grub + travels + perspectives

Barbara's Intramuros

I was so ecstatic to finally be going back to Intramuros. I totally miss my college life--just the good times though. I don't want to go back studying! Hahaha! But things were much less complicated back those days. I can't even believe it's been that long (4 years) since I've set foot in my Alma Mater.

This dinner buffet was already planned last year, around September. Thank God we finally had our schedules aligned so we can do this!

So much has changed, so much has stayed the same. Of course, I forgot that it was our school's foundation day celebration (YAY, SCHOOL SPIRIT~)! When we got there, there were a lot of people. A lot of cars. A lot of dressed up students. Seriously, ready-to-party, this-is-a-club-not-a-school kind of dress up. How times have changed. Hell, during our time (I can't believe I'm saying during our time!), we can't wear shorts or anything skimpy (as if I will wear one). We can't even wear those flip-flops! We would stick band aids on our foot just to make it look like we're injured so they can allow us to wear the flip-flops inside.

Off The List: PB Co. - Peanut Butter Company

Finally got to visit Peanut Butter Company last Friday at SM Mall of Asia. We decided to have our snacks there since we had a heavy meal at BonChon! I also tried BonChon's Korean Yogurt and I was surprised it didn't taste like yogurt at all. Typically, those supermarket-bought yogurt are sour--citrus sour, and that'st why most people don't like it. BonChon's yogurt tastes more like an ice cream than yogurt which is good because more people will get to appreciate it.

Anyway, back to PB Co, it's tagline of "Spreading life's simple comforts" added that "homey" factor to the dining experience. I don't know if it's just me or it's because peanut butter is an all too familiar food to us. And of course, we all had our peanut butter obsession phase back in the day. I remember before, the only thing I would like to eat for breakfast was hot pandesal with thick Ludy's peanut butter filling! Yum!

After an hour of strolling, we headed to Peanut Butter Company and looked at their menu outside the store first to assess what we would like to eat.

Nice, spacious interiors! Friendly service too! We were lucky it wasn't crowded when we went in. Because after we placed our orders and picked a spot to sit on, people started to come in. And by the time we left, the place was almost full.

Instant Eats and My Neighbor Totoro

It's hard to find food that's instant, delicious and cheap. It's just combinations of two, either instant and cheap but not delicious, instant and delicious but not cheap or delicious and cheap but not really that instant. And I belong to the nocturnal population where we (most of the time) sustain our energy by feeding off 24-hour convenience stores and fast food joints (that sounds very animalandia).

Just found these two new budget-friendly meals and let's say they're instant and cheap and pwede na. Hehe.

7-11's Luncheon Meat Rice Meal

They have this breakfast rice meal in longanisa, tapa (I think), tocino and hotdog, so why the heck not luncheon meat? I've been waiting for them to finally have this, it's about time! This costs 49PhP (the affordable part) and it's pre-cooked so you just have to ask them to heat it for you (the instant part) but the luncheon meat is not Ma Ling and unlike on the packaging where it shows thick slices, the luncheon meat serving is unbelievably thin.

Only a few find the way; some don't recognize it when they do; some don't ever want to.

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where - ’ said Alice.
Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
’ - so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.

Jam-packed Saturday: Chic-Boy + Tender Bob's

My Saturday was all about food, food and more food! How can I even start my diet if I'm always eating? Hahaha. But of course, I cannot let these opportunities pass given I can spend fun times with my colleagues at work! Our batch never really had the chance to have eat outs that's why I was quite excited that we could make it happen this time. Sadly, we're not complete.

Coffee madness with Mike, Che and Princess Diana.

Ooops... we did it again!

It's payday Friday once again and guess what we did! Yeah, yeah. We ate out again. I waited for the bestfriend and her man up until 9:00 am, so that's two hours of watching people pass by and countless times of answering the question, "What are you doing there?". But it was a goo…

SEMPhil Kids at Banana Leaf

Last Saturday, I met up with two of my college classmates and a former colleague from SEMPhil. Well, we were all actually employed at that company at some point and Jozen was the only who opted to stay. It's been so long since we saw Jozen! Here are the pictures!
Jozen, Roch and I met up first…

Big Better Burgers

We were running out of options for what to eat for lunch that John decided we try Big Better Burgers which is just in front of our office. Of course, I said yes. I needed to take a break from all the chicken from KFC and nuggets from McDonald's. Hahaha.

