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.
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.
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.
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.
I decided to do the 21 day challenge of Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. I have been doing her workouts for the past weeks and I am enjoying every minute of it.
For most working moms like me, finding the time to go to the gym and exercise / work out, is really hard. Time’s not even enough at home. But I am fortunate to have discovered Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. Check her videos out. Even a 5 minute walking exercise will make you feel light.
So here it is, I attached all the corresponding videos per day, if not the actual work out. Just play and walk. You don’t even have to search anymore.
Almost the end of our Taiwan 2019 trip. But hey, there’s more. We managed to book a late flight (8:30pm) through Eva Air. So we still have the whole morning and afternoon to explore Taipei.
To manage our time, we fixed our luggages and checked out of the hotel. But the luggages are left with them so we could roam around frelly.
Still using our unli train rides pass, we went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall to see its beauty.
Our red colored shirts for the day matched the memorial hall’s blue and white shade.
We explored the museum for a while.
Then on to our next stop, the Taipei 101 building and Din Tai Fung, home of the best xiao long baos!
Quick lunch at Din Tai Fung. We were just lucky that when we arrived, there’s not much people yet. We got a table in 5 minutes. So be sure to arrive before 11 am. After we ate, the waiting time is already an hour!
Pitstop at the Taipei 101 to freshen up. Then back to the race to go to Longshan Temple.
Still have a few moments to explore some more the Ximending area.
Get our Tiger Sugar fix.
Get our chicken fix.
By this time it’s already our call time to go to the airport. Stuck our last minute hauls into our luggages and waited for our ride to the airport.
Day 2 starts now!Got up early to have another daytour out of Taipei. This time I booked our tour from Harton Tours. They are a local tour operator from Taiwan. This booking is more of a car rental with a driver. There are no tour guides. They just drive you to your destination. I say this is still worth it at the price of Php 1,100.00 per person. Because it saved us a lot of time and energy to go to one place to another, plus we can rest and take a nap in the car while we go to the next destination.
We started off by going to the Flower Clock. This area is huge but we didn’t get the chance to roam anymore, it was so hot that day!
Up next is the Xiao You Keng Recreation Area. This is where active volcanoes show their might to people. The smell of sulfur will greet you upon entering the thermal valley and the whistling sound of steam from all over can be heard. There are also some boiling spots of water from the ground.
Another stop on this tour was the Calla Lily farm. The festival has just ended so there’s not much flowers anymore. And there’s a fee if you want to get up close.
Onto our next stop, we are starving so we made our way into this tiny but yummy restaurant just outside Beitou Hot Spring. It became our pitstop. We rested for about an hour here. The food was yummy and it’s not that expensive. Their drinks were superb too!
After our much needed rest, we walked towards the Beitou Thermal Valley. The steam and mist coming from the hot spring was really hot. We took some pictures and left. We forgot to drop by the Hot Spring Museum.
Next stop is Tamsui! This is where the so called Lover’s Bridge could be found. It opened on February 14 that’s why it’s called its name. It connects the fisherman’s wharf together. You can go biking here but it’s too hot to do that.
A few minutes car ride from this area will bring you to Tamsui Old Street. Shops and more shops line up the street.
The end of our tour but instead of dropping us back to the hotel, I requested to be dropped at the foot of the Elephant Mountain.
Hiking up the Elephant Mountain was a hard challenge. Little did I know that the climb up will be so exhausting. But hey, we made it and the view is just captivating! 4 of us even managed to climb up a rock for a more adventurous experience.
The way down is just as hard. Tip? Climb slow and don’t force ourself.
Before reaching the train station, another mesmerizing view of Taipei 101 surprised us!
All exhausted but good and funny memories definitely filled our memory banks that night.
Oh wait, this is not the end of our Day 2 yet!
We got our 1 day unli train rides card and went to our shopping stop at Shilin Night Market!
Shopping and eating street food made everyone busy so no more pictures. We made it back to Ximending before the train closed. Left our things at home and went down to shop until the stores closed!
As for me, I didn’t forget to have my Prince Cheese.
Sharing our amazing race-like itinerary during our recent trip to Taiwan.Took a flight aboard Air Asia at 7:30am. Landed on Taiwan at about 10:30am. Out of the immigration by 11:00am.
