Sunday Parkday

On an unexpected Sunday, all family members woke up and went out to JOG and EXERCISE!!!

Groggy and hungry, we drove to Makati and found ourselves in the midst of Washington Sycip Park and Legaspi Active Park.

These 2 parks are just across each other. Not that big of a park but definitely a nice place to be.

Washington Sycip Park

There’s an artwork dedicated to Washington Sycip, it’s called “The Mangrove-nature Embrace.” Like these trees, our purpose is to strike balance in our planet.

Another nice thing about the park is that they put labels on the trees so one will know what kind of trees they are and what their uses are.

Tamarind Tree
Tamarind is a leguminous tree in the family Fabaceae indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon. The tamarind tree produces pod-like fruit that contains an edible pulp used in cuisines around the world. Other uses of the pulp include traditional medicine and metal polish.

*Wikipedia

Fire Tree

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name royal poinciana or flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as “flame tree“.

*Wikipedia

Palm Tree
The Arecaceae are a botanical family of perennial plants. Their growth form can be climbers, shrubs, trees and stemless plants, all commonly known as palms. Those having a tree form are colloquially called palm trees.

*Wikipedia

Bagras Tree

I love the natural color of the trunk of this tree. It’s Bagras Tree and this is from our very own Mindanao.

Eucalyptus Deglupta is also known as the Mindanao gum tree, named after the island of Mindanao in the Philippines of which the tree is native to. Gum trees are a group of eucalyptus trees that are characterized by their smooth bark that periodically sheds. E. deglupta are commonly planted as ornamental trees in frost-free climates such as Hawaii, Southern California, Texas, and Louisiana.

*Wikipedia

Narra Tree
It is somewhat astonishing that the Narra-Tree (Pterocarpus indicus / Red Sandalwood tree), belongs to the national-symbols of the Philippines, especially because in the past the tree could be found in most deeper and middle regions of South East Asia and because nowadays the Philippines have only small, scattered and endangered remainders of the tree.

*Insights Philippines

Mahogany Tree
Mahogany is a kind of woodβ€”the straight-grained, reddish-brown timber of three tropical hardwood species of the genus Swietenia, indigenous to the Americas and part of the pantropical chinaberry family, Meliaceae.

*Wikipedia

Balete Tree
Balete tree are several species of the trees in the Philippines from the genus Ficus that are broadly referred to as balete in the local language. A number of these are known as strangler figs wherein they start upon other trees, later entrapping them entirely and finally killing the host tree.

*Wikipedia

Quiet spots around the park

They have gazebos where you can sit and rest, or do taichi, arnis or zumba.

Legaspi Active Park

They have 2 play area for kids. One under the shade of trees and one under the sun.

It has also a jogging path with start to finish lines. It also has markings of 50m, 100m, 150m, 200m and 240m on the path so you could monitor how much you have jogged.

Kids enjoyed jogging for a while then played in the playground. Nice to bond with the family over something healthy. We might do this regularly and the kids are now planning to bring badminton rackets the next time around.

To add, street parking is free around the area of the parks.

Plenty of sun, greens and fun with family makes my heart healthy and full. ❀

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Aquaria Water Park and Beach Resort

Our last beach outing before we went back to school! Taking this trip with friends who turned into families made it more worth the while.

This was just an overnight beach trip but we really felt the bond with nature. Why wouldn’t we when our houses were located in front of the beach! The beach wasn’t that perfect but the fact that it was just a few steps away from where we stayed took all the stress away. I love how I was woken up by the sound of the waves crashing to the shore.

Aquaria Water Park is located in Calatagan, Batangas. It is just an hour and a half drive from Tagaytay.

Accommodations:

We booked our beachfront villa through one of the hotel sites. One side is all glass (with curtains for privacy) so you could hear and see the beach a few steps away from you!

I could stay on this swing all day! What can beat fresh and windy air.

Sofa Bed is available for use.

You can choose to have a queen bed and a double deck or 2 double decks!

The shower and toilet area’s just the right size.

Amenities:

Beach – a long stretch of fine sandy beach can be enjoyed.

