Beers Paradise

Monday, April 11, 2016


This is one of those aging posts. Photos that were buried and now finding it's way here in the blog. Before TBT (Throw Back Thursday), I was making blog posts I called Retrospect, which you can see here and here.

I was thinking of doing the same thing for the aging blog posts but then I realized most (if not all) of them are in the same category! Like every-single-freakin'-one-of-them! So I'm erasing the idea and I will just post as I like as I always do anyway.

This is one of the problems when posting backlogs. I can no longer recall every single details. I am just relying solely on the photos for memories. Well, at least they are still existing. Timeline just don't care on this blog at the moment. But I am gonna fix that soon. I know I said that a million times but I sure will. This blog is my time machine so it is important to me that it gets fix.

Moving on, this post was about the time when me and Tapioca were still dating. We just came to realized that we were too old to go clubbing and we found out that we both love Jazz Music. One weeknight, we went out for some Jazz Music. Due to lack of research, planning and timing it was a total failure. We went from North to South without any luck. So we just settled for whatever place we can get something to drink and some good conversation.

store front . . . 

 . . . beers paradise

 coaster . . .

 . . .  Hephaestion and Tapioca

 Hephaestion came along to join us with our failed Jazz Bar hunting. LOL!

 beers on display . . .

This place boast of their wide variety of beers from all over the world. However, I do not recall trying out any imported beers. Based on the photos we just had San Mig Light. So sad when we have so many to choose from. I wonder what we were thinking back then?

 . . . pizza

 shrimp kebabs . . .

Food was just okay. Based on the photos, pizza looked pitiful. The shrimps looked yummy. Honestly, we were not really focused on the food. It was just simply hanging out and enjoying each others company.

  . . . Hephy playing with the pizza garnish

time for some desserts . . .

Told ya, this post is so old I still have my braces on. 

Right across Beers Paradise, we saw a Korean convenience store. We check out the fridge for some ice cream treat. Here we are posing with our picks.


I Just Came To Say Hello

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hello there. Surprise to see some new (but actually old) posts on the blog? Well, that's because I've been stuck at home for almost a week now due to sore eyes. Contagious, I know. I am taking extreme caution not to infect anyone at home especially Munchkin.

 This was me during check up at Makati Med. Took a selfie to check if my eyes were red but they did not seem so. I was hoping it was just some irritation or something. Until the ophthalmologist took a look and confirmed it's sore eyes. Yikes.

I think I needed this time off to relax from the stress at work. Also, it is a good time to bond with Munchkin again. She is growing up so fast and there is no stopping it. So while she's asleep here I am doing some blog post.


Brunch Buffet - Alfred, Makati Diamond Residences

Monday, March 7, 2016

I was lucky to find an ongoing promo for a brunch buffet at Alfred - a fine dining restaurant at Makati Diamond Residences. They were celebrating their first year anniversary and as a treat to their patrons, they were offering weekend brunch buffet for only Php1k!!! Yes, you heard it right. Inclusive of all the drinks you want (bubblies, wines, cocktails, soft drinks, coffee, tea, you name it)! I was planning on getting a slot for Tapioca's birthday weekend but because seats were limited, we missed it. Our reservation fell on March, a month after his birthday. Nevertheless, the wait was worth it.

Let me just tell you this story. Before our gastronomic adventure, Tapioca and I went into a big fight over something I can't remember anymore. What I do remember was that it was huge fight that I ended up crying and decided to call it a day. It was the day when we were supposed to go out for brunch. I just came home from a night shift and being confronted with such stuff, I basically just wanted to sleep. Forget about the fancy brunch. I was so upset and pissed that I decided to forego our reservation.

Tapioca, finally realized what he did and knew I was dead serious of letting go of the two thousand pesos. He apologized and we kissed and made up. But it took him a long time. The brunch buffet starts at 11am and we were still at home at 1pm. When all is said and done, we went on our way hoping and praying that they didn't give our seats away.

