Monday, January 30, 2012

Parmigiano - Resorts World Manila

Oops! This ain't a food blog post. I just want to show you guys how awesome my friends are. I love them to tidbits!

Its a Feast! - Pamana Resto, Tagaytay

After the POST DATED Christmas party in Remington Hotel Resorts World, we headed straight to Tagaytay. Our initial plan was to go for a boat ride going to Taal Volcano but before that, we looked for a place to eat. Since we've already tried the best of the best in Tagaytay (the likes of Leslie's, Bag of Beans, Josephine's etc.), my friend googled over her phone a particular resto named Pamana. Since t'has good reviews, we asked our driver to make a u-turn and have our lunch there.

I'm pretty sure that you guys will gonna love the interior. Pamana is a three-story resto where you can eat out in an open area while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Taal. When we arrived, there were only a few people so we were able to choose where we want to eat (and that's on the 3rd floor of course!)

So here's the much awaited part of this post: FOOD

Told ya! It's a feast! Take note, we were only 5!

Our appetizer: Pampanga's Sizzling Sisig at Aligue
The best I have tasted so far. I love the chicken skin! Sick! The best when paired with Aligue Rice.

Don Randy's Aligue Rice
This is so delicious that I could eat a bowl of it w/o any viand.

PAMANA'S 3 Way Adobo
Chicken Adobong Puti, Native Adobo Spareribs, Adobo Flakes
Didn't eat a lot of this cause it's so greasy.

Manila's original Crispy Pata
Sorry for the wrong angle shot. Doesn't look enticing here but it's hella good!

Kare kare
Served the original way. You may opt to have it with seafood or Lechon Kawali. For a price of course.


Inihaw na Bicol Express

Pancit Canton Con Lechon

I must say that this is way better than Leslie's.

With my friends! Look at my cheeks. Its getting round and round. 

Food costs around 250 to 900php. I must say that Pamana is a must try restaurant! I'll definitely go back here 

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to make you drool. I am no food blogger so I dunno how to entice you with words and describe every detail that my taste buds sumptuously experienced.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Universal Studios Jan 2012

USS Day!
We got up at around 8:00am, took breakfast and off we went to Harborfrount Station (where we'll take a monorail going to Universal Studios/Sentosa) Since we were early, we can't find any money changer. The power of asking lead us to the achievement of having SGD's.

Where to ride the monorail? If you alight at Harborfrount station, you have to go inside Vivo City (huge mall) and go to 3rd floor. You also have an option to ride the Cable Car going to Sentosa but it's way expensive. You can use your EZlink card when you ride the monorail (3SGD)

This post won't be lengthy cause I didnt enjoy there THAT much. Why? cause my sister is very oh so much KJ to try all the rides for she was freaking SCARED. lol

Facade of Vivo City. The mall is still closed but you can go inside

Monorail that will take you to USS/Sentosa/Imbiah Lookout
Cute isn't it? How I wish we have that kind here in Philippines.

Candy trees! We didn't bother cause we already bought a lot of sweets in Mustafa Center.

Of course! This is the most important photo of all. If you don't have a picture in front of this globe, never been to USS.

Just like a kid. This is the cubicle where you'll purchase entrance ticket. Just a tip, if you want to save up some dollars, you may book online. Go there on weekdays so it'll be not that expensive. 
Peak days (Sat-Sun) 74SGD / Non Peak 68SGD

Performers. I think that guy in the middle is a Filipino. Or maybe not. Haha They're really good!

Our first. I dunno the name of this ride. It's a spinning thing.

My frustration. My sister doesn't want to ride this one. Ill make sure that when I go back, am gonna hop into this.

You should ride Ancient Egypt/Mummy. I didn't tell my sister that it was a hell of a ride. A must try!

Far far away! 

I enjoyed the Shrek 3D/4D whatever show inside the castle.

It's really hot. Bring umbrella and water.

In front of I dunno what.

This food costs 12SGD it comes with orange gelatin dessert and a big cup of softdrinks.
Still expensive though.

Endless chocolates. I'm telling you, I was running like a kid inside.

We stayed in USS for 4hours. The place is not that big compared to HongKong Disneyland. I'm really wondering why there weren't a lot of people in the park even if it's Sunday. I must say that I still prefer Disneyland HK over USS, srsly. Food inside the park is a bit expensive, there aren't much souvenir items to choose from. But overall, I still enjoyed. I hope that by next time I visit, they already have a lot of attractions.

