My Maroon 5 (and The Cab) concert ticket!

My Maroon 5 (and The Cab) concert ticket!

It was my first time to buy a concert ticket for myself since usually, a relative will always treat me to a concert. 🙂

My Maroon 5 (and The Cab) concert ticket!

It was my first time to buy a concert ticket for myself since usually, a relative will always treat me to a concert. 🙂 I actually hesitated buying at first since it was very expensive but, after reading that The Cab would be their front act, I made up my mind right away. The Cab is actually one of my most, if not the most, favorite bands out there. My cousin gave me a free patron standing ticket to Smash Project, a concert last March, where the performers were The Cab, Cobra Starship, Dashboard Confessional, and The Used. Anyway, this ticket is also my birthday gift to myself since September 18 is my birthday. Will I get lucky that these two bands will greet me on that day? We’ll see. 😉

Breaking up with you…

Goodbye, my love. I will surely miss you. I don’t know if I will get to see you again but I know that if I do, it won’t be the same ever again. We were together for just a short time but I had a lot of memories with you. There were days when I was too busy to pay attention to you but when I was free, I made sure that I only paid attention to you. It was just for two short months but each day was worth remembering.

I bid you farewell, summer. It’s time to start my relationship with the rainy season.

 

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Start of classes this week. Still too lazy to go to school. Right now, I’m trying to condition my mind that I’ll be given tons of school work again especially since this will be my last year in college (hopefully!). So many things happened this summer and I’m glad that I learned a lot of things during that time, and I have my internship to thank for that. The only thing that I regret this summer is that I was not able to swim. Yep, no outing either at the beach or swimming pool. Sucks, right? Thus, the picture of a swimming pool in this post. That’s in Maxim’s Hotel, by the way. And then, I suddenly realized that this is the last time I’ll be experiencing a two-month summer vacay. *sigh* 😦

On another note, I’m looking forward to the rainy season a.k.a. sweater weather. Yay!

Foodgasm episode 6: Ninang Bokk’s birthday @ Jay-J’s Inasal (Ortigas)

Quite successful bokeh?

I just noticed that I know a lot of people who celebrate their birthdays on May, including my mom (see Foodgasm episode 5). This week, one of my mom’s closest friends celebrated her birthday. Hello ninang Bokk! 🙂 Tita Dudut planned a surprise for her, which is our presence during her birthday celebration. And yes, tita Dudut was successful in surprising her after six years. Congrats tita Dudut! 😀

The birthday girl!

Moving on to the dinner, we had the celebration at Jay-J’s Inasal located at Ortigas Home Depot. All of their dishes were really delicious. I was expecting it to be expensive but when I looked up the menu in their website, it turns out that the price was just right. All dishes were affordable, including the crispy pata which was soooooo delicioso! Time to make you, readers, crave for their food. 😉

Pork Sisig (PhP170)
Calamares (PhP199)
Molo Soup (PhP110)
Crispy Pata (PhP425)

Pinakbet (PhP140)
Bibingka (PhP100)

The most memorable dishes for the night were pork sisig and crispy pata! Their pork sisig was really good. Everything was well done and you won’t be able to tell that you’re eating pig head and liver. :> As for the crispy pata, I do not eat pork skin but my sister insisted that it was really crispy so I gave it a try. Thank you Chippy for convincing me because the dish really stayed true to its name, especially the crispy part. Both are Filipino dishes and for those who haven’t tried these, I suggest that you do so and the best place to start it is at Jay-J’s Inasal. 😉

Besides ninang Bokk’s high school friends, her college friends were also there so there were quite a  number of people in the venue. 🙂

Happy birthday ninang Bokk! Cheers to a longer, healthier, and more prosperous life. 😀

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Jay-J’s Inasal (Ortigas Home Depot): 106 Dona Julia Vargas Ave., Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City

Foodgasm episode 5: Mama’s birthday @ Robbie’s Seaside Restaurant

Candles: a failed attempt on bokeh

Finally! I have some free time now to post this entry. My mom celebrated her birthday last Wednesday and we planned a surprise for her. She thought that our family and some of her closest friends would be having dinner. What she did not know was that her elementary friends and some of our relatives would be there as well… including her favorite apo (T/N: grandchild), Cassie. She already had a feeling that we were planning something “fishy” but she did not expect that kind of surprise. Yay for us!

I have no idea how much were the dishes served since my ninang (T/N: godmother) let the manager of the restaurant decide on the food after giving how many people would be present and how much the budget was. The food was great and my sister and I were able to achieve our goal, which was to make our mom cry. Sadistic kids. Nah. We just felt that we really made her happy and proud when we saw her cry. 😉

Let me end this post by starting the photo dumping of the food and people present during that event.

