have you heard of a school for househelps? there is one in valle verde called 25 Mushrooms Kitchen. recently, our maid went in training and have already finished the basic course... the main topic of the said training is cooking... with minor lessons in table setting, serving, food preservation etc...
the basic course is offered at Php4000 for 4 whole days (stretched in a month's time)... each day focusing on a particular cuisine...thai, italian, japanese and filipino...
so far, i am quite impressed with the result of my maid's cooking...
after one routine check up with our ob... we went to try the new portuguese restaurant along jupiter street in makati.
gambas was good! prawns were a little huge for my standard but the taste was great... Php240 ... first round of roti was free tenderloin steak Php620 wrapped with honey bacon... the sweetness of the plum sauce gave it a unique taste... fish & chips Php260 this dish was ok... nothing spectacular about it... seafood paella Php340 this was really good... but i think it would be better if they serve it on a hot plate para may tutong!
our simot table
Unit 1 C Valdeleon Bldg., 20 Jupiter St. Makati City, Metro Manila (02) 896-3289
it was such a privilege to be able to visit the workshop/gallery of one of the most respectable filipino artist... mr ramon orlina! thanks to mr ivan co who made the visit possible...
i learned that he is married to a malay-chinese lady, who was so kind and hospitable during our visit. she showed us how the glass sculptures are meticulously being made. here are some of my favorites:
this is the mother & child
the martial arts men
our purchase: the angel
i would love to have that giant ring behind... sadly its not for sale!
by year 2010, your green philippine passport will no longer be acknowledged even if its not yet expired. so for those who are planning to get a US or Schengen visa (which is usually valid for many years) you may want to have your passports renewed first.
the new passport looks like this
its now machine-readable and the data are NOT anymore handwritten
applying for the new passport is easy. just go to passport direct website and follow the instructions. you may opt to use their door to door pick-up and delivery service for a hassle free procedure. it will only cost you Php1,300. however, you will still be required to make a personal appearance at DFA once your papers are ready. don't worry, once you applied through the door to door policy, your exact schedule will be announced and you will save a lot of time from waiting in line.
last wednesday, the whole family was scheduled to appear at the DFA office. since i was still bed resting, i was not able to go... anyway, dave came home with a teeny weeny rant.
before entering the DFA compound, a vendor approached and told them that they will be needing pens inside. since they did not bring any, the happy vendor was able to make business with them: one pen each. so they went inside, waited for their turn, signed some papers, print their thumb marks and done... the ballpen was not used at all! the funny thing was the ballpen transactions happened in front of a posh-looking guard (those wearing barongs instead of the regular uniforms). that manong gurad did not even bother to shoo-away the vendors and let them fool the people. i bet part of the profit goes to this manong guard. i know its just a pen but the thought of blatantly deceiving other people for money disturbs me. so people, you DO NOT NEED to buy a pen for your appearance.
last week, dave & i celebrated our 2nd year wedding anniversary... since i was still feeling a little sick, we decided to have a simple celebration... we headed to rockwell for crustasia and ordered crabs to our delight! we had 2 crabs, 1 kilo each....
the new roasted garlic crab
our all time fave singaporean black pepper crab
our simot table
Ground Level, R1
Power Plant Mall
Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St.
Makati, Metro Manila
Phone Number: (63 2) 728-5463, (63 2) 631-3857
after our overeating, we saw twilight...such a great movie! now i really want to read the book!
i've been under the weather since last weekend... braving the frequent manila drizzle made it worst. i thought having the flu shot will keep me safe but it was not enough. i still need to be careful so i won't catch the virus. anyway, it did not stop me from getting around last weekend.
dave & i had lunch at pancake house last saturday for zack's christening reception. dining there made me remember how good their tacos are. the shells are crispy but smooth, not the kind that may bruise your gums, and the fillings are refreshing.
while i still don't have copies of pictures of the christening, here is a picture of the proud kuya/ahya, cody.
i find the names of cody & zack cute... it was inspired by disney's the suite life of zack & cody. i do not know how popular it is here in manila but i am one of their avid viewers. i like that it's light and funny.
the suite life of zack & cody aires at disney channel, daily at 10pm asia.
after camping at cardinal santos yesterday, dave & i went to pagcor to watch wanders. we did not buy tickets, we were invited to see it by doc dave's grateful patient. thank you marichu! we're glad we went to see it. the show was awesome!
taking of photos were absolutely a no-no
so i went to pagcor's website and lifted some of the official photos...
jeff came today... with him is his new toy-- a sony cybershot T77. it works like magic! we tried to take tiny mushrooms sprouting from my lawn ...
i was so amazed at how sharp the image turned out. can you imagine the actual size of this?
we got carried away so we clicked away ...
we took pictures of my garden which was designed by my childhood friend, jeff. he graduated with a botany major in ust but is a practicing banker. his sidelines include landscaping gardens, painting, and now, photography.
