Two weeks before my trip to El Nido, I decided to dye my hair purple after playing with an app called Make-Up Plus that makes you change your hair color. Initially, I wanted to have my hair done at a salon by professional hairstylists, but the prices were unexpectedly high and I would rather spend the money on my trip. So I went to look for different hair dyes and decided to dye my hair at home with a help of a friend who used to work at a salon.
The moment you finally buy that cheap plane ticket to a country you’ve always wanted to visit is the one of the most satisfying feeling a person with a traveler’s soul can experience. Knowing that in just a few weeks or months away, you’ll be roaming around the beautiful night streets of Paris or kayaking through the rivers of the islands of Fiji is enough to make you burn all your time researching on various activities that you can do in your country of destination. There’s nothing wrong with that, after all, it’ll make you anticipate your much-awaited trip even more! But before you head to the airport for your flight, there are some important points that you need to remember to ensure a safe and hassle-free trip, including looking for the best hotel deals through online booking sites such as Traveloka. It’s very easy to use, has no hidden fees, and they even have an app you can download on your Android or iOS phones. These tips that I will be sharing with you are things that I have witnessed or personally experienced during my own travels.
I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I last posted! I had some personal matters to deal with so I didn’t have time to write a decent post. But I’m back now and today I’m here to share with you the lunch experience my family and I had at Lugang Cafe in Glorietta 2, located just beside Holiday Inn and Suites. It is a Chinese restaurant / cafe that serves Taiwanese and Cantonese dishes. Despite the word “cafe” in Lugang Cafe, I kind of think it’s more like a restaurant than a cafe. They have heavy dishes that’s good for a family of three or so. I really liked the interiors inside the restaurant, especially the mirrors and the chandeliers. The medium-sized plants along the center of the dining area also added a great effect for the ambiance.
This is the first time that I’m going to blog about a personal part of my life here in More Like Twins; and since this is my first, I want this to be huge! As you can all probably guess, yes, he finally proposed! 💍 My boyfriend got a ring and proposed to me in the most simple and romantic way of doing so minus the flowers and the crowd. A marriage proposal just the both of us in our own world. I’ll let you know more as you read on. 😉
I have never tried the pastries of Boulangerie22 before, so when it opened in Lucky Chinatown Mall, I just had to go see what they have in store. This post was actually supposed to be published last month, but procrastination kicked in hard and I almost forgot to write about it. During their opening day, all their cakes were 50% off, which is why my mom and I went crazy and bought three big cakes! I didn’t even think about how much calories I would have to burn after eating those cakes! Good thing my sister’s godchild was having his birthday party the next day so we just gave one of the cakes to the little boy as a gift. As for the breads, they have such a wide selection of it that I was having trouble deciding which one to buy, especially since all of them looked really tasty.
Cat cafes are booming right now and they’re popular for very good reasons. After all, who wouldn’t want to cuddle with adorable furry cats? Take me for example, I’m definitely more of a dog person and honestly speaking, I’m not fond of cats at all, but I couldn’t resist paying Velvet Friends Cat Cafe a visit when I was at Blue Bay Walk in Macapagal. With their white cozy interiors and decorative furniture, plus their super cute cats and kittens, you won’t be able to help wanting to go inside and hang out, whether with the cats or just with friends.
Pablo Cheese Tart (or some call it cheesecake) has made the Filipinos go gaga over their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts, even before they opened their store here in the Philippines. And to be honest, I was one of them as well. I was one of those who waited impatiently for the store’s grand opening, hoping to take a bit of the oh-so-famous cheese tart before any of my friends get to do so. I was excited to get a taste of their cheese tart because I heard it was really good.
But why do people love Pablo’s Cheese Tart so bad?
I can’t remember the first time I have had Spicy Szechuan Hotpot (麻辣火锅). Was it in China? Was it in Taiwan? All I know then was that there wasn’t any restaurant here in Manila that serves spicy Szechuan hotpot. When my Chinese friends and colleagues asked me which restaurants in Makati serves the famous spicy hotpot, I didn’t know where to start looking. It was through a friend that I discovered Happy Hotpot (东方火锅), but the first time I dined at the said restaurant was with my boyfriend.
Truth to be told, I got a little freaked out when we arrived at the place. The surrounding area of the restaurant was so dim. The street where the restaurant is located looks dangerous as well. But since we were already there, and with my boyfriend by my side acting as my bodyguard, we decided to go with the plan.
Discovering Coffee Habit in a street we seldom pass by was a pleasant surprise. My mother, little brother, and I were driving my aunt home at around 9PM when we saw a single coffee shop in a road lacking of any establishments. The fact that it was literally the only coffee shop I saw there made it more interesting. My little brother and I managed to convince the adults to drop by Coffee Habit first since our aunt’s house was just on the other side of the street. Turns out that Coffee Habit only opened recently and they were still in their soft opening. That was around a month ago, I think? Anyway, I loved the simplicity of the coffee shop with their red and black theme. The interiors were not overbearing and loud, making it less stressful for the eyes.
Binondo Chinatown is the world’s oldest Chinatown. It is also my home as I grew up in Binondo Chinatown. I know every corner and every good restaurant around.
Traffic is really bad in Binondo, but I can help you squeeze your way out and point to you the best route to avoid traffic. A lot of restaurants have opened up in Binondo, but the good ones and the ones that you should really try are the restaurants that have been operating for years.
I currently live in Makati now, but I still go back to Chinatown whenever I get the chance to do so; or if I have to visit a Chinese grocery store for items that aren’t available in the supermarkets. I had a chance to go back last week when my friend visited Manila for a day. I also asked my Taiwanese friend to go with us since she hasn’t been to Chinatown despite the fact that she stayed almost a year here in the Philippines.
October 9 of 2016, my boyfriend and I decided to look for a food market to go to since it has been a while since we last went to a food market. We were supposed to go to Purefoods Baconfest but it was already over when we arrived, turns out we got the date wrong. The Purefoods Baconfest was only until October 8, 2016. You should have seen our faces. We were so shocked at our own stupidity and felt really disappointed. We both love bacon, which is why we decided to go to Bonifacio High Street to look for a restaurant that serves good bacon. Even though we weren’t able to attend Purefoods Baconfest but we should at least still be able to eat bacon, right?
It was when we arrived at Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) that we discovered another food market. The Gourmand Market definitely saved our day and gave us hope. Screw bacon, we finally get to attend a food market!
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe was created by a mother and daughter duo who started cooking and baking as a family pastime. I can only think of how lucky we are that they decided to make a brick-and-mortar business out of it, otherwise we never would’ve tasted such delicious meals and sweets! Dining here is like eating at a nice home because of their homey interior design and light-colored furniture. My family loved the cozy atmosphere here so much that we stayed for more than an hour, even after finishing our food.