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Author Archives: Joy

Summer Getaway: White Rock Waterpark and Beach Hotel

Itching to go somewhere out of town but on a shoestring budget? Why not have a pocket vacation to a nearby resort? My family and I don’t have anything planned for the summer, so my daughter Bea and I decided to go to my hometown of Olongapo on the last weekend of March. Once there, … Continue reading »

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Raffles Makati

Someone once proclaimed that life begins at 40 (it’s actually the title of a 1932 non-fiction book authored by Walter B. Pitkin). I personally believe my life really began at 25, but I still wanted to make a big deal out of turning 40.  So on my 40th birthday last March 8, I chose to … Continue reading »

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Spread the LOVE

The sweetest treat came on Valentine’s Day in the form of these Premium Fudgy Brownies from Mary Grace Cafe. Imagine, the cafe gave out 143 boxes of these humongous brownies absolutely free to the first 143 persons who signed up on its facebook page! How sweet is that? It took me only about a minute … Continue reading »

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka’s Shio Ramen

At first, I couldn’t understand why people would be willing to wait in line just to get a table at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Glorietta.  But then again, I was never really into ramen. My cravings for Japanese food usually revolve around sukiyaki, sashimi, okonomiyaki and even takoyaki. Ramen, a typical Japanese noodle soup dish, … Continue reading »

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St. Giles Makati (St. Giles Classic Hotel)

I won an overnight stay in St. Giles Makati from its photo contest on facebook (there were only 7 entries and 5 winners, go figure) and I used the free accommodation right away. I was with my husband, Caloy and our daughter, Bea and we wondered who Saint Giles was and how come a hotel … Continue reading »

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A note of thanks

At the start of 2013, I took on a challenge posted by one of my online friends on facebook: a gratitude jar or box. The idea is to fill the jar or box with notes about things or events — big or small — that make one grateful. But because there’s so much to be … Continue reading »

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Churros by Cioccolata

Previously I wrote about our free overnight stay at The Bayleaf Intramuros, where we had the most sinfully delicious bagnet from its restaurant, 9 Spoons. Due to lack of time, I was not able to dine at the other hotel dining outlet called Cioccolata Churros Cafe, a charming little spot that specializes in pastries (churros being … Continue reading »

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The Bayleaf Intramuros

Ever wondered why such a classy boutique hotel was named The Bayleaf? Food enthusiasts know that the bay leaf is widely used in cooking certain dishes (such as our very own adobo) for its distinctive flavor and aroma. In the Philippines, bay leaf is more popularly known as laurel, and that’s how it came to be … Continue reading »

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Like or Dislike? (Part 4)

In a sea of food blog sites in the Philippines, there’s only one that I read on a regular basis from the time I stumbled upon it in 2006: Dessert Comes First. Surely there are thousands of food blogs out there, but only Lori Baltazar of DCF can masterfully combine excellent food photos with her … Continue reading »

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Who’s nuts about cronuts?

While the lines over at J.Co Donuts and Coffee are still very long, a new food craze is taking Manila by storm — and I’m not talking about cookie butter or tonkatsu. I’m referring to the sweet pastry that goes by the following names: cronut (trademark pending), croughnut, cro-nut, croinut or doussant. Judging from those … Continue reading »

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