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food test (may): starbucks, tokyo bubble tea, chez karine, sbc

Published June 26, 2014 by ladyemelye

a little bit late, but here is what i sampled for the month of may. 🙂

 

starbucks: banana mango frappuccino and spinach tart

banana mango frappuccino - grande (php 170.00)

banana mango frappuccino – grande (php 170.00)

this is a combination of starbuck’s mango passion fruit juice + milk + 1 whole banana.  yep… 1 whole (dole) cavendish banana.  this is a perfect drink for the summer season.  there’s the sweetness of the mango and banana, a hint of tang from the passion fruit and creaminess from the milk.  i wouldn’t say it is the healthiest of the drinks (just count the calories involved), but it is a good alternative to the other coffee based drinks.

this isn’t always be available though.  once your starbucks of choice has ran out of bananas, they won’t be serving this drink for the day.

**you can also order other variants of these — the banana raspberry and the chocolate banana (which they have formally launched as a new flavor)

spinach tart - php 95.00

spinach tart – php 95.00

i have always liked the variety of food items that is available at starbucks, and this one is definitely a good choice.  this consists of a puff pastry with a creamy filling consisting of spinach, onions, garlic, mushrooms and cheese.  it is filling enough for a snack (or lunch even – if you eat that way).  i like that the pastry is buttery and flaky (although a little messy to eat) and that the flavor of the filling has just the right balance of spinach and cheese.

 

tokyo bubble tea:  sakura milk tea

sakura milk tea - php 145.00 (medium)

sakura milk tea – php 145.00 (medium)

in time for the cherry blossom season, tokyo bubble tea launched limited-time products which are sakura inspired.  being very fond of this flower, i just had to try this.

sakura milk tea is a combination of vanilla, green tea and cherry blossom essence.  it also comes with their signature bubbles which are sweet and chewy.  i ordered this at 50% sugar level, and the sweetness was perfect for me.  this is a drink i would not get tired of. plus its color looks really nice and dainty. 😉 too bad, it was just available until the end of may.  hope it comes back next year.

 

chez karine: macarons and vanilla royal pudding

i have read many good reviews for this shop, so when i was at the serendra area, i dropped by their store to sample some of the sweet goodies they have.

vanilla royal pudding - php 110.00

vanilla royal pudding – php 110.00

from their site: soft set custard pudding with dark caramel at the bottom.

i like that this dessert is not too sweet and you can taste the subtle flavor of vanilla in the custard.  to fully appreciate this, you must ensure that you get both the caramel and the custard in each bite.  plus points for the packaging.  acording to spot.ph, you can actually collect your used jars and once you have 7 pcs, you can exchange it for a free glass of iced tea.

macarons (box of 7) - php 385.00

macarons (box of 7) – php 385.00

flavors i got: pistachio, red velvet, dark chocolate, speculoos, black sesame, mint chocolate and strawberry.

the macaron size was standard (?) in comparison to others that i’ve tried.  it was crunchy and chewy at the same time.  there was a generous amount of filling in between that you would get a nice dose of flavor.  you can really tell and differentiate each of the flavors.  of those that i tried, my favorite would be the black sesame and the red velvet.

 

seattle’s best coffee: caramel heaven

caramel heaven

caramel heaven

i availed of one of the coupons which i got from my sbc 2014 dream journal, and i got a caramel heaven javakula.  it is a mix of coffee and caramel, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with sugar crystals.  i like the flavor of caramel, so this drink is easy to like.  it was just a little too sweet for my taste.

i wish sbc could come up with something new, since they have been offering caramel variants lately.

 

and that’s what i had for may. 😀

wakeboarding at lago de oro

Published June 15, 2014 by ladyemelye

during the april 9 holiday, we had our first summer adventure for 2014.  we went to lago de oro cable ski park and resort located at calatagan, batangas.  we stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights.

at lago de oro

at lago de oro

the rooms are very spacious and it could accomodate around 5-6 persons, although the rate is just for 2 pax.  you have to pay extra if you have additional persons occupying the room.  it has one queen-sized bed, a single bed with pull out, plus a double-deck single bed.  the room has its own private toilet and bath, refrigerator, television and other basic amenities.  it also has a balcony wherein you can view the fields where them flock of sheep roams.

our room

our room

the bed

the bed

view from the balcony

view from the balcony

we also tried their restaurant which features mostly italian cuisine a couple of times during our stay at the resort.  it is said that their specialty is the home-grown lamb, but we were not able to try it.  the food was just ok, nothing to write home about.  the price is also a little steep given the taste and serving size of the food.

