• All Things Pinoy,  Staycation Diaries,  The Tummy Train TV,  Traveling

    My favorite memories from my weekend at Shangri-la Boracay

    It has been quite a while since I’ve last been to the beach, but it may be fair to say that the weekend I spent at Shangri-la Boracay made up for it. Last May, I went to Boracay for an event with Real California Milk Philippines. While I already knew it was going to be fun, I hadn’t expected this little getaway to be exactly what I needed at the time. It was a blessedly relaxing escape that prevented a building burnout from settling in.

  • Asian Flavors,  Cooking Recipes,  Foodie Life,  Great Eats,  Rice and grain dishes

    The cheat’s 15-minute “Japanese” meal

    Japanese cuisine is one of my favourites in the world. If I lived next door to an Omakase or even Sakura you would probably see me in there every other day! Luckily Manila does have its fair share of great Japanese restaurants. But as much as it would be great to eat out that often, reality is it simply is not practical. Back in my university and early working days, I would watch my allowance disappear over the week just from eating out or even eating at the cafeteria.

  • Great Eats

    Japanese food overload, Part II: Getting a taste of the ramen craze

    Continuing from part I of my recent Japanese eats round-up, I hope you all are ready for more mouth-watering dishes! One of the most recent trends to hit Metro Manila lately is the ramen craze. Ramen places have been popping up like daisies, and yet there is always a loooong line of people waiting to get their chance at a piping hot bowl of ramen. That was the case in the two restaurants we tried anyway. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is always packed seemingly whatever hour of the day. There are always people standing outside whenever I pass by, and I must admire the persistence of some people when it comes to…

  • Great Eats

    Japanese food overload, Part I: Sushi, rolls, and more sushi!

    Aside from the fact that I haven’t baked in two weeks (!!!), I’m too tired to check on my backlogs and write a recipe post, so I decided to just write a ‘What I’ve Been Eating Lately’ post. I noticed a little pattern with the restaurants we’ve been eating in lately; a pattern that I am actually quite pleased with. Japanese food is in my top three favourite cuisines and is assuredly one of my food weaknesses. Any time I get to eat it you can rest assured I will have a smile on my face when I leave the restaurant. These past two weeks of eating out has seen…

  • Great Eats

    Breakfast- well, lunch- at Antonio’s

    I’ve been wanting some time off lately because life has secretly been driving me crazy, so when my family told me they were planning to go up to Tagaytay over the weekend, I decided to come along. No Internet, nothing to remind me about work… Something about being away from the city relaxes the soul somehow. And yet I’m afraid that Tagayatay is quickly becoming commercialized. The traffic is terrible now, but when you get to the place you wish to arrive at, you can’t deny the glorious presence of natural beauty. I hope it stays this way despite all the developments being done here. The weather is usually so…