11.07.08, friday... father's day at ylc. the kids brought their dads along saw a movie at promenade, greenhills cinema. it was the school's way of getting the kids & their dads bond. we had to be at the cinema at 10am to catch the first showing. going to the movie house at mid-morning made me feel nostalgic. dave & i would catch a movie instead of going home when classes get suspended during my early college days... now, we hardly have the energy to hit the movie house at an early time... anyway, we went to see madagascar 2. while we were watching it, i realized the school should've screened the film first before letting it become our official father's day movie. there were many scenes there when the animals would hit an old lady. stealing was also made as a way to solve a problem (i will not mention how and why). it did not look very nice. in fact i think it was rude... i like the 1st madagascar movie...
after the movie, val, joe & i had another trip to pepper steak. this time, joe's sizzling chicken looked like it just went on a diet! meanwhile, i had an ok experience with my peppered beef steak...
after stuffing ourselves, joe & i headed to the warehouse sale of toy kingdom. we were surprised with the amount of people that were shopping. backing out was not on my mind since i was stuffed and i was really determined to finish my toy shopping that day (i started my toy shopping last month!). since there were so much people as determined as us, we had to use large toy boxes (balikbayan sized) as our carts because they ran out! we got so tensed when we saw the marked down prices. i felt like getting all the toys i see & put it all in out cart-ton... how come i never heard of this sale before? the toy kingdom warehouse sale started last year and will continue to run once a year.
despite being in line for almost 2 hours... i left megamall terrifically happy with my purchases...
before going home, i stopped by dave's clinic at makati... picked him up, & went to joel torre's... again! i noticed they have new dimmed lights and lanterns therefore, making the place appear more cozy and less of a carinderia. as usual, the place was packed, their chicken cooked just right!
11.08.08, saturday... had some time for my gardening before it started raining. after lunch, i had our christmas decors out already and put up our tree.... decors are not all up yet but i am getting there...
dave & i went to greenbelt to attend the anticipated mass. after receiving communion, i saw tisha silang of the amazing race asia season 3. being an avid fan of the tv show, i so wanted to ask her who won the race (there are 4 teams left now), and if they went out of asia like last year's race. i noticed they have not gone far this time. they have only been to taiwan, thailand, cambodia, idia, and hk-macau so far.... anyway, i was not able to talk to her as i had christ in my mouth that time... waiting for her at the end of the celebration would be too showbiz so there, i controlled myself. hahaha!
thinking that there might be a lot of people watching movies that night (it's a saturday!) we rushed to the ticket counter to get our 007 tickets.... as expected, lines were long... we were lucky, we were able to get the last 2 seats available which were in the front row!!
having our insurance to get in the show later that night, we headed for dinner. when we got to 2nd floor greenblet, we got cofused because we could not find cascada. i did not realized marciano's replaced it. i liked eating at cascada. i was already thinking of getting their beef tenderloin skewer! now i can't have it anymore... huhuhu .... we ended up at oody's. we had seafood tom yum noodle soup, chicken satay and the crab rice. nothing was spectacular except for my thai iced tea.
11.09.08, sunday ... went to my mom's house. since i was coming, they prepared a crustacean lunch menu. yum! i like going home ... i miss home... i miss my parents...
my family & i spent some time malling in the afternoon... my sister & her husband joined us too. since they are expecting anytime soon, we went looking for what else can be bought for the baby. then i saw some toys i bought at the toy sale being sold at it's regular price at rustan's. yipee!
dinner was fun because it's been years since i went to sakura yakiniku, arnaiz ave. i still have the same qualms about this place. they need to fix the interiors! they also need to change their shabby tables and chairs. if it's not because of the fact that they serve the best yakiniku, i would have put this restaurant in my black list.... seriously, their meat is so tender and it did help me forget about the ambiance. they have set meals for 3 people that includes soup, japanese rice, beef, and dessert. i had the US prime beef set at Php1,700++. the price may be high but i promise you will go to cloud 9 after an experience with their super tender beef. my dad & i were so intense with the grilling that we did not realize we finished the meat for 3 persons! it's that good you may forget to share!! make sure you're also ready to smell like the steak you just had after dinner!