There is a bar by the beach and instead of the usual bar chairs, you have swings!

Kids washing their sandy feet with the ‘banga’ (huge jar filled with water) outside our beachfront villa.

The kids and adults enjoyed the beach!

I personally was at a high just taking these wonderful pictures of the beach. I could just stare and immense myself in the beauty of God’s gift.

Pools:

The whole resort has about 5 pools everyone can enjoy. They also have a lot of cottages / spaces where you can lounge and chill while the kids swim.

Enjoyed this slide pool! It’s just tiring to go up with the inflatables, but so fun to go down!

Restaurants:

Taza Coffee – they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner plus coffee, shakes and liquors

Some of our breakfast…

The Sands – this is the main restaurant.

Some of our food for lunch and dinner.

Service

The service personnel were all very accommodating, nice and friendly. Not even the strong wind and rain at nighttime can hinder them from servicing us and our needs. 2 thumbs up for them!

Best of all, there’s not much people around when we were there. It’s like us and nature only. I would definitely like to be back and just chill.

Our beachfront villas are booked through Crusoe Cabins, you may book directly through their website by clicking the picture below!

You may also check their Facebook page, Crusoe Cabins.

Life’s a beach!πŸ–πŸπŸ–

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Morning Eats at Greenhills!

This is where you could eat when roaming around Greenhills early in the morning on a Saturday.

Fresh from the Promenade, walked towards the strip of restos in front of Shoppesville.

1) Krispy Kreme

2) McDonald’s

3) Max’s

4) Tim Horton’s

5) Army Navy

6) Casa Reyes

7) Bulacan Lugaw Kitchen

8) Dunkin Donuts

9) Subway

And though the idea of eating my favorite donuts ran through my mind, I chose the healthier sub at subway. I am proud of myself. πŸ˜€

Bbq Chicken Sub with Cookie and Drink at Php 155.00

So much for my heavy breakfast. Need to see my Doctor now!

*The mentioned restos have various opening hours, some as early as 6am and some a little later at 7am.

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Caerus Cafe and Bistro

Your beloved neighborhood coffee shop has just moved to a bigger and better place in the Scout Area in Quezon City!

It is now a full blown coffee shop and restaurant!

The interior is very homey and bright. Really good for those casual night outs with friends, a family day or even a date!

I super love this girl on piano. These are actually books! You have to see for yourself and be amazed!

Very extensive Drink List they have here! From coffee to juices to shakes to teas!

And yes, they now serve liquor to cater to friends who are not coffee lovers.

Our drinks for the night. House blend Iced Tea for me. Slow Brew Coffee for hubby. Iced Latte for a friend.

Their food is worth the trip as well. They have a fusion of cuisines available and the chef is still continuing to discover more dishes to offer.

Their Happy Sisig will really make your tastebuds happy.

*Jumbo sized Happy Sisig due to our party that night.

Their Sinigang na Liempo has the right sourness and spiciness.

Grilled Porkchops and Inasal na Chicken are both marinated with that yummy tanginess of barbeque sauce!

And of course, a coffee shop isn’t a coffee shop without the sweet desserts.

They have a lot to offer and I can’t choose so I tried 3 of them. It’s all good!

But wait, here’s the best part. The whole cafe looks so nice that almost every corner’s IG friendly. Just look at our amateur shots ↓↓↓

My team’s so happy and we’ll definitely be back!

Check out their FB page, Caerus Specialty Coffe and Bistro

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Killing Time (at Greenhills Shopping Center) in the Middle of A.P.E.

When you’re employed, having an Annual Physical Exam is required. It usually takes up a whole day or more if you need to do some follow up tests or if you need to see a different doctor. In my case, today is my 2nd follow up and I came in as scheduled for my laboratory and blood work. However, I needed to do some more tests which can only be done in the afternoon. Instead of going back and forth, I decided to just stay and roam around. It’s the best thing to do, and one of the reasons I chose Health Cube in Promenade Greenhills. It’s 12nn and I basically have 5 hours to burn.

