We wanted to try out the different restaurants around the city while we were staying in Tagaytay for my birthday weekend, and Antonio’s was on top of our list. Unfortunately, we found out that the theme is fine dining and reservations are required. We were in our shorts and summer tops, and couldn’t wait for a month to get on their list.
And then there’s Breakfast at Antonio’s. It’s the laid-back option offered by the owner/s of Antonio’s and they serve all-day breakfast. We were there at lunchtime and we tried their very short menu for high noon. We were not disappointed.
My husband enjoyed their very tender pork ribs while I had their roast chicken with a very large side of roast potatoes. The chicken’s sauce was oh-so-yummy made up of mushroom cooked in cream and chardonnay. They marinated the chicken in orange juice, rosemary, thyme and all other good stuff that I can’t remember now, and slow-roasted for 2 hours. It was heavenly. I barely touched the potatoes because I hadn’t realized that I had ordered half a chicken. I had their pineapple-and-blueberry smoothie and it was good too, although a little too sweet for my taste. (more…)
Another year to be thankful for. To celebrate, the husband suggested that we have my birthday weekend out-of-town. Where else to go but Tagaytay? I asked my BFF Aileen if she knew of any good places to go spend a couple of nights at. She suggested Balai Indang, or the swankier Wilson’s Place by the same owner. They have no website, but the photos in a post by Anton Diaz over at Our Awesome Planet convinced us to try out the latter.
Wilson’s Place is a Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay City. I called their listed mobile number and looked for Christy (as suggested by Aileen) and booked us a room for two nights. She asked us to make a deposit of Php 1,500 to their BDO account and then we made confirmations via SMS. It was a pretty smooth transaction. Just remember to bring the deposit receipt with you because I didn’t.
We left Pasig at around 5:30 am early on Friday and headed South. We had to be out of Manila before 7am due to the car coding scheme. By 6:30 am, we were already at the NLEX and had breakfast at the Pancake House near the Petron Station. There were several buses carrying teens from Colegio San Agustin. I remember getting annoyed at the teenage girls casually cutting in the queue in the ladies’ room. Kids! (more…)
It’s strange that my iPad 2 is not recognized by iTunes after upgrading the latter to version 11, but it did my iPhone 5S. I am on Windows 8.1.
Like any normal tech-savvy girl, I scoured the internet for fixes to this issue.
Used another USB port, no go.
There’s the fix to remove the Apple device from my device manager and reinstall using the Have Disk option. This did not work.
I uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes from a fresh download off itunes.com. Still no go.
Finally, after two hours of searching, this one fix worked, quoted by a certain Mario (thanks savior, whoever you are). (more…)
Still reeling from the makeup convos I had with my sister over Facetime, I had vowed to find myself a complete eye palette that I can use for day and night. I had taken a recent liking to Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and had bought myself the following before Valentine’s Day:
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream (Eye) Shadow in Bone
- Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light
I like that I only need my finger to apply the eye shadow and it instantly lights up my eyes when I apply it all over my eyelid up to the area below my eyebrows. It instantly illuminates the eye area.
The bronzing powder eliminates the use of blush for me and it highlights parts of my face while creates shadows where I slightly dust off with the powder using my kabuki brush. Very clever! (more…)
Mar. 9, 2014 Update: I had to stop using these products for a while because the adult acne that I developed before using Philosophy did not go away and I had to go to a dermatologist to finally have it looked at. I am currently on the Zo Medical by Dr. Obagi and Revlite laser treatments for my freckles but was told that I can return to Philosophy when my skin clears up. I don’t want these to go to waste!
My sister told me about the Philosophy Help Me Retinol Cream in one of our Facetime convos, and when I did some research last week, I discovered that only the Beauty Bar carries the brand in the Philippines. I thought about ordering online but the nightmare of having to claim them at Phil Post stopped me. Philosophy is a US brand.
Then as if by some twist of fate, I learned that Philosophy is opening its own shop in the new SM Megamall Fashion Hall that opened last January 27. Someone up there loves me!
I waited until the next day and dragged my brother to drive me to the new wing. We parked at Mega A Building so the access to the wing was easy, and the store was at the second floor. I was just too excited to see what else they were selling. (more…)
Since I work from home, I don’t have to put my make up on but when I do, it’s always a challenge what with the humid weather. I’m not a big fan of foundation or anything heavy or cakey to put on my face, so when I heard about BB cream a couple of years ago, I decided to give it a try. I was at Watson’s and saw the L’Oreal Lucent Magique BB Cream. It was okay, although a little too light on my skin and did not give the coverage I needed. There were also some bright specks that I couldn’t understand, almost like shimmer. It ended up on my shelf for about two years, hardly used.
My recent frequent Facetime convos with my sister in Michigan made me think about make up again. I went through all my makeup and threw out the ones that I thought were over a year old. I ended up with almost nothing. (more…)
I’ve been to Hong Kong so many times in the last 15 years, perhaps every other year, but I’ve never really “felt” it since I was always with my sister and she always just led us around. This year is different because I went with my husband and we had to learn to catch the train or walk everywhere via maps. Thank goodness for GPS, right?
I booked us a roundtrip flight via Philippine Airlines and got us rooms at the Wharney Guang Dong Hotel in Wan Chai. It seemed like a good enough place to stay in according to Trip Advisor – the price was just right and it was close to the MTR/train. Actually, you can stay anywhere in Hong Kong as long as you are near the MTR. Their transportation system there is so effective like Kuala Lumpur’s and Singapore’s. I learned just the day before we left that the hotel is actually in the red light district but it turned out to be not so bad at all. At least it wasn’t dangerous to walk around at nighttime. The particular street is lined with pubs and restaurants and people, mostly tourists, are still partying until 6am. (more…)
I have long wanted to go to Anawangin Cove in Zambales but never had the time until I brought up the idea to my sister just a couple of days before we left. Still disappointed that we never got to go anywhere out of town for the Christmas break, we jumped at the chance to finally leave the city to nature-trip. I showed them photos and dug up some reviews online to show them, although it didn’t take much to convince them to go.
We left Pasig at around 5am last Friday, Jan. 10, in our AUV, filled up our gas tank and proceeded to NLEX. Breakfast was at the ever-reliable Jollibee along the first Petron station at NLEX (Pancake House was our first choice but it was closed). I had their longganisa as usual.
This is officially going to be my first review of anything – service or product – just because I felt that I had to write about my experience.
I am definitely going back to Beijing Foot Spa. The husband and I were sipping our coffees at the newly opened Starbucks in Capitol Commons yesterday when he asked if we could get a foot spa somewhere in the vicinity. I immediately looked up ones that are good (and open) and Beijing Foot Spa was on top of the list with good reviews. The place is only about 5 kilometers away at Frontera Drive, in front of Tiendesitas, and since there was no traffic, we decided to give it a go. I had called ahead to reserve two slots in case the place was full (which didn’t seem to be when we arrived). (more…)
I tried this Santa hat on my cat, Cody. He didn’t look happy and was more than his usual grumpy self. Reminded me of the Grinch.