Valentine’s 2015

It’s my first Valentine’s Day with Miko so excuse the extra cheesy post. :p

He got me pink flowers and oreo-cream cheese cookies from Kitchen Diaries. KiD even got a video of him answering the old school question “What is love?”

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I loved that I got pink roses. I LOVE PINK ROSES!!! And the card? It says “I super kaduper love you!” O ha. Super na, kaduper pa! Hahaha! Ang sarap rin nung cookies. Sana kahit hindi Valentine’s bigyan ako ni Mikmik nito. Tsaka rin ng flowers. :p

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He picked me up late afternoon and off we went to SMX for the travel expo. Hardcore ang traffic sa Buendia so we listened to covers of pop love songs para maaliw. Astig ang big band version ng I Want It That Way ng Backstreet Boys.

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There were a lot of exhibitors in the travel expo, but we only checked out those that have Indonesia, Maldives, Korea, Turkey, and Japan packages.

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It’s Miko’s dream to visit Istanbul, dahil yata sa Taken 2. :P I checked out the photos and mukhang masarap ang pagkain doon. Sama na rin ako! Hehe.

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We’re planning to go to Tokyo late this year. Too bad the travel expo only gave out deals for the 1st half of the year. ‘Di bale, abang-abang na lang kami ng panalong deal sa June. :D And look, we saw this super awesone robot. Sino siya? Si Philippine Tourism Optimus Prime? :p

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After the expo, we walked toward the mall. We were confused why there were so many people near the bay area, eh sa The Arena naman ‘yung concert nila Martin. Pyromusical competition pala! Since we’re already there, we got tickets. They sold gold tickets for 300php each and 500php for VIP.

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Watched the fireworks while eating hotdogs and french fries. Italy’s display was good, but I liked Brazil’s better. Miko liked Italy’s pyromusical show more kasi pangmatanda raw ang sounds. They used Unchained Melody, songs from Grease, and I Will Always Love You. Brazil used party sounds. Ah basta, mas gusto ko ‘yung sa Brazil kasi mas malaki at mas mataas ang sabog. Hehe.

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Saw this ferris wheel and remembered EK’s Wheel of Fortune. Napag-alaman ko na hindi pa pala nakakapunta sa loob ng Enchanted Kingdom si Miko. Oiiiiy! So sana bago kami mag-Japan, makapag-Sta. Rosa, Laguna muna kani. Hahaha!

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It rained so we didn’t wait for the other competitors anymore. We went to Roadhouse for dinner (buffalo wings + sizzling tofu) and drinks (Jack and beer) and jazz and blues. Sakto, The Brat Pack was the band that time and Miko likes them a whole lot. I liked them too, especially when they covered Randy Santiago’s Babaero. They also played Come Together, Superstition, Black Magic Woman, and an Etta James’ song na nakalimutan ko ang title. Their orig songs are pretty kickass too. :)

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Here’s my gwapo boyfriend/bestfriend/love of my life/object of my desire/foodie to my takaw singing along to a song I don’t remember. Couldn’t remember because I was busy staring at him. Yiiiiiiiii!

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And here’s me wearing the locket he gave me for my birthday and smiling despite having raccoon eyes and a shiny nose because I got to spend Valentine’s with the one I truly love. (Nagwarning ako kanina na extra cheesy post ito ha.)

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Our celebration was far from being as extravagant and intricate as other couples’. In fact, it’s almost just as simple and laid-back, yet fun-filled and food-filled as our other dates, but isn’t it supposed to feel like Valentine’s every time when you’re with the right person? Doesn’t matter how you celebrate it, as long as you’re both happy. I know we were. We ARE.

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So cheers to travel plans, painting the sky with colors, listening to great music, eating a lot, and making dreams come true! Cheers to love and life! I hope your Valentine’s was as happy as ours!

// listening to The Brat Pack – Babaero

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice – Glorietta

It was the night before Valentine’s and the was mall teeming with shoppers and lovers carrying bouquets of flowers, boxes of cupcakes, heart-shaped balloons, or oversized stuffed toys. And if they weren’t shopping, they were probably there to watch Fifty Shades of Grey. We were part of the latter crowd. :p

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Went to Wee Nam Kee first in Glorietta 2 for dinner. Gotta be busog before seeing Mr. Grey kasi baka magutom ako ng todo-todo.

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I had the Spinach With Seafood Soup (95php/cup) that tasted really good despite its ugly green thickness sorta reminded me of Slimer from Ghostbusters. Akala ko kasi lumulutang lang na spinach leaves, puréed pala. :p Miko didn’t like his cup of Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup (98php/cup) because it was more sweet than sour. We still prefer the hot and sour soup from Little Asia. Nilabay ko na lang tuloy sa kanin ‘yung soup niya.

