Thursday, April 27, 2017

OUR BELMONT HOTEL STAYCATION (PART ONE)

It's the second month of 2017 and THE YAPPY BUNCH are at our second staycation already!

And this time, we're at BELMONTHOTEL WITH FRIENDS!!!!!





WOHOO! Staycation galore at BELMONT HOTEL!!!!




That morning, even if we're so excited to head on Pasay City, we still did our usual routine of basketball and taekwondo.




After lunch, we drove out for BELMONT HOTEL!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TACO TUESDAYS AT CHIHUAHUA!!!!

When it comes to our best friends BGP Marian and Manong Fred, we don't pick a day in the week when we'll meet them: it could be on "Date Night Saturdays" because they're one of our favorite couples in the world, and on "Family Sundays" because they're already like family!

When we have to meet on a weekday though, we recently designated a new day for us just because it has become our favorite night for grubbing...




TACO TUESDAYS!!!!

And where do we do that? In CHIHUAHUA!!!!

Ole!

Monday, April 24, 2017

MY RAMEN NAGI SATURDATE WITH MATI

Remember how Master Mati cancelled our Fridate plans the last minute that little Andrei took me out instead? Well he got guilty when he discovered that I was going to be lonely on Saturday. He then remembered how his Daddy told him to take care of me while he was away for a business trip in Indonesia.

Chinese Dimpol (mahangin hangin pa): "Mati.... tek ker op your Mommy....."

My first born declared that we would go out for a Saturdate and I was so happy.  Besides my husband, I cannot imagine going out with anyone else! And his choice venue for tonight? Greenbelt!



Where in Greenbelt? RAMEN NAGI!



Because we were both craving for some noodles!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MY CIBO FRIDATE WITH ANDREI

The Chinese Dimpol was on a week-long business trip to Indonesia and that meant I will be by my lonesome for the weekend. My initial plan was to go on a Fridate with Master Mati since I was on moping mode and didn't want to out with anyone else. But on Thursday, he cancelled saying he would like to go with his Lolo instead.

Traitor!!! Grrrrr! :(

Anyway, before I go on an all-out self-pity, temper tantrum, my bunsoy Andrei came to the rescue and said that he would like to go on a date with me. He initially announced that he will go with his Lolo on Friday but after learning that his Kuya made "indian", he dropped all plans and said he'll go out with me.

Yey! And I was so happy again!

And for Andrei, there was no need to ask him where he wanted to go if we we're on a date. It's ALWAYS going to be in this restaurant serving his favorite pasta...


CIBO!!! WOHOOO!!!!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

KRACIE JAPANESE EDIBLE TOYS (RAMEN AND GYOZA)


It's another KRACIE session for me and my little bunsoy on a Sunday afternoon. And once again, my cutesie-poo is excited to try something new...




KRACIE JAPANESE EDIBLE TOY -- RAMEN AND GYOZA EDITION!!!

Dan! Dan! Daaaaaan!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SHANGRI-LA FINEST CHINESE CUISINE


One Friday in February, my friends from the "Quezon City Chapter" got together to feast on Chinese food at what, they would claim, to be my very early birthday celebration. When asked for a venue I decided to  name out the restaurant where our office mates would always order take-out from whenever we're craving for some Chinese food!




And that's in SHANGRI-LA restaurant in West Triangle. Quezon City!!!!




It will actually be my first time to eat in the restaurant at SHANGRI-LA after just ordering their food for take-out for many, many years!

Monday, April 17, 2017

OUR MAMOU TOO DATE!!!

I admit that when the VALENTIME'S season arrives, I'm always excited. Call me corny, cheesy, baduy, whatever, but seriously I am! There's just something about getting all lovey dovey and sweetie pacutesie during this season which really tugs the romantic in me.

Best thing too is that VALENTIME'S gives you MORE excuses to have a date and EAT!!!

For VALENTIME'S this year the Chinese Dimpol had to work both on February 14 and 15. So that meant we're not going out on our usual season of hearts date. Of course me being all human and dramatic got into my usual "tampo mode" and how "nobody loved me".

