June 18, 2018

Father’s Day at Tong Yang Plus SM Bicutan

We celebrated Mother’s Day at Tong Yang Plus last month and yesterday, we went back again for Father’s Day celebration. My husband just wanted to eat in the Korean Restaurant near our place but I suggested Tong Yang Plus so my father-in-law can try the shabu-shabu. NakapagKorean Restaurant na rin in-laws ko so para maiba naman, we dined at shabu-shabu and BBQ restaurant.

Read: Lunch at All 4 U Unlimited Korean Restaurant 

It was a last minute change so after breakfast, nagmamadali na kami. We left at 9:30AM and picked-up my in-laws. We arrived at Tong Yang Plus before 11AM and I was really surprised when I saw the crowd. The restaurant is already full, the last number they called is #43 and I got #57.

We patiently waited na may mag-bill out. Siguro naman after 1 hour and 30 minutes may lalabas na. Naiinip na in-laws ko and even suggested magJollibee na lang kami. Hahaha! But we told them na we will wait til 1PM so my husband bought some snacks, pampalipas gutom. Matira ang matibay, we’re just waiting outside the restaurant.


And finally at 1:10PM, they already called our number, we waited for more than two hours just to eat. It was my husband’s birth month too so we took advantage the Birthday Promo, “Celebrants can eat free for any day WITHIN THEIR BIRTHDAY MONTH and should be accompanied by FOUR FULL PAYING ADULTS”. My son’s rate is only P388 + 5% discount but we paid adult rate so we can avail the promo. I noticed that they don't give cake or greet the birthday celebrant, may discount lang.


There some slight changes on the menu and because of the crowd, nagkakaubusan talaga and medyo matagal din ang refill. My son was looking for tocino and bbq, that was he ate kasi last time. hehehe! Hindi rin ko nakakuha ng ebi tempura, crabs and even garlic. As in wala na minced garlic, sabi nila nagrerefill, e more than 1 hour kami nag-eat, wala ko nakitang garlic kada balik ko. Ito pa naman fave ko sa Tong Yang, yung butter + garlic + meat or fresh shrimp.


I learned that they have fresh shrimps, nakatago lang. You have to ask the staff and they only give two pcs of fresh shrimps per plate. Hahaha! For sliced meat, only two meats are available which are Beef Karubi and Chuck Eye Roll, which is okay na rin because I haven’t tried this last time.


Good thing that there is no cut off time, if you remember our La Fiesta Buffet Experience, they closed the buffet at 2PM. But yesterday, there is no cut-off time, continuous daw ang buffet till dinner. So at least we enjoyed our lunch, hindi kami nagmamadali. Next time hindi na lang kami sasabay sa holiday or special occasion para wala long wait. I think they don’t accept reservation pag may holiday and special occassion so agahan sa pagpila. :)

Since I was hungry, I only have limited pictures. Watch the video here.

Tong Yang Plus Buffet Rate 

Adult Rate 
P588 Adult Weekday Lunch
P688 Adult Weekday Dinner
P688 Saturday, Sunday and Holiday

Kid Rate 
FREE - Kids below 3ft
P188 - Kids 3ft to 4ft
P388 - Kids 4ft to 4’6 ft

*Prices are subject to 5% service charge

Birthday Promo

1. Birthday celebrants of all ages can avail of the promo on the day of their birthday and on any day during their birthday month.
2. Celebrants can eat for free ON THE DAY of their birthday for both lunch and dinner accompanied by ONE FULL PAYING ADULT.
3. Celebrants can eat free for any day WITHIN THEIR BIRTHDAY MONTH and should be accompanied by FOUR FULL PAYING ADULTS.
4. Paying adults should pay the full rate without any discounts.
5. Celebrants should present any original ad valid government issued or company ID bearing their photo and birthdate.
* Local and foreign ID’s will be accepted.
* Failure to provide above ID requirements, birth certificate may be presented alongside with any ID bearing their photo.
6. This promo cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts.
7. Use of Special Gift Certificates will not be honored for this promo.
8. Promo is available at all Tong Yang Plus branches.

