Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How I Ended 2014

By food coma!

Eating here was a long time coming. Ever the scrimps, we waited for a promo before trying this 'luxurious' buffet. 

Today, our curiousity was finally satisfied. Our tummies are thankful, our abs, though, got buried somewhere deep LOL. 

Happy New Year, folks! 










The cheese room was all sorts of educational, entertaining and surprisingly, good!










Monday, December 08, 2014

Fangirling Over The Man Behind #OregonToPatagonia


I've been following Jedidiah Jenkins' instagram account for months, and today, after more than a year of cycling along mountainous and dangerous roads from his Oregon hometown down to the glaciers of Patagonia, he has finally reached his destination. It felt like I crossed the finish line with him too.

His words are so poetic I can't wait to read his book someday. 


PS: he replies on comments too! I already sent two, hopefully I don't come off as creepy yet. What a nice bloke. I hope I could shake his hand one day. There is nothing sexier than people who follow their passion. *clinks invisible glass of wine*


Monday, December 01, 2014

BGC Cycle Philippines on National Bike Day

Last Sunday, JC, Kimi, Mac, and I joined a biking event in BGC sponsored by Cycle Asia. It also happen to coincide with National Bike Day making the event more meaningful for all participants. 

We claimed the kit a day before in Mind Museum that includes our jerseys, shades and other freebies. It was really great except probably for those people who didn't get their jersey size. My friends Kimi and Mac weren't able to get their correct jersey sizes because they've run out of it but it's funny cos we were asked beforehand of our jerseys. I'm sure if the organizers stuck to the jersey sizes that each participant has declared, no one would go home with oversized or too small jerseys.

Next time I hope they implement it :)

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014

But overall, BGC Cycle Philippines was a really great event. I have nothing bad to say them come event day. I've joined other biking events but this was the first time I got to bike peacefully without stopping in every stoplight there is. It's like I wanted to yell thank you to every marshal holding the angry motorists behind them.

Guys, this happens once or twice a year only so wag kayong exagg makabusina. Share the road!

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014
Waiting for gun start
The 40km Challenge Ride started at 6am while and left by batch every 5 minutes. We only joined the 20km Community ride, so we were all pretty chill. Our wave (I and J) left at exactly 6:30am.

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014
Me and my friend Kimi
We arrived at the Uturn slot in PICC at 7.30, had a short Gatorade break while waiting for Mac and Kimi before pushing on again.

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014
Mac and JC
Along Mapua area I had a little accident caused by this woman crossing but NOT looking on the road. She was looking instead in her phone! Ay caramba! Good thing I wasn't in a full speed so no damage was done to us both, although I fell on my bike. I'm glad she said sorry a couple of times acknowledging that what she did was irresponsible.

We witnessed multiple crashes earlier on and I didn't want to be one of the growing casualties!

Anyway, on to the finish line. We crossed it around 8:55am. Super swabe ride, no pressure, just pure fun. We were provided with McDonald's muffin sausage and Jamba Juice for breakfast which was really really nice.

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014

They were also giving away free beer! First time to drink a beer this early lol.

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014

Here we are, refreshed and recovered ready to tackle EDSA on our way home :O
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2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014

Til next year, BGC Cycle Philippines!

2nd BGC Cycle Philippines 2014


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What A Charming Cow!

If you're feeling a little down today or your work is sucking the life out of you, I urge you to look at this cute cow. 

Look, he/she has bangs! Nakakaaliw! 


Happy Thursday!

*A cow we saw in Baños, Ecuador.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mac and Cheese in South America Video is Here!

Shout out to our friend Marvin Hernandez for taking the time, choosing and patiently stitching clips from our gazillion videos. Thank you!

So this was my fiancé and I's 2-month South America adventure compressed into a 6-minute visual display. I can still feel the chill!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Made It To Machu Picchu!

It was everything I hope it could be, and more. Seeing the real thing, wow, Machu Picchu, it's sublime. You'll know what I mean when you see it :)

This is our first view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku or Sun Gate for tourists that opted to hiked Inca Trail to get there.

View of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, Peru July 2014

This is me fighting the tears lol jk.

View of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, Peru July 2014

That's the llama and ongoing maintenance construction that will greet you on the way to the ruins. Caution: heavy foot traffic. Pakadaming tao even if it was just 8 in the morning!

Machu Picchu, Peru July 2014

And here's my holy grail in its glorious, unedited beauty.

Machu Picchu, Peru July 2014

I didn't cry. It's impossible to cry when you're surrounded by a bunch of tourists pressuring you to be over with your photo ops/personal moments/whatnots asap so they can have theirs too. They're vicious like that. I did, however, had this loony smile plastered all over my face the whole time. It was so surreal, I really have no words.

Machu Picchu, Peru July 2014

Mac&Cheese in Machu Picchu!

