A trip to Manila would bring you to Divisoria – a shopping haven and Binondo – a food haven!
Divisoria is everything in terms of inexpensive and practical shopping but it’s so stressful and super traffic to go to, so I have an idea on what you can do after your shopping, or maybe even before!
Photo credits to Jan Sy
Head on to Cafe Aquatica! It is located just beside Binondo Church so it’s gonna be easy to find. Even in the midst of Chinatown, once you enter the coffee shop, you will be taken away to a different dimension.
Upon entering the cafe, you’ll immediately be relaxed with the soothing sound and the lighting. The main attraction in this concept cafe are its Patented Underwater Falls Aquariums!
There are 5 aquariums with different designs, but all with underwater falls.
Let me take you to my favorite aquarium and the most coveted spot inside the cafe.
It’s a volcano and instead of lava flowing, there are sand-like particles that are coming out. How it doesn’t float inside the aquarium filled with water remains a mystery. 😉
Here are the other 4 equally beautiful aquariums:
Just looking at the fishies swimming inside the aquariums makes you feel super relaxed already!
And what’s nice is that you could either drink, eat or both inside this cafe! They serve coffee and shakes! They also serve sandwiches, pasta and rice meals! Of course, they also have cakes for sweets lover like me!
First on my list is my favorite Almond Shake concocted by the owner, Kenbert Chua, himself.
Their Nacho Cups are also a favorite! Crunchy thin nachos in a cup filled with ground beef, cucumber and tomato bits.
Kids got their own Double Chocolate Shake, gladly split into 2 by Cafe Aquatica staff!
I also ordered chips for them.
They played their little jenga while sipping their shakes!
And I got to taste the new thing on the menu, Angus Beef Salpicao. I love that it’s super garlicky and that it’s sauteed on olive oil!
Cafe Aquatica’s concept started when its owner, Kenbert, together with his wife, turned a hobby into a full time business. You see, Kenbert is a Champion in Premium Dragon Bettas. He has won a lot of awards here and out of the country.
Photo credits to Kenbert Chua
Outside the cafe is their concept store. They sell these unique underwater falls aquarium and their premium dragon bettas with champion blood lines.
If you want you to check what else they offer, here are some of the items on their menu (photos taken from the official Facebook and Instagram pages of Cafe Aquatica):
I’ll definitely be back one of these days! See you there!
My daughters love cars and they are all over the floor. So we decided to have a fun time and make a car garage out of a shoebox!
Shoebox (large size)
Collect Toilet Paper Empty Rolls
Cover Shoebox with plain paper or some decorative paper. Gift wrapper will also do.
These are the cars before the garage!
Just glue the rolls according to size. Stick them one by one on a side of the box. Since the kids have bigger sized cars, we didn’t fill the whole box with rolls. The space on top of the rolls will serve as their parking.
For the fun part, just shoot the small cars inside the rolls.
My little girls are proud of their DIY project!
So there! A fun project you could have the kids do with the littlest of effort. And this took time off their IPad time! 😋
Anyone who has had a share of La Lola Churros would be happy to know that they now have a sit in cafe in Glorietta!
Quaint and cozy, it feels good to be hanging out here after a day of shopping, or even just meeting with friends.
Their menu consisted of the usual churros, rice meals, some pasta, sandwiches and both coffee and non-coffee drinks.
We already had a merienda / early dinner so we ordered just enough for sharing.
Starting off with the kids’ favorite, Churros with Chocolate Dip. Really best devoured when hot!
We were disappointed with how these 2 sandwiches came out.
For Php 195.00, the Ham and Cheese Croissant, smaller than we expected, doesn’t come with anything.
Just the same, for Php 295.00, the Lola Club wasn’t any better in size. My MIL kept on saying that it wasn’t even a whole square of a bread. 😂 Though I appreciate that it’s full of ham, cheese and veggies, not only bread! Tastes ok too!
The Carbonara Spaghetti, priced at Php 235.00, would have been worth it if they put a few pieces of real bacon plus the crushed bacon bits.
Instead of the sandwiches and the pasta, we could have ordered another Rice Meal like the Sweet Longganisa at Php 190.00. Comes with 2 yolk egg, 4 pcs of longganisa, garlic rice and a whole tomato!
I wish La Lola would improve on the serving of their meals and sandwiches so that people would be able to say that it’s worth the price.
And they also not serve water. I am not sure if this is a practice. But as far as I know, cafes, especially those who serve sweet desserts and drinks, serve free water.
Too simple but so overpriced. Well, that’s just me. Go ahead and try La Lola Cafe. Located at 2nd Level Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.
This place is literally a hole in the wall somewhere in Mandaluyong City. It’s late and we came from shopping (I think!) and hubby needed a quick bite.
The photo above is so eye-catching! I had to wait for the other customers to leave so that I could get a shot without their heads. Haha!
Their menu has quite all the things you would want to eat. So many choices that it makes your head spin! Check it out!
Hubby chose to have the OMG Wet Goto! It’s a goto with 10 toppings – in alphabetical order: Adidas, Bituka ng Baboy, Chicharong Bulaklak, Chicken Liver, Crispy Wonton Wraps, Dilis, Hard Boiled Egg, Isaw ng Manok, Tenga and Xbox! What the heck is Xbox? Oh, it’s pig blood which was previously called Betamax.
Oh by the way, they have an additional ingredient aside from those 10! Lots and lots of Sili!
According to hubby, it’s so filling because of all the toppings. But it’s too spicy that you couldn’t taste the GOTO anymore!
As for me, since it’s already late and didn’t want to stuff myself anymore, I satisfied my cravings for a Lumpiang Conservative! Yeah, funny name isn’t it? It is Crispy Vegetable Spring Roll and I love it! It’s really crispy and their sawsawan (sauce) is tasty too!
They also have Lumpiang Bold, literally Lumpiang Hubad which was out of stock already!
If it wasn’t too late, I would have tried their Doctor Kwek-Kwek (Quail Eggs), Pak na Pakpak (Wings), Calamares, Salted Egg Chicken Skin and their Bagnet-o! Could have ordered a Rootbeer Float or a Coffee Float! Or maybe a refreshing dessert drink Lecheng Avocado Shake!
Since it’s goodbye for now, time to pay and leave a tip and shoot it in their Believe ako sa’yo Tip Can!
GOTO Believe got its name from a movie with the title Got To Believe. They serve GOTO so you get it! It can be found in 640 San Rafael St, Brgy Plainview, Mandaluyong City.