Zoo Coffee

Zoo Coffee is a newly opened specialty coffee shop located at Alphaland Makati Place. The shop is a Korean franchise founded by Kim Kun Woo in 2009 and has several branches around South Korea, China, and Taiwan. Their Makati branch is the first outlet in the Philippines.

The coffee shop has animal-themed interiors, hence the name. I enjoyed the vibe of the place and also the food though we just ordered a Cappuccino, Yogurt smoothie and Mango Waffle.

I would like to go back again to explore their other menu offerings and chill with friends.

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Zoo Coffee is located at Ground Floor, Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Avenue Extension Corner Malugay Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.

Earth’s Kitchen

Recently tried Earth’s Kitchen when we were about to watch Switchfoot’s free concert. The restaurant is known for their healthy menu, with most of the ingredients coming from locally-sourced farmers. We tried the following dishes from their menu.

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Pomelo Salad – A refreshing appetizer. Loved that it has tofu with added more crunch to the salad.

 

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Beef Bulgogi Soft Taco – this is love!

 

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Mushroom Ravioli – Kesong Puti in a pasta, a good combination but the taste was just okay.

 

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Shrimp Spring Rolls – Not a fan of Fresh Spring Rolls but this was good. The ingredients were not compromised and the sweet sauce was just right which complemented well with the spring rolls.

 

If you are looking for some healthy eats, this restaurant is a must try when you are in BGC.

Earth’s Kitchen is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

SALT

If you are a steak lover and wondering where you can eat steak at an affordable price, SALT Restaurant is a must try.

SALT is located near Power Plant Mall in Makati. The place is around a residential area and you might need the help of your Google Maps or GPS in order to find it.

When me and my office friends went in, we were the first customers at 6pm; considering it was Labor Day but after a few minutes the restaurant got full with customers, mostly families that came from Church or the mall.
SALT is known for their affordable steak which costs around 190 Pesos (yes you heard it right).

Their steak is cooked medium rare but if you like it well done, you may request for it and the staff will cook it for you.

I ate my steak as it is, the size is overwhelming but worth the price. as I had mine in medium, the meat was soft. This was also paired with their signature gravy and Potato Salad with a cup of Rice, the portion size was just right.

20160501_191522My friend ordered Grilled Cajun Chicken (as recommended by some food blogs), which costs 200 Pesos. The serving is also big and the meat is tender. The chicken was paired with their signature gravy and salsa. A good alternative if you are not a fan of steak.

SALT Grilled Cajun Chicken2For dessert, we were about to order Frozen Brazo De Mercedes, one of their best desserts but unfortunately it got sold out so the waiter recommended to try Tartufo Ball instead. Tartufo Ball is like a scoop of chocolate ice cream, with more chocolate inside the center. It was soft chewy and not too sweet.

I would like to come back again to try their Frozen Brazo De Mercedes, and another serving of steak.

SALT is located at 5887 Fermina Corner Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City. You may contact them at 621-5121.

Travel 2015: Coron, Palawan

Whenever I celebrate my birthday, I usually spend it with a simple dinner with my family and friends but last year was different, I decided to travel with my friends to Coron, Palawan.

It was my first time to go there and luckily got a good deal due to a seat sale and good hotel rates too since I believe, September is  an off-peak season.

I’m usually scared of plane rides, especially if the plane is a small one. Since planes that are flying in Busuanga are small and bigger planes cannot be accommodated, it was okay, the view from the top made this travel more exciting.

 

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The travel from Busuanga airport to Coron usually takes 45 minutes via shuttle but we realized that the hotel we booked is hours away from the town proper, 2 hours to be exact. But nevertheless we stayed at Sanctuaria Treehouses for the next 2 nights.

The view from the hotel or treehouse is not bad, a perfect place for ‘soul searching’.

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Since we arrived later in the afternoon and we had nothing else to do, we decided to stay in our room for the rest of the night. It got a bit scary though since there were giant geckos (or tuko) inside the room. My friend who was sleeping at the top deck of our bed had no choice but to go down and sleep with us at the bottom deck due to the gecko was staring at her.

The next morning we went island hopping. We met new friends during this trip, Vince and Dyuls.

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Here are some photos from our Island Hopping: Siete Picados, Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon and Banol Beach.

 

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We actually had a bad experience during the island hopping since we were charged more or less 3,000 pesos per person. The tour was good but the food was bad, we only got one big fish for the five of us. Our tour guide told us that the organizer did not give them money. We were doomed and felt swindled for a bit. Since we already arrived late at night, we just ate dinner and told the hotel staff what happened, we were informed that this was the second time that this incident happened. We returned to our room, thinking that we will talk to the owner the next day and decided to leave the hotel for the town proper even if we still have one night left.

On our third and last day, we decided to talk to the owner and told him about what happened during the island hopping the day before and also that we were already leaving the treehouse to go to the Coron Town Proper. The owner was a bit apologetic and promised us that he will talk to the organizer since he is a friend. We took our breakfast and headed to the town proper where we will be dropping off our new friends at the airport first since they will be heading back to Manila. We somehow felt a connection with them. Sadly they have to leave and now we have to make sure we spend our last day wisely.

