Enchanted Kingdom

The thought of going to Enchanted Kingdom brings back childhood memories. The first time was with my family. I remember getting soaked in the water ride then getting dried under the heat of the sun while riding a swan. Pictures with my now gone dad wearing his trademark neon sando with a bulging tummy. Yeah, that’s a very vivid memory.

The last time I went to EK was during college with my blockmates, and that was about 16, 17 years ago!

And even if I’m already 37 this year, who said I couldn’t enjoy EK once more. I love thrilling rides and this is also a way to bond with my work family.

Upon entering EK, Mr Wizard is there to welcome us!

Some other theme park mascots were also in the area for photo op.

My baby in the branch is super happy, it’s her first time!

Passed by Boulderville which is kids’ area. Didn’t get to explore this area anymore.

We went straight to an extreme ride which is the EKstreme! It gets you to the top then drops you abruptly! Sure can feel that my heart was left up in the sky.

To stabilize our heart rate, we rode a mini roller coaster, Roller Skater. 😁

Up next, the famous Anchors Away. The ship sways back and forth!

One of the my most favorite rides here in EK, the Jungle Log Jam!

It has 2 slides which the log you are riding will slide to. The first slide is lower then the other one is higher and steeper!

Before we head on to lunch, half of the group decided to ride the Ultimate Roller Coaster, the Space Shuttle.

This roller coaster goes forward then backward. It has a few 360 degree loops which will make you feel like you are floating!

Excited while in line!

Thought the Air Race ride was nothing, we were wrong! The planes which turns 360 degrees made all of is dizzy after. Imagine your seat turning 360 vertically while the whole machine was turning 360 horizontally!

After this ride, we decided to take a break and have lunch and take a nap to recharge and make the dizziness go away.

Once we have recovered, we went to the 4D Theatre. They are showing Ice Age.

Our glasses are on!

After watching amd having some snacks, the long wait was about to begin at Rio Grande Rapids.

Feel real water rafting adventure here. You are sure to get wet!

We came prepared with our ponchos!

And after the ride, we were fprtunate enough to see a rainbow. 🌈🌈🌈

Decided to have fun with these not so scary kuyas. 😁

The day turned into night. Lights already on for the rides.

Wanted to dry off ourselves after the Rapids, so we need the Flying Fiesta! This ride swings you around and it feels go good.

Didn’t ride the Wheel of Fate anymore. It would have given us an amazing view.

The Disk O Magic spins you left and right. Be sure to hold on tight!

The last on our EK trip is the Agila. This 3D ride will tour you around the beautiful places in the Philippines as if you’re riding and flying on an Agila.

Before heading home, we had a few photos inside EK to commemorate our trip.

Our final photo outside EK. So much happiness when you are with happy and fun people!

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Atom Bar + KTV

Chanced upon a newly opened bar and ktv when we left Cafe I’m Here, which was just beside it.

Atom Bar + KTV is located at 3F CTTM Square, 68 Timog Avenue corner Tomas Morato Avenue Quezon City.

We toured around the place when it was still closed and boy, the place was amazing! Totally different from your usual ktvs.

Starting with the main bar.

They even have special beer pong tables!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

I also love that they have a separate smoking area. This means that smoking is not allowed in the bar.

They also have VIP rooms with different themes!

Inside these VIP rooms, you could either have a movie night and watch your favorite movies / series with your family or friends or belt your go to songs!

Let me show you around!

VIP 1 is the Pink Gold Room

The girls will feel special and dainty and of course, pretty in this room!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 2 is the Camping Room

I love this room! Already thinking of bringing my team here!

There are tents installed, fairy lights and artificial grass for that camping feel. Bean bags look so comfy, just the right mood to chill and enjoy the night!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 3 is the 360 Room

Looks futuristic and feels futuristic.

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VIP 4 is the Barbie Room

Larger room complete with comfy couches with a Barbie collection in the middle of the room.

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VIP 5 is the Blue Pink Room

Another room for the larger group. That blue couch sure is inviting!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

VIP 6 & 7 are the Loft Rooms

Two more rooms for large groups of people, feels like you’re just crashing

into the unit of your friend! You can be emo and just look out the window and enjoy the city view!

