Birthday 2015

Come -ber months, I already stopped hoping that my birthday this year can beat, be the same, or even come close to last year’s. I just wanted to celebrate the most important day of the year for me. Your birthday may be just a regular day for you, but then again, to each his own.

December 19, I went to Trinoma to meet up with Miko. Then we went to the Church of The Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman to hear mass. We arrived early, so Miko ate some red isaw, dynamite and hotdogs first at the stall near Mang Larry’s. I didn’t have any because I was still full from the Yellow Cab pepperoni pizza I got from Trinoma.

The simbang gabi was at 8pm and the gospel was about The Visitation. The homily said that we should focus on Jesus being the reason for the season and not material gifts or vacations or other worldly things we now associate with Christmas. I agree. Jesus should be the focus of Christmas. I should be the focus of my birthday. Haha.

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After mass, we went to Good Burger in Maginhawa for dinner. I still wasn’t hungry, so I only had some fries and chicken, while Miko had some healthy burger creation and milk tea from the store beside GB. We talked about work (mostly my career) while eating, so even if I learned lots from his insight, I kinda lost my appetite. Hehe.

We went to Taste of L.A. for my birthday salubong. This was where I also had my salubong last year. I love this old resto in Roces. It has candles and roses and paintings- three things that are on top of my list of favorite things. Instead of wine, I had some whisky. And instead of chocolate lava cake, we had frozen cheesecake. The cheesecake is much much much better than the chocolate cake. Guess what I wished for when it turned 12?

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Dec 20… we went to Galleria to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens. Before that, he hit the gym first and I had my me time at Café Pascucci. Then we went to Toys R Us to get some gifts for his inaanaks. I saw two Care Bears that look like us. Shempre ako si Funshine Bear.

It was my 2nd time to watch TFA and it was his 1st time to watch a Star Wars movie. His reaction after 2hours and 15minutes of watching?

“Ayoko. Walang Ewoks!!!” 😂

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It took us almost an hour to get to EDSA Shangri La. Terrible traffic! We were definitely hangry by the time we got to HEAT. In fact, I started eating while he was still parking. :P

I enjoyed the food better in HEAT than in Circles (Makati Shangri La), but I liked the ambience of the latter better. The dishes that I loved in HEAT were the maki with lots of bonito flakes, herb crusted cold cuts, meat loaf, crabs in lemon garlic sauce, roasted lamb chops, roasted angus belly, churros, and blueberry mousse. Miko loved all the meats except their sisig. He also liked the mango cheesecake.

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HEAT has an iced tea buffet, and you need to pay an extra 200php to avail. Also 200php for the unlisoda. And for unli wine, add 700php. I had the unli iced tea and my fave was cucumber lemonade.

The cost of Sunday dinner buffet is P2,200 I think. The original plan was to have my birthday/our anniversary dinner at Spiral in Sofitel, but it was okay that it didn’t push through because of the rain and traffic.

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I quickly fell asleep right after Miko brought me home. I woke up with a little sadness because my birthday was over. It was happy, but there was something else I wanted.

I went to MOA to meet up with my bestfriend Donnie and I already had a feeling that he tried to invite our other friends so celebrate my birthday. I also had a feeling that it was only Jan who could make it. And of course, tama ako.

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I was touched that Donnie and Jan took the extra mile to be with me and arrange a surprise to make me happy on my a day after my birthday. Sabi ko nga, kung kilala mo talaga ako nang mabuti, alam mo na gusto ko ng surprise. Hindi kailangang bongga, basta meron. At alam mo dapat na gusto ko ng cake na may masarap na frosting na may candle.