 

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After dropping them off, it was time for us to find a new place to stay in. We found a good place, Tameta Pension House for 700 Php. A better deal I must say. We sneaked in another time for Island Hopping to repay what happened to us last time. We got a private tour courtesy of JY Travel and Tours for more or less 1,500/pax for 4 islands if I remember correctly since we already toured them yesterday. Not bad!

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After we finished Island Hopping, we went to buy some souvenirs and then we proceeded to Maquinit Hot Spring which is bedside or near Mt. Tapyas. Since it was too late to go for a hike, we decided to visit the hot spring instead, Sadly I don’t have photos for this part but it was a good time to take a break and rest our sore muscles to end our last day.

On the day of our flight, we decided to get breakfast first at the town proper before our shuttle arrives. We went to Coffee Kong, a Korean inspired coffee shop. The coffee and the American-inspired breakfast is to die for.

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Even if there were some obstacles, I really enjoyed this trip. I would love to go back again and explore the town proper and what it has to offer. Also I hope I could learn to swim better so that I can enjoy the island hopping more next time.

*credits to Anj for some of the photos. You can check her post here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates

First and foremost, I apologize for the lack of posts here on my blog, I’m just too busy these days at work (and the ideas I initially wanted to write about flew off the roof!). Anyway here are some of the things that I did over the past few months…in photos!

Got to travel on my birthday and met new friends in Coron, PalawanCoron 2015

Had a catch-up with friends that I haven’t seen for a long time

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Attended the wedding of a friend who got married on the exact date of their anniversary as a couple (10 years!)

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Watched Lifehouse Live in Concert! (This was an impulse one but what the heck, I enjoyed it nonetheless)

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That was it! I will try my best to write post more entries and musings. It is good to be back!

Lazy Bastard

A few weeks ago, my friends and I tried a new burger joint at the heart of Jupiter Street in Makati, Lazy Bastard. Upon searching the location, it all says that it is located at the basement and cannot easily be seen except for this sign.

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We did not had a hard time searching it, just say to the taxi driver, Jupiter corner Galaxy Street and you will be able to find Lazy Bastard.

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Upon entering Lazy Bastard, you will see the sign below, awesome indeed!

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Loving the restaurant’s love for Bacon and Burgers

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We ordered Hamburger, Cheeseburger and Sloppy Joe. The presentation is not really like other burger joints, it is the taste that matters.

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We also ordered Onion Rings and Fries on the side. Loved the Onion Rings, the Fries however were a bit burned, but we still ate it.

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Overall, dining at Lazy Bastard was enjoyable. I would love to go back and try their Hotdog sandwiches next time.

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Lazy Bastard is located at Basement Floor 22, Jupiter Corner Galaxy Street, Bel Air Makati City.

Review: Jericho Cosmetics Mineral Serum and Eye Gel

This post will be the first time I am reviewing a beauty product. I am not a beauty blogger and I am not paid to do a review of this product as I have purchased the items with my own money.

I will be reviewing Jericho Cosmetics’ Mineral Serum and Eye Gel. This purchase was actually an impulse buy as I was spotted by one of their sales representatives while strolling around the mall; he was a good looking Israeli man and in fact (I think it is part of their sales tactic) that they persuade and chase a prospective buyer to try their products, which happened in my case and even if I said no, the discount given to me was too hard to resist and I gave it a try.

Jericho Cosmetics specializes in beauty products and skin care made from the Dead Sea, which is known for its therapeutic and healing benefits. All their products are made all natural, from the Dead Sea; it is also Paraben-free.

To start off, Jericho Cosmetics’ Mineral Serum is an anti-aging product which is made from Dead Sea minerals with Chamomile and Jojoba oil.  I was advised to use this once a week but I actually use it every night as part of my night time skincare routine.

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I like how the product feels refreshing once applied on the face after cleansing and toning, and a little bit goes a long way. What I don’t like is the container; the pump is not really working and I need to open the bottle to dispense the product.

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Their Eye Gel is actually my personal favorite among the two products. The Eye Gel will help maintain the skin’s elasticity and appearance around the eye area. This may also be applied once a week or every night after applying the mineral serum. It feels refreshing upon application and you can also apply it along the sides of your nose and the jaw line to keep it moisturized.

I am using both products for two months already together with the free products they gave me, the Anti-Acne Soap and Anti-Cellulite Soap. I’m not sure of the results but I can feel that the Eye Cream helped lessen the puffiness in my eyes but that’s actually it, the Mineral Serum somehow reduced the size of my pores I think but I’m not sure if it is really visible. I posted my before and after photos to see the difference.

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I liked both the Anti-Acne Soap and Anti-Cellulite Soap. Though I must say the Anti-Acne Soap should be used only if you have breakouts as I find it too strong to use as a daily cleanser.

The products are effective and it helped improve my skin but sadly I might not purchase this again due to their products are actually expensive. To sum this up, the products may or may not be effective to all, it still depends on your skin type.

**Jericho Cosmetics can be found in selected malls. I purchased mine from their kiosk inside Cinderella in Glorietta, Makati.

Website: http://www.jerichocosmetics.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jerichocosmetics.ph