My luxury stay at the New Conrad Manila

Finally, I had a chance to update my blog after a month of hiatus online. I was sick after my 10 days vacation in the Philippines because of exhaustion and allergy due to sudden change of weather.


Meet “Conard” – Our cute toy LOL

Staying at Conrad Manila was one of my best hotel experience in the Metro. Located at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City, this luxury hotel has a modernize facilities and amenities – perfect for all business travelers and leisure seekers. Not an average hotel, Conrad Manila has high-end S Maison which has exclusive stores, dining and brand stores.


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Here are the top reasons why you should stay in Conrad Manila

1. Welcome Lobby has an amazing Manila bay view


At the hotel lobby

2. Artistic wall decors, art pieces and decorations


Made from capiz

3. State of the art modern recreational facilities
4. Flexible meeting spaces and ballroom for events
5. Experience dining selections at Brasserie On 3

Conrad Manila has an easy access going to SMX and Mall of Asia. If you love to dine outside, the hotel is just adjacent to different restaurant establishment and MOA eye.

You can book directly through, Book at the lowest rate, earn loyalty points and rewards if you are a member of Hilton HHonors.

Immense artistry, incredible chemistry fuel Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘Pangarap sa Isang Gabi’

Tanghalang Pilipino has assembled some of the most revered names in the arts industry for its fantastic, highly-entertaining staging of “Pangarap Sa Isang Gabi Ng Gitnang Tag-Araw,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The list of heavyweights include famed film director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna at the helm of this staging, respected film actress Jackielou Blanco playing the role of Amazon Queen Hipolita, and King of Philippine Musical Theater Audie Gemora as fairy king Oberon.

The said production, which will run until October 16 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, also boasts of the translation of National Artist for Literature and Theater Rolando Tinio.

The King of Philippine Musical Theater Audie Gemora, who plays the role of Oberon, returns to the TP stage after 20 years of absence. His most notable TP production is “Noli Me Tangere,” where he played Crisostomo Ibarra with Monique Wilson and Regine Velasquez.


Nobody could have described the play better than its director Carlitos saying, “(It is about) Four lovers switching partners under the spell of a bumbling imp, a fairy king and queen at war, a fascist ruler and his Amazon queen, an amateur play staged by workers including a weaver transformed into an ass—just your daily news stuff in a world gone mad.”

And that’s how “Pangarap Sa Isang Gabi Ng Gitnang Tag-Araw” is – fantastic, fun, sometimes absurd, but truly entertaining.

Aside from Audie and Jackielou, the staging also features memorable performances from the charming, passionate lovers JV Ibesate, Lhorvie Nuevo, Marco Viana, and Antonette Go, seasoned theater actors Liesl Batucan, Teroy Guzman, Skyzx Labastilla, Richard Cunanan, Kristofer Kliatchko, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, with Aldo Vencilao, Doray Dayao, and the highly-entertaining Jonathan Tadioan.

“Pangarap Sa Isang Gabi Ng Gitnang Tag-Araw” may boast of stage superstars, but what makes this staging truly memorable, enchanting is the magical chemistry, synergy of everyone involved in the production.

“Pangarap Sa Isang Gabi Ng Gitnang Tag-Araw” remaining shows:

October 7, 2016 (Friday) – 8PM
October 8, 2016 (Saturday) – 3PM & 8PM
October 9, 2016 (Sunday) – 3PM
October 14, 2016 (Friday) – 8PM
October 15, 2016 (Saturday) – 3PM & 8PM
October 16, 2016 (Sunday) – 3PM

My visit to Hello Kitty Dessert Bar in SM North EDSA – Philippines

I went to the Philippines for a two week short vacation and it’s a must to block my schedule to visit Hello Kitty Dessert Bar in SM North EDSA. It was a gloomy friday when we traveled from Cavite to North side of Metro, the traffic was so bad early in the morning and we need to get back to Cavite before afternoon rush hour.



Weeks ago, Hello Kitty Cafe truck visited Midwest USA (Illinois) and we lined up for two hours to grab yummy Hello Kitty treats. I am very eager to drag myself early morning to be able to complete my mission.

HK pastries

Fortunately, when we arrived in SM North EDSA’s Prime Block (3rd Floor) the store was empty so we went ahead and ordered different treats like doughnuts, tiramisu, coffee and shakes (with Hello Kitty faces & Sanrio gang on icings, toppings and coffee design).

As we were waiting for our orders, we took snapshots of the shop’s pink Hello Kitty facade and tons of selfie. White and pink tables complemented the ‘kawaiiness’ atmosphere though the seats were limited, I highly advised that you arrive early. Utensils from paper cups, stirrer and placemats have Hello Kitty faces and I wish I can take them home while Hello Kitty cafe crews wear their cutest pink aprons.

