Friday, January 20, 2017

Cooking Live : Cucina at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

For a country, like the Philippines, who loves to eat, it's then expected to have such a booming food industry and boy, competition can be very very fierce! There's basically a lot of options to eat from such as the basic carinderias, to the growing number of food parks, then there's a wide array for restaurants specializing in all sorts of cuisines and cooking techniques then we have our hotels. Within one hotel, you can expect to have more than 3 F&B outlets such as a traditional Chinese or Japanese restaurant, a coffee shop and our favorite -- an all-day dining restaurant which offers its culinary masterpieces buffet-style. Now, it's not really a big surprise how come Paul and I would always pack on so much weight after spending a couple of days back in Manila. Most of the time, we just eat, eat and eat!

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During our recent visit home, we checked out Cucina at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. We've loved this hotel after dining at Lung Hin and we told ourselves that we should definitely go back. Right after Christmas, we were invited to have a dinner date at Cucina. To be honest, I was so excited for this and was looking forward to this dinner even before actually flying home to Manila then. Cucina is an all-day dining with 9 live stations. With all the hotel buffets out there, I think this is one thing that makes Cucina unique. You can pretty much customize your dish down to how you want it, how much you want to have and if there's any special request that you have, who knows maybe the Chef might be able to grant.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Onboard Singapore Airlines :SQ916 / SQ921 / SQ918 (Singapore - Manila - Singapore)

It has been a very happening and truly exciting two months for both Paul and I. Starting with our trip back to Manila to celebrate the holidays with our families then flying back to Singapore 11 days after to go back to work and once again, back to Manila to witness the beautiful wedding of my Achi Marie. Paul and I knew that all these back and forths will take a toll on our body so we made sure to make our flights home as stress-free as possible.

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I believe that the airline plays a HUGE role on your over-all well-being when travelling. Don't get me wrong, I still fly budget especially for short trips home but I got to admit that I get really excited every single time I fly via Singapore Airlines. Apart from having more luggage allowance, a hot and delicious meal on board, I look forward to the wide entertainment library consisting of the latest movies, TV shows, music and even several radio channels. Time literally flies when you're on Singapore Airlines as you'll find yourself busy with all these things to watch and listen to.

Now let us focus on the food. I really got to give Singapore Airlines props for regularly updating their menu at least on a monthly basis. Since we flew all throughout December and January, we were so lucky to try a several dishes in all 4 different flights.

SQ918 (SIN - MNL) - Holiday Menu

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tai Cheong Bakery opens Cha Chaan Teng in Holland Village

Oh how I miss Hong Kong so so so much! It's always so exciting to go to Hong Kong as there's just an endless supply of good food. It's pretty much Singapore's version in the Northern part of Asia.

One thing though that I never really got around to doing when in Hong Kong is to have breakfast at a cha chaan teng. This is because of two things: Paul and I rarely get to wake up really early to make it to breakfast or if ever we're up and ready for breakfast, we would always go for congee instead -- one thing that the both of us grew up having during our respective trips to Hong Kong when we were kids.

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So, when I heard the great news that Tai Cheong Bakery finally opened a full-serviced cha chaan teng restaurant in Holland Village, I didn't missed the opportunity to check it out. By the way, cha chaan teng means Hong Kong-style teahouse and it's known to served buttered toasts and the very traditional macaroni with luncheon meat soup. Remember how much I loved their egg tarts? Well, it's just such happy news to know that there's more dishes to try and hopefully rave about. In fact, there are three egg tarts flavors available here! More about that later.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Traditional Bites : Old Seng Choong Pineapple Tarts

The Chinese New Year season here in Singapore has always been extra special for Paul and I. Wanna know why? It was when we opened a new chapter in our lives as we moved to this beautiful country a couple of years ago. I can still remember flying in on the 1st day of CNY and we both noticed how unusually quiet the whole city was. Apparently, it's tradition here that shops close to allow people to go attend their family gatherings for two full days. Days after that, we had our first try of the lo hei and we got to try a couple of traditional snacks that's really new to us too -- pineapple tarts, countless types of nuts and chips, bak kwa and more! It's interesting to see how different a particular holiday is being celebrated in this part of the region.

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The Year of the Rooster is just around the corner and we're starting to have our fill of our favorite CNY snacks. Not to mention, we're both looking forward to doing numerous rounds of lo hei all throughout the season. It will be a fun and prosperous year, I can totally feel it! Let's start with the Pineapple Tart. We got these two pretty boxes from Old Seng Choong where we got to try 4 of their newest flavors -- Rose, CharGold Bak Kwa, Coconut and Yuzu


Friday, January 6, 2017

Airport Lounge : Back at SATS Premier Lounge in Changi Airport Terminal 2

....and we're off again! 

After coming back from our amazing 11-day Holiday break in Manila, we're currently back at Changi Airport ready to go on a quick weekend trip...back to Manila! We're a day away from Achi Marie's BIG day and boy, am I so excited. Let's face it. Travelling can really be tiring. The whole process of packing, unpacking, waiting, boarding, flying and recovering and really take a toll on our body but the whole experience of travelling, I believe, makes it all worth it.

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For the longest time, I've never been the type who would go to the airport early. Often times, I'd be the last to check-in and would run around like a headless chicken in order to get to the boarding gate on time. I guess, it's because I just hate sitting around while waiting for the boarding gate to open to I would try to get there with the least waiting time possible. I got to admit that this is not a very good practice and it has brought about a lot of Amazing Race-like drama and panic attacks in the past. This all changed when I finally got airport lounge access. Oh man, these lounges are godsent! Finally, I look forward to getting to the airport 2-3 hours before boarding in order to have time to visit the lounge for a quick bite.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome the Fire Rooster at Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental Singapore (CNY 2017)

HELLO 2017!!!

Just like that, 2016 has made its graceful exit and in comes the start of another year. How has been your 2017 so far? For us, it has been really fun as we got to spend a lot of quality time with family. Well, the festivities is definitely far from over as we're all anticipating the coming of the Fire Rooster in less than 3 weeks time. That right! It's time to stock up on round fruits, fill up our red packets with money (and hope we'll get a lot too) and toss for luck and prosperity. Next to Christmas and New Year, the Lunar New Year is my next favorite holiday. It's also the time where we get to eat, eat and eat some more!

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Since moving to Singapore, one thing that I look forward to every Chinese New Year is the Lo Hei. I really love it! I enjoy the whole process of saying all the well wishes while adding in each ingredient and tossing it all up for luck. I also love the sweet tangy taste and most of all, the fresh salmon slices and the crunchy chips too. A few week ago, I got to sample Cherry Garden's Success set menu (S$138 per head) which was specially created for the coming CNY festivities.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Holiday Giveaway Contest: ...and the winners ARE...

*drumroll please*

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time out to join my giveaway! I know it has been a while since I've ran a blog contest and I promise to do this more often. In fact, I got another fun giveaway coming real soon!

Meanwhile, please join me in congratulating the following readers who will soon be the proud owners of either a Starbucks Coffee planner or a Sprints Personalised Wooden Board:

2016 contest winners

Anyway, I'm currently back home in Manila reuniting with family, friends and eating my heart out! Watch out for a fresh batch of blog entries this 2017!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! ♥♥ 
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