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Category Archives: 365 Pages of 2014

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All photos are mine. Credit properly, thanks. ^^
*complete menu available at the bottom of  this post*

The last time I wrote a foodie review was a long time ago.
Frankly, this review is not really planned.
What made me change my mind?
The establishment itself.
It is worth my time.

My eldest sister and her husband was the one who discovered the place first.
Last night, I went here to eat dinner with my two sisters.
The name of the restaurant is “Geni’s Cafe”/”Geni’s Fusion Cuisine”.
Location: Salem Complex, Domestic Road, Ninoy Aquino Airport Area, Pasay City
(Across NAIA Terminal 4, near Shakeys)

On their menu, you can find a brief background about the entrepreneur behind the cafe.

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YES, she’s a former flight attendant!!
(My dream job :>) ❤

Moving on…

Let’s get physical!

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This is the cafe from outside.
With what  you can see from the photo, it looks like any other establishment here in Manila.
Nothing really special or catchy.
Having studied Marketing for 3 years, the power of Advertising should never be overlooked.
Though their servers say that they are full especially during lunch time, I suggest that they work on their branding a bit more.

As soon as you get in, look to your left and you’ll see this..

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Across it is this:

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Just a small showcase with three samples of fondant cakes that you can order from them.

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Apart from the cafe being well lit, one thing I admire about the cafe is the color scheme!

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The colors they used to design the place go very well with each other.
Here is a closer look at their table.

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And now the best part.. the FOOD.
As you may have noticed in their name, they serve fusion cuisine.
It means that they don’t serve just one type of food – talk about flexibility!
*check out the bottom of this post for their complete menu*

For the appetizer, they served us Honey Brown Bread with butter – 5☆

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OF ALL THE PLACES I’VE TRIED THAT HAS BREAD FORTHEIR APPETIZER, THIS IS MY FAVORITE.
I don’t know how they did it but even though the bread wasn’t newly baked, the texture of the bread was perfect.
It had a crunch that makes you want to eat and eat and eat the bread.
To add to this, the butter that comes with it is not tasteless!
Rather than the ordinary butter served at restaurants, theirs seem to have a rich taste in it.
Without a doubt, I gave their appetizer 5★.

Now for the main entrees..

Baked Salmon – 5☆

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I don’t have anything negative to say about this dish. For me, it seems like it was delivered straight from heaven! 😛

On a more serious note..
Though you may not be able to identify it, the salmon is actually coated with mashed potato.
The salmon was perfectly cooked.
It is  tender but not too tender that it feels undercooked.
The sprinkled paprika or chili powder (I’m not sure) gives the dish a hint of spiciness that complements the cream-based sauce very well.
For those on a diet, I highly recommend this!
Just ask the server to have the sauce separated so you can control the portion of the sauce.

Red Chicken Curry – 3☆

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As you can see from the photo above, the sauce of this dish is not that opaque.
It is a bit thin for my liking.
As with the chicken pieces, it is cooked evenly.
The meat is tender and when you bite it, you can see from the meat that the sauce has penetrated the inside which makes it flavorful.
Since this is mainly an Indian dish, it was a bit spicy.
The base of the sauce is cream and for me, it lacked a bit of the “oomph” factor.
On the flip side, my sister liked their eggplant so much.

Beef Masala – 4.5☆

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Beef is one type of meat which is hard to cook.
If it is undercooked, it is tough – like your chewing rubber.
When overcooked, it’ll feel like your eating chicken flakes.
BUT.. this dish?
It seems like they had  zero problem in cooking the meat!
If you look closely at the dish, you will see that there are a lot of different herbs & spices in it!
They are generous with the ingredients they added to this dish and because of that, it became really flavorful.
One thing I noticed though is that because it is a bit too flavorful, it is best eaten with rice.
So for those who try to stay away from carbohydrates, I suggest you pick another dish.
Nevertheless, this dish is delicious and worth a try!
Few carbs wouldn’t hurt.

Sweets it is!