20+2 Promo 

1. For reservations with 22 guests and above are entitled to a special promo of 20+2
2. For every 10 added guests, 1 additional guest may eat for free.
3. This promo cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts.
4. Use of Special Gift Certificates will not be honored for this promo.
5. This promo is only available at Tong Yang Plus Bicutan.

Tong Yang Plus Branches 

SM Mall of Asia
SM Davao
SM Bacoor
SM Bicutan

June 16, 2018

Bintulu City Guide for Tourists

Bintulu, once a quiet village known for fishing and farming, is fast emerging as a developing oil town. The part coastal, part riverine town of Malaysia is fast becoming a tourist destination in Sarawak. Situated between Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, it is a significant gateway to tourist spots and most interesting sights. Make your bookings and pick one of the popular Bintulu hotels for your stay. Make sure that the hotel is close to the interesting sights just beyond the city.


Where to Stay 

Bintulu Airport is not far from the city, and it will take you about minutes to reach your hotel or the town. There are many options for lodging and accommodations in Bintulu that are sure to cater to every kind of traveler and preferences. One can stay at guesthouse, hotels and even look for home stays. Parkcity Everly Hotel Bintulu is a modern hotel that boasts of lovely views of the sea and offers all the modern amenities. Moreover, it is located near to the market area and the restaurants.

What to Do and See 

Kuan Yin Tong Temple is very close to the center of Bintulu. Vest the wonderful Chinese temple with a lovely garden courtyard and w man-made waterfall. The religious building is surrounded by koi ponds as well as three churches. Note the quality craftsmanship in the dragon fencing.

     * Longhouses are another attraction of the town, and the wooden house with thatch roofs and bamboo walls are placed on stilts. Sarawak’s indigenous groups live in these traditional dwellings.

     * Niah National Park and Caves are a thick rainforest that covers 12-square-mile Park. The caves date back to 40,000 years

     * Similajau National Park was set up in 1976 and is a habitat for nesting green turtles. Explore the walking trails and relax on the beautiful beaches of the 27-square-mile park.

     * Kampung Jepak is the traditional fishermen village that is separated from the central town by Sungai Kemena. Learn about the traditional lifestyle of Bintulu fishermen.

     * Bintulu Promenade is the state's longest waterfront. The commercial and recreational park has become a significant attraction here just the right place to take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the evening breeze.

     * Golf at Bintulu Golf Course and it is a must for visitors who love to play golf. Enjoy the game as well as the splendid sceneries of pine trees around the rocky beach.

     * Bintulu does not lack nightlife, and there are numerous bars, pubs, and clubs here where you can have a gala time with your friends. Enjoy singing at karaoke after a hectic day.

Where to Shop 

Bintulu will not disappoint you when it comes to shopping. ParkCity Mall offers a good range of Western and Malaysian stores while the lively Pasar Malam Night Market is another excellent shopping location for local crafts and souvenirs. Pasar Utama and Pasar Tamu are outdoor markets which are a great place to interact with the locals. There are numerous shopping spaces in Bintulu and one can choose based on their needs and preferences.

Where to Eat 

There are many restaurants and food stalls serving local delicacies and traditional food items. Different stalls serve different taste and flavors. For example, Marco Polo Steakhouse is known for best steaks town. Come here if looking for a welcoming change from the local cuisine. Seribu Bintang Restaurant serves a mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian food and is a hot favorite with the locals. Taipei House Restaurant is brightly lit and serves great food. Pasar Malam is held every single day here, and thus you get the chance to enjoy local 'fast food' such as roti canai, burger, Balik, roti canai and pork delicacies such as siew pau.

June 15, 2018

Tradisyon: Pinoy Comfort Food

We stayed at Azalea Hotels and Residences when we went to Baguio last April. The room package includes complimentary breakfast for 4 persons at Tradisyon restaurant. From the name itself, it serves Filipino dishes and some international foods.


