Caerus Cafe and Bistro

Your beloved neighborhood coffee shop has just moved to a bigger and better place in the Scout Area in Quezon City!

It is now a full blown coffee shop and restaurant!

The interior is very homey and bright. Really good for those casual night outs with friends, a family day or even a date!

I super love this girl on piano. These are actually books! You have to see for yourself and be amazed!

Very extensive Drink List they have here! From coffee to juices to shakes to teas!

And yes, they now serve liquor to cater to friends who are not coffee lovers.

Our drinks for the night. House blend Iced Tea for me. Slow Brew Coffee for hubby. Iced Latte for a friend.

Their food is worth the trip as well. They have a fusion of cuisines available and the chef is still continuing to discover more dishes to offer.

Their Happy Sisig will really make your tastebuds happy.

*Jumbo sized Happy Sisig due to our party that night.

Their Sinigang na Liempo has the right sourness and spiciness.

Grilled Porkchops and Inasal na Chicken are both marinated with that yummy tanginess of barbeque sauce!

And of course, a coffee shop isn’t a coffee shop without the sweet desserts.

They have a lot to offer and I can’t choose so I tried 3 of them. It’s all good!

But wait, here’s the best part. The whole cafe looks so nice that almost every corner’s IG friendly. Just look at our amateur shots ↓↓↓

My team’s so happy and we’ll definitely be back!

Check out their FB page, Caerus Specialty Coffe and Bistro

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Killing Time (at Greenhills Shopping Center) in the Middle of A.P.E.

When you’re employed, having an Annual Physical Exam is required. It usually takes up a whole day or more if you need to do some follow up tests or if you need to see a different doctor. In my case, today is my 2nd follow up and I came in as scheduled for my laboratory and blood work. However, I needed to do some more tests which can only be done in the afternoon. Instead of going back and forth, I decided to just stay and roam around. It’s the best thing to do, and one of the reasons I chose Health Cube in Promenade Greenhills. It’s 12nn and I basically have 5 hours to burn.

This is how I killed time. I went up to the ground floor, browsed at Fully Booked and bought the 3rd book from the Crazy Rich Asian series, Rich People Problems.

Planning to read it while waiting. I also thought of watching a movie but went against the idea. After paying for the book, I felt my stomach grumble so off I walked to the other side of Promenade and to the foodcourt. I have charge slips to convert into GCs at Bonchon. #freelunch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I had my lunch there and I stayed about an hour. To my surprise, the chicken’s so juicy.

After my 1 hour lunch. I decided to walk towards Shoppesville and VMall. I passed through all the different restos. There’s Bizu, Cibo, Gerry’s Grill, Isla Pulo, Pedro and Coi, Hokkaido Santouka Ramen and many more.

I crossed over to Shoppesville, the main shopping area of Greenhills Shopping Center! So many things to see here.

The fountain which you could only see from the 2nd floor, it’s situated in the middle of it all. Too bad it’s covered by the shops on the ground floor.

2nd floor is dedicated to the gadgets and accessories, it has a passageway going to the Vmall. I didn’t go through this area because I didn’t want to be offered left and right, I also have no intention of buying any gadgets or accessories.

Back to the ground floor where I mostly walked (and shopped), it has aisles and aisles of clothes, bags, and home decors.

Scored some super affordable everyday wear. I love the colors and the fabric of these blouses I bought. These 3 blouses set me back for less than a thousand bucks! πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

And I am so loving the black one. ⬇⬇⬇

There’s also an area for home decors, artworks and antiquities.

An area’s dedicated to shoes that are locally made, The Shoe Center.


If you like branded watches, bags and shoes (Class A to Class AAA), you could definitely find it here. There are also rows and rows of jewelries especially pearls.

Another thing that Greenhills kept from way back is the open garden that connects two areas. It also has a chapel where shoppers can say a prayer or two.



After Shoppesville, I also went to the Shoppesville Plus and the Toy Area near the Theatre Mall. I enjoyed looking at the toys I forgot to take pictures!

After about 3 hours of non stop walking, I was so thirsty and tired, I decided to go back to Health Cube and just read and wait there. The doctor came early and I was done by 530pm.

The Greenhills Shopping Center also added a new building for Uni Mart, a grocery store, and O Square 1 and 2, where you could find mostly restaurants.

So there, I hope you learned a thing or two from my experience today. Share share share!

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Shrimp Bucket

Been wanting to try Shrimp Bucket for some time now. Finally had the chance yesterday when we were in Ayala Malls the 30th. Could have gone to our fave resto, Gringo, but a little change wouldn’t hurt right?

The interior makes you feel like you are inside a ship. With small holes surrounding the area, and some ropes dangling and barrels lined up, the wood finish and the warm lights complete the look.