the resort is not strict though in bringing in of food, so i suggest that you bring your own food/take out before you reach the resort especially if you have kids who are picky eaters.

the resort has a nice view of the south china sea (west philippine sea, if you must), but there is only a small shoreline.  also it is not advisable to swim in the beach since it is a little bit rocky.  there are balsas/boats which you can rent and you can go snorkeling/diving or have a picnic in the middle of the water.

the sea

the sea

out into the open

out into the open

the resort also has a small playground area consisting of swings and monkey bars.  there is also a bungee trampoline, but unfortunately, it was under maintenance when we were there.

swings at the playground area

swings at the playground area

we also tried out the swimming pool.  they have an adult pool plus a jacuzzi.  we stayed mostly at the jacuzzi since the little boy wants to walk around.

swimming pool

swimming pool

there are a lot of activities that you can do at the resort, but what they are known for is the cable ski park or wakeboarding.  of course, i did not miss the opportunity to try it out.

since i have no experience whatsoever, we got a 1 hour use of the little bro which was the facility designed for beginners like me.  so i suited up, got my gear and readied myself in tumbling into the water.

the little bro

the little bro

ready to go

ready to go

it was hard!  you need to be focused and always keep your arms and legs at their proper position and keep your body’s balance so that you will not fall into the water.  maybe if i had experience doing skateboarding, this would be easier.

the farthest i got i think was 1/3 of the course. 🙂

wakeboarding action

wakeboarding action

after the session

after the session

after the session, all of my body was extremely sore.  but i would be very much willing to try this sport out again. 😀 (plus the fact the my nose was uber clean due to all that salty water)

 

Lago de Oro
Bo. Balibago
Calatagan, Batangas
Philippines 4215

Contact Numbers: 
+63 (917) 504-2685
+63 (917) 504-7525
+63 (926) 710-4754
+63 (43) 417-4007

E-mail: contactus@lago-de-oro.com

christmas 2013 family bonding

Published June 4, 2014 by ladyemelye

after christmas day, the family went to sm mall of asia for some bonding.  we decided to play bowling and then have dinner afterwards.

we arrived at the mall around 3pm, so first had our snacks at burger king.  afterwards we proceeded to the bowling center where we registered and waited for an available lane so that we could take our slot.

sm mall of asia bowling center

sm mall of asia bowling center

after for about 30 minutes or so, we were called.  went to the counter, paid for 2 games, got our shoes and then it’s game on.

changing of shoes

changing of shoes

little boy excited to play

little boy excited to play

balls of different weights

balls of different weights

it was a game of girls vs. boys.  since none of us are really bowlers, it was fun to watch our balls go nowhere.  everyone was really very excited if we are able to hit that occasional spare and the very elusive strike. 🙂

we also had some snacks of popcorn and fishballs while we were playing.

after the games, most of our joints were already aching since most of our exercises are actually limited to playing sports in our xbox 360 kinect.

scoreboards

scoreboards

so who won?

so who won?

despite our best efforts, it was the guys team who won our games.  it is a little disconcerting given that they had two children in their team. 😦

the winners!

the winners!

the kawawa losers

the kawawa losers

after going around the mall a bit, we went to have dinner at xin wang hong kong cafe.  here are some pictures of what we ordered. 🙂

xin wang menu

xin wang menu

deep fried mango and prawn roll (php 115.00 - 3pcs)

deep fried mango and prawn roll (php 115.00 – 3pcs)

deep fried wanton (php 120.00 - 6pcs)

deep fried wanton (php 120.00 – 6pcs)

iced hk milk tea (php 75.00)

iced hk milk tea (php 75.00)

coffee float (php 85.00)

coffee float (php 85.00)

iced honey lemon (php 95.00)

iced honey lemon (php 95.00)

iced lemon tea (php 70.00)

iced lemon tea (php 70.00)

char siew dry noodles (php 205.00)

char siew dry noodles (php 205.00)

hk chicken bulgogi with rice (php 195.00)

hk chicken bulgogi with rice (php 195.00)

hk braised beef brisket bamboo rice (php 215.00)

hk braised beef brisket bamboo rice (php 215.00)

porkchop n egg steamed rice (php 195.00)

porkchop n egg steamed rice (php 195.00)

cheese baked rice with black pepper beef (php 270.00)

cheese baked rice with black pepper beef (php 270.00)

we were satisfied eating at xin wang.  they have a great selection of hk fusion food, the prices are very affordable, plus the servings are generous.  service is just ok as there were times when we had to call again the attention of the staff for something that we requestd like service water.  but we would definitely back as the we got the value for money.

after dinner, everyone was already beat and ready to go home.  it was an enjoyable post-christmas family bonding. 😀

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