Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gifts fresh from Japan!

Our family friend, Masaaki-san is here in Manila until Monday on a business trip. We've known him and his family for a few years now and it's been awesome! (Masaaki-san's son, Haru-chan, is also very, extremely cute.)

We've gotten these as presents from him and his family:

The stuff me and the sister got

Chopsticks and keychains!

White for sister, black for me~
It goes, "(long kissing sound) I love you!" when you press it at the center. So cute!

Each of us got chopsticks. They're all adorbs!
(L-R: Nanay's, Tatay's, mine, sister's)

These are soy sauce. Apparently, this kind is really expensive, like top-class soy sauce, I was told.
This is the second time Masaaki-san has given us bottles of this.
(Kelangan tipirin, mahal e.)


Little, bright cheesecake!

How it looks like. It's pretty much bite-sized.

Half of the cheesecake. There's a cream cheese filling inside. It's really good, not too sweet nor salty.
Everything's just right!

Earlier, as we were picking out gifts for Masaaki-san, Satomi-san and Haru-chan, sister and I chanced upon these earphones that were on sale. I bought one for each of us since she has another earphones from the same brand and they sound good naman:

 DCI earphones for Php695. On sale for Php382.25.
Pwede na diba?

And yes, those are goldfishes :D

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dinner: Isaw na Baboy!

I really love isaw. Whether it's chicken or pork as long as it's either fried or barbecued... I can live off isaw. Though thinking about it, I wouldn't really have that long of a life to live enjoying it if it's what I'll eat everyday...

Yum yum barbecued isaw!

Boyfriend doesn't like isaw. Even if he lives for chicken, he can't stomach chicken isaw. Kadiri daw. As if. Ang sarap kaya.

To top it off, I made a smoothie from a couple of fruits left over from Chinese New Year's. Bago mabulok.

Strawberry and grapefruit combo. White sugar, ice cubes and fresh milk. Didn't use water so this drink is a lot creamier than my other smoothies. (Mas konti din ang output.)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lunch out at Cafe Publico

Me and some friends decided to try Cafe Publico last Saturday, to see if it can be a new tambayan for our group.

Verdict? We so love it~ The place is cozy, with a second floor where you can hold events. There even are some board games that you can use and they even have a giant chess board!

They have pasta, open-faced sandwiches, dips and pastries. For drinks, they offer coffee, beer, sodas and juice. And of course, gelato! We tried these dishes:

We started with Spinach Dip served with Crostini and Breadsticks. The dip was flavorful and light, crostinis aren't hard to the bite and the breadsticks are good even on their own, with garlic chips in them.

Boyfriend got the Pesto pasta. The pesto was packed with herbs and garlic and the pasta, al dente.

Ryan and I had the 3 Cheese Beef Lasagna. The sauce was really creamy and cheesy and everything was just right! The breadsticks went well with the sauce too.

Porkchop (yep, that's his nickname) ordered a Hoegaarden beer. First time I tasted a Belgian beer. And I like my SanMig better :) Ryan at the background, trying to be all Mafia-like.

Donny's Spicy Tuna Pasta. He said the spiciness of the tuna blends just well with the pasta. Leah ordered Pesto pasta as well.
I wasn't able to take pictures of Porkchop's Arroz al Pollo and Polo's Chicken Pie sandwich because just when I remembered to take a picture, they've already started digging into their food and they've already ruined the presentation.

So onto dessert! We all got gelato, except for Polo who got Affogato because he thought that all that was written on the menu under "Concoctions" were the only gelato that they had. So sux for him lol.

Donny's coffee-flavored gelato.

Polo's Affogato which was really yummy!

Yoda (green tea), Strawberry, Thai Tea and Vanilla gelato! All in small sizes.

Porkchop's medium sized Ferrero and Fudge gelato. There's an option to mix two flavors of gelato in one serving.

I just found out that I wasn't able to take a picture of Ryan's gelato, but he got two different flavored ones in small...I've also forgotten what he got XD

Peter, the owner, was very very accommodating. He came to our table often to check up on us. He even gave us discounts for all the gelato that we got :)

Definitely going back there, if not for the food, the Thai Tea gelato!

Cafe Publico is at the 2F of Greenhills Promenade.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chocolates really make me happy

I really, really, really love chocolate!!

Royce' Nama Chocolate, Php580/box

Champagne! I like this better than the plain one

Pieces are pre-cut and coated with cocoa powder

It even comes with a pick!


It comes in this insulation bag and they put a bit of ice inside so the chocolate won't melt

And the boyfriend gave this to me today!

Who doesn't love Kinder?

36 bars of Kinder goodness~

A bar

I still have a bar of raspberry chocolate at home which I got from Marriott. Will take pictures when I open it XD

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Went shopping yesterday... Megamall since there was a mall-wide sale. Didn't really buy that much, but I managed to get some nice stuff:

New earrings! Sanrio, Php250

Finally! I've been keeping an eye out for this!

Forever21 x Hello Kitty knee socks.

Forever21, Php365. Quite pricey for a pair of socks lol.

Boyfriend and I have been looking out for some new earphones for him, and probably a new headphones for me. We first went to Power Mac just to see if they had anything that we both wanted. Left the store without buying anything lol. So we walked around and found out that the Fujitsu store has been replaced by JBL.

We stopped by because there were these huge headphones that caught my eye (which apparently costs Php25,000) and ended up getting this baby for me:

AKG by Harman K 402 for Php1,600

And boyfriend got this (wasn't able to take a picture, so...):

Only, his is transparent...Php800

I just totally suck at this whole head/earphone business:
Sales guy: Ma'am ano po hanap nyo?
Me: Headphones.
Sales guy: Ano po'ng klase? Yung malakas yung bass? Noise-canceling? Ano po'ng type ng sound gusto nyo? May wide range po kami ng earphones or headphones para sa iba-ibang type ng sound.
Me: I just want the one that looks nice. Oooh, I want that red one.
Sales guy: Eto po? Okay po to blah blah *explains details of headphones*
Me: Sige, I'll get that. I don't have red-colored headphones yet.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Strawberry Milk

A cheaper version of the Tequila Rose -- without the tequila lol

Made with Nesquik Strawberry and brandy (Gran Matador). Shaken with ice and poured over more ice.

Two glasses for me and yaya~

Monday, January 9, 2012

Glitters are gold!

Got myself some glittery gold shoes from Trinoma yesterday. First gold shoes and for only Php1700+.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fruit smoothies and a Christmas dog

It has always been our tradition (my mom's tradition, actually) to have 12 different round (or close to round) fruits every new year's. And it has always been up to me, my dad and my sister to finish all the fruits before they go rotten.

This year, mom bought some fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries. We had no problem eating the cherries since they're a family favorite, but the strawberries were a bit too sour, raspberries are too, and blueberries...well, we've never been a fan of fresh ones eaten on their own.

So what's the best way to finish all these? Make smoothies!

I made three different smoothies out of the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and had my dad and sister drink them individually lol. But for me, I decided to make a mixed berries one:

Dark pink: raspberry, light pink: strawberry, violet: blueberry

I used corn syrup this time, instead of white sugar. I also added a bit of water instead of using just milk. I would've wanted to use some evaporated milk but we were all out so I had to settle for fresh milk.

I found the colors really nice and I just had to take a picture before mixing it. Also, quite nice that they didn't mix themselves up when i was pouring one after another. Strawberry was the base; added the raspberry next, carefully pouring from the side and I spooned the blueberry last.

And now, for a bit of cuteness, here's Bambam making himself cozy under the Christmas tree, just beside the gifts: