Emancipate yourself from mental slavery

Weekend calls for bonding! Tiring and long week so we decided to eat out. Been craving for the ever famous “mango bravo” from Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant. It’s a short walk from the office to Serendra where it’s located but since the sun was high, we opted to take the bus.

Good thing we didn’t have to wait so long to get a table, usually the area is booked on weekends.

Photos of us waiting and the interiors. Hmmm, I want to have a plate collection all of a sudden. 🙂

Alexa, you are approved as your shirt says! Haha! Smile!

Food is ready! Can you believe I didn’t eat rice this time? All american breakfast, everything here is delicious, I swear!

Of course, any visit will be useless without some cakes! Moist chocolate cake, Mango Bravo, Turtle pie and a special cake from Jude called the “Freedom cake” 😀 (thanks CK for helping out with the decoration).

Marie, Anna, Hilda, Jude and Alexa… I’m behind the camera.

I decided to wear my “sapin-sapin” top to drive away the negative vibes. Guess I should wear more colorful clothes, like bright yellow, pink and blues!

HERE IS MY SURPRISE! Do not laugh! Sorry for the grammatical lapses 😀

You better watch this video, I know how much you love the movie “Wicker Park”… coincidence or not but the little lady’s name is Alexa.

Jamba Juice and Slice with good friends

My friends and I love to eat, and thus we agreed to check out restaurants once in a while. Last Friday, we visited Jamba Juice and Slice at the The Fort.

First stop: Jamba Juice

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Looking for a healthy way to indulge? You got the right place! It’s my first time to try this out and I will come back, actually, we all agreed to come back. Why? They have the best smoothies in town and the place was so cute. The ambiance was sooooo fruity and they have the coolest way of ordering. They have this little number tags that beeps up when your smoothie/order is ready.

The menu, please check out their main site for the complete menu.

Jude and Anna waiting for their turn.

Alex ordering, look at how the staff smiled! Ear to ear and so happy! I love happy people.

Anna, Alex and myself.

1. 4’11” 1/2 feet

2. Coffee runs in my blood most of the time (but I adore fruit stuff as well)

3. Uhmm, happiness boost?

Pretzels, though we didn’t try them. We are so hungry we needed something heavier than these, next time 🙂

Lovely wall isn’t it?

Fresh and clean-looking place.

It all started with a blender…

And it made us happy! (If you notice, I am holding the ***beeping*** thing I was telling you earlier.

My order is up!

Our orders were perfect: Alex and I had Strawberries Wild, Anna tried the Coldbuster and lastly Jude had her share of Chocolate Moo’d.

Thank you so much Jamba Juice for my delicious smoothie!

Satisfied? YES!!!

Second Stop: Slice

One of our dear friend suggested that we try this restaurant as well. Thank goodness we followed her advised. Our hungry stomachs can’t wait to have a taste of their food. This time, we indulged in pasta and burger (if I was not mistaken). Sorry I was not able to jot down the names of the food, I was so hungry when the food arrived, I gave in.

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With our Jamba Juices, so nice of them to let us have our smoothies inside.

Checking the menu

With the waitress waiting for our order.

Morning!

Lights attract me the most in restaurants, I am not sure why.

Look at these sofas! Love!

Excuse me? Lol! Our food is not yet ready so better take photos! Thank you so much Jude for the mini pictorial!

Anna’s left at the table? Where is everyone? 🙂

Ohhh! So Jude was busy looking at cakes…

I was busy looking at wall arts…

And taking photos of anything 🙂

Clean and long tables! Perfect!

Happy Feet!

With our Food! Forgot the names but ALL OF THEM tastes so good! Worth the price I can say. We are giving them 5 out of 5 stars! 🙂

Alex is one HAPPY and satisfied customer! Even had a take out, and look at that eco-friendly paper bag!

AGAIN, JAMBA JUICE and SLICE are both must-tries! Plus they are beside each other! ♥

10th of out 10 posts and TODAY is my birthday, I am 27! Finally!!!

