Tom Sawyer’s Old-Fashioned Crispy Chicken is BACK

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When I was in elementary (mid-90’s), our family often had dinner at Tom Sawyer’s in Greenhills. After picking us up in La Salle, my parents will bring us there. The restaurant was known for their juicy super-sized crispy fried chicken which they prepared only upon being ordered.

It was located along a strip of restaurants in the area where the Promenade was built on. I have many happy memories at Tom Sawyer’s and my love for fried chicken pretty much began there. The restaurant had a special place in my heart.

Sadly, probably due to the development plans for the Greenhills Shopping Center, Tom Sawyer’s had to close. I couldn’t remember which year the restaurant closed but it was probably before I began high school. Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at TWG

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I love afternoon tea. It’s one of those dainty activities that I love treating myself to.

Yesterday, I had an impromptu lunch date with my cousins and my mom. It was one of those moments wherein I suddenly dialed a number for no reason at all.

We agreed to meet up at Greenbelt 5. Picking a restaurant to have lunch in is always a difficult task. I initially wanted to eat at Flavors in Holiday Inn but it was full. We ended up having a hearty meal at Krazy Garlik.

After having a somewhat sinful (oily) lunch, I asked them if they wanted to have tea to cleanse our palate. The choice for afternoon tea in Greenbelt 5 is very obvious: TWG.

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Hotel: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

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In 2014, I spent some time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I usually try staying in different hotels but recently, I stay in Starwood properties as much as possible.

In my trips to Malaysia last year, I chose to stay in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur situated along Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Beautiful hotel near the city center.

It is conveniently located near the Medan Tuanku KL Monorail station and the Dang Wangi LRT Station. There’s also a newly-opened mall, the Quill, across the hotel. Inside the hotel, you will be greeted by a beautiful staircase that is part of the classy and charming interior. Continue reading

Trip Report: Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur

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I traveled to Kuala Lumpur quite frequently last year and did my best to avoid Malaysia Airlines. Why? Let’s just say I was scared. I often ended up flying with Cathay Pacific which necessitates a stop in Hong Kong. What were supposedly 3 hour 45 minute flights became tiring 9 hour journeys.

So on my last visit to the home of the Petronas Towers, I chose to fly with Malaysia Airlines. My mom and siblings asked me to cancel my trip when they found out I booked with the airline but I told them not to worry. I’ve read many unpleasant stories about Malaysia Airlines but I decided to give them a try anyway. Continue reading

The Year That Was

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I know a handful of people who follow my blog and most of them are asking me to continue writing. It’s really difficult to blog when: 1) You don’t have your own laptop; 2) You are very busy with work; and 3) You have a huge back log of things to write about and they end up feeling like a burden.

Probably one of the reasons why I don’t blog regularly is mobility. I take a lot of food photos and I post them on Instagram instead of writing lengthy reviews here on my blog. Twitter hears most of my rants. As for my (mis) adventures, I share them on Facebook. I will be writing about my 2014 events but as ‘in retrospect’ posts.

A quick rundown of my 2014…

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Around Yale University

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Where have I been these past few months? Or better yet, where have I been this past year (or two)? Around. Pretty much around. My life has been very busy recently hence the infrequent journal entries.

Moving on… I just came back from the United States. It was my first time to step on American soil and I had a great time. One of the primary reasons of my visit was to attend my brother’s graduation from the Master of Laws program of Yale University. Yale Law School, by the way, is regarded as the number one law school in the world.

Yale Law School Commencement. This was after the university rites held at the Yale Old Campus.

We spent quite some time appreciating the campus of Yale University. The buildings were grand, charming, and full of history. Walking around the area was surreal, almost like being in a movie. It had a vibrant, old-world charm to it that I loved. Continue reading

Singapore Night Safari

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So, here I am again sharing my Singapore experience from a few months back. Actually, this is the very first part of it since my last one was on Legoland Malaysia.

I hardly visit zoos. There is only one instance which I can recall that I visited a zoo – the Manila Zoo when I was in 2nd grade. There’s something about zoos that don’t interest me even though I love watching the National Geographic. That’s why I was pretty surprised when I actually wanted to see the Night Safari in Singapore.

I look like a dweeb. Then again, I’m a geek. Close enough.

The Singapore Night Safari is the very first safari park for night (or nocturnal) animals. It opened in 1994 and today it welcomes more than a million visitors a year. This award-winning park has more than 2,500 animals housed in areas similar to their natural habitats. A ticket here costs 35 SGD for adults, which is roughly 1100 PHP.

All set for my Night Safari adventure!

The park has different attractions for both the young and the old. Their main attraction is the guided tram ride that takes one across 7 zones from around the world. There are also walking trails for the guest to explore. Quite a number of the animals are too little to clearly see from the tram ride and this is how you’ll see them. Lastly, they have special shows and performances to keep you entertained. There’s a fire dance-slash-stunts show called the Thumbuakar as well as the popular (and definitely a must-see) Creatures of the Night. Continue reading