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Coron, Palawan 2015
Jul 5th, 2015 by niceyfemme

It all started with a Marketmanila blog post. I really look up to the man and one day he posted a picture of himself a la James Bond in a beach with the clearest waters and fine white sand. I told myself, “I’m going to that place too.” And made a mental note of the place’s name, CORON, PALAWAN.

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I love travelling but of course in real life it’s not very easy to do. I mean it’s not easy to just pack up and leave. First, it’s not cheap even if you choose the most basic options if there’s a number of you in the group and with the hectic-ness of the world today who can go? We did. 🙂

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It didn’t hurt that I found some nicely priced airline tickets.

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Flight was delayed for a few hours but that didn’t reduce our excitement!

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Touch down in Busuanga Airport! We arrived at 5pm and started our tour the next day.

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The tourists! 🙂

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The knowledgeable tour guide Anthony if I still remember his name right.

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My sleepy daughter.

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If these photos didn’t make you want to go there then I don’t know what will. 🙂

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Just after I booked the tickets I immediately ordered long sleeved rash guard for the family especially for Joleigh, and aqua shoes.

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There’s just one thing I didn’t like very much, it’s the sun that’s shining like it’s really mad at us! It really hurt our skin and roasted it in minutes.

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Scorching hot!

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So we “swam” on the side of the boat. We don’t know how to swim and my Mom and Aunt are really scared about drowning and getting washed away from the shore. They’re always paranoid haha.

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Floating. Big accomplishment for them.

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She loves the water. Or she just doesn’t know the concept of danger yet.

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Joleigh with Lola Precy or Lola P.

She’s already sleepy on the way to the next destination hence the face. To be honest I don’t remember which island is which.

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I loved snorkeling! But I didn’t like that it’s rented. (I bought my own now.)

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Sarap!

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Woot woot!

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I brought a waterproof camera.

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Blue green clear waters. This is the clearest waters I have seen. On the way to the next destination.

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Food for lunch.

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Set up for lunch on the island.

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Breathtaking!

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All the time that I was looking at the clear waters I was thinking about the freshest fish and other seafood we could eat!

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Took a lot of prodding to get her to get to the water. Even with the life vest my mother still thinks she’ll drown. Can’t blame her though, I still get scared myself.

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I love this place!

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Mommy’s “floating!”

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Exhausted!

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Tried fishing with my mini fishing rod and reel. My first ever catch!

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We were too tired and hungry. Here we were waiting for our food.

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Tired and hungry but happy!

P.S. We’re going back to Coron in a few months!

French Baguette Recipe plus Baked Macaroni
Apr 10th, 2015 by niceyfemme

This is the better recipe I tested. Been wanting to use my Kitchenaid mixer and baguette is what I’ve been craving to eat recently. This recipe produces a baguette that has a chewy inside and a crunchy crust.

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My bad that I forgot to take pictures after it was baked.

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I thought this will go well with Baked Macaroni.

baked mac with baguette slices

Found this recipe on Allrecipes.com but forgot which one. And I adjusted the recipe a bit, like added more flour, added some dried herbs for flavors I prefer. If you prefer a more plain taste then don’t add the herbs.

French Baguette

1 cup lukewarm water (110F)

3 cups bread flour

4 T sugar (I added more as prefer a bit of sweetness)

1 t. salt

1 1/2 t. instant yeast

1 egg white

1. Add the water in the mixer bowl and add half of the sugar mix then add the yeast to activate. Wait for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes bubbly.

2. In speed 2, add the flour to the bowl. Once it turns into a ball of dough sprinkle the salt and keep on kneading until the dough is smooth.

3. Oil the bowl and roll your dough on it to coat with oil. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

4. Roll the dough into a rectangle until the dough is very thin. Cut in half then jelly roll it and seal the seams. Do the same with the other half of the dough. Brush with beaten egg whites.

5. Cut at an angle, not too deep. Cover. Let rise until doubled about 40 minutes.

6. Bake in 390F for 20 minutes. You can spray some water while baking for crunchier crusts.

Done!

 

Tune Hotel Quezon City
Apr 9th, 2015 by niceyfemme

Just a short review.

Double room at Tune Hotel Quezon City

Well can I Just start by saying I got a cheaper rate by booking online.

Booked the same day and called them on the phone regarding parking, said they have a few. What they didn’t mention was that the signage/name of their hotel was missing (learned later on theyre trying to fix it) so it took us a few going back and forth in the area to find it. Ooops I just realized I forgot to take a picture and it’s such a hassle to take one in front of the hotel with a toddler who’s very active.

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Parking was ok since it wasn’t a busy day so many slots are vacant.

