Stopover at San Fernando Pampanga

On our way home from Subic, we stopped over at San Fernando Pampanga to have lunch. Good thing there was no traffic!

Our first stop was at The Souq! It is a compound where Kapampangan food converge! They have 2 buffet restaurants which open at night only. They are number 1 in Trip Advisor’s San Fernando Pampanga List.

We had one of the best lunch ever!

So many dishes to try but there’s only the 2 of us so we settled for the 3 best dishes.

Seafood Kare Kare

Mango Salad

Crispy Pork Binagoongan

All the dishes we ordered tasted so good that we finished everything.

Next stop was at the famous Susie’s Cuisine to buy some pastries and kakanin delicacies(sticky rice). They have so many variants it was so hard to choose!

Last stop before we left San Fernando was of course at Pampanga’s Best. This is where you buy the best tocino ever!

Actually, there’s so much to see and eat at San Fernando outside both the SM Mall and Robinsons Mall. We just didn’t have enough time.

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Terrace Hotel Subic Bay

A very relaxing weekend with my bae! This wouldn’t have happened without the help of Panoramictrip! You see, a few months ago, I joined their Summer Craze promo and I won! Wanna know how? Click this link!

I won a hotel stay at Terrace Hotel Subic Bay.

Lobby

Terrace Hotel is a 4 storey boutique hotel located at the waterfront which is Subic Bay. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to witness the sun rising or the sun setting as a typhoon’s just about to leave the country. What we witnessed though was the hard splashing of the waves, which was about a few meters away from the hotel.

The room that we were given was an Executive Terrace room. Its published rate is Php6,300.00nett/night. They now have a rainy day promo rate of Php5,040.00nett/night. It consists of complimentary buffet breakfast for 2, wifi internet access and use of outdoor swimming pool.

Let’s take a look at our room.

Cozy Queen Bed with a nice headboard.

The usual floor to ceiling cabinet which also houses the Personal Fridge and the Safe.

Right in front of the bed is the dresser with the TV.

On another corner of the room is a single seater sofa. Good for reading.

Of course, the bathroom is of equal importance just as the bed.

Regular bathroom sink.

Shower’s good, with hot and cold water. But the bath tub’s not clean. With traces of dirt in the tub. Not for bathing or lounging, should only be used as catch basin when you shower.

The promo was inclusive of cocktail drinks but we were just too full from our dinner at Ben’s Kitchen. It was in their restaurant / bar called Welltz. This was their venue also for ktv nights.

There was a cute iron man decor by the door.

One wall designed with bottles of liquor.

The bar.

The dining area.

This was also where we had our breakfast the following morning. For breakfast, we were served with the usual breakfast staple of bacon, tocino, fish fillet, sausage, fried rice, and some fruits. There was also an egg station where you could ask kuya to cook your egg of choice. You could also choose your drinks, coffee or juice.

What I love about this resto, the view!

Since it was raining so hard that day, the only thing you could see was the wind blowing the trees with all its might!

Overall, the hotel stay was nice. The staff were all responsive to our needs. They were very alert. You will feel their warmth and hospitality. The only downside is the cleanliness of the room. Aside from the bath tub, we also found used water bottles inside the fridge. We told the receptionist during our check out and they were apologetic about it.

Would I recommend staying here in Terrace Hotel? Maybe. But they have to get their act together and ensure that cleanliness is their utmost priority.

Oh! This might change my mind though. I haven’t got the chance to try their outdoor pool in the roofdeck. It would have been nice to chill and relax in the pool.

There’s also a bar where you could order cocktails.

The roofdeck was closed that day due to bad weather. Thankful to Kuya for accommodating my request.

To know more about our Subic adventure, keep posted on my next posts.

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Cops & Robbers

Cops and Robbers is a semi themed resto located in San Juan. The place is big. Tables are for sharing. It is a tambayan (place for hanging out) after school for students and young ones. I called it semi themed because there are just bits and pieces of a cop and robber theme incorporated in the resto. We expected that it will be a full blown themed resto because of the name. Well, here are the bits and pieces. Take a look.

Two walls were decorated with a mugshot background.

The floor has silhoutte of human figures.

There is a mini jail on the side. This area serves as the employees’ locker space.

Anyway, despite the disappointment regarding the theme, the food made up for it! And since this dinner is for the kids, we ordered items from the menu that the kids will surely love.

Mac and Cheese

Four Cheese Pizza

Coming back for this! Melts in your mouth cheese on top of a thin and crispy pizza crust. A bit of pesto makes the litte quirk.

Chicken Fingers Rice Topping

Tender and crunchy chicken fingers served with rice.

Cops and Robbers Chicken Rice Topping

Boneless fried chicken at its best.

Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger

The burger patty tasted so good! With the right amount of dressing and bacon and mushrooms, this one is a must have as well. Served with their very own twister fries.

Cheese Steak Sandwich

I also like this sandwich. Strips of cheese steaks fill the grilled bread. Loving the homemade potato chips even more!

I am pretty sure this place is packed during school days as it is located right in front of a school. So better go when it’s the weekend! No traffic around the area!

They also serve milkshakes, milk teas and some more!

Before we left, we were surprised with the interior of the toilet.

Jail themed toilet complete with a getaway stair through the ceiling!

