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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Chocolate Batirol

Another chocolate find in Baguio. Why is it Baguio's full of strawberries and good stuff? Hahaha! :) Anyway, we went to Camp John Hay one day and we saw this place that sells Chocolate Batirol.
If you're not familiar with Chocolate Batirol, it's a chocolate drink that uses a Chocolate tablet or tablea as they call it. Some are thick that you can use it as a dip for your churros and some aren't. So we headed to the restaurant.

And ordered their Original Chocolate Batirol (which is the ordinary chocolate flavor) and the Strawberry Chocolate Batirol.

Strawberry (L) and Original (R)

I was quite impressed with the ambiance. It was very cozy and romantic actually. But the drinks were so-so. I thought that theirs were the thick drinks that I wanted, but it turned out the opposite. But in terms of the two drinks we ordered, I like the original one better. The strawberry flavored drink was weird. :/

However, I don't think I'll be coming back to this place for their drinks again. Maybe I'll try their food next time, but the drinks were a bit disappointing. Sorry. ;)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sizzling Plate Baguio

Another food post! I seriously can't get enough of food. And I am currently trying to diet... Just great! :/

Here's a good find at Baguio. As mentioned, we wanted to try restaurants that aren't here in Manila.

As we were walking around Session Road (which was quite near the place we stayed), we saw this restaurant and just had to stop and have lunch at Sizzling Plate Baguio.

We ordered the Australian Porter House as it was their best seller.

To quench our thirst, here are our drinks:
Iced Tea and Calamansi Juice

The meal started with soup: (The soup was okay, it tasted like instant noodles.)

And the good part:

Our Australian Porter House served with rice.
(Sorry I was too eager to eat that I forgot to take a photo before diving in.)

The steak was okay. It wasn't that expensive. I think it was around P240-250 and as you see it's already big. For me, tt actually tastes similar to that of --us- o- M-nis. But according to H, Sizzling Plate is better. Anyways, I was so full after eating. I think it's still different from those we order in St---t-wn or hotels. ;)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hair dare!

This is an entry that took months before posting. Haha! Sorry 'bout that. I took up professional hairstyling last June and it was really challenging playing with the "doll" that was lent to us for our hands on.

Anyway, I just wanted to share some photos from the class:

This looks a little messy. We didn't use any hairspray that's why... ;) I forgot the name of the hairstyle. :/

This is one of my favorites, it's called Regal. And I think it would really look good on a woman who's out to a formal occassion. Don't you think?

The famous French Twist:

Here's the side of the twist:

My classmate wanted to try another version of French Twist, but our dolls didn't have long hair, so she played with mine.

Side view: (no hairspray) :p

Smile!!! :)

Hairstyling is a lot of work. But as they say "practice makes perfect!"

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chocolate & Strawberries- Happy Together!

What to do with left over strawberries?! :)) I've got just the idea!!!

*Never never never leave Baguio without trying their strawberries!

You know how we love our chocolate fondues with marshmallows, fruits and lady fingers? If you're not in a fancy restaurant or in a hotel, you can still enjoy the goodness of chocolate and fruits!

Go to your nearest supermart/grocery, and purchase Crumpy or Nutella.

In this case, we bought Crumpy.

You can dip your strawberry in the chocolate spread. Or do like what I did, get a spoonfull of chocolate! :D YUMYUMYUM!!!

Skin Hour- Skin is IN!

Healthy alternatives for the skin is IN!

Share the organic love with us as we celebrate our skin... Skin is definitely In!

See, feel and ask about Skin Hour! Visit us at the following venues:
- Us Girls Big Bazaar at Eastwood City (Bazaar D Booth 5) on November 29, 2008
- Santa's Christmas Bazaar at La Vista (Booth 120) on December 13 & 14, 2008
- Backstage Store in Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Skin Hour will be doing roadshows near you! So watch out for that soon! :D

Monday, November 10, 2008

Little John's

I have been AWOL for quite some time because I am currently adjusting. :) A lot of changes have happened recently and until now, I can't say I've fully adjusted to the changes. Don't worry... I'm okay. :)

Anyways, here's one of the places where we dined during our stay in Baguio. And I've got to say it's true that you can't have everything. Why do I say this? Read on.

Little John's in Mile Hi
The interior. (The photo was taken around 2-2:30pm. This was the time we had lunch. Yeah we were really late.)

Let's run down some of our food before anything else, shall we?

Chili con Carne: (I don't quite remember the name of the dish, but basically it's chili with some beans in it and some tortillas for the crunchy factor.)

Once stirred.

O's Beef Tapa:

My Lemon Peppered Fish:

Now on to the review and experience...
  1. The staff were not too friendly. I hate these kind of staff because they make us feel that we owe it them that we're dining there, when in fact, they should be thanking us.
  2. It was pay as you order. You may upon ordering and wait for your food to be served. Nothing bad about this.
  3. There was no pictures of the menu. The menu was written in a blackboard (chalk board) and hung in the wall. You can't really picture what or how the food look like.
  4. They have their own comfort room. Plus points for them! It was also clean.
  5. According to my research, their chocolate fondue is a must try. We were not able to try this.
  6. Chili con Carne- I don't really like beans, and I didn't think there were too many beans. Heck, I didn't even know there were beans! But O liked it. I like the crunchy part.
  7. Beef Tapa- I'm a sucker for eggs, so I liked the eggs. The tapa was nothing special.
  8. Lemon Peppered Fish- Okay there was lemon, and I tasted the pepper. But the fish was too dry and too stringy!!! I didn't like it at all.
    The prices weren't that expensive, but the quality of service and food was no good either.
I forgot how much these dishes cost. I'll try to check if I still have the receipt with me, but overall, I was disappointed, just because I expected a lot from it too. :/ Oh well...

