The Eat Street

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I feel really fortunate to be living near Maginhawa Street, one of the best go-to places for a food trip around the metro. There’s a great range of restaurants and types of cuisine to fit any mood and craving. Some restaurants in the area have this laid-back and artsy vibe which I love, it’s like a huge theme park of food stops, only it’s not as pretty as Disneyland or Ocean Park. I’ve been meaning to visit UP Teachers Village for a long time now and finally, last weekend, my friend and I made time to ask me to go out for tea with her. Other than the ungodly belching and the yummy food I got from the trip, we had so much fun just talking, laughing, taking pictures, and walking around the street.

And here’s a quick rundown of what we did last weekend:

We drove in a motorcycle along Maginhawa to look for our first food stop. There are several restaurants in the area and honestly it’s so hard to choose where to lay ourselves to eat.

So first, we had an afternoon snack at COOL BEANS LIBRARY CAFÉ.

One of the first things you’ll notice at this place is the large bookcase brimming with reading material. You could literally park yourself in a seat for hours buried in books. A good place to study or chill with a pretty diverse array of dishes, it’s a good place to visit. It is also a self-service café. And who needs Wi-Fi anyway if you have interesting books to read? Like The Walking Dead comics.

A mini-library/cafe that serves highland coffee (Sagada, Kalinga and Cordillera roasts), specialty frappes, rice meals, pasta, panini & desserts. There’s a rack of National Geographic magazines and a shelf full of books, comics & graphic novels that dine-in customers are free to browse through.
• Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
• Recommendations: Pan-grilled Pork Belly, Sagada Coffee, Banana Cake, S’mores
• Price range: P150-300 per person; coffee is P80
• Facebook: Cool Beans Cafe, Tel. No: 0917.7064711

*I ordered their café latte and it is so roasty. I love the aroma and the taste of it. It only cost me P90

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(photo by krystal)

Second stop at FRESH SELECTIONS when we had our “healthy” dinner. The place is cozy although small with a nice couch for a big group and lovely seats for couples or small group of friends. It has an atmosphere of classiness to it. It’s clean and most importantly for me, it’s cold. But the crews are the ones I don’t like. When we got there one of the crew was seating on the counter, the others were too noisy even the girl who got our order was too busy talking with her other crews until we are ready to order. They did the same thing after our food was served. They were all seating at the counter and very noisy playing “pinoy henyo”. And when I asked for a cup of ice the girl who got our order told me “Ayan yung ice oh!” It was on a small cool man container, and I was like “Seriously? Sige kuha na lang ako ah!” But she didn’t noticed me but instead she got back with her friends and continues to play “pinoy henyo”. As a customer I felt disrespected. And the one thing I also noticed was that the restaurant doesn’t have a cctv camera, maybe that’s why the crews are all free to do whatever they want because no one is watching. I suggest the management or the owner to put up a cctv camera so they can keep watch of their staffs.

Fresh Selections serves healthy and affordable fast-food prepared with no MSG and no preservatives. They also sell organic and hydroponic fruits and vegetables and fresh meat and seafood.
• Good for: lunch, dinner, ready to cook meal packs for take-out
• Recommendations: Lemon chicken, Pork Asado, Fresh Lumpia, Cha Misua
• Price range: P75-110 for rice meals, P160-300 per dish (big servings)
• Facebook: Fresh Selections – Maginhawa, Tel. No: 3309526

* I ordered their house specialty fresh lumpia. It was ok but the sauce was too sweet until I finished eating it I didn’t know they put sugar on it. Where is the “healthy food” here? It cost me P60 for that crap.

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(and the crews)