Red Velvet Cheesecake – 3.5☆

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The first thing I noticed?
The generous serving size.
With this slice, one to three people can actually share!
If you try and have a taste of all the layers together, the flavor just explodes in your mouth.
The cake base complements the cheesecake so well.
Since I am not a fan of too (“too” is subjective)  sweet desserts, I’d prefer the dessert to have more red velvet cake.
But then again.. we ordered a cheesecake so it is a bit expected that the cheesecake part of the dessert should be the main base. 😛

Blueberry Cheesecake – 3.0☆

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It could’ve been better.
Sorry for the straight forward remark but I honestly am a big fan of blueberry cheesecakes.
Don’t get me wrong..
The dish was yummy but there is something – I’m not sure what – that is lacking.
Compared to the red velvet cheeecake, this is creamier.
Also, the dessert has strong flavors which makes the blueberry and the cheesecake fight for the attention of the one eating.
A softer crust would make the dessert better in my opinion.

Below is a picture of me with my two sisters before eating our dessert ^^

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All in all, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that you try eating here.
Definitely a hole-in-the-wall.
One for the books!

—wanderrwithmee
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Rating:
Ambiance – 5/5
Servers – 5/5
Price – 4.5/5
Food – 4/5
Satisfaction – 9/10
Recommend: Definitely YES.

Here is their menu:

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P.S. I saw in one of their posters that they have lunch sets as well. 😛 

Again, please please credit properly. All photos above are mine.

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This is a quote from my favorite book, Everyday.

A’s POV

“I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms of anyone else. I will never feel the pressure of peers or the burden of parental expectation. I can view everyone as pieces of a whole, and focus on the whole, not the pieces. I have learned to observe, far better than most people observe. I am not blinded by the past or motivated by the future. I focus on the present because that is where I am destined to live.” – David Levithan, Everyday

I recommend you to read it!
Such a selfless book ❤

—wanderrwithmee


Finally bought one!
Scratch map travel edition (world map) 🙂
Will be writing about it soon!

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—wanderrwithmee


안녕하세요!

Finding time to write lately has been a challenge.
I usually leave the house early and get home late because of school.
Luckily today, I arrived a little more than an hour before my class and because I wasn’t able to eat breakfast at home, I went straight to Kenny Rogers – a minute or two from the entrance of my school.

Here is my breakfast:  

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I know it isn’t the healthiest out there but trust me, it is better than my breakfast for most days which usually consists of rice, fried egg, fried hotdog/spam, etc.
Lately, I’ve been trying to fix my fitness routine and diet.

Last Wednesday, I tried boxing for the first time.
It was better than expected.
My sister and I arrived at around 8:30 in the morning at the  gym (but started at around 9:00).
Our training finished at around 12NN.
Without the breaks, I think we trained for at least 1 hour and 45 minutes which by the way is a BIG leap for me cause I’m not really a fan of strenuous activities.
I even hate jogging! —Our warm up was a 15 minute jog.
THE HORROR.
But yes, though it was hard for me and especially for my legs, I did it without cheating 😛
The day after the trial session, my body was a bit sore.

Yesterday (Monday), I had another boxing session.
This time, it was my first training as an official member.
I acquired a membership because aside from having discounts, I’d like it to be another pushing force for me to achieve my fitness goals.
I’m not sure what the difference was (aside for the increase in intensity) but I felt like I liked the sport even more.
It is tiring, yes.
But for some reason, I’d like the idea of me sweating because of working out.
There is this unexplainable feeling of accomplishment after the training and I actually don’t feel bad eating lunch afterwards.
Mind you, I didn’t binge eat!

I think that aside from being a physical workout, boxing also is a form of disipline.
Frankly, my right shoulder is a bit sore since yesterday.
I think it is because of my wrong form when punching or because I exerted a little too much effort.
Anyway, I know this will pass.
The pain doesn’t bother me because I believe in the saying that soreness due to exercise is a reward and not a punishment.

I plan to go boxing twice a week.
(Mondays & Wednesdays – or maybe even Saturdays)
I am slowly progressing and watching what I eat slowly.
How about you? Have you found or do you have a sport or fitness routine? 🙂
Trust me, it feels great afterwards!  

—wanderrwithmee


It is already known to my old readers about my passion for travel and my dream job – to be a cabin crew.
Recently, I made a step towards that dream.

