Recently rediscovered Papemelroti. More than just paper products, the store has now ventured into home decor and collectibles. Wouldn’t mind getting Christmas presents from here :-P
Visiting Sentosa on a limited budget? Here are some free “attractions.”
Hanging out with the cactus, the baobab, and the flowers at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
Flavored beer and comfort food at Rue Bourbon, Eastwood. I am in danger of becoming an alcoholic.
Good restaurants are starting to pop up in the east without the fanfare that goes with new food places in the “trendier” parts of Metro Manila. This Chinese restaurant along the Marikina section of Marcos Highway will probably be a staple for me. Kanzhu specializes in hand-pulled noodles - their kitchen is visible to patrons so you can see how they make the noodles and cook your food - but I have a thing for their olive fried rice and spinach with roasted garlic.
Been rekindling my interest for certain forms of art - read: paintings - for quite some time now. And nothing draws me more than the prospect of food to go with contemplating the view. Renamed a number of times - just recently it was called Trigo - Art Circle Cafe has been in that corner of the University of the Philippines for forever. I forget its name when I was in university many years ago, but I remember the cafe serving Japanese rice bowls and playing Beatles music. All these years and after so many rehashes, the art continues to engage.
It was like one of those drives through the vineyards of Bordeaux. But instead of vineyards, you see pineapple plantations. At the end of a narrow road, you come across an old stone chateau surrounded by all manner of flora. With its relative seclusion and with the sun’s rays turning everything golden, you need to remind yourself that no, you’re not in the south of France. (Nor are you in Tuscany - to which the place has been compared - for that matter.)
Visit Marcia Adams in Alfonso, Cavite to get a feel of a lazy summer’s day in the Mediterranean. A long leisurely lunch awaits, but be sure to make reservations first.
I get wary whenever I try new restaurants with exorbitantly-priced food that all taste the same, but I see myself frequenting this new place in BGC that serves rice meals spruced up to suit fine dining preferences. The food at Naci feels as if it has been thoughtfully prepared and cooked with care by someone who takes pride in the craft. Fell in love with the Grilled Mahi Mahi dish.
Taking a breather in Singapore. A walk along Jurong lake.
Glad this opened in BGC. I’m getting a bit tired of all the new restaurants that offer the same European/fusion fare - I can’t seem to distinguish one from the other anymore. For food that feels similar but has that distinct flavor that makes it stand out from the crowd, I suggest Balkan. It’s a part of Southeastern Europe at your doorstep.