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Their Pineapple Fried Rice With Pork Floss serves 3-4 people. I don’t know what happened. Naubos namin. Or baka natapon sa floor, hindi namin napansin? LOL

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As for the Cantonese Beef Tenderloin With Peas And Carrots, thumbs up for the tender juicy meat. The sweet and sour sauce was okay lang. It was almost as sweet as their hot and sour soup.

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Of course, we had WNK’s signature dish, the Steamed Hainanese Yellow Chicken. A small serving (quarter chicken) is 428php. They’re pretty consistent with the taste. Juicy and flavorful! They still have the trifecta of special soy sauce, chili sauce, and pounded ginger.

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Ended the meal with the Three Flavor Truffle Buchi (128php). There’s white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. Everything was, but we liked the one with dark chocolate custard best. :)

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Our Wee Nam Kee dinner was waaaaaay better than the experience of having to watch 50 Shades of BLAH for 2 hours and 10 minutes. It lacked the literal and figurative boldness we were looking for in a movie that deals with passionate love and BDSM. If you haven’t seen 50 Shades yet, I advise you don’t waste your money over cinema tickets. Abanagan mo na lang ang torrent. Ipangkain mo na lang sa labas ang pera. :p

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Wee Name Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
G/F Glorietta 2, Palm Drive
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 478-8477

// listening to Greek Fire – On Top of The World

Art Fair Philippines 2015

Two floors of The Link Car Park were temporarily transformed into galleries filled with contemporary local art last February 5 to 8 for the 3rd Art Fair Philippines.

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Below are some of the pieces that Miko and I saw on the last day of the exhibit. I did not get a chance to take note of the pieces’ names and artists, because I was overwhelmed with the crowd.

This reminds me of the numerous Barbies I had when I was a kid that I leave on the floor unnoticed and unloved because I liked playing with lutu-lutuan better or reading cookbooks.

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These photographs made me want to look for interesting stuff in the streets, if only I weren’t this lazy.

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This is my favorite painting. I love that there are dead birds on the floor. Baka may sa maligno yung girl!

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I asked Miko to pose here because bagay yung “art shirt” niya sa paintings. :p

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Here’s Miko with Wolfie.

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Here’s Wolfie alone in the spotlight. :p

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Here’s something na kayang-kaya ko rin gawin.

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This one if my 2nd favorite piece. This made me remember my most favorite piece in Pinto Art. Same artist kaya?

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I like the foreground better than the background. :p

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Lights can create art instantly.

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Ay bashtush! (I like this a lot though! Hehe.)

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I took a photo of this just because I like the text next to the Maria Clara-looking lady. *swoons*

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Igan from Phil Star’s art…

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This is very disturbing. Naalala namin dito si Donnie and dave, ang friends naming na self-declared unicorns. Siguro ganyang klaseng unicorns sila. Hehehehe!

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This is my 3rd favorite piece. It’s from the Alice in Wonderland booth.

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Shempre ako rin kelangan may picture with Wolfie. Just in case you’re wondering, may inside joke kami ni Miko about Wolfie. I will just share it someday when the time is right. Heehee.)

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Basta ako kung hindi sweet, salty.

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Needless to say!

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Batsy!

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Creepy Sto. McDo. Damn, I hate clowns.

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Overall, it was an interesting experience seeing contemporary creations from fellow Pinoys. It has inspired me to include one thing on my bucketlist: have one of my paintings included in a premier exhibit. Kelan kaya ito? Practice-practice muna!

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Hope to attend next year’s Art Fair Philippines too.

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// listening to Hairspray OST – (You’re) Timeless To Me

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar – Fort Bonifacio

Sarsa is a must-visit resto that serves contemporary Negrense food. It’s owned by Chef JP “Jayps” Anglo. Familiar? He’s one of the judges in Master Chef Pinoy Edition.

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The resto is very easy to locate. It’s at the ground floor of Forum South Global. It tends to be jam-packed with yuppies during weekdays, so we went there Sunday late afternoon.

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The staff was courteous and fast in bringing the food that we ordered, but before the dishes arrived, we were given cornik to munch on first. The sauces behind the flower arrangement are achuete oil, pinakurat vinegar, and soy sauce.

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Picture-picture habang nguya-nguya ng cornik. :p

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We had plain rice (35php) and Ginamos Fried Rice (60php). We loved the fried rice so much that we got another cup, kahit na usapan, half rice lang sa akin and 1 1/2 lang kay Miko! Ginamos is a fish sauce made from anchovy fry, btw.

