Smart Infinity dinner..

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Last night, my Panget's cutie friend M - invited us for a dinner hosted by Smart Infinity at The Fireplace in Hyatt Hotel and Casino. We had no information whatsoever on what the event was for - we were just told to dress in formal attire in black or red - that was it! And so when we got to the place - we were like clueless kids walking into a gathering for the first time! We were greeted warmly by Mr. Johnny Litton - he was such a charmer!

As we entered the restaurant - My Panget and I were actually feeling out of place because those who were invited to the event - well, they were part of the society's big guns! Who were we to be there? We couldn't believe that we were in the midst of the movers and shakers in society. There was the son of the country's biggest mall developer, the wife of the co-owner of the country's biggest mall developer's hardware department, the grand son of the country's foremost broadsheet, the editor of a known fashion glossy, the newly appointed ambassador to China, the bag hag herself (I couldn't believe she was sharing a table with us!), the jeweller of the celebrities, and of course M and her husband E.

We were served with 6 course meal that consisted of a salad, soup, fish dish, sorbet, main entree and of course - dessert! Below is the actual menu of what they served us!

(picture to follow)

The salad was great - the bisque with Cognac was even greater! I loved it's flavor - it was perfect! - as M would say she loved how malasa (.. ) it was. The salmon was also a winner - the fact that they served it warm, made all the difference! The sorbet was really sour - but it served its purpose! The main course was served later than usual - I think it might have been a ploy for the taste buds - and it was since it arrived later than usual - because everyone at the table were raving on their meats! They served it with perfect done-ness (as per your preference) - it was lovely! For a person who has refrained to eat meat for more than a month - the sacrifice was well worth it! As for the dessert - well, since I am not a fan of chocolates - my Panget got two servings - full! He was so delighted, he was even telling our friends how lucky he was every time the dessert had chocolate in them. Hahaha!

The purpose of the dinner was to entice us to switch to Smart Infinity. They did offer a lot of incentives when you reach certain amounts, which actually the competition does not give out at all! Can you imagine that they give out trips to Lagen and Miniloc in El Nido? Another nice thing was that when you reach a certain amount (again) you get to avail of as much as 2 handsets! 2 freaking handsets! Now - that must be a good good deal right? I think so! I just hope that my current provider makes a little effort in improving its services - I mean really! This was such an eye-opener for me. Am I thinking about switching? Well, yes - but not soon - maybe when most of my friends have switched over! Hahaha..

Thanks M & E - my Panget and I super enjoyed last night!

To ED, EM, H and F (Congrats for winning the raffle prize!) - it was really nice to have met you all.. :) Hope to see you guys again soon!!

Post ahead

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Will be posting my review on Cantinetta, Amicci's Gelato and my busy busy Sunday soon!!

Zowee is sick!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Our youngest puppy is sick! She's like a child! Look at her!

The vet advised us to put a cold pack on her head to bring her fever down. And she's been sleeping like this since 10am!! :)

Isn't she cute??

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I hope I got it right! I know that Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November - and that is now!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! :)


Here's a turkey for everyone!!

The Weekend that was....

Monday, November 19, 2007

I will be posting in bullets. It was actually a lazy weekend, which I liked!
  • I actually watched an FPJ movie on Channel 2! I was laughing at myself! Hahaha..
  • Went to Megamall to check out my Panget's display booth
  • Ate at Banana Leaf - disappointing Thai food! The Tom Yum Kung was just all broth!
  • Went to get take out at Banapple. Man was I disappointed with the Apple Pie! It tasted really blaaaaaaaaaaah!! But the Banofee Pie was really really good!! :) (I will be posting pictures soon!!)
  • I started my Sunday with a Mass - and I loved it! It truly made my day..
  • Mom bought 1/2 kilos of oysters for a meager Php50.00! She made a delish Oyster Cake!
  • Had an uber lazy afternoon, went to Metrowalk to get some DVDs - bought Superbad, Knocked-Up and I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry.
  • Watched Superbad - it was super bad for me but my Panget loved it! (a guy movie)
  • Ate at Little Asia in Promenade - the food was so so - nothing great. It was filling!
  • Watched Knocked-Up and fell asleep! I guess I was tired! hahaha.. Will continue to watch it tonight!! :)
I am going back to my diet this starting today. I need to lose some weight!! Gained so much on my Bangkok Trip! Hahaha... Wish me luck guys!! :)

MMU Weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

When: November 24-25, 2007 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Where: Greenmeadows Clubhouse (inside Greenmeadows Bazaar)

Experience healthy and skin-friendly makeup, and feel the difference! Bringing the sensation from the US, we are launching the concept of mineral makeup here in the Philippines. This marks a first as all the mineral makeup brand vendors in the Philippines come together in one venue to celebrate mineral makeup and create more awareness about it to the market. Six brands would be joining, and as a treat, free samples will be given away, as well as free makeovers and skin consultations.