The room was small but for the price it’s ok. This is the kind of hotel Im looking for, not too expensive but comfortable with the basics. If you want all the extras the book in a 5 star hotel.

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The hot water and shower works well. TV with cable is fine. Wifi is good but not fast. Aircon is fine at first but around 12 midnight I noticed the aircon got loud, it was the blower. So loud that it was a hassle to get to sleep. Then around 6am I thought storm Chedeng was finally in Manila when I checked outside the window the sun was bright, the blower was that loud and crazy.

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No slippers, you have to bring your own.there were two towels and a small one. 1 bottle of shampoo, 2 small thin round soap. I was looking for a door mat found none.

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Courteous housekeeping staff, always greeting you. Front desk staff are all cold. Not even a smile. Took at least 30 minutes to check out, took that long for them to check the room.

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and their site said minimum age of guests is 5 years old and below that is not allowed. I brought my daughter with me and it was not a problem.

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Still will go back. I don’t think there’s a better hotel at this price. Is it too much to ask for breakfast? Just some wishful thinking… 🙂 It’s just nice to know that if we really need to stay overnight that there’s an affordable hotel we can stay at that won’t break the bank and will leave me feeling guilty.

Active Fun in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Apr 1st, 2015 by niceyfemme

Brought Joleigh to Active Fun so she can channel her endless energy in play with other kids. For someone who doesn’t live close to the area, I found it quite a challenge to find the place. It did help that I used google maps for me to have an idea where it is with St. Luke’s Global as my base point.

After going around a few times on the building I still couldn’t find the parking area. Turned out they don’t have their own parking space I was told. We parked in the building where Dimensione is located and we had to walk to get to Active Fun. So we registered and off she went! Oh you have to bring socks don’t forget.

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Tunnel 1.

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Tunnel 2.

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Kids aged 3 and below need to have a guardian with them inside. Needless to say I had my exercise by going up and down with her. Read the rest of this entry »

Joleigh @ Manila Ocean Park 2015
Mar 28th, 2015 by niceyfemme

February 25, 2015

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She’s now 2 and a half. How fast time flies! I can easily talk to her now and how blessed I am that she’s simply a smart kid as well as affectionate so I find it hard to say no to her requests like going to see the fishies at Manila Ocean Park. Every time we passed Luneta area whenever we go to Quezon City she would asks me to got there and one time I had no choice but make a promise and boy does she remembers my promises. She won’t stop until I make true to that promise!

Joleigh @ Ocean Park

With the fishies. Read the rest of this entry »

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite
Jun 23rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Warning: Picture heavy post. 🙂

Months ago when I learned that I am finally pregnant I started to read about what I should do and what I should avoid. One of things I should do is stop my usual beauty and cleansing regimen as they may be harmful to the baby. So no more lotions, no more creams with vitamin A and I became careful even with the soaps that I was using. My skin became so dry it has never been that dry before. My husband Bee bought me an organic lotion but I didn’t like that. I was in Singapore during my first trimester and I saw a documentary about Palestinian soaps aka Nablus Soaps I think. It’s natural and no parabens but I felt it’s drying to my skin and it’s not cheap for something that small.

Good thing we passed by Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite last month when we went to Tagaytay but we didn’t have time to drop by. I finally get to drop by yesterday that’s after stalking their website for like a week.

Did I have a hard time finding the farm? Not really. I realized if you’re coming from Dasmariñas then it’s before the second Petron station from Robinson’s Dasmariñas and right after Monte Luce.

Then the narrow driveway started. Man was I glad I brought a car. I couldn’t imagine walking alone in that long and narrow ‘road’. If someone’s with me maybe I can. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotel Pier Cuatro
Jan 30th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Last week we went to Cebu and was searching for a place to stay at. We only have a fairly minimum requirement, that the place be clean, have the basic amenities and a reasonable cost. Just a clean room with clean bathroom. Even TV we can negotiate if the place doesn’t have it. We don’t need extravagant furnitures as we were only going to sleep there. Just a simple place that’s reasonably priced.

I had no idea where we should stay so I searched and searched for nice reviews of budget hotels in the area. Hotel Pier Cuatro was mentioned by an agency, of course they didn’t tell me that the hotel has it’s own website (they gave me their agency’s link) when I asked them for photos as they wouldn’t be able to get commissions if I book there directly. I checked it myself. I didn’t even know they have their own simple website.

Photo: from their website

I tried to do some research online and you know how unreliable those photo galleries are in their website and about how they look so far from reality? Well, I knew it would be a risk we had to take as I didn’t even find a reliable review about this hotel. I only know that it’s close to the ports/piers and to SM as I viewed it on google maps.