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I liked that they served the Pancit Molo (250php) with cover. Sana lahat ng resto may takip ang lagayan ng soup, di’ba? Ako kasi nag-iinit ang ulo ko kapag hindi na mainit ang sabaw. Hehe. The taste? Namit gid! The soup is native chicken broth flavored with achuete and there are chunks of prawns and pork in the wontons. Ito ang favorite ko sa lahat ng kinain namin. I love soup! And molo is one of my faves. I give this 5 1/2 out of 5 stars. :D

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The Sizzling Kansi (380php) is one of their most popular dishes. Eto naman ang favorite ni Miko. It’s bulalo or beef shank with bone marrow in batwan gravy. Batwan is a souring agent used in Negrense cooking. Ang sarap ng timpla nito. Savory, hindi na kailangan isawsaw, but I liked it with some pinakurat with a bit of soy sauce.

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I asked first if they grilled/broiled the eggplants first before tinorta. In some restos, they just boil it. Masarap kasi kapag inihaw muna. And yes! Grilled muna daw! Their Tortang Talong (210php) has sardines and kesong puti. Didn’t like the sardines mixed in the torta, but I liked the cheese. Si Miko, ayaw ito just because it’s gulay. Mr. Foodie doesn’t like veggies. Booooo.

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We had fruit shakes, I think it’s around 100php each. Miko had mango-melon, and I had buco-guyabano. I liked his shake better. He liked mine better. So quits lang, parehong masarap. Haha.

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Had the Piaya Ice Cream Sandwich with Salted Muscovado Caramel (145php) for dessert. You can choose among vanilla, ube, and cheese ice cream. We got vanilla. For the benefit of those who don’t know what a piaya is, it’s a flat unleavened bread filled with muscovado sugar. The ice cream sandwich was yum, but we hope they will use less salt next time. :p

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We want to go back and try their Inasal Sisig, batchoy, crispy pata, pancit palabok, and Sinigang Fried Chicken. Good to know that we can have Sarsa not only in BGC. Their MOA branch is already open. Yay! Makati and QC naman! :D

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Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
Unit 1-7, Forum South Global,
7th Ave corner 25th Street, Fort Bonifacio
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
+63 927 706-0773

// listening to Maroon Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

Tapsi Ni Vivian – Marikina

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This is probably one of the most famous tapsihans in the metro. I only ate their tapsilog once when my padmate brought it for dinner. I was still studying in UP Diliman then, so my auto-comment was, “Rodic’s pa rin.”

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So when Miko said he’ll bring me to Tapsi ni Vivian before their gig in Chromebox, I thought it’s time that I try Vivian’s tapa again. :p They have dozens of dishes to choose from- chopseuy, kilawin, liver steak, rigadillo, lumpiang togue, huaktanoy (pork stew with sweet pickles),

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stuffed crabs, pork steak, bicol express, bopiz, sinigang na baboy, pinakbet,

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crispy hipon, crispy crablets, ukoy, crispy dilis, longganisa, daing, pork barbeque, lechon kawali, crispy pata, bulalo,

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and even native rice cakes like puto, cheesepie, and bibingkang malagkit.

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We ordered and our food was brought to our table in 5 minutes.

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May Coke pa pala na nasa glass bottle.

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I had the tapsilog and it sorta tasted like Rodic’s tapa. Both are tender and sweet, but this one isn’t shredded obviously. I love Rodic’s tapa so I liked this too.

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Miko got the lechsilog. I took a piece of the lechon kawali and it’s fried to perfection. Sarap i-dunk sa suka na may toyo at sili.

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The tokwa’t baboy was just okay for us, because we prefer a sour sauce. The one they use is more sweet than sour. I also like my tokwa’t baboy with onions and chopped siling pamaksiw.

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We both loved the beef mami with egg. Sabaw pa lang, panalo na. I got one order and asked the waiter to put it in two bowls. Ang dami nung serving. Akala ko tuloy dalawang order ‘yung binigay sa amin! Out total bill was around 370php only.

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Here is the famous Vivian. Ang yaman-yaman na siguro ni ateng ngayon. :D

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They also have a roofdeck bar that you can use for any event. Meron rin silang catering services.
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O di’ba. Asenso na. I guess this is what you get from being in business since 1984 and with a loyal following to boot. :)

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Tapsi Ni Vivian
32 Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue,
San Roque, Marikina City
02 6450125

// listening to Taylor Swift – Blank Space