Family Mode: Neighborhood Game Cafe

August 16th, 2016

Everyone or at least most of us wants a chill out place that is homey.  One that will make you feel like you’re still at home but you’re not.  I found the place in the Banawe Area along Ubay Street.  Tucked in the neighborhood is a new game cafe that will let you eat, play and feel at home all at the same time. 

All photos above are grabbed from Facebook Page of Neighborhood Game Cafe.  Credits to the Owner.

Went there with our 2 daughters so all the games we played are for their age.  Good thing there was a lot of choices.

1) Tumba

This is a match and stack game.  The little blocks are sized just right for little hands to hold and stack.

2) Tumblin’ Monkeys

The idea of the game is to not let the monkeys fall off the tree as you remove the different colored sticks.  The player with the most number of monkeys at the end of the game loses.

3) Sumo King Wrestling

These 2 wrestlers can be controlled just like an RC.  Too bad the kids weren’t able to play with them because the battery always gets drained.

4) Gassy Gus

Each player will be give Food Cards with numbers in it.  Players take turns pumping the corresponding number in Gus’ stomach.  His stomach gets fuller and fuller until he can’t take it anymore.  When he lets the gas out on your turn, then you lose.  

5) Frozen Break the Ice Game

The player hammers the ice surrounding Ana.  Don’t let her fall!

6) Gas Out

Just like Gassy Gus, this lets out a fart when it reaches the number of pumps.

7) Jumpin Monkeys

Have to make the monkeys jump onto the tree!  They have this little jumping board. Practice your aim though!

8) Battleship

The classic battleship game I played with my cousins when I was young.  Teaching my daughters this game is like a trip down memory lane.

9) Fun Farm

For younger kids, match the squishy farm animals with the card drawn from the deck.

10) Games I don’t know the names of.  Kids enjoyed these games as well.

So much more to play and spending 5 hours is definitely not enough. 

Follow this map to go to the Neighborhood!

Food Trip: Oh My Bap Burger

August 12th, 2016

Impromptu movie date with hubby led us to an impromptu food trip at the Theatre Mall.  Many may not know that behind that huge facade of popular restaurants just outside Theater Mall, lies a food court filled with unique food ideas.

One of those is Oh My Bap Burger!  Check out their extensive menu and their very affordable prices.

When we saw this place, we got curious on what they are offering.  Korean Food in a Burger. Hmmm… 

I had Bulgogi Bap Burger (Php94.00) It is basically an order of beef bulgogi with rice.  But it’s not served ordinarily.  It will be served as a burger.

The rice they used is sticky rice, so that it will form as burger buns.  

The bulgogi was stuffed in between the rice burger buns.  I liked the taste of bulgogi, not too sweet and not too salty.  

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the other bap burger as it was already devoured. Hubby’s order is Kimchi Bulgogi Burger.  Their kimchi is not spicy according to him.  It looked almost the same, except for the reddish orangey kimchi mixed with the beef bulgogi.

It’s very simple how they do it but that will be our secret for now.  You go and find out for yourself.

Food Trip: Meat Depot

August 8th, 2016

New concept.  New idea.  New place.

Meat Depot is it!  Somewhere along Banawe, you’ll see a black and white signage.  It says Meat Depot / Wholesale Retail / Better Meat Better Price.

It definitely says it all.  So what do we expect? I’ll take you through the experience.

Upon entering the shop, it looks like your regular meat shop. All four walls surrounded by huge freezers.  There’s also the production area where everything is prepared.

Aside from being a meat shop where you purchase and take your meat home, you can immediately devour and satisfy the carnivore in you by simply going to the 2nd floor and have your meat cooked.

You only need to go through 5 easy steps.

1) choose your meat
From the open freezer, there are a variety of meat.  It’s vaccuum sealed so it’s not messy.  It’s already priced according to its type.  Packed in different sizes as well.

2) fill out your order slip

After choosing, you can go to the next step.  Fill up a form (one per meat).  Write your name and type of meat. Choose how you want your meat cooked, they call it the level of doneness.  You can pick the kind of sauce as well and of course, the sides – which are all carbs anyway.

3) choose your drinks and pay

Proceed to the cashier and pay for your orders.  Take note though that on top of the price of the meat, there is a cooking fee of Php100.00 per meat. It’s a fixed price so no need to worry about their weight.

Wide variety of drinks are also available.  Pairing steak with wine is normal so they have 3 kinds for you to try.  They also have sodas and some coffee.  They also serve desserts.

4) get utensils, spices and water at the self service station

While waiting for them to cook your food.  Prepare your utensils, get some spices and a glass of water at the self service station.

5) claim your cooked meat

During Step 2, you should have gotten a number which you’ll use to claim your order.

For 3 persons, we are on beast mode.  Picked 5 kinds of meat: 3 pork, 1 lamb and 1 beef.  Posted according its likeability.

The chicharon bulaklak tastes good but lacks crunchiness.  Love the vinegar dip though.

Shouldn’t have ordered the bacon.  Not crispy because it’s grilled.  You can feel that you’re chewing the fats.

The beef is tender but there were some parts that are very very chewy.  

The Lamb Chops is up in my list.  Tender and meaty.  Sarap to the bones!

The Marinated Pork Chop is my favorite of all!  Tastier.  Meatier.  Just choose a packet that has lesser fats and you’re good to go!

Oh wait! The mashed potato is the bomb!  Freshly made with only pepper and salt.  No preservatives at all and surely not a pre mix! 

I like that they specified how to go through the process.  I also love the industrial, no frill set up.

