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ABBIE is a 20-something kid-at-heart with a restless soul. She eats, reads, wanders around and listens to music a lot.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Stressed and deeply saddened by work. I just had to go to Fullybooked and get me one of those Lullabies by my favorite Lang Leav. I have been waiting for this and I finally have one! In my hands! Worth every penny, I swear. 

Stressed and deeply saddened by work. I just had to go to Fullybooked and get me one of those Lullabies by my favorite Lang Leav. I have been waiting for this and I finally have one! In my hands! Worth every penny, I swear. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ramen Nagi Night

Di was so sweet to accompany me to have my eyes checked at EO. Good thing also, we passed by the Ramen Nagi which we wanted to try when we celebrated our second month last time.

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The place looked nice and was bigger than the Taisho Ramen and Teppanyaki House that we tried last time. And the crew were very friendly and helpful too.

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The server gave us a sheet of paper (parang exam lang) where we can get to choose the toppings and how strong we want the flavors and the spices will be. We can also choose how we want our noodles cooked. 

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We had the classic ramen (original broth), an order of gyoza and chashu rice. The food was great and Di said we have to go back. It was way better than Taisho. 

8 Cuts Burger At The SM Megamall Fashion Hall

*Late post. 30 August 2014

I was surprised Ate Hahr sent me a message to meet up!

I met my favorite couple (next to my mum and pops of course) at Megamall and after some shopping we had snacks at 8 Cuts Burger. I was browsing online on where to eat and I want them to decide.

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We ended up eating here at 8 Cuts Burger because Ate Hahr saw people that were lining up and thought that it must be really good. The place was packed when we got there and we had to wait for us to be seated.

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We did not wait that long tho. My eyes went straight for the fries. I was wondering what sub-atomic bacon meant. It sounds like alien-ish or a chemistry joke hahahaha sorry :D 

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Potato fries, cheese and bacon = heaven!

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I ordered the classic cheeseburger with the No. 3 sauce. It was reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally really good. Soo juicy and it tastes just right.

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Let’s chow down!

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Minsan you really have no other choice.

*Late post. 30 August 2014

Di and I have been very very busy with work the past week. We planned on having dinner last night pero hindi pa rin kinaya ng schedule. So we had breakfast instead. I wanted to eat at Ally’s again or Pi Breakfast and Pies pero they were packed.

So we had to try Katz Diner. It’s a small place along Malingap Street near Ally’s All Day Breakfast and this cafe (I forgot the name). 

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We were the only ones in the diner so Di set up my phone and my wallet and we took pictures. Hahahaha :))

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I ordered a cream dory fish fillet with lemon sauce:

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Di had ribs again.

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The place was great but we did not like the food that much. It was pricey but you could not get your money’s worth with the taste/flavors. We should have eaten at The Porch or Rack’s with the same budget and be satisfied. 

Thank God for Long Weekends

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It feels so good to be home again. Thank God for holidays and long weekends! After some thrift shopping on the first day that I came home and the dentists appointment on the second, we visited Baybayon ni Agalon again.

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Road trip again!

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Meet ze sibs :)

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All I could think about when I see this picture is the quote that says “One day you will give and receive love and it will feel like summer everyday.” Hmmmmm feels <3

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We bought spaghetti, chips and lechon manok for meryenda. 

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Ze sibs feeding the fishies :)

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Family fish spa session. Hindi ko talaga kinaya tung nasa MOP kami ni Krusty so I was the photographer. They really had fun with those fishies nibbling their toes.

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Having some sibling fun on the playground! :)

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Mama and Papa also having fun on the swing :P We also had videos on the trampoline and when Johnny was singing Wrecking Ball while swinging. It takes a lot of effort and time to upload tho.

24B Girls Invade The Z!

*Late post. 18 August 2014

Ate Eva discovered this food haven online and she immediately sent me a link on YM. We went to The Z after office. Good thing it’s a holiday tomorrow so we dubbed this kainan as QC Day Salubong! HAHA :D

Malingap Street, as some articles would say, is the ‘new’ Maginhawa. This is very near our street (Masikap) so we can easily go here every time we want something good to eat. Malingap has Pi Breakfast and Pies, Pino and Pipino restos, Ally’s All Day Breakfast and The Z Compound! 