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My Mango-Graham Frappe was a grand winner (not that too sweet, perfectly paired with my doughnut!) as well as the other drinks according to my family & friend. The signature Hello Kitty and My Melody doughnuts were soo good!

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Other food items include like salads, signature pasta, and breads. Price range from Php 85 and above. It’s quite expensive but who cares if you love Hello Kitty, you’ll appreciate the ambiance and the food.

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I heard that a more spacious Hello Kitty Cafe is about to open soon in SM Aura or nearby BGC? Can you please confirm?


Jollibee: Filipino fast food chain opens in Skokie, Illinois

The first Filipino fast food chain made its debut on July 29 in Midwest. Located in the Touhy Marketplace shopping center (3534 Touhy Avenue), its opening day was a jampacked and we were lucky that we don’t have to wait that long when we went last weekend. The lines continue to develop and people keep coming in from different places. I know people drove hours for Jollibee. That’s how we love Jollibee.



Everyone is patiently waiting just to take home our favorite chickenjoy, burgers and halo-halo. Unfortunately, burger steak is not available until August 15. Jollibee’s menu is quite different from the Philippines because the store serves halo-halo. It won’t matter if we want an hour or more just to taste our local dishes. I’ve read online and non-Filipinos were curious why there were so many people lining outside, some recommended they should try it and we would love to hear your feedback about our food. If you were watching Anthony Bourdain’s show in CNN – Parts Unknown. There was a scene wherein he tries eating at Jollibee.

Part of our family tradition is to eat at Jollibee, rain or shine, breakfast to dinner, dine in or take out. We even celebrate our birthdays, different occasions and meetings because we love to share our moments with Jollibee.




peach mango pie


fiesta palabok


jolly spaghetti




This is also a good opportunity to come and meet together. You’ll see the excitement on their faces when they reach the cashier area. The place can’t accommodate all of us so it’s better if you order and ‘take out’ (to go). I remembered few years ago when I flew to California and Las Vegas, eating at Jollibee is on my ‘must to do’ list. Now, how lucky we are because there will be a 2nd Jollibee about to open in N Elston Ave (Chicago) later this year.

Happy Bee Day to all of us!

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – first Chicagoland appearance @hellokittycafe #hellokittycafe

Finally, the long wait is over. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck arrived last weekend (August 13 Saturday & August 14 Sunday) to offer super cute yummy Hello Kitty treats for Midwest. The truck made its first appearance at Hello Kitty convention in Los Angeles,California in 2014. Food and Merchandises were sold out – pink bow-shaped water bottle, cookies with HK design, four-pack mini cakes, macaroons, shirts and mugs. During those time, the line were crazy everywhere so we only had bought few times because the goodies were sold out quickly.


We were there as early as 7am-ish and line started I guess around 5am? We brought camping chairs so that we can wait comfortably. It was also our first time to visit Oakbrook Center, I was surprised that the place was huge and we kept looking for the location which was located near Argo Tea and Urban Outfitters.

Hello Kitty Truck is here. Welcome to ILLINOIS!!!

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The Hello Kitty Cafe truck arrived at past 8am and we were cheering & excited! We were 15th on the line waiting for the 10am opening and we started to take photos of the truck.



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Too bad that they were not selling donuts. They did not announce clearly that it was only available in their pop-up built Hello Kitty Cafe in Irvine, California. The line moved fast as we reach the counter and decided to purchase one of everything they offer. I was joking that if we can also purchased their uniforms because it was tooo cute! We’re done buying our goods in less than 10 minutes. When we left the venue, we saw the huge amount of people lining up and I feel sorry for those who did not make it because I’ve read they were sold out before 5pm which is frustrating to some people who were there and they weren’t informed clearly that the stocks were depleting.

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1. For event like this try to arrive early and sacrifice your time. You must arrive 3 hours before the opening.
2. Bring light snacks and water with you. Most stores were not open yet until 10am.
3. Bring umbrellas or folded seats with you so that you won’t get tired standing. Also don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
4. Ask colleagues/friends/family members to join you so that you can have bathroom breaks and save the line or ask them to buy something for you in case you arrive late.

Suggestions to Hello Kitty Cafe Truck team:

1. You should have a system in your inventory to notify people who were there that the stocks were about to sold out. Like a signage board/counter in front of your truck so that they would know earlier. Or a PA system announcing that only few merchandises were available so that they won’t be keep waiting too long.

2. Ordering Number system for those who are ordering bulk so that you can control your inventory. Like two separate lines: express and bulk – those ordering in bulk should order and paid in advance so that you can accommodate those who will buying single items.

3. Include activities for kids – This will keep them busy and enjoy their stay. Activities like coloring books, face painting or kiddie tattoos. I know this is a cafe’ truck but having those activities will make the little ones happy!

Anyways, We had a great time seeing Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in Illinois.

Hope they will come back.