Breakfast 

We just came from our 6 Days Trip in Bangkok so I was really happy when I saw the different Filipino meals in their buffet spread. I love Filipino dishes so namiss ko talaga ang adobo, dried fish, daing na bangus, pansit, tapa and many more. They have salad, bread, main dishes, dessert, soup, fruits, drinks and omelet station. I just have limited photos because the restaurant was crowded, maybe because it was long weekend.





The restaurant was not that big so it is better to eat early or else ang tagal niyo maghihintay ng vacant tables. On our first day, we’re just lucky kasi dalawa lang kami ng anak ko so naisingit pa kami pero yung ibang guests, ang tagal talaga naghintay. I was a little bit disappointed because when I ordered omelet, tapos na ko kumain, wala pa rin. I made followed up pa, more than 30 minutes ang waiting, parang di naman nasunod yung listahan. Hindi din ako nag-iisa, the two tables on my left and right nagrereklamo na rin sa tagal. Yung isa, pinacancel na rin niya yung omelet kasi tapos na rin siya kumain.


Timing naman, the staff gave me a survey sheet so I wrote about that incident. Hehehe! The following day, may changes agad. Okay na yung pag-order sa omelet station and we even requested for bacon. Yes, the bacon is not included in their buffet spread but you can order without additional charge.

Lunch 


Since I was lazy to go out, my son and I ate lunch at Tradisyon Restaurant. They have brunch buffet but I’ve been eating a lot of buffet meals so I chose a la carte meals. I ordered pinakbet, rice, and chicken and spaghetti (kid’s meal). While waiting the staff gave me fruits pa, complimentary daw.


My son doesn’t like spaghetti so they I asked them to replace it with rice but the staff told me, same price pa rin. I have no choice but to agree kahit alam ko na wala pa P100 ang Chicken Joy meal sa Jollibee. Hehehe!


I was surprised when they served the pinakbet, good for three persons. Waah! So take-out na lang, since we have microwave in the room naman. I forgot the exact price but I paid P500+ for our meal so napaisip ko, sana nagbrunch buffet na lang kami. Hehehe! The food is good naman and ang dami din nila walk-in guests. They also give discount and cake for birthday celebrants, at that moment ang dami may birthday.


Read: 2 Days Trip in Baguio 

Tradisyon Pinoy Comfort Food
No. 7 Leonard Wood Loop,
Brgy. Manuel Roxas, Baguio City 2600

June 14, 2018

The Historical Core Tour in Camp John Hay

We went to Baguio without itinerary because I just have no time to prepare and our trip fell on our coding day pa so I thought we will just stay in the hotel. We can commute naman but there were occasional rainshowers during our visit so baka mahirapan din kami. While researching, we found out that there are certain areas in Baguio that we can still access and we just need to avoid the CBD area.


We checked-out early and we started our tour in Camp John Hay. If you remember my Manor Hotel review, my husband discovered the Historical Core Tour in CJH so we decided to check it out. There is an entrance fee, no tour guide, no flyers so you can just tour the place on your own.

Read: The Manor Hotel 

Entrance Fee 

Standard Fee: P60
BLISTT Residence P40
Senior Citizen/Students/PWDs P30
Photoshoot Fee P1000

There are seven tourist spots that you can check, unfortunately, the Bell House Library Museum was under construction during our visit. If you want to know more about Camp John Hay or if you love history, you will enjoy this tour. It is a walking tour so expect na hihingalin kayo sa paglalakad especially sa history trail.

Watch the video here.

1. The Bell House
2. The Bell House Library Museum
3. The Bell House Amphitheater
4. Cemetery of Negativism
5. The Secret Garden
6. Totem Pole
7. History Trail

The Bell House 



The All American themed house of Major General James Franklin Bell. He designed this house and other structures in Camp John Hay. It gives scenic view of mountain ranges, pine forests, and manicured lawns and gardens.