The Z Compound or The Z is really a food haven with numerous food stalls inside. It’s temptation in every corner! If you want shawarma, there’s Meshwe. There are milk teas and pastries, a burger hub and a BBQ zone plus many more others!

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We ordered food at Bochic so we can stay at their top bunk. Plus there are other people na on the other stores.

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After ordering our food, Ate Eva and I went up the top bunk. It was really really cool! We immediately took pictures! Ate Eva brought her monopod with her so everything was easy breezy ;)

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This is the view of Malingap street from where we were seated.

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This is pulled pork with pesto sauce on a bun. You can also have this with rice. Price is Php 89.00 and the lemon grass cooler on a mason jar is worth Php 50.00. Cheap eats right? But don’t worry, it is yummy!

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This is the culprit. This sakit-batok popcorn is the one to blame hahahaha :D So sinfully delicious. 

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Ate Yang, Ate Evic and Orelie came after. We had candle lit dinner! Hahaha :D

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Still from Bochic, this is crispy pork with spicy buffalo sauce.

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Siomai forevs. This is from Lucky Noodles and Dimsum.

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More groupies!

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The Porch + Taisho Ramen and Teppanyaki House

*Late post. 17 August 2014

Di left their house late so we met around past 1200NN. Sinalubong ko na sya sa labas! Hahaha :)) Sorry, clingy and hungry eh.

Anyway we headed for The Porch by Casa Verde. Our plan was to have lunch and then watch the movie “What If”. When we got there, the place was packed so we had to wait for awhile. Good thing we were seated naman kaagad.

I already searched reviews online so I knew what to order and of course taking into consideration, the budget. Hahaha :D But here’s a picture of their menu inside:

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The baked potato soup was served first. It was reaally good.

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While I was searching for restaurant reviews, I read one article by When In Manila and my eyes was set for along time on this dish. The Porch’s Best Sampler (Php328.00) features  three appetizers: Golden Fried Cheese, Potato Skins, and Buffalo Wings. Each comes with its own choice dip of Marinara Sauce, Sour Cream, and Bleu Cheese. My favorite? Potato skins with cheese and bacon bits! I did not like the fried cheese that much. But it was still worth it.

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We also ordered the bestseller which was Brian’s Ribs (Php 250). Di is a carnivore. We had a quarter slab of ribs at Rack’s last time. Brian’s Ribs is a slab of baked pork ribs with a sweet sauce. To be honest, I liked this one better than the one we ordered at Rack’s. 

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After lunch at The Porch, we went to the cinemas and watched What If. (Thank you Di for watching rom-com/drama/indie movies with me. I promise to watch The Purge:Anarchy with you :*) 

For dinner, we wanted to try the Ramen Nagi but we could not find it on the locator so we tried the Taisho Ramen and Teppanyaki House at the Skygarden area.

Di, being the spicy noodle lover that he was, orderd the spicy Karamen (P235). You could actually choose from 3 levels of heat for this ramen and Di tried the medium one.

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I ordered their classic Miso Ramen (P235) since I do not fancy anything spicy except sisig. Hahahaha. It was really good. It had a deep flavor from the broth and it has pork slices and veggies as toppings. 

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We were really really full afterwards.

And oh, I haven’t mentioned why we’re celebrating. It’s been 2 months! 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Found My Haven At Chef Paul’s

As usual, Ate Eva and I were looking for places to eat online and yesterday we decided to eat out again. We found Chef Paul’s on one of a blogger’s review and since it’s very near the office, we headed out for the place even if it was raining hard.

Looks cozy from here.

When we entered the place, I gasped “This is amaaaazing.” The place is really clean and cozy. We were very lucky that we were the only ones there that time! We had the whole place to ourselves.

I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!

The place is really homey and cozy. I want to bring all my close friends here and ze boyfriend of course ;) I even said to Ate Eva I want to be here everyday after office hours. 

Favooorite ko na to! Hahahaha :D The place has music for its theme. See these OPM stars on the wall. Can you recognize them?

I only recognized Ely Buendia and Raimund Marasigan. Akala namin si Freddy Aguilar yung nasa left sie pero hindi pala. Hahahaha :D

The menu is even placed on vinyls too! 

