Treasuring Teatime with Family

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Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚ I’m spending more time with my family. I hope you are too. ^^
Make teatime (if that’s your thing) a regular activity with your loved ones, especially the older folks.

I like afternoon tea cos it gives us time for longer talks or longer silences– whichever we prefer.
I like how my granny grunts with disapproval at how tiny the sandwiches are.
I like that I get to eat all the cakes cos my grandmother can’t have too much sweets anyway.
I like that we get a senior citizen discount. lol

Last week, I went to granny’s house and brought a box of Korean red ginseng tea. So this is something you can do at home.

I bet you want to give your loved ones a gift that’s sentimental, something that screams ‘thoughtful’ and ‘sweet’ and ‘sincere’… Something that won’t depreciate over the years or turn to rubbish when the latest model comes out… Something unique… Something that’s gonna stay with them forever…. Something that’s not gonna burn a massive hole in your pocket…

Stop stressing yourself out. Spend time with them. Simple.

Time is really the best present that you can give your loved ones. And I’m not trying to get all mushy on you. Just sayin’. πŸ™‚

And in case I don’t get to say this on the 25th, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

why twitter sucks (and cannibal fishes)

all i wanna do is post a photo of a burger and a fish but for some reason, all i get is “tweeting a photo timed out” so here!!
#damnit :p

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i also discovered a very disturbing fact today. the lapu-lapu fish resort to cannibalism when they’re hungry!! i was sitting at my fave spot in the diner, in front of the aquarium. then i noticed that there was only one lapu-lapu/coral trout in there (there used to be two big ones) i asked the waitress about it and she told me that the fish ate its buddy. and i swear the ugly, spotted thing kept staring at me while i was having my lunch… and his mouth was enormous!! i was like, will somebody feed this thing! lol coz it sure looked like it wanted me. lapu-lapu is the best though, especially in sweet and sour sauce. :p but i dont think im gonna be ordering one for a while……

Serendra Piazza: A Food Trip ^^

Serendra Piazza, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Yey! haha i actually only wanted to do this challenge coz it’s my first time to use the maps. hahaha normally, these things confuse me,lol ^^

Lately I haven’t really been living up to the “foodie” part of my blog — I’ve been focusing much on writing poetry and fiction and sharing photos of travel and nature. So, I’ve decided to use this prompt as a way to make it up to you (those who follow my blog for restaurant reviews/ food porn) ^^

Our destination: only the ultimate foodie paradise in Metro Manila — Bonifacio Global City ; Serendra Piazza, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Let’s go on a little food trip, shall we? ^^ We’re doin’ it my way: DESSERT IS SERVED FIRST. ^^

1) First stop: Cupcakes!

I’ve already made a post about cupcakes by sonja, click the link for more cupcakes. ^^

pistachio berries and cream

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This is just one of my favorites! We’ll also have Berries and Cream, Red Velvet Vixen and Bunny Hugger Carrot Cupcake cos they’re awesome.

Ok, that’s it, enough! Quit stuffing your face with cupcakes coz our next stop is just fantabulous!

2) French Macarons and Royal Pudding at Chez Karine

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So we have dark chocolate, pistachio, lemon, earl grey, choco mint, strawberry and my favorite: salted caramel! ^^

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Muscovado Royal Pudding.. ahh the soft set custard pudding with dark caramel at the bottom.. pretty little jars too. And yes, you can take the jar home.. ^^

So it’s time for lunch but the sweetness doesn’t end here! I bet you never had a sweet burger before πŸ˜‰

3) Lunch: Murray and D’vine — burgers, sliders, and damn good wine

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If you happen to be in Manila and somehow specifically craving a heart-shaped burger, lol, then now you know where to get it. ^^

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Murray and D’vine is what I’d call a win-win situation. Why? Well, for starters, their slogan says: “Burgers, Sliders and Damn Good Wine” so you know it’s the perfect dating place when you’re in the mood for something not too fancy but not too low-cost either. Yeah, their gourmet burgers are pretty pricey compared to other burger chains here in the Philippines but IMHO the price is still pretty decent. After all where else can you find a place where the equation: [(girl gets wine + heart shaped burger) + (boy gets beer + sports channel + burgers) = everybody happy] exists. ^^ — It’s ok, math confuses me too. ^^

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in case you’re wondering, yeah, I believe all of their burgers are heart shaped, except for the sliders and yeah, they tasted good too ^^

4) Dessert — again! : Gelatissimo

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chocolate truffle and forest berries are my fave flavors… a definite must-try ^^

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I bet you’re tummy’s pretty damn full by now so let’s spend the rest of the afternoon walkin’ around and doin’ my favorite past time. I WILL SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP . ^^

I’m bettin’ you’re hungry again.. And that your arms are aching from carrying my shopping bags.lol ^^ How about we sit for a while and grab a slice of pizza

5) Sbarro @ Bonifacio Global City

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My fave Chicago White Deep Dish Pizza ^^

So I know this place with the best cheese rolls and ensaymada in town…

6) Mary Grace Cafe

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More bread? ^^ Don’t worry, I got it covered.

7) Le Petit Artisan

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bamboo charcoal bread
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well, i’d have to say though, i prefer the macarons at chez karine!

Oh no, don’t you dare tell me you’re full now ^^ We haven’t even gotten to dinner yet!

8) Filipino Cuisine — Sentro 1771

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On the menu: Dried fish spring rolls, glazed ribs, Beef tapa with bagoong rice, Green Mango Salad and Sinigang na Corned Beef

Don’t worry, no more desserts ^^ promise. But how bout some pica pica and mojitos instead? ^^

9) Shots: New Orleans Bar & Resto

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Sizzlers and nachos and some mojitos ^^

And of course, you can’t leave without bringin’ a little sumthin sumthin home with you ^^

10) Krispy Kreme

Let’s go all out and get some donuts ^^ Wherever you are in the world, you gotta love your original glazed

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I hope you enjoyed spending your day with me.^^ Glutton!
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xo, kz