Last stop Bookay-Ukay. I’d been wanting to go to Bookay-Ukay since college when a friend told me about it. Then just last weekend, I went excited because my friend and I went on an “adventure” trip and finally set my feet and eyes at this dream place of mine. So let me explain its name. Bookay-Ukay, “Book” and “ukay-ukay”, those are the two terms. “Book”, we have no problem about its description, but “ukay-ukay” is a Filipino term for “thrift store“, so put them together, and we’ll know that the shop sells second-hand books that are still in good condition. It has been visited by some local celebrities like Saab Magalona and Mercedes Cabral. Not that I want to look and be labeled as cool because some celebrities visited the place, but Bookay-Ukay is a must-visit simply because it has books and its very affordable price, I must say.
The store is quite small, in fact, it’s only a room full of books. But at least its interiors speak of what it offers, unlike the formality and plainness of its rival book thrift store Book sale. The dirty white wall on the left is filled with I believe handmade bookmarks and other stuff like a poster of local pop punk band and the shelves just below contains other stuff sold in the store like magazines, CDs, and more books. Then after those, everywhere else was filled with nothing but books, books, and yes, books on the shelves resting on the remaining walls and even on the floor just the perfect haven for book lovers like me. For some time, my friend and I seemed strangers to each other as we both engaged in separate solitary quests for the books we like (well she mostly took the pictures) from novels, both local and international, Bookay-Ukay has second-hand books for everyone. But at the end, I wasn’t able to buy myself a book as I remembered my pile of unread books at home and how I’ll just decrease the chances of finally reading them if I buy more. At least now I know where Bookay-Ukay is. Meanwhile, my friend and I just took more pictures and if ever I wanted to buy books now I know where to find one.

So are you a fellow bookworm who loves to hoard and read books for less? Visit Bookay-Ukay today and satisfy your book addiction!

  • Bookay-Ukay– #78 Maginhawa St, Teachers Village East, Diliman Quezon City

Mobile #: 0905.428.3125
E-mail: bookayukay@gmail.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bookayukay
Operating Hours: 10:00am – 11pm

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riding a motorcycle with my friend krystal

So yeah, that’s pretty much what happened last weekend!!

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Good finds: Fashion for Less

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The other day I was at the mall looking for some clothes to buy. I always go to my favourite local shop where they sell second-hand and brand new clothes and other stuffs mostly from Japan, HongKong , the US, etc. in short the thrift shop and over runs shop. Just take note: if you buy at thrift shop make sure to wash the clothes 3-4 times in hot water before washing it with laundry soap just to make sure that the clothes are really clean and ready to wear.

So what I found is this very cute navy blue printed t-shirt with two elephant design and some Hindu design (not sure what is it called) from an over run shop . Bought it for only P180 but original price is P200. The brand of the t-shirt is called COLIN’S. A Turkish brand that offer a wide range of casual clothes including denim fashion and accessories for men and women. The Turkish clothing brand was incorporated by Eroglu Group in Istanbul, Turkey in 1983. Today, the Turkish fashion brand has more than 670 stores in 32 countries. Most of them are located in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. Take a look at their official website Colins.com.tr to find out a store near you and check out the latest trends in Turkish fashion. The website is available in the following languages: Turkish, English, Russian and German.

Friend Hangout: Shakey’s Pizza Gone Vintage

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So yesterday I met up with some close friends and we hang out at Eton Centris mall. Like the usual hang out with friends we talked and catch up about what’s the latest news with our lives and it’s always the best thing ever in the world. We also took pictures and had a great laugh!

And when its lunch time we decided to eat at Shakey’s Pizza. The ambiance is still the same, people are always friendly and has smile on their faces but the service is still poor but I still love the food. And every month they have a theme for their restaurant and this month it’s all about the 1950s and early 1960s and I’m in love with it! And as we order, our waiter suggested that we get the inspired theme pizza and also because it’s new and worth the try and is definitely perfect because I love the whole package.

This is what we ordered and ate:

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So if you still haven’t tried the pizza go give it a try it’s very yummy!

Improvising Your Meal

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The current weather in Manila right now is making me sad, lonely, sleepy, and at the same time hungrier. It is raining so hard and is very cold and it sucks no one to cuddle to but I’m still glad there are foods left in the fridge. So why not make myself a delicious meal instead of mocking and feeling pity right? Let’s do some improvising shall we?

Ingredients:
Instant oat unflavoured
1-2 TB cooking oil
Arroz caldo seasoning or chicken powder
Parsley, chopped
Onion chives, chopped
Ginger, chopped
Tofu, chopped
Fish sauce

How to:
Cook tofu until golden brown and slice into small pieces. Set aside. On the same pan cook ginger, parsley, and onion chives. Add the instant oat and tofu then add 3 cups of water and arroz caldo seasoning, stir for a few minutes. Covered for about 5 minutes until oat is soft and all ingredients are done. Add more water depending on desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning with fish sauce. Then ready to serve!