The change in course (and school) that I’ve been deciding on for months have been given action.
Yes, I feel a little guilty for leaving my former school.
I can’t say anything bad about the school, professors, students and the other school personnel there.
They have all been nice to me.
Even though it was risky transferring schools even if I transferred to a sister school (it isn’t guaranteed that the same treatment will be given to me as what my former school have), I still pushed through with the transfer.
Why?
Because I value myself.
I want to do what I think will make me a better individual and do what I think will help me to achieve my dreams.
If making that move entails risking my study environment, extending my school years and be forced to not spend as much time with my friends from my former school, then so be it.
Being in a university, the main purpose is for the student to learn, build character and build relationships.
One needs to focus on that.
What students sometimes don’t understand about university life is that it isn’t an escape from secondary school.
Your student life will NOT be easier.
Sometimes it will seem like it but it isn’t and though that is the case, it should not be the focus.
Self-improvement should be.

School started last week and it marks a new chapter in my life.
I am now officially a HRIM – Travel and Tourism Management student.
(Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management)
Finally ♡  

—wanderrwithmee


It has been awhile since I last wrote here.
Frankly, I still don’t know what to write.
There are so much things in my mind that I want to say but for some unknown reason, I just couldn’t get my hands to type the words.
I know that my writing ”skills” are a bit rusty right now but I promise to make it up to you through a post within this week – or next.
It’ll be a short update on as to what has happened with my dream job, what I am doing to achieve it and my realizations on some things.
Another reason on as to why I can’t write a lengthy post tonight is because I need to sleep early.
I have an 8 AM class tomorrow which means that I have to get up at 5:45 AM.
Also, after my class, it’ll be the first time that I’ll try the sport, boxing.
Please anticipate my ”path to fitness”. HAHAHA.
Seriously though.. I have been binge eating a lot lately.
Or when I’m not, the food I eat are not necessarily ”healthy” per se.
I feel so guilty which is why I’ll start (IN ALL SERIOUSNESS) my fitness plan.
I don’t actually have a fixed plan yet but I’ll definitely cut down my carbohydrate intake, choose healthier food options and do boxing or other form of exercise at least twice a week.
I need to do this for myself, for my dream job and for my future.
I know that does sound a bit selfish but who else will love you and take care of you but yourself, right?
You should always value yourself. 🙂
This is it for now.
Ciao!

—wanderrwithmee


This 365 days of everyday blogging has a purpose.

The purpose for it is for my writing to improve as well as how I express myself.

If you haven’t noticed..

I do have posts dated every single day from January 1st of this year till February 21st but the posts wasn’t necessarily written on the same day as stated.

Sometimes, I post 3-4 entries in a day.

Doesn’t that defeat the very purpose of my “everyday” blogging?

I have come to realize that because of the posts that needed to be published, I actually rush my posts that the other posts come out as mediocre.

Instead of writing to my heart’s desire, I actually end up cramming posts and posting them without even proofreading!

Because of this, I’ve thought about not pushing through with the 365 pages of my 2014.

Instead of posting everyday, I’ll just  post as much as I can but still use “Page XXX of 365” as my title to signify what day is it of my 365 pages of 2014.

It will have less pressure on when I should write and it will give me more time to think my posts over.

Who would want to read a senseless post anyway, right?

Though I will still occasionally post about my random ramblings..

The overly senseless and pointless posts will be limited.

I think this change is for the better.

Quality over quantity.

Don’t  you think so too? 🙂

—wanderrwithmee


February 21, 2014

I’ve been reading articles from Yahoo for days now just like what I always do before.

I came across an article entitled, “12 Things Successful Do Before Breakfast”.

Let me summarize it for you.

  1. They wake up early.
  2. They exercise before it falls off the to-do list.
  3. They work on a top-priority business project.
  4. They work on a personal passion project.
  5. They spend quality time with family.
  6. They connect with their spouses.
  7. They network over coffee.
  8. They meditate to clear their minds.
  9. They write down things they are grateful for.
  10. They plan and strategize while they are fresh.
  11. They check their email.
  12. They read the news.

I plan to slowly incorporate these into my daily routine.

You can read the full article here.

—wanderrwithmee

 


February 20, 2014

A few days back, I was thinking about what age I would want to have my first child.

I was thinking around 28 years old.

I’m currently 20.

Before, I really wanted three children.

But then because I really really want to give my children enough attention and a quality life, I was thinking of having just one or two at most.

I want my first child to be a girl.

Why?

Because as a woman, I think I can understand her better.

And since I am a new mom, that would be advantageous than having a son as the first child.

I also want to dress her up!

Hihi.

But then again..

Having a daughter also has another side.

I think this article sums it up:

I Really Hope My Future Child Isn’t A Girl

FEB. 22, 2014

By ANONYMOUS

I hope I never have a daughter.