Happy birthday mom! I’m proud to say that you’re already 46 but you look soooo young. I love you so much and you know that a lot of people love you so much as well. 😀

Pancit Canton
Shrimp in Garlic Sauce
Calamari
Garlic Chicken
Sinigang sa Miso
With my best friends who are bloggers as well 🙂
My mom with her closest friends
My mom’s birthday cake courtesy of ate Sandy 🙂
My portion from the birthday cake

Caught in the act of chismisan
All girls!

Mama and tatay 🙂

There you go! Thank you to all the people who made the surprise party possible as well as to the people who sent their birthday greeting videos. That was such a big help since my sister and I were able to create a good video presentation/compilation. 🙂

PS. The restaurant is located near SM Mall of Asia. Good luck in finding this restaurant among other seaside restaurants. Hah. The food is reaaaally great here, though. 😉

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Robbie’s Seaside Restaurant: Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay City

Foodgasm episode 4: Carla’s Birthday & Congratulatory Party @ Jade Palace

One of my closest friends recently graduated from the university. With flying colors pa which makes everyone so proud of her. She celebrated at Jade Palace Restaurant, which is located in Shaw Blvd. Kapitolyo (Pasig City). I kind of guessed that it was a Chinese restaurant and I was right. Yay!

There was a mini program held for Carla and our emcee was one of her college blockmates. Some of her high school and college friends gave messages for her, as well as her relatives. The celebration was just intimate and I actually had a lot of fun. I was very happy to see my high school friends since it was ages since I last saw them. Well, a bit of exaggeration on that part. Haha! I can’t help but post this picture of my best friend. I just looove her connector ring and her headband!

Propphi!

Let’s move on to the food we ate there! I do not know the name of the dishes and their price so let’s just indulge with the pictures I have.

Soup for appetizer
Fried rice, obviously. lol
Sweet and sour.. uhm.. pork?
Lumpiang shanghai

Chicken with kropek

Oh, and please allow me to post a few pictures with the awesome people I’m with. 😀

See how happy we are? 😀 (and that’s me in the pink sheer top!)

Congratulations, huggy! I just want to say that I’m sooooo proud of you. Even though we don’t see each other that often, I know na hindi nababawasan ang strength ng friendship natin. I love you so much and I hope that you’ll like our (Mico, Rosie, Tin, and Kim) collective gift. Stay pretty! :>

The very beautiful newly graduate. 😀

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Jade Palace: 106 Shaw Boulevard Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Foodgasm episode 3 2/2: Krazy Garlik

I actually decided to split my storytelling of my cousin’s birthday treat into two parts so that one entry focuses on one restaurant only.

Krazy Garlik (Newport Mall)

Continuing the story… After watching Avengers 3D, we waited for my other cousins who will join us for dinner. We already had a reservation at Krazy Garlik and as the name suggests, most of their dishes have (lots of) garlic. Yay for me! I was not able to take note of the dishes my uncle ordered since he was at the other end of the table; thus, no chance of learning what was what and how much was each dish. But, being the resourceful person that I am, I searched for their menu online. I was quite surprised that they have a website and they posted their menu online. Lucky!

The face of the menu
Fried Calamari (Php315)

The texture of the squid was just right. It was easy to chew so I can safely say that the calamari was not overcooked. However, it was quite bitter for me and my mom. Good thing there was the aioli dressing which covered up the bitterness.

Garlic Snowflakes (PhP495)

Good thing they ordered this pizza since I am a huuuuuge fan of garlic and shrimp. At first glance, I thought that the garlic flakes would be as chewy as a peanut. I was wrong. They had the right amount of crispiness which was good since I was worried it would get stuck in between my teeth. All in all, this pizza was excellent! Adding a few more shrimps would make this pizza better, though.

Grilled Squid (PhP375)
Korean Style Garlic Sesame Beef (PhP275)

I was quite afraid to take a bite out of this dish since it might be hard to chew because of the litid. To my surprise, it actually felt like the beef was melting in my mouth. Whew. Delicious dish but not that garlik-y.

Garlicky Crispy Pata (PhP695)

Yay for crispy pata with lots of garlic! This is deep fried pork leg which is very popular among Filipinos. Usually, when we say crispy pata, we associate it with beer since it is one of the best foods that goes best with it.