Nagpa-fireworks pa sila Jan at Donnie para sa akin. May live band pa sa tabi na tumugtog ng Achey Breakey Heart at Nanghihinayang. 😰

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Come December 22, I was already on leave. I went home here in Bataan and the first thing that greeted me in our humble farmhouse was that little brown furry cute puppy! It’s my parents’ birthday gift for me! A labrador mix that I named Toshi. It means alert, intelligent and bright in Japanese. Miko suggested that I name it Potpot. So I decided that should be the nickname. I think the puppy likes his nickname better because he wags his tail nonstop whenever he hears it. 😜

So that’s how I spent my birthday. It may not be as happy as the one in 2014, but it is still my second favorite birthday of all. Thank you to all those who remembered. To those who didn’t, HU U?

// listening to A Second Chance

Cupcakes by Gremlins – Maginhawa St.

“Dadami ba ako ‘pag kumain ako dito?”

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That was the question I asked myself when I saw this small cupcakery with an unusual name along Maginhawa.

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80’s and 90’s kids won’t have a problem understanding the reference, but for the benefit of those who do not know what gremlins are, they are evil monsters that multiply upon getting wet and bite when fed after midnight. The cute, non-evil versions are called mogwais.

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Anyhoo, I was hungry while waiting for Miko and his friends to finish band practice in a nearby studio, so I took the risk of multiplying. Hehe.

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I was delighted to see mini cheesecakes in display! For 55php a piece!

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There weren’t a lot of cupcakes to choose from when I went there on a Saturday night.

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I just got me a Baileys Cheesecake and a glass of Cucumber Lemonade (80php).

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And I got a Red Velvet Cupcake for my gitarista. :p Shempre may nakatusok na cheesy line in advance observance of Valentine’s Day. Hehehehe!

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What a cheesecake that Baileys creation was! The liquor did not overpower the perfect sweetness of the smooth, thick, rich cheese layer. The crust was great too!

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As for the lemonade, I liked the cucumber taste. It made it cooler to the taste, but the cucumber bits distracted me.

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Miko loved the moist red velvet with luscious frosting that I gave him so much that we went back the following day to get more.

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But boo! The red velvet cuppies were sold out!

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We got the remaining goodies: Naked Cheesecake, Oreo Cheesecake, bailey’s Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Baileys Cheesecake, and Hershey’s Cupcake.

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Sabi naming kay ate ‘wag na kagandahan ýung pag-ribbon nung box kasi titirahin naman namin agad, but she didn’t listen. Haha. :P

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We will see you again soon, Gremlins! We hope to try the rest of your cupcakes and cheesecake creations! :)

Cupcakes by Gremlins
54 Maginhawa Street,
UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City

// listening to the guitar cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky in the styles of 10 famous guitarists

Kanto and Kid in Kapitolyo

After the almost two-hour drive from Pansol to Manila, we went to Kapitolyo for some comfort food. And to us, breakfast food = comfort food.

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It’s Miko’s first time to eat at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. It’s my first time to eat at their Kapitolyo branch. The branch I frequent is the one in Mandaluyong. :)

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Miko had New Zealand Beef Tapa (110php, sarap ng timpla… kinda sweet) and I had Spanish Sardines Tempura (95php, my favorite… sardinas sossified). Both come with garlic rice, eggs, and tomato with pesto.

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Add a side of perfectly crispy bacon. Uhhhm ummmm ummmmm! Just 25php per strip. :)

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Tried two (relatively) new dishes– the Ube White Chocolate Ganache Pancake (95php) and Toasted Ensaymada, Spanish Bread, and Pan de Regla with Creme Anglaise (75php). I’m not an ube lover, but I liked it. And the crème anglaise of the 3 panaderia picks was yummy.

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After our heavy breakfast merienda, we went to our other Kapitolyo favorite– Kitchen Diaries, which is just next door.

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We had coffee and tea. And took home a bagful of freshly-baked goodies!