I forgot to take a picture of the front of the burger joint.
(photo credits to www.houseofqueens.com)
The interior:

The place was just small and it definitely has the diner feel to it. Main color palette's basically red and yellow and John said that the place would've looked better if they used white light instead of yellow. But I don't mind, hehe. Of course, everything was self-service here.

My places to dine in list 2012

Happy Friday the 13th! It's the new year again and the list just keeps getting longer and longer! Here are some food places that interested me the most and I'm definitely visiting soon!

1. J.CO Donuts and Coffee (Done! Read my blog post about J.Co here)

I was on the way home and saw this billboard (I forgot where, I was half asleep heheh) of J.CO donuts opening soon here in the Philippines. Being a sucker for sweets and pastries, I searched the company on Google and found out that they originated from Indonesia and will be hitting our shores next month.

What I'm excited to try:

Al Capone donut.
(photo credits to animetric.blogspot.com)
Named after the American gangster, this donut is topped with Belgian white chocolate and Californian almonds. (Sounds delicious!)
J.CO Coffee and Donuts will open on February 16, 2012, 9:00 am at SM Megamall and their first 200 customers gets a special treat!

Favorite Things #5

Parisian Plus Flats

Lately, I've been wearing flat shoes to work because they're literally wear and go. But the soles of the last pair I had (which was Parisian also) were already torn and tattered so I made a last minute decision (and the boyfriend insisted) last Saturday to buy a new pair…


There are some things we get over with and sadly, there are just things we don't.
I felt a certain level of accomplishment when I realized some things. That I am capable of doing and I was actually able to do it. It's been too long going on and finally, we move on. Felt like nothing happen…

Reunion at Burgoo

Before I had this circle of crazy friends (ehem, Drinkers), I had another group of friends and we fondly call ourselves back then "ChE-Cute" (very, very lulzy). I'd rather not discuss the origins of the names and I really don't know why there should be names. LOL.

You remember this back then, you'd go to Tronix and have a group picture taken and they all have this picture packages so everyone gets a copy? Hahaha. This is it exactly right here.

Janina, Joyce and Kat. Two guys at the first row were Janne and Kat's ex-boyfriends, and
 I am the girl at the last row, I'd rather not show my red hair and white shadez~
There was a brief period in my life when I was always alone, I would stay at fire exits near our classrooms during long breaks with no one to talk to, just earphones glued to my ear. And suddenly, they were there, asking me if I was alright (HAHAHA) and that was the start of our wonderful friendship. And I was not alone anymore, I actually had friends to have lunch and breaks with, have meaningful conversations with and best of all, friends to share assignments with.

Paris Delice + Heima

I think this was the only month that I had my rest days set on Saturday and Sunday. And I couldn't emphasize more how happy I am that it's finally Friday. I already filed for 3 days leave (which I was really excited about) but shit happens, only one day was approved. Oh well.

And there's this one thing I'm dreadfully nervous about. But I don't want to broadcast it just yet. Haha. I hope everything turns out well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

Today being Payday Friday, of course, me and my best friend together with Pabz went to Paris Delice just to try it out and cross another restaurant on our bucketlist.

Pictures, pictures, low quality pictures courtesy of my phone:

Yes, I'm the third wheel!


I decided to have my hair cut.

Also: Happy 25th Birthday to my dear bestfriend since birth, Cy!

2012 Plans & Goals

Before we get to the serious part, let me share first how I spent the first day of the supposed year the world ends. I was so miserable and pathetic at work during my December 31st shift, I promise myself I'd get drunk on the 1st of January. You see, I pity myself on New Year's eve because I was just staring out the window of our office watching the fireworks paint the night sky with the most happy colors and patterns. I also got a bit teary-eyed when my mom sent me an SMS at 12 midnight to greet me Happy New Year.

We all got over that sad feeling eventually and I was happy because January 1st was my rest day.

To make it short: Mission accomplished! I was tipsy drunk! Hahaha!

Pabz, me and Cy at a nearby convenience store