I will be back.  There’s so many others to try.  Will still purchase that Porkchop though!

Check Meat Depot’s Facebook Page  or drop by their Instagram Page to see what I’m talking about. 

See you there!

Food Trip: Brad and Pit’s Ribshack

August 5th, 2016

New place to hang out.  Still in Kapitolyo.  I love this area.  A hub of old and new places for foodies like me.

Brad and Pit’s is my kind of place.  A little bit rustic, the walls full of chalkboard with sayings and what nots. This is a place for a good chill out time with family and friends alike.  I love the homey feel.  In fact, it really is a home turned into a dining place.  

One of the rooms features Coke Collectibles, an old typewriter and a vintage music player.

Started on appetizers.  True to its name, Mount Nachos is high up there.  Twisted the nachos with their rib sauce instead of the usual salsa.  The nachos were thin and super crunchy.  Even our kids can’t get enough of it.  

Kid friendly menu consists of Fish and Chips. This is also good for Fried Food Lovers.  Will surely get full with the big slice of fish fillet and a handful of fries.

We ordered Fettuccine Alfredo for the kids also.  Serving is not that huge. Maybe you could skip this. 

The mashed potato is good.  Not made of pre mix, plus the rib sauce adds a little bit of spice to it.

Of course, this is a Ribshack so we ordered 2 kinds of their Rib Mountain. You have a choice whether you like a few ribs only or as many as you could devour. 

The first one in the picture is the Dry Rub Rib Mountain, tender ribs encrusted with a special concoction of spices.

The other one is the Original Rib Mountain, tender ribs with original bbq sauce.
Both Rib Mountain comes with sides of corn and coleslaw.

If you want to see more of their menu, check this out.  There’s so much to try in their menu.  Plus the dessert list is something to look forward to.  

Brad and Pit’s Ribshack is located at 35 East Capitol Dr, Kapitolyo Pasig City.  They are on Soft Opening.  They are open Mondays to Sundays, from 12nn to 11pm. 

They also have another branch at Marikina.

Visit their Facebook Page, Brad & Pit’s Ribshack.

Food Trip: Cafe Aquatica

July 17th, 2016

Back in the day, me and my cousins used to buy fighting fishes for a few pesos.  We put them in used jars separately and just let them stay there.

Fast forward to today, these fighting fishes are called Premium Dragon Bettas.  We can find them on display and on sale in Cafe Aquatica in Promenade, Greenhills.

Its owner, Kenbert, is an avid collector and he has won so many awards.

Cafe Aquatica doubles as a cafe where one can relax and just enjoy looking at the various aquariums with some featuring an amazing waterfall display.  You can see the video here.

These displays can go up to a half million pesos.  Wow!  

Now for the food, they have very easy on the budget meals.  It maybe be for a few hundred pesos but the serving’s definitely big.  

My 2 favorites are the Bagnet and the Chicken Fingers!

Public Service: Artistically Tristanne

July 1st, 2016

You might be curious as to why I titled this blog post as Public Service.  Well, I personally think that I am doing the public a favor by introducing them this super duper talented and artistic lady who goes by the name of Tristanne. 

I am always in awe when I see her Facebook posts about her doodles, sketches, drawings, creations, or whatever you want to call these works of art.  I can’t help but press the like button.  I have always been a FAN!

Come Father’s Day, she gifted her dear father a pair of hand painted shoes.  She made the white slip ons her canvass.

You can see that the characters she painted had full semblance with the original ones.

Her parents couldn’t be prouder.  

Then she posted another pair of hand painted shoes.

A wacky Odie and Garfield but still looked awesome.

And then she played with her mom’s old branded bag and the result was just as amazing.

There’s always that one person who will be first.  This next bag is the first commissioned bag Tristanne did and she will have that privilege forever.  Especially when Tristanne, in the nearest future, is already well known in the industry as one talented artist.

So there, you have seen her work and for sure, you’re asking these questions in your mind.  How can I contact her?  What design can I ask her to do?  Do I have an old bag or even a new one for her to use?  Bag or Shoes? 

You may contact Tristanne through her Facebook Page, Tristanne Yasay or through her Instagram, @Tristanneeee.

This girl is just starting out but I am pretty sure that she will go a long way.  

So proud of her!  Go contact her now before she gets too busy!

Family Mode: Visiting Tsim Sha Tsui Part 2

June 29th, 2016

It was a very long day.  But kids weren’t tired yet so we decided to go the Avenue of the Stars which we discovered was already closed.  There was still a viewing area / deck near the Clock Tower though.

Kids enjoyed running around, taking pictures of the Victoria Harbour, and looking at the boats passing by.  Very picturesque sight to behold.

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There was a slight drizzle so it was cold by the harbour.

We capped our Tsim Sha Tsui escapade by boarding a ferry to go home.  Too bad though that plastic curtains were drawn down because of the rain and big splashes from the waves.

Can’t take beautiful pictures of the now lighted buildings by the harbour.

Oh well, there will always be next time.

Until then!

Family Mode: Minion Domino

June 19th, 2016

Found a new game for my kids in my recent trip to Hong Kong. 

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It’s a Minion Domino!  The box and the instruction sheet are not in English but I thought it wouldn’t matter when they are playing already. 

True to my words, the girls enjoyed playing the dominoes.  The pictures of the Minion characters in the tiles are color coordinated so it’s very easy to play.  They finished in a few minutes and are now on their 2nd round.

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The set comes with 28 domino tiles.  Such a bargain at less than HKD 50.00.

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