Thursday, February 28, 2008

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Being in the banking industry, we have always been warned against identity theft that can happen in daily banking and credit card transactions, especially those involving online activities. So the bank tries its very best to offer security especially for online transactions and also offer the clients very important information about security and phishing.

Lately, a number of cases have been reported in our company warning us of certain people who are posing as an employee or as someone affiliated with our bank. In the online world, there are also some of these ill-intentioned people who try to hack other people's bank and credit information by sending clients hoax emails which request for very confidential information such their account information, personal I.D. numbers and passwords.

In cases like these, we need to be wary of the security of our identities and our own accounts and properties. We should not reveal just to anyone our personal information, codes and passwords to avoid identity theft.

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Run Forrest Run!

As always, my hubby and I went out on our weekly date last Friday after work.

All roads led to Greenbelt 3. We went straight to Bubba Gump to have a no-meat dinner. Ah! Finally a nice place to relax after a very stressful week at work. Food's really good too!

Lookie here:

I really enjoy these dates with my husband. Ever since we became friends, we really enjoy each other's company and love to go into long conversations about anything under the sun. We also love eating out and going on dinner dates.

We've been together for 10 years already and still there are more things to learn and discover! Love you hunny.

Chocolate Yummy

Last week, I was talking to my officemate and we were discussing my chocolate cake craving. Then I remembered that we used to order cakes from Claudette's in Makati. So in one of those nights when hubby picked me up, I asked him to go around the Valero area so I can pick up a Cloud 9 from Claudette's. It costs 375 pesos only.

It was so yummy! It definitely filled my chocolate cake craving!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Travel Plans for 2008

What are your travel plans for this year 2008?

Last year was definitely a year of travel for my family. My Dad decided to go last June to Frankfurt, Germany to visit our relatives there and then headed to Rome, Italy to attend the canonization of St. Maria Eugenie, Foundress of the Assumption sisters. He also made a quick trip to Florence to see the famous architectural sights there and also stayed in Assisi, the hometown of his favorite saint, St. Francis. Around that time too, my husband and I also went abroad together to visit Singapore for their Annual Great Singapore Sale. We had such a blast scouring through all the sales! And then during the latter part of the year, it was my sister's turn to travel. She stayed in nice hotels in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan for three whole weeks and enjoyed every bit of her time there.

This year, my Dad also has been making plans to go to Hong Kong in May. My sister, on the other hand, is almost done finalizing her travel plans and hotel reservations for her trip to Sydney, Australia for the World Youth Day in July. As for my husband and I, our target is to apply for a US visa soon hoping to attend the wedding of my cousin in Chicago this October. I've already been to several countries in Europe but have never traveled to the US. But since budget is a concern, our next option is just to go this year to Bangkok or Shanghai for our second honeymoon. I have been browsing the internet and found this site which offers great deals and discounts on hotel reservations and resort accommodations. With the help of this site, travel can now be convenient and hassle-free. I'm actually planning on booking with them as soon as our vacation schedule and budget are finalized. Anyway, let's just hope for the best and start saving all that travel money!


In 1976 (the year you were born)

Gerald Ford is president of the US

The US celebrates its bicentennial, marking the 200th anniversary of its independence

The Viking II sets down on Mars' Utopia Plains

Promising, "I will never lie to you," Jimmy Carter is elected president of the United States

Israeli commandos rescue hostages from Entebbe, Uganda

The Concorde begins flights from New York to Europe

George W. Bush is arrested and fined for driving under the influence of alcohol

Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is invented by Seymour Cray

Freddie Prinze Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Colin Farrell, 50 Cent, Fred Savage, and Shannon Elizabeth are born

Cincinnati Reds win the World Series

Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl X

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Rocky is the top grossing film

Filming begins on George Lucas' Star Wars

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is published

The Eagles Their Greatest Hits compilation becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum

"Tonight's The Night" by Rod Stewart spends the most time at the top of the US chart

Charlie's Angels and The Muppet Show premiere

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Let's Play Domino!