Machu Picchu, Peru July 2014

I'm still writing down everything, trying to relive what happened so it's gonna take me quite a while to put it out here aside, of course, from being a painfully slow writer.

I don't want to say it was the greatest day of my life - although it's super close enough - since I do believe that there will be more days like this. I will strive to create more days like this. It was, however, the greatest and happiest 2 months of my life I'm not sure how can I ever top it.

I did it, WE did it!

There are days I'd still want to pinch myself. Looking at photos I couldn't believe we were really there. Sometimes I want to high five myself for a job well done because believe me it really wasn't easy. I'm not rich, I don't have a fat bank account not even parents nor relatives to support me financially.



Does that make me a stuck up jerk? I hope not. All I did was hold on to my dream and persevere. It might sound a cliché but it's true: dreams do come true if you work hard enough for it. No matter how long it takes you to dream it, believe that you can. Sooner or later it will.

Machu Picchu, Peru. July 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Off to Live the Dream

So this day has finally come TODAY. Just like that 2 years and 6 months flew by, but not without bumps and hurdles. Lord help me.

PS: THANK YOU!

image from andrewschultz.com

P.P.S.: You can follow our adventures here: http://macncheeseontheroad.wordpress.com/ .

No, I will not forsake you blogger. You were my first voice in this chaotic sea of information superhighway.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Everything is Awesome at Todd English Food Hall

My friend Mitch and I have been meaning to pay Todd English Food Hall a visit after hearing so much rave about it after opening a branch in Manila.

Yes, there are only 2 branches of Todd English Food Hall on Earth and one is in Manila (the other is in New York).

Todd English Food Hall Manila

We came on a Sunday, in the middle of the stinkin' hot afternoon but the place was packed.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

While waiting to be seated, the maitre d' asked us if we were willing to be seated in the bar station to which we politely declined. The bar was okay but we didn't feel like sitting there on our first visit.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

I read from the internet that Todd English Food Hall boasts of offering only the finest, freshest, and gourmet foods.

The interior of the food hall was styled to look like an upscale version of European food courts, an exact replica of the one in New York. It was really spacious! Inside are nine food stations to choose from: Pasta, Asian, Pizza, Grill, Salad, Charcutterie, Raw, Carving and Dessert.

Todd English Food Hall Manila
Pasta Bar. Where the freshest pasta are made everyday.

Todd English Food Hall Manila

This ferris wheel loaded with macarons momentarily steals your attention. The continuous motion is hypnotizing!

Todd English Food Hall Manila

By the way, that Stormtrooper alarm clock Mitch is holding is her gift to me. I'm so happy because she unselfishly parted ways with it and have given it to me. I super LOVE it!


On to ordering. We ordered the following:

Asada Steak with Pear Salsa (on soft tacos). Gone in 5 seconds.

Todd English Food Hall Manila
Asada Steak with Pear Salsa. Tender strip loin steak, with fresh pear pico de gallo finished with cilantro creme (PhP320)

Todd English Food Hall Manila

T.E. Slider. Very tender, tendon-free, bite-size burger. This was absolutely good! I lingered so gone in 5 minutes. 

Todd English Food Hall Manila
T.E. Slider. Freshly homemade ground 4 cut meat burger pattie, tomato, iceberg lettuce, mustard relish, T.E. sauce on a toasted home made brioche buns (PhP390)

T.E. Half Chicken. Again, this one's really, really tender it almost melts in your mouth. Chicken on a bed of mango sauce works!

Todd English Food Hall Manila
T.E. Half Chicken. 24 hours brined boneless half chicken, with sauteed corn, tomato and edamame served with mango vinaigrette (PhP320)

And for finale, the star of the whole Todd English Food Hall experience - the OMG Chocolate Cake. They weren't kidding when they named this dessert (that wasn't on the menu) OMG Chocolate Cake 'cos that's exactly what you're gonna utter after a bite into it.

OMG Chocolate Cake. Silky pudding, cereal crumble, chocolate gelato (PhP420)

Napa-OMG din kami sa presyo haha. But yes, it's worth it! I suggest though to bring someone you can share it with kasi overkill naman if you finish it all on your own. The Cheese, Mitch and I shared one OMG chocolate cake among us and it was a satisfying experience for us three.


Group photo!

Todd English Food Hall Manila

On our way out, I had to take a snap of this ham leg. It's the first thing you will see when you come in. No make that second, I purposely searched for the ferris wheel first pala!

Todd English Food Hall Manila

All in all, our first Todd English Food Hall experience did not disappoint. It was one of the best gastronomic experiences I've ever had. Everything was just so good and it's not an exaggeration. Prices are also reasonable especially if you come in group because you get to try various dishes at once.

I/We will certainly be back to try their flatbreads, pastas, and dumplings.