Caution Hot!

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Check this new ramen house which you could mix with your choice of hotness!
Sounds hot right?  Check out this spicy restaurant.

They opened in Kapitolyo recently and the place is packed.

Don’t expect a full menu of ramen though.  Mixing and matching is their thing.

Our choices:

1) Beef with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

2) Pork with Wheat Noodles in Asam Laksa.  Level of spice – super hot.

3) Pork with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

Our verdict.  The noodles are served fresh.  But the overall taste is just average.  It’s worth the trip if the waiting time is not that long.

What I love is their Dumplings.  They have 2 kinds.  Pork Dumpling and Kuchay Dumpling.  They are both made fresh.  We had about 2 orders of this and before we knew it, dumplings’ all gone!

Would have tried their Dessert Bao Bing if we haven’t been too full.

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Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics

Finally, today is the day!

After 2 weeks of wearing eyeglasses to work and drive, I am scheduled for the screening for a Lasik procedure.  Hopefully, after the screening, I will be fit to undergo the actual procedure.

My not perfect vision was inherited from my parents.  All my siblings wear glasses too!  My eyes have been defective since I was in highschool!  

I was wearing glasses before, but it is so hard to move.  You can’t do physical activites because your eyeglasses might fall or worse, a ball might hit my face and break my glasses!

So I resorted to wearing lenses everyday since then.  I can even put my contacts without looking in a mirror. Eyes get dried up and can’t breathe because the contacts cover them.  At night, when you are already tired and just want to go to bed, you would have to remove, clean and store them properly.  

What pushed me to have a procedure done now?  I feel like the contacts I wear gets stucked to my eyes even if I want to remove them already.  Feels like something is being ripped off my eyes.

Fortunately, my cousin referred me to Shinagawa Lasik, she had her procedure done last year.  Just like me, she’s always had contacts as well.  And now, she’s  free of them!  

Opened at 9am.  Arrived 830am.  Started my screening around 930am.
There are a few steps for the screening.

First. Usual checking of the eyes with 3 machines.

Second. Manual checking.

Third. Went into the dark room.  Checked my eyes with about 3 or 4 machines.

Fourth.  Stingy drops. 3 drops at that! First drop.  Wait 5 minutes.  Then second drop.  Wait another 5 minutes.  Third drop.  Wait for an hour.  

After an hour.  Checked my eyes again with 1 machine.  

I waited for about an hour to get my name called for the last step of the screening process.

Fortunately, Shinagawa is ready for the patients waiting.  There is WIFI, TV and a water station in the lounge.  Patients don’t get bored easily.  Oh, couch is comfy also!

This is me waiting.  Eyes blurry because of the drops.

Dr Dinglasan, Head of Lasik Department, checked my screening results and my eyes and gave me the go signal to have the procedure done.

Talked to my Consultant and paid for the procedure.  

I had lunch then it’s waiting time again. We have to shuttle our way to the Ortigas clinic because the machine here in Enteprise Makati is under maintenance.  I will be going to Ortigas later about 3pm.

Excited! Glasses and Contacts Free in a few hours!

We left Makati around 3pm and arrived at the Ortigas clinic at about 345pm.  Waited for Dr Dinglasan to arrive around 5pm.

After the Doctor arrived, we were called to start prepping for the procedure.

We washed our faces.  Then we were lead to a room where we waited again.  This time we were given our post op kits.  Then asked to wear operating gowns over our clothes and asked to change into inside slippers.  

The post op kit consisted of our goggles, antibiotics, and medicine drops.

Nurse explained the use of our post op kit which we will use for 1 week.

Goggles to wear when we are awake.  Patches for sleeping.  Drops every 3 hours with interval of 2 minutes for the steroids and the anti infective and 1 hour for the lubricant. Mefenamic for pain or discomfort.

After the procedure, there will be a post op check up tomorrow.  The next one’s after a week.  Then a month, 3 months and 6 months.  After which, it will be the doctor’s call already.

Nurse already put anaesthesia on our eyes.  I can feel the numbing already.  We are 9 here in the prep room and I am just waiting for my turn.  Then 15 minutes of procedure, give or take.  

It was a long wait again.  Felt my stomach growling but left with no choice.  This is the most important part of the day.

