Monday, May 4, 2015

Stir It Up: new shake and sandwich banana Oreo Shake shack in Sabang Baler

I've been learning how to surf for almost 2 years now and have just about tried every restaurant and food shack there is in Sabang Baler. So when Stir It Up suddenly appeared B and I just had to try it.

The modest food shack shares customers with Kusina Luntian- a well known dining place where delicious liempo, Pako salad, dried pusit (along with a variety of dishes) can be devoured without the use of any utensils but your nimble fingers.

Stir it Up complements Kusina Luntian  by serving shakes and cool drinks to guests who patiently wait for their meals.

Banana Oreo Shake -P 80

Next time you go to Baler, try looking good around for un-touristy spots like Stir It Up to complete your trip.

Oh, here's a map so you can find it:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I'm back!

It's been four years and three months since my last entry. I remember how much I really wanted to document what I was going through in my thirties...and kabam! I'm  now 41! It's easy to lose track of things you desperately want to pursue when work gets in the way.

BUT now I am back! I have so much to share I don'the know where to start. In the past 4 years, I have learned to surf, skate, and so much more. I can't wait to begin...again.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Diner Dash

After installing a game of Diner Dash in my Android, I was literally hungry for some diner food.  A invited me to go to Johnny Rockets at the newly-opened Veranda at the Robinsons Galleria. She said it was famous for the milkshakes and the burgers, so we went.

You could tell it took inspiration from the 50's: checkerboard floor, jukebox, and diner uniforms. I was looking for a diner, and I got my wish.

Dramatic shot taken with my phone camera. :)

I had A take a picture of me while waiting for our food to arrive.

And yes, the jukebox that really works!
Just like in the US, the crew entertains you every 20 minutes or so. Not that the food took a long time to prepare. :)

Yummy milkshake was the first to arrive. We had to split it in half. Diet, you know.

Chili dog and onion rings on the side (for an additional P50).  Yum!

J.R. Original burger for A. She wasn't too excited about the small order of fries on the side. :(
Overall, Johnny Rockets is a great place to treat the kids. There's definitely something for everyone in the family as well. The ambiance and the entertainment sure do make up for the pricey meals. :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Remembering Mom.

Today,  I honor my  mom. She passed away suddenly 24 years ago. Remembering her reminds me how short life is and how much I have to start enjoying the little things in life more often.Like playing games with my son, spending quality time with the special people in my life, and meeting up with family every now and then. Those, and to start eating and living healthy.

Thanks mom, for all the life lessons you imparted to me in the 12 years I had with you.  I will never forget you. :)

Lucky Me

It's just the first work week of the year, and I've been quite lucky! Got a free phone in a cake for the first time!

Next time you get a cake from friends, poke it first. :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

I love surprises.

Dealing with a son with AS really beats you out sometimes.  Some days I come home from work and ask him how his day went and he'd say something like : "Normal. Mama, I don't want to talk about it, if that's ok."  That, coupled with a somber look on his face.  I just know that someone at school made fun of him for behaving in a weird way. Or he went berserk because he got frustrated over some little thing at school that ticked him off. Those times I feel totally useless and worthless to him. That really sucks.

BUT there are days when he surprises me.  Just last week, he asks me: Mama, how do you make friends?  I ask him about who it is he wanted to be friends with and it turns out to be a neuro-typical girl in school who likes Pokemon just as much as he does. I was so excited, I rambled on and on about how to make a good impression, how to find the right timing to approach her and talk about stuff. I've been there, done that, I know how to catch someones' attention.:) My son is growing up!

He also gets asked to go on "playdates" and sleepovers more often. He looks forward to these and actually tries to convince me that he's going to be ok.  That is a big step. Normally, he wouldn't care to spend time with friends. He'd much rather stay home and play alone. He's turning independent, slowly but surely. :)

One morning after a particularly long night at the office, I wake up to this on my mirror:

He never told me about joining the Quiz Bee! I didn't even see him preparing for anything remotely close to a contest. But this just blew my mind! I love surprises!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cool Sticks!


