Free Admission to The National Planetarium

The Planetarium is just a ride away from where I grew up but unfortunately, I haven’t been there.

No fret though, now is the time!  

In celebration of the National Heritage Month, the National Planetarium is extending its Free Admission Promo until May 31, 2017.

Check out the photo to see the schedule of the shows.  You may also call 5277889 for inquiries.

Oh, I hope I could drop by one of these Saturdays.  Will bring my kids! 

I will keep you posted on what is there to see at the National Planetarium!

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Paper Moon & PNB Credit Card

We can’t help swiping our credit cards for some important things especially now that school is about to start.  How could we maximize these plastics? Find promos that will give you freebies while you spend!

Just discovered PNB’s Mabuhay Miles Credit Card promo!  And I guarantee you, swiping a PNB Card is so worth it!  You get to get vouchers which you could spend and earn mileage points which you could redeem for a free flight!  (Another story!)

Anyway, back to our promo.  PNB has partnered with Paper Moon and for a minimum spend of ONLY Php2000.00, you could get a Php100.00 Gift Certificate!  Then the amount of vouchers goes higher when you spend more.  Unlike other cards, there’s only 1 bracket to get a voucher.  It is okay if you’ve just spent the minimum required amount, but if you’ve spent more than that, it makes you feel a little bit “Lugi.” (At a disadvantage)

Photo from Paper Moon’s Facebook Page

Then there’s more!  No need to wait for codes, it’s very easy to redeem!  Just collate your charge slips and present them together with your credit card at any Paper Moon store.  Just make sure that the dates of these charge slips start anywhere from March 1, 2017 onwards.  The store staff will give you these gift certificates once their system verifies your slips!

Want something better?  You can immediately use these certificates and this Summer is the best time to get those GCs as Paper Moon is having their own Summer Promo!

Instead of spending more than Php300.00 for a pair of Milk Crepe and a Drink, they are offering it for Php260.00 only.  

I had the chance to taste 3 different flavors last weekend with the girls.

Original Milk Crepe

Chocolate Milk Crepe

Mango Milk Crepe

My favorite’s the Mango Milk Crepe!  Nicely paired with my Iced Cafe Mocha! 

Perfect for chit chat with the girls on a Summer Afternoon!

Promo runs until May 31, 2017 so go swipe those PNB Cards now!

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I won a Hotel Stay from Panoramictrip!

Who would have thought that I am still capable of winning room accommodations?  It has been a while and I am grateful that I won in this raffle!  Destress 101!

I was just browsing through my FB feed when I came across the Facebook Page of Panoramictrip.

I chanced upon their Summer Craze Promo.  I can win a Hotel Room Stay! 

Photo from Panoramictrip Facebook Page

Thinking I have nothing to lose and that the mechanics are so easy, I gladly did everything.
#1 Like their Facebook Page, Panoramictrip

#2 Share the post in my wall

#3 Follow them on Instagram, @panoramictrip

#4 Visit their Website, www.panoramictrip.com and write a review

So easy, right?

Promo ended May 1, 2017 and 10 lucky winners were picked.

When this was tagged to me, I didn’t even look at it.  I thought it was just some random travel photo.  I have no inkling that I already won!  

Indeed lucky!  Can’t wait to receive their confirmation message on how we could claim our hotel stay!

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#GrandeWednesday

Seems that Starbucks lovers are up for some good times this May!  

Starbucks launched their Php100.00 For A Grande Promo today!

Photo from Starbucks FB Page

This promo will be ongoing for all Wednesdays of May from 3pm to 6pm.

There will be a Frappucino Fan Flavor for each date.

Today, May 3, is for Caramel Fanatics.

Photo from Starbucks Website

Check out which flavors are up in the weeks to come:

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A customer will only be allowed 2 orders per transaction.  Purchase will also not be eligible for Beverage Stars.

This was how it looked today in Starbucks Lucky Chinatown Mall, so be prepared for next week!

Photo from Jameh DLS Macam

As  for me, will be waiting for the Fan Flavors on the 24th and 31st!

See you at #Grande Wednesdays!

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Mesa Filipino Moderne Cuisine

Love Filipino Cuisine?  You gotta try Mesa.  Been around for a while but they still serve some of the best Filipino dishes here in Manila.  Unique and with a twist.
Let us start with their appetizer.  Tinapa Roll.

Served in Chinese spoons.  The lumpia wrapper is crunchy.  Enough tinapa (smoked fish) meat for real tinapa taste mixed with some veggies.  Add to it the spicy vinegar sauce – yummy!

For the soup, we ordered their famous Chicken Binakol.  Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture.  You may think it is like your regular tinola, but this soup is so satisfying.  Instead of water, the soup is actually coconut water, then there will be coconut bits mixed with your usual chicken.

A veggie must try in their menu – the 2 way Laing.

The Dry Laing and the Wet Laing.  They are both great.  The Gata Flavor is really coming out.  Tasted so good with my garlic rice.

We wanted to complete everything so we also ordered a fish dish.  One of their must trys is the Crispy Boneless Tilapia.

The Crispy Tilapia came with 4 kinds of sauces.  I tried the Bagoong and I was looking for Mangga after.  The tilapia fish meat was already scraped from the actual fish and was sort of cubed and breaded.  It is crunchy and tasted good.

A meal in a Filipino restaurant wouldn’t be complete without a good old barbeque dish.  So we ordered Chicken BBQ. 

I love this one.  It is grilled but the meat is still juicy.  Just the right marinate, a little sweet to the taste.  Also,  it’s not overly grilled.

The next one is also a dish that is a staple in a Filipino restaurant.  The Crispy Pata.  

It’s boneless by the way so easy to eat.  But I have had more tender, crispier, and tastier patas.