And they didn't. Thank God! We were more than 2 hours late. The buffet ends at 3pm which means we have an hour and a half to enjoy the spread. We missed out on the main event, though. The Jamon Serrano and Iberico. They were wiped out according to the servers. We also missed the pass around. Anyway, we were just happy to be there and eat whatever's left.

The hotel was so beautiful and elegant. I wish I could have taken more pictures. But then again we were late. What's more important was to get down to business pronto.

. . . the view of the hallway from our table
Isn't it splendid? Feels so luxurious. Like we don't belong. I'm glad Tapioca and I kinda dressed up a bit. Teehee.

table setting . . .

Very simple table setting. Look at those cutleries. So shala!

. . .Tapioca and his first plate
Tapioca immediately went for the meat.

Jellybean's first plate and first round of champagne . . .
While I had my usual appetizers. My eyes were still swollen from crying but you can tell I was happy and enjoying my meal especially the bubbly :)

. . . Tapioca's first plate up close
Rib-eye steak, lamp chops, grilled prawn, ravioli pasta and some roasted veggies.

Jellybean's first plate . . .
Freshly made Caesar salad, some quiche and a risotto ball. I love, love the salad! I wanted to go for another round but of course I have to make room for the other good stuff.

. . . 2nd round of champagne, iced tea and water
I got a glass of ice tea because I felt I was getting buzzed too quickly. Oh well, I haven't been drinking for quite some time. Wala na practice hahahaha!

my 2nd plate . . .
Wala na rin ako practice sa buffet so these were the things I got. Just a little bit of everything. I was trying so hard to phase myself and not get overwhelmed. The buffet spread may not be as grand and extensive compared to the others. But every single dish they got I can tell were so worth it. As in. Like where can you get a ravioli stuffed with foie gras? Lamp chops, not all hotels serve lamp chops in their buffet spread. I think if you order any of these dishes ala cart it would cost more than what we paid for. So sulit talaga!

. . .  ooey goey cheesey goodness!
Please don't get me started with the cheese. It's not just the usual cheese, They've got raclette! And the server will happily brings it over to your table. No need to fall in line. Talk about excellent service with excellent cheese! Tapioca and I were so in love with the food. If only I could drink more wine.

my 3rd round of bubbly . . .
I chose a mimosa for my 3rd round. :-)

. . . the dining area
The entire place looks really posh.

my dessert plate . . .

For desert I had this trio on a plate - lemon tiramisu, bouchon and rhubarb topped with ice cream.

lechon . . .
I forgot to tell you, they got a lechon and paella station, too which Tapioca and I completely ignored. I think it's not just us who ignored it but most of the crowd. We were actually seated right next to this station and I noticed not a lot of people were going for it. A few minutes left before the buffet closes, I noticed the lechon was still intact. It was looking at me and me like saying "Hello, pansinin mo naman ako." Though I was already full to the brim, I got up and got myself a small portion. I told myself, baka mapaniginipan ko pa eh and regret not trying it.

. . . Tapioca's dessert choice
On the other hand, Tapioca opted for ice cream.

ice cream in a fancy glass . . .
They've got chocolate, cheese and strawberry. I think these were in-house made.

. . . lemon tiramisu for Tapioca

Tapioca liked my lemon tiramisu so he got himself a serving, too. Well, Tapioca is very partial with citrusy dessert and I think that's the reason he liked this one.

. . . our happy faces
We had an awesome time at Alfred even though we only got to stay for just an hour and a half. We would love to come back and hopefully experience the whole thing from the start. Hoping they'd come out with another promo next year.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Today, as I wiped the poop off my baby girl's butt, I realized this is going to be the last time her poo would smell like this - not smelly nor stinky. Because tomorrow she will be six months old. Halfway to her first birthday.  Tomorrow we would introduce her to solid food. Another milestone for us. 

It was my dream to exclusively breastfeed for at least six months and I'm so glad to have done so. I must admit it was difficult (in the beginning) but Tapioca's encouragement helped me push through. 