This was my first time in Krazy Garlik and I must say, my tummy was very happy. The waiter who took our orders was basically the one who assisted us if ever we need more water or refills for the iced tea and lemonade. His smile looked genuine so that is a plus for me. It’s a bit pricey compared to Recipes by Metro Cafe but every money spent here is worth it. 😉

The birthday girl with her barkada 🙂
The birthday girl with our relatives 🙂
Happy birthday ate Sandy! 😀

Okay. So I just realized I was not able to get my cousin to pose for my camera. Boo. Oh well. There’s still next year. 😉

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Krazy Garlik: Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City

Foodgasm episode 3 1/2: Recipes by Cafe Metro

So, it was my cousin’s birthday yesterday. We headed first to Maxim’s since she booked a room there. Dumped my stuff there except for my camera. Then, off to Newport Mall to have our (late) lunch at Recipes by Cafe Metro. That was my first time to eat in this resto so I was really looking forward to their dishes. My cousin and her dad agreed to place two orders for each of their bestseller, except for Kare-kare since we eat it at home anyway.

Chicken Sotanghon
Chicken Sotanghon (chicken, mushrooms, sotanghon, baby corn, cabbage)
My Lemonade shake 🙂
Crispy Tilapia (PhP215)
Crispy Tilapia (PhP215)

I did not eat much of the tilapia since I always get to eat it at home. General’s Chicken was so good, though! It’s sweet and salty at the same time. I’m not a fan of eggplant so I did not bother eating one.

General’s Chicken (PhP215)
General’s Chicken (PhP215)
Gising Gising (PhP170)

Gising Gising (translationgising is “to wake up”) is made up of baguio beans, ground meat, and coconut milk. The taste is actually quite similar to Bicol Express. It was a good thing that it was not very spicy.

Lechon Kawali with Kangkong (PhP215)

I noticed a brochure on our table and I really found the dish endorsed in it very tempting. The dish is actually recommended by the Asian Food Channel (AFC), which makes it all the more tempting to order. Good thing that my uncle noticed the brochure as well so he placed two orders of Bangus Teriyaki (translation: Milkfish Teriyaki). Hooray!

The brochure!
Bangus Teriyaki

What I loved with all of their dishes was the fact that they taste like lutong bahay (translation: food cooked at home). I think that was the main reason why we were able to eat everything, leaving no trace of meat or vegetable on the plates. It gives you the feeling that you are just having family lunch at home so you just feel comfortable while eating. With that said, I highly recommend this place especially if you’re having lunch/dinner with a group. I noticed that most of their dishes are good for 3-4 people. 🙂

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Recipes by Cafe Metro: Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City

Foodgasm episode 2: Song-Tsu Shabu Shabu & Icebergs

Overdue post. I tagged along with my mom when she met with her friends last month. We went to Harbor Square in Manila and ate dinner at Song-Tsu Shabu Shabu, a Korean restaurant. I had no idea what they ordered since the meat, seafood, and veggies were already served when my mom, sister, and I arrived at the said place. I cannot resist taking pictures of the food there since everything looked yummy. Even the spices in the table did not escape my camera!

Spices (yay for garlic!)
Meat. Meat. Meat.
Bacon = more meat!
Waiting for the meat to cook *drools*

I was surrounded by different kinds of meat and I just grabbed two pieces from each plate and placed them in the boiling broth. One minute of waiting felt like ten minutes.

Dip the meat and seafood here!

After the numerous meat, fish balls, clams, oysters, and shrimps that went inside my stomach, I finally felt full. I thought we were going home after the dinner but I learned that we will have dessert at Icebergs. Yay! Since I was not in the mood to eat parfait or whatnot combination that they have in the menu, I ordered two scoops of strawberry ice cream instead. My sister had vanilla while my mom and her friends had halo-halo, which was very delicious by the way.

My all-time favorite ice cream flavor… Strawberry!
My sister’s all-time favorite ice cream… Vanilla!
One of Icebergs specialties: Super Halo-halo (PhP94)

It’s been almost three years since I last ate at Icebergs and I was very happy to find out that their desserts are still good, if not better. Definitely worth the money. What made me happier during that night was the fact that I did not spend a single cent. 😀

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Song-Tsu Shabu Shabu: Harbour Square, CCP Complex, Manila

Icebergs: Harbour Square, CCP Complex, Manila

The Mind Museum – A must stop for geeks, nerds, and people who are (madly) in love with science

EDIT: To all those who shared this post via Facebook and/or Twitter, thank you very much! I wish there was a way to trace the people who shared this entry so that I can give my thanks to each one of you. :< Anyway, keep on spreading the link to this entry. If you’re not very busy, try to read my other posts in this blog. I’m sure you’ll like it especially if you looooove food. :>

Finally! The museum I’ve been anticipating since last year is now open to the public. I invited my best friends right away since I know that they will totally looooove this place. What made us more excited to go to this museum is the fact that we only get to pay PhP150 since we are college students from a public university.

