Starbucks celebrates Earth Day!

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Calling Starbucks lovers out there!

In celebration of Earth Day, Starbucks will be selling this limited edition Starbucks Night Sky Reusable Cup for only Php 100.00! 

Photo from Starbucks Philippines FB Page

You just need to purchase any Grande Handcrafted Beverage.  There is no limit as long as you purchase the required number of Grande Handcrafted Beverage.  
This will be available on April 21 and April 22 in all Starbucks stores across the Philippines!

You also get a Beverage Star for every purchase when you use your Starbucks Card.

Can’t wait to get mine.

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makansutra

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A trip to Megamall one Saturday led us to Singapore.  Yes, to Singapore!

Makansutra is a like a food hub with various restos and each of them has its own Singaporean food specialty.

The place is interestingly nice.  I like its artistic interior here and there.  Even the tables and chairs stand out on their own.

They have Real Sugarcane Juice.  They do it on the spot.  This drink is believed to be nutritious and refreshing.

For other refreshments, they have a Central Area where you can order whatever suits you.

Take a look at their restos.

Curry Flurry is where we ordered Prata.  It was a last minute order so we weren’t able to eat it there.  We just took it home.  The prata is not chewy. The filling is hot though.

Donald and Lily is the one serving Laksa.  We weren’t able to order one.  This is for next time.

Geylang Clay Pot is where we ordered their famous Clay Pot Chicken and Mushroom Rice.  Their small size is definitely not small.

The claypot is not only full of rice, it is full of chicken meat and mushrooms and veggies.  Soy based but not all salty.

Next is the Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee.

More like Chinese style cooking than Singaporean style cooking.  We ordered Seafood Fried Noodles and Sweet & Sour Pork.

Noodle sauce a bit salty though.  

Sweet & Sour Pork delicious.  Still crunchy pork bits despite being stir fried with the sauce.

I forgot to take a shot of the resto that sells Satay.  But this is the best of them all.  Tasty and Tender.

Some of the restos we weren’t able to try.

Very good food experience for us.  And the greater the service we received that day.

Employees are so friendly.  They are attentive to your needs.  No wonder because their boss is as friendly as they are.

I approached him and asked for a picture with my 2 kids.  He happily agreed.

The owner of makansutra is the famous Singaporean KF Seetoh.  He is known to be the Food Guide Maven.  Check out www.makansutra.com for more about him.

In addition, I would also like to thank the manager for encouraging the kids to participate in a game.  Even if she didn’t guess right, they still gave her a prize.  

I would also like to commend the clean and artistic rest room and wash area.

Definitely going back to Makansutra to try the other hawkers!  See you there!

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Pay Travel Tax Online

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Avoid the Holy Week Rush!  Pay your Philippine Travel Tax Online.

Go to www.tieza.gov.ph

Click Travel Tax, on the dropdown menu, select Pay Travel Tax Online.

You will be directed to this page.  Register and be a member. 

Once you are registered.  Paying your Travel Tax is so easy.  A registered member can pay for a maximum of 4 companions at a time.  

Click the Yellow Button that says Click here to fill up Travel Tax Payment Form.

The member’s name will be on default for every application.  You can choose to add member to input the name of your companion.  Fill up the form, you will be needing your Booking Reference Number.  Make sure you choose the right type of travel tax to pay.  For regular passengers on Economy, Travel Tax is Php 1,620.00.

Check all details then Click Confirm Payment.

There will be a fee of Php28.35 for each Travel Tax you pay online.  They call it Service Fee.  It is very minimal in exchange for the hassle of lining up and paying in Cash in the airport.

Once you confirm your payment, you will already see your Digitized Travel Tax Receipt.

There will be 4 copies.  2 copies in a page.  Print it in Landscape Form and cut.

There you go.  Travel Tax out of your way when you go to the airport.  

Saves us all the hassle.  Happy Vacation!

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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 Part 2

During our first 2 days here in Hong Kong, we managed to go to some of the best food places around the city, check Hong Kong Food Trip 2017, but the journey of finding the best places doesn’t end there.  So let’s get it on!

The Spaghetti House offered a Lobster and Scallops Pasta Meal at a discount.

The Lobster Bisque is good.  However, the angel hair pasta is a little bland.  

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a breather and enjoy the simpler food.

Macaroni Soup with Dumplings and Kong Chay Mi (Noodles) with Dumplings plus some rice toppings. Yummy dinner for the night.

Just before we go to an all day shopping spree at Sham Shui Po, had a heavy lunch at OMQ Dining Room.  It’s a themed resto inspired by the star of a Chinese Comic Strip, Lao Hu Tzi.

Lots of pictures for a nicely interiored resto.

After an hour or 2 of shopping, found ourselves again in front of food! 

This is a very known Noodle House in Sham Shui Po, so famous that it opened 3 branches beside each other, just to accommodate all their patrons.

The noodle actually has Pig Liver as its main topping.

Our merienda stuck to me until dinnertime so no more dinner and breakfast for me!

Lunch is a bit heavy.  One of the best Hainanese Chicken I have ever tasted!

In case you miss its many branches when in the city, you can have your last chance at the airport. Tsui Wah is the name.  They are famous for their milk tea as well.

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Where to go Sho(e)pping in Hong Kong?

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Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping lovers like me and my husband.  But we don’t like over the top shopping.  We are bargain hunters. 

In this post, you will find out where the best spots are for shoe shopping. They are almost always on sale.  

1) Times Square in Causeway Bay.  The Bazaar is a secret shopping sale center.  It changes every week but we were in luck.  There is a Sportswear and  Casual Wear mega sale from February 9 until the 14th.  We went there on our first day, the first day of sale also.

Big brands like Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Puma, Converse, Skechers, Toms plus some more display their stuff here.  It is a big treasure chest and if you know how to dig deep, you may be able to find your own treasure.

If there is no mega sale ongoing at the Bazaar, Times Square has a lot to offer still.  From signature brands Gucci and LV and Chanel from regular Nike shops, Marks and Spencer or Zara, they all have big boutiques here.

2) Sports Outlets at North Point

These are factory outlets so they are on sale 365 days of the year. Sometimes, they have promotions, like buy 2 pairs and you will get additional 20% discount.  That is on top of the slash from the original price!  Be sure to ask!

4 outlets in a stretch. Heaven right?

3) Sports Outlets at Paradise Mall in Heng Fa Chuen Station

Newly discovered and it didn’t fail us.

Every man for himself!  

Hope you enjoyed my post today.  Be sure to go to these places when you come to Hong Kong. 

I certainly did enjoy shopping for our whole family’s shoes in these places!  

Oh by the way, there was 1 Nike Shop that was having a Removal Sale and Hubby got this pair!

Nice huh!

Happy shopping!

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