Part of exclusive breastfeeding that I was aiming for means giving solid food not until she's 6 months old. Though our baby is already showing signs that she's ready to eat, it takes a lot of effort and discipline not to give in. 

I am happy, I have a good support system from my family most especially from my dear husband who understands and shares my beliefs and feelings on how we should take care and raise our child.

my happy baby . . .

Our little charmer. Always smiling and laughing. 


Out And About

Monday, April 27, 2015

We just came back from a week long vacay for some r&r, family reunion and our dear daughter's baptismal. It's a first for our small family of three. First time for the year 2015. I wanted to do a more detailed post but as a busy mom (yes until now i'm still amazed how I now call myself a mother) and wifey I can only do so much. I didn't want to let the opportunity and once again let go of the chance to update this blog on a timely manner. So here are snippets of our little adventure.


Updates, Updates

Yay! Another update for this blog.

First of all, I would like to thank Tapioca for making my very first post for the year 2015 possible. If not for that 10 minute break, I would never know when this comeback will ever happen. So thank you my honey bunch! *hugs and kisses*

I am actually stumped as to what this next post should be all about. After all, I've been gone for a looong while. So many things happened and I don't know where to start. I have some announcements to make, cross out some things on my list, publish posts still in the draft folder and so on and so forth. Again, where do I begin?! My life has never been stressful enough, let alone think of what to blog. Ay caramba!

Time is running and there's no way anyone can stop it. I am saddened to think that the last two years of my life went undocumented. The timeline on this blog is forever ruined. Di bale uso naman ang throwback. I might do a lot of that in the future.

So what happened in the last 2 years? I guess I should do a quick recap. It is time, I say a long overdue. I'm borrowing this paragraph from Daphne Osena-Paez's blog. Every single word hits home.

"2013 was full of extremes. Like many, I am glad it’s gone. But then I started worrying about 2014 and the next storms coming our way. I remembered the message at new year’s eve Mass. No matter how much we plan everything, we are not in the control. We should live through both joy and challenges with gratitude for all that it brings. It may be hard to do. But I sure will try it."

Just like Daphne, 2013 was a very challenging year for me and Tapioca. It started out with a test in our marriage. Remember the lines "In sickness and in health, till death do us apart"? Yeah, 3 months after we got married and we are reaffirming our marriage vow.

. . . picture-picture post surgery

2013 was also the time when I went back to the corporate world. I realized free-lancing was not for me. I'm happy though I gave it a shot cos if I didn't I might still be in the what if zone.

the view from my previous workplace . . .

So I was back in the corporate world but Tapioca and I were living in different time-zones. At first I thought it was easy, we can make it to work but then we realized it wasn't. Then there's my career path, it was going nowhere. I have a lot of dreams. We have a lot of dreams I should say. We were lost. We were broken and we didn't know how to fix it. We thought of trying again. Starting again from scratch. We were brave. Very brave. We thank God for friends and family who supported us all the way, for whatever decisions we made.

2014 was our new beginning. Happy thoughts. Our hopes and dreams coming through. Then bam! I got pregnant.


Not in the plan. Uh-oh.... Difficult pregnancy. I thought I was not going to make it. I thought I was going to die. I actually wanted to die. Hahaha! True story, end of my career and back to becoming the housewife that I am.

. . . bumming around in 2014 & making babies lololol!!!!!

With all the circumstances there's also the good stuff. As the saying goes "all is well that ends well". Sure enough, on that same year, a blessing came our way. She's top priority right now. Our lives will never be the same again. Our lives are no longer about us. Now, it's all about her.

our little bundle of joy . . .

So again, where do I begin? I have so much to write about. Thoughts overflowing but too little time. I know, I know this is just a phase so please bear with me. Mommy duty is calling.


Jellybean74170 Is Not Dead

Sunday, April 5, 2015


The Lord has risen and so does this blog. Hallelujah! Been MIA for a long time, huh? Two effin' years. So what happened?

