a more useful batch of of items this time. Some items, I believe I can use more frequently. Some are hard to find… and another one I bought because of an emergency situation (we’ll get to that part). Ok, let’s begin!

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I Tried 7 Japanese Drinks and Here's What I Thought about Them

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aside from street food, one of the items in my to-do list is to try locally-sold bottled and canned drinks in Tokyo. From reading other blogs and watching YouTube videos, I’ve learned that Japan is known to have a wide range of ready-to-drink beverages, as well as limited-edition juice and carbonated drinks. In addition, they also have fruity, carbonated concoctions with low alcohol content (known as Chu-hai) which are popular with young adults.

japanese drinks

As you can see, I kept all the empty containers after trying them all so I can put my thoughts into them. The products I’m going to feature here do not cost more than ¥160. I believe they’re much cheaper at the grocery, but since I was always on the go, I bought these drinks at convenience stores near our hotel and vending machines at train stations.

So without further ado, here are 7 Japanese drinks you might see when you visit Tokyo.

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