Finally, I was called for the procedure.  Laid down on the operating table.  Dr Dinglasan has relaxing music playing and he was even singing.  Atmosphere’s relaxed.  

The only part that was painful was the eye clamping.  The tool that makes our eyes open.  Other than that, it’s all flashing and bright lights.  Plus the total darkness.  15 minutes tops, I am done.

Eyes blurry and fresh from the procedure.  Wore my goggles.  Sent home finally, almost 12 hours in the clinic!

When the last drop that was put dried up, can’t open my eyes anymore.  There was a tingling feeling, not painful, it’s like something caught in your eye.

Put my patches on and I slept on it.

Woke up so early.  Removed my patch and yes, I am 20/20 again!

Feels so good!  Definitely a good investment!

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017 Part 3

Staying in Hong Kong for a week is like going to food paradise!  Tried out so many restos and now here comes our part 3.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 also.

In times that we don’t eat out, these kinds of food are served on our table.  Veggie dishes cooked by my brother in law and his girlfriend.  The others bought at a nearby resto.

KFC is a famous fastfood in Hong Kong.  Like McDo, you can see it almost anywhere.  They have  variety of meals that we don’t have here.  They also serve Chicken BBQ, too bad I wasn’t able to order it.  However, my favorite Criss Cross Fries and Egg Tart are always present in my order.  Sorry for the heavy meal, this is my breakfast, lunch and merienda all in 1 meal.

As I walked towards the museums, I passed by this cafe.  But since I just ate a heavy meal, there is no way that I can take any food then.  I put going to the cafe after my museum trip.

I just won’t let this chance pass.  I am a Snoopy collector back when I was in high school and until now, all these Snoopy stuff are in my parents’ house.

Ordered a French Toast with Charlie Brown’s face and a Premium Hot Chocolate Drink with Peppermint Patty’s face.

If only I had more time to spare, I would have stayed in this cafe for hours.  They have books in both English and Chinese language.  They have Wifi so you can do your reading or watch a movie while sipping a coffee or something.

After my wonderful coffee time, I met up with my father in law, brother in law and girlfriend plus my sister in law.

We are going to have dinner at a resto famous for its claypot dishes.  The place was packed!  Good thing they accepted our reservatjon. It is located in Pok Fu Lam.

We also had some veggies and clams.

Also within the area is a dessert place that has been around for 50 years.  They serve hot desserts like Black Sesame, Almond.  They also serve Herbal Tea Desserts.

That was it that night.  

On my last day, I managed to sneak a Street Food meal in Causeway Bay.  Oh my, until now  my tastebuds are salivating.

My last meal at home consisted of Adado Pork and White Chicken.  Bought from a nearby resto.

And finally, the last of my Food Trip Escapade in Hong Kong is Tim Ho Wan.  It is located in IFC Mall in Central.  There are check in counters here and the Airport Express Shuttle starts here in Central Station.

Didn’t order much as it was only me and Daddy.  Definitely tastes better than that of Manila Branch.

This trip is memorable because we have tried out so many new restos.  Most of them very famous and known for their specialty dishes.

Hope you enjoyed and got hungry.  Until my next trip!

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017 Part 2

During our first 2 days here in Hong Kong, we managed to go to some of the best food places around the city, check Hong Kong Food Trip 2017, but the journey of finding the best places doesn’t end there.  So let’s get it on!

The Spaghetti House offered a Lobster and Scallops Pasta Meal at a discount.

The Lobster Bisque is good.  However, the angel hair pasta is a little bland.  

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a breather and enjoy the simpler food.

Macaroni Soup with Dumplings and Kong Chay Mi (Noodles) with Dumplings plus some rice toppings. Yummy dinner for the night.

Just before we go to an all day shopping spree at Sham Shui Po, had a heavy lunch at OMQ Dining Room.  It’s a themed resto inspired by the star of a Chinese Comic Strip, Lao Hu Tzi.

Lots of pictures for a nicely interiored resto.

After an hour or 2 of shopping, found ourselves again in front of food! 

This is a very known Noodle House in Sham Shui Po, so famous that it opened 3 branches beside each other, just to accommodate all their patrons.

