Birthday Weekend Part 1

March 15, 2014 was quite a fun day! Chabeli and I both got our Saturdays off from our out of town shoot at Anvaya (Wednesday to Friday) so I get to enjoy a full weekend to celebrate with family and friends.
First stop was Kimukatsu at Shangri-la East Wing. Their specialty is 25 layers of thinly sliced pork stacked together covered with fresh breadcrumbs. Their kimukatsu sets come in different flavors- plain, black pepper, garlic, cheese, negi shio (spring onion), yuzu kosho (yuzu fruits and green chilli pepper), and ume shisho (Japanese sour plum and shio leaf). Nox and I decided to try out the plain and black pepper flavors for our first foray. Couldn’t wait to try out the more exotic flavors next time!
All kimukatsu’s come with a rice set which includes unlimited rice, red or white miso soup, cabbage and Japanese pickles. The red miso soup has a stronger tangy taste to it than the white (which was your standard miso). Nox preferred the red while I still liked the white best.
I love the modern asian interiors—Especially that printed woodblock accent wall! I couldn’t tell if the image was directly printed or stickered on though. I’ll try sitting there next time.
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To the South We Go!

 Alabang was the destination of choice for our Valentine’s Date this year and we really had no set plan except for dinner at Le Petit Cheri in Molito. Suffice it to say, we super enjoyed winging it. We ended up driving past a branch of Project Pie, making the snap decision go and scarf down an artisan pizza, going to the supermarket next door and ended up buying my cat a new collar, and finally, going to Molito where we both tried out the Magum Gold?! and deposited ourselves at Le Petit Cheri for some French fare. 
We also wanted to hit Magnum Opus if we had the chance (because, TARDIS) but unfortunately, I think we spent too much time in the supermarket. I really want to go back to Alabang and try out all the food places in Aguirre Avenue! It’s a shame we don’t journey South more often—I’ll see to it that we change that.
Project Pie is my personal slice of heaven. You get to choose your pizza, out of 6 customisable bases, (285php) and add all the toppings you could want for no added cost! The pizza people behind the counter strongly advised us not up everything on it. She was particularly adamant about it going, “Sir, no. No. Just don’t. Please don’t.” when Nox asked if anyone has ordered it already. Then her colleague by the meat toppings station chimed in with a reasonable explanation—it will be hard to have your pizza cooked through-and-through if you put everything on top. He said it’ll be like eating raw food. 😐
However, he did say we could have all the topping IF we only put a smidge of everything so that the pizza still looks like a pizza (not a small mountain of toppings) and it cooks evenly.
They sell Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay in itty bitty bottles for 280 php!
View from the second floor.
Tada!! We chose pizza # 6 (grilled chicken, sliced red onion, cilantro, mozzarella, gorgonzola, bbq sause) with parmesan, pepperoni, italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, Canadian bacon, proscuitto, caramelized onions, fresh mushrooms, rosemary, artichokes and black olives. Well that was a mouthful of toppings!
Remember what I said about exposed bulbs? These are simply gorgeous.
Spotted: My friend’s logo at the ground floor of South Supermarket.
You should try My Little Buttercup’s cupcakes and cookies if you get the chance. It’s really amazing.
We arrived at Molito pretty early for dinner but a bit late go head to Magnum Opus so we just walked around and bought ourselves some Magnum Gold before dinner. (Magnum instead of Magnum!) (Dessert before dinner!)
This gorgeous salad from Le Petit Cheri is called the Salad de la Mer. It had seared peppered tuna, smoked salmon and buttered shrimps in it.
We were a couple of happy (and full!) campers after our dinner. We headed back to Manila around 8:45 in the evening to catch up with friends in time for the 10 pm screening of the Lego Movie.
Imagine our surprise when we reached Greenhills in FIFTEEN MINUTES from the Skyway somewhere along Bicutan. The Traffic Gods were kind to us that night. It took longer finding parking that to traverse three (or four?) cities.
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Anniversary Celebration

I had such a great time last Feburary 8, when Nox and I celebrated our 5th anniversary together! YAY. I won’t elaborate as much and would let the photos speak for themselves but man, that Spiral at Sofitel was definitely worth it.
We also had a quick (a bit late) lunch at Lola Cafe + Bar of Dynamite ( Deep-fried green chill fingers and cheese with salsa dip) and Fish and Chips (Three pieces beer batter fish and homemade tartar sause). We deliberately ate lightly for lunch as we had a spa appointment right after. Then it was off to stuff ourselves (daintily).
I’ve also been dabbling at pointed pen calligraphy lately (and a bit of water-colour as well). For more about calligraphy, visit The Curious Calligrapher! They have a wealth of information for beginners and the calligraphy circle is very, very friendly. 🙂
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Hong Kong November 2013

It was a spur-of-the-moment, let’s-go-to-somewhere kind of a thing when we decided to purchase our plane tickets for Hong Kong. It was a country I’ve been to twice, prior to this trip— Once, when I was four, where I went with my parents, and the next with a large group of college friends back in 2010. We were 10 in the group and it was so much chaotic and fun!
This time around, the four of us packed our bags to go visit a friend, who’s currently studying in SCAD HK. This trip was filled with amazing experiences, including a highly exciting (but scary), non-documented trip to the hospital.
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Mr. Jones, Greenbelt 5

The decision to have dinner here all stemmed from a sudden milkshake craving of my officemate. The ambiance looked incredibly warm and inviting, immediately resonating a strong American diner feel. Plus, there were games outside to pass the time while you wait for your food—mini foosball sets lined the outdoor tables, mason jars filled with a jack stones and pick-up-sticks were arranged neatly behind the reception podium. 
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