Moreover, talks will be held by skin specialists, makeup artists, and MMU brand owners as they showcase their strengths and advantages, and show us how to create simple yet stunning day and night looks.

Bangkok - Day 3

Thursday, November 08, 2007

We were more relaxed - decided to go to Platinum Mall as suggested by Mabs the night before. He said we will surely enjoy shopping in this mall. And we surely did! Having enjoyed walking around the whole mall - we forgot to take pictures!! Hahaha... Ladies, you will go crazy in this mall. I won't say anything much but - you've got to get your butts down there!! We had lunch at Platinum's Food Court - we were actually tired to find a restaurant. Hehe..

I think the 4 of us felt too tired that we were all feeling kinda loopy. I guess we walked so much! Haha.. After Platinum Mall, we walked ourselves to Siam Discovery, and found our way up to the store called Loft. Those Hong Kong fanatics are familiar with this place, they sell cutie goodies, most importantly - ballpens! Haha.. Too bad their ballpen collection was mediocre - the selection was very limited - sort of like National Bookstore. Nevertheless, I got myself 2 pens - Uni-ball's Vision Elite to be exact. Now, why that pen? Well, that pen is designed for frequent travellers (I think) - it boasts that the ink won't spill/leak when on an airplane. You see, I know my pens - it's my passion! hahaha..

After Siam Discovery, we moved next door to Siam Center. We didn't get to walk around much because we were so tired! We didn't realize that we walked like 5 floors and walked through ALL the lanes one by one (that's how OC I am.. you need to be systematic you know!) I was excited to get to Siam Paragon for the sole reason of tasting - iBerry Ice Cream!!

We then sampled a few flavors and after 5 minutes decided to order already! I ordered French Vanilla Tea, KY got the Thai Milk Tea, SE got the Coconut Sorbet and my Panget got the Nutella. I was supposed to take photos, but the staff prohibited me to do so, I don't know why! And so - this below is the only pics that were taken.

(Clockwise) Nutella, French Vanilla Tea,
Thai Milk Tea, Coconut Sorbet

Being in a daring mood - I decided to try the...... Tamarind Sorbet! It was not half bad, but man was it sour! But I think it grows on you. Maybe next time? Hahaha!! I wish!! (As in really wish)

My Panget requested this! Hahaha..

On our way home, I was asking my girls where they wanted to have dinner. KY asked in a sweet tone if it was okay for us to have dinner at the apartment. She was too tired! Well, we all were! Can you imagine that we walked from 9:45am up until 5:pm? We only had little rest period! As KY would say - it was like walking the whole of Ayutthaya the day before! Hahaha.. Since we decided to stay in - we also thought - why not buy street food and enjoy it at the apartment?! Good idea right? Uh, greaaaaaat idea!! I'm so glad my friends are so easy to please! Thank goodness!!!

Street food at Soi Lang Suan

What's nice with Bangkok is that they have a directory/yellow pages for Take-Out foods! It was really convenient because they even had the menus printed with their ads! I tasked KY to be the ones to order. She picked Cabbages & Condoms (don't ask me why?!) but it was a good decision - as the food tasted fab!! Really yummy yummy Thai take-out! We all loved the Mee Krob!

After dinner - SE and I were recharged! We decided to go to Suan Lum again to get the things she needed. Good thing we went, because if we waited till the next day - I think we would be too tired already

What a wonderful shopping day!!

Bangkok - Day 2

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Waking up at 530am was the hardest thing to do especially the day after a plane ride coming here. I was still feeling funny from the plane (I know it's a shorter trip but I'm weird!) but I had to get up. Our tour bus was scheduled to pick us up at 7:00am. So we had to be ready before that, but why that early? We wanted to have some breakfast first before leaving! It was an hour and a half trip to Ayutthaya - we had to be filled first right?