Two days after VALENTIME'S the Chinese Dimpol only texted me three simple words "Yub, want steak?"

Oh yes. My husband knows me super well already. Suddenly all is right in the world and I felt like Game Of Thrones is going to have a happy ending.

Yep! We're going to have steak this VALENTIME'S and the choice for that night was with our favorite...




MAMOU TOO!!!!




The Chinese Dimpol, though he made "indyan" on Valentine's Day and the day after, fetched me at the office so confidently happy.

In short, ang yabang. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!




After a short drive from my office (he he he he) we arrived just in time for the Chinese Dimpol's reservations....


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CUCINA BREAKFAST BUFFET (MARCO POLO STAYCATION)

THE YAPPY BUNCH were having a family staycation at MARCO POLO HOTEL in Ortigas and after sleeping really late last night, we woke up frantic....

We're going to miss breakfast!!!!

We all dressed up hurriedly and rushed downstairs to CUCINA for MARCO POLO HOTEL's breakfast buffet. We're grateful to discover that we were still on time! Yey!!! Now that's an early reason to rejoice!!!!

If you've enjoyed the food at CUCINA, you will certainly know why we're doing the happy dance!





CUCINA!!!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

KUSHIKATSU DARUMA (PHILIPPINES)



A Japanese long-time favorite has finally booked a one-trip flight to Manila, and we are just so happy to welcome it all....

...in our tummies!!!!

Yep! KUSHIKATSU DARUMA, the Osaka institution when it comes to mouth-watering skewers, is finally here. And we have THE TASTELESS GROUP (Bad Bird, Hey Handsome, Ping Pong Diplomacy, etc) to say Arigoto to!!!





KUSHIKATSU DARUMA!!!!




KUSHIKATSU DARUMA Manila is now located at UPTOWN MALL in BGC!!!

Remember... BGC!!

Not UP Town Center in Quezon City!!!!

When you're hungry, the two places could be confusing.... Like some people found out. He he he he he he he!

Sino kaya yon????


Monday, April 3, 2017

RECIPES WITH TEAM MINA


The Chinese Dimpols recently had a business trip to Indonesia. And even if I sometimes want to wring his neck, his short absence made me miss him terribly and proved how I couldn't live without him.

Yuuuuckkkkk.....

Yeah. To the point that when he came back I was all sad and "wawa" when I said "Don't ever leave na ha..."

Yuuuuckkkkkkk some more with matching nausea!!!!!! Blech! NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANYWAY, when he left on a Sunday, my Best Gal Pal BGP Mariane with her crummy hubby Manong Fred came to my rescue and took me out immediately on a Monday. Dear BGP was craving for some "Chicharon Bulaklak" and we know the only place where we can't have enough of THAT....




RECIPES!!!!!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

HAVE A 5-STAR GETAWAY AT MARCO POLO HOTEL!



What are your plans for this summer?

Baguio? Hong Kong? Boracay?

Really, why do you have to go so far? I mean I would understand if it's to see Mines View Park or Disneyland or to have Jonah's Milkshake. But if your sole purpose is to just get away, relax, defeat the scorch of summer, AND experience service like no other, then you have a wonderful option to go for.

A 5-Star option in fact.

And it's just right here in Metro Manila!!!!



MARCO POLO HOTEL in Ortigas!!!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GRINGO (SM MEGAMALL)


Sometime last year, I got a taste of GRINGO'S juicy barbecued Chicken and Ribs when we were sent boxes of their hot meat and sides. THE YAPPY BUNCH loved the food and found ourselves licking the bones and chops after wolfing it all down in seconds. Since then, we have craved for GRINGO but we were not able to drop by the actual restaurant because it was too far from where we lived.

Luckily, GRINGO recently opened in SM Megamall and it was so timely for us because we were having Mati's birthday staycation in MARCO POLO HOTEL. I asked my dear son where he wanted to eat that Saturday night and upon learning that GRINGO was already open there, he heaved a long sigh and said "FINALLY!!!!"