Photo from Atom Bar FB

All rooms have 65 inches Flat Screens!

So if you’re already thinking of having a party here, especially that Christmas get together, check their packages ↓

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Can’t wait to experience Atom Bar + KTV!

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Kandle Cafe

Unique concept, cool vibe and very relaxing atmosphere, this is what Kandle Cafe can offer you!

This coffee shop is different from your usual coffee place, it’s not cramped, it’s totally spacious!

For photo addicts like us, the statement wall is the bomb! I love the vintage knick knacks displayed here.

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Staycation @ Okada Manila

Omg! Had a chance to stay at one of Okada Manila’s luxurious rooms and boy was that a dream!

Pink hues everywhere! I love it!

The grand lobby starts off with decadent chandeliers in pink with colorful gems!

Hallways are as pink as well!

Once up in the hotel tower, the elegant chandeliers adorn the elevator lobby.

Same goes with the pathway to our hotel room!

Once you’re inside the room, you just don’t want to leave anymore! A room, more like a unit as big as this, costs so much. I checked the website and it’s about Php 18,000 plus plus for a night. So I am very thankful for my cousin and her friends for the chance to experience Okada Manila’s Junior Suite even for a night.

Are you ready?

A mini office greets you upon entering.

Then the receiving area.

There is actually a door going into the bedroom.

The luxurious bedroom with its own sofa by the foot of the bed.

The mini bar

The walk in closet

And of course, the spacious bath room with your very own jacuzzi bathtub and a wonderful view of The Fountain!

And although I am not the person who really likes IG worthy pictures of myself, I just couldn’t let the chance pass, so forgive me if I’ll indulge myself for a few pictures in the bathtub.

Thanks to my hubby for my pictures!

Another reason why I didn’t want to leave the room, everything is fully automated! There are 2 ipads you can use to turn on / off the lights, draw the curtains, change the channels of the television, choose from a list of movies or series, watch vloggers review Okada Manila, etc, etc… so much to do with the touch of a finger!

Of course, the kids wouldn’t let the bathtub gone unexplored as well!

After enjoying the tub, they moved to a bigger space and went down to the pool area.

Enjoyed the sunset while having some lemon water and chilling at the cabana.

Check out www.okadamanila.com for more details!

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All 4 U Unlimited Grill & Shabu Shabu

Celebrated my loved ones’ birthdays at All 4 U Unlimited Grill and Shabu Shabu and it’s so good! Everyone enjoyed!

They have a promo now at Php 599 per person. But if it’s your birthday, or you are a Senior, a PWD or a kid aged 8, you will only be charged Php 350.00! Ain’t that a good deal? Also, kids below 8 years are free!

They don’t have much choices for the meat unlike other Samgyupsal restaurants, but they do offer shrimps, lots of them!

And they have both shabu shabu for soup lovers and grill for bbq lovers.

Chose bulgogi flavored soup as our soup base. They also have organic shabu shabu or kimchi soup. This soup base has actual bulgogi beef marinated mixed in this bowl of veggies. It makes the soup very tasty.

They have these for your side dish. Your usual sesame oil, soy sauce and kimchi sauce. Of course, the actual kimchi won’t be missed, then they have corn and fruit cocktail.

They also offer Kimchi Ramen for each table. These ramen’s so good. The texture’s different from local instant ramens.

If you want some more, they have more! You just need to pay extra.

All 4 U also has unlimited Iced Tea and the usual cold water!

Their lettuce – big and really crunchy!

For first serving, they will give you a set of beef brisket, chicken, some fish cakes and shrimps

Staring off with this!

Our Kuya server also suggested this Bulgogi Beef. Not on the menu! But be clear to say Bulgogi Beef – Marinated Beef, they might think you are asking for the Bulgogi Soup!

This is to die for, so tasty and so yummy!

Here in All 4 U, you have a choice, eat as is, cooked from the pot or wrapped in lettuce from the grill.