Thanks to Apols (almost didn't see it), Toni and Maybelle for this domino tag!

Rule: Copy the entire list and add your name at the bottom. And tag at least 5 friends. (But you can tag as many as you like)

Thea is {} Childstar
My Scrappy Side
Jody: Scribbles of My Life

You may want to allow pings on your entry to enjoy the full domino effect. Have fun!

Now, I’m tagging Cebu-based (tama ba?) Vannie, Pampanga-based (tama ba?) Jean, US-based gals Trinity, Rafela, and Em.

8 Random Things About Zoe

Ed's AJ and Vannie's Ozzy tagged my Zoe:

1. Zoe is the first apo on my side but the 15th apo on Hubby' side. Here's our first time to see Zoe:

2. Zoe's real name (Zxxx Vxxxxxx) was taken from my mom's name, Violxxx while Zxxx was just name that I fancied (the famous Zara brand).
Zoe with my mother-in-law:

Zoe with my dad:

3. Zoe was baptized at the same church where we were married. :-)

4. Whenever we attend bday parties, we always try to have Zoe's picture taken with the mascot. :-) Addict!
Zoe (& mommy) with Barney:

Zoe (& mommy) with Tweety Bird:

Zoe (& mommy) with Hamburglar:

We also have a pic with Chuckee (of KFC) but I couldn't find the file.

5. Zoe loves Jollibee! She even recognizes the smallest tarpaulin of Jollibee's delivery service, pointing to it, saying "adububaubaa" (whatever that means!).

6. Zoe's first studio experience was for a Christmas souvenir at Great Image. Really torture! We couldn't get a decent pic. Right after that, we decided to enroll her at Blow Up Babies (BUB). At first, she cried and cried but on the succeeding pictorials, she was a very happy baby.
Great Image:


7. What else? Her favorite toy for the week? Her ratty Huggies teddy bear (got 6 of these teddies which are free last year from any big pack of Huggies diapers). If only I knew that she goes for cheapy-cheapy toys lang, I wouldn't have bought her so many expensive ones. Advise to soon-to-be moms: wait for gifts!

8. Zoe loves gadgets! Be it the remote control, the dvd player, cellphone, landline phone, etc. There was even a time she fell asleep with the phone's receiver on her ear.

That's all folks.

Thank you so much to AJ and Ozzy for tagging Zoe!

This time, I'm tagging Izech (Tet), Belle (Jenny) and Andres (Pam). Enjoy!

Shoulders Aching, Head Spinning

Hi there! It's been a very busy day. Got lots and lots of stuff to do at work. I'm so tired already. My shoulder's been aching but still there's still a long long list of things to do. These are the days when I long to be a house wife. Though I won't be earning, I'll be able to oversee my baby and the whole household. But then again...

And oh, hubby's leaving again for an out-of-town trip tomorrow. So this means no ride going to work for me for the next couple of days (read: more stress).


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Enjoy Online Billiards

Back in my high school days, my friends and I always enjoyed playing billiards. I may not be into it anymore but I certainly would like to play a game or two once again. So I told my husband recently about online billiard. Aside from it's attractive design, this website has a good range of online pool games which anyone in the world can play.

I'm sure my husband and I can soon play my favorite game in online billards which is the 8-ball.

More Pleaazzz...

My blog turned 3 months old last Feb. 7 and since then, I've been into blogging with benefits . Ok na ok pala noh? I'm really looking forward to more stuff to write about (not to mention more da-tung!).

Thanks to my online friends for getting me interested to be in the loop!

Stylish Eyeglasses

I started wearing eyeglasses when I turned 10 and up to now, I am still wear one. My present pair is already more than 3 years and it looks old and rusty. Since I have been planning on replacing it, I looked in the internet and at last: Best Thing Found: Zenni Optical. Their glasses are fashionable and stylish!

Here are some of my picks!

Zenni Optical $8 Rx Glasses is a great find! For as low as $8, you can already own a new pair!

Just click on the link and you will see a Great Discovery: Zenni Optical.

Mother Superior Zoe

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the one being routed to the different houses in our village (Block Rosary) visited our home for a week. With the statue comes a basket of prayers and several rosaries.

Obviously Zoe has a knack for rosaries.

Here, she's trying out all the rosaries, looking a like a Sto. Nino.

In this other picture, she looks like the Madre Superiora:


And have I told you that she joins the weekly Way of the Cross around our village every Friday of Lent?

Hmmm...manang-mana kay Lola.

Consider Cosmetic Surgery

A few years back, celebrities and rich people were the more common groups known to avail of cosmetic surgeries. But now, even ordinary people are getting more conscious of the way they look and are actually seeking medical intervention to improve their bodies and overall appearance.

Particularly abroad, a lot of women have been undergoing cosmetic surgery even if it would mean experiencing pain and spending a lot of money. The more popular procedure that women are now getting is breast enhancement. In this site about Breast Enhancement UK, it seems that many are becoming more open to fact that there are good benefits that can be derived from having a more curvaceous and voluptuous body. Many times, having a breast lift or enlargement or a tummy tuck can actually be a major confidence boost for women.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Let's Talk About Love

As I had posted here before, I was invited to talk about love, courtship and marriage to a group of young professionals here in Makati.

Overall, I think it went quite well. I told them that I don't speak as authority on the topic but was just sharing my thoughts and past experiences about the topic. The central focus of the talk is living purity in your state. This means that whether single or married, we need to see the importance of living the virtue of chastity -- a trait which is getting rarer and rarer these days during the effect of media and other societal influences.

Here are bits and pieces of the things I said. I hope you'll also get to learn a little from my simple sharing:

1. For the single man or woman, we need to first and foremost look into our family lifestyle, state in life and vocation. This will determine whether our calling is to be married and to live chastity as a single person (different from being single by circumstance).

2. If you are contemplating matrimony and honestly want your marriage to be an unqualified success, your task may be far greater than you realize. Marriage is a career and in any career, you need years of preparation and study to be successful.

3. For those still looking for their lifetime partner and seem to be feeling hopeless, the more you need pray for discernment and that God will show you the right person. Meantime, you have to help yourself.

Here are some tips:

a. Always look and feel beautiful (or handsome). But flaunting it out by wearing very revealing clothes and loud make-up don't necessarily attract the best guys. Dress with style as well as with dignity.
b. Try to keep yourself pre-occupied and not be too 'atat' to get a boyfriend. It will come (if it's for you) sooner than you expect. Spend your time learning new things, developing your skills and taking up a new interest or hobby.
c. For your first date, always be composed and confidence. Your confidence spells attractiveness in itself.
d. Don't date "dummies". In other words, don't waste your time on persons who do not fit your standards.
e. If you're getting old and still unattached, maintain your contact with old friends who can serve as a support and positive influence in your life. Girl-friends are valuable treasures in life whether you're married or single.

4. For those with boyfriends, here are some ideas on how you can live purity:

a. Avoid going to places where you will be tempted (bars and night clubs). There are many other things you can do apart from clubbing.
b. Make sure people are always around. To be alone (in a secluded place where there is no one in sight) is too tempting for even the most pious person.
c. Plan out your date – do coffee, go to dinner, TALK – then you won’t think about fooling around.
d. Go on group dates with friends. If you hang out with friends who have the same standards and morals as you, then you will feel uncomfortable if you and your partner are planning to engage in acts proper to married people only.

5. I think the best advice I could give for those who are still in the courtship and engagement stage is to learn to WAIT. The gift of yourself is the best gift you can give to your husband on your wedding night. It will be the best thing you’ve ever done – to offer yourself with 100% love. love.

6. In marriage, taking unto oneself a partner, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health until death, is serious business. Thus, a happy and successful marriage is one of life's greatest blessings.

"In this sense, marriage is truly a career--one instituted by God Himself to carry a man and his wife and their children along life's highway to heaven."

With A Little Help...

I got interested on this article which talks about parents helping their children purchase their houses. It's quite relevant since this is what we are somewhat praying that my Dad would do for us.

We have been living with my Dad since my husband and I got married. We're actually not complaining since the house is newly-built and is big enough for our needs. However, part of our family vision and mission is also for my husband and I to be able to buy our very own house and lot. We plan to get a Homeowner Loan soon. One option is to apply for a housing loan in a bank. I can also avail of a housing assistance loan in my company as part of my benefit as an regular employee. Our in-house terms and rates are still lower than that of any commercial bank around. The only catch here is that I would be tied up with the company and won't be able to resign as long as I have a big outstanding loan with them.

At any rate, whatever our decision will be, there are still a few things we need to settle. First and foremost, we need to decide on the location of the property that we would purchase. We want to find a place that's just near our present house. We currently live in a suburban area where it is safe and conducive for children to be brought up. The only problem is that our area easily gets flooded whenever there are strong rains and typhoons. Our second problem is not having enough savings for the down payment or equity to purchase the property. While we're really trying to save, hopefully, my Dad can also help us in that aspect. We're keeping our fingers crossed!

What Kind of Shoe Are You?

You Are Flip Flops

You are laid back and very friendly.
Cheery and sunny in disposition, you usually have something to smile about.
Style is important to you, as long as you can stay casual.
It takes a lot to get you to dress up!
You are a loyal and true person, though you can be a bit of a flake.
You tend to "play hooky" and blow off responsibilities a lot more than most people.
You should live: By the beach
You should work: At a casual up and coming company

Coming Home

I heard that my dear friend Cleo will be coming home tomorrow to Manila from London. She has been working there for over a year now as a caregiver. Honestly, I miss her a lot since we were constant companions while she was living here. Anyway, I am so eager to see her again because since she left, we barely got to communicate through email or text since she doesn't have her own computer there and the cellular phone rates are expensive.

In one of her last phone calls, she told me that she might move out of her current apartment whom she shares with other Filipinos. The flat where they stay has become too crowded for her and her housemates. I think one of her housemates already has his whole family with him there. Mortgage payments in London are quite high so she has been living ever since in the suburban area. So to travel to the city proper, she still needs to take the train. The rates that she needs to pay for this new place is much lower plus it is located very near a church. I told her to go for it in view of the money that she will save for renting a new flat.

It's A Long Weekend!

I have been working like a dog for the past days in the office that it's such a relief when I realized today that there won't be work for the next 3 days. Wo-hooo!

But wait, on second thought, I just might be reporting for work tomorrow just to finish a deadline. Tsk. Tsk. That means no napping and no playing with Zoe. I don't like!!!

Maybe there's still hope. Wait if I bring my work home and at the same time be with my dear sweethearts?

Good idea!

Resolution for 2008: To be Debt-Free

I’ve recently been concerned about our current financial condition. Ever since I decided to enroll in graduate school as few years back, I have been grappling with credit card debts. Why? It’s because being back in school entailed paying for ultra-high tuition fees (which you can charge to your credit card), lunch and dinner case meetings with classmates, photocopying expense for dozens of books, project expenses, and many more. And just when I thought that when I graduate I’ll be able to recoup my investment, my mom got sick (and passed away) which left us with huge bills and loans to pay. After that, I got married and my husband and I started to build our family. There came in baby expenses such as vaccinations, milk, diapers, and much much more. The expenses and financial obligations don’t seem to stop.

My only consolation is that our personal incomes have shot up a considerable amount in the past year. This truly helps in coping with our existing obligations. If not for that, we would have to face a very difficult financial situation.

As a resolution this year, my husband and I have decided to make a Debt Management Plan. We now make sure that we set aside a portion of our salaries for savings. Aside from that, we also have minimized the use of the credit card especially for grocery shopping and gasoline expenses. We also agreed to eat out less and spend more time during weekend just at home with the baby. These small steps in frugal living should make a big impact in our savings and existing credit card standing.

Got A New Blog!

My husband coined a new name for my secondary blog about home management. It shall now be entitled "HOUSE EVERYTHING". Cute huh? It's still in the formatting stage but I hope all in my blogroll with link this new blog of mine.

I plan to blog about my house projects, cleaning tips, cooking adventures, hobbies, budgeting, and everything else under our roof! :-)

See you all there!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dream Garage

As a child I have always seen from my Dad create makeshift house drawings. His dream was to have our existing house remodeled into four levels with a four-car garage. At that time, our house was only a modest bungalow with a small garage fit for our one and only car.

But as the saying goes, "dream and your dreams will fall short". This dream of my Dad's did become a reality about two years ago when our family decided to venture into a full-blast renovation wherein the contractor needed to demolish our old house and construct as if from scratch. This time too, we also made a provision for a four-car garage which is perfect since we now have four cars.

Our house is now erect and furnished but the garage still needs some work. It still remains somewhat unfinished with its plain cement flooring with no tiles or concrete base flooring yet. Given the money, I would like to build something like my Uncle's garage in London. Garages abroad are very modern, secure and durable. In particular, my Uncle's garage has a remote controlled shutter door which is amazing! If only my Dad would agree on installing a similar thing at home. If he agrees, then don't you think it's groovy? I think so!

I'm Sexy (Ahem!)

My good online friend Pat gave a very special award today.

Drumrolls please!!!

So undeserved but thank you anyway! :-)

When You Hit Financial Rock-Bottom

Being employed in a financial institution, I encounter a lot of stories about clients who are having trouble in the management of their credit line and loans with the company. Some of them literally have to beg the company to give them more time and adjusted rates so that they can hurdle their existing accounts. In cases such as these, the company first studies the financial condition of the client and then tries to offer a restructuring of their credit line with easier terms and rates. Some clients get through their credit ordeal with this restructuring plan. However, there are still some clients that unfortunately could no longer pay their debts altogether even with the remedial plan offered by the company. Thus, the company and their other creditors may end up going after their other accounts and properties as the client files for bankruptcy.

To avoid these instances from happening, it is essential to formulate a Debt Managment Plan. Having this plan is the solution to avoid the risk of bankruptcy. Especially for those who almost hit rock-bottom financially, it is good to request a good financial advisor to offer available solutions in managing their debts better and reclaiming their lost financial reputation. These financial advisors will discuss with the client the available remedial financial products available and help them in getting out of the financial pit.

As a lesson learned, I am now personally very careful whenever I need to avail of any credit. This is because constant and thoughtless borrowing might lead to unsecured debt because we may never know what the future holds.

Tagged by Nol

Nol, my online friend whom I heard is on a HK holiday, tagged me this one. Thanks Nol!

1. Today I feel very--- tired, got a ton of work to finish
2. I enjoy --- being with my family
3. I am unhappy when --- I try not to be unhappy.
4. I feel good when --- I'm with my sweethearts.
5. I wish my boss --- wouldn't give me anymore extra assignments.
6. My officemates think --- I'm pretty LOL!
7. My work area is --- brand new!
8. I enjoy reading about --- God and other stories.
9. I like myself best when --- I accomplish my plans.
10. If I had a choice I would --- stay at home and work from home.
11. I wish --- that my whole family stay happy and healthy.
12. Tomorrow I would like to --- finish all my tasks in the office so that I would have to work on Saturday!

Thanks again Nol. I enjoyed this!

Confused About Mortgages

Two years ago, when my Uncle visited us from Germany to attend my wedding, he and his wife hurriedly decided to get a property since they thought they wanted a retirement house here when they get older. Unfortunately, their financial situation has been turning sour for the past year and retirement plans would have to wait. Honestly, I think my Uncle didn't make a sound judgment before agreeing to buy the property. He was just swayed by the agent to make that quick decision. Thus, he is now faced with a big problem with his monthly payments lest the property developer charge them with heftier interest rate due to default payment.

In order to aid them, I suggested that they move out of the in-house mortgage plan they have with the developer and instead shift to the fixed rate plan with a term of 5 years being offered by a bank. Now my Uncle is ever more confused on how to manage his mortgage problems.

In a related article, I read that deciding on which type of mortgage is the best has been a perennial problem for homeowners like my Uncle. Mortgages are dependent on various factors such as the outlook on the economic that affects base rates. Moreover, it was said there that it is usual for homeowners, specially those who have limited time to study the plan before making a decision, to fail in choosing the correct type of mortgage which fits them. I think this situation describes my Uncle's situation perfectly.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Love, Courtship and Marriage

In line with the season of LOVE this February, I was invited by a friend to give a short talk about above subject to some her friends (both single and married alike) tomorrow in their office.

Hmm... not yet sure exactly what to share with them. If only the topic is as easy as demonstrating how to make the perfect omelet... :-)

Anyway, I thought this comic strip is funny (at least for a married woman like me).

To the wifeys out there -- beware when you ask your husband for the hairdryer! Hahaha!

I will update you guys how the talk goes tomorrow!

When I Grow Up... (Part 2)

...I want to be a...BLOGGER! :-)

Like mother like daughter. :-)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Whenever we travel abroad or locally, I have always been wary of how clean and hygienic the hotel room is, particularly the beds. This is because I’m afraid there may be cockroaches and bed bugs there! So as much as possible, we only choose to book at hotels with a good rating in terms of cleanliness (new bed sheets, newly-vacuumed carpets, clean bathroom, etc.). This more or less guarantees that they a good team that takes care of the upkeep of the rooms which lessens the possibilities of having bed bug infestations.

Isn't this what the clients truly deserve?

Biggest Heart Award

From Ai and Vannie:

Thank you for giving me this award, for always passing by my blog (I hope you enjoy reading), for giving me comments and for being a friend.

Thanks thanks and take care!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Being In Control of Your Future

Ever since my husband encountered a car accident in General Santos City last year, I have always been feeling restless and worrisome every time he leaves on business trips. Thank God that sans a bad bruise which he got on his left palm and other minor scratches on both arms, he is now fully recovered from the wounds and the trauma.

I guess that particular incident got me interested in availing of disability insurance. Even though we are a double-income family and are at the peak of our careers, you can never be sure if you will be continue to be healthy or able to work on a full-time basis in the next few years or so.

Since my husband is still traveling a lot as part of his job, the best way to secure his future income and his ability to earn a living is to get a disability insurance. In this regard, the first step that we’re going to do is to request for disability insurance quotes from the internet. From there, we’ll be able to decide on which insurance company can provide the best product and service in terms of disability insurance.

Waiting for Another Blog to Hatch

As I have been discussing with my hubby, I have been tinkering with the thought of starting another blog that is focused mainly on cooking and home management.

You see, I used to belong to this group of nice ladies who plan out get-togethers & talks on the different aspects of the home. Our topics ranged from household cleaning, organizing, daily household schedules, cooking (from the basics to more complicated stuff), budgeting, etc. etc. Oh boy I miss those days!

Being married for the past 2 years, I feel that I need to practice all that I have learned and try to focus on improving my/our home life.

I'm taking these words as an inspiration:

"The home and the family will always occupy a central place in the life of a woman. For it is obvious that when she spends time on her family she is fulfilling a great human and Christian role."

Don't you agree?

Anyway, I'm still in the process of thinking of a name for this new baby. Will update you in the next few days. Until then, take care y' all.

A Secured Future for the Family

My husband and I have always agreed that securing the future of our family through life insurance is a top priority.