I booked us an airport transfer shuttle through Klook to avoid any inconveniences. We were welcomed by the Klook coordinators and told us to wait as they get our cars. This transfer cost about Php 2000.00 per car and will seat 4 to 5 people with a luggage each, comfortably. We also got this for our way back to the airport. Prices will differ when you have red eye flights.
Arrived at Ximending by 11:45am. Left our luggages in our Hotel. Bought our food in Hotstar Chicken and drinks at a famous milktea shop.
After getting our lunch, we waited near the bus stop and relaxed for a while. We were lucky because the weather was so fine that day. It’s cool and breezy.
We booked a Klook Tour to Jiufen and Shifen on our first day! It cost us about Php1,100.00. This tour starts at 1:30pm so we had enough time. Just pray that your flight wouldn’t be delayed or you could take an earlier flight!
First stop was the Shifen Waterfall. Amazing work of nature! It will be a long walk and you need to pass through a hanging (and swaying) bridge to get to the falls! There’s also a praying and wishing part where you could tie red ribbons on the trees surrounding the statue of the God. Another long way up to get to the peak nearest the falls where the mist was so strong I thought it was raining!
Back to the bus and off we went to our next stop, the Shifen Pingxi Sky Lantern Railroad Station. Here you could buy sky lanterns, design and write your wishes on the lanterns and fly it up in the air.
There are also a lot of shops selling food, drinks and souvenirs. This is where I tasted the best Yakult Slushie!
What else can one do here? Take more pictures! The view at the end of the railroad is beautiful. There’s also another hanging bridge. Be careful for trains though! This railroad is still used up to this day!
A little bit of drizzle won’t stop us so we proceeded to our final stop, Jiufen.We ate at a beef noodle house right after you enter Jiufen Street.
This time, it’s really raining so much so we just walked all the way to the end and back. Dropped by to see the famous Amei Teahouse.
Jiufen has a lot to offer in terms of food, drinks, souvenirs and everything else.
Our Klook tour has ended and we got back to our hotel to check in and freshen up.
Diary of Taipei Hotel is a super duper good choice! The building where the hotel is located is just beside the Ximending entrance arc and the Ximen Station Exit. Aside from its location, the hotel is clean, has hot and cold water and even has free bread and coffee! One room is good for 3 people sleeping comfortably. The hotel room is about Php 4,000.00 per night for 3 people. That’s inexpensive considering the hotel’s location.
It has been a long day and we have to recharge for another long day tomorrow. So we eat.
We chose Mala Hotpot because it’s known for being one of the best shabu shabu in Taipei! For about Php 1,500.00, everything is unlimited.
A wide range of drinks, ice cream and of course, quality meat and seafood is there to satisfy your hunger and cravings!
Mala Hotpot is definitely one for the books. We managed to walk around Ximending area for a while before we proceeded to Carrefour, a 24 hour grocery, and Watsons, a 24 hour beauty and medical store.
This is how we finished our Day 1. And it’s already Day 2 when we arrived back at the hotel!
Everyone needs some pampering, agree? But for practical moms like me, it shouldn’t be too costly. That’s why I am recommending The Makeover Lounge, experience inexpensive, fuss free but first class services here!
The interior makes you feel relaxed. The white walls and blue furnitures will definitely calm you, especially after a stressful day at the office.
Upon entering, you will be greeted by the staff and asked what services you’ll be availing. Since it was a weekday and they were only attending to 1 client, I was immediately seated.
Don’t let these chairs fool you! These are high tech massage chairs. It even comes with a foot spa basin and it comes out with a push of a button! No need for palangganas (plastic basins) to be carried out.
It has its own water jet system too!
There are so many brands of polishes to choose from. From OPI, Revlon to Bench, they have it all. So many colors that I chose to just have the basic red from OPI. 😂
This was me feeling sleepy and super relaxed! Did I tell you that the chairs are massage chairs? All through out my mani, pedi and foot spa session, I was having my back massaged. It felt so good, kneading through my aching back.
After simple joys like this, I am recharged and ready to take on my mommy duties again!
Don’t feel guilty mommies, it is our right to feel pampered once in a while.