For you to have an idea what they serve in Shrimp Bucket, here’s their menu.

So we wanted to order crabs, but they’re out of stock. We instead ordered Shrimps in Salty Eggsperience and Mussels in The Mardi Gras.

I love Salted Egg whatever, but this one didn’t do it for me. I would have liked it more if there are bits and pieces of salted egg or maybe not too saucy. Some of the shrimps were overcooked. The skin sticks to the shrimp meat.

Would have tasted better with the Mardi Gras sauce.

The mussels gets a thumbs up. They did great with The Mardi Gras sauce. It’s a chorizo based sauce with a little tinge of spiciness. The chorizo meat’s like grounded meat and mixed with the mussels.

The Deep Fried Baby Squid is a hit with my kids. The breading’s not too salty. The squid is not chewy.

Shrimp Bucket has non-seafood items too!

We tried their Spicy Pork Belly (not spicy at all). It’s like binagoongang bagnet (pork belly with shrimp paste). The meat melts in your mouth, the hint of shrimp paste tastes good. There’s still a crunch even if smothered in sauce already.

Instead of ordering an extra bowl of rice at Php 40.00, we ordered a Rice Bowl instead at Php 160.00. The Dad’s Seared Chicken with coconut milk sauce gets a high grade. Like the pork, the chicken melts in your mouth as well. The coco based sauce seals the deal!

Overall, I like the non seafoods better. Maybe I need to try the crab and the shrimp in the Mardi Gras sauce, or try the other sauces available. There are also a lot of other rice bowls and main entrees to choose from. And it’s affordable too!

And it’s fun to see what you have devoured in a bucket after!

Shrimp Bucket has a few branches all over the metro.

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Our Taiwan Food Trip

Before our trip, pictures of Taiwan’s best eats are just that – pictures!

In a short span of 3 days, we tried to eat as many Taiwan famous food (especially street food) as we could.

Prepare to get hungry!

Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao, Shrimp Dumplings and Beef Noodle Soup

Ay Chung Misua Noodle

Everyone’s favorite, Stinky Tofu in Ximending

Jap Resto in Ximending open till 4am

Jiufen’s famous beef noodle store

Jiufen’s famous fish ball soup

TKK Fried Chicken

Taipei Main Station Underground Mall

Famous Pork Bun at Raohe Street Night Market

Wagyu Beef Cubes – Raohe Street Night Market

Resto in an alley near Tomorrow Hotel – Korean Style Pork Bbq Rice Toppings

Hot-Star XXL Fried Chicken

Prince Cheese Potatoes – food alley in Ximending

Taiwan Sausage – found everywhere

Taiwan Sausage in Sticky Rice – food alley in Ximending

Spring Onion Pancakes

Pan Fried Xiao Long Bao in Shilin

Chicken Wings stuffed with Rice – Shifen

DRINKS / DESSERTS

Chun Cui He Milk Teas

Sold in Carrefour at NTD 22.00 to 23.00, in 7-11 at NTD 28.00 to 30.00

Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea

*look for this near H&M in Ximending, this is the cheapest and the best!

Another famous brown sugar milk tea but that one πŸ‘†is better.

Pineapple Shake at Shifen

Yakult Yogurt Smoothie at Shifen

Frozen Fresh Mango

Mango Smoothie in Yehliu Geopark

Oh boy! Wanna go back and eat some more!

To know more about our Taiwan Trip. Check out these blogs…

Taiwandering 2018

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Taiwandering 2018 – Preflight

Tomorrow Hotel Ximending

Taoyuan International Airport Free Lounges

Portablee WIFI Rental by Kkday

Din Tai Fung Original Branch

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Exploring Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Managed to fit visiting Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall into our itinerary. Took the Metro Train and alighted at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station, exited at Exit 5.

The back of the National Theatre greets visitors coming from the train.

Walk on the side of the National Theatre and you will be in awe! Liberty Square is so huge, you will see the Archway, the National Theatre, the National Concert Hall and afar will be the CKS Memorial Hall.

The Archway is the main gate to Liberty Square. It stands magnificently in its blue roof tile and white facade. There are actually 3 gates surrounding the whole square. They are the Gate of Loyalty and the Gate of Piety.

This is the Gate of Integrity.

The National Theatre

National Concert Hall

These twin structures are two of the first major modern performing arts facilities in Taiwan. It lies on the South and North sides of Liberty Square, and on the east of CKS Memorial Hall.

According to Wikipedia, the National Theater contains a smaller Experimental Theater and the National Concert Hall holds a more intimate Recital Hall. Outdoor performances can be staged simultaneously on the square.

And now, we go to the main attraction of this visit. At the east end of the square lies Chiang Kai Shek’s Monument.