The noodle actually has Pig Liver as its main topping.

Our merienda stuck to me until dinnertime so no more dinner and breakfast for me!

Lunch is a bit heavy.  One of the best Hainanese Chicken I have ever tasted!

In case you miss its many branches when in the city, you can have your last chance at the airport. Tsui Wah is the name.  They are famous for their milk tea as well.

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Where to go Sho(e)pping in Hong Kong?

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Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping lovers like me and my husband.  But we don’t like over the top shopping.  We are bargain hunters. 

In this post, you will find out where the best spots are for shoe shopping. They are almost always on sale.  

1) Times Square in Causeway Bay.  The Bazaar is a secret shopping sale center.  It changes every week but we were in luck.  There is a Sportswear and  Casual Wear mega sale from February 9 until the 14th.  We went there on our first day, the first day of sale also.

Big brands like Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Puma, Converse, Skechers, Toms plus some more display their stuff here.  It is a big treasure chest and if you know how to dig deep, you may be able to find your own treasure.

If there is no mega sale ongoing at the Bazaar, Times Square has a lot to offer still.  From signature brands Gucci and LV and Chanel from regular Nike shops, Marks and Spencer or Zara, they all have big boutiques here.

2) Sports Outlets at North Point

These are factory outlets so they are on sale 365 days of the year. Sometimes, they have promotions, like buy 2 pairs and you will get additional 20% discount.  That is on top of the slash from the original price!  Be sure to ask!

4 outlets in a stretch. Heaven right?

3) Sports Outlets at Paradise Mall in Heng Fa Chuen Station

Newly discovered and it didn’t fail us.

Every man for himself!  

Hope you enjoyed my post today.  Be sure to go to these places when you come to Hong Kong. 

I certainly did enjoy shopping for our whole family’s shoes in these places!  

Oh by the way, there was 1 Nike Shop that was having a Removal Sale and Hubby got this pair!

Nice huh!

Happy shopping!

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017

Going to Hong Kong in February is recommended.  The weather is so nice.  It’s cold and windy, around 12 degrees Celsius.  Even around noontime, you will not feel the sun because it’s cloudy.

Nice to walk around and just feel the breeze in your face while you’re all warm and bundled up in your jackets.

Of course, travelling to Hong Kong in this weather will make you crave for Hong Kong food!

Started of with a late dinner at Wan Mah in Tung Chung.  Found out later that this resto has earned Michelin Star also.

This resto serves best tasting food that’s not too expensive.  They have meal bundles that allows you to choose your main dish, your side dish and your drink.  

Slept the night in.

In the morning, after doing our errands, just before meeting up with my sister in law, we dropped by KFC to have some light breakfast. 

KFC has the yummiest Egg Tart.  The KFC Egg Tart is a must eat every time I visit HK.  The Roast Chicken Burger is new so we tried it.  It is also good.  Real chicken meat, not patty.

Roamed the streets of Wan Chai until it’s time to have some lunch.  We managed to find a hidden gem inside the Bormington Market, Curry Wai Kee.

The place is bustling since it’s lunch time already.  Locals and foreigners alike are competing to get seated.  Since this place is known for its curry, we ordered Curry Mutton (Lamb), Curry Beef and Roast Duck.

The curries?  Tastes good.  I could eat with only the rice and the sauce.  The beef? Super tender.  I am not fond of eating lamb so I don’t have much comment.  My husband does however and it surpassed his taste bud as well.

If you are eating here, better not be uber sensitive as this is not an uber clean place to begin with.

Our feet wandered off to Causeway Bay for some more walking.  And coming to Causeway Bay means you have to go to Delicious Kitchen.  A must try also!

Known for serving one of the tastiest Pork Rib in town.  Doesn’t hurt that it comes with either a bowl of Veggie Fried Rice or Noodles.  I like the rice better though.

Have undergone a renovation too so it’s all cozy and modern now.

While on our way to North Point. Stopped on our tracks to purchase a Purple Yam Vanilla Ice Cream Cone at McDo!

Love trying out new stuff everytime I am here in HK.  Even if it’s too cold to eat an ice cream, still managed.  My SIL said that this is not offered everywhere so might as well try already.

