Category Archives: Raves

FOODtography: Din Tai Fung – Silvercord Branch, Hong Kong

 

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Black Truffle and Pork Xiao Long Bao

 

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Shrimp and Pork Shaomai


Photo Blog: My Birthday in Singapore

Flashback to May. I joined an online contest wherein the prize is a 2-night stay at one of the hotels by Stay Far East Hospitality in Singapore. I didn’t get my hopes up since it was too good to be true. Then, a month later, I received an e-mail stating that I won! After confirming the prize, I decided to use it on my birthday since the voucher was good until September 19, 2013. Booked a ticket for my mom, sister and myself then reserved a room at the Village Court Albert Hotel. After few months, it was already my birthday and we were on our way to Singapore.

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It was a lucky day for me because Lee Seung Gi was also arriving at Changi Airport. I only found out when I saw this at the arrival hall and when I asked some of his fans who were eagerly waiting for him. They were very nice because they answered all my questions. To those fans whom I met at the airport, thank you very much. 🙂

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I waited for an hour just to get a glimpse of him and it was worth it.

SG 2013 (7)The World Food Fair was held that weekend and admission was free so we stuffed ourselves with cheap but good food.

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My visit to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without eating at Din Tai Fung.

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The best xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) I’ve ever had.

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I was disappointed to hear that the AFC Studio had closed down 3 days before my arrival.

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I didn’t have a cake on my birthday but I did have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. ❤

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It was a short but fulfilling trip. I will be coming back again someday to one of the places I love to visit.

I am now 26 years old! I don’t know if every good thing that has happened to me right now is a blessing or just luck, nonetheless, I am thankful.


FOODtography: La Crêperie, Cafe Bene and Pizza Hut Bistro.

1st stop: La Crêperie.

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Just passing by La Crêperie makes your mouth water from the sweet enticing smell emanating from inside.

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Cappuccino: Espresso, steamed milk and foam.

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La Christine: It’s a crêpe with fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream.

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This is my friend’s reaction after tasting La Christine. It’s that good!

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Make your own crêpe: Hazelnut spread (Nutella) crêpe, whipped cream, sliced almonds and salted butter caramel syrup.

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Campagne: Bacon, potato, caramelized onions, cheese and jalapeno pepper. The jalapeno pepper is optional but I had them add it in. I thought it would be spicy but it was only subtle. The side salad was just lettuce with honey mustard vinaigrette. It may not look enticing but it was so good that I had to stop myself from ordering another plate.

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We also ordered a side of bacon.

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Their teas are from TWG.

2nd stop: Cafe Bene

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Cafe Bene is a Korean coffehouse chain. It’s a great place to study or hangout with friends. They have a 2nd floor so there’s no need to worry about getting a table and there are outlets all over the area so you can plug your laptops or other electronic devices.

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Iced Misugaru Latte: homemade multigrain drink containing black sesame seed, black bean, black rice, brown rice, barley. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I like it and it’s a healthy drink.

3rd stop: Pizza Hut Bistro

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Penne in tomato cream sauce: When they added this in their menu, it became my favorite. I don’t know what happened but this order is bland so I was disappointed. I don’t know if I’ll order it again.

All 3 restaurants are located at Eastwood City, QC.


Vikings: A Feast from the Sea, Indeed!

Yesterday, I went to Vikings with my family. It was our 1st time there except for my eldest sister. We were celebrating my niece’s 3rd birthday. I’ve read a lot of good reviews and after my experience, I will definitely go back.

The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of SM Marikina. It covers a big area so they can serve a wide variety of dishes and seat hundreds of hungry diners. It was a weekday but there were still many customers. I guess it was because many people opt to celebrate their birthday there since they get to eat for free. I can’t even remember how many times I heard the Vikings crew sang Happy Birthday and they do that everyday for lunch and dinner. I suggest to make reservations in advance so you don’t have to wait for a table. We were seated near the window which had a beautiful view of the sunset over the skyline.

There are so many kinds of food that I bet no one has ever tried to get a taste of everything. They have soups, salads, bread, spreads, seafoods, steaks, sushi, cakes, ice cream and fresh fruits to name a few. There’s also a variety of drinks available such as juice, shakes, tea, coffee and even beer.

This may sound absurd but I always make a mental checklist before eating at buffets. The #1 rule is to consume equal to or more than what you pay for. You should eat the most expensive dish available. In Vikings, they have steaks, lamb, sushi, sashimi, tempura, crabs, caviars and oysters. Do not eat raw fish and shellfish on an empty stomach. Start your meal with a light salad. Avoid eating foods rich in starch as well as soups because it will make you full. It’s better to eat those at the end if there’s still some space left in your stomach. Don’t pile up your plate and only eat small portions of different dishes to try them all. It’s a buffet so you can go back as many times as you want. Lastly, drink hot tea to aid in digestion.

