Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Gift Idea from Paper Moon Cafe Philippines

I'm a huge fan of mille crepes. There's really something about that dainty looking cake that's made out of thin layers (and by layers I mean a LOT of it) of crepes sandwiched in between a delicate cream filling and usually topped with fruits. I would remember how Paul and I would always end our weekend dates at Singapore's Lady M which has been our go-to cake place when we need some sugar rush. Which reminds me, I have yet to talk about that in this blog. *sigh* Now, can you guys imagine my bloglag? We're talking years delay here!

Anyway, since we got back, we've been searching for a good cake place similar to our beloved Lady M. Then, we discovered Paper Moon. It's funny how things have a way of making itself known to you if it's meant to be. Like I've mentioned, Paul and I love mille crepes but this is one thing that we never really told anyone in the family. It was pure coincidence that my MIL gave us a huge box of Mango Mille Crepe for our homecoming party last year. Yes, exactly a day after coming home for good, we received a box of our favorite type of cake! Needless to say, Paul and I enjoyed the cake so much and that's how we got to know Paper Moon.

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Months after that, we discovered Paper Moon in Robinsons Magnolia. As I somehow got this huge chocolate addiction during the first few months after giving birth, I immediately went on a mission to search for the best Iced Chocolate drink out there and once again, Paper Moon instantly won. Thus, this has been our usual hangout whenever we want to go out for a quick mall trip with our then, newborn twins.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Holiday Feast at Tenya Philippines in BGC Stopover

I first heard about Tenya back in 2016 from my good friend D as she was helping me put together my Tokyo itinerary. My friends in Singapore love going to Japan that I can probably name 10 friends who knows Tokyo so well that they can give the best recommendations even with their eyes closed. Thanks to them, Paul and I had spent one marvelous week eating our way around Japan and mind you, we managed to dine at some of the best hole in the wall places thanks to the tips that we got from these friends. I have yet to share with you stories from that trip and I promise to do it really soon.

Meanwhile, back in Manila, Paul and I stumbled upon Tenya as we were going around the Bonifacio Global City one evening looking for a place to grab a quick early dinner before heading home. A quick search on our phone led us to Tenya at the BGC Stopover complex. Okay, I have to admit that I never knew this place existed and boy was I impressed. We're talking about 3 storeys filled with a good mix of fast to casual restaurants. There's also ample parking spaces at the basement so Paul was just as impressed as I was.

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We never managed to dine at Tenya when we were in Tokyo because we ran out of time so this particular visit was actually our first time at this famous tendon casual joint. As we entered the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by the traditional "irrashaimase"! Don't you just love the Japanese? As we were led to our booth, my eyes caught the acrylic signages on the table. Checking it out, I zeroed in on their holiday specialties such as the Ultimate Crab Teishoku Set (Php. 455). What a steal! It's one whole generous set of deep-fried crab claw, soft-shell crabs, crablets, kani sticks, Black Tiger prawns and the best part, a scoop of crab fat (aligue) on top. Ooh lala!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ho Ho Holidays at Honestbee Philippines with PDI's Best Desserts 2018

I was busy on my laptop while my Dad was watching the news last night and while I was pretty much passively listening to what was being talked about on TV, one thing that made me stop what I was doing was when the announcer said that we got "15 days to go before Christmas Day."


That was my immediate reaction. I'm not ready for Christmas yet and judging on the non-progress made on our gift list, it looks like I will be getting into a shopping frenzy in the coming weeks...that is if I don't do anything about it NOW! It doesn't help too that Yaya M1 will soon be going on her month long Christmas vacation back in her province which means I will be extra busy helping Yaya M2 watch over my twins who are starting to enjoy half-walking/half-running around the room.

I can't believe I'm saying this but as a busy Mom, I am so grateful for technology and online shopping. I've lost count of the number of times when technology and the ease of ordering online has saved me. From that impromptu pa-burger for our household staff to secretly buying Paul's birthday gift without him knowing (or seeing the bill haha), I've relied on the beauty of technology in helping me get the job done.

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Of course, there's my favorite bee.. Honestbee! This has been my go-to app when I need to buy some groceries but I can't get out of the house or when, just like that pa-burger session, I need to quickly buy food for the house. This Christmas, they has definitely up the ante by making Christmas shopping much more convenient for all of us. I'm not talking only about buying gifts or pastries but also for your Noche Buena spread too. They even partnered with Philippine Daily Inquirer's Best Desserts for 2018 to ensure that you now have access to the best dessert suppliers out there.

