Tagaytay

magnifICA’s Tagaytay Escape

Our friends from magnifICA went on a Tagaytay excursion yesterday wanting to try out Sanctuario, Bag of Beans among others and here are their reviews:
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Hi magnifICA,

Just want to share with you our experience in Tagaytay yesterday. Overall, the Sanctuario experience was ok. I ordered the Bulalo Pasta. The meat was tender but it was a litlle bland for my taste. The Bangus Carbonara and the Pasta Aligue were good! The raisin bread was also up to expectation. It was soft and the sweetness was just right. The ambiance was nice. We were seated at the Ground Floor beside the glass window where we had a great view of Taal. After lunch we passed by the Pink Sisters Shrine. Maong and I took some great shots there.

We then stopped by the newly rennovated Taal Vista Lodge. The Lounge was nice. It was a huge transformation from the old interior which was dark and rustic. Now it was bright and romy. It somehow resembled the lobby of Edsa Shangrila. We then went outside to the vista point and took some pictures.

Our last stop was Bag of Beans near the town proper. Personally that was the best part of the trip. From the road you can only see the small coffee shop. It's deceptively small but they have a garden below which has an assortment of flowers and plants. It resembles a little bit like Sonya's Garden but more cozy. They had little nooks in the garden for small groups, and a covered area for bigger groups. We had dessert and coffee. The apple pie ala mode was superb! Yumm! The coffee's good and CHEAP! It costs P55 and it's reffillable. It's a very conducive place to hang out and chatter up. We had a lot of laughs and near miss experiences.

It was a really great adventure! We're planning on repeating this every month. Kind of like a monthly out-of -town get together. There are plenty of unexplored dinning places out there. So I hope the others can come along next time.

'Til then… Di

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To add, parking at taal vista now cost P100 unless you have your ticket validated at the coffee shop. For those who have pets, you can bring them at Bag of Beans. We saw a number of patrons in the garden with their dogs. Maong.

Family

Giving Birth @ Asian Hospital in Alabang

Small Private room

Recommended.

It was our decision to give birth in Asian Hospital despite the fact that it was 20mins away from our Malate condo and despite some complains from family and friends that it was too far. I did not regret the decision and we enjoyed every moment that we stay in Asian. In fact, we wanted to extend for a few more days because our P1,600 room rate (small private room which is as big as a large private room in Makati Med that costs 3,000+); is almost shouldered by our health care in the office. Imagine P1,100 is shouldered by Philamcare and P400 is shouldered by Philhealth. We are just paying P100 per stay that already includes food hotel food, nurse at a touch of a button, and free utilities&services (daily cleaning, aircon and drinking water).

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THANK YOU for visiting me! — Baby Aidan


Family & Friends who visited., originally uploaded by antondiaz.

Thank you to all the family & friends who visited Baby Aidan over the past 5 days. It really feels great to see all of you who extended an extra effort either to visit in the hospital or at home. We appreciate all the welcoming text messages, food, flowers and gifts for Baby Aidan — maraming salamat. You’ve touch our lives and Baby Aidan with your caring and support during this momentous occasion. We hope we can reciprocate someday or pay it forward. Thank you. Here is the complete link of the pictures over the first 5 days. Enjoy!
         Episode 1: The Birth of Baby Aidan
         Episode 2: The 2nd day of life
         Episode 3: Aidan’s Home Coming

Sincerely, Anton, Rache and Aidan

Family

The launch of Aidanacio.us!


aidanacious, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

We would like to share with you the launch of http://aidanacio.us/ with the mission of taking one great photograph of Aidan a day until his wedding day. This is to share with our family & friends the joy of Aidan and my love for photography. Thanks for you support and I do hope you enjoy the site!

P.S. Please post a comment on the guest map so that we would know the people visiting the Aidanacious.

Family

Happy Birthday Baby AIDAN DOMINIC!

The birth of baby aidan3
@ 7.54am on January 19, Baby Aidan Dominic was born in Asian Hospital! After 6 hours of having an induced labor in the triage of the Genesis center of Asian Hospital, we finally have a successful normal birth.

There were alot of challenges along the way:

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The bag of water broke!

We are soo excited. As I am writing this, we think that her bag of water broke and we will be seeing Baby Aidan soon. There was some mucuous substance, reddish liquid which we think is a sign that Baby3 is coming. Her expected due date is January 20 and according to Baby Center only 5% of pregnant women give birth on that expected due date. All our bags are packed, and there is still time to get a quick shower. We hope and pray that there is no complication and Good luck to mommy rache and baby Aidan. See you soon Baby Aidan! We are off to Asian Hospital…

Family

Clauds’ Sunday Birthday Lunch

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This is my first netomat created. This is sooo cool! Please feel free to go through the 3 pages and edit them with your comments. You can also opt to include fun stuff, pictures, etc. on the netomat by using the editing tools. The only downside is that this might take some time to load if you are using dial-up. I’ve checked the RSS feed in bloglines and it is still able to receive the netomat. Here is the complete Photo gallery –> Clauds Birthday Lunch Photos. Enjoy!

#Restaurants

Kikufuji — Authentic Japanese in Little Tokyo


Diaz Family @ kukifuji
Originally uploaded by antondiaz.

Recommended . My friend Shigo-san ( a japanese national based in Manila )recommended that Izakaya Kikufuji serves the best authentic Japanese food in Little Tokyo. It was my Brobo’s last night in the Philippines before going back to the states, and this was the perfect time to try out Kikufuji. Check out these pictures –> Kikufuji Photos The sushi’s and sashimi’s were excellent specially the rice that they used for the sushi. Although it costs P200/order, I think it was worth it if Japanese food is your favorite. We also liked the chicken “sukiyaki” in a big hot pot enough to serve us. My friend Shigo was right. Try it out for yourself.

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Kikufuji is located in the Little tokyo area and the restaurant is located along pasong tamo beside Makati Cinema Square.

#Restaurants, Tagaytay

Sanctuario – a secret dining place in Tagaytay

Update Oct 2005: Sanctuario Revisited: Ho-hum food?


Rache in Zen Place
Originally uploaded by antondiaz.

AWESOME! I'm not sure until when we can keep Sanctuario a secret place in Tagaytay. They just moved in to an unassuming place beside the tagaytay ukay-ukay place near the tagaytay circle just a month ago. If you don't know the place you would not even venture to eat there. Since they just moved to a 50-person capacity place in the Tagaytay circle, some articles in the web would give directions in its original location beside the korean place along the tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road which is already closed now. Check this out –> Sanctuario, Tagaytay Photos

Here are 5 tips to truly enjoy a awesome dining in Sanctuario:
1. Call and reserve the best spots in the restaurants. Specially if you are a group of 10 or more, you definitely need to get the zen place! If you are a group of 5-10, you should reservce the ground floor spot with a view of tagaytay. If you are a group of 4 or less, the basement spot near the window should be cozy enough for

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Tagaytay

Inspiring story but a disappointing lunch @ Carlos Restaurant


anton & rache & yummy nudillo
Originally uploaded by antondiaz.

Good to try once . I first heard about this new restaurant in Tagaytay from the Nurture Spa staff and I immediately searched the web for information. I only came across one article in inquirer (Carlos Restaurant Article in Inquirer 03/17/04 ). We were excited to have a taste of good spanish food and excited to eat the suppose to be killer food Nudillo, cocido and the paella. We decided to eat a late lunch around 2pm and its no surprise that when we arrive there were no people in the restaurant. Also, the owner Carlos Callejo was went out so we missed our chance to interact with them.
Carlos is a spanish theme restaurant in the middle of Las Brisas de Tagaytay villas-for-rent. You order a set meal about P500/person and it comes with bread and liver pate, mushroom soup, salad with strawberry vinegrette, the home made cheesecake by his wife, Malou. Here are some insights on what to expect from Carlos:

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