Caution Hot!

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Check this new ramen house which you could mix with your choice of hotness!
Sounds hot right?  Check out this spicy restaurant.

They opened in Kapitolyo recently and the place is packed.

Don’t expect a full menu of ramen though.  Mixing and matching is their thing.

Our choices:

1) Beef with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

2) Pork with Wheat Noodles in Asam Laksa.  Level of spice – super hot.

3) Pork with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

Our verdict.  The noodles are served fresh.  But the overall taste is just average.  It’s worth the trip if the waiting time is not that long.

What I love is their Dumplings.  They have 2 kinds.  Pork Dumpling and Kuchay Dumpling.  They are both made fresh.  We had about 2 orders of this and before we knew it, dumplings’ all gone!

Would have tried their Dessert Bao Bing if we haven’t been too full.

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Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics

Finally, today is the day!

After 2 weeks of wearing eyeglasses to work and drive, I am scheduled for the screening for a Lasik procedure.  Hopefully, after the screening, I will be fit to undergo the actual procedure.

My not perfect vision was inherited from my parents.  All my siblings wear glasses too!  My eyes have been defective since I was in highschool!  

I was wearing glasses before, but it is so hard to move.  You can’t do physical activites because your eyeglasses might fall or worse, a ball might hit my face and break my glasses!

So I resorted to wearing lenses everyday since then.  I can even put my contacts without looking in a mirror. Eyes get dried up and can’t breathe because the contacts cover them.  At night, when you are already tired and just want to go to bed, you would have to remove, clean and store them properly.  

What pushed me to have a procedure done now?  I feel like the contacts I wear gets stucked to my eyes even if I want to remove them already.  Feels like something is being ripped off my eyes.

Fortunately, my cousin referred me to Shinagawa Lasik, she had her procedure done last year.  Just like me, she’s always had contacts as well.  And now, she’s  free of them!  

Opened at 9am.  Arrived 830am.  Started my screening around 930am.
There are a few steps for the screening.

First. Usual checking of the eyes with 3 machines.

Second. Manual checking.

Third. Went into the dark room.  Checked my eyes with about 3 or 4 machines.

Fourth.  Stingy drops. 3 drops at that! First drop.  Wait 5 minutes.  Then second drop.  Wait another 5 minutes.  Third drop.  Wait for an hour.  

After an hour.  Checked my eyes again with 1 machine.  

I waited for about an hour to get my name called for the last step of the screening process.

Fortunately, Shinagawa is ready for the patients waiting.  There is WIFI, TV and a water station in the lounge.  Patients don’t get bored easily.  Oh, couch is comfy also!

This is me waiting.  Eyes blurry because of the drops.

Dr Dinglasan, Head of Lasik Department, checked my screening results and my eyes and gave me the go signal to have the procedure done.

Talked to my Consultant and paid for the procedure.  

I had lunch then it’s waiting time again. We have to shuttle our way to the Ortigas clinic because the machine here in Enteprise Makati is under maintenance.  I will be going to Ortigas later about 3pm.

Excited! Glasses and Contacts Free in a few hours!

We left Makati around 3pm and arrived at the Ortigas clinic at about 345pm.  Waited for Dr Dinglasan to arrive around 5pm.

After the Doctor arrived, we were called to start prepping for the procedure.

We washed our faces.  Then we were lead to a room where we waited again.  This time we were given our post op kits.  Then asked to wear operating gowns over our clothes and asked to change into inside slippers.  

The post op kit consisted of our goggles, antibiotics, and medicine drops.

Nurse explained the use of our post op kit which we will use for 1 week.

Goggles to wear when we are awake.  Patches for sleeping.  Drops every 3 hours with interval of 2 minutes for the steroids and the anti infective and 1 hour for the lubricant. Mefenamic for pain or discomfort.

After the procedure, there will be a post op check up tomorrow.  The next one’s after a week.  Then a month, 3 months and 6 months.  After which, it will be the doctor’s call already.

Nurse already put anaesthesia on our eyes.  I can feel the numbing already.  We are 9 here in the prep room and I am just waiting for my turn.  Then 15 minutes of procedure, give or take.  

It was a long wait again.  Felt my stomach growling but left with no choice.  This is the most important part of the day.

Finally, I was called for the procedure.  Laid down on the operating table.  Dr Dinglasan has relaxing music playing and he was even singing.  Atmosphere’s relaxed.  

