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ysa’s happy 2nd!

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How time flies? And our baby Ysa is now two. ♥

I want to believe that birthdays are significant to our family that’s why even it’s small and minimal I’d like to celebrate it because it’s the celebration of life, nothing but that. And every birthday is a milestone, right?

When the parental marked their 40 something wedding anniversary last September we were supposed to dine at Tong Yang but with all the smash up and postponement we had to re scheduled it again and again until its October already. And concurrence to the beer month, oh and rosary month, is Ysabel’s birthday. 🙂 So we thought that it’s perfect to schedule that belated lunch date with fambam.

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Leoncio and I always make it to a point to be early when dining buffet, we want to see everything unscathed yet before the hungry pack arrives besides there’s a lot of advantage in being early (well, hello to me I wish I can observe the same during work days so I can be more productive and sympathetic to everyone, hehehe) because the early bird gets the worm, in our case the biggest share of shrimps and crabs. My family from Cavite arrived few minutes after us, they came without Tatay who decided to stay home because he finds it gruesome to travel to Makati. I remember last year’s Christmas shopping during the first day of December, he was complaining and holding his irritation to us all the time just because we can’t get enough of the shopping spree. Hay! He never changed, really, from being KJ even wayback our teen days. I wish I can bring Tong Yang in Tagaytay so he could experience and savor it, well, I guess he would definitely enjoy the unlimited beer. 🙂

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Anyhow, we all enjoyed the spread at Tong Yang for lunch but we have to remind Nanay on the crabs which she fancies amongst the spread, Kuya P had his usual big appetite perhaps the reason why Tong Yang charged us 7 adult rate (instead of 6 only) and persuasively says that there is no kid discount anymore, 😦 we had to remind Arman & Leoncio to watch their eating of innards and other raw food like oysters, remember the last time they had diarrhea for days. 😀 Since its Ate SAM’s first time at Tong Yang, I thought it’s something new to her, and appealing except that she had dose of tocino just like me. And because it’s the little miss birthday, she had a whole bun of siopao and a small bowl of ice cream to her delight. And we had gifts to her except that for the second time Che and I picked the same doll once again. The first time was Christmas wayback when SAM was a little girl, we got her the same Winx doll. This time we gave Ysa the same Baby Alive character, so, Che ended having hers replaced by a Barbie doll, probably Ysa’s first Barbie to count. The only thing we missed was to bring a blowing cake.

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Nevertheless, it’s was indeed a happy birthday lunch! 😛

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After a hefty lunch at Tong Yang we drove to Boni High so the kids can run around especially our birthday baby who’d never been to places nothing like when SAM was growing up –blame the horrible traffic and busy household and priorities (?) I only wish the family can troop back to Baguio again this season, but wait that would mean “extra gastos” which I’ll be watching cautiously this Christmas, so let this remain on my bucket list for now.

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Proud Ninang to these three, SAM, P and Ysa ♥

We had a light dinner at the lower level of Market! Market! before we bid goodbye to my folks, it was a day out I’d love to do over and over again, it’s one of those happy-go-lucky Saturdays when I don’t need to think of work and other responsibilities including the household chores.

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Ysa,

As you marked the second of your many birthdays, may you grow up to be God-fearing, loving and beautiful inside and out. You’ll always be our little miss at home who’d always lighten up the mood especially the grumpy grandfather. Kiddin’ aside, continue to be a sweetheart to Mommy & Daddy, to Ate & Kuya, to Ninong & Ninang and to Boi & Bei. And don’t grow up too fast, please. I love you baby! 

Love,
Ninang
 
 

revisiting figaro

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Husband and I frequent coffee shops because we find the food serving a bit light, ideal for our pretend diet :D, plus we don’t need to move for desserts. Most even became our default dinner place because they’re open up until late-night, it’s perfect for our late, late night cravings.

Coming from a very tiring weekend in Palawan I was dog-tired and hungry at the same time. When Leoncio picked me at the airport I was already half-awake but first I want something to eat, this is one of those times that I cannot just simply trade my hungry pangs to a catnap. We dropped Boni High for a quick dinner, we first lined for CBTL but the place was packed. I was drooling for their salad but waiting wasn’t an option that night. There were a good line-up of coffee shops at Boni High but I don’t have much energy to move from end to end so we settled with what’s nearby.

Figaro is one of the oldest coffee shops in the metropolis, it opened way back even before Starbucks had their first store in the Philippines. And because it is Filipino-owned they prickle the right aroma and taste of the perfect coffee, we Pinoy love. ♥ Like most coffee shops, Figaro these days not only offer coffee and pastries, they have specialty pasta, gourmet sandwiches, ala carte, salad, pizza, all-day breakfast and rice meals.

