Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Harbor View Restaurant

We’re so busy cleaning our house and packing our stuff for our staycation last Saturday. We left the house at 12NN without eating lunch because we’re so excited to go to Manila Hotel. But before checking-in, we had late lunch at Harbor View Restaurant, it is 2 minutes away from Manila Hotel. 

My husband suggested this place and warned me that there is no aircon in that restaurant. I lived in Manila for few years but I have no idea about this restaurant. This is already an old restaurant in Manila Bay, it is like a floating restaurant where you can enjoy amazing view of the sea. 

Upon entering the restaurant, you will see a lot of frames with pictures of famous celebrities and politicians who dined there. The place is very simple but you will love it because of the ambiance. Who needs an aircon kung ang hangin hangin naman. I was worried about the smell of the sea but that time, wala naman malansa na amoy. 

The staff ushered us to our table and gave us the menu. We ordered Lechon Kawali P295, Grilled Squid P240, rice and drinks.

Price is reasonable because the serving is not that big. We all enjoyed our meal, Lechon Kawali is crunchy and tender and Grilled Squid is flavorful and tender too. 

Service is good too and they even returned our stuff. My husband left his cap in the chair and hinabol kami sa parking ng staff nila just to give the cap. Kudos to the staff. 

I will definitely go back to this place, maybe mas ok ang view pag sunset. The only downside of this place is parking fee. Yes, may P40 fee sa parking.

Harbor View Restaurant
Manila Bay, Rizal Park

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Health Concerns + Cebuana Lhuillier: How to Send Money

2015 is not a good year for our family when it comes to health. I’ve been going back to the hospital as early as January and until now I’m battling with my severe psoriasis. I’m not the only one in the family who have health concerns this year and I do really hope that we can surpass this challenge. 

If you remember my Iskargu post, I visited my grandmother and gave her monthly allotment from my mom and aunt. The following day, I received a text that my grandmother was rushed to hospital due to unstable BP. I was thankful that I just went there so they had money for the hospital deposit.

We are all worried for our grandmother condition and of course for the hospital expense. My grandmother has no health card and we all know that once you reach 60 years old, it is difficult to apply for health card. Good thing that one of the Senior’s Citizen benefits is “automatic member of Philhealth” + 20% discount

My grandmother stays in Laguna and the nearest relative is me because I also live in South Luzon. But because I wasn’t feeling well since Sunday and my doctor advised me to rest after my check-up and lab test last Tuesday, I can’t go out and extend my help. But I was really glad that everyone in the family is involved when my lola was confined in the hospital. 

But as I mentioned the hospital is far from Metro Manila and travelling just to send money is not a good idea. Yes, we can always send money in the bank but one thing that really helped us during the confinement period of my lola is Cebuana Lhuillier

I don’t understand before why people choose Cebuana Lhuillier to send money because I always choose online banking to send money, to save time, money and effort. My first experience in Cebuana was three years ago when I claimed a remittance from a relative. My second experience was last month when my aunt asked me a favor to withdraw and send money to her son and daughter-in-law.

Then last week September 25, my aunt informed that the billing staff was already asking them to pay more to decrease the running balance. Five days stay in the hospital, bill was 165k+. Waah! September 25 was Eid’l Adha holiday so there is no way to send money through bank. Thank God for Cebuana Llhullier who is open everyday, mapaholiday or weekend. Hehehe! 

Cebuana Lhuillier: How to Send Money 

Sending money is easy as 1, 2, 3. All you need is the name of receiver. Make sure that the receiver has valid id. He/She will present it once he/she claim the money. 

Go to nearest Cebuana Lhullier, get this form and fill up. The charge is depending on the amount of the money that you are going to send. I don’t have the complete list but these were the charges when they sent the money.

P20,000 - P350 fee
P50,000 - P500 fee 

After that inform the receiver about the tracking number. He/she can go to nearest Cebuana Lhullier to claim the money. 

Now, I do understand why people choose Cebuana Lhullier because they can send money to anyone who has a valid id. They don’t need an account to get the money. It is open everyday and even holidays.

I’ve visited my grandmother last Saturday and Monday and finally after 10 days, we’re happy that my grandmother was out in the hospital. 

Click here to know how to claim remittance in Cebuana Lhulier 

Thursday, September 24, 2015


For the last six years I’ve been going to Victoria, Laguna to visit my grandmother every month. We always passed by Iskargu and we’re really curious because we always see that parking is full. 

The restaurant was badly hit during Typhoon Glenda but after few months, they built it again. Last Saturday, we picked up our son in school and went straight to Laguna then it was time for lunch so we tried Iskargu. Iskargu for isda, karne and gulay. 

I thought it was a restaurant but I was surprised when we went inside, more on carinderia or turo-turo. There were ready food already and all you have to do is choose.

My husband ordered fried chicken, pork binagoongan and pinakbet. They gave us complimentary soup but I can’t understand the taste. The food and soup are just ok but we did not really enjoy it because they served it cold. 

I think they should have a microwave to reheat the food and soup before serving it. But anyway, they have a nice view of rice field and mountain. Food bill is less than P500.

For turo-turo style, we prefer Rose & Grace because they always serve hot bulalo soup. :) 

You can also visit Isdaan and Kamayan Palaisdaan