Tori Chizu

Recently tried this Japanese Resto in Megamall. Tori Chizu specializes in all food cheesy! 🧀🧀🧀

Ordered too much! Got the set meal and it consisted of 2 choices of Japanese Doria, 2 sets of 2pc Fried Chicken, 4 glasses of Iced Tea and 4 cups of Cheese Ice Cream!

I don’t have anything to say about the chicken. 😐🤐

The Milk Chiz ice cream can actually get to you! First 5 bites is heaven, but the succeeding bites take you back to earth. Too salty or too cheesy, I am not really sure. Too big of a serving, the kids didn’t finish it. Maybe a bowl for sharing is okay. Or a little less ice cream per cup.

For our main dish, there’s the Doria. What is a Doria? It is a Japanese Rice Gratin dish, usually with different variations.

For our first doria in Tori Chizu, we called the Chicken Chizu Curry. It should have been called Curry Chizu because that’s all it was, curry sauce. Maybe they forgot to put the chicken meat! 😣

There is really nothing special in this dish.

Our other doria is so much better! Chicken Teriyaki Doria had a lot of chicken meat! The teriyaki sauce was beneath the mozarella cheese and this tasted good. The kids loved this dish. The cheesiness and the the taste of the teriyaki blended well together.

Here’s my firstborn attacking the doria!

She’s in love with all things cheesy!

If you are in the area and you want to try having a doria, go ahead and do so. There are 3 more other flavors to try. They also serve Ramen and Hambagu Steaks.

Tori Chizu is located at Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall.

Tori Chizu is beside Zubu, should remind myself to dine at Zubu soon! 😋

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The Grid at the Powerplant Mall

The new wing of Powerplant Mall houses a unique kind of food hall that focuses on the food they serve rather than their “brand.”

The Grid Food Market did away with individual branding of the food stalls. Instead, they focused on what specialty that food stall has to offer.

The hall was divided into a number of stalls representing different cuisines each.

The first thing that caught my attention was the wine & cheese stall by Estrella Galicia. You can order wines by the glass. Cool, right? 🍾

Next is the Thai Resto.

This huuuuge Porkchop is called Tank XL (literally XL!) served with Pulled Pork and Monggo Beans. This dish gets my thumbs up! It might look dry and looks like it’s a tough cut of meat, but in reality, it’s juicy and tender. The breading’s tasty and crunchy too! This is a pork version of the chicken from Bad Bird.

I am a fan of ‘gata’ (coconut base) dishes but this one doesn’t get my approval. The leaves in this Green Curry Laing should have been polverized more. The leaves definitely leaves a very bitter taste in your mouth, literally! And the chicharon on top’s so oily that when you bite, the oil comes oozing out.

There is also a Japanese Resto which serves Tsukemen and Ramen. My friend ordered Karaage for her kids. Would try their Tsukemen next time.

Their Karaage looks crunchy.

Another stall we tried and has a long line is this one, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu. Taking lechon into the next level by applying French techniques in cooking it.

1st step is to choose your own lechon – pork, beef, chicken or fish.

2nd step is to choose the rub.

3rd step is to choose the sides.

4th step is to choose the kind of rice.

Last and final step is to choose your sauce.

Lechon Porchetta with Kamote Fries
Gourmet Manok with Kamote Fries
Spicy Tuna Belly with Grilled Talong
Lechon Porchetta with Grilled Talong

The Lechon Porchetta’s meat was really tender and juicy. That huge ‘balat’ (skin) you see on top was super crunchy, even the kids loved it. This is a must try especially for Lechon fans.

A different take on one of the most well loved Filipino dishes.

My friend ordered Potato Tots from the burger joint.

The hashbrown-like potato tots with cheese is something new. For sharing with a group of people who loves carbs.

For Seafood lovers, they also have seafood rolls.

The lobster roll was already sold out so I guess it’s also good. I got to take a photo of their crab roll while waiting to be picked up. It’s priced cheaper compared to Luke’s Lobster which could set you back by Php1,000.00 or more.