The Bell Amphitheater 

“Where your whisper is heard”


Major General J. Franklin Bell personally designed and supervised the construction of the Bell Amphitheater. It was completed in May 1913. It is a perfect backdrop for all occasions like wedding.

Cemetery of Negativism 


It is also known as Pet Cemetery or Lost Cemetery, it is a symbolic burial place of man’s greatest self-imposed infliction, limiting factor and heaviest burden. It is designed by Base Commander Major John High Tower. It is one of the popular sites in Historical Core, I learned about this because of the TV series that I watched before “Forevermore”

The Secret Garden 

“A calm rest with nature” A perfect place to make promises or whisper prayers to the elements.

Totem Pole 


It is made by Ernesto Dul-Ang who was employed by the camp as a wood carver. The Totem Pole has the image of leaders who helped shape the development and history of Baguio City, Camp John Hay, and the Philippines in general. They are Admiral George Dewey, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Pres. William Howard Taft, Secretary John Milton Hay, William Cameron Forbes, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, Major General Franklin Bell, Lt. Col. Lyman W. Kennon, Mayor James Hanselma, and General Douglas McArthur.

History Trail 

Learning the history of Camp John Hay while taking a walk under the pine canopy. Take time to read the history posted along the way. It is approximately 500 meters in distance so it is a walking tour that my son did not enjoy. Hehehe!


After our Historical Core Tour, I saw the Statue Liberty and I was really surprised because I’ve been to Camp John Hay for the nth time but it was only last April that I saw this statue. Oh di ba, no need to go to France, meron dito na kapareho ng statue nila.

The Statue of Liberty 

The Statue of Liberty portrays the figure of a woman who had just won her freedom. The torch in her right hand is a light to others to follow. The law book in her left is a symbol of justice. Broken shackles lie at her feet as she steps forward to enlighten the world.


The Statue of Liberty at Camp John Hay erected on December 1981 stands exactly 48” high - the same as the original located at Point de Grenelle Bridge in Siene, Paris, France as symbolic and beautiful as her sisters.

We did not stay long at CJH because the rain started to pour again. Buti na lang natapos namin ang Historical Core Tour before umulan.

Read: 2 Days Trip in Baguio 

June 13, 2018

Lunch at Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna

We’re supposed to eat lunch at the Food Camp but because of the rain hindi na natuloy. So we decided to go to a different restaurant but we’re having a hard time looking for parking, parking is always full. We were really hungry so kahit saan pwede na pero punuan talaga. We were losing hope so we went straight to Good Shepherd Convent to buy pasalubong first, then we started looking for a restaurant again.


We passed by Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna and I remembered that this is one of the Top 10 Restaurant in Baguio and finally, we were able to park. Yey, merienda time na yata so nalipasan na kami ng gutom. Lol I love the interiors of the restaurant, the combination of blue, white and yellow colors. There are a lot of tables but the best spot is at the balcony because you have the view of the mountains and pine trees. And like I said, it is a good spot so sometimes di kami makaconcentrate sa pagkain kasi bigla may pwepwesto sa gilid namin para mapapicture sila with the view. Waah!





The staff gave us the menu, it’s been years since the last time we tried Greek food so it was a challenge to choose meal. We ordered Greek Village Sausage P180, Grilled Steak P410, Greek Style Spaghetti P260 and Classic Baklava P160. They have a special menu too where you can order lamb rack, seafood platter, Angus beef, beef giouvetsi and lamb giouvetsi that is good for two, four or six persons.



The meals are good for sharing. I was worried that my son will not like the sausage but I was glad that it is not spicy. For the grilled steak meal, it includes vegetables and a choice of fries, plain rice, lemon pilaf or pita, I chose fries. I enjoyed my grilled steak, there is a distinct flavor so siguro ito yung Greek or Mediterranean taste.


