Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake

If you’ll ask me the ONE thing I miss about Baguio, aside from the cool weather of course, this would be my answer – Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake!

You couldn’t get your hands on these super duper yummy cake here in Manila. So when I heard my colleagues planning a trip to Baguio over the weekend, I couldn’t be happier!

My one and only request, to buy me a strawberry shortcake at Vizco’s in Session Road.

And today, my cravings was satisfied. Much thanks to them who brought this fragile cake all the way down from Baguio.

Like how a tech blogger unboxes a new Iphone or when a travel blogger sets foot on a luxurious resort, my feelings were kind of the same when I was pulling off the green and gold ribbons of this box. 😊

Giddy and excited to eat.  But first, photos. 😁

6 inch Strawberry Shortcake

It didn’t let me down, the taste was still very much the same since I last tasted it.  Creamy and not too sweet icing, soft sponge cake, crunchy and sweet strawberries on top and as filling. Really one of the bests, if not the BEST Strawberry Shortcake ever! 🍓🍓🍓

Strawberries and Cream Filling

Prices and Sizes

At Php 580.00, the cake is so worth it. Make sure to drop by Vizco’s when in Baguio. I also love their Salad. Check out my other posts about the City of Pines down below. 🍓

For food experiences and itinerary, check out Another Baguio Adventure.

For hotel stays, check out Citylight Hotel Baguio and Newtown Plaza Hotel.

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Passport Renewal – Existing Passport Holders

I renewed our passports recently and it was so easy and convenient, not to mention super fast. I got our renewal passports already as of this writing!

I decided to book a family / group appointment through www.passport.gov.ph/appointment

Let me take you through the process.

After reading the terms and conditions, I clicked the Start Group Appointment.

It will take you to another window in which you have to input the number of applicants making an appointment.

Next window will ask you which DFA office or satellite branch you want to go for the renewal.

Choose DFA NCR WEST in SM City Manila if you are around the area since there were only a few applicants when we went there.

Next window takes you to the appointment calendar, choose your date and your time depending on availability on the page.

We chose a Saturday so our passports’ renewal applications are automatically rushed. I think it’s okay since you just have to add Php250.00 as expedite fee on top of the regular Passport Fee of Php950.00. Rush passport applications have a TAT of around 10 working days.

After choosing your appointment date and time, you will now fill up the necessary information.

You input another applicant’s information by clicking the Add Applicant Button.

After encoding 2nd Applicant’s information, you will be asked to encode the group contact information.

Once this is done, you will have to review all the information of all the applicants and the appointment date and time. After checking, you will have to click a confirmation button to emphasize your consent to the application.

An email instruction for payment will be sent.

Once payment has been made, another email will be sent to confirm your appointment. This will contain a checklist, electronic receipt, appointment confirmation and appointment form.

Print all pages needed and sign the appointment form that has your information / details on it.

Bring these on your chosen appointment date together with your passport and photocopy of the info page. For minor applicants, best to bring a copy of the marriage contract of the parents and a copy of the birth certificate of the minor, plus a photocopy of the parent’s valid ID.

After preparing all the above mentioned documents, all you have to do is wait for your appointment date.

Go to the selected site office at least 30 minutes before your actual appointment. As for us, we got in 30 minutes prior to our appointment time since there were no more applicants on that time slot.

Cellphones were asked to be turned off just as you enter the site office. No pictures are allowed.

Your appointment schedule is verified before being allowed to enter the main office.

Applicants are seated while you wait for your turn to have your documents checked and collated. If you will have your passport delivered via their courier, your passport will be perforated right there and then. But if you opt to pick it up, your passport will be perforated when you claim your new passport. I opted to pick up our passports instead of shelling out Php150.00 each passport. (Yes! Even if you are together and your passport will be delivered at the same address, fee is separate.)

After, you will now go into another room and wait for your turn to have your picture taken. Better to remove your earrings and your necklace while you’re in line. This will be a lot longer than the first step since the information on the actual passport needs to be checked one by one by the applicant. They will also get your fingerprints and have you sign once everything is in order.

The officer will then give you back your electronic receipt stamped with the availability date of passport and attach a piece of paper which states the guidelines on how to pick your passport up.

