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Another awesome creation for potatoes! 

— 2 weeks ago
Busy, Bustling, Hectic Streets of Manila

After our low-key, relaxing trip to Baguio City, we boarded the bus, yet again, and set off to Manila. In comparison, Manila was so different from Baguio. It was a noisy and bustling city. People were rushing about alongside MRTs and crossing the cluttered streets of the metropolis. We were culture-shocked and flabbergasted. Since we were Cebuanos, we were supposed to be used to the big, noisy city. And yet, here we were, mouth agape, shocked of the crude behavior from taxi drivers who insisted that our destinations were too far off and that we should settle on a fixed rate instead of using the cab’s meter. The condo-unit that we had reserved for Manila was a far stretch from the cozy one that we got at Baguio. The ad in itself was very misleading. In fact, our stay was very disappointing that I have decided to make a separate blog for it. After a very nerve-wracking trip to our condo, we decided to stay-in and have dinner delivered to us. Thank goodness, KFC was near our place and our dinner was hassle-free!

Mckinley Tower

Tired but all good!

The next day, went to Star City, an amusement park located at Vicente Sotto, Manila. The park was not as grand or as magical as Enchanted Kingdom, however, we were able to score cheap ride-all-you-can tickets for only P280! 

After dining at Star City, we headed to SM Aura, a shopping mall in Taguig infamous for its shape and high-end shops. Yup, they’ve got an NBA Cafe where you can wine and dine while watching the basketball on wide, flat-screen TVs, A Magnum cafe, wait, what? Yup, you heard that right, A Magnum Cafe. In the quiet, tranquil world of Cebu, when you hear the word Magnum, you can easily imagine an ice cream bar wrapped in a gold tinfoil inside a big freezer. But nope, in Manila, they had to make a freakin’ cafe out of it! And so, they serve it like this..

or, something like this…

 All in all, the Aura mall wasn’t that impressive. It’s like the new wing version of Ayala Center Cebu, except for a sprinkle of people wearing dinner gowns and Christian Louboutins just to go window shopping…

Inside SM Aura.

NBA Cafe, SM Aura

Right after the short stroll at SM Aura, we decided to shop for some groceries for tomorrow’s breakfast, and, since the men’s feet were killing them, we decided to head back home to our condo and chill. 

To cap off our Manila trip, we lunched at this toothsome, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The Shrimp Shack’s menu wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but their garlic rice was to die for! 

The Shrimp Shack’s Menu. Their garlic rice is awe—wait for it—some!

We also tried Dairy Queen, My fiance and I had Mango Cheesecake and it was truly orgasmic, it was like Christmas morning in one cup!

Dairy Queen’s Mango Cheesecake smoothie is a must try!

After hitting the food section, we went outside to take a kiddie train ride and the infamous MOA Eye which is a Ferris Wheel that gives you an eye view of the mall and the shoreline. 

If you ask me, I would really just love to go to Manila to shop, other than not, I would prefer to just stay in and relax. Manila, is a busy, bustling, hectic city and yet, from time to time, I always go back to get a feel of the city’s vibe. 

— 2 weeks ago
#Manila  #starcity  #star  #city  #dairyqueen  #dq  #dairy  #queen  #smaura  #aura  #magnumcafe  #nbacafe  #MCKINLEYTOWER 
Baguio Getaway

Two weeks ago, we set out for our 5-day trip to Manila and Baguio City. We boarded a Cebu Pacific plane to Manila and took a 7-hour bus drive to the quaint, dainty city of Baguio. image

The place that we stayed in was this very cozy , spacious, modern, and clean 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom transient house. The owner, Ann, was very hospitable and made sure that our stay was comfortable. The house already had a fully-equipped kitchen, so we mostly opted to cook breakfast there. 

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On our second day, we decided to have the city tour. Our first stop was at Ben Cab Museum, the museum is owned by Ben Cab and it showcases artworks from various artists, including the owner’s. The museum also has a quaint coffee shop, Cafe Sabel (named after the artist’s favorite muse) on the lower floor where it boasts of the owner’s lovely garden.

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      One of the unique pieces showcased in Ben Cab Museum.

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                 A view of Ben Cab’s garden.

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Cafe Sabel.

Our second stop was at Burnham Park where we had so much fun boating at a hundred pesos — till you drop!


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Mines View Park was the third stop of the day where we bought most of our souvenirs at a cheap price — 7 different pieces for 100 pesos! We were able to buy 3 bonnets for a hundred pesos, take photos of us riding on horses for a measly fee of 20 pesos, and eat strawberry taho!

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We lunched at this dainty food community park, where 5 restaurants were huddled together in one place and the interior decoration of the shops were so quirky, the food was fantastic, too! We decided to eat at Happy Tummy, we ordered a variety of food from the menu, but my favorite was the Lechon Kawali meal at Php 150 with an awesome concoction of salad on the side.

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Lechon Kawali meal for only P150!

After filling up our tummies, we decided that we had enough energy to visit haunted tourist sites. Firs stop was the Laperal house, otherwise known as the White House. Several stories have passed around from generation to generation about ghost sightings in the house. Some people who usually pass along this road have seen a ghost of a kid sitting on the front stairway. Some say, he is the ghost of the owner’s grandchild who passed away on a car accident when he crossed the road while his nanny was chatting with someone from across. A crying woman standing by the window of 3rd floor has also been reported by several people, as well as loud screeching noises coming from the rooftop

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The Laperal House

To cap off our Baguio tour, we headed to Cap John Hay’s Treetop Adventure. Unfortunately, due to the rain and the zero visibility caused by the fog, some activities were not available and only a few of us tried them. 

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After our very tiring experience of jeepney and cab rides, and a little bit of walking, we all decided to go back home, freshen up, and then head back out for dinner. We dined at this fancy continental restaurant, nestled at the Upper Session Road of Baguio, Mario’s. The food was so sublime that most of our pictures of it look crappy because we were so focused on munching on our meals, or probably because everyone was so bothered of the plan hanging on their heads…

Because my boyfriend decided to propose! Yay! ♥♥♥

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I think that was a very nice way to end our Baguio trip, don’t you think? The next day we had breakfast at our transient house and headed off to Manila. I will definitely go back to Baguio. It will forever have a special spot in my heart.♥

— 2 weeks ago
#BAGUIO  #BURNHAM  #BURNHAMPARK  #CAMPJOHNHAY  #LAPERALHOUSE  #MINESVIEW  #JEANNE'SENGAGEMENT  #HILLSIDETRANSIENT  #BENCAB  #BENCABMUSEUM  #KETCHUPFOODCOMMUNITY  #YUMMYTUMMYBAGUIO  #MARIO'SBAGUIO 
Now that I have all the time in the world..

Now that I have all the time in the world..

— 11 months ago
Something that I need to learn how to live by. Pft.

Something that I need to learn how to live by. Pft.

— 11 months ago
MOVING FORWARD <3

MOVING FORWARD <3

— 11 months ago
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Summer Lovin’

— 1 year ago
Summer is here!♥♥♥

Summer is here!♥♥♥

— 1 year ago