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I really wanted some greens after missing it during my stay in Palawan but I wanted a bit of pasta too, the Tuscan Chicken ala carte was so perfect for my appetite. The chicken was flavorful tho a bit dry, the greens was crisp and dressed lightly, and the pasta was tomato-based which I like –my favorite food in one plate! The order came with a medium-sized iced tea, a real value for your money.

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The husband chose a rice meal, I’m sensing he didn’t had a decent meal while I’m away, the reason why he ordered something filling that night. It’s called Pork Tenderloin in Asian Pesto Sauce. It was served with tomato and cucumber salsa and your choice of brewed coffee or iced tea. He paired his with coffee. I like the pesto because it wasn’t too strong for my taste.

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We tried the Tablea Blackout Cake right after dinner and it’s definitely the thing we’d love to come back. Its deep chocolate flavor isn’t too sweet which I personally like.

I’m definitely coming back again at Figaro, it’s one the coffee shops I’d love to hang out minus the overly noise of teens lurking around. Hehehe…

 

 

Figaro, Bonifacio High Street
Quadrant 5 space #1E108 City Center
Bonifacio Global City
Tel: (02) 856-1507
 

seattle’s best coffee

Before the long break, the Holy Week that was, I’ve been on a busier sched, I was juggling between work and my household (as if I have a dozen of kids at home), so whenever we have the luxe of time to go out even if it was a weekday we’ll give it a go, besides the red-hot temperature was a good excuse for me not to cook, I hate sweating in the first place. Take me to Arendelle Castle so I can meet Elsa and froze, the cold never bothered me anyway! 🙂

One of our unplanned dinner date happened on Holy Monday, I was running after to use my discount voucher at Old Navy so we drove to BGC. The remaining voucher I had was nearly expiring I suspect esp that it’s almost a month since its opening day and that it’s a promotion thing only, so I’m not letting it perished just like that, it must be utilized. 😛 After a really quick peeped around Old Navy and shopping for new flip flops I heard my tummy growled. It’s like telling me I’m hungry sarcastically, just like that Lenovo guy whom I hate for his very disdainful remarks and comments. Hahaha. Anyhow, because it’s a week day most stores and restaurants closes early in Boni High so our choices were trimmed to coffee shops that normally stays open until past midnight.

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Not that I’m tired of eating sandwiches at Starbucks other than I wanted a slight change that night and Seattle’s Best was the best option, me thinks. 🙂 Because they have more than pastries and dessert, they have light meals and even breakfast plate to proffer, that’s a weakness and I’m all in.

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We opted for the light meals, which in my judgment wasn’t really light because the serving was quite huge and filling, coming from a big eater like me you should trust me here. Seattle’s Best light meals are pasta, sandwiches, salad and paninis. We got ourselves the pasta dishes because we feel like eating it that time, if you’d been following this blog and my IG account we’ve been eating pasta more than the regular meal these days because we feel its lighter than the usual combo of rice and meat or chicken, we feel it’s a little healthier tho it’s not really recommended esp on late nights, note to self: the calories from pasta is highly prone to settle around your waist. Now that explains the husband’s Pooh-belly, and that makes me Piglet. Hehehe.

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I got the Amatriciana. Linguine pasta tossed with a tomato-based sauce and sautéed bacon slices, topped with parmesan cheese. Served with two slices of wheat bread. It tasted fresh tho a little salty probably because of the generous portion of bacon slices which makes this a traditional Italian pasta.

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It’s Pesto for the husband. Inspired by fresh basil, this pesto pleaser is sprinkled with parmesan cheese, chopped walnut and fresh parsley. Served with two slices of wheat bread. I love that it’s not too oily and too strong for my taste, it’s just right.

I’m not really a frap person, I’d always go for the hot variety but you see the sweltering Manila climate is killing me and my baby fats 😀 so I paired my pasta with something cold and rich.

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Mocha Javakula.Our deliciously rich classic mocha blended with ice and generously covered with whipped cream. I’ll be hypocrite if I won’t say that I love it better than Starbucks fraps, it’s smooth and not too sweet at all. While the husband enjoyed his Americano, the classic brew that is bold and traditional.