In just an hour, we are out of the DFA!

A day after the supposed pick up date of our passports, I tried calling the landline on the piece of paper. No one was answering so I decided to send a text message to the mobile number indicated, someone replied and asked for the details of the passport application. I replied and waited for their confirmation that the passports are in fact ready and available for pick up.

When I went to the DFA site office again, the ladyguard asked for my electronic receipt, stapled it and instructed me to leave it at Window # 1. There was a little rectangular tray to leave the receipts with and another officer gets it every few minutes to look for your passport. The officer at the window calls you by your name and asks you to review the details of your new passport. After reviewing, you are good to go with your brand new Philippine Passport with 10 year validity. For minor applicants though, it still is 5 year validity period.

I must say this process is impressive as it only took me a few minutes to be finished. Parking in SM City Manila was way more inconvenient as I went there during the 2nd to the last day of Business Permit Application and Real Property Tax Payments.

Overall though, I give the Department of Foreign Affairs two thumbs up for the fast and easy processing of Passport Renewal.

Time to plan our 2020 travels, as in NOW. ✈️✈️✈️

Thank you for taking your time to read. Be informed. Be smart. That’s the way to go!

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Goto Tendon

Filipinos love to eat – it doesn’t matter what time of the day or night. So there are really restaurants that are open 24/7 or open in the wee hours to cater to these midnight snackers. 😁

Mushrooming in and out of the city, Goto Tendon will surely catch your eye with their bright red logo.

After a night of celebrating a friend’s birthday, with hard liquor taking much of the space in our tummies, our friends and I decided to go to Goto Tendon to eat some hot meal. This is the best thing to do after you get drunk! 😁

Goto Tendon

I sipped some lugaw from my husband’s big bowl of Goto Tendon, and I immediately liked the taste. I am not a fan of Goto and Pares, since I like my lugaw (congee) plain or just with chicken.

Sizzling Tendon

The Sizzling Tendon is a must try also. My friend mentioned that the resto should allow clients to order with or without rice. It’s just like a pica pica you could eat without the rice.

Tokwa’t Baboy

Crunchy lechon kawali goes well with the tofu in Goto Tendon’s version of Tokwa’t Baboy.

Ube Cheese con Niyebe

And of course, last but not the least, my order – Ube Cheese Con Niyebe. This is like a Korean bingsu / Pinoy Halo Halo altogether. Lavender colored, Ube tasting shaved ice topped with cheese and leche flan. Yummy!

One of these days, we are gonna go back and try their silogs (fried rice with egg) and a pares or 2.

Hope to see you in any of Goto Tendon’s many many branches! 😘. You may also visit their Official Facebook Page, Goto Tendon.

The branch we went to was Goto Tendon Scout Tobias.

Happy eating!

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R Cafe and Bar

In the midst of bustling Binondo, a hidden cafe has emerged! Located at the roofdeck of a newly constructed building along Quintin Paredes Street in Binondo Manila, this gem takes you away from the hustle and brings you to a serene place that is R Cafe and Bar.

R Cafe and Bar Logo

It’s the new place in town so we decided to hold our Christmas Party at R Cafe and Bar last December 20, 2019. They have a private function room good for 15 people. The room was spacious enough that we were able to play table games.

Shot during my ocular inspection

This was our group picture inside the function area during the Party.

Game Time!

One of the games we played, separation anxiety

They also have another area that can be booked for private parties.

The food was great. We ordered plated meals for everybody plus a few ala carte orders to share.

Potato Wedges – Dirty Fries – Regular Fries

Chicken Tenders

Nachos

Tofu

Pasta

Bangus

Beef Tapa

Their serving is just right for a plated meal. One person can get filled, especially when you order the meal with one of their coffee drinks.

R Cafe also boasts of a roofdeck open area overlooking the Manila skyline. It’s a nice view to look at regardless if it’s daytime or nighttime.

Here are some more shots. We really enjoyed taking pictures in the al fresco area. Hope there will be live bands performing next time.

I’ll be visiting R Cafe and Bar soon. I just hope they are more organized with their reservations now.

This is a really good place to hang out after a long day at work.

See you there! 😊

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Trip to Kwun Tong

My kids and I took the ferry to go to Kwun Tong.