This is how I killed time. I went up to the ground floor, browsed at Fully Booked and bought the 3rd book from the Crazy Rich Asian series, Rich People Problems.

Planning to read it while waiting. I also thought of watching a movie but went against the idea. After paying for the book, I felt my stomach grumble so off I walked to the other side of Promenade and to the foodcourt. I have charge slips to convert into GCs at Bonchon. #freelunch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I had my lunch there and I stayed about an hour. To my surprise, the chicken’s so juicy.

After my 1 hour lunch. I decided to walk towards Shoppesville and VMall. I passed through all the different restos. There’s Bizu, Cibo, Gerry’s Grill, Isla Pulo, Pedro and Coi, Hokkaido Santouka Ramen and many more.

I crossed over to Shoppesville, the main shopping area of Greenhills Shopping Center! So many things to see here.

The fountain which you could only see from the 2nd floor, it’s situated in the middle of it all. Too bad it’s covered by the shops on the ground floor.

2nd floor is dedicated to the gadgets and accessories, it has a passageway going to the Vmall. I didn’t go through this area because I didn’t want to be offered left and right, I also have no intention of buying any gadgets or accessories.

Back to the ground floor where I mostly walked (and shopped), it has aisles and aisles of clothes, bags, and home decors.

Scored some super affordable everyday wear. I love the colors and the fabric of these blouses I bought. These 3 blouses set me back for less than a thousand bucks! πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

And I am so loving the black one. ⬇⬇⬇

There’s also an area for home decors, artworks and antiquities.

An area’s dedicated to shoes that are locally made, The Shoe Center.


If you like branded watches, bags and shoes (Class A to Class AAA), you could definitely find it here. There are also rows and rows of jewelries especially pearls.

Another thing that Greenhills kept from way back is the open garden that connects two areas. It also has a chapel where shoppers can say a prayer or two.



After Shoppesville, I also went to the Shoppesville Plus and the Toy Area near the Theatre Mall. I enjoyed looking at the toys I forgot to take pictures!

After about 3 hours of non stop walking, I was so thirsty and tired, I decided to go back to Health Cube and just read and wait there. The doctor came early and I was done by 530pm.

The Greenhills Shopping Center also added a new building for Uni Mart, a grocery store, and O Square 1 and 2, where you could find mostly restaurants.

So there, I hope you learned a thing or two from my experience today. Share share share!

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Shrimp Bucket

Been wanting to try Shrimp Bucket for some time now. Finally had the chance yesterday when we were in Ayala Malls the 30th. Could have gone to our fave resto, Gringo, but a little change wouldn’t hurt right?

The interior makes you feel like you are inside a ship. With small holes surrounding the area, and some ropes dangling and barrels lined up, the wood finish and the warm lights complete the look.

For you to have an idea what they serve in Shrimp Bucket, here’s their menu.

So we wanted to order crabs, but they’re out of stock. We instead ordered Shrimps in Salty Eggsperience and Mussels in The Mardi Gras.

I love Salted Egg whatever, but this one didn’t do it for me. I would have liked it more if there are bits and pieces of salted egg or maybe not too saucy. Some of the shrimps were overcooked. The skin sticks to the shrimp meat.

Would have tasted better with the Mardi Gras sauce.

The mussels gets a thumbs up. They did great with The Mardi Gras sauce. It’s a chorizo based sauce with a little tinge of spiciness. The chorizo meat’s like grounded meat and mixed with the mussels.

The Deep Fried Baby Squid is a hit with my kids. The breading’s not too salty. The squid is not chewy.

Shrimp Bucket has non-seafood items too!

We tried their Spicy Pork Belly (not spicy at all). It’s like binagoongang bagnet (pork belly with shrimp paste). The meat melts in your mouth, the hint of shrimp paste tastes good. There’s still a crunch even if smothered in sauce already.

Instead of ordering an extra bowl of rice at Php 40.00, we ordered a Rice Bowl instead at Php 160.00. The Dad’s Seared Chicken with coconut milk sauce gets a high grade. Like the pork, the chicken melts in your mouth as well. The coco based sauce seals the deal!