The only part that was painful was the eye clamping.  The tool that makes our eyes open.  Other than that, it’s all flashing and bright lights.  Plus the total darkness.  15 minutes tops, I am done.

Eyes blurry and fresh from the procedure.  Wore my goggles.  Sent home finally, almost 12 hours in the clinic!

When the last drop that was put dried up, can’t open my eyes anymore.  There was a tingling feeling, not painful, it’s like something caught in your eye.

Put my patches on and I slept on it.

Woke up so early.  Removed my patch and yes, I am 20/20 again!

Feels so good!  Definitely a good investment!

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017 Part 3

Staying in Hong Kong for a week is like going to food paradise!  Tried out so many restos and now here comes our part 3.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 also.

In times that we don’t eat out, these kinds of food are served on our table.  Veggie dishes cooked by my brother in law and his girlfriend.  The others bought at a nearby resto.

KFC is a famous fastfood in Hong Kong.  Like McDo, you can see it almost anywhere.  They have  variety of meals that we don’t have here.  They also serve Chicken BBQ, too bad I wasn’t able to order it.  However, my favorite Criss Cross Fries and Egg Tart are always present in my order.  Sorry for the heavy meal, this is my breakfast, lunch and merienda all in 1 meal.

As I walked towards the museums, I passed by this cafe.  But since I just ate a heavy meal, there is no way that I can take any food then.  I put going to the cafe after my museum trip.

I just won’t let this chance pass.  I am a Snoopy collector back when I was in high school and until now, all these Snoopy stuff are in my parents’ house.

Ordered a French Toast with Charlie Brown’s face and a Premium Hot Chocolate Drink with Peppermint Patty’s face.

If only I had more time to spare, I would have stayed in this cafe for hours.  They have books in both English and Chinese language.  They have Wifi so you can do your reading or watch a movie while sipping a coffee or something.

After my wonderful coffee time, I met up with my father in law, brother in law and girlfriend plus my sister in law.

We are going to have dinner at a resto famous for its claypot dishes.  The place was packed!  Good thing they accepted our reservatjon. It is located in Pok Fu Lam.

We also had some veggies and clams.

Also within the area is a dessert place that has been around for 50 years.  They serve hot desserts like Black Sesame, Almond.  They also serve Herbal Tea Desserts.

That was it that night.  

On my last day, I managed to sneak a Street Food meal in Causeway Bay.  Oh my, until now  my tastebuds are salivating.

My last meal at home consisted of Adado Pork and White Chicken.  Bought from a nearby resto.

And finally, the last of my Food Trip Escapade in Hong Kong is Tim Ho Wan.  It is located in IFC Mall in Central.  There are check in counters here and the Airport Express Shuttle starts here in Central Station.

Didn’t order much as it was only me and Daddy.  Definitely tastes better than that of Manila Branch.

This trip is memorable because we have tried out so many new restos.  Most of them very famous and known for their specialty dishes.

Hope you enjoyed and got hungry.  Until my next trip!

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Hong Kong Food Trip 2017

Going to Hong Kong in February is recommended.  The weather is so nice.  It’s cold and windy, around 12 degrees Celsius.  Even around noontime, you will not feel the sun because it’s cloudy.

Nice to walk around and just feel the breeze in your face while you’re all warm and bundled up in your jackets.

Of course, travelling to Hong Kong in this weather will make you crave for Hong Kong food!

Started of with a late dinner at Wan Mah in Tung Chung.  Found out later that this resto has earned Michelin Star also.

This resto serves best tasting food that’s not too expensive.  They have meal bundles that allows you to choose your main dish, your side dish and your drink.  

Slept the night in.

In the morning, after doing our errands, just before meeting up with my sister in law, we dropped by KFC to have some light breakfast. 

KFC has the yummiest Egg Tart.  The KFC Egg Tart is a must eat every time I visit HK.  The Roast Chicken Burger is new so we tried it.  It is also good.  Real chicken meat, not patty.

Roamed the streets of Wan Chai until it’s time to have some lunch.  We managed to find a hidden gem inside the Bormington Market, Curry Wai Kee.

The place is bustling since it’s lunch time already.  Locals and foreigners alike are competing to get seated.  Since this place is known for its curry, we ordered Curry Mutton (Lamb), Curry Beef and Roast Duck.

