It’s been quite a while since I last received Liebster Award from my fellow bloggers. The Liebster Award was a famous way for bloggers to welcome a new blogger to the blogosphere. The creator of the Liebster Award was unknown to most bloggers. All I know was that it stemmed from a simple website called Liebster Blog. Years ago, the Liebster award can be seen on almost every blog. It is also a way for bloggers to get to know other bloggers, or at least to let them know that they still exist. Though it is rarely practiced nowadays; some bloggers, mostly personal bloggers, still pass down Liebster award to other bloggers to refresh what blogging used to be before it became mainstream.
I was one of those who started blogging even before people knew what “blogging” means. I remember trying to explain to my friends what a blogger does and just simply defined it as an online diary to keep it simple. Few people knew what it was and how it is done. A lot of bloggers used to use pen names instead of their real names so they can fully express what they want to write without limitations. And through awards such as Liebster Award, bloggers get to meet other bloggers from around the world. Some even formed their own cliques. Upon receiving the Liebster Award from Sakura, I suddenly thought to myself, “Ah, those were the days…”
Soru Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant along Maginhawa street that offers the best Japanese maki. I have read so many good reviews regarding this Japanese restaurant and had high expectations for it. Since the couturier for my engagement dress is located in Maginhawa, I decided to plan a one-day day-time food trip in Maginhawa right after my fitting.
Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve had a mini trip to Makati. After all, with the on-and-off rain we experience right now and the Uber problem just a few weeks ago, it’s been so difficult to go anywhere conveniently. So any chance I get, I try to go to as much restaurants or cafes as I can, or until my stomach surrenders. This time, I was able to drop by two places with my sister, Crepe Amélie and Cartel Coffee + Deli in Makati. My sister was the one who recommended both of them to me. And true to her words, I loved the food and the ambiance on each place! For some reason, all of my favorite coffee shops are always found in Makati. Anyway, we first had our dinner in Crepe Amélie, then to Cartel Coffee + Deli for dessert and a quick coffee break.
My engagement is coming up and it was time for my second fitting. We got there earlier than expected and decided to have lunch at a restaurant nearby, and that’s how we found Hanako. Hanako is a small Japanese restaurant in Maginhawa hidden inside the Bo’s Coffee/ Anytime Fitness Building.
My fiancé always said that if you don’t know what to eat, then dine at a Japanese restaurant as it is the safest. If the food isn’t delicious, at least it can’t be that bad. When he first came to the Philippines, all he ate for the first few weeks was Japanese cuisine as he didn’t know if local dishes would fit his tastes. And after his 3 years (going 4 now) stay here in the Philippines, one restaurant finally proved him wrong.
We don’t have much night markets such as the ones in other countries, but at least we got food markets such as The Yard Underground located in Pasig City. Initially, I had doubts in visiting The Yard Underground with the negative reviews I’ve read and heard from the people around me but then I realized I should try it out first before judging it. Glad I did.
No relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and survive the storm together. Heck, not even the typhoon can stop us from celebrating our 26th monthsary.
July 27th of 2017 is one of the special days for my fiancé and I as it marks our 26th month of being partners-in-crime. Every 27th of the month, we celebrate by having dinner at a restaurant of our choice that we’ve both never tried. If our wallet gives us the go signal, we sometimes go on a out out town, or better, an out of country trip. Since it’s a little tight for the both of us as we are trying to save some cash for our engagement and wedding, we decided to try out an Italian restaurant in Bonifacio Global City by a Michelin Star Chef David Oldani for a romantic dinner. 💕
You haven’t seen me guys recently and I apologize for that. After a month of inactivity, I would like to share with you an amazing app I discovered not so long ago, Live.Me. It is a live video sharing app that I’m so hooked on for three weeks now. Because Live.Me app is not widely used here in the Philippines, I decided to do a blog post about it. Let me brief you through what Live.Me got to offer and why I’m so hooked! 😉
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual event that happens every February of the year in Clark, Pampanga, and I have wanted to go see the hot air balloons ever since I found out about it two years ago. And now finally in 2017, I was able to push through with my plans to visit this event. I really made sure to go this year because I’ve been hearing rumors that this will be the last hot air balloon fiesta. I’m not sure whether they meant last here in the Philippines or just in Clark, because my dad told me that they plan to host the event in another place next year, but still in the Philippines.
I have noticed that a lot of moms left me a comment on my recent Marygold Beachfront Inn blog post. Almost all of the moms left a comment saying they plan to bring their child/children to El Nido Palawan. During my trip to El Nido, Palawan, I initially planned to go island hopping every day for my whole 6 days stay in El Nido, but after our island hopping tour A, we decided to change our itinerary. El Nido’s island hopping tour activities are quite strenuous unlike the island hopping tour of Boracay, which is why I think you should not bring kids to the island hopping tours of El Nido Palawan.
I have always included island hopping activities in my schedule for beach tours. It is one of the most known activities done whenever people travel to the beach here in the Philippines. Why? Because the Philippines is composed of 7500 islands! Though only 2000 islands are currently inhabited, that’s still a huge number of islands to visit! Do take note that the strenuous island hopping tours in El Nido, Palawan is so much different from the island hopping tours in Boracay ~
Choosing a place to stay has always been time-consuming for me whenever I plan to travel. We have a lot of requirements and we want it to fit our price range. Normally, if we find a hotel with a little above average price but is totally worth it, we book it immediately. One of the hotels that we booked that is a little above our budget was our stay in MaryGold Beachfront Inn (formerly Marina Garden) in El Nido. There are actually a lot more hotels around El Nido with a more affordable price but choosing MaryGold Beachfront Inn (formerly Marina Garden) was one of the best decision we did on our last visit to El Nido.