So we were pleasantly surprised  that the place is a little bit more than we hoped for. (Well, we, specially I have a very very low expectation based on the price they quoted us per room and per night.) First, they have a decent reception, bigger than I’m expecting to see. Fairly relaxed and simple lobby. They don’t have a software like Hotel Information System or Fidelio but it’s fine as they only have a few rooms.

When we saw the room I can say that we were pleased. We stayed at their Standard Room with twin beds Php 1180/night for 2 pax with one pillow in each bed, with breakfast for 2 pax.

We asked for two more pillows and was charged Php50 for each pillow. Hmmmn…. Smaller room than usual, just the space you need to move around freely. Has two clean single beds with clean white sheets.

Strained our eyes with this small tv haha.

There’s a small television with Sky Cable which is nice (didn’t expect they have based on my low expectations). Aircon works well too.

The bathroom is clean and spacious  enough. And there’s hot and cold shower (that works!) which is a nice plus. There’s two pairs of rubber slippers too.

Since we were hungry from the flight, we decided to eat in SM.  But Mommy wanted to try their Cafe Quattro which is situated just beside the reception.

“Cutie Chandelier”.

I like the hotel’s lighting.

So we took a look at their menu.

Lots of choices.

Mommy and I were so hungry.

Only a Korean family and us were there.

Their silog meals are good, the serving size is enough for one to feel full and it comes with lots of atchara too.  At Php 78 it’s reasonable cheap!

I ordered bangus silog and Mommy had tocilog,

which should be called tokalog as it’s tocino (cured pork), kanin (rice) and itlog (egg). I love the atchara.

We also ordered chopsuey Php120 and coffee. The chopsuey sauce was a little bit too sweet for our taste.

The silog meals are the biggest hit to us. Cheap and good. It comes with either coffee or milo.

After dinner we just stayed in. But by around 10 p.m. (or was it 11p.m.?) I was already hungry. So I called for room service which is the same cafe.

We liked the tokalog so we ordered that again.

Plus some toast with butter and pineapple jam. Hmmmn it took them around 30 minutes to deliver the food but the wait is so worth it, specially since we only paid Php 106 for those nice midnight snack.

Oh did I mention that buffet breakfast is included in the room rate? They served a simple breakfast of scrambled egg, fried danggit, corned beef (which is a little salty hehe) sausages which already ran out by the time we ate, toast and some butter and jam.

This was on the first day. The second day, they served hard boiled eggs, ham and fried danggit again with rice, and the toasts are there again too. There’s coffee and orange juice as well.

If there’s one thing I could complain about is the room’s very thin walls. If one guest turns on their tv loudly at night,you will hear it. We were awaken by loud tv’s twice or thrice but other than that everything’s fine. The room attendants are all nice and helpful. They have WiFi, laundry service and a few CCTV cameras. The other staff in reception and in the cafe are ok. Of course it can’t be compared to 5 star hotel service with a horse carriage complete with horse tack to welcome you but at that price, I’m so, so happy with this hotel. Reasonably priced and clean, plus nice affordable food. So if you’re going to Cebu and looking for affordable and reasonable clean place to stay at, Hotel Pier Cuatro is a good choice.

http://hotelpiercuatro.com/

3rd Avenue, North Reclamation Area • Cebu City, Cebu • Philippines 6000 Phone: (032) 236-1111 • (032) 236-PIER • Mobile: +63 922.892.2805

Review: Which is the better Tuna Paella in Can?
Dec 15th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Their commercials intrigued me. Having an interest with anything that’s labeled healthy, I just had to try them myself. And I like paella. There’s one paella that I still remember though, the one we had in Boracay and I’m hoping one of these two will taste kind of similar to that.

The first tuna paella that came out in the market is the San Marino Tuna Paella which a popular couple celebrity in the commercial. I thought tuna paella is a great idea. So I bought two cans. I tried it and even though there was a lot of tuna in that can, the taste however didn’t suit my taste buds. I didn’t even finish the can as I only ate about a tablespoon.

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Beautybrick Hair Art Studio
Dec 6th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Is where I had my digiperm.

It’s still only a few days after it’s done and the curls will still “relax” so I don’t know if I like it or not. I like how it looks now but it will still change so let’s see. But so far kudos to them because at least  they were able to curl my hair. When I had my hair permed in Propaganda last year, the curl didn’t stay curled after I washed it two days later. Bummer. And Propaganda is twice more expensive than Beautybrick.

photo: projectvanity.com

I did some reading online for “advice” as I didn’t know where to go. There were pros and cons with this salon but I gave it a try. So I set an appointment. I knew where Jupiter street was so it was a surprise when I found the salon hard to locate! Hmmnn… it’s because they don’t have a sign outside the building.

Parking was quite memorable.

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