My husband enjoyed his spaghetti, it is not the usual red spaghetti. The pasta is already filling because of the big chunk of beef sirloin and generous mozzarella cheese. I love cheesecake so I ordered Baklava Cheesecake but it was not available so I chose Classic Baklava instead. It is a delicate dessert made of thin paper-like dough called Phyllo filled with chopped nuts and sweet honey syrup. It is not the usual dessert that I eat but it was good.



Overall, we were satisfied with the meal and service. The only thing I don’t like is yung bill-out, ang tagal talaga. Uwing-uwi na kami, parang gusto ko ako na magcompute para sa kanya. Nagmanual computation pa sila in the end, I don’t know why.

Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna
26 Outlook Drive, Baguio City
Open daily from 11AM to 10PM

Read: 2 Days Trip in Baguio 

June 12, 2018

Food Camp at Baguio Country Club

Happy Independence Day! Today is a holiday but because of the heavy rains, we’re stuck at home and enjoying the bed weather. This reminds me of our Baguio trip last April. After our Historical Core Tour in Camp John Hay, we passed by Food Camp in front of Baguio Country Club so we checked it out. Parking is limited, fortunately, we got a slot.


Food Camp at the Baguio Country Club is the new attraction in Baguio that offers local and international dishes such as Japanese, American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese, and of course Filipino. You can see camping area, bonfire, log cabin, go-kart, and food stalls.


The Christmas Village is now Food Camp. It is the first and only food camp in the city. There is no entrance fee and will be open to public from February 14, 2018 until June 2018. But I learned that they already closed the food camp last May 31, 2018.

Opening Hours 
5PM to 10PM (Weekdays)
10AM to 11PM (Weekends and Holidays)





My son tried the Go Kart but after one round, the rain began to pour. Sayang! Since it is an al fresco dining restaurant, hindi na kami naglunch and I just bought bread. I bought banana bread, carrot bread and raisins bread. We liked the banana bread. My son and I did not like the carrot bread, we prefer the carrot cupcake that we tried at Hill Station. But my husband liked the carrot bread so binaon pa niya sa office. We gave the raisins bread to my in-laws since favorite nila ang raisin bread.


Baguio Country Club Food Camp Desserts by Kate Reed’s 

P100 Almond Brownies
P100 Baked Cheesecake
P100 Baklava
P265 Banana Bread
P100 Blueberry Cheesecake
P290 Carrot Bread
P280 Cheese Bread
P100 Chocolate Mousse Cake
P100 Cookies
P50 Cream Puff
P50 Eclair
P100 Mini Cake Choco Truffle
P100 Mini Cake Red Velvet
P100 Panna Cotta (Mango)
P100 Panna Cotta (Strawberry)
P265 Raisin Bread


Now that the food camp is closed, I don’t know if I can still taste the BCC bread or desserts if ever we will go back to Baguio.

Read: 2 Days in Baguio 

June 11, 2018

Dinner at Hill Station

My husband promised me that we will eat at Hill Station if ever we will go back to Baguio. Promises are not meant to be broken so after his seminar, we went straight to Hill Station. It was 5PM, parking is limited so it took us several minutes of waiting before we were able to park.

Read: 2 Days Trip in Baguio


There were a lot of empty tables but it was already reserved. We don’t have any reservation but fortunately, they accommodated us. The staff handed us the menu and even gave me a small table so I can put my handbag.


Read: Breakfast at Hill Station 

My husband already ate at this restaurant so we knew that they have big serving so we just ordered two dishes. I ordered Salpicao P595 and my husband ordered Soup of the Day P120 and Lechon Kawali with Laing sa Gata P370.


While waiting, they gave us complimentary bread which we liked, it was gone in 60 seconds. Lol Just ask the staff what is their soup of the day, I forgot the name of the soup but it was good.


After several minutes, our order came. The Salpicao meal has tenderloin cubes in garlic and olive oil, garlic rice and vegetables. It looks simple but when I tasted it, napasmile ako. I loved it, it was really tender and juicy. My son and I enjoyed our meal. My husband tried it and parang nagsisi siya na iba inorder niya. Hehehe!


