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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.

♥ Help Japan recover






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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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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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Titan




A friend of mine opened up a fabulous basketball specialty store in Manila that is based off a concept from the States. It's a one-stop store that sells the latest and most popular basketball loves and it has a special and unique service - a barber shop. In the U.S, professional basketball players hang out at specialty stores like these and have a hair cut while watching the latest basketball games on a large screen or flipping through the latest magazine reads (on basketball of course).

Titan has the most coveted collectibles and you would find the 'first launches' in this store. I took some time outside of my schedule to visit the store and it was amazing.

I don't think many Pinoys read this space but please help to spread the word though it's spreading like wildfire in Manila already.

Forbeswood Heights (along Rizal Dr.), cor. Burgos Circle
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig
Manila

Store Hours:
Mon: CLOSED
Tue-Fri: 1200-2100
Sat: 1000-2200
Sun:1000-1900

+6326593893


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Mamou


Duck adobo


The interior


I don't know what was in this dip but the truffle etc was amazing!


Much as the local Pinoy food doesn't quite agree with my taste buds, I would still make it a point to have at least one local meal there. Moreover, we had guests in town that had never visited the Phils.

Mamou is a great place that serves a slight fusion of Pinoy food. I opted for the duck adobo (a twist on the standard chicken adobo) flakes with white/red garlic rice and scrambled eggs with truffle flavored oil. It sounds extremely strange and looks unappetizing but it was definitely tasty. It was kinda rich though and I think it contributed to my bad throat that followed on the night itself.

There were many other dishes that had the thumbs up for example, the steaks which they are quite well-known for - not exactly pinoy I know, but like i said, it's a fusion eatery :P I think it will be a worth checking out place in Manila should you want a bit of local cuisine but with a twist and some western fusion in it.

Mamou a Home Kitchen
Unit 1C-15 G/F Serendra Fort Bonifacio Heights
Fort Bonifacio Global City
1634 Taguig City







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From zero to forty-two.two


With the ever lovely Jaymie P


with Coach Rio - I'm lovin' his afro hair!


A part of my personal life revolves around running (the extent depending on whether I am training for a race) and a whole lot of my work life revolves around running. One of my favorite part of the job is meeting up with like-minded people who are crazy about running the way I am, in fact, crazier.

I first met Jaymie a.k.a The Bull Runner last year when she was invited to run Hood to Coast with the SEA team. She's a celebrity blogger/runner in the Philippines and is one of the most influential runners in the market. She edits and publishes her own running magazine called The Bull Runner magazine and distributes a whopping 10,000 copies each time and the downloads of her magazines are so high, it crashes the server all the time. And any shoe that she wears pretty much sells off the shelf at every running door. It is easy to see why this really hot mother of two is so popular as she is extremely down to earth despite her success in both running and blogging. I was really glad to meet up with her again during my recent trip to Manila.

Manila is like Singapore 5 years back where running was heating up and everyone was suddenly getting into the sport. Currently, there are races happening almost weekly. Recently, a race in the Philippines entered the world Guinness Book of Records for having the largest number of participants. I believe about 140,000 people entered the race. So you get a rough idea on how popular running is in Manila right now.

There is quite a difference though. When I first started running about 5 years ago, everyone was more or less a 'cautious runner'. We started off running with a 5km race that we took months to train for and slowly progressed to a 10km race. In the next year or two, a half marathon would be done followed by a full marathon. It took me about 2 years after my first half marathon to attempt my first marathon. Also, I did my first half only a year after my first 10km.

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Wholesome beginnings


Waffles with dried cranberries and pecans


Cereal in yoghurt


When traveling in Asia for work and having the privileage of staying at a nice hotel that offers a breakfast buffet spread, I often get (too) spoilt for choice and land up selecting the same items day after day. I'm a creature of habit I guess.

For this trip, it was my regular mixed cereals (always a mix of rice pop bubbles, bran, cornflakes, dried fruit and yoghurt) and I had a strange craving for waffles. Not exactly wholesome, but it kept me nice and full till lunchtime.

So what do you eat for breakfast typically when traveling for work?






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Flying white birds




I had to take a picture of this because it was such a cheery picture - the colors and line of white paper birds cascading downwards. I was about to take a better shot when the security guard stopped me from doing so.

I never understood. What is it with shopping malls that do not allow you to take photos? Or food restaurants for that matter.






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Cyma


Chicken gyro


Melted cheese


Fresh toasted bread


I do admit that whenever I visit Manila, I would land up eating all other kinds of cuisine instead of the local food. The local food has too much pork and most of the stuff are deep fried and oily. It's a pity that I don't enjoy the local food as much as I should but my tastes buds just don't agree with it.

Cyma (pronounced as See-ma) is a Greek/Mediterranean that serves a good gyro. The first time I tasted gyro was by the road side stall somewhere in Europe or the States. I love the juicy chunks of meat that is mostly stuffed inside a soft pita-like bread. The ones that I had came in a smaller size but the one at Cyma was large enough for a meal.

I'm now wondering if there is any place in Singapore that serves a good gyro?

Cyma
6th Floor, The Ledge, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Manila








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Flip flops


Havaianas @ The Fort


Do you know where you can buy Havaianas cheaply?

It's not Singapore for sure, nor online or The U.S (except if you find some cheap deals at Nordstram Rack where I bought a printed skinnys for USD$13!) but, it's actually in Manila!

Genuine Havaianas shops can be found in most malls in Manila. The variety is great and prices are good. Take for example, the new glow-in-the-dark flip flops for guys costs about SGD$33 after conversion. I heard it's about S$59 thereabouts here? I got a pair of High Light Spring (printed skinny wedge) for S$39.

That is the reason why whenever we make a trip to Manila for work, we return with a couple of Havaianas :P So the next time you are in Manila, don't forget to check out one of the stores - which are easily found and usually very crowded!






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