Singapura Jan 2012

Before I go into details with our recent trip to Singapore, I want to thank those people who helped us in making our itinerary esp. to the Pex people (Travel & Leisure)

1st day

We arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 around 11am. Our flight to SIN via CebuPac is 1:30. Since we were so damn bored, we loiter around the airport to eat and check out some goodies at duty free. Our flight was 30mins delayed so we had enough time to roam around and take pictures. I was totally surprised with Terminal 3. The place is beyond par-cleanliness wise with Terminal 2 (where PAL flights are) and Terminal 1 (where all the other airlines depart)

We left the Airport at around 2pm. I felt so ecstatic cause after a year, I was able to ride again an international flight. I'm a little bit nervous cause it's my first time to ride a budget airline going abroad. Thank God, there were no turbulence. We arrived at Changi approximately 6pm. Our uncle was waiting outside the airport. He talked to my Dad before our trip that he'll pick us up. I was shocked that he brought a bus for us.

We were only 5 in there: Me and my sister, my two cousins and my uncle. haha Anyway, fast forward-ing my excitement, we headed off to the city.

Before we went to hotel, we had dinner at Kallang (near Aljunied) that's around 9pm. I didn't take a lot of photos because we were busy chit-chatting ang updating each other (sorry for being lame, I don't have food pictures either)

T'was already 11pm when we went to the place where we'll stay. I booked South East Asia Hotel in Bugis. I chose that hotel because:
 1.) No.1 suggested budget hotel in Pinoyexchange (Travel &Leisure) - 100SGD/night Twin Room
 2.) 5-7min walk from Bugis MRT Station
 3.) Near Bugis street (shopping district)
 4.) Walking distance to Orchard, Little India etc.

For room photos, check out the website (link) and Tripadvisor. Since it's a budget hotel, there were no mini refrigerators and other stuff that you see in a 5 star so don't expect too much. Good thing about this hotel, they have a complimentary breakfast. You can choose Vegetarian buffet or Continental (toasted bread with butter plus orange juice) to give you a heads up:

If you want to save, might as well take breakfast in the hotel to save up money. And oh, before I forgot, you can borrow adaptors at the reception.

After our breakfast, we went to Kwan Im Temple just beside our hotel.

My sister seriously praying.

Me feeding these flying creatures in front of the Temple

We then took the MRT and headed to Orchard station (to exchange our USD at Lucky Plaza) Uncle told us that they have good rates there. Last week, t'was 1.28SGD = 1USD

At Orchard Rd.

Lucky Plaza and stores inside

After our agenda in Orchard, we headed to Little India to look for Mustafa Center. When we arrived at Little India MRT Station, we don't know w/c exit to take so I asked for directions. An Indian lady told us to ride the MRT again and alight at Farrer Park (next station) cause it's way nearer Mustafa.

When you go straight, you'll see Mustafa

This place is a big centre. Everything you need is there: Chocolates, Perfumes, Apparels and even Electronic items. Yes, it's cheaper here.

After Mustafa, We went to Marina Bay Sands. Mind you guys, you should alight at Bayfront Station and NOT at Marina Bay Stn. cause it's a little bit far, around 15 to 20mins. walk

I loved it in there. The hotel is extravagant. Promise to myself that when I go back, I'll check-in in MBS.
Wanna see the Singapore's skyline? You can go to the Skypark (20SGD/pax). We went up during afternoon so it is boiling hot. I suggest you go there by night. 

Around Marina, you can visit also Merlion, Fullerton Hotel, Esplanade, Double Helix bridge

See that Ferris Wheel? That's the Singapore Flyer. The Highest observation deck in Asia.

Dont you ever forget to bring umbrella when you stroll around. It's freaking hot like in the Philippines. Since we were so exhausted, we decided to go back to the hotel. After resting for 2 to 3 hours, Off we go to Chinatown.

Chinatown is a very lively place. There's a huge crowd. It's as if you're Christmas Shopping in Divisoria (maybe because Chinese New Year is nearing) There are alot of stores where you can buy pasalubong. Singapore keychains only 30PCS for just 10SGD! Dragon stuff toys 2 to 3pcs for 10SGD. I really really love Chinese culture. I was a bit sad for I will not celebrate Chinese New Year there with relatives.

We got back at the hotel around 1am. What a tiring day for us indeed. Good thing we accomplished everything in our itinerary. Ill have different post for Food trips, Universal Studios, and other places we visited during our stay.