Pampanga’s Best, let’s do this!

inviteWe were invited by Mr. and Mrs. Figueroa for the Christening of their first son, Dwayne Dom. We were more than guests, we were God mothers and God fathers of this little cutie. Proud to be a part of this big event, I made the invite above and so glad that Jeanne (Dom’s mother) loved it so much.

pampanga's best (1) Since the event falls on a Sunday, we decided to have a quick road trip and left after our Saturday shift. First stop, the famous San Guillermo Church where Santino used to pray for the Filipino Teleserye “May Bukas Pa“. For those who plan on going anywhere Pampanga, this is a must visit! Why? It’s so beautiful! An earthquake and the Mt. Pinatubo eruption may have ruined it, but it’s still very captivating.

pampanga's best (2) A closer look, old and ruined by time.

pampanga's best (3)From the outside, the Church may look small. Wait until you get inside, you will be more than amazed. The altar is glorious! You will notice small bats that hang around the ceiling. The area is quite big on the inside and I have seen some weddings that was celebrated here on Facebook. Must feel nice walking on these wide aisle 🙂 Photo on the lower right shows how deep the Church was buried. That used to be the upper part of the windows.

pampanga's best (4)The right side holds “Museo de Bacolor” where they kept numerous paintings and photos of San Guillermo Church. You can see pictures of how the place looked like before and after being buried in hot molten lava. If you walk a little further, you will notice their small adoration chapel, so unique and I tell you, this is a room where you can feel the Lord’s presence, so quiet and homey.

pampanga's best (5) One of the paintings that awed me.

pampanga's best (6) One last photo before we continue on our road trip, meet Arjay, Daniel, Ruby, I and Ami. Gen took our photo 🙂

pampanga's best (7) Second stop… Toll House. Any road trip would not be complete without trying out the best restaurants in town. Ask anyone how’s the food and service, I bet they would all tell you that they had the best experience. This was my second time to eat here, the first time was when we attended the Hot Air Balloon Fest. Like the first, the food didn’t fail me at all, I enjoyed my yummy Caesar salad and Calamansi juice.

pampanga's best (8)Now that our stomach is filled with food as it should be, we drove to Antonina’s Resort. Fixed our stuff and started our mini drinking session. So many funny, “kilig”, and laugh out loud stories. Being with a cool crowd is a must when going out. No dull moments, just good music, stories and fun stuff. When dinner time came, our tummies were at the war zone again, thus making us leave Antonina’s to Ronald’s house (Dom’s father). But before that, we needed to search for this super big cake since it’s Ron’s birthday. Good thing, there’s Goldilocks! Dinner was quick and before we knew it, we were back at the resort having a good time at the pool.

pampanga's best (9)Sunday came and the new batch of God mothers arrived. We bought pandesal and coffee early in the morning. But wait, there’s more, can you imagine a group of crazies hopping from one store to another looking for “toothpicks” early in the morning? Hmmm, that would be us? Lol! Ms. Glory would be finishing her cupcakes and toothpicks are really important for this one. Though we got weird replies from cashiers, we didn’t care. We still asked and looked, thanks to a small shop who has one! Life saver! Look how happy we were making these cute blue and yellow cupcakes. Thanks to Ms. Glory for letting us help her with the design and toppings, it was a fun experience.

pampanga's best (10)Time to swim for a while before the main event.

pampanga's best (11) Tadah! A sunny and good morning to everyone! The photos above were taken during the Christening ceremony inside the ‘Parish of the Lord’s Ascension’. Jeanne and Ronald looked so happy all through out the event, big smiles everywhere.

pampanga's best (12) The God fathers and God mothers with the Figueroa Family. 🙂

pampanga's best (13) Before leaving the Church.

pampanga's best (14) Lunchtime food attack! Thank you so much Jeanne for the overflowing food and drinks, sorry I was not able to sing because I feel so sleepy after eating a lot! Haha! Again, you made our tummy so happy.

pampanga's best (16)All kinds of meat and chicken viands plus veggies, talk about “handaan”. Another cute souvenir, baby cupcakes and my vanity moments.

pampanga's best (15)One last photo of the group, it was indeed a fun, unforgettable, full of happy moments weekend! (Meg, I, Ruby, Anna, Rosche, Dan, Mhadz, Gen, Ronald, Jeanne, Glory and Ami.

pampanga's best (17)To close the event, we stopped at Razon’s for the best halo halo in town. A few minutes of reminiscin’ on how the weekend went then we’re back on the road to Manila.

One reminder, wear sunblock if possible especially if you are going to visit Pampanga during the summer season. The weather was really hot and I bet you would stop at any halo halo store just to cool the temperature of your body.

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! ♥