Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trip to the Zoo

One more day and my son will have his school break. Yey! I don’t have to set my alarm clock for one week. I have more time to do the household chores and finish my backlogs because we have no homework and quizzes. Last review later because tomorrow is the last day of his second periodical test. We need to review for Christian Living, Health and Computer.

Anyway, do you have any plans for sembreak? Are you looking for sembreak activities where you can take your kids while they are on vacation. I know that I posted before some zoos that you can visit under Zoomanity but I’ll be sharing to you more zoos that we have visited here in Philippines.

Let me start with Manila Zoo. I’ve visited this zoo twice, one when I was 7 years old and the second time was when I went with my own family. Yes, after two decades. The elephant was still there and I saw that they offer boat ride too. I heard that there is Kinder Zoo beside the Manila Zoo which I haven’t visited yet. 

Next is Ark Avilon Zoo, we celebrated our son’s 3rd birthday in this zoo because at that time the weather is unpredictable so we chose an indoor interactive zoo. The zoo is not that big, in fact you can enjoy the place for one hour. The good thing about this zoo is, it is located in Tiendisitas so you can shop or play at the Fun Ranch if you have more time. 

We also visited Avilon Zoo, the sister company of Ark Avilon Zoo. This zoo is much bigger and located in Rizal and it took us more than two hours just to tour the zoo. 

Paradizoo is the first zoo that my son visited which is located in Mendez, Cavite. 

The place is not that big so if you still have time try to visit Residence Inn Zoo which is located in Tagaytay. You won’t miss this zoo because it is along the highway. There are more activities and in addition you can watch animal shows. 

Zoobic Safari, we have just visited this zoo this year and so far this is the memorable one because we enjoy the tram ride, the lion safari and tiger safari. I heard that they also offer Zoobic Night Safari and I’m not sure if it is the same with the Night Safari that we’ve experienced in Singapore. 

Lastly, we also visited Baluarte during our Laoag and Vigan Trip. The good thing about this zoo is there is no entrance fee so don’t forget to include this in your itinerary. 

Manila Zoo 
Quirino Ave., Adriatico St., 
Malate Manila Luzon Philippines 
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily 
Telephone numbers: (632) 400-1884 (Manila Zoo)
(632) 522-6179 (Kinder Zoo)

Ark Avilon Zoo 
Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue corner C-5
Pasig City, Philippines 
Telephone No. 706-2992 
Fax No. 706-2993 
Email Address: 

Avilon Zoo 
Bo. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal 
Tel. Nos.: (632) 941-8393 * (632) 948-9866 (63917) 899-5126 
Fax: (632) 941-8530 * 

Km. 63 Panungyan Road, 
Mendez, Cavite, Philippines 

Vigan, Ilocos Sur 
7 AM to 6 PM - 7 days a week 

Residence Inn Zoo 
Km. 65 Barrio Neogan, 
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy,
City of Tagaytay 4120 
Phone:(046) 413 1376 

Zoobic Safari 
Group I Ilanin Forest 
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I was clearing my photo albums in my phone when I saw this grilled cheese sandwich. I can’t believe that I haven’t posted it yet in my blog because I always cook this at home. It is so easy to make and you can eat it on breakfast or snacks. 

You only need butter, mozzarella cheese, slices of bread. 

1.Heat the grilling pan or any flat pan. 
2.You can put butter directly on the pan or spread it on your bread. 
3.I put cheese on one slice of the bread and cover it with another bread. 
4.Grill both sides until lightly brown and cheese melts. 
5.Slice diagonally and serve. 

If I’m lazy, I put the sandwich in the oven toaster. Hehehe! My husband puts cracked pepper on his cheese sandwich. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Banana Chocolate Cupcake

Banana cupcake is one goodies that I always bake at home to save overripe bananas. I always use the banana recipe which I’ve got from Yummy Magazine and if I have available chocolate chips at home, I added it on the recipe. 

Two weeks ago, I baked banana chocolate cupcake and loaf because my husband prefers loaf bread. 

1. In a bowl, mix together ½ cup butter at room temperature and 2/3 cup sugar. 
2. Add 1 egg and 2 mashed bananas. 
3. Mix in coffee (1 ½ tsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 ½ water) 
4. Add 1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
5. Spoon the mixture into paper lined muffin cups. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (1tbsp sugar and mixed with ¼ tsp cinnamon. (Optional)
6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit about 20 to 25 minutes or till sides are lightly browned and tops no longer look wet. For the loaf bread, 55 minutes. 

I used the same recipe but my husband said, best cupcake ko daw ito. I told him, Hersheys kasi yung chocolate chips. It is really true that the taste improves if you use better ingredients. The cupcake was gone within 24 hrs. No doubt, type nila yung instant mix of  Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownies compared to my brownies from scratch. Hehehe!