The curries?  Tastes good.  I could eat with only the rice and the sauce.  The beef? Super tender.  I am not fond of eating lamb so I don’t have much comment.  My husband does however and it surpassed his taste bud as well.

If you are eating here, better not be uber sensitive as this is not an uber clean place to begin with.

Our feet wandered off to Causeway Bay for some more walking.  And coming to Causeway Bay means you have to go to Delicious Kitchen.  A must try also!

Known for serving one of the tastiest Pork Rib in town.  Doesn’t hurt that it comes with either a bowl of Veggie Fried Rice or Noodles.  I like the rice better though.

Have undergone a renovation too so it’s all cozy and modern now.

While on our way to North Point. Stopped on our tracks to purchase a Purple Yam Vanilla Ice Cream Cone at McDo!

Love trying out new stuff everytime I am here in HK.  Even if it’s too cold to eat an ice cream, still managed.  My SIL said that this is not offered everywhere so might as well try already.

We are now in North Point. It is like we had a city tour today. Food tour that is!
Last stop for tonight is dinner!  Met up with my brother in law and his girlfriend.  They brought us to a Michelin starred resto called Ancient Moon.

The dishes that won Michelin Stars are the Prawn Mee and the Chilli Pan Mee. (both in the center). 

What I loved most though is the Coconut Chicken.  The others are just too spicy for me.

So there, the end of our first day in Hong Kong!

See you in my next posts!  

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Baguio 2017: Newtown Hotel

An impromptu trip to Baguio left us with no other choice but to find the most comfortable and cleanest hotel we could get at the last minute.

That is why I am so thankful for travel websites like Hotels.com, Traveloka and the others.  You can just go online, find a place and book easily.  Booking with these travel apps / websites comes with its own perks as well.

Like in Hotels.com, most of their hotels are included in the earn and redeem promo.  The more you book rooms with them, the easier you could get a free room.  This free room is redeemable anywhere in the world.

So anyway, we finally booked Newtown Plaza Hotel with the recommendation of a friend.  It’s a newly built hotel and it’s affordable, clean and modern.

We arrived midnight so checking in was a breeze.  

Didn’t get much pictures of the room because it’s midnight and we were all tired from the trip.

The room is big and spacious.  There are 2 double beds.  The TV is huge! Ample space for our things.  We asked for an extra bed the 2nd night.  
For Php1,200.00, this is what you get, a bed that could fit 2 more persons.

As for the bathroom…

The bathroom is spacious as well.  And the shower is the best ever!  I could stay longer than the normal under the hot shower.
The balcony and the view is just breathtaking!  So nice to wake up to a view like this!

Real value for money!  If I am going back to Baguio, I am definitely gonna stay in Newtown Hotel again!
They even have a swimming pool and a playground.

By the way, if you love wandering in a garden, and just be lost in time, the Botanical Garden is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.  There’s also a coffee shop and some souvenir shops within the vicinity of the garden.  

If you are bringing a car with you, better partner it with Waze.  Helps a lot in navigating through the mountains and hills of Baguio!

Happy Trippin’!

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Food: The Crave Park

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With the influx of foodies in our country, food parks are opening continuously.  Just recently we went to the newest food park to open and it’s in Marikina.  The Crave Park opened last October 22 and when we got there, it is buzzing!

The almost hour trip was worth it given that there were so many choices.  
Tokyo Tempura – A staple to almost all the food parks in Metro Manila.

Km 128 Wing Joint – wings and fries galore

Lil Taipei – a taste of Taiwan cuisine

Dabs and Popcorn – for your corn fix!

Kwatro Cubanos – tasty and tummy filling Cuban sandwiches

CreamCo Creamery – serves fried ice cream rolls

And there’s a lot more food that we ordered that has no more photos, as they were devoured by my cousins once they hit the table.

Below are some of the food stalls that we didn’t get to try anymore.

Visiting Crave Park with my family was definitely one for the books. 

The family that eats together gets fat together! ♡♡♡

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Tonsilitis – Take It Seriously

It’s my first post for the year and guess what, it is me battling Tonsilitis!

Never knew Tonsilitis could knock me out like this.  It has been almost 4 days now.  Started with chills and slight fever on Tuesday night.  No signs of inflammation of my tonsils yet so I thought maybe I was coming down with the flu.  Didn’t sleep well that night so it resulted to on and off headache.  Not to mention the body ache I felt, well uhm, for the whole body.   