It was a few minutes ride from the Sai Wan Ho Pier to the Kwun Tong Public Pier.

What to see in Kwun Tong?

⛴️Adidas / New Balance / Nike outlets.

⛴️Beauty shops

⛴️Buildings which house apparel shops, etc.

⛴️APM Mall which houses both international and local brands

Check out the Adventures of Daphne and Denise Vlog #19 for more of our trip to Kwun Tong.

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Maximizing Credit Cards this Holiday (Shopping) Season

Today is December 1 and only 24 days to Christmas! As such, everyone is busy spending and shopping for gifts to family and friends. Some of us like to use cash in purchasing but using credit cards (just make sure to pay fully on due date) is the way to go for me! To maximize these credit cards, we have to take advantage of the different promotions of the credit card brands here in the Philippines!

PNB Cards

Spend as low as Php2,000.00 and you can already get something in return.

I claimed my Large Gong Cha Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly from Gong Cha Philippines yesterday. It’s so easy to claim, you just tell the cashier that you will be claiming your free milk tea from PNB Cards. Show your credit card and they will swipe it, they don’t even need your charge slip anymore.

It’s either this Php95.00 worth of milk tea from Gong Cha Philippines or Php100.00 worth of The SM Store GC.

BDO Cards

Spend a minumum of Php3,000.00 and get Php100.00 worth of GCs.

Once you have your charge slip, it’s better to pre-register and get your codes at the BDO Treats Website. This is to save you time when claiming at the affiliate stores of Bench and at branches of Pancake House.

When claiming, give your card and your charge slips with written codes and wait for them to issue you your GC.

CITIBANK Cards

Spend Php800.00 at National Book Store and get gift cards worth Php150.00.

I haven’t tried this yet but this sure is a good deal. We could buy a lot of school and office supplies over at NBS that could work as Christmas gifts too!

METROBANK Cards

If you have a Metrobank Toyota Mastercard, you could have treats from McDo! Spend of Php2,000.00 gives you McDonald’s treats while a Php3, 000.00 spend will give you an eGC.

Who doesn’t want a McDonald’s treat?

Do take note of each promo’s redemption period. Read the terms and conditions to save you the hassle of arguing with the respective banks.

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Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea

Hello guys! Look what I have just discovered!

Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea is the newest brand of milk tea to hit town!

And their store in Ayala Malls Manila Bay opened just this November. Here are some snippets on what happened during their opening.

They definitely looked that they had an amazing opening day! The customers were given Php50.00 Gift Certificate to enjoy.

So what does Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea has to offer?

Brown Sugar with Pearl & Milk – who doesn’t like this?

Coffee with Pearl & Milk for coffee /milk tea lovers. Who said you can’t have it all?

Green Tea Latte is also a favorite.

And of course, my super love Taro with Pearl & Milk.

I am sure they have more drink to offer and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these yummy drinks!

Driving to Ayala Malls Manila Bay now! See you there!

PS. If you think the south is too far for you, they have 2 branches in the north – One Mall Valenzuela and Shell of Asia Sta Rita.

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Christmas Hacks

It’s one day before December and we are busy getting gifts for our loved ones. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t let our creative juices come in. We could also try to lessen the waste by reusing stuff found in our houses.

These are some of the Christmas hacks we did for this year’s gift giving season.

1) loombands gift tags

I am sure a lot of us has a stash of loombands somewhere in the house. Remember the year it was so IN?

My daughter’s gifts to her classmates are colorful pens and instead of wrapping it with gift wrappers and waste a lot of paper in the process, we thought of just putting mini gift tags on it.

We printed the gift tags on our stash of board papers at home, got the loombands out and voila, we got our own diy loombands gift tags.

2) old travel magazine gift wrapper

Another thing I decided to do is to use old travel magazine’s pages as gift wrappers. The item is a travel luggage tag and what more fitting than using paper with beautiful pictures on it.

3) reusing paper bags

From shopping and gifts from previous years, we have accumulated all sizes of paper bags. So I reused them for this year’s gifts.

Just put on some holiday tags and they are good to go.

I will be updating this post once I think of more Christmas hacks that could benefit not only me but the environment as well.

Thank you for your time! 😘

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