#Restaurants

KO:HI:KAN (500th Store and 100th Store outside Japan)


Before dismissing this as another coffee place, you should try out their Sumibi charcoal roasted coffee and decide for yourself. Wysgal described it as a “poor man’s” UCC and she loved their Matcha (Green Tea) so that’s a second reason to try out this place in Greenhills promenade. I would also agree with her that the restaurant selection in promenade was well thought of and will become a destination place for men and women. Historically, I would avoid greenhills because I detest shopping specially walking several tiangge shops with no guarantee if its good quality or not.

Kohikan was established by Mr. Kunio Manage way back April 1970 in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Its aim was to develop a multitude of coffee shops across Japan for it wishes to share its great coffee and service to the public (what a generic vision, though). We decided to check out the coffee…

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Movie Reviews

Watching Metro Manila Film Fest @ Promenade, Greenhills


Christmas Day in our family is a day of making our little cousins happy. It is usually spent in the malls and watching a Metro Manila Film Festival entry. We wanted to try out the new Promenade mall in Greenhills. On a usual day, this area is soo traffic specially during the Christmas season but we knew that Christmas day would be a lot better. I would say that Promenade made the usual gimmick in Greenhills more than just shopping but also eating (new restos), watching movies (added 3 new cinemas in Promenade), Fully Booked 🙂 and finally a new karaoke place (world music room)…

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#Restaurants

Finally, the Galileo Enoteca Experience I was looking for!

The night was perfect and Galileo Enoteca provided the backdrop for this picture perfect shot of the reunion dinner of my P&G friends and their kids. I learned a lot from my previous dining experience in Galileo, and I made sure that I would get that perfect Christmas Dinner Party for a special reunion with friends. Talking to Vanessa (Galileo’s lovely manager) is critical in getting the right menu in place, and we agreed on a P500/person menu which is a full course menu which includes fresh olives and spanish sardines, the antipasto and different cheeses, salad in vinegrette, 3 kinds of delicious pasta served family style, chocolate gelato, and overflowing ice tea/ wine. Aside, from the disappointing salad and wishing that we got the sala 4 (last table), the reunion christmas dinner was a night to remember.

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My Wellness Journey

Fun Hydrotheraphy @ Ace Water Spa :)


Ace Water Spa has been on my list of things to blog about and yesterday, me and my brobo went out to check out the place. They were on a buy 1 take 1 until Dec. 31, so we took the chance for only P240, entrance fee, you get to enjoy 25 massage systems, 9 heated pools, and 1 cold pool (really too cold). It took us 2 hours to fully enjoy the place and the crowd is mostly family with children playing in the big jacuzzi and occasionally some tourists. We actually felt like a child again and I spend my time playing with my brother. Except for the aching body after that enjoyable hydrotherapy, I would definitely go back. I’ll give you a rundown on what to expect and to bring to have a fun experience @ Ace Water Spa since you cannot read anything on this except the advertisements in magazines and newspaper.

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#Restaurants

The Pizza Company — Thai pizza chain making its presence felt!


The Pizza Company is starting to make its presence felt in the Philippines scene rivaling Pizza Hut or Shakeys or even Yellow Cab. No doubt this is a lot better than Pizza Hut/ Shakeys but I would still prefer the Italian pizza of Amici/ Bravo/ Mama Tina Pizzeria. The Pizza Company prides itself for its finest fresh ingredients, finest crust and finest cheese blends and its pizza innovations. Their salad selections are delicious that is clearly a point of difference from other Pizza chain. The first store is located in Market Market Second Floor and its value for money pizza is a good excuse for visiting Market Market.

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Discovering Fiama Ristorante Enoteca!

My Big Brother (in black) went home for the Christmas Holidays and this is a family reunion and was looking for a perfect welcome dinner for him. I’ve been wanting to check out Fiama which is another restaurant using the Enoteca (meaning wine store). It was actually awkward, when if you look closely at the back tables, people are in formal or at least casual chic attire and we were in jeans and casual attire (hehe). I just came from Tagaytay and I just invited my family impromptu to discover Fiamma. It was a fun dinner, nice ambiance, great food mostly and great service. Ideal for the date or special dinner for two (worth the extra costs).

I’ll let the food photos do the talking. Let me know if you can taste the food just by looking at it 🙂 Welcome home bro!

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Mall of Asia

The Perfect “Dampa” in Seaside Macapagal Blvd!


This is actually the perfect Dampa place in Manila because it is near Manila Bay (reclamation area), the parking is spacious, the restaurants are clean, there is open air ambiance better than any of the dampa’s in the whole Manila. There are a few “Dampas” already in Metro Manila: the Original Dampa in Paranaque is soo far for most Manila folks, while the Original Seaside along Roxas Blvd is actually right inside the wet market so cleanliness would be an issue. The other Dampa in Libis is soo crowded that parking and waiting time is a problem. The Seaside Dampa in Ortigas have an awkward ambiance because of its location.

This Seaside along Macapagal Blvd is definitely beside the sea, and addresses the cleanliness, ambiance and parking issue. This place is perfect for the family or friends reunion and for those balikbayans wanting to treat the entire family (cheaply) and at the same time satisfying their craving for Filipino Food. The only criticism is that the wet market seafood is not fresh, but I have a tip for you on how to address this.

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Shopping Secrets

A Peak into Irene’s Closet


To be fair to Irene, she told me that most of the items/ accessories in her closet was on display in a Tiangge so the place actually is empty except for the vintage clothes. So, this post, will just really be a teaser or just a peak into another one of unique shopping place in the tradition of I Love You store and Marni’s room. Although, since I we have not seen the accessories, I would defer including this in the Unique Store series.

Irene’s Closet is a tucked away closet — a store within a home setting wherein you can find the latest hip lines — from one of a kind Vintage Fashion, Mixed Media Accessories and other unique finds. Each piece is meticulously designed to make it savvy and one of a kind art piece. Just a tip, go here for the Mixed Media Accessories and not for the vintage clothes. Here is a peak inside the room of Irene’s Closet.

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Shopping Secrets

[Unique.Stores.6] The Color Theory on Proudly Philippine Made Products

Here is another interesting store which features all Philippine Made, specially designed and locally manufactured home decoratives, aromatherapy, bath & beauty products, gift novelties, and fashion accessories. COLOR THEORY subsists on the endeavor to provide consumers affordable yet valuable commodities, support local industries and pioneer in commerce. The store is nice and this is one of those that you go to if you don’t the hassle of Tiangge’s and Mall traffic this holiday season. This is a good place to buy gifts that is proudly Filipino made (although one could argue that you can also get them from Tiangge or Tiendesitas). I got this also from the Shopkeeper article.

My wife was not so happy about this place because I told her there would be dresses here and she was disappointed to see that there was none. Also, they don’t give you price incentive to buy it here versus their outlets in the malls or other establishments. Anyway, I’ll give you a virtual tour of this place and decide for your self if you want to check it out.

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