We are now in North Point. It is like we had a city tour today. Food tour that is!
Last stop for tonight is dinner!  Met up with my brother in law and his girlfriend.  They brought us to a Michelin starred resto called Ancient Moon.

The dishes that won Michelin Stars are the Prawn Mee and the Chilli Pan Mee. (both in the center). 

What I loved most though is the Coconut Chicken.  The others are just too spicy for me.

So there, the end of our first day in Hong Kong!

See you in my next posts!  

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Baguio 2017: Newtown Hotel

An impromptu trip to Baguio left us with no other choice but to find the most comfortable and cleanest hotel we could get at the last minute.

That is why I am so thankful for travel websites like Hotels.com, Traveloka and the others.  You can just go online, find a place and book easily.  Booking with these travel apps / websites comes with its own perks as well.

Like in Hotels.com, most of their hotels are included in the earn and redeem promo.  The more you book rooms with them, the easier you could get a free room.  This free room is redeemable anywhere in the world.

So anyway, we finally booked Newtown Plaza Hotel with the recommendation of a friend.  It’s a newly built hotel and it’s affordable, clean and modern.

We arrived midnight so checking in was a breeze.  

Didn’t get much pictures of the room because it’s midnight and we were all tired from the trip.

The room is big and spacious.  There are 2 double beds.  The TV is huge! Ample space for our things.  We asked for an extra bed the 2nd night.  
For Php1,200.00, this is what you get, a bed that could fit 2 more persons.

As for the bathroom…

The bathroom is spacious as well.  And the shower is the best ever!  I could stay longer than the normal under the hot shower.
The balcony and the view is just breathtaking!  So nice to wake up to a view like this!

Real value for money!  If I am going back to Baguio, I am definitely gonna stay in Newtown Hotel again!
They even have a swimming pool and a playground.

By the way, if you love wandering in a garden, and just be lost in time, the Botanical Garden is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.  There’s also a coffee shop and some souvenir shops within the vicinity of the garden.  

If you are bringing a car with you, better partner it with Waze.  Helps a lot in navigating through the mountains and hills of Baguio!

Happy Trippin’!

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Japan Visa 2017

This year, our branch is travelling to the Land of the Rising Sun on Holy Week.  No need to talk about our plane tickets as we got it really expensive.  Since we have the tickets already, we can move on to getting a Japan Visa.  For quite some time now, Japan is lenient in granting visas as they are encouraging tourists to visit their country.  But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare for it.

So how do we get a Japan Visa?  Applicants can’t go directly to the Japanese Embassy to apply.  One needs an accredited travel agency.  The first time I applied for a visa, I got it from Friendship Tours located at Dusit Hotel Nikko in Makati. 

This was my 2013 Japan Visa.  I was only given a single entry.  The visa was only valid for 90 days.  A single entry visa allows you to stay for a maximum of 15 days.


Now, I am getting it through Mulan Travel Agency located in Binondo Manila.  Contact them at 2454658.

These are their requirements:

1)  Application Form – get it from the travel agency

Fill it up properly.  If in case there is a mistake, just cross it out with 2 lines, don’t use correction tape.  They want to know what the mistake is.  

Another reminder for the place where you will be staying, don’t put an Air Bnb address, just use some random hotel.  Unless you are really staying in a hotel.

2) 2×2 Passport ID Picture – with white background

3) NSO Birth Certificate – if first time applicant and doesn’t have any other visa issued to you.

4) NSO Marriage Certificate – same with No. 3 and if you are married.

For NSO certificate needs, please see my post here.

5)   Bank Certificate – of course, the embassy needs to know if you are financially capable to fund your trip.

6)  COEI or Certificate of Employment with Income (if employed) – proof that you have a stable job here in the Philippines and that you are coming back.  Also to prove how much you are getting paid.

7)  ITR or Income Tax Return – they would want to know if you are a good citizen paying your taxes. Haha. 

8) Business Papers or Documents (if not employed and owns a business) – same with COEI, this is to prove that you have the means to earn and spend for a trip.

So there, easy right?  Just as long as you are honest and you presented complete requirements, I think you will not have a hard time.

I am wishing for a multiple entry visa this time so wish me luck!

Good luck to you too!

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