So it's no question where we'll be having our weekend dinner for my dearest's birthday staycation. Possibly the foodie gods arranged it because they knew how much we wanted to eat again at GRINGO but were too lazy to make the trek. And to think that it is something that my birthday boy really, really, as in REALLLY, want to eat in!!!!!

See? Everything was meant to be!  
 




GRINGO!!!!!

Chicken, Ribs, FRIENDS!!!




Like I said, the restaurant was still in their soft opening so I was not expecting everything to be smooth sailing. The food anyway is the one that's important!




The restaurant was packed but nobody was waiting in line. Me guess is that the staff is doing a fine job at efficiently serving and seating the guests!


Monday, March 27, 2017

LING NAM WANTON PARLOR (ONGPIN)


THE YAPPY BUNCH went to Chinatown Binondo to celebrate the Chinese New year. And of course, what we are always looking ward to at the end of our trip is what we're going to have for lunch!!!!




And for the The Year of the Rooster, we're going for LING NAM!!!!



LING NAM was suggested by our kumpareng THE FOOD ALPHABET when we asked where we should go for lunch.



Friday, March 24, 2017

MATI'S MARCO POLO BDAY STAYCATION (P2)

It's day two of our superfun MARCO POLO Birthday staycation for Master Mati. And if you're traumatized by the loads of pictures that I posted in my last blog, don't worry...

You'll be TERRORIZED this time!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!



Our MARCO POLO HOTEL BIRTHDAY STAYCATION part two!




Good morning Manila!!!!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

MATI'S MARCO POLO BDAY STAYCATION (P1)

My dearest Master Mati turned 13 this year and to celebrate his entry to "teenage-hood", the Chinese Dimpol and I made his 2 week celebration extra special! Besides his restaurant requests, his surprise birthday party, and his Best Bud sleepover, we also gave him a special....

MARCO POLO STAYCATION!!! Dan! Dan! Daaaaan!



And it's not just an ordinary MARCO POLO staycation.... It's a MARCO POLO BIRTHDAY staycation!!!!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MATI'S SURPRISE 13TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

My dearest Master Mati just turned 13 this year and while we were all prepared to do his usual 2-week birthday celebration, I was thinking: What else could we do to commemorate his arrival to "teenhood"? I have to bear in mind that this is something he has been waiting for a looooooong time (most probably because he wanted to get into PG-13 movies... Tee hee!). That's why we know turning 13 is not just significant for us but it's also a monumental event for my boy. So even if foodtrips, staycations, getogethers are already fine with him, I want to give him something more...

And that's when I thought of giving him a surprise birthday party!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Mati!!!



Our venue for Mati's surprise birthday party was going to be in THE METROCLUB in Makati City. BGP Marian's dad was a member and he was able to endorse little ol' me for the use of the facilities. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SONG DO KOREAN RESTAURANT


The Master Mati is having his 2 week birthday fun and included in his celebrations is choosing where the family will eat for the weekends that are reserved for him. Normally, the birthday boy makes a list on where he wants to go but even if my dearest Mati forgot to do this, the Chinese Dimpol and I knew that he will NEVER miss having a Korean dinner. I asked him if he wanted to go to the usual practical (aka cheap) buffets that are so popular now. My New Teenager agreed but somehow I sensed that he wanted to try out someplace new instead.

So with that I suggested SONG DO KOREAN RESTAURANT!

I was very familiar with SONG DO because my office would order take-out there just in case they were craving for something Korean. I have often heard raves about their food that it really got me curious. And with Master Mati's birthday celebration, we figured that now was the time.

We're going to SONG DO!



SONG DO KOREAN RESTAURANT!

Now be prepared to climb on a lot of steps! He he he he he he!


Monday, March 20, 2017

MATI'S 2-WEEK BDAY CELEBRATION (2017)

My first born Mati just turned 13 and I'm ready to cry my brains out.

Why you ask??? WHY???? WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHY???

Mati is my first ever baby boy!!!!