The Lechon Kawali with Laing sa Gata meal has crispy belly pork, served with gabi leaves and cooked in coconut milk. The lechon kawali and laing are good but we all liked the Salpicao dish.


We’re so full already but my husband still ordered Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese icing P85. He tried this before and sarap na sarap siya so pinatikim niya sa amin. My son and I tried it, masarap nga. My son who is not fond of eating carrot, finish the cupcake. The cupcake was warm, mukhang fresh from the oven.


Don’t forget to order this if you are going to visit. Kung hindi lang kami coding, dadaan kami ng Hill Station just to buy some desserts before going home. As of this writing, I’m craving for these meals, how I wish tatlong tumbling lang ang Baguio.

Hill Station 
Open everyday 7AM to 10:30PM
Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road
Baguio City, Philippines

Rainy Weekend

Our summer vacation is about to end so I was cramming again. I bought my son’s uniform three weeks ago but after washing it, hindi ko na siya ginalaw. Hehehe! Iniisip ko kung ipapatahi ko ba o ako na lang magtatahi. I have sewing machine at home but I’m not confident with my sewing skills since konti pa lang nagagawa ko. I’m afraid na baka masira ko pa yung school pants ng anak ko, ang mahal pa naman ng uniform.

Read: The Day I Learned How to Sew 

But after watching YouTube videos nagkalakas na rin ko ng loob. It was funny because I forgot how to put thread in the bobbin and sewing machine, so aral ulit. When I’m about to sew, I realized that my thread is not enough for 4 school pants so I told my husband that I need to go to the mall. Typhoon Domeng did not stop us, kelangan ko ng sinulid.

Jurassic World 



My husband and son were very happy because we can also watch a movie. My husband called his parents if they want to watch movie but they declined, may sarili silang lakad. So off we went to Southwoods Mall to watch Jurassic World. We knew that we’re late for the 10:45AM first showing but my husband saw that there was 11:10AM schedule so buzzer beater na naman kami. The movie fee is P300 (with popcorn and bottled water) so I guess, the rate depends on the movie or may price increase na. We just watched Avengers: Infinity War last month, P290 lang. You cannot choose the flavor of the popcorn, mas prefer ko yung popcorn last month, sour cream yata.

Hukad 



After watching the movie, I wanted to go home but my husband wanted to eat at Hukad. This branch was just opened last April 2018. He always visits Hukad whenever he is in Cebu and we also tried it during our trip. It was past 1PM so the restaurant was not full. Upon seated, we immediately browsed the menu and my husband said, wala daw yung inoorder niya.


I’m not sure if they have different menu or we did not notice the dish in their menu. We just ordered Dinuguan P175+, Chicken Tinola P300+ and 3 Rice P65+. I was not able to take photos because when I went back to our table, busy na mag-ama ko sa pagkain so ito na lang natira. Hehehe!


The food was just okay for us, I was not happy with the Unli Rice for P65 because lugi kami dito. I hope they have option na per cup lang. My son and I were not able to finish 1 cup of rice nga e. But if your family loves unlimited rice, then sulit itong Hukad sa inyo.

The last time we tried Hukad was two years ago pa, so I was surprised with the price increase or iba presyo sa Luzon? Well, the price is budget-friendly compared to other restaurants kaso nasa utak ko lang yung presyo sa Cebu. Hehehe!

Read: Hukad by Goldern Cowrie 

Back to Schook Preparation 

When we got home, I started sewing my son’s school pants and I’m so proud of myself na nagawa ko. After that, I was thinking kung tahiin ko na rin kaya mga pants ko ng di na ko tupi ng tupi. Alam niyo naman, petite lang lola niyo, hehehe!


Then I printed labels for my son’s books and school supplies. This is one thing that I don’t like in their school, they only give section few days before the first day of school. Now, I’m waiting for the list of subject teachers so I can print labels for notebooks naman.