Feb 21st, 2011 by niceyfemme

Updating. 🙂


When we went to Cebu, we wanted to experience local life and local food. We were there for only a few days so to experience local life would not be possible but local food is doable. So I did a little bit of research and I learned about Larsian.

Larsian is a barbeque or grill place the locals always head to when craving for ihaw-ihaw. There would be grilled chicken of different parts including breast, leg, wings and even liver and intestines. So after we went to hear mass in the Basilica of Sto. Niño of Cebu (or Basilica Minore del Santo Niño) we headed to Larsian branch closest to where we were and it was in Fuente Osmeña Circle.

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Movement to Improve Philippine Airports
Jan 31st, 2011 by niceyfemme

Please do show support for this group in Facebook by clicking the “LIKE” button. The Philippines truly need better airports with better facilities and better procedures. This country needs tourists for a better sustainable economy.

The Philippines is blessed with gorgeous natural wonders and we should make these gorgeous beaches and it’s great people more accessible to tourist  by improving our crappy airports.

Photo: Movement to improve Philippine Airports Facebook page

Ridiculously long line at NAIA3’s second xray. Xray on the right not working.

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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.

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

Chinese Lantern Festival
Sep 22nd, 2010 by niceyfemme

Despite my recent weight gain and my desire to cut down on food intake, a real bad case of serious craving hit me last night. I wanted pineapple fried rice and chicken satay in Chinatown. Exactly the food I used to eat often two years ago with a close friend.

So instead of heading home after some shopping (which is really tiring), I dragged Bee to go to Chinatown instead.

Then these pretty lanterns greeted us outside the MRT station.

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Maxwell Hainanese Chicken Rice
Aug 12th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I have always had a quest to try and taste the best. Hainanese Chicken Rice (HCR) edition this time. I have read about one particular stall that most food bloggers and even a chef cum Tv Host have agreed to this. So we headed to a particular hawker center but too bad, we came in too late. They ran out of chickens. So I will save about that for later. Bee and I just had to settle to another chicken rice stall very close to the one I am referring to. Normally I wouldn’t try a stall just because of it’s proximity but this one has a long queue too. I don’t know if that’s because people find their chicken rice as good too, or they just settle to this one because the best one is closed already.

Maxwell Hainanese Chicken Rice stall has a pretty exterior and long queues of people that’s why we got curious and decided to try it as well. They are the only stall with long queue that night.

The photos in their stall sure look appetizing.

I am a roasted HCR girl. One of the criteria for good HCR for locals is tender meat/flesh, like smooth and silky. And you can see in these photo that the meat is silky soft.

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“Tear drops” in Circle Line
Aug 6th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Yesterday, I had to go to Marina Bay Sands  and from experience I learned that I should use the new MRT line which is the Circle Line or Yellow Line. Better to hop off in Promenade station and there is a bus stop across the road with buses that go to the hotel. There’s bus number 106 going there and there are other bus numbers but I forgot already. I don’t like walking when it’s humid, even if it’s just 10 minutes.

Yup, that’s a tip for tourists going there. Some get confused, they think Esplanade station is nearer but it is actually Promenade station with the bus to Marina Bay Sands. So alight in Promenade station the look for exit A with the 7-11 and exit there then just follow the directions.

I tried using the Red line and alight in Marina Bay station but I had a hard time finding the bus stop to Marina Bay Sands. Or maybe it’s just me. But I ended up walking for a good 12-15 minutes with some tourists who were having a hard time too. Every time it’s like that whenever I go there, some tourists and even locals will ask you directions to go there. It’s actually better now than 2-3 months ago, there are more directions now and the bus stop has the list of buses that passes through there. Before that bus stop was just a make shift one.

On my way there I saw this gorgeous tear drop looking things. I have wanted to take a photo ever since but it’s either I don’t have the camera because it’s so heavy or I am in a hurry.

Real pretty.

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Strawberry Picking
Jul 15th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I want to go back to Baguio. I’ve been there a couple of times but because I was with bad company, I didn’t really enjoy the place much. So I really want to go back with Mommy, Bee and Daddy.

But then come to think of it, the place I really want to go to is in La Trinidad Benguet. I want to experience strawberry picking!


This are the type of things I want to experience. I want a date there than in malls. Malls are so boring already haha.

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Jun 25th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I totally need a vacation! I need to escape from all the thinking. I need to escape from myself. I’m tired and exhausted. What to do what to do? I hope there’s  a legal drug to cure specific problems. 🙁


I can go somewhere to unwind but I know better. I know this is not the time to spend on vacations no matter how well deserved they may be. If I can splurge I want to Palawan– in Coron. I’ve been to Boracay many times already and even though it’s paradise I want to see another paradise in the Philippines. We are soooo lucky to have been blessed with natural wonders and it’s a pity the world is not aware of this thanks to our reputation. Noynoy Aquino hopefully can do better than the last presidents before him. Or poor Kris.

If I hit the jackpot I’d go to the Caribbean. Just to see how it fares to ours hehehe…

Also, I am the type to go to provinces. I like having a feel of the rural areas. So this Branson vacation packages would be ideal for me to try. We always hear things about LA and New York– of course I want to see them too but I like suburban areas better. Wisteria lane? Yup. Life is going to be fun if you have neighbors like them.

Because of a monster beep
Mar 28th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I decided to eat out when I got tired of peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast and lunch and meryenda. I need real food! And by that I mean rice.

They are good but when I started dreaming about it, I knew I have to eat something else. I had to eat out as cooking in the house is not that possible right now because of some monsters. But I am so tired of Koufu food. Well I love the soups and noodles in there but it’s not in my list of favorite foods that I can eat every single day and not get tired of it– like my fried rice, cooked in our wok with egg and lotsa garlic. So I looked for some other place to eat. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot in our area even with the newly opened food court here. Not a lot of stalls are open yet.

I found myself on a bus on the way to Vivo City. When I thought about it, I was probably on my way to eat chicken rice again. Ooppps! No chicken rice for now; I’m trying to stay away from rice as much as possible. What I wanted to eat are those vegetable dishes that are cooked in flaming hot woks with crazy wok hei. I love them and it’s not expensive, of course it’s healthy too! So instead of heading to Seah Im Food Center when I aligted from the bus, I hop on a new bus and headed to Lau Pa Sat. I miss Lau Pa Sat. I used to eat there every single day when I was new in Singapore. I only realized now that I was spending way too much on food then hehe.

So. Lau Pa Sat has renovated itself. Looks nicer and more polished now. I went around checking out what’s available. My favorite stalls moved. But I can still tell if it’s them hehe. I didn’t know what to have, so confused!

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Mar 15th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Little piece of heaven on Earth; that’s how I would describe this gorgeous beach. As a matter of fact I’m confident to call it one of the best in the world.  I am hearing from people back home that it is very hot right now. Well mention hot weather and you will think of BEACH! I thought of the best one I’ve been to then all my memories in Boracay came rushing back to me. My Mom, myself and a friend who wanted to see for himself just how magnificent Boracay is went a gazillion years ago, that’s why I want to go back soon!

This photo belongs to TravelwikiPilipinas and Paul Cayanes

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