Of course, a food hall like this should always have something sweet to offer. They have Workshop by Le Petit Souffle.

Cakes, brownies, tarts – all for your picking!

Other stalls have yet to open, so hopefully, they will be the next time we visit.

If you are looking for something unique and you would like to feel the vibe here, visit The Grid Food Market at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell.

Happy eating!

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Sleeping at Camp Netanya

Our room keeps up with the theme of white and blue, complete with basic hotel amenities like mini fridge, bathroom essentials, hot & cold water, hair dryer and fridge. The downside of this room was the aircon. It was too small that it couldn’t cool the whole room. Good thing service was great, they checked on the a/c twice and when it really couldn’t do its job, an electric fan was given to us.

Our room was located on the upper part of the resort, so guests have to go up and down a high flight of stairs before reaching the pool. The elevator’s not yet working. 🤐 For youngsters, it would be okay; but for oldies, this could be a problem!

I got our Deluxe Twin Room with a corporate discount so I paid about Php 6,000.00 instead of the usual Php 8,100.00.

Read and see more of Camp Netanya – 🏊🏊🏊

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Camp Netanya – Little Santorini of Batangas

Camp Netanya was damaged in last year’s big earthquake that hit Batangas, but after a year or so, the beauty has been restored for us to enjoy.

This Greek inspired heaven on earth was really a sight to behold. White and Blue dominated the whole place to match the clear blue skies and cottony white clouds.

The best thing about our trip to Camp Netanya? Our very own photographer, Kuya is a lifeguard but he is so accommodating that he is willing to risk his life just to get you the best photos you could think of! Leave him a good tip even though he doesn’t ask!

Aside from having wonderful pictures and dipping in the pool, here were some of the things we did:

Camp Netanya Movie Night

Camp Netanya at night. Movie projected on the white wall. Swim and watch as you please.

Free Caricature

During our stay, they happen to have artists around to do guests’ caricature.

Island Hopping

Fun in one of the islands

Fish Feeding

Snorkeling

Camp Netanya doesn’t have a beach of its own. You need to rent a boat and go island hopping and go to one of the beaches there to set your feet on the sand. However, I will suggest to just stay at the resort and enjoy its amenities.

And just have fun doing photo shoots. 😂

See the many IG worthy nooks all over Camp Netanya 🔽🔽🔽

For our accommodations, check out Sleeping at Camp Netanya.

Camp Netanya is located at Barangay Ligaya, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.

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Courtyard@453

Braved the rain to go to the newest place to hang out in San Juan.

Courtyard@453 is located at 453 P. Guevarra Street San Juan, hence the name with the 453.

And unlike other food parks in the metro, this courtyard has parking spaces and the actual dining area is air conditioned.

Inside, a bright and airy space will greet you. 5 restaurants that serve 5 different cuisines surround the place.

Right smack in the middle is the bar. They serve everything from juices to shakes to beers! They also have ice cream for dessert and coffee to cap off your meal.

Since our kids love Japanese, we went straight to the Japanese resto. Ebi 10 is famous for its tempuras and crazy rolls. They were just named by Spot.ph as having the best ebi tempura in Metro Manila.

My minnies got hold of the menu and ordered their own ebi tempura. For the adults, we tried the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki.

We ordered Gyoza as we usually do when going Japanese. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For sure, kids loved the tempura. Gone in 50 seconds!🍤🍤🍤🍤

As for me, I love the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki that we ordered, very very tasty and really crunchy!

Moving on to the next resto, Tra Vinh Express is the newest baby of Tra Vinh Philippines, an Australian born Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine that has already carved its way into the hearts of Manila’s foodies.

Not Vietnamese without the Dry Noodles and the Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls.

The dry noodles is good.

The fresh shrimp spring rolls could do better with a tastier peanut sauce.