I must have consumed 10 plates of food and 6 glasses of drinks so my 888php dinner was worth it. I loved the salmon and tuna sashimi (It’s so fresh that it truly is a feast from the sea!), canadian roll, oysters rockefeller, tenderloin steak with truffle sauce, pastrami (I was surprised that they had this), spinach spread, avocado ice cream, chocolate mousse, blueberry cheesecake, red velvet cake and crème brûlée. As for the dishes that kind of disappointed me, starting with the tempura which was heavily battered. Then, the lamb steak that I got had more fat than meat so I didn’t get to enjoy it. It was good with the mint jelly. Plus, I think they just reheated the meat on the grill so it gets cold fast. What they did to the prosciutto was very disappointing. Why would you sprinkle thyme on it and wrap it around a hard to bite melon? WHY?!

The next time I get to feast at Vikings I know what I’ll be eating.


Coming Soon: Sa Wakas

Mariposa was the first song I heard from Sugarfree but Burnout will forever be my favorite. The songs of Sugarfree are the soundtrack of my high school life. Their songs have touched the hearts and affected the lives of many people. The band may have disbanded but their song will be heard forever.

This summer Sugarfree’s songs will be heard onstage in a musical. I found out last year that there will be a musical which will feature songs by Sugarfree. At that time, it was only on its audition stage but I was already excited for the final production. 2 days ago, a teaser was released and it gave me goosebumps. I wish I had a time machine so I could fast forward to April and watch the highly anticipated Sa Wakas.

Here’s the video link: 

UPDATE:

Here are 2 songs which will be used in the musical. I had goosebumps after watching the videos.



Seen and Heard: Big Bang

WARNING: This post contains the thoughts of a crazy fangirl after seeing her favorite korean boy band. Read at your own risk.

There was so many words that I can use to describe what happened to me last night so first I’ll just say that an item on my bucket list has finally been crossed out. I started listening to kpop because of them. A friend gave me a cd containing songs from their debut album and the song “B I G B A N G” was stuck on my head for weeks. Actually, I don’t consider them as kpop because their genre is hip-hop, rap and r&b. I think highly of them because they are really talented when it comes to singing and dancing plus they make their own music so you know that they are really passionate with what they do.

When I heard of the news that they will be having a concert here, you can’t imagine how crazily ecstatic I was. A lot of kpop acts have held concerts here but they’re the ones I’ve been waiting for. Yes, it’s my first time to watch a Korean idol group’s concert. Let me just briefly share the challenges that I had to face before I got to see the boys perform live: I didn’t get to buy the ticket for the seats that I wanted because it was either sold out or all the good seats were taken. Take note that the ticket prices are outrageously expensive. Before entering the concert venue, I waited for 3 hours in line. All ticket holders were mixed in line because the production company in charge didn’t even think of having separate lines for each type of ticket. So upon entering, there was almost a stampede wherein the fans were like sardines pushing each other just to get in. I wonder if there were any claustrophobic during that moment. My shoes got dirty and I almost fainted from the heat but thanks to my height advantage I survived.

Before the concert, I kept imagining how I’d react upon seeing them in person. Would I scream? Or like those intense fangirls, would I cry? Well, it was neither. After the VTR intro and when the curtains dropped thus revealing the boys in their individual pods, I was just staring in awe, oblivious to the screaming audience in the arena. It took a few seconds for everything to sink in and for me to snap out of my trance. They sang my favorite song and I got to see their personalities on stage. I had so much fun during their 2-hour performance that I didn’t notice the time pass by. After seeing them perform live, I must say that all those challenges that I had to go through were all worth it. At this very moment that I am writing this post, there is still that I’m-so-happy-I-feel-like-I’m-floating kind of feeling. It was the best concert and night of my life. I hope to see them again someday.

If it’s possible to die from too much happiness and good vibes then I must be a ghostly writer because I already died last night. 🙂

Photo from Big Bang’s Facebook Page


Coming Soon: Paalam

Paalam. It’s a Filipino word which means to say goodbye. However, it doesn’t connote that it’s the end. It could also mean a start of something new.

Silent Sanctuary will be releasing a new single entitled “Paalam”. Composed by Sarkie Sarangay a few years ago, it was supposed to be included in their album, Fuchsiang Pag-ibig, but they decided otherwise. It’s a bittersweet song about saying goodbye to a relationship. The lyrics convey having regrets yet moving on and wishing for the person to be happy. Better prepare a tissue before listening to it because it’s a real tearjerker.

Last Monday, I was fortunate to be invited to their music video shoot in a secret location. I don’t want to be a spoiler so I’m not gonna tell any detail on the concept of the video. But everything was shot in 1 night so it was tiring for the band and production crew. During breaks, the band would crack a joke or make funny antics to make the whole set burst with laughter and it lessened the fatigue that everyone was feeling. After watching them from behind the scenes, I’m so excited to see the final video for their upcoming single.

The song and music video will be released soon so watch out for it! 🙂