Day 1: 1st out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : GOD

Day 2: 2nd out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : FREEDOM

Day 3: 3rd out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : JOY

Day 4: 4th out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : GLOOMY WEATHER

Day 5: 5th out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : VALUE OF LIFE

Day 6: 6th out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : CURLS

Day 7: 7th out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : FAMILY

Day 8: 8th out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : BOOKS

Day 9: 9th out of 10 mornings before I turn 27 : SEASONS OF LOVE

Day 10. YES! Today is my birthday and I am happy about it. Very much happy indeed. Keep on receiving continuous greetings from Facebook, Twitter, via text, in person and all ways you can think of. Also, I received 4 cakes, if I had known, I would not have ordered one for myself. That would total of 5 cakes! Oh they are all so lovely, plus I got 6 new books! Oh, I can’t be more excited. Right at this very moment, the people I love are downstairs preparing for my party (will be sure to share them tomorrow).

TODAY IS BLISS and I AM HAPPY TO BE 27!

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.
– George Harrison

Vavavaloons!

It was a late invite and of course I can’t let this pass, I have never attended any Hot Air Balloon Show before, it was truly amazing that this was their 17th year! We were supposed to visit this event a year ago however I became busy since I was flying to Dubai.

Anyway, we went out with the Pamoso girls, the same batch when we went to Coron, Palawan. Sorry my blog post about that getaway was long over due. Promise to fix it as soon as I can. Additions to the group were TL Randz, her wife Glaiz and son Daniel, first time to travel with Nap and Leah, the Megastar Ampy Cielo and of course, Ruby’s daughter Rain.

 Dan, Nap and Randz’s Ride

Saturday after shift we headed straight to Pampanga. As we all know, it’s considered as one of the food capital of the Philippines, so our dear friend Ampy being a food junkie made some research and found Everybody’s Cafe. A place where you can try exotic foods, more like Balaw Balaw that you can find near our area here in Rizal. It took us some time finding the place and I guess it will be a wasted opportunity if I will not try something in this famous place. In the end, I gathered up all my might so I can eat a fried frog, yes, can you believe it?! Those who are close to me knows that I will never dare put myself near that yucky amphibian. But as I have always said, what doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger. So I did conquer it with the help of my new friends, they all cheered and said I can do it and that it only tastes like chicken. True enough it does tastes like one. Aside from the fact that I ate my only enemy in the world, we had the chance to eat “adobong cricket”. I really can’t explain the taste since I dipped it first on sauce. All I know is you can feel it’s crunchy body, eww to that! Haha!

  You can’t miss the sign, it’s big enough for you to see it on the road.

The wonder frog, crispy!

 Now it’s time for the free cricket thingy! Toast first before eating, lol! Go Ampy you can do it!

 And this was her reaction… 🙂

 But of course! Gen would never let the opportunity pass, so she bravely tried it. Her facial expression is epic! She was not able to contain it and spat it out. But still, kudos to her, bravery is enough!

 This is what we tried, I guess the indescribable facial expression is accepted after all.

All of us felt tired since we worked the night before, so after eating we headed straight to Villa Antonina’s Resort. We were lucky to get a family room and it all gave us space to sleep our tired bodies to. The others were able to use the pool, but I was so tired I just slept. We all woke up around 2:30 am, we hurried up because we have been informed that there will be a heavy traffic in the said area.

 View from the veranda, lovely isn’t it!

 You know I am instantly drawn on these earthly things! Who wouldn’t be?

 Our room

 Ruby and her poser daughter, Rain.

 Leah, Nap and cutie Rain.

 We dropped by Jan’s place before going to Clark area. This was in front of her lovely house!

We arrived at the place and yes, not only was there traffic, the dust was everywhere! You have to make sure you have a hanky so you can cover you nose and mouth. I recommend those who have asthma attacks to make sure their medicines and nebulizers are all set. The entrance was chaotic, there were so many people, children and adults alike. They all came from different places just to see the big floating balloons! Ticket costs 200 pesos each. You can either buy it there or have your tickets reserved at Ticketworld.