Check back again for more on my trip! :D

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Filling Station Dinner

Before I share the whole entry, I'd like to say I wasn't able to take lots of pics of the Filling Station. We were already really tired and so we just ate and ate and ate. Haha!
Anyways, still for my Baguio entries, after trekking in Camp John Hay, we were so excited to visit Filling Station. It had a special place in our hearts because we loved our previous experience in Filling Station, so we were very excited. :)

There were several restaurants but we chose Shakey's.

We ordered the Buddy Pack. Cost is P330.00. I was craving for Mojos!!!!

Afterwards, our Filling Station experience won't be complete without dessert!!! Bought ice cream in Strawberry & Cream.
H ordered Ice Cream #7. :)

I ordered Ice Cream #3.

I super love my ice cream with the strawberries, strawberry syrup hidden under and the chocolate ice cream. It was all good! H also said that he liked my ice cream better. Haha! :) Ice cream #7 according to H was normal. Haha! :p

Good ending to any nice experience is a sweet dessert and romantic moments with your love. :) How mushy! Haha!

Historical Trial

It's about time we move to another fun activity. We did a lot of research prior to going to Baguio. Since we were already in Camp John Hay, we went to a Historical Trail. It was P30.00 per person and it was fun fun fun.

Here are some highlights:

Btw, before I continue with the photos, there's also a "negativity cemetery". I didn't take photos because I was a bit creeped out. Haha! Basically, there were figurines which were symbols of negativity and they were buried there. Something like that. Haha! I didn't really pay much attention since I was quite scared. Hehe! :)

Heads of the generals during American period in the Philippines.

Here's my favorite... the Bell House. :)

Our accomodation during our stay in Baguio..... not! Haha! :p

This is near the Bell Amphitheater.

I felt one with nature... really. And I loved every minute of the trail!

Here is the Bell Amphitheater.

Peek-a-boo! :D

Even though we were so tired because of the hiking that we did, we had so much fun! We took so many photos and I just chose some pics to post here.
P30.00? It was totally worth it!!!!! It was fun trekking, taking photos, reading historical facts, visiting my favorite Bell House. :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Manor

The Manor is one of the famous hotel accommodations in Baguio. They have really yummy breakfast buffet. (We tried their buffet my first time in Baguio) and they have a wonderful ambiance. We had to go to The Manor to check out the place once again and to take pictures. :)

Here are some of the pictures we took in the open area of The Manor. It was fun fun fun!

Also we stopped by their pastry store.

Aren’t they delicious? Eye candy!!!

We purchased pralines. Cost= P160. They’re so so yummy!

Also, I saw this intriguing chess set so we took a photo.

The Philippine government officials. Cute and funny, it really is.

Anyways, I’m not sure how much lodging in The Manor is. But it really is worth a visit for your picture-picture. Haha! :)

Nagomi Spa

What is a getaway without some R&R? Do I hear spa bells anyone? :)

Yes, while in Baguio... (OT: Yes I will be posting about my Baguio Trip probably the whole week, I'd be sharing my experiences, food, ambiance, adventures. So hold your horses for my beauty entries.) We simply had to have our massages. Yehey!

We searched the city for a quaint and nice spa and we ended up at Nagomi Spa. H got the Nagomi Stone Body Massage which uses hot stones to relieve the stress from the back and I got the combination of Swedish Body Massage & Foot Massage, since as you all know, I'm a sucker for foot massages.

As we waited, they had our feet soaked in warm water and rose petals. It was a relaxing feeling. Then we were escorted to our 20-minute sauna. It was H's first time and I couldn't help but laugh that H couldn't breathe inside. Hahaha! :p

Afterwhich, we were accompanied to our VIP room. Here's a photo before the massage started.

On to our massages:

O's Nagomi Stone Body Massage: P700
According to H, the stones were very very hot. In fact I heard him tell his therapist to remove some rocks a couple of times. As he said, he didn't know if the stones should be THAT hot or if they just didn't know what they were doing. At the back of my head, I thought I'm so glad I didn't get that massage or else I might not be able to nap as I would be talking to therapist over and over again just to get the right temperature. In my opinion, I wouldn't know also if the stones were really THAT hot. H has quite a thin skin when it comes to heat. He always puts the aircon to a cold temperature which is to cold for me. So we never know. But aside from that, he also got a body massage so he was relaxed and dozed off too.

My Swedish Body Massage & Foot Massage Combo: P795
My therapist was really really really good. Before she even started, she already asked me about the pressure, so I told her "hard". And that was it. I didn't have to tell her to make the pressure harder at all. The leg massage was really good too. And surprisingly, I dozed off when she was massaging my back. Normally I don't doze off, most especially if it's dry massage. But I was disappointed with the foot massage, because again it was Xiammen massage and not Thai. I asked them prior to the service if the foot massage was Thai or Xiammen, unfortunately, I don't think they know the difference. I was disappointed with that.

After our massages, we were handed hot towels to wipe and clean our bodies. Normally, in spas here in Manila, they'd be the ones to do this for you.

As we head to the receiving area, there was a tea set waiting for us. The tea, I don't know what kind smelled so good. It was delicious, very very relaxing.

Overall, the massage was okay. It was relaxing, just what we needed. But I don't think I'll go back again. Maybe I'll try another spa first and see and compare which is better. :)

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