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GK Enchanted Farm

(This post is photo heavy.)

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect with this event when I joined it. Muffet suggested I take part in it, and I went ahead and gave it a shot. I've heard other people's stories about the GK Enchanted Farm. How it's beautiful and picturesque and the tea is delicious. So I thought why not try travelling alone (even though it's not really that far), leave the city and spend an entire weekend doing something totally different from my usual routine, right?

May 17th came, and it started with an early morning road trip (I was part of a group of bloggers invited there) that I vaguely remember (I came straight from work so I was asleep the entire car ride) to what is indeed a beautiful and enchanting farm. I can't remember the last time I was in a farm! Seeing this place somehow takes me back to my childhood!

There were already a lot of people upon our arrival, we were told beforehand that employees from Citibank (700 of them!) will be having their Global Community Day there as well. We went straight to the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation which was this beautiful infrastructure which was built using bamboo (among other things)!

We were greeted by the lively music performed by a percussion pool outside the HCGI. I especially liked the plastic cup chandelier (top right and bottom right photos) that's made with ordinary plastic cups and lit by a LED light bulb in the middle. Very, very cool and environment-friendly.

We then proceeded to the Human Heart Nature room for a briefing and to decide which product demos each of us would prefer attending. Of course, I chose chocolate and cheese!

We had the artisan chocolate making demo for our first activity. I was so thrilled when I learned that Philo Chua of Theo and Philo was the one conducting the demo. He told us how the business started, some history about chocolates, and he got all science-y and taught us the step-by-step process that cacao beans go through before it becomes our favorite sweet treat, the chocolate. He even had these small scale equipments on the table and a pile of cacao beans to show us the process in more detail.


This is Josh Radnor's directorial debut but I preferred to watch Liberal Arts first because this movie has such low ratings in Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. I decided to give this a shot last night because I loved Liberal Arts so much, I felt like there must be something worth watching in th…

Mandarin Palace BF Homes Paranaque

I went here with my folks to celebrate Mothers' Day after I scored some GCs from Zomato the prior week. I think my parents already got the hang of my ~*~blogging~*~ as they always ask me to bring them somewhere new when there's an occasion. Since my mom loves Chinese food, she immediately said yes when I told her about Mandarin Palace eventhough she doesn't really like long car rides. Hahaha.

Fun fact: I've lived in the South for almost all of my life but I have never set foot in BF Homes in Paranaque. I've been to Kapitolyo countless of times but I've never dined anywhere near the foodie haven that is BF Homes.

So yes, we got a little bit lost going there. Hahaha. But after a few turns and asking for directions, we finally made it. And our tempers were flaring like the temperature that day, so we were really, really hungry when we found the place.

I was expecting to have a low key lunch with my parents since I assumed that this place is not that popular. But I was very wrong. By the time we got there, the parking's almost full and by the time we got inside, we were informed there was already a waiting list. I think we're 3rd on the list.

The restaurant was so busy. Shifting and moving bodies everywhere, non-stop food coming out and people chattering.

You can also tell that huge groups or families flock this resto because of the set-up of the place. Every table, I think, has at least the capacity for 6 people.

After waiting for a good 15 minutes, we were led to this room with one table unoccupied. It reminded me so much of Estero because the set-up was almost the same. It's like an upscale Estero.

Her x Lost in Translation Spike Jonze x Sofia Coppola
(images from here)

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See, you're a bore
But you move me like a movie that you love

Chasing satori

I realized over the weekend that I haven't been living my life the way I'm supposed to. After existing for 27 years on this planet, I have just started to really 'live' the past 2 years and actually enjoying the crazy journey just last year.

This is not meant to come off as a whine…

Quick Bites

Authentic Laing and Bicol Express. This was actually from last year's trip to Naga and Legazpi. We stayed at a colleague's house and they cooked for us these spicy delicacies. Back then, I can't tolerate spicy food as much as I can today (but I make exceptions for viands with gata) so I…

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast Kapitolyo

Original image from Pinasmuna.com.
Last year, I had the chance of eating at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast's Mandaluyong branch (read about it here) and I have looked forward to dining there again since that day.

Since then, I've read that Kanto Freestyle has opened 2 new branches in Libis and Kapitolyo, which was awesome news since it's nearer from where I work, plus I could now bring my friends to Kanto Freestyle and let them experience the affordable gourmet breakfast food that I've been babbling about!

After an exhausting Thursday shift from work, we decided to finally pay a visit Kanto Freestyle's Kapitolyo branch.

For one, this branch is waaaaaaaaaaay easier to find than the Mandaluyong branch. It's situated on the street in front of AsiaPro (LOL I've been there before). And I was silently thanking the higher powers that the dining area for this one's not along a friggin' street! I mean, I love the Mandaluyong branch and all, they serve kick-ass breakfast but if I could have a better dining experience (AKA not on the sidewalks), I'd definitely choose the option more comfortable.

Not too much people there that morning, yey! And the Eggs Benedict is finally available. The gods must be smiling down on us at that moment. I AM SO READY FOR BREAKFAST.


I never really knew how to dance. This dance.
So I (unintentionally) kept stepping on your toes.

When you first came up to me and asked me, "How's it going?" I just gave you the most sheepish grin. Because I really didn't know what to say. Sorry I walked away.

When you first call…

Weekend Movies

Some weekends I just want to lay in bed and watch the movies that I've downloaded and is taking me forever to have the time to watch. Last weekend was definitely that kind of weekend. I have the craziest sleeping habits so imagine waking at 2 AM with nothing to do. So yes, I watch films. On th…

Spic + Span: A Playlist

It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered, to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away.  That era has passed. Nothing that belonged to it exists any more. He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, t…

Favorite Things #23

1. Sansrival I bought somewhere in Kalayaan in Makati (not so bad for 25 pesos!) 2. Vinyl record inspired wall clock from Dimensione (unfortunately, so pricey!) 3. Forgetting about these DVDs and finding them again 4. My favorite twins' birthday celebration* :) 5. Gloomy summer mornings 6. Nor…