They serve dessert waffles, waffle hamburgers, pasta, nachos and some other food stuff.

While waiting for our food, Ate Eva and I took pictures ;) I don’t want to flood my blog with our #selfies so I’ll just post one. Hihi :D

Ate Eva and I ordered the following for sharing (tipid mode again :)

This cheesy bacon pasta tasted soooo good. It’s spaghetti with light carbonara sauce topped with bacon, mushrooms and cheese. It’s bacon. You can never go wrong if there’s bacon in it. Or it’s just me. I’m a bacon person. (But who doesn’t love bacon right? haha)

Gosh. Seeing this photo makes me crave for this blueberry and cream cheese waffle sooo bad. This tastes like heaven I tell you. I want to have this everyday. Hahaha :D

After eating:

The owner/interior designer of this place really understands that baboy syndrome feel. Hahahaha :))

The Beatles say goodbye! 

Rating:

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Place: 10/5- HAHAHA SORRY BIASED MUSIC THEMED EH

Visit Chef Paul’s at 15 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. They’re open form 10:00AM to 11:00PM.

Bowl & Brew

Last Wednesday, Ate Eva and I were chatting on YM and we decided to have dinner outside.I was suggesting we go to Malingap or Maginhawa- just somewhere near our house. And then I remembered Bowl & Brew from a link I read so we tried it out.

What got my attention was: (1) the location of this resto (it’s located at Unit 131 V. Luna Extension, sobrang konting kembot lang from Savemore were we usually do our groceries which is also near our house btw) and (2) the cool interior design.

Here’s Ate Eva looking at the various bowls and cups at the ceiling. The bowls and cups are soooo cute! Gusto kong ukitin yung iba at iuwi for personal use! Hahahaha :D

Aside from the “bowl” ceiling,their dining set is also shaped like a bowl!

Enough of the interior design. Let’s chow down!

The place serves Lucban (Quezon) specialties, pasta and coffee. Since Ate Eva and I are on tipid mode (kami lang nagfofood trip na nagtitipid haha), we ordered the Pancit Lucban good for 2 persons. It was good and heavy on the tummy too. We had to take out the rest. We also had a clubhouse sandwich for sharing. 

Carbs on carbs! But who cares? Hahaha :D 

The server offered to take our picture for their Facebook account. Nakisuyo na din kami to have our pictures taken on our phones. 

So, the rating:

Food: 3/5
Service: 5/5
Place: 4/5- 

Bowl & Brew is located at Unit1 131, V.Luna Road Ext. Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines. They’re open from 10:00AM-11:00PM. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ally’s All Day Breakfast

Last Sunday, we had a general cleaning at the house. It was one tough and dirty job. We cleaned the house until 200PM, imagine! I told Ate Evic I wanted to eat something good. Initially, we just decided to walk to Jollibee Kalayaan but I remembered the list of restaurants in Maginhawa and Malingap that I had, so I told Ate Evic we should try Ally’s All Day Breakfast.

The place was small but cozy. 

I couldn’t take too much pictures because the place was full :) At first we choose one rice meal and one pancake meal but then they had this What Diet Meal that involves one rice meal and a choco waffle, so we ordered that one figuring we could just share. 

The meal was amaaaaazing! To be honest, I am a breakfast person. I’m a sucker for bacon and egss. And the waffle served with chocolate ice cream on top was heavenly.

Ate Evic and I kept savoring each bite saying ‘woooo heaven!’ hahahaha :)) I would definitely recommend this place. I hope they expand the place soon to accomodate more customers with breakfast meal cravings. 

Cinemalaya X

Finally, after a few missed chances and sold-out-ticket times, I got tickets to the Cinemalaya showing at CCP. When we got our pay, I immediately texted Gregg and suggested we watch a Cinemalaya film. 

After eating at SHP Bibimbab Cafe and Restaurant, we got on a multicab that took us to CCP. 

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I bought the tickets online using Ate Pao’s CC so all we had to do was claim ‘em tickets. Separados was the only one available with tickets at CCP. 

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And because we were early and hungry again, we went to Harbor Square for some snacks. Greggy had pancakes and sausages and I had potato salad because I was still full from SHP. 