Found a good samaritan to take our picture. πŸ˜€ Halfway through.

There are actually 89 steps to this stairway, representing the age of Chiang Kai Shek when he passed away.

It’s a bit hard to get to the top but the view is magnificent.

2 guards stand by the giant statue of Chiang Kai Shek. They also have guard changing ceremony. They usually come from the main hall downstairs and march up to the statue.

On this same floor, they house a mini library with details about how the place was built.

Down the main hall, a museum for Chiang Kai Shek can be found. They exhibit here his old clothes, military uniforms, memorabilias, letters and his magnificent cars.


Explored some more then left for our next adventure.

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Din Tai Fung – Original Branch

When Din Tai Fung arrived in Manila, everyone lined up to have a taste of what is known to have the best xiao long baos (steamed dumplings). During this trip to Taiwan, of course, we wouldn’t let the chance to visit the original branch pass. To get there, take the Metro Rail at Ximen Station and hop down at Dongmen Station, take the Exit 5, cross YongKang Street and walk straight.

You wouldn’t miss the shop becaus3 a lot of people are outside. We arrived around 11:00am and we had to wait for 60 mins. If you plan to go here, be sure to be there before their 10:00am opening.

The receptionist will give you your number and a checklist. It’s in English and the price is also written. They will take this once your number is called.

Outside is the enlarged menu board with pictures, if you can’t picture what’s written in the checklist.

After 60 years, minutes rather, we were finally seated at the 3rd floor. The main branch is just a small branch so it can really be tight! But you’ll still feel like you are in a restaurant with the service and the service charge of 10%! 😁

Yey! Our orders finally arrived! The girls from the other table were looking at us because there’s only the 2 of us and the food’s so many!

The xiao long bao! So juicy, it really does tastes better than the other xiao long baos in the market. Best to devour it when hot and fresh.

For first timers, they have a guide on how to eat it.

Dip the dumpling into the sauce.

Poke a hole on top to release the broth before eating it. Danger here – it can be so hot!

Next to try is this Shrimp and Pork Dumpling. Unlike other shrimp dumpling, this one is filled with real shrimps and pork. It also has some juice inside. Tasty as well!

Their Hot and Sour Soup tasted good also. Didn’t mix it so the hotness was all consumed by my husband. Afraid I can’t take it. I still like the soup. Sourness is just right.

We were curious with this on the menu, so we ordered it. Turned out it’s just Machang, pork wrapped in sticky rice. Not their specialty.

Up next is the Beef Noodle. The soup’s too oily. The one we had in Jiufen is better. But the texture of the noodle is good.

On the 1st floor, the dumpling making station can be viewed through a glass partition. I wonder how many xiao long baos they make in a day?

When we left the shop, it’s a chaos outside. People can’t resist that cute little dumpling though!

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Taiwandering 2018

Detailed itinerary of our Taiwan Trip.

August 30, 2018

Took a red eye flight to Taiwan to maximize our weekend.

August 31, 2018

Arrived and passed through the immigration in a swift. Got our WIFI in the Unite Traveler Kiosk and we’re good to go.

Portable WIFI Rental by KKday

Good thing a friend’s mom arranged for a car to pick us up. We were surprised that it was actually a Benz. πŸ˜€

What a nice ride! Thank you to our sponsor auntie. 😘

If you do not have an auntie who can sponsor your ride, you can either take the airport taxi – a few taxis were waiting in the taxi stand. There are also fixers who offer you a ride, but this is scary. I think the best thing is to book a Klook Pick Up Car Service. I have checked and it’s about Php1400.00. This is both convenient and safe.

We arrived in our hotel way earlier than expected. We can’t check in yet so we just deposited our luggages and off we went to explore the area – at 3am!

Tomorrow Hotel – Ximending

Most of the shops are already closed. The only shops open are the Watsons outside the hotel and the 7-11 beside the hotel.

Out front there is a Toy Catcher Shop that I think never closes. And you can see these kind of shops all over Taipei.

We didn’t know that Carrefour is open 24 hours. If we did, we might have stayed there and browse the aisles slowly. It’s only a 15 minute walk from the hotel.

We managed to find a restaurant that is open. It closes at 4am. So we have an hour to relax and to eat. It’s a quaint Japanese restaurant with a 3 man team.

Their menu is limited since it’s almost closing time when we arrived. So we just settled for these.

It’s a little cold so we ordered a clam soup.

Clam Soup

I love Gyoza and theirs had a thin buttery and crispy flake.

Gyoza

We also ordered a Beef Rice Toppings

Beef Rice Toppings

This was our super early breakfast. Tasted great especially the beef.

We again roamed around to check the area if there are still shops open, turned out Ximending closes at 1 or 2am.