While I have already gotten several life insurance policies for myself ever since I was single, it is only now that my husband has been interested in getting an insurance policy. As the head of the family, he feels that the best way to secure our family’s future aside from saving up money in the bank is to have a life insurance policy. Through the help of online life insurance quotes, we were able to compare the different insurance products and the range of rates available in the market. In the end, he has finally decided to get a term life insurance since he is already not so young and to get a full life insurance would be a bit too costly for us at the moment.

Food Tripping This February (Long Read)

February seems to be a month filled with celebrations! We have been eating out more than usual in the past weeks and enjoyed every bit of our time together as a family.

Let me just share to you some of our food trips lately...

First Trip - Panciteria de San Jacinto in Pasig

Ever since I could remember, my family has been flocking to San Jacinto for celebrations -- birthdays, graduations and other blessings.

I think the last time we went there as a family was when my mom was still alive and I graduated from my MBA course at the Ateneo Grad School of Business.

Anyway, as a sort of celebration for my mom's supposedly 61st birthday, my hubby, dad and I went to San Jacinto for dinner on February 01.

I noticed that they replaced some of the furniture and added some sofa / couches to make it more comfy. But as usual, the ambiance was still homey, the service good and the food yummy. In short, I love it there.

Second Trip - Marina in Jupiter Street, Makati

On one of those Fridays (of Lent), I asked my husband to bring me to Marina since I was craving for crab meat. The last time I craved for crab was when I was still pregnant with Zoe so that already some time ago. Is this a sign?

Overall, Marina is quite a disappointment. First, they didn't have anymore bangus available. Plus, all of orders had to be followed-up and came in late and in trickles. The food was not only late but for me it didn't taste as good as Breakthrough in Iloilo (at least for the higher price I should expect more, right?). Last, since my hubby wanted to drink some, when he ordered for his second bottle in advance, one of the waiters made a mistake of picking up his bottle of beer even if it still had some more left. My hubby gave him the look. Good thing, the manager was watching and immediately scolded the waiter and gave the excuse to us that he was just new. Anyway, because of this experience, I don't think we will be going back there anytime soon.

Third Trip -- Gerry's Grill in Trinoma

When my sister came over one weekend, we went to Trinoma and had early dinner at Gerry's Grill.

I highly recommend Gerry's Grill. The service was fast and the food tastes good. The waiters were also friendly. Plus the prices are relatively cheap. It only came out around 1,200 pesos for 5 adults (plus 1 toddler). Not bad, huh?

Of course, we ordered the yummiest food there. Haha! I felt I had a cholesterol overload after that.

Fourth Trip - Taste Asia in SM Hypermart Pasig

On Valentine's Night, my hubby and I decided to avoid the crowds and just go to the grocery to buy milk for baby girl Zoe. Unfortunately, SM didn't have any stock of Zoe's milk.

Anyway, since we were already there, we decided to grab dinner in the turo-turo style Taste Asia (Japanese). I thought at first that we made a good choice since we didn't have to fall in line or wait to be seated. But no, I regretted our decision to eat there at my very first taste of what we ordered. The food is really not ok (to put it lightly). Plus I think it caused some tummy ache for hubby the next day. I swear, I won't be eating there again.

Last Trip (for now) -- Dampa in Julia Vargas, Pasig

After work last Friday, we decided to eat out again to make up for our terrible dinner that we had at Taste Asia the day before. Since it was hard to go to Glorietta or Greenbelt because of the on-going rally, we instead drove to Pasig to eat at Dampa, particularly in Aling Tonya's Paluto where we are already 'suki'.

I was wishing and praying that the food will be so much better than what we had the day before. And so it was (but for a much higher price). We ordered Shrimps in butter, calamares and kilawin all at 1/2 kilo each. When the food arrived, it looked like we we're having our "last supper". Haha! The food served was so much (errr...too much) for just 2 persons that we had to bring home more than half of what we ordered. Anyway, I enjoyed it there. Plus we saw Gaby dela Merced also eating in one of the stalls there. O di ba, star-struck ako. Hehehe.

Till our next foodie trip! Hope you enjoyed reading!

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