All of these symptoms were at least somewhat bearable, I slept through it the whole Wednesday.  But this time though, I was having difficulty in swallowing already.  So my hubby checked my tonsils and boy, were they inflammed!  

The hardest and most painful part is just plain swallowing.  Minimized my food intake already but needed to force myself to eat as I started taking antibiotics already.  Even water’s having a hard time passing through.  Started gargling with Listerine as well but doesn’t seem to make any difference.  

Body ache and chills vanished the 2nd day.  Feverish still.  But pain in my throat is just unbearable.  Nothing like I felt before.  Makes sleeping a little hard also.  Unless it is already 4 in the morning and your eyes just shut off by itself.

Staying at home in exile makes the internet my bestfriend.  Checked out home remedies and tried the lime water with salt for drinking. 

Also tried gargling apple cider vinegar mixed with little bit of water.  You can feel the sharpness of the vinegar.  Just doing the process is so painful for my throat. Gargling makes you gag and if I gag, the pain triples.

I was hoping I could go back to work on the 3rd day, hoping that my apple cider vinegar gargle will lessen the inflammation when I woke up.  But hey, it is still the same.

Still gonna continue gargling with both Listerine and vinegar.  Still gonna take my antibiotics.  I need to tough this one out.

This Tonsilitis already took 3 days away from me from New Year’s 1st week and it’s painful for me, literally and figuratively, and it’s pretty hard for the kids as well.

You see, as I have mentioned, I have been exiled in another room away from the kids for the same number of days as we are preventing the virus / bacteria to transfer to anybody else.  

Can’t help with the chores as well, thankful that my husband and our househelp are taking care of the kids while I can’t.

So there, that sums up my journey in battling Tonsilitis.  Will keep you updated.

Update *01.06.2017

I have tried the home remedies and have taken 5 capsules of self prescribed Erythromycin.  The inflammation has worsened and the pain is going up to my right ear already.

Decided to go to E.R. to have my condition checked.  

Upon seeing my tonsils, the doctors already kept pushing the idea of me being admitted for proper treatment of my tonsilitis.  My tonsils are kissing already!  Meaning the airway has almost been blocked due to the severe inflammation of my tonsils.  Doctors don’t want me risking myself and get to the point where I will have difficulty in breathing.

I opted not to be admitted and promised the doctors that I will religiously drink my oral meds and do all their reminders.

I also had 1 dose of antibacterial med injected through IV for faster result.

Stayed a total of 4 hours in the E.R. tonight and I am grateful that my husband was there with me.  We were even laughing about my condition knowing that I can be better in a few days.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

For now, it’s hands free for me!

Update* 01.09.2017

Getting better and definitely on my way to recovery!  Nothing beats total and complete rest for 5 days!  

Have been taking my meds round the clock, once every 6 hours.  Too strong that I needed to take a nap every time.  A little head ache here and there, part of its side effects.  Tonsils still swollen but not painful anymore.  Can now swallow and eat normal food, just as long as it’s not hard and sharp.  A raspy throat is better than a painful one.

Update *01.15.2017

Finally off my antibiotics, but as advised by my pharmacist brother in law, I need to take Probiotics to cancel all “cancer-prone” particles I could have gotten in my antibiotics.

Not much to lose if I follow right?  So I am taking Erceflora now.  Doesn’t taste good.  So better have some candy or anything that could cover the taste every time you take it.

My tonsils are not swollen anymore, not 100% ok though.  Still has a feeling of raspiness and when I swallow, I still feel a little bit of something.

Don’t take Tonsilitis for granted.  It’s painful and it’s a serious disease because you might not be able to breathe if your tonsils close your air passage.  If your tonsils are big, try to gargle water with salt as a precaution.

The battle is  not over but I am thankful that everything is better now.

Maybe I just needed to slow down and have REAL REST.  My body couldn’t take it anymore.

Thank you to everyone who said their prayers and to everyone who were concerned.

Love you guys!

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Home: Sticker Fun

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Discovered some easy on the pocket decals at Kily!

Still in the process of decorating the kids’ room.  So I started with the spaces that can be done already.

I bought a Cutie Food Decal for only Php 35.00.

Decided to put this sticker on our fridge.  To keep an old fridge cutesy.

For the bathroom, I bought a sticker with a funny design.

For a just a few pesos, you will be able to decorate your space a little with these colorful stickers and at the same time, bond with your kiddos!

There are so many designs to choose from!  Get yours now!

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