Back to Pinas, The Second Time Around

>> Thursday, June 12, 2008

The first one was last February, when we took advantage of the long weekend in Singapore due to Chinese New Year.

Singapore Changi airport is really nice. They really make the waiting on airports worth it. Lots of shops, scenic areas like Koi pond, Ferrari display, restos and U-Squeeze massager :D

We went back last May 24-June 1. As always, the 9days vacation (including travel) is not enough. Though Mon and I had some days to relax but we are mostly ironing out things. So little time that we only met a few friends during our vacation. Going back to Manila also means satisfying our cravings!

Cravings List:

1) My Nanay's Ginisang Upo, Sinigang na Baka, Menudo, Beef Broccoli, Kare-kare - She's the best! :)
2) Jollibee Chicken Joy and breakfast meals
3) FIC Pistachio Ice Cream (2 scoops! takaw)
4) Mexicali's soft taco
5) Dulcinea's garlic mushroom and churros! :D
6) Tapa King's tapa queen - spicy and sweet! Yum!
7) Quickly Taro Ice - with additional nago! ;)

New found fave is the KXP Restaurant at Robinson's Place Manila - our ISI barkada introduced us to this place. Yummy! Everything is really nice. But what I like best are the appetizer dip that has pesto oil in it and the Pistachio Silvana! You should try it. *Now I'm craving!*

Puro food lang ba? hahaha.. Nah, We have managed to do some other things since we don't know if we will have a good chance of going back to Manila within this year. :-s

1) Visit the townhouse that we bought in Cavite. This is quite a disappointment as they still haven't renovated our place based on the details that we have told them. Good thing my nanay will be helping us to follow up with the developer. Hopefully it will be okay within next month.
2) Meet up with friends - Mon and I had dinner with my high school barkada at Dulcinea. We also sort of surprised my ISI barkada at KXP (still can imagine how Ronnie looked when he saw me hahaha! peace!)

3) Attend to my niece's christening - babies really grow fast! The latest addition to our family, Keisha got baptized the day we arrived in Manila. She's lovely! Just noticed that she doesn't look much like her sisters when they were that age. She looks more like my in-law's mother. hehehe.. It's also an opportunity to meet relatives. :) In addition, I'm also happy that our Kiara is doing well. She's a lot bigger now. :)

4) Visited Mon's mom - we see to it that we visit her at Manila Memorial each time we're in Manila.
5) Relax at home - we had two full days to just stay at our home.
6) Bonding time with Mon's family and relatives - fortunately, they visited Mon's dad that we had the chance to hang out with them. Spent the whole day with them.
7) Grocery - we bought a lot of things in preparation for our return to Singapore -> from spreads (cheezwhiz, lily's peanut butter, guava jelly) to ufc ketchup, purefoods corned beef, century tuna, itlog na maalat, tuyo, danggit, daing and a lot more! hehehe..
8) Celebrity encounters - saw Carmina Villaroel and Pekto at Auntie Anne's RobPlace and Kim Chiu on SM MOA. :)

9) Photo-video settlement - i know, i know.. sobrang hindi naasikaso. Good thing we were able to squeeze it in this vacation. :)
10) Hair treatment and haircut - alas! :) Mon and I still prefer to have our hair done in Pinas. Mon can tell the reasons why. Hehehe.. (Be, you have a blog assignment)
11) Body massage - this is also another thing that we prefer in Pinas. Not only that it is expensive here in Singapore but I have heard a lot of feedback that massage services here is not that good. We had the massage at relaksasi (sister company of let's face it). It's located in front of Dusit Hotel in Makati. very very nice! We had the combination massage (Shiatsu and Swedish). I think I like Shiatsu than swedish. I had availed of the foot spa service too hehehe.. :)

Haayy, Mon and I are looking forward to another Pinas vacation. Hopefully our next trip will be two or more weeks as I plan for Mon and I to go out of town (probably Boracay along with a bit near escapade like Tagaytay). :) By the way, Mon's version here.

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