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For the original recipe of Arroz Caldo click here:

Eat Your Veggies! Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino

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Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino

There’s nothing like enjoying the company of your friends over good food and good drinks. A while ago my friend and I went to PIPINO Vegetarian Restaurant just to apply for a job but we got hooked with the ambiance and the environment gives us so much good vibes so we ended up getting some drinks. I first discovered them over the internet and I got interested and I would say they reached my expectations.

PIPINO Vegetarian Restaurant is located at Quezon City which is just about 30 minutes away from my house kind of far but it’s totally worth it. Their other branch is located at Makati the PINO resto bar.

Both offer Filipino fusion meals. However, the difference between these two is that Pipino serves only vegetarian meals. This is perfect for those who want to enjoy the same traditional Filipino flavours without having to ingest any animal by-product. You can definitely experience the best of both worlds.

Address: 2nd Floor, 39 Malingap St, Teachers Village, Quezon City 1101
Phone: (02) 441 1773
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00am – 2:00pm for lunch / 5:00pm – 9:00pm for dinner

Critique: PIPINO Vegetarian Restaurant
Cuisine: Filipino fusion meals but Pipino serves only vegetarian meals.
Ambiance:

  • Lightings- Natural lightings and also used orange light bulbs
  • Music- RnB, kinda indie-ish
  • Air conditioner- They have their own and it is pretty clean

Furniture:

  • Chairs and Tables- Wooden like material
  • Walls- Wooden like material with picture frames, art works and big blackboards serves as the “menu board” and very clean
  • Floors- Wooden like material

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(Photo above not mine got from the internet but all their menus looks like this)

Waiters/Servers:

  • Female waiter served in their restaurant wearing green shirt with name tag and pants. Was very friendly and always wears a smile. When I was ordering she was very attentive with eye contact and also repeated the orders. Her named is Dianne.

So far we tried their drinks first:

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Lemongrass+cucumber+ginger= P95.OO

Green Mango Shake=P95.OO

Make sure you take a visit to their restaurant and taste a very unique and healthy cuisine!

Okay? Okay.

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“Fear? Oblivion.”- Augustus Waters

It is everyone’s talking about and definitely will leave a mark in this world.
Last week was the premiere of the most anticipated adaptation movie of this year The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The movie is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster a cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with a guy named Augustus Waters who had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer-free after having his leg amputated… and yesss… that’s how it started if you read the book you know what I mean.

And so last night it was my second time to see the movie and trust me the first time I saw it nothing’s changed when I saw it from the second time the feels that I felt is still the same… major feels! The movie is so amazing that every little from the book was perfectly adapted and seeing it come to life is so perfect and the words… omg! The feels is too much I even join in saying the lines. John Green is such a brilliant and amazing author though I sort of hate him for making everyone cry well I guess “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” And while I was watching the movie everyone beside me, in front of me, even the back of me, girls and boys are crying I remember a girl beside me said “Oh God! My tissue is not enough for this” and yes she’s right though I didn’t need a tissue to wipe my tears instead I used my hands because like what Augustus said PAIN DEMANDS TO BE FELT and so he is right!

Well words are not enough to describe this movie so if you still haven’t seen it I highly recommended it! Go watch it and see it for yourself!

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If you still haven’t seen the trailer watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVjGbncgQE

Food blog: Juice it!

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So last night i found some vegetables and fruits and decided to do an experiment with it. We know that mixed of vegetables and fruits is very popular now a days. So why buy an expensive bottle where you can make your own? It’s healthy, very delicious and you can decide what kind of mix you want to blend all together. So this what i juiced it up!

Ingredients:

Carrots

Cucumber

Melon

Spinach

Distilled water

Brown sugar

How to:

Chopped all the ingredients into small pieces and put all into the blender with distilled water and brown sugar. Blend it until it looks juice enough to drink it. Drain and tada! Put some ice to make it more refreshing!

*I’m new to this kind of preparing juices so anyone who read this please feel free to give me recipes. Thanks!