Mabs had arranged for us to take the Ayutthaya tour from the agency called River Sun Cruise tour. The bus we got on was not filled - thus, I wondered if there were less tourist this time of year of something was off. The drive up to Ayutthaya was nice and funny - our tour guide Pon, was really really entertaining. He was talking non stop for about 30-40 minutes about the history of Bangkok and Ayutthaya. It was a relief that he had a sense of humor, because he cracked us up once in a while. I think SE and I were the only ones listening - KY and my Panget had dozed off instantly. The weather was kind of gloomy - we were told that there were no rains for the day but the sky will be dimmer than usual. When we got off the bus - my gosh was it chilly. I'm still in disbelief with Bangkok's weather.

By the way - when we reached our first stop - I saw other buses from the same agency. There were a lot of tourists then! Most of them sounded they came from Australia.

Bang Pa-In Grand Summer Palace
The place was magnificent! It was huuuuuuuuge! And I think in the middle sits the Grand Palace - which was built by Queen Sirikit for a whopping USD9,000,000.00!! That info was from Pon - the tour guide - according to him, since the previous Ramas (kings) had consorts and concubines - the money was distributed, but with the present Rama - he has his one and only - thus she was allowed (and privileged) to build such grande of a palace. The color of the palace is cute! Purple! I took a peek from the side windows and saw that it had a French-Victorian design. Very modern, grande(again), and expensive!!

Spacious, elegant and pristine clean!

This is my favorite pic of the Summer Palace
it was shot by KY - nice noh?!

French Victorian Style - in Purple!

Ayutthaya Ruins
There are certain places, ruins to be exact that when you set foot on them, there's a feeling of nostalgia and disbelief that you are actually standing where the royalties and ancestors of the great land once walked! This is what I felt when I saw the ruins. I was in awe, the place looked destroyed but I bet they looked marvelous then! There were pictures/graphics actually that showed what it looked like before it was ruined.

One of the Buddha statues that
remained to be complete.

Oldest Buddha temple in Thailand
I grew up going to temples, making offerings every two weeks to To Ti Kong, burning Chinese paper folded to look like gold bullions. That's why I appreciate going inside Buddha temples. The ones we went to is one of the oldest in Bangkok. I couldn't believe that what I saw belonged to the 18th century! It didn't look old - it actually looked regal! I prayed in the first temple that we went to, made an offering and went to get some 'advice' from a Buddha-fortune-machine.

The main Buddha

2 Buddhas sitting in front

Me at the Oldest Buddha statue
the whole of Thailand

Reclining Buddha
I asked my friend why the Buddha had it's body wrapped up. He just said that it's done out of respect. Okay, maybe he was naked! But when I got a closer look on the face of the Buddha - it brought gave me chills - the smile that I saw was different. I've actually never seen a smiling Buddha except for the fat chubby Buddha figurines that we have in the house. I assumed that he must be feeling really good! Hahaha..

Reclining Budda - look at the smile!

Last Stop: River Cruise on the way back to Bangkok
We boarded an air-conditioned boat (thank goodness!) And the food they they served was a mix of Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine buffet style. It wasn't bad, it was filling and the Pad Thai was great! This was the part that I loved the most, because after eating KY, SE and I talked I think for 2 hours! It's times like these that made me smile and feel really blessed to have friends like them. I love them so dearly and I'm so glad that we've kept in touch all these years. I can't explain it but let me put it this way - it's like I was home with them - there's the ease and comfort knowing that I can tell them everything and not be judged.

We arrived at River City at4:00pm, it was right on schedule. We boarded a bus to bring us back to our hotel. For some reason, the driver said for us to take the seats at the back. The reason we learned was that we were the last ones to be dropped off. I thought that since all the passengers were in the same area - we would be back at the hotel in 30 minutes, but I was dead wrong - we got to the hotel exactly an hour after we boarded! My gosh - the traffic was that bad, that bad! Crazy actually.

We rested for about half an hour, then got ready for dinner. My friend Mabs was taking us to see Sirocco, the bar located at the Lebua State Tower, and for dinner - I asked him to bring us to Somboon! I was warned by Mabs to wear closed shoes as the bar is strict with its dress code. I didn't bring any! I was planning to buy actually - good thing KY brought an extra pair - and so I put it in a plastic and stuffed it in my bag.