Once inside, you have to choose a place in the open field area. Others were ready, some were not, like us. Good thing Randz was able to buy something that we can seat in. The place was grassy but it was not enough to just sit there because of the dust. The event started with a group of guys paragliding. One guy was carrying the flag of the Philippines and as our national anthem ended he landed as well, talk about right timing. After a few minutes, they assembled the hot air balloon and soon they were up in the air. While the whole event was ongoing, there’s a guy explaining some facts about the event and hot air balloons. I learned that flying hot air balloons depends on the country and weather. Here in the Philippines, it should be early morning and late afternoon where the air is cooler so that the balloons can fly properly. For me, the weather was perfect for the event, we experienced some drizzle early in the morning but most of the time it was cloudy and not too hot. Good for all the people who were watching. The hot air balloon show finished early, after that, we moved to a different place since the boys wanted to fly some kites. We ate, toured the bazaar area where I was able to buy a magnificent capiz lamp. It was really unique and one of a kind.

 Dear dirt, you love me and I know it!

 The para gliders, great way to start the show. I wanna try this one!

 The huge crowd.

 Our crowd! 🙂

 Getting ready to watch them fly!

 Most dad’s will carry their daughters and babies on their back, I bet they have the best view! (Thinking if I should bring my dad next time, haha! I guess he will get mad at my idea!)

 Just chillin’ while eating.

 Photographers can really squeeze themselves at all sorts of places, this time, they found the army truck to be useful.

 More and more hot air balloons!

 Picture here and everywhere!

 Such a great sight to see.

 Close up Balloon was the first one to fly.

 Yes there’s a party, coz’ of the cake.

 Starry balloon.

 Up up and away, the cake goes, too bad I was not able to take a bite.

 Weee! so many!

 Dessert anyone? Free ice cream if you can get it! With cherry on top!

 Cars fanatic?

 Daniel was all excited, you can see how happy he is.

 Our group with the balloons.

 Ruby, Anna and Ampy.

The army cars were also show cased in the area.

 So many kites!

 The kites and I.

 Nap? Were you able to fly it easily?  Haha!

 Rain and Daniel.

 How can I forget to flaunt the ribbon on my dress? Got it at Landmark Trinoma for only 295.00 pesos! Cheap and fab!

 The capiz lamps which costs 500.00 for the small ones and 1500.00 for the bigger ones.

 I got my niece a colorful air thingy.

 DOT campaign tent.

 This was the dust that I was talking earlier.

Mhadz, Gen and Anna, one with the dusted cars.

 Names on the dust.

At around 10:30 am, we left the place and headed for lunch to ease our hungry stomach. This time around we visited Toll House. I was not able to take pictures using my camera, forgive me for that. Hopefully I can snatch some pictures from the others soon. The place was big on the inside and I believe this is a really famous restaurant in the area. By lunchtime, the place was full and others were waiting. My pork ribs was so great and I was so full after my meal.

We said goodbye to each other after lunch time and headed to different directions.

To sum it all up, I had a great time though my cough and colds became my problem. However, I did not let that get in my way, every minute was well spent and I gathered some few reminders if you want to go next year. Here it goes…

1. It’s much better if you stay a night before the main event anywhere in Pampanga. Of course I would recommend Antonina’s Resort since it’s very clean and near Clark. Why? The event starts early and I bet if you drove all the way from Manila straight to the event, you’ll be more tired.

2. Reserve your tickets online so that you will not experience a very long line for buying them. The reserved tickets has a different line. Our group was just lucky because Gen was very good in haggling tickets, she really is the queen, kudos to that!

3. Bring Wet ones or any wet wipes and alcohol. Once the sun is up, you will see how dirty your feet is. Walk on clean feet not like what I did! I was on dirty ones all the time.

4. Bring a foldable chair, blankets, newspaper or anything you can seat in.

5. Make sure umbrellas, caps and shades are ready as well. You’ll never know how the weather will go.

6. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the heat. Simple, to avoid skin cancer in the future.

7. Batteries should have full batts so as not to spoil your picture taking.

8. If you are bringing along kids, make sure that you can always see them, I think some children got lost. If possible, tie them up to you specially if you have naughty ones.

9. Food, it’s okay if you forgot to buy before entering since there are a lot of food stalls inside. The only problem is the long line.

10. Enjoy! Take lots of pictures and share it!