The bayside was lovely- and sizzling hot too!

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We went to CCP to explore the place before our film starts. 

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Cinemalaya turned 10 this year! 

There was an exhibit about the films for this year at the ground floor. 

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There are also exhibits at the upper floors and Greggy and I explored every single floor. HAHA Pano first time namin pareho ;)

Have you watched any Cinemalaya film this year? What’s your favorite movie? 

We only got the chance to see Separados but we enjoyed it a lot. Gregg and I promised to watch more films next year. And hopefully, I could watch with my person too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Korean Brunch @ SHP Bibimbab Café and Restaurant

My friend Gregg was texting me last weekend that he wants to go and watch a movie. Because I was still broke that time, I passed. But when I got my pay and I remembered Cinemalaya is still on, I called him up and arranged our weekend together.

I really wanted to try this Korean café at Vito Cruz so I asked Greggy to come with me before we watch Cinemalaya. The place was lovely!

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Dainty decals where on the walls. And what’s even more cute is that they have huge, and I mean HUGE, stuffed toys! I’m a sucker for all things fluffy and cute :3

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Greggy is on a “diet” so he ordered a slice of chocolate cake and a frappe. I, on the other hand, ordered a chicken fried rice with kimchi on the side. Plus a cookies and cream frappe.

We stayed for awhile because our Cinemalaya movie showing was at 330PM. What to do when you’re in a lovely place? Take pictures, of course! Gregg was prepared with his monopod and fish eye lens. 

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These photos were processed using VSCO Cam filters. Gregg was also teaching me how to use the app that day. Plus we had a lot of catching up to do before he flies again to foreign land.

Purely Foodgasmic @ Pino Resto

(August 4, 2014- only a few more backlogs left, I swear!)

The first time I’ve been to Pino, my friend Christian was with me. I remembered I loved the shrimps with salted eggs in the batter and I also had a few bites of the kare-kareng bagnet Christian was having. It was sooooo good.

And because our super kaduper late pay finally arrived, I took my person to Pino to have a good dinner. For the past few days Di has been taking me out to dinner and well, I wanted it to be my turn.

Di ordered the bagnet and tofu stack with mushroom rice.

I, on the other hand, ordered a bacon and cheese stuffed chicken.

Although it’s a bit pricey, the food is sooo good. It’s perfect. You will get your money’s worth surely. Di said he wants to go back. Yay!

Strategic Communications Workshop @ The Linden Suites

(July 31-August 1, 2014: Yep, still backlog)

Night before the workshop (yes, night before) my boss texted me and he was like ‘puntahan mo tong workshop na to bukas at 830 sa ortigas’ and I was like WAHT WHAT WAHT. The weather was really really bad that night and well sir has the van so I had to commute and go to the battlefield which is the MRT at rush hour to get to Ortigas on time.

I got on the train at around 700AM and lucky me I got on the first train when I got there at the station and I got off at Shaw. I was thanking God for the nice weather so I decided to walk instead of look for the van terminal because I thought (and the google maps said) its just near. But the universe was playing on me. It rained sooo damn hard when I was walking along Shaw.

Goodness gracious, I was ssssooooo wet.

Good thing there were no participants yet but the organizers were there and I was the early bird. The early bird who got rained on. Basang sisiw talaga ang peg ko. What added to the depressing feeling I had was that, I don’t know anybody. I was the only one from our department. I was a scaredy cat at one corner but I had to be there. I need to learn and take down notes and whatever stuff or else my boss is going to kill me. The pressure was intense really. I felt like the whole agency weight is on my shoulders I wanted to cry. But the workshop was cool and the speakers were really friendly and accommodating. I felt really glad as soon as the workshop started because I felt really important.

It wass a heavy-loaded workshop okay. The people we get to see on TV because of national issues were there (they’re here in one pic!). I don’t want to name them here baka pag nasearch sila online lumabas blog ko and ugh nakakahiya hahahaha :D

We also had speakers from the press. It was really cool.

The workshop was really helpful. We also had interactive activities like this manual Twitter feed using post it notes:

Plus, we had a media analysis exercise during the afternoon and I got to present. Disadvantages of being the young one in a group. Happens every time. But  I had fun tho. And the food’s great.

 
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