He's the one who subjected me to ONLY 2 hours of labor (world record if you ask me) when I gave birth to him...

He's the one whom I exclusively breastfed and never went out for, for 6 months....

He's the one whom I made a scrapbook filled with my letters, memorabilia, and pictures that I started when I got pregnant with him...

He's the one whom I personally sewed "JM" in all of his baby clothes even if I HATED sewing...

He's the one whom I always bit on the chin so I could smell his milky breath and showered him with kisses...

He's the one whom I would call everyday the moment he gets home from school...

He's the one whom I composed several songs for...

And SO MUCH MORE...

Then now...

My forever baby boy Mati  wants to be called MATTHEW because he said HE'S ALREADY A TEENAGER!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

A SUNDAY BOODLE FIGHT!



I am so in love with Boodle Fights these days.

Yup. I am very obsessed right now with this famed Filipino way of eating barbecued and grilled meats that you can't guess how low I could go.

Well for one, I always watch mukbang videos in Youtube now of families eating Boodle fights. One time, I got so into it that I even watched this group of irritating girls eating with their mouths open and talking loudly (you know, the works). But I still beared it because I was so drooling over the food!

That's why when the the Chinese Dimpol was on his way back home from a business trip in Indonesia, I asked my Mom if we could do a Boodle Fight for our Sunday family lunch.|

To think that we always have 2 or 3 grilled entrees for Sunday lunch anyway...
To think that clean-up will be so easy peasy with Boodle Fights...
To think that we are going to do this for her FAVORITE son-in-law... (sorry Anthony!!!)

Yep! We're going to have a Boodle Fight and it's going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Our Sunday family BOODLE FIGHT!!!!!!!



BOODLE FIGHT is the Filipino Military style of eating where food is served on a common long table using banana leaves as cover. There are no utensils nor plates used so you'll be eating with your hands. When in a real BOODLE FIGHT, you get and eat what you can from the pile of food lest your seatmate gets it from you, hence, the (food) fight. 

This is fast becoming a popular way of eating Filipino food in homes/restaurants both here and abroad. And I am not surprised why people from all around are attracted to this communal way of eating.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

KRACIE EDIBLE JAPANESE TOYS (CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES)

My older brother recently went to Japan and as promised, he took home Andrei's favorite for pasalubong!!!!



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KRACIE EDIBLE TOYS!!!!




For this lazy Sunday, Andrei is going to do the KRACIE Cheeseburger and Fries!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PEKING GARDEN AGAIN!!

Just in case you plan to eavesdrop in my conversations with Manong Fred and Best GalPal Mariane (because you have nothing more pathetic to do)  you would soon see a pattern in it...

"You're going to treat for your bday? Let's do PEKING DUCK!"
"It's Friday!!!! Treat us to PEKING DUCK!"
"Nang-indyan ka sa gimik? TREAT US TO PEKING DUCK!!!!"
"Awwww... You have a wart? TREAT US TO PEKING DUCK!!!"


The PEKING DUCK at PEKING GARDEN is such a delicacy for us four that it has already invaded all senses of our consciousness. It's like EVERYTHING has to be about PEKING DUCK and we won't shut up about it until this deep craving has been answered. The last time we all had it was during Manong Fred's birthday dinner for his Mom, and life was not the same ever since.

Finally when Manong Fred was deciding where to have BGP Mariane's surprise birthday party, PEKING GARDEN'S name came up. It should really be a natural choice since it IS my dear friend's favorite and therefore so perfect for her 40th birthday dinner. Besides being excited for my best gal pal's special day, we were all ecstatic that we are going to have a night with our favorite PEKING DUCK.

Ah yes. And life is beautiful again.

And crispy...
And fatty...
And meaty...
And juicy....
And just perfect.

Oh PEKING DUCK! Why can't we quit you????



PEKING GARDEN!!!!


Monday, March 13, 2017

OUR NOBU BUFFET BREAKFAST

Whenever we're at a weekend family staycation, I always make it a point to wake up early for the buffet breakfast.