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Book Review: aftershock by Sylvia Day

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Book Review: aftershock by Sylvia Day

Can I say that Jackson Rutledge is one of my favourite fictional characters besides from Christian Grey? The fact that he’s hot and so good in bed and very protective over Gia he’s so perfect! Why can’t they be real? Be exist in the world? God knows I will do anything for a man like Jackson and Christian.

So my review for this book is that no matter what comes good, bad or the worst things in the way like in a relationship it is important that you always talk about it and give solutions to whatever problem that happen. It is not bad to open it up and talk about it and give your relationship a second chance it is only a trial and means that you’re going to learn something from it and correct whatever it is and make up to each other. We know that Jackson came from a very wealthy family and that they will “rule the world” someday and being in a politics is very complicated. All the good, bad and the worst things are in the industry you name it! But what I love about this book was that all the characters didn’t give up to each other. They hold on and support each other whatever happens to them also the closeness of the Rossi’s family that no matter what relationship she had with Jackson she always thinks about her family and always ask for help to them. And lastly Gia’s dedication and passion for her work that no matter how Jackson and the Rutledges interfere she didn’t give up and get affected to it she keeps moving forward, work hard and be positive in all the things she do with her life and of course that includes her relationship with her family, the Rutledges and the whole Jackson’s package and his life. I love this book! I just wish that Sylvia put more something on the epilogue like the wedding, did they have babies, and definitely more sex scenes. But overall the book is beautiful!

Book Review: Afterburn by Sylvia Day

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Afterburn (Afterburn & Aftershock, #1)

Let me say this one first, I read a few types of books like this before starting from Fifty Shades of Grey and I’m not really surprised of what’s going to be inside of Afterburn because books like this are the same but still not so different. There are still interesting story lines for each kind of these books.

So my review for this book and as I understood it, in a relationship partners should learn how to give-and-take like they should be equal to each other for the relationship to work. Because in the book as I understood it, Gia was the only one trying to do anything for Jax not knowing if Jax really wants to be committed or he only wants to hook up with her for whatever reasons he have. Also Gia’s not just only giving whatever Jax demanded but also taking whatever he is giving to her like he is the one deciding where and when they will meet, the “unknown break up”, etc. not knowing that she wants something more from him. A deeper, serious connection, a commitment. Also, in a relationship it’s important to know about your partner better it doesn’t matter if rich or poor, handsome or ugly personality is important. And as Gia trying to unravel Jax she’s now seeing things who Jax really is.

And kudos to the Rossi’s I think Gia’s family is very beautiful and I think Nico is hot plus the sex scenes are always the best. More sex scenes please!

Book Review: UNRAVEL ME by TAHEREH MAFI

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OK! Can I take a little moment to breathe…again? Because the first time I read the first book and now the second book I always can’t get over with the whole story line inside. All I can say and know is that tahereh mafi is a genius! I love her, her books and especially all the characters involved inside. I love shatter me series!

But ok I’m kind of disappointed about Juliette and I got the feeling I’m hating her a little bit because she chosen… (excuse for the word) dick over heart and brain. I mean I know she still loves Adam and she don’t want anything to do to hurt him though she made the right chose to stay away from him but can’t she at least give Adam a second chance? Like what she’s telling to Warner? When Adam and Juliette finally discovered their abilities she suddenly broke up with Adam and I know that’s really hard for the both of them but at least try giving the boy a chance to retrieve himself for the sake of their love story like he’s willing to give all his effort and time to fix everything just to be with her because she loves her and don’t want to give up on her but Juliette just turned him down and gave it up on their relationship instantly. And when she discovered Warner’s abilities it’s like she suddenly turn herself to him. For me it’s so unfair to Adam because I can feel there’s going to be a chance, he loves Juliette so much and willing to do everything, anything for her but Juliette betrays him. And I’m not saying this because I’m a team Adam or whatever because it’s so hard to choose between the two men but my sympathy is for Adam he deserves more than that. And I would love if at least Juliette gives their relationship a second chance because I believe they can learn how to control everything and anything especially now that they are fully aware of their abilities. And for Warner, yeah, I think he’s trying to change for the better that’s he’s giving himself another chance because of Juliette and it’s a good thing because I want him too and that he can be more than a heartless monster everyone knows about. I know there is something good about him I just need to get to know him better because to be honest he is so complicated to read and he’s making me crazy!

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