Cops and Robbers is located at 81 Xavier Street, San Juan.

See you there!

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Burger King’s Four Cheese Whopper!

Been wanting to try this cheesy burger for sometime now.  It didn’t fail me!

This is THE burger for cheese lovers like me!

Aside from the fact that Burger King serves the best flame grilled burgers ever, this 4 Cheese Whopper tops it by having different kinds of cheese!

I only ordered for a Whopper Jr! Do jot fret, it’s already satisfying! Perfect meal if you are rushing!

Best eaten right after it’s served.  

You could taste the Mozarella and the Cheddar as it melts in your mouth. 

If you are wondering about the types of cheese, here they are: American cheese, Mozarella cheese, Swiss cheese, and Cheese sauce.

Really deliciously cheesy!

100% Juicy! 400% Cheesy!

Can’t wait to have one again!

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Beyond Coffee

Not your usual coffee shop, it’s a good place to chill and relax.  The place has a nice ambience.  

Each wall is decorated differently.

Beyond Coffee is suitable for a small group, about 3 to 4 persons.  This gives you a moment to enjoy your company.

My only problem would be the chairs.  It’s a stool without a backrest so you wouldn’t be that comfortable.  I had to rest my back on one of the walls.  Maybe they did this to save space.  Because I know bulky chairs could take so much space.

Anyway, that’s just a minor thing so let’s go to the food.

We ordered an appetizer to get us going.  Mr Nacho Gwapito – Php 195.00

Presented in a 2 tier plate.  There were 4 kinds of dip: Jalapeno Cheese, Sour Cream & Cheese, Salsa, and Ground Beef.  Up to you how your dip mix will be.

The nacho chips are also different.  You will have a choice of sour cream chips, bbq flavored chips, and the colored plain chips.  Crunchy and so full of flavor!

For the main course, we ordered their Burger Mac & Cheese at Php 155.00.

It’s a bowl of super cheesy mac & cheese paired with sausage burger.  Yumminess because there’s so much cheese in it!

Up next is a rice variant.  I called for the Pork in Teriyaki at Php 155.00.

Everything is tasty.  From the rice to the meat to the sauce.

Lastly, we ordered another pasta.  It’s one of their signature dishes, Red Pesto Tinapa.

I like tinapa but not really in a pasta.  Didn’t taste the pesto either.  My friend liked it, maybe it was just me. 

Of course, a trip to the coffee shop won’t be complete without a dessert!

Mouth watering Devil’s Cake.  Super chocolatey! We love it!

Definitely will be going back to try their coffee! We didn’t order coffee anymore as we are already so full and I for myself has a very early day the next day.  I wouldn’t want to risk not being able to fall asleep when I get home.

Also, there’s many more dishes to try!  I think I’ll set foot again in Beyond Coffee within the next few weeks.

See you!

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Cup Noodles anyone?

On our last day in Singapore, we zeroed out our MRT cards in Cheers – one of their convenience stores!  Found these cup noodles and bought some!

 

I think these flavors can only be found in Singapore!

laksa

 

black pepper crab

 

chilli crab

I just find it amusing that they have these Singapore dishes in a cup noodle!

As of date, hubby already tried the Chilli Crab and it’s really spicy!

I bet the other 2 flavors are as spicy as the Chilli Crab!

Well, if that is the case, I’d stick to my Japan original flavor of Seafood instead!

seafood

Check out my post about the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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American Tourister and HSBC

I was surprised when HSBC offered me yet another new card, HSBC Gold Visa.  Just a few months ago, I got an offer to get an HSBC Red Mastercard and I was able to redeem 3 pairs of shoes for free!

I am not one to shoo away offers like this so I proceeded to getting an HSBC Gold Card.  And unlike the Unionbank promo where I had to spend Php30,000.00 to get a World Traveller luggage, HSBC’s promo is to spend only Php5,000.00 and you will get an American Tourister spinner luggage!  Who am I to say no?

One or two trips to the grocery for household necessities will set you back at least Php 5,000.00.

And I am so happy that there were no problems with claiming the luggage as Rustan’s is the one handling it.  You just have to check out the days allowed for redemption.  Also, you have to be early so that they will not run out of stocks.  Better yet, you can call them to reserve.

We went to Rustan’s Gateway one Saturday to check out something and I just remembered that I have a luggage to claim.  I scrolled through my inbox to find the SMS from HSBC Redeem, took out my Gold card and Valid ID from my wallet, then presented it to the one in charge.

A few minutes after, we were on our way out of Rustan’s with the spinner luggage!

So here’s another luggage for my future travels.

not TSA lock

What are you waiting for?  Apply for an HSBC Card now.  They have a new promo.  Get an HSBC Platinum card and get an American Tourister spinner luggage for free.  Here’s how!

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Singapore Airline Kiddie Giveaways!

I am beginning to love flying non budget airlines!  Aside from the good service and almost on time flights, they always have something for our kids!

Just a few months ago, we were given kiddie bags by Cathay Pacific!

And now, Singapore Airlines surprised us with their own kiddie giveaways!

I loved it so much that I asked the coloring book they gave to daughter no 2 to be changed into the same one they gave daughter no 1!

Tsum Tsum Pencil Case & Tsum Tsum Sticky Note Set

So cute right!

Loving them so much!  I don’t want to use them!

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