Who doesn't like ice cream? Well if you do know someone who doesn't appreciate one of man's best inventions, tell him he's  missing a lot.  Yummy, creamy, milky, flavorful, nutty, sweet, chocolatey, fruity, delectable dessert no one can deny. 

One of my latest discoveries in Trinoma mall:StickHouse.  I've seen it around but never had the chance to try it until now. And boy I was in for a treat! 

 They come in Regular, Premium, and Sorbet flavors. Regular flavors priced P70 are: Milk Cream, Gandua, and Chocolate. Premium Flavors priced at P80 are Pistachio (my favorite!) and Coffee. Sorbet flavors  priced at P60 are Strawberry and Mango.

You can choose from a variety of toppings (full - P25, half - P15)such as almonds, pistachios, coffee, and hazelnuts. You can go for milk chocolate or white chocolate dip for an additional P25.

The taste is very different from the Magnolia or Selecta flavor we're all used to. It carries a distinct flavor of powdered milk, at least for the pistachio bar I go for myself.
 Do give them a try at Level 1, 2, and 4 of the Trinoma mall. There's surely a new personal favorite waiting for you.
Pistachio bar with chocolate drizzle and pistachios

Cool Sticks

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tsk! Tsk!

I've always been lampa (clumsy). Growing up, I remember coming home from school with cuts, scrapes, and bruises regularly.

Now that I'm all grown, I am very much conscious of the way I walk, go down the steps, and run. I'm flat-footed too, which doesn't at all help with balancing issues. 

BUT, this particular mishap happened while I was quietly strolling in our community bazaar. I was simply looking for something to buy for lunch  and boom!
I tripped and on the way down heard a crunch and I knew right then that I had torn something. The pain brought tears to my eyes. Luckily I was with Alice and Sky and they helped me hop back to our unit and conducted first aid: RICE - Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. (We looked this up online as we were panicking about what to do next.

Oh boy. Lesson learned: mind your footing while at a bazaar. You'll never know if your absentmindedness gets you into an accident!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I'm back!

I haven't blogged in a while because:
1. Work has overtaken most of my waking hours
2. There is no number 2. Just number 1.

But you know what? I realized that is no way to live. Man, it's just work, right? I should really learn to prioritize. Almost every night for the last 2 months, I said to myself  "I'll blog tonight." And everytime I'd go out, I'd take loads of pictures and say "I'll blog about this." But  never did. So here I am. And hopefully, I can keep this up. :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Yahoo for Yakimix!

 As my first post in months I thought this should be about something I've been excited about for weeks and so here it is: Yakimix!

We got there at &:30 pm and we had to wait 45 minutes to get a table. The staff was friendly and they gave us complimentary drinks: a choice between iced tea,  mango juice, and blue lemonade.

At P580 per head and P65 for bottomless drinks, who could resist such an offer?

Buffet's always excite me. Being presented with so many food choices, I feel a thrill of planning out how to navigate the buffet table properly to make sure I can get a taste of everything they have to offer without overstuffing myself. Plus, at every booth/table restaurant-goers have the option to fry their chosen meats and seafood to however they want.  Now that's what I call fun!

Here's a sampling of what you can cook on your own in the comfort of your own table. The Yakiniku fryer guaranteed no smoke, therefore you wouldn't smell like the food you just ate when you leave the restaurant. Hooray!
There's also something for those who prefer the cooked variety. :) Yummy too, if you ask me.
Overall, the experience was quite fun.  I suggest a trip to the salad bar, then the Japanese sushi and maki bar, then to the cooked Chinese food section, followed by the raw meats and seafood for cooking fun. Finally, the dessert bar which offered the following: flan, chocolates, cookies, cakes, jellos, maccaroons, and a huge freezer filled with Selecta popsicles and ice cream.

Try this out with your friends/family soon. Great food, friendly service, and good value for your buck. :)