We eventually found ourselves in a 24 hour Mcdonald’s nearby. Just like in Hong Kong, food order must be in their kiosk. This Mcdonald’s is pretty nice.

Thank you to to Mcdo for letting us stay for 3 hours. We stayed here until the night 🌚 turned into day.🌞

This was the first time we did it and it’s not highly recommended! Better catch an earlier flight and just book a hotel so you could have rest before charging on to your itinerary.

After preparing ourselves, we head on to our tour. I booked this with Klook – Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen Shuttle Bus Tour from Ximen. The bus will take you to Northern Taiwan and back, particularly Yehliu, Jiufen and Shifen. You can enjoy these places without having to worry about getting there. The bus meet up point is just walking distance from our hotel. GaKuDen Bakery is located at Exit 4 of Ximen Station.

For an 8:30am bus, we need to be there by 8:15am. The tour guide, York, checked on our vouchers and let us in on the bus. York is an English speaking tour guide so it’s very easy communicating with him. He is knowledgeable and he gives out advices on the best things to try out, the best food to eat and the best places to go to! He is the best!

Toured Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen from 8:30am to 6:00pm. This was a long hot and wet day for us.

Super hot when we were in Yehliu. A little humid when we were in Jiufen. Rain fell down when we were in Shifen.

To read more about this tour, check Klook: Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen Daytour

We were back at Ximending by 6pm. Decided to check in our hotel first before having dinner.

Tomorrow Hotel Taiwan

After resting, this was about 9pm already, we went down to enjoy Ximending. It’s the weekend so the place was packed! People walking down the streets, chattering, eating, and laughing. I love the vibe!

Here are some of the sights that night!

September 1, 2018

Woke up late to recharge. First on our list today is to have a meal at the Original Din Tai Fung Branch. But before anything else, we bought a 24 hour Taipei Metro Pass. This is only NTD180.00 or about Php 320.00. You get unlimited train and bus rides within the Metro line.

Din Tai Fung’s First Branch can be found in Zhongzheng District. To get here, take the train and alight at Dongmen Station (Red Line), then take Exit 5. Go straight and you’ll find Din Tai Fung in Xinyi Road.

Original Din Tai Fung – A Review

While waiting, we managed to discover the pastry shop called Red Sakura. Aside from yummy pastries, they also have a lot of Hello Kitty themed pastries and cookies, plus some merchandise.

After eating the best xiao long baos (steamed dumplings), we took the train and went to visit Taipei 101.

Taipei 101 used to be the tallest skyscraper until Burj Khalifa snatched the title. However, in 2011, it was awarded the tallest and largest green building in the world.

We alighted at the Taipei 101 Station

There is a high end mall and they have an exhibit that day. Take a look at some of the artsy Marvin the Martian displayed.

A few minutes in the outdoors and a few more minutes inside the mall, off we go to our next destination.

Back to the train and off to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Take the Exit 5 and you will be greeted by the magnificent structure that is the National Theatre.

Exploring Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The rain poured yet again while we were there, got so drenched – shoes wet, clothes wet – no choice but to go back to the hotel and change.

Someone informed us to drop by the Taipei Underground Mall, which can be reached through the Taipei Main Station. Except for the extensive food selection, there’s not much to do here.

Back on the train again to head to Raohe Street Night Market – known to be the oldest night market.

Literally a stretch of food kiosks of a variety of yummy treats. It’s a bit out of the way to get here. At the end of the Green Line, Songshan Station is where you can find Raohe Street Night Market. Take Exit 5 and walk a few steps, once you see the temple, Raohe is on the left.

After eating at Raohe, went back to the train station again, to the Red Line, to Jiantan Station. Take Exit 1 to get to the biggest night market, Shilin Market.

Shilin Market has a lot of these balloon games, where you could win a stuffed toy for your bae.

Check out what we ate at Our Taiwan Food Trip.

September 2, 2018

Went to visit my uncle in the morning. Checked out of the hotel already so that we don’t have to be back by 11:00am check out time. Unless we want to be charged NTD 200.00 per hour of excess.

Back at Ximen Station by 10:59am, this is the end of our 24 hour Metro Pass. Went straight to the place where we have been buying our pork floss since we were kids.

Learned that Carrefour (the 24 hour grocery) was just around the corner. Bought biscuits and rolls for our kids. Took the taxi cab for NTD 80.00 to get back to the hotel in just 3 minutes!

Bought some more pastries at Red Sakura. Repacked our luggages to stuff the things we bought.

Walked around Ximending for the last time. Chilled at this Jap Resto by the alley of the hotel.

Until the driver picked us up to send us to the airport.

The end of our trip! Hope you enjoyed and learned a thing or two from our trip.

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