March 28th, 2011

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Observations

B.T: Birds are very flexible creatures.
A: Huh?? Where did that come from?
B.T: Look at the way they preen and peck and clean their feathers and backside with their beak.
A: Oh.
B.T: And the way they are able to easily turn their heads 180 degrees around.
A: -_-

So he was staring at the pigeons outside of our window and making these random comments while I was in the middle of something. I am very amused at how much he tends to observe at times and how oblivious he is other times -_-

Thanks for the detailed commentary on birds honey :P Now if only men could be that observant about women though he would argue that he reads me like a book (and I'll say, vice versa).

Ahhh... I'm glad to be home :P

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Paper cranes for Japan




I was really happy to see how other countries were all rallying together to help Japan. This was in the hotel in Manila and hotel guests were encouraged to donate and fold a crane and hang it onto the 'tree'. The aim was to collect 1,000 cranes I believe. Cranes are believed to provide happiness. I once read that if you fold 356 cranes for someone, they will have 356 days of happiness. I once did that for an ex-boyfriend. Yes, how silly (or sweet) i was in those young days :P

As I traveled to Manila and Bangkok for work over the last few days, I was constantly reminded of Japan whenever I saw efforts made to raise money or awareness and it really made me feel all warm all over. This was just an example of the many others that I saw around Manila and Bangkok. Truly, the world unites in times of devastation.

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Chateau 1771


Interesting looking dessert


W commented that much as I don't call myself to be a 'food blogger', I do write a lot about food. Lol. True, indeed. The thing is, I always had a weird penchant of taking photos of food. It's so easy to do so. Food just sits on the table prettily waiting for you to take that perfect shot of it. The only pressurizing factor is the hungry people sitting at the table waiting to eat the food. :P

I started taking photos of food, then posting it and I thought, why not share the details of the wonderful that I get to taste so I now share more about the places that I eat at, discover and what I like or dislike about it and wherever possible, the contact details. Yet, I prefer not to call myself a 'food blogger'. I don't write professionally about food (I think W does it really well actually) and as mentioned before, my blog is merely a perspective of life through my eyes and yes, it includes food :P

Work travels are usually hectic. I can't share about what I actually do on work travels so I just write about the fun bits. Eating, some shopping or sight seeing and the rest is all the hard work stuff that people can't see! The last consecutive trips were insane. I took a day off today just to recover from it all. Thank goodness I didn't fall sick though my stomach acted up real bad. It's been acting weird since I ate the coconut ice cream -_- As usual, I have some food travel pictures to share.

First up, Chateau 1771. I mentioned about this place before but didn't have the details. Food here is not bad but service is slow so if you intend to dine here, it should preferably be on a day where you aren't in a rush! It's my second visit here and the service hasn't changed.

The starter - scallops with some breaded butter coating was really tasty and good, tiny but succulent pieces. Though I had 3 consecutive days of home-cooked French onion soup, that didn't stop me from ordering it again here! Perhaps I'm biased, but I thought the one I cooked was better. This one was on the salty side, good but it was slightly overwhelming in taste if that makes any sense?

The Caesar salad (not pictured) was good. It's an easy salad to prepare but too much dressing can ruin it so this one came with just the right amount with pieces of salty cheese and actually, I'm not sure if you can call it a Caesar salad because that was all it had - leaves and cheese but the dressing was definitely a Caesar.

My mains looked really gross being all Emerald looking but it was actually delectable. If you aren't a veggie fan, this might not sit well. It was made with asparagus and broccoli but it wasn't too raw tasting and with the cream and cheese, it was a rather light pasta dish. The cream did cause a bit of a ruckus in my tummy thereafter and I landed up in the hotel room earlier than expected -_-

I didn't order any dessert because I wasn't feeling too good. However, my colleagues did so I stole a mouthful of the interesting looking stacked dessert. I felt it looked better than it tasted. It was a coffee based chocolate dessert. The wafer was crispy and slightly sticky but somehow, the overall tastes didn't compliment each other and I thought it was slightly bland and a mismatch of flavors.

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Chateau 1771
G/F Greenbelt 5
Ayala Center
Makati City
+ (63) 729 9760


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Honey




One of the best remedies for an upset tummy is a pot of hot chamomile tea with honey. I do love honey and I use it a fair bit in cooking for my marinades or drink it cold or put it in hot tea. It's such a lovely natural gift from nature don't you think? :)

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Breakfast on travels




It's easy to go overboard with food when traveling and I usually land up eating more for breakfast than normal. A typical breakfast for me here is a bowl of Nestum or rolled oats with a spoonful of Horlicks and/or Milo. I do indulge a little whenever I travel though I try to keep it healthy to a certain extent.

A bowl of cereals in low-fat yoghurt and soy milk is a standard, some fruits and the treat is pancakes or in the picture above, an almond stick and lemon tea cake.

What do you eat on business travels for breakfast? Do you tend to overeat? I'm curious to know.

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