The last on our food table is the Swahe (Shrimp) On The Rocks.  

The shrimps were cooked in a claypot with sizzling rocks inside, hence, on the rocks.  It was amazing to see how the shrimps were instantly cooked and changed colors once put on top of the rocks.  Don’t expect anything fancy on the taste of the shrimp though.  

Overall, we enjoyed our food and for a group of 6 women, we were definitely full after we finished all that we ordered.  Not bad for a total bill of around Php2,800.00. 

Also, we loved the ambience of the place.  Look at our happy faces.  We were just so happy that we got to have a mommies’ day out. 

xoxo

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Dimsum All You Can @ Lugang

Just saw this upcoming promo and I can’t wait to share it to all of you!

Lugang Cafe has just announced that they will be having a fEAsT All You Can Promo starting this May!

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For only Php 588.00, you can enjoy their famous dimsums and more!  On top of that, there’s a free glass of iced tea and DESSERT!

Ooooh, I can’t wait!

SM Aura and SM Megamall will start the promo on May 2, 2017 until June 18, 2017.  Then, SM North Edsa and The New Glorietta will continue on June 19, 2017 until the end of the promo on July 31, 2017.

Mark your calendars!

Happy Eating!

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Ryoko’s Place ← our home away from home

When travelling to an expensive location like Japan, chances are, hotels could be very expensive too!  That is why, I am so thankful for Airbnb.  Not only do we get to save a lot from booking a hotel, we experience how it is to have a home away from home.

Ryoko is a superhost and a colleague has already booked her apartment several times.  So, being scammed isn’t going to be an issue.  

Our group consisted of 12 people all with 1 medium sized luggage and 1 handcarry luggage.  Do the math and that’s about 24 luggages in all. But Ryoko’s place is massive, so space is not a problem.

Ryoko’s place is in a quiet neighborhood.  It is actually in a high end part of Tokyo where the houses are big and pricey.

Ryoko’s is pricey also with rates going at Php 23,000.00 a night.  That doesn’t include Cleaning Fee.  However, the house can fit 14 people comfortably.  If you are more than 14, you could still fit.

Upon entering the house, there’s a mini sofa where you could sit and remove your shoes.  

Then the sala with a huge sofa set.  The black ones are actually sofa beds which can accommodate 2 to 4 people, or even 6.

There’s also a hammock for some chill time.

Photo from Ryoko’s Airbnb page

A big TV if you want to enjoy lounging at home.

Just in front is the Dining Area which could sit at least 10 people.

And then the Kitchen with complete amenities.  It has a fridge, a dishdryer, a microwave, and a coffee maker.  You could also use the plates, cups, glasses, and spoon and forks.  You can also find the washing machine there.

Then there were the bedrooms.
The only bedroom downstairs has a water bed!  It can fit 2 people.  It has its own walk in closet where you could hang your clothes or stash your luggages.  It also has its own toilet & bath.

There’s also a toilet on the 1st floor.

Up the 2nd floor, you can find 3 more bedrooms.  

The first one can fit at least 2 people.

The next bedroom has 2 single beds.

The third bedroom has a double bed also, could fit minimum 2 people.

One of these bedrooms has its own toilet and bath.

I have researched so much about Japan’s Airbnb and due to limited space of the houses in Tokyo, very seldom that you could find a house as big as this with all the beds and amenities to cater to your needs.

Definitely worth the price we paid for the duration of our stay.  Also, the house has WIFI and Ryoko lends a pocket wifi to bring along.

Her house is walkable from Shibuya, around 10 minutes give or take.  Just on the 1st street, there’s a Denny’s.  On the way, so many convenience stores, so you will never go hungry.

Ryoko is a very gracious host.  She is very accommodating.  Too bad I wasn’t able to meet her face to face.  According to my colleague, she is very beautiful too.

If you want to book her house in your future trip to Japan, just search Ryoko in Airbnb.  

Or leave a message and I will give you her contact number.

Happy Trip!

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Ichiran in Japan

In other countries especially Hong Kong and Japan, citizens are usually inclined to fall in line for hours just to get a taste of that famous or newest resto!

Last week, as tourists in Japan, we also waited for more than an hour in line for Ichiran – a famous ramen place.  

Here we are waiting for our turn, amusing ourselves, in more or less 10 degrees.

The place could seat about 24 people at once.  So imagine 12 of us waiting in line plus the others.

Finally, our turn!  Faced with a vendo and a long line behind us, I pressed our choice of ramen and additional 1/2 boiled salted egg as side dish to complete the set.  Not realizing that 1/2 boiled salted egg meant half boiled and taking it as 1/2 of a whole egg.  Hunger overtaking my thinking brain.

After paying and choosing your set in the vendo, continue to line up.  This time though, you could personalize your choice of ramen.  Thankfully, they have English version.

Here’s my choice.

After completing my paper, I turned it in together with the paid meal tickets from the vendo machine.  One for the set of ramen and one for the additional side dish.

Again, wait.  So near yet so far.  A part of our group already went in.

This is it!  Given my booth number.  #14

In this booth, you have your own water faucet and cups.  You can always order additional what nots if you are not satisfied with your order yet.

Served the eggs.  I immediately ate 1 egg due to hunger.  The egg is so yummy.  Best egg ever!

And then my ramen was served!  Took a picture, shoot my other egg in the bowl and devoured the ramen for less than 30minutes.  

The soup’s rich broth, the melt in your mouth chasyu and of course, my other egg.  Not to mention, the right texture of the noodle, what could I ask for more?

It didn’t fail me.  My expectations were high due to the long line.  Ichiran Tokyo delivered and it’s a memorable dinner altogether.

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