This to self and to people who have been inquest of a justifiable reason: I love the fact that we can date even on week days, I love the fact that we have nothing to worry at home, we’re childless and yes we have a myriad reasons and selfishness isn’t one of them so please excuse us. At times it’s almost irritating when everyone we knew would peppered us with the kid question, and I would simply smile and turn my back. I wish I could just exactly say “I don’t want a kid” to end their inquiry. It’s a personal choice and we don’t live in a vacuum for all ye know. 🙂

 

 

Seattle’s Best Coffee
Bonifacio High Street
City Center Quadrant 3
9th Avenue, Global City
Taguig City
T. 632 856-4527 / 856-4528
 

a saturdate at BGC

I want to believe that I’m okay now, probably way better than the previous weeks. I’m starting to let go of my anger by doing nothing, I simply watched it fade away in silence. I believe it’s the best way to deal with my sentiments because the more I tried to dig the issue the more it depresses me. Sigh!

And because I always look forward to spending weekends particularly Saturdays (now) with my other half, it’s easier to dismiss all my negative thoughts. I don’t know with you but after 8 years of marriage I remained to be extra-clingy despite the ups and downs of our married life, maybe because we jibe in so many ways.

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During his off last Saturday we left the house at around 11am, earlier than the usual weekends, and drove to BGC for a change. Tho not a real change because we’ve been frequenting BGC beforehand. I wanted to go straight at Boni High Street to visit Old Navy, I was very excited of this because it’s the first Old Navy store to open in Manila and I can’t be left behind especially that I support the merchandise. Besides there will be extra perks for early birds as I eavesdropped on some blogs who covered the launched the night before. But my anticipation was stopped for a moment because the husband had a different game plan. He suggested that we go to S&R first for lunch then to Boni High and later at SM Aura. Well, I thought it was a wiser plan so we won’t be going back and forth plus we’ll get lunch on time. 🙂

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I had my favorite combo –clam chowder and vegetable calzone. ♥

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But how I can resist S&R’s goodies, despite my pledge no to shop, when in fact they’re my favorites and discounted this time, we made a round after lunch and bought chips and chocolates, and laundry products that is good for the next quarter. S&R’s March Big Deals isn’t that fantabulous because there were only few items on B1T1 so you better watch out for April’s Members Treat for great savings, well, I hope we could visit back by then and brush elbows with the privileged. Hehehe, social climber eh!

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And, and finally we’re at High Street and Old Navy was waving and winking at me. 😀 The store occupied what was the former GAP & Muji store, and maybe because Old Navy is under Gap, Inc. which is by the way operated by Stores Specialist Inc. the interiors was only altered a bit. I love the vibe, it’s young and fashionable and most importantly trendy-on-a-budget.

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The denim jeans were on 50% sale the entire weekend and for me that was very hard to pass on, I got myself The Diva Skinny Jeans, not bad because I got to spend P1, 650 only for two pairs already.

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While the husband got himself a rather more expensive pair, the Premium Skinny Jeans, that fits totally well on him. He enjoyed 50% off too and got his pair for P1,125 only. Old Navy’s Manila price isn’t dirt-cheap if you must know but it’s neither expensive too, it’s on the mid-range based on my opinion even if we didn’t get the jeans on sale.

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Old Navy’s flagship store at BHS is divided into 3 floors, the lower ground floor is the women’s section, second level is for baby/toddlers/children and the third level is the men’s. Also at the third level is CBTL Coffee Bar (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) where you can spend time while your dear wife is shopping. Hehehe.

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During the first day of its opening, customers got to take home free Old Navy tote bag for every P1,500 worth of purchases, I actually hoped for this but because we bought sale items we were not given the free bag anymore. 😦 But there’s more, upon exit at the store we were given vouchers for the mini-event happening at BHS grounds, there were games and freebies and food.

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We actually won something from the store, a free essential tee and another 30% on Old Navy flip flops. We also got to grab some light snacks for free –potato balls & nachos and CBTL canned drinks. I couldn’t be happier! 😛

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I promise myself to save and plan my next trip because I’m drooling to take home more from Old Navy. By the way the second store will be opening this Saturday at Glorietta, mark the date!

Later that day we drove to SM Aura to check the supermarket once again, I remember the last time I saw some really good items especially at its imported line but probably because we’ve been to S&R earlier that day and I almost bought all the items I really fancy we ended up buying our weekly supply only. Oh and we made a quick round at Uniqlo and Forever 21, just checking some summery outfits for the coming holiday this April. We wrapped up the day with hot coffee and warm French toast from Starbucks, I know it’s boring for a dinner but we’d like to believe that we’re on a diet and we must not eat lavishly, it’s Lent and fasting is a must. 🙂