Overall, I like the non seafoods better. Maybe I need to try the crab and the shrimp in the Mardi Gras sauce, or try the other sauces available. There are also a lot of other rice bowls and main entrees to choose from. And it’s affordable too!

And it’s fun to see what you have devoured in a bucket after!

Shrimp Bucket has a few branches all over the metro.

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Our Taiwan Food Trip

Before our trip, pictures of Taiwan’s best eats are just that – pictures!

In a short span of 3 days, we tried to eat as many Taiwan famous food (especially street food) as we could.

Prepare to get hungry!

Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao, Shrimp Dumplings and Beef Noodle Soup

Ay Chung Misua Noodle

Everyone’s favorite, Stinky Tofu in Ximending

Jap Resto in Ximending open till 4am

Jiufen’s famous beef noodle store

Jiufen’s famous fish ball soup

TKK Fried Chicken

Taipei Main Station Underground Mall

Famous Pork Bun at Raohe Street Night Market

Wagyu Beef Cubes – Raohe Street Night Market

Resto in an alley near Tomorrow Hotel – Korean Style Pork Bbq Rice Toppings

Hot-Star XXL Fried Chicken

Prince Cheese Potatoes – food alley in Ximending

Taiwan Sausage – found everywhere

Taiwan Sausage in Sticky Rice – food alley in Ximending

Spring Onion Pancakes

Pan Fried Xiao Long Bao in Shilin

Chicken Wings stuffed with Rice – Shifen

DRINKS / DESSERTS

Chun Cui He Milk Teas

Sold in Carrefour at NTD 22.00 to 23.00, in 7-11 at NTD 28.00 to 30.00

Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea

*look for this near H&M in Ximending, this is the cheapest and the best!

Another famous brown sugar milk tea but that one πŸ‘†is better.

Pineapple Shake at Shifen

Yakult Yogurt Smoothie at Shifen

Frozen Fresh Mango

Mango Smoothie in Yehliu Geopark

Oh boy! Wanna go back and eat some more!

To know more about our Taiwan Trip. Check out these blogs…

Taiwandering 2018

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Taiwandering 2018 – Preflight

Tomorrow Hotel Ximending

Taoyuan International Airport Free Lounges

Portablee WIFI Rental by Kkday

Din Tai Fung Original Branch

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Exploring Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Managed to fit visiting Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall into our itinerary. Took the Metro Train and alighted at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station, exited at Exit 5.

The back of the National Theatre greets visitors coming from the train.

Walk on the side of the National Theatre and you will be in awe! Liberty Square is so huge, you will see the Archway, the National Theatre, the National Concert Hall and afar will be the CKS Memorial Hall.

The Archway is the main gate to Liberty Square. It stands magnificently in its blue roof tile and white facade. There are actually 3 gates surrounding the whole square. They are the Gate of Loyalty and the Gate of Piety.

This is the Gate of Integrity.

The National Theatre

National Concert Hall

These twin structures are two of the first major modern performing arts facilities in Taiwan. It lies on the South and North sides of Liberty Square, and on the east of CKS Memorial Hall.

According to Wikipedia, the National Theater contains a smaller Experimental Theater and the National Concert Hall holds a more intimate Recital Hall. Outdoor performances can be staged simultaneously on the square.

And now, we go to the main attraction of this visit. At the east end of the square lies Chiang Kai Shek’s Monument.

Found a good samaritan to take our picture. πŸ˜€ Halfway through.

There are actually 89 steps to this stairway, representing the age of Chiang Kai Shek when he passed away.

It’s a bit hard to get to the top but the view is magnificent.

2 guards stand by the giant statue of Chiang Kai Shek. They also have guard changing ceremony. They usually come from the main hall downstairs and march up to the statue.

On this same floor, they house a mini library with details about how the place was built.

Down the main hall, a museum for Chiang Kai Shek can be found. They exhibit here his old clothes, military uniforms, memorabilias, letters and his magnificent cars.


Explored some more then left for our next adventure.

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