Well, I say a LOT. I wish I have the time and luxury to tell everything in one post. A lot of changes and developments have come our way. Some bad, some good but I'd say its mostly beautiful and wonderful.

Anyway, I'm just here to say hi and let you know that I'm still and very much interested in blogging. Not a day goes by without me wishing to be able to finally sit down and write something on this blog. Especially when I'm home all the time and knowing my netbook is just a few steps away. Oh how my hands itch to type away like I just don't care.

I miss you so much my dear blog- my happy place. Here's to hoping that this blog will be updated soon.

Peace, love and a bullet-proof marshmallow to y'all.

For some reason I still have blog posts sitting in my draft folder. Will have to post them when I can.


PBA 38th Anniversary

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I was at Robinson's Galleria to get my NBA clearance when I saw the art exhibit by Janddie Castillo for PBA's 38th Anniversary. Armed with my Iphone, I took this chance to test my phone's camera. Here are the photos:

. . . The Furious

This painting is called The Furious (Mark Caguioa). Check out how much it cost.

the price . . .

. . . the artist's signature


Then I saw someone making her own signature on this board so I did the same.

Can you see my sign?


Today Is A Good Day

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today marked our 6th months as husband and wife. A lot of good things happened which made Tapioca and I very excited. Finally, Tapioca got his tablet while I got a new phone and . . .  a new job offer. Yeah, I'm joining the corporate world again. It's about time. Never thought I would do this but I'm also joining the Apple bandwagon.

Tapioca loved the Sony Tablet. He's ignoring his PC right now (which seldom happens until today). I love the Iphone! Can I just say that it's really nice? It's far too different than the phone I'm used to but I'm loving it! I like the querty keys so much. Also, the touchscreen never gives me a hard time (unlike some other touchscreen phones). I still have a lot of things to learn about this phone not to mention transfer/download a whole bunch of stuff like my contacts, music, games, etc. When I'm all set, I'll sign up for Instragram. Follow me ha? #excitedmuch

Update: I am now on Instagram. Follow me @jellybean74170.


Xin Tian Di - Dimsum Buffet

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yesterday, Tapioca and I celebrated Valentines, Chinese New Year and his birthday (all-in-one celebration) at Crowne Plaza's Cantonese restaurant called Xin Tian Di. It's never too late to celebrate, ya know. When Tapioca was finally allowed to go out of the house and do some walking, we took the chance and decided it's time to use the vouchers before they expire. I got them from Deal Grocer, one of my favorite Groupon sites in the country.

I made reservations the day before and as early as 11am we were already outside Xin Tian Di waiting for it to open.

 . . . Xin Tian Di's entrance

 Photo op from our lovely booth . . .

. . . chic and elegant

the table setting . . .

Just look at the table setting. Social. Intimidating. I feel like I don't belong. Is this really a Chinese Dimsum place? Yes, it is. A high-end Chinese Dimsum place.

. . . the condiments

Tapioca loved the sauce holders.

hot towel . . .

We asked for green tea and they served us . . .

. . . morning blossom - pearl tea

The tea smelled so nice. I checked the pot and saw this huge flower swimming inside. However, this tea did not taste nor smell like a flower (I hate teas that smell like flowers. It's like drinking perfume). It was something else which we enjoyed a lot.

By the way, I thought pearl tea = bubble tea (tea with Tapioca pearls). I made some research online and found out that pearl teas are the same as gunpowder tea - a type of green tea. The dried leaves of pearl tea resemble to blackpowder grains and that's how it got it's name. However, in Chinese, gunpowder tea is called zhū chá or literally means "pearl tea or bead tea". (source:Wikipedia) That's tea 101 for you and me!

And then we found out they have a tea menu pala . . .

the tea menu . . .