Yup! Even if we stayed up alllll night lowng partying (Tugs! Tugs! Tee Hee!), I will still scream for everyone to wake up because we don't want to miss breakfast.

Because why should you???

Besides being the most important meal of the day, breakfast would always hit on something that will get you full and happy. And in a hotel, it's the only buffet where they will serve garlic rice AND creamy scrambled eggs -- two things I feel should be required in EVERY meal. So yes, I would never miss an opportunity to have breakfast. It would always have the dishes which would mostly have my favorites!

Usually though when we're in a hotel breakfast buffet, Andrei would just order ala carte since he has such a wittle wee appetite. But for this morning, the Yub and I decided that since we're celebrating his birthday, he could also partake in the buffet with us and get what he felt like eating.

IT SHOULD BE A LOT THOUGH, ENOUGH TO LAST US TILL DINNER!!!!!!!!

Ah eh... Kidding. #hulika

Seriously though, I'm glad that the little lords were able to enjoy breakfast with us at NOBU HOTEL in CITY OF DREAMS. Normally, its hard to make them sit still and eat during mornings. And if they do eat, they're as fast as a hurricane because they're in a hurry to swim.  But in NOBU, they loved the food that I did not have to force them to fill their plates or wait for us. They happily hopped from one station to another and tried out the variety of breakfast food with the Japanese touch.

When you can, do try out the breakfast buffet at NOBU HOTEL. It's delicious breakfast food plus your usual Japanese favorites that's served on a whole new level!

Enjoy!

Tugs! Tugs! 





Good morning NOBU HOTEL!!! It's time to have breakfast!




The NOBU restaurant reception.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

OUR VALENTINE'S (2017)

So how did you spend your VALENTIME'S?

Before you wear your grammar nazi hat and immediately point out my spelling, well D-UH. That's intentional. Of course, we are still respectful of St. Valentine and how this day is connected to many beliefs and traditions. But for us, this is a special day of love, fun, and laughter -- and we want it all the time, hence, VALENTIMES!!!!

I swear if that won't blow the minds off the people in Thesaurus, I don't know what will.

:P

Anywho, if you ask us, we celebrated VALENTIME'S in a number of ways. We had it with the boys, we had it in a government institution, we had it with family, etc., etc., But most importantly, we celebrated VALENTIME'S our own way. Don't get me wrong, we still find it fun to be cheesy corny by wearing red, bringing flowers, and having dinner in restaurants bursting with cupid images. But when life alters our original plan, it's still romantic to do something to "catch up".

Most especially of course if you have somebody so willing to catch up that special day with you.

BLECH.

Sorry. He he he he he he eh he!


HAPPY VALENTIME'S DAY!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

THE WHOLESOME TABLE


Honestly speaking, I'm not one to advocate for healthy eating. I mean, I'm not against it but it's not something that I would see myself enjoying with friends on a Friday night and flooding my social media accounts with it. Maybe one of the reasons why I'm not so much of a pro-healthy eater is because I don't care so much. I valued my taste buds more and experience has taught me how foods that are good for you could tasted so MEH. Growing up, I also felt so invincible at how I could eat all the greasy junk food that I loved without gaining a pound!

Oh the happy days! He he he he he he he!

But then everything has been slowly changing: I get tired easily, my metabolism makes me gain many pounds even after just a packet of noodles, and the Chinese Adoni's blood charts are off the roof!

Even if we look like 20 year olds, we don't FEEL like 20 year olds anymore!!!

So really, we don't have any appreciation for healthy foods until now that we needed it. And after encountering the delicious and mouth-watering dishes that are good for us in THE WHOLESOME TABLE, we are now converts! We realized that yes, we should ALWAYS go for healthy eating when we can and no, it doesn't have to be MEH.

Check out how our minds (and appetites) were instantly changed! 




A very "wholesome" group at THE WHOLESOME TABLE!!!



It was a cool and lazy Saturday that weekend that we didn't mind the walk going to THE WHOLESOME TABLE.

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