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My favorites! Cupcakes with perfect frosting, Red Velvet Cream Cheese Crinkles (best crinkles in Manila, I tell you), chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal crisps. Not really sure about the names of the last two, but I’m sure that parehong masarap. :P

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Make it a point to visit Kitchen Diaries and Kanto Freestyle Breakfast when you are in Kapitolyo! ;)

// listening to Dean Martin – That’s Amore

Larcy’s Cupcakery – BF Homes, Paranaque

I wanted to bring a surprise treat to Donnie, Colleen, and Dave Karen’s birthday bash, so Jan and I went to Larcy’s before heading to Shabu Yaki.

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Larcy’s may just be the most popular cupcakery in the South. It certainly has the best reviews. Wala pang kahit isang kilala ko na nagsabi na hindi masarap ang cupcakes nila. Hindi naman siguro sinungaling lahat sila. :p

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Sabi ni Kris Aquino, masarap daw. Not that I value her opinion. I’m not a fan, but I would have to agree with her on this one.

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I had Quezo De Bola and Jan had the Bananutella. Mine had a nice balance of salty-sweet. Hindi lang moist yung cupcake to my liking. Jan’s cupcake’s texture was better. It was also delish. Hindi nakakaumay ang tamis. Tastewise, I liked mine better.

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I’d like to try their pasta and hot-pressed ciabatta next time. Those, and their coffee, which I heard used to be one of Davao’s best. (The owners used to have a resto in Davao, and they moved to Manila when their daughter studied in Ateneo.)

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The place was pretty full on an early Saturday night with children of all ages. Grown-up children na ‘di malaman kung anong selfie-pose ang gagawin with the cupcakes before eating ’em up. :P

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Basta ako, okay na ako sa solo picture ko sa gigantic chair nila. Ganda, noh? (Nung chair. Fine, ako rin. Mwehehehe.) Their packaging is also pretty.

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And for my friends, I gave them Tres Leches, Pink Velvet, and Vanilla Butter Cookie. All three tasted great, the Tres Leches cupcake being the best for us. :)

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Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe
178 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
Telephone: +632 799-4174
Sunday to Thursdays – 11.00am to 12am
Friday to Saturday – 11.00am to 2.00am
Facebook: Larcy’s Cupcakerycafe

// listening to American Authors – Best Day of My Life

J Cuppacakes – SM Jazz

Friday means heavy traffic and cheat day so JP, Mommy Joyce and I went to SM Jazz after shift for coffee and cupcakes.

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J Cuppacakes is a well-recommended cupcakery by a number of my colleagues and I’m glad I finally got to experience its goodness.

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The place is charming and dainty. I’d want to bring my girlfriends or my mother here. I really felt like I belonged because I was wearing floral that day, hehehe!

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They have popular cuppies like Red Velvet, S’mores, and Salted Caramel plus other luscious looking not-so-common finds like Coconut Lime, Sunken Cookie Dough, and Strawberry Granola.

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What first caught my attention though was the Brazo de Mercedes Cheesecake. Double the dessert fun for only 85php? Not bad at all!

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I wanted something tart that time though, so I had a Lemon Twist. JP had a Chocolate Basil cupcake. Lemon Bar and New Yor Caramel Bar for Mommy Joyce with her Iced Mocha drink.

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Aside from coffee concoctions, they also serve shakes and mocktails. And aside from these sweet treats, they have breakfast meals, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.

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I tried the Pepperoni Mushroom Aglio Olio and JP had the Cream Pesto Pasta. they serve it with sweet toast. JP said it’s condensed milk they use. Yum!

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I liked everything we ordered but the 2 that I’ll probably have again are the pesto pasta and choco cupcake with basil. Yes, chocolate + herb = oddly delectable.

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Check J Cuppacakes’ Facebook page to see their visually stunning cake designs. Their cakepops are adorable! Whoever thinks of the designs is a genius!

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J Cuppacakes is at Unit 136 SMDC Jazz, Jupiter St. cor N. Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati. It’s very near our office, so you might see me there! :D

Email: j.cuppacakes@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/J.cuppacakes
Instagram: jcuppacakes
Mobile: 0917-8573836, 0917-5000864

// listening to Kendrick Lamar – B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe