Gotti’s Ristorante

After watching How to Train your Dragon in 3D, we went to Gotti’s Ristorante for some light dinner over pizza and pasta. It was my first time to hear about the place, so I gamely agreed when my sister suggested this restaurant.

Gotti’s menu reminds me of Amici. However, I realized when they served the food that they have much bigger servings than their more popular counterpart. As for the taste though, I think I’d still vote for Amici.

Pesto Nettuno (Php 245, for sharing). Their pasta dish for seafood lovers. Pasta linguini topped with mussels, squid, and shrimp. I didn’t really enjoy their version of my favorite seafood pasta. Not so many seafood toppings, and the taste is yeah – bland – for me. I don’t think I’d come back here to order the same.

Mi Mama’s Quattro Formaggi (Php 295). My sister doesn’t eat meat, so we had to order either the vegetarian pizza or the four-cheese. We chose the latter. Again, nothing to rave about. The taste is average for me. I even liked The Market’s four-cheese pizza better.

All in all, Gotti’s is good to try once, but i’m not going back soon, for sure. The food is reasonable, but average. The waiters are attentive and the service was fast, though. But for an Italian quick fix, I’d still go to good old Amici and/or Fazoli’s.

How to Train your Dragon in 3D

Today Angelo and I, with my two sisters watched How to Train your Dragon in SM Megamall 3D Cinema. I have been very busy since the year started and I missed my regular Saturday bonding sessions with them, so off to our favorite mall, we went.

I’m not good in writing movie reviews, and I’m not aiming to be a movie critique as well, but I must say, I TOTALLY LOVE THE MOVIE! It was touching and feel-good at the same time, and the flight scenes are amazing! for the past few months, I’ve only watched 3 movies in 3D cinema, including Up! and Avatar, but How to Train your Dragon stood out because of the way that it touched my heart in a super entertaining way.

My favorite character is definitely Toothless – the “night fury” dragon. He is soooo cute! It’s all in his eyes I guess — the animators did a very good job in making him look fierce – when the scene calls for it, and cute – when he needs to be.

For only Pesos 225 each, SM Megamall was able to give us a good movie experience. The ticket comes with free drinks, and since they were having a promo at that time, we even won a limited edition notebook.

Now, can anyone tell me where I could adopt a dragon? I’d love to have one! 🙂

What’s your Comfort Food?

Ours is Paella. Yum.

So one day, when things were getting too rough for both of us in the office, we went to Terry’s Selection to get a taste of their famous spanish dish.

 Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by the exquisite off white interiors and modern furnitures. The whole place embodies an aura of relaxation and good times, and would be a perfect hideaway with friends or a quick date.

The second floor is ideal for big groups.

There’s a deli store in the third floor selling interesting, imported value-for-money items.

The third floor is ideal for couples who want more privacy. I love that it’s overlooking Valero Street, partly hidden by some trees.

Some of the items being sold in the deli.

Some more.

If ou want to buy wine, they have it also.

For dinner, we had authentic paella de marisco (Php 560, good for sharing)….

… and in-house red wine.

And this for dessert. 🙂

Happy, stress-free  faces!

Terry’s Selection, Salcedo Village
G/F Lafayette Square, Salcedo Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 889-3198

My Band Aid Story

A while ago, i was getting weird looks from the people inside a mall in Taguig. Why? Because of this band aid (the type that we put on our knees) that my dermatologist plastered in my face.

:-S

I had a procedure at Clarity Aesthetic Center earlier to drain the “cysts” in my face that just popped out of nowhere. It scared the hell out of me, but it was just like popping out an oversized blackhead, really.

I started noticing this little dot about a month ago. It looked like a mole from afar. I got alarmed though because it was getting bigger and bigger everyday, so I had it checked already yesterday.

Turned out, those mole-looking pests were cysts that decided to join forces to form a bigger circle. Yuck!

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Who is the most important woman who has influenced your life and why?

This was the question raised by femalenetwork.com and Raintree Restaurants for the International Women’s Month

While almost everyone answered “their moms,” which is an obvious answer, I chose my youngest sister, Nini. Please take time to read my answer below: 

The woman who made the most impact in my life will definitely be my youngest sister. I will forever admire her courage, faith, and strong will while fighting the dreaded leukemia. In spite of her young age (she was 16 when she was diagnosed), she bravely endured all the tests and needles, as well as the endless rounds of chemoteraphy. She never complained, nor blamed God for what happened. She maintained the positive attitude and her loving nature even if she was enduring everything to hold on to her dear life. 

I learned from her two most important lessons in life – 1)that we should life life to the fullest without regrets; and 2) that God blesses those who believe in him. After 3 years of fighting, my sister is well and back to her normal life. She’s my inspiration and I’m sure all the others around her will also learn from her how to celebrate life.
by May Buendia on 2010-03-09 09:55:29 

I didn’t really join to win, I thought it would be a nice “little non-material gift” for her. But then, should I win, I’d have to take my sisters out for some serious girl bonding session. Hahaha. Cheers to the good life! 🙂 

 

Search for the Best B&B:Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

Bahay Bakasyunan is definitely the best resort in Camiguin! It’s a little bit more pricey than the others, but it’s worth every peso. We were booked at BBC on our second day in Camiguin, And we were just there the whole afternoon… makes us not want to leave after seeing what BBC has to offer. 

  

Booking a room was easy. I tried online booking through their website, but didn’t get any reply so I called them up to make our reservation. I was surprised to know that they accept pencil reservations! They booked a room for us (we got the deluxe room for Php2,350 per night) without asking for a downpayment. That was a breeze!  

I read about a lot of good reviews online for BBC. It’s obvious that I’m one of their satisfied customers, so I will just let the pictures amaze you as well.  

Accommodations  

For only Php 2,350, we have our own cottage already. The air-conditioned room has it’s own bathroom, cable TV, dresser, cabinet for our clothes, and welcome drinks. Feels like I’m in a five-star resort!  

our beautiful cottage two single beds joined together? - oh no! i love the little details!

Around the Resort 

In BBC, you will never run out of something to do. Albeit small as compared to other resorts, there are a lot of facilities and activities that guests can enjoy for free. 

the pool overlooking the sea the souveneir shop

interesting finds details! details!

the cozy massage area - we can actually hear the waves during the spa session!

the game room - guests can play for free

Service was great as well. The resort is well-maintained and I’d give two thumbs up for that. If you’re planning to visit Camiguin, make sure to book even a night’s stay in BBC. It’s one great experience you’ll never forget.  

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
Camiguin Island: Balbagon, Mambajao, Philippines
Phone: +63 88 3871057, +63 88 3870131
Telefax: +63 88 3870278,
Mobile: +639209017270

 

Lomo Love

My sunset lomo photo shot in Puerto Galera was chosen as the “shot of the day” of BXLOMO! Wala lang, I was just thrilled to see mine with the best photos of other lomoistas all over the world! Thank you so much, Toon and Ina! 🙂

I started getting into lomography in 2009 when I was introduced to it by a friend. My first camera was a Holga 120 cfn that I bought from Jennie, an online seller. However, it’s so hard to find 120 films and they’re expensive too! Imagine my excitement when C gave me a new Holga 135 camera last Christmas! That has been my new travel companion since. 🙂

Here are some more of my favorite lomo photos. I’ll share some more soon. 🙂

Angeloat Puerto Galera

Caliraya 2009
Subic 2009
Oblation at UP

Spa Review Series: THE SPA @ Bonifacio High Street

It is my turn to think and plan of something to do for our 10th monthsary (he arranged a wonderful dinner at Lu in Rockwell for our 9th) and I spent hours researching for a memorable way to do it. In the end, I tried to veer away from the usual and thought of treating C to a night of relaxation and bliss in a spa.