The Mind Museum
(leftmost: Kim and Mico; bottom right: Me and Kim)

If it isn’t obvious from the title of this entry and from this picture, the museum is called The Mind Museum. It is located in Bonfiacio Global City, Taguig City (near Deutsche Bank). I still have a hangover from visiting this place so I’ll try my best to give a detailed entry on what’s in store for you. And yes, based on the numerous pictures I have for this entry, picture taking is allowed inside the museum. Perfect!

Meet Aedi (you can actually talk to her!)

We (Kim, Mico, and I) were greeted by a female robot called Aedi. She said that it would take more than one visit to fully enjoy each section in the museum. We would also embark on our own adventure because we are the ones who will choose where would we start. At this point, my best friends and I could not contain our excitement anymore. We wanted to start the tour already. Good thing that Aedi’s speech was just short and upon bidding us goodbye, the people went their own ways.

First stop: Philippine Science Hall

(RIGHT – top to bottom: Kim and the trivia boards; Information on whale shark; Interactive whale shark figure)

This was the section nearest to Aedi’s. There was one part where it was full of trivia related to science organizations. Mico and Kimberly said in a sarcastic tone that the stuff there was not bias since they saw a few answers (i.e. Institute of Physics, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Mathematics) related to the University of the Philippines. Famous tourist spots in the Philippines, such as Donsol and El Nido, had their own exhibit in the museum. Donsol boasts the abundance of whale sharks (butanding in Filipino) in their province. There were buttons in the whale shark figure which made learning more fun.

Good proof that learning is indeed fun

Before leaving the area, there was a touchscreen TV where you have to drag each animal (except for the rafflesia) to the corresponding Philippine province where they can be found.

Second stop: Universe Gallery – The Majesty of the Universe

At the entrance of the Universe Gallery

We just could not ignore this area because of the star-like lights that illuminate the place. Besides, we just totally love everything related to the universe so we proceeded to this place right away. We were so envious of the people who donated to the museum because they got their own star.

(top: Constellation of my zodiac sign; bottom: Mico, keeper of the stars — because he was the only one who was able to use the touchscreen TV. Daya!)

I saw the constellation of my zodiac sign but I found out that it was already bought. Damn! Someday, I’ll buy the Virgo constellation. Or better yet, the Milky Way galaxy. Haha! There were lots of interactive thingimajig in this section, such as controlling a moon buggy and moving the planets in the solar system. We decided to leave the area by going through the tunnelcraft called “Universe to Earth Corridor.”

Kim controlling the buggy. Oh, and they even used memes for repairing notices. Me gusta!

Something to take note of in this area. They have a planetarium here but, sadly, it can only accommodate a maximum of 40 people. Also, seats are limited slots and the passes are given for the early birds. We arrived at exactly 3PM so goodbye to the chance of visiting the planetarium.

Third stop: Earth Gallery

Meet my new buddy, Stan the T-rex

Got a bit dizzy upon entering this place since we went here via the tunnelcraft with spinning space objects around us. The highlight of this section is the replica of the skeleton of a tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex). I wanted to hug the T-rex after seeing it! Not a lot of people know that I am very interested in dinosaurs. 🙂 Stan, the T-rex, is actually the first thing you’ll spot in this gallery. Another attraction here is a device where you can create a tornado ala-Storm from X-Men.

Fourth stop: —

Fractal Wall

I forgot to look at the name of this section because at this point, I was already too excited to look at each exhibit. Anyway, one of the interesting exhibits here is the Fractal Wall, where you will see the same pattern as you keep on zooming in the image that you see on the screen. Our (Kim’s and mine) favorite pattern was the Spider (Math Equation).

We just kept on zooming and zooming until the image said that the computer is already out of memory.

In the fungi exhibit, we found different mushrooms that looked like plushies. I wanted to take them home and put them in our living room. 😀

Fifth stop: Life Gallery – The Exuberance of Life

(CCW: Sign of the gallery; Parts of a cell; Sign of an exhibit; Interactive videos for Strange Dear but True Dear; Interactive exhibit for Bernoulli’s principle; Kim and Mico being eaten by a whale shark)

The whale shark was one of the main attractions here and lots of people just can’t help but take a picture in front of it — pretending to be eaten by the whale shark. But of course in reality, it is close to impossible for whale sharks to eat humans since they only feed on plankton. There are lots of interactive stuff here such as the following: learning the different parts of the human cell, exploring the human body (e.g. muscular, skeletal, digestive), understanding how food webs work, and finding out the principle responsible for making birds and airplanes fly. Mico and I played a quiz game related to DNA but there was a technical mishap since the program went back to the 1st question when it was supposed to display the 6th question.