Since it was a rainy and gloomy day, we decided to have some hot noodles. We ordered from The Silver Dragon which serves Chinese Cuisine.

The kids love the Wonton Dumplings that comes with the Noodle soup.

Kids also loved the Xiao Long Bao.

Hope they improve the Fresh Lumpia though.

There’s 2 more restaurants to try but we were so full already!

Pops ‘n Pebs serve Filipino dishes.

LIF, on the other hand, serves American Cuisine. If you are up for some burgers and fries, or maybe pasta and pizza, you should try this one out.

This slider looks good and this might be my order on my next visit!

To add, their restroom’s very very clean and smells good too!

They also have another washing area outside.

So there! Stop reading and see for yourself! DEFINITELY a must visit!

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Taiwandering – Pre-flight!

A spur of the moment trip for me and my hubby – couple time!😍😍😍

We only have the weekend so first thing on my list is to get the best available flight, earliest flight in and latest flight out. Searching through the many flights available, I learned that Cebu Pacific only has morning flights on Sundays, same goes with Air Asia and Philippine Airlines, only Eva Airways has evening flights. This made me decide to get one way tickets to be able to maximize the 3 days of Taiwandering.

FLIGHT ✈✈✈

Booked a red eye flight through Cebu Pacific, 10:55pm flight on a Thursday, arrival will be 1:20am the following day. This way, we will have the whole Friday to roam around and also the whole of Saturday. As for Sunday, I booked the latest flight out through Eva Airways at 8:30pm so we still have at least a few more hours to wander.

The Cebu Pacific one way flight from Manila to Taipei cost us Php 5,398.20 for 2 persons. This includes a 15 kg baggage allowance for each passenger. I booked this through Traveloka which gave me a Php 600.00 savings. If you book this through the Cebu Pacific website, it will cost more.

Our flight going home, Taipei to Manila, is booked through Hutchgo.com. Eva Airways is the only carrier that is offering an 8:30pm flight, cost me $191.07 (converted at 53.50) or about Php 10,168.75 for 2 persons. This includes a 30 kg baggage allowance for each passenger.

If you add our plane tickets, it sets back each passenger around Php 7,783.48. And since we still have to pay the travel tax of Php 1,620.00. Total ticket per passenger is Php 9,403.48.

I think we still got a good deal considering we have 60 kgs of baggage allowance (more shopping space for us) on our flight home and more or less half a day to enjoy Taiwan before heading back.

VISA

There is still no need to apply for a Taiwan Visa. Filipino passport holders are free to travel to Taiwan and stay for a maximum of 14 days. You have until July 31, 2019 to enjoy this privilege!

Savings of about Php 2,644.00 for each passenger! Yes! Taiwan Visa is more expensive than Japan Visa!

HOTEL 🏢🏢🏢

I booked our hotel through Traveloka, but this time, I used my husband’s account. This is to be able to apply another discount.😀

Since we will be out most of the day, I just chose the simplest room available. The location also plays a big factor in our decision. This hotel is located in Ximending. One of the most popular street / night markets in Taiwan.

Tomorrow Hotel is a comfortable 3 star hotel located near a railway station. It comprises of the basics a tourist will be needing in a hotel.

Tomorrow Hotel Review

I got this Standard Double Room for only Php 4,961.48! For a 3 days & 2 nights stay and with breakfast, this is surely a steal, even without windows! 😋

WIFI

In this day and age, people are connected in every possible way. For me and my husband, this is important so that we could get in touch with our family anytime of the day even if we are out in another country.

Good thing we found rental of portable wifi on Kkday. For only Php 138.00 a day, both of us can connect on this portable wifi rented out by Unite Traveler. We could have access to unlimited 4G connection throughout our stay.

Portable WIFI Rental by Kkday

Best part is, the booth is 24 hours. Even if we arrive in the wee hours, we could still get our device and start connecting. It is also convenient to return the device, just go to their booth near departure and drop it off.

So far, so good. Ready to conquer and wander Taiwan!

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