Together, we’ve tried The Spa at Sonya’s Garden, Callospa, Big Apple Spa at the Fort, and the heavenly Thai Foot Spa of Footloose. However, in the mood to go all out, we decided to try THE SPA.

* sorry for the grainy pics. I used my blackberry phone for these. I’m still waiting for the better quality pictures from C’s phone.

The Ambience and Facilities

Booking a slot was easy for us – we were there on a Tuesday night so there weren’t too many guests. I made advance reservations over the phone three hours before our estimated time of 7:30 though, just to be sure. And it was a breeze. We were there earlier than our schedule, but they let us in anyway. The receptionists were very accommodating, and I find the staff very corteous as well.

We chose to have our massage and treatments at the PREMIERE VILLA of the branch in Bonifacio High Street. FYI, the price of their massage and treatments vary according to which room you would choose to have it done.  The premiere villa is the most expensive, but with utmost privacy and the most romantic setting that we just need.        

The Premiere Villas offer a kind of “resort in the city” ambience, as these are set at the top floor of The Fort branch, overlooking Bonifacio High Street. These stand-alone villas offer guests a more private experience so they can truly feel relaxed with their choice of treatments and massages. Coming from the overall romantic mood and tone set by the cosmopolitan interiors of this branch, the villa also radiates a feel of urban zen with its white airy spaces and clean off-white interiors. – The Spa Website

The only way to get to the topmost floor is though the male and female locker rooms in the second floor. After paying the bill, we were led separately to the locker rooms where we were made to wait for a few minutes while they were preparing our villa. I was there first, and while I didn’t see the overlooking part, the zen garden on our way to the villa made me feel I’m in a resort somewhere and not in the middle of busy High Street. 🙂

The villa has our own jacuzzi, a shower room with sauna, and two massage beds. There’s a big dresser as well, complete with toiletries, a hairbrush. three bath towels, and two bathrobes.

We were given 30 minutes to enjoy the jacuzzi and the sauna, before the actual massage. The villa was nice. There’s a soft and relaxing background music which was inaudible until we turned off the jacuzzi, the room was a bit dark for me, but it was okay. 

What I just totally didn’t like about the room are the mosquitoes! They should really do something about this because it got me distracted the whole time. :-S Also, the massage bed was a little bit short for C (he was 5″8′! How about those taller than him?), hence, he was uncomfortable at first.

Massage and Treatments

While I was doing my research, I read several posts complaining about the Swedish Massage at the spa. One girl even mentioned that both she and her boyfriend developed fever the following day after they had their massage here. Because of this, I just decided to try Shiatsu for both of us. Since I really favor Swedish massage, I really don’t have any idea of what Shiatsu is about.

Based on the concept of acupuncture, this Japanese-style pressure point massage works on vital energy points resulting in balanced chi.

The massage was straightforward, I must say. I missed the scent of the oil I was used to but it was a blessing in disguise because I realized that Shiatsu is the perfect massage for me! It was what I really need and I love how the massage would zero in and focus on pressure points. Since this one’s dry, I also didn’t have to worry about developing allergical reactions from the massage oil.

C’s therapist also advised him to avail of the Swedish massage instead because of his scoliosis. He smells like bamboo after, but he had a relaxing time as well.

After the massage, we were given 15 minutes to rest. The therapists also handed us small envelops for the tip.

Overall, it was a nice experience. It was definitely more expensive than the usual (all in all we paid Php2,800 but we got 20% discount from our Belle de Jour and Navi planners), but the ambience (minus the mosquitoes) make up for it. The massage was so-so and not worth much raves. The villa, and the facilities in it, live up to its promise.

My rating: Good to experience once, but I don’t think I’m going to be a regular customer here. 

The Spa – Fort
Building 8, 908, Bonifacio High Street 
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel Number: 8565858
Sun-Thurs – 1PM-9PM
Fri-Sat – 1PM-10PM 
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