Eight Ounce Coffee + Kitchen Pasig


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I love working in coffee shops. I don’t know why but I’m most productive when I am in a place where the smell of coffee permeates the air.

Last February, I started to notice a new coffee shop whenever I pass by Pasig Boulevard. It may sound odd but it’s situated at a gasoline station where one would usually find a convenience store.

Eight Ounce Coffee + Kitchen is within the FilOil Gas Station along Pasig Boulevard near Kapitolyo. According to their barista, they opened in January 2015. They use Douwe Egberts coffee from the Netherlands. Continue reading

Buffalo Wild Wings at Estancia


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One of the indicators of a good restaurant is how full it is. If it is full and there are a lot of people waiting for their turn to dine, then the restaurant must be something special. One such restaurant is Buffalo Wild Wings at Estancia, Capitol Commons. Don’t be fooled by the pic. That was taken past 10 PM hence the vacant tables. You would usually see many people waiting outside just to get a table. Buffalo Wild Wings is an American franchise. It’s a mix of casual dining and sports bar that specializes in… wings! Continue reading

Lunch at Melo’s Restaurant


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I love Sundays. One of the reasons why is that I can have lunch with my family on that day.

Two weeks ago, my brother asked me if I wanted to eat at Melo’s. My sister gave her a Melo’s gift certificate worth 1,000 PhP last Christmas and it was about to expire. Of course, I said yes. He reserved a table for two (reservation is needed) on a Sunday.

Melo’s at Burgos Circle

It was a nice and sunny Sunday. We decided to take an Uber to Burgos Circle than bring a car for convenience’s sake. Continue reading

Excited for Indonesia


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Finally! After four years, I will be seeing my favorite country again.

Photo from my first post about Indonesia.

People often wonder why I love Indonesia so much. So much so that I’ve chosen to prioritize learning Bahasa Indonesia over Mandarin Chinese. My fascination with Indonesia has a long “history”, all the way back from my childhood. I also find Indonesians to be a very friendly group of people. Their attitude is quite similar to that of Filipinos but it seems they are more respectful. Continue reading

All You Can Eat Pasta and Sandwiches at Figaro


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Have I mentioned that I love buffets? I believe I did. That’s why I’m fat. But just to highlight it again… I love buffets or all-you-can-eat deals.

Last Thursday, whilst walking around Shangri-la Plaza, I noticed Figaro’s All You Can Eat promotion. For 299 PHP, you can eat all the pasta and sandwiches you want plus refillable lemonade. You can choose from 4 pasta dishes and 4 sandwiches.

The promo is available daily from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For pasta, you can have arrabiatta, carbonara, al tonno, and pesto. For sandwiches, you can choose from grilled chicken, tuna and cheese, BLT, and grilled eggplant. Continue reading

Chinese New Year at Niu by Vikings


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I love buffets. I guess that’s pretty evident due to my hefty size.

One of the newer buffet places in Metro Manila is Niu by Vikings at SM Aura. Niu, which means ‘9’ in Old Norse (language of the Vikings), is the 9th restaurant of the Vikings group. Its opening generated a lot of buzz because it promised to offer a fine-dining experience to buffet lovers.

One of my closest friends invited me to have lunch at NIU. He had a contact who was able to secure us a table for a Chinese New Year lunch.

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Taiwan’s Hot Star Large Fried Chicken


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I have been working out in Eclipse Gym along Shaw Boulevard since 2011. When I started, my choice of post-workout meal was limited to either Mang Inasal Chicken or KFC. As the years go by, more and more restaurants pop up near the gym.

The latest one that caught my attention is Hot Star Large Fried Chicken at Shaw 500 Zentrum.

Hot Star is an import from Taiwan. It became popular in the Shilin night market of Taipei for its large fried chicken chops.

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