And of course, the main event and star of the night, the different stages of our shrimps! Our family so loves them!

What’s great about All 4 U, even if we already ordered so much, they still gave our orders promptly and with a smile. Unlike some that will delay the orders coming out!

They even have a small birthday cake for my handsome hubby and they sang and played a happy birthday song too!

We also have free melona ice cream! So refreshing!

Hats off to all the Kuyas who served us! Thank you for your outstanding service!

Here’s our family so happy and contented with All 4 U SM Sta Mesa! Here at All 4 U, it’s really all for you! 😍

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Medley Buffet @ Okada Manila

Buffet Lovers like me, be sure to find your way to the Medley Buffet of Okada Manila.

Before you get to the restaurant, you will first be amazed with the Grand Lobby that is Okada Manila. Pink hues will welcome your arrival. Colorful gems adorn these gigantic shell shaped curtains dropping from the ceiling!

Medley Buffet is fast becoming the star of all buffets. With its very classy interior and its vast selection of international cuisine, people are really flocking to see what’s in store for them!

We managed to reserve the private room. Look how dainty it is. Even the chair is intricately carved.

I randomly took photos of the buffet spread. From Filipino cuinese to Japanese cuisines, to Korean, to Chinese and other international cuisines, you can find it all here.

And more importantly, so much variety of desserts they offer here!

Medley Buffet has weekdays promo now, so better enjoy it while you can.

Bon Appetit!

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Photo Jog inside Malacanang Palace Grounds

I felt like jogging one Saturday morning so I did and it was refreshing.

Jose P Laurel Street is a long stretch. I pass by this street everyday by car and I love how the trees line the street especially near the Malacanang Gates.

While jogging though, I can’t help but stop at the wonderful things I see.

The first thing to see is the National Shrine of St Jude Thaddeus.

The church holds novena service every Thursday to St Jude. St Jude is known to be the patron saint of hopeless cases.

Farther along the stretch, there is a public park known as the Freedom Park. It is located in front of the Administration and Executive Buildings of Malacanang Palace. There is a tower with an Aguila (Eagle) on top, this represents the Liberation of Manila and is erected for the innocent victims of World War II.

Somewhere along the stretch, there is an ancestral house that has been converted into a full blown restaurant, Casa Roces.

One old house has also been turned into the Presidential Complaint Center.

Old houses can still be found along the street.

On the other end of the street is another church, the Regal Parish and National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels, also known as San Miguel Church.

It is a church dedicated to the seven archangels namely Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, Saint Uriel, Saint Selatiel, Saint Jhudiel and Saint Barachiel.

Trivia

  • Former President Ferdinand Marcos married former First Lady Imelda Marcos here.
  • The remains of Don Domingo Roxas, patriarch of the Zobel de Ayala-Roxas-Soriano clans, is buried here.

Saint Michael fighting off a dragon in this statue in the front of the church.

Grateful for the sun rises anew, it brings hope and a new beginning.

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What to do and see in Bohol?

One weekend last September, I have the chance to visit Bohol and I enjoyed every inch of our trip!

Took Philippine Airlines’ morning flight and before noontime we have landed at Tagbilaran Airport. I just wish they improve the airport as it was a little cramped for a plane full of passengers getting their luggages. Don’t expect an air conditioned airport.

We were picked up by the service bus of Henann Resort. It was about 30 minutes or so until we reached the beautiful Henann Resort at Alona Beach. While waiting to be checked in, decided to take some photos.

It’s a fine day and just seeing the beach from afar excites me.

Lunch was served at their restaurant and we waited so long before we were checked in. But I must say, it’s worth the wait. We got a villa but it doesn’t have the pool access.

Our colleagues got the villa with direct pool access, it’s basically the same room except the pool is just outside their balcony.

Supposedly, this is rest time. But instead of resting inside the room, I decided to explore the beach. I love how it’s not hot and humid anymore. It’s so breezy and lounging in front of the beach doing nothing is the best!