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Recently, they invited us for an exciting preview where we got to sample some of the yummiest Christmas items that will be available from their long list of merchants. Mind you, these merchants were specially chosen by Honestbee thus you are assured of getting nothing but the best.

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My personal favorites include my childhood favorite Jud's Fruitcake (hello Jamie and Auntie J!), Carabella Ice Cream, Marie's Pistachio Cake, General's Lechon, Old Swiss Inn and Wu's Kitchen's Asado Platter. I was also so happy to see that Yankee Candle is finally here in the Philippines and they're available at Honestbee too.

Enjoy the video above and may this bring more Christmas cheer to all of you! Once again, in true vlogger fashion... thumbs up if you like my video and please do not forget to subscribe! ♥

Friday, December 7, 2018

Potluck Favorites from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen

December is finally here! 

All throughout this month, I will be sharing with you great finds that you can bring to your upcoming Christmas parties and gifts for your loved ones too.

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I think the best way to jump start this festive month is to tell you about one of the best lunches that I've had this year. It was an invitation to dine at the lovely home of Ms. Bambi Javelosa with some of my favorite foodie friends namely Mr and Mrs. Our Awesome Planet, M of Eatsplorations and G of Dude for Food. I love dining with small groups as we get to catch up and have meaningful conversations while enjoying good food. That and simply because I am (seriously) an introvert too and big groups can really drain the life out of me.

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Our lunch began with Miso Marinated Salmon with Shiitake and Bokchoy which was so good! I love salmon and while this may look simple, it's totally bursting with so much flavor. It has a nice savory sweet flavor that goes well with anything..and I really mean..anything!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Unboxing with the #AngTwins : Tiny Buds Baby Naturals

If there's one thing my one year old twins are starting to show great interest in, it's unboxing with Mommy whenever there's a new package that gets sent out way. The sight of a mysterious-looking box most especially one wrapped in a big bow never fails to make them clap with happiness and quickly crawl/baby walk towards me. Sometimes, I would patiently wait for them to wake up from their nap in order for us to unbox the package together. Oh how I wish they'll never get tired doing this with me even as they grow up.

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That said, I shall start a new series in this blog where I will be featuring the different boxes/packages that my twins and I have unboxed and their genuine reaction towards it coupled with my  personal thoughts about the product too. Thus, I present you my first entry under "Unboxing with the #AngTwins". Tadaahhhh!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Kam's Roast Philippines offers the Pipa Duck

The first time I've had Pipa Duck was in Singapore when I was still handing the social media accounts of one of the biggest Chinese restaurant chains in the island. That was the best years of my career life there as not on were my clients one of the nicest that I've ever had but I get to have a good preview of their upcoming dishes before it gets launched to the public. What a job, right?

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The Pipa Duck as very memorable as it was my first time to come across it and we even had an inside joke about it within my team. (To YOU whom we were teasing about the Pipa Duck...know that I miss and love you! hihi).

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Anyway, the Pipa Duck is not another type of duck. It's exactly the same kind normally used for Roast or Fried Duck what made it different is how it was prepared. Split open in the middle and "butterflied" to flatten it out, the reason why it's called so is because it resembles that of a pipa 琵琶, a traditional Chinese wind instrument, that is shaped like a flat guitar. However, this type of cooking method somehow makes the skin extra crispy while retaining the tenderness and juiciness of the duck meat inside. Really yummy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Music Run 2018 at the Filinvest Grounds

"What was I thinking?!"

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This was predominantly my thought as we got nearer and nearer to the day of The Music Run. Well, back in July, when Paul and I decided to sign up, the main objective was because we wanted to get into a healthy lifestyle for our twins. The plan was to train for this run at least 3 months ahead thus making the 5K distance an easy peasy challenge for us.

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Well.. that didn't happen. We barely prepared for this run and we were already telling friends that we might just walk all the way. Luckily, I still had the presence of mind to sign us up for the Fun Run so that lessens the burden than signing up for the timed marathon. We also had considered not showing up or backing out. The race fee wasn't that expensive and for fear that we might just breakdown during the race.. we thought of letting it go. But... we're not the kind who backs out that easily. So..there we were on the afternoon of November 17 together with thousands of avid runners and sports enthusiasts. Two totally out of shape individuals trying to stretch every muscle in our body in hopes that we won't get cramps or worst, fall and injure knees or ankles.

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