Sixth stop: Inner-Space Track

On one of the walls, there is a video projection about the DNA — its purpose, how it works, the pairs of proteins, and many more.

Seventh stop: Atom Gallery

(LEFT – top to bottom: Organic Molecule exhibit; Visualization of pitch)
(RIGHT – top to bottom: Formula for paracetamol; Static exhibit; Shadow box exhibit)

This was Kim’s area (she’s a Chemical Engineering major!) and we just can’t help but get excited after seeing organic chemistry stuff. There was also an exhibit related to the principle of static. It was funny seeing people whose hair just stood out. Literally. I was not able to try this since my palms were sweaty and I’m sure I would get electrocuted if I tried it. Bummer. Interactive exhibits included “seeing” what a pitch looks like, how whirlpools work, and taking a picture of your shadow.

Eighth stop: The Lightbridge

The Lightbridge and the map

They constructed their map here based on the different light waves that we know of — from gamma rays to radio waves. Definitely cool! Not much of interactive exhibits here but lots of helpful information to store in our brain.

Ninth (and last) stop: Technology Gallery

(TOP LEFT, CW: Mico and I sitting on the toilet; Bag inspection ala-airport; Scent of lavender; Toilet buddies doing a secret technique)

At this point, I was quite tired from walking. Still, not a reason to stop me from enjoying and exploring this place. This is the only gallery in the museum located at the second floor. It was fun smelling stuff like lavender, citrus, cedar, and cinnamon. I definitely loved the scent of the first two.

(TOP: Managed to fit the eleven boxes… with brute force)
(BOTTOM, L-R: Mico plays the binary dance; Kim polishes her drumming skills; My best friends playing the harp with laser thingimajig as strings)

Exhibits with touchscreen stuff included trying out different shoes for an avatar, listening to random songs from different decades (from the 60s up to the 00s), and playing arcade games (from the 60s up to the 00s). We also got to try how security people in airports inspect bags. There were also nerdy games here like playing binary dance ala-Dance Dance Revo and fitting eleven cubes within a limited space.

With my sister that destiny forgot to gave me /propphi/ 🙂

Kim and I just had to take a picture here because the caption above us has a special meaning for us. We call each other “propphi” which is a combination of the words “prop” and “phi.” “Prop” is the prefix used in organic chemistry for the number three while “phi” is magical and perfect number in the entire universe. These are our favorite numbers so we decided to combine them and voila! Propphi is born. How nerdy, huh. 🙂

Trying to get a decent picture of the mirror for measuring body proportions

Speaking of beauty, there is a mirror in this gallery where you get to see if the different proportions in your body are perfect. If they are, then you have the perfect body! Turns out I don’t have it. Height pa lang, bagsak na! Oh well. Can’t do anything about that. Haha!

(Mind Movers who explained how printing worked decades ago; Mico and me holding our souvenirs; Kim with her “printed” souvenir)

We managed to have a free souvenir from The Mind Museum when we checked out the exhibit where the staff will demonstrate how the first printing press worked.

We were about to leave the place when one of the staff stopped us and told us to watch their 3D short film of how the planet Earth and its inhabitants came to be. It was around 15 minutes and it was so coooool! Definitely loved the part where the dinosaurs were the stars in one part of the film.

Turned the Science Demo Area into a studio. LOL.

Being with awesome people in an awesome place makes this day an awesome one. Too much use of the word “awesome.” Haha! By the way, we had the 3-6PM tour and explored the museum on our own. We’re thinking of having a guide next time.

We’re definitely coming back for you, The Mind Museum. 🙂

PS. We went to Market! Market! afterwards and ate at Buddy’s. The restaurant is famous for their Pancit Lucban and I’m glad that Mico and Kim loved it since I’m actually a fan of this dish. Yep, I can’t resist the urge to include food in this post.

My share of Pancit Lucban. Did not manage to get a picture when it was just served. Too hungry to think e.

Note 1: The Mind Museum ticket prices are as follows:

Adults – PhP600 | Private School Students (up to college) – PhP450 | Public School Students (up to college) – PhP150 | Teachers – PhP150

Note 2: Time Slots –> 9AM-12NN | 12NN-3PM | 3PM-6PM | 6PM-9PM (during weekends only)