Nightime came, had dinner again and after resting, we managed to schedule a massage at Nuat Thai Panglao outside the resort. You could ask Nuat Thai to pick you up from your hotel. Then we walked back when we realized it’s just so near.

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The combo massage was oh so good! I had a good sleep and ready for a whole day of tour and activities!

First on our list – The Bohol Bee Farm. We learned a lot here! The bees give you no harm because they are European bees and they are not aggressive. Got to hold the frame that contained hundreds of bees. According to our speaker, whatever happens, don’t panic. The bees will just be aggressive if they think they will be harmed. Even if it stays on your skin, just let it be. These bees give us the high quality honey we enjoy whether for beauty use or for consumption.

They also promote organic farming here. They promote the different uses of these plants as it could really be helpful to our everyday life.

They also provide livelihood activities in the farm, the women weave bags, display scrolls and even hammocks. They use only the best quality.

I tried their Ice Cream and it’s so sweet – the flavor I chose is Peanut Kisses, the famous cookie pastry shaped like the chocolate hills. What I like the most is its Cassava cone. Totally different from the usual sugar cone.

After shopping, we went ahead and drove to our next destination.

Baclayon Church
La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church

The church was founded in the year 1596 by Jesuit priests. Became a parish 1717 and the coral stone structure was completed 1727. It is the oldest coral stone church in the region. It was destroyed when an earthquake struck last 2013. It was fully restored just this 2017. Thankful that we were able to visit the place and say a prayer, it just reopened last February 2018.

Next stop – Tarsier Sanctuary

The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary aims to protect the natural habitat and the extinctions of tarsiers. They do so by promoting awareness and establishing protected areas in the whole province of Bohol. Little research has been conducted and this should not be the case. This gentle creature should be protected at all cost.

And we must thank people like the ‘Tarsier Man’ who has dedicated his whole life in protecting them. He used to hunt for them when he was little as his father was a taxidermist. They sold each tarsier at Php250.00. At 12, when he realized that the numbers of tarsiers were dwindling down, he decided to care for one and learned about it. He started breeding and was successful. From then on, he has dedicated his life in raising awareness to protect these tiny primates. Good job and thank you Mr Lito Pizarras.

After our cute encounter with the tarsiers, we proceeded to the Loboc River to have lunch while cruising aboard a ferry.

Loboc River Cruise

Don’t expect too much with the buffet spread, but be awed with the beauty surrounding your floating restaurant. The Loboc River Cruise is certainly enjoyable because of its uniqueness. Imagine you are aboard a floating restaurant, with food, a very good singer serenading everyone, a beautiful scenery, and the famous Loboc Children’s Choir singing and dancing as the grand finale of the cruise. Guests could also join them in their “tinikling” (bamboo) dance.

I got teary eyed watching these families perform, they were so happy and grateful with whatever we could give them.

On our way to see the Chocolate Hills, we passed by the Loboc-Bilar Man Made Forest. Beautiful and tall mahogany trees line the road and stretch for about 2 kilometers. Once you enter the forest, you will feel that it’s cooler compared to the hot and humid non forested part. Tourists often stop and risk their lives trying to get a good shot in the middle of the road, because cars won’t stop and let you have your picture on your own sweet time.

And before we finally see the majestic hills, we went on to have an ATV adventure along the foot of the hills. This 30 minute or so drive was exhilarating! I got all muddy during the drive, it’s so hot that I got so sweaty and red, but it was worth it. When we finally reached the highlight of our route, it’s amazing.

It’s my first time riding ATV and it will definitely not be the last.

Finally, we come to the finale of our daytour, the Chocolate Hills.

This is the view when you don’t want to climb the Observation Deck. But I wanted to go up because I want to see the Topview.

One has to climb about 214 steps to get to the Viewdeck which is the highest of all the hills.

Thousands of these hills surround the town of Carmen.

The 214 steps uphill climb left me breathless but it was so worth it. The view was breathtaking.

Went back to the hotel, had dinner and rested before enjoying ourselves in the pool for Happy Hour.

The next day, woke up early so I could enjoy the beach.

That ends our Bohol Trip. So much more to explore. Till next time!

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