When we got to the State Tower's elevators - right when Mabs warned me - the ladies told me that I couldn't go up because I was wearing flip flops - I retorted to them that I have a pair in my bag! (Ha! In your face!) But what was said next shocked us. You see they're strict with their dress code (I know, I said that already) - and as stated in a rather large tarpaulin - No ripped clothing. Great! My Panget was wearing his ripped jeans. He was allowed to go up the top floor, but was not allowed to go out to the al fresco bar. Good thing my Panget was still game for it. He let us enjoy and take pictures. Sorry, but there was no decent picture that I can show you, too bad we didn't bring KY's SLR. So for now - you may click here to see the photo gallery of Sirocco's site.

There was something that I didn't like with Sirocco - it was that everyone had to order drinks - had they wanted to or not, it's must. The prices for the drinks were off the charts! For a beer it's BHT290.00 for a Mai Tai that's BHT320.00 for a Pina Colada it's BHT320.00 - AND - you still have to add 17% for VAT! High way roberry!! ARgh.... That's the lowest point of my day - when I got the bill. I was shocked!

I was really raring to get out of the place, but there was still another bar a few floors down. This time we were wary of the lady escorts offering drinks. We ignored them and walked right out! Hahaha.. After that we headed to Somboon!

I was really excited, I kept on telling my friend to bring us to the authentic one because I was warned by Nena about taxi drivers taking their guests to the wrong Somboon! I was still skeptical about the resto when we got there, I was pacified by KY - since she tried this place years ago - she said that this was the real one. I had to check the logo twice! Hahaha.. Apparently - they have a new logo! :)

We ordered - Oyster Cake, Crabs in Yellow Curry, Tom Yum, and a Fish dish. There's a tagalog saying that when everyone's quiet at the dinner table they're 'galit galit' meaning everyone is too hungry to chat. And I think that was what happened with us. But as my Panget put it he said 'Inis Inis' Hahaha!! But still, for us it meant the same. The crabs was greaaaaaaaaaat! The yellow curry sauce was to die for! It was an egg-y-ish concoction.

Crab in Yellow Curry

Looks really yummy, right?

After dinner we had wine at the pool deck over at our place. It was breathtaking - too bad Mabs decided to go to Manila over the weekend. After the drinks - we then headed to the massage place - just down the street. I was told by many to have as many massages as possible - and that it'll be surely worth it.

And so we entered Massage #5. KY and I had the full body Thai Massage while my Panget and SE just opted for the Thai foot massage. And the verdict? It was wonderful! Really really wonderful! Have you tried TonTon's massage? They claim to have been trained by Thais right? Well, it doesn't even compare a little bit! I would be bold enough to say that it's a fake! (Walang sinabi ang TonTon's massage!) After the massage - I felt so great! My therapist was a rather big girl - but she hit all the right spots, I mean all the right spots!

We truly enjoyed our day. And to end it with a Thai massage - well, that's the most rewarding thing!!

Bangkok - Day 1

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I have been giddy about going to Bangkok for months!! I'm so blessed to have friends who helped me book a place in the Langsuan area (actually they convinced me to book at Fraser rather than Hotel Ibis in Pratunam - thanks Mabs & Whit!); give tips and suggestions on where to go, what to do and most importantly - where to eat! (Thanks Nena!! Hope Joey had a blast too!! )Here's a summary (if you can call it that) of my 5 days in Bangkok.

I guess most of you know that our flight was delayed. Great right? I mean sarcastic great - you see, we had most of the 5 days planned. My good friend Mabs set out an itinerary for us to follow - it mainly consisted of shopping (the only activity he knew we'd like) but it was ruined because of the delay. At first I didn't think that 2 hours would matter - well, it did matter! Because since we got there 2 hours later - traffic was horrendous! I've been to Bangkok before, two years ago I think, but that trip was mainly visiting shopping malls. All I remember was going to a mall called Emporium, a department store near where we stayed at - Central, the Patpong night market, Suan Lum night bazaar and of course - the ever famous Chatuchak weekend market (which I will not go to again - if given a chance, once is enough!)

I didn't know that there was a new airport in Bangkok - it's called Suvarnabhumi. It was really nice - I mean really really nice. Kind of reminded me of the Hong Kong airport. I think new airports looked quite similiar - but hey - it looked very posh! I don't know what gate we got off from but man - was it a loooooong walk!! What irked me more was the loooooooooong queues for passport control! My gosh! Would you believe that it took us 45 minutes to get out of passport control? There were that many people falling in line. What's worse - the airport officials did not even open counters to accommodate the long lines!! Ai-ya! I thought that it was only in the Philippines that had long lines (because of the limited number of counters) but alas - Bangkok also had long lines!