Omg, the morning blossom tea was the most expensive of them all! Anyway, I think the price is still reasonable. We kept asking for refills and I'd lost count on how much tea we drank that day. Sulit ang bayad :-)

 . . . the menu

The menu consists of dimsum (steam, fried & vegetarian), noodles, congee and dessert. All items are made fresh upon order. They strictly implements a no leftover policy. You can order the dimsum per piece to avoid uneaten portions and pay additional charges.

To order, just tick the boxes of the items you like and specify how many pieces. These are the items we consumed. Warning: photo overload!

salmon taro puff . . .

Tapioca liked this. Deep fried salmon and taro paste. I think it's gross. Tasted fishy and not pleasant to the palate. Obviously, I did not like it.

. . . steamed seafood dumplings in superior stock

This we both liked. The dumpling was huge! And it's filled with shrimps and everything seafood. My only complaint is the skin breaks easily. I loved the superior stock the most.

stone fish dumplings . . .

Tastes like paper.

. . . bird's eye dumplings

Tastes like the stone fish dumpling.

abalone mushroom vegetable dumplings . . .

Another bland item.

. . . crispy spring roll

This is indeed crispy. Perfectly wrapped, super crispy and meaty on the inside. No sauce needed.

steamed glutinous rice dumplings stuffed with duck meat, mushrooms and egg yolk in lotus leaf . . .

This tasted like dessert because of the glutinous rice. Not bad but not good either.

. . . double-boiled congee with dried scallops

We loved it. Too bad we can't eat too much or we won't be able to try other items on the menu.

steamed crystal prawns or hakao . . .

My favorite dumpling. Xin Tian Di's hakao was just okay. I wish I ordered more of these instead of stuffing myself with bland tasting dumplings.

. . . taro puffs

I thought without the salmon and fishy taste I would come to like this. Still it tasted yucky for me. I'm sorry.

steamed xiao long pao - shanghai style . . .

I am always on the look out for xiao long bao/pao whenever we go to a Chinese resto. However their shanghai style failed to impress. Again, it's tasteless. Even the dipping sauce didn't help.

. . . steamed chicken feet in XO sauce

Tapioca doesn't like chicken feet so I had these. It was super soft and tender however I'm not so fond of the XO sauce. There was about 5 pieces of them and on my 3rd piece, I felt like I was being tortured. Afraid to pay extra charges so I finished them. If this was cooked adobo-style, I'd probably finished them in no time or perhaps order a second serving.

deep-fried buns with condense milk . . .

Finally. Something to cleanse my taste buds after the struggle with the chicken feet. The buns were toasty and crispy on the outside and then soft and moist on the inside. The condense milk was perfect to dip the buns to. Yummy!

. . . glutinous pork puffs

These were okay. A little oily, though. At this point, I surrendered. I'm done. I'm moving on to desserts. Tapioca still had room for more.

steamed sio mai - japanese style . . .

. . . steamed minced beef balls with beancurd skin

steamed BBQ pork buns . . .

. . . pork buns innards

wanton noodle soup with roast duck . . .

The noodle soup took a long time to arrive. More than 30 minutes. As in ang tagal! I would give the service a perfect score na sana if this didn't happen. Buti na lang Tapioca enjoyed the soup. They probably had to order this from the 7 Corners downstairs kaya natagalan LOL!

Here's my dessert:

. . . sesame buchi & coffee pudding

The buchi was just okay.  The coffee pudding was amazing. I took a bite and I thought it's just an ordinary gelatin. Then the coffee flavor exploded inside my mouth. It was so good!

sweet egg custard . . .

. . . sweet egg custard's innards

 Okay lang.

chocolate mantao . . .

This tasted like the deep-fried buns except it has chocolate filling inside. I still preferred the deep-fried buns with condense milk.

. . . Jellybean & Tapioca

We're stuffed but not totally satisfied. Tapioca's game plan (order the dimsum that we've never tried before) failed because most of the dimsum tasted bleh. I still wanted to go back here but next time I know what to order. I'll make sure to keep away from the items I didn't like.


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