Our baggages were already waiting for us when we got out - so that was fast I guess. Mabs instructed us to get the AOT taxi/limousine service to take us to the serviced apartment. Taking a taxi would mean that our group (of 4) would have to split up - that's a no no - since the place we're staying at is quite foreign from us - and it's not as if we know Bangkok like the back of our hand. Right before going through the customs - we arranged and paid for the AOT Isuzu for BHT850.00 not bad we thought. We were actually offered a bigger car that costs BHT1,100.00 - Nah - too expensive. As we passed through customs - there were AOT people who helped us and showed us where to wait. Unfortunately - the car we hired will be late - and you may guess the reason - traffic. Great! Just great! I think we were told to wait for about 10 minutes - but for me I think it took more like 20 minutes. Time was running out! And on the way to the serviced apartment - wooooooosh... horrendous traffic!! Argh.

Lobby pictures.. Nice right?? Uber nice!!

What earned my first smile was when we entered the lobby of our serviced apartment, Fraser Place, Langsuan. According to my friend Mabs - a lot of expats live here and the whole area is actually filled with expats. It's a residentail area of sorts, there were a lot of condominiums and at the back of the place was a townhouse. The lobby was spectacular - for my standards that is and clean! (I just had to say that), and very modern. It was better compared to the hotel I stayed at two years ago. Not that I'm saying that Swiss Lodge was bad - it was a small business hotel, but this one - Fraser Place Langsuan - was far greater in terms of ambiance! We were checked in fast, we were all excited to see the room given us. I was honestly quite nervous (because I was the one who arranged it for everyone) - alas when my Panget opened the door - shrieks and awes were heard. Verdict? We loved our room! If Iwe could just stay in the room the whole time - we would! Hahaha... (I can get tamad even on vacations!) But no, we had to make most of our first trip to Bangkok together.

Our very functional kitchen and lovely living room!

First things first. After we got settled in - we headed to Central Chitlom to stock up in groceries. Water, chips and other whatever things we needed. Since I am a big big fan of supermarkets - I loved it! There were so many things inside!! I wished to stay longer than we did, but my Panget insisted that since we lived so near - I had a lot of time to do that. Okay! Hahaha..

Overwhelmed with choices?

Can't decide!!

For our first dinner - we wanted to go to this Pad Thai restaurant recommended by the New York Times called Thip Samai. But unfortunately - the location was quite far and traffic was horrendous (that time) We then settled for a restaurant in the Suan Lum Night Market compound. We picked - Me Hang restaurant firstly because it was the only restaurant that we saw when we were dropped off secondly because we were sooooooo hungry! Me Hang it is!! We ordered Soft Shell Crab in Garlic, Tom Yum Goong with Shrimp, Phad Thai, Spring Rolls, Minced Meat with Basil and Garlic. Everything tasted great, I mean everything! The drinks that we had were Iced Coffee for my Panget and Thai Iced Tea for me and my girls. I was honestly afraid to sample the dish because I'm not used to very spicy dishes. But the verdict? The dishes were all great! Despite the spicy-ness, it was all good!! My Panget was sweating like crazy - meaning- the food was really hot! But what proved to me that the the dishes were spicy like hell? My friend KY had tears coming out of her eyes! I felt for her... but it was a good experience, right KY?

(Clockwise) Minced Meat with Basil and Garlic,
Prawn Pancake, Pad Thai, Soft Shell Crab

(Clockwise) Me and my Panget excited to
sample the Soft Shell Crab, a refreshing
Thai Iced Tea, the DEADLY Tom Yum!

After dinner we headed to Suan Lum which was right beside the restaurant. We walked till about 12:30am. We had to head home since we had a tour booked at 7:00am the next day..

Day 2 will consist of a tour of Ayutthaya, river cruise back to Bangkok, early drinks at Sirocco, a delish dinner at Somboon and the best way to end the day - a dose of the famous local Thai massage.

I do ask for your patience, as I am still waiting for pictures (taken by KY's SLR).

I'm back!!

Just got back yesterday - time sure flies!!

I had a wonderful time in Bangkok!!

Will post as soon as I organize the pictures!! :)

I'd love to go back to Bangkok again!!