If I did, I’d be worried sick all the time of her walking alone at night wearing skirts. I’d be sorry for all her hormone-related woes – her sadness, her fears, her body image trouble, her fertility, the purity of her body and her mind and her soul. I’d be helpless in securing her future happiness, because it doesn’t lie so much in her own career path or intellect as much as it does in her meeting and being with a decent guy who would never hurt her.

What am I going to do if she turns out to be below-average in her looks? How can I lie to her face every day, this person that is partially me, and tell her that no, looks don’t matter, that inner beauty does, and she’s beautiful on the INSIDE and that’s all that matters?

What am I going to do when she’s going through puberty, and asks me why suddenly all the boys are starting to pay more attention to her? Do I dare tell her the truth about what men want? That the older she gets the less she should learn to trust them? That at first glance she’s more often than not just a piece of meat out for grabs?

What am I going to do when she goes to college, and goes to parties and gets drunk, and hot-blooded males start to make sexual advances toward her and she can’t tell the fine difference between the Polite No and the Tentative Yes?

What am I going to do when she goes to work, and meets men who are more senior in the firm, who have families but like what they see (God forbid this must mean she’s not butt ugly)? How can I teach her to walk the thin line between the use and abuse of her female power to climb the corporate ladder?

What am I going to do when she’s trying to settle down, and her biological clock is ticking, but she thinks it’s a sin to believe that because feminism has taught her that it’s important to be independent and successful, ON HER OWN, so that she doesn’t “need” to “belong” to anybody? And never truly will?

What am I going to do when she has children, when she’s pressured by a male-dominated society to go back to work after merely a couple weeks of maternity leave, and leaves her child in the care of a total stranger? How will her child possibly bond with her, know her, love her?

I hope she doesn’t have a daughter, either.

I hope I have a son. Because then he can work as hard as he likes, eat as badly as he wants, and sleep as little as he needs—looks and youthfulness matter less to him than money and social status. Because then he can bang as many women as he likes, because that would make him a rock star among his peers and win him respect. Because he can be single for all his life and still have a blast and die happy. Because he can run shirtless down a street and wouldn’t end up with child as a victim of sexual violence or just shit outta luck. Because he doesn’t need to lean in anywhere. Because he wasn’t made from some asshole’s ribs.

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After reading this..

The points really struck me.

I am now re-considering wanting to have a daughter!

HAHA.

But seriously though..

No matter what gender my first baby will be, I can never be less than ecstatic when he or she’s born. 🙂

How about you?

Thoughts?

—wanderrwithmee


February 19, 2014

10 Confessions From An Introvert

FEB. 21, 2014

By LAITIN AMANDA 

Fellow introverts: It’s ok to be reserved, but don’t use that as an excuse for becoming a hermit. Extroverts: Let us be. Not everyone can be a social butterfly like you.

1. I hate the stigma attached to the word “introvert.”

That means a weird, socially awkward person we all want to avoid. To me, an “introvert” is someone who is selective about who they surround themselves with. It’s someone who is comfortable with being by themselves without feeling insecure. We value quality over quantity.

2. I love meeting new people, but only if you approach me first.

If I have to make the first move, it’ll most likely never happen. I’m silently imagining every possible thing that could go wrong and by the time I work up enough courage to do it, I’ve thoroughly freaked you out by constantly glancing your way and you’ve already sprinted for the door.

3. Small Talk for me is not Small Talk to a normal person.

I get deep real fast. I genuinely want to know your life story, what makes you happy, and what makes you angry. Don’t be surprised if I ask you how you really feel about your parents’ divorce within the first 5 minutes of meeting you. I’m not a gossip; I just genuinely want to connect with you.

4. We have a heightened sense for a fake or insincere personality.

Our quiet and reserved nature allows us so much time to observe. I see your fake smile and can tell you just lied to that person. I hear you repeat the same exact joke to every single person you run into. I’m onto you, extrovert.

5. If you point out my introverted-ness, I will silently hold it against you forever and also I probably hate you.

As much as we try to embrace our introverted-ness, many of us are still very insecure about it. You asking an introvert why they’re so quiet only makes things worse. Please stop making us all feel so awkward with this obvious observation.

6. Dear Hair Dresser: Please don’t make me talk the entire time I’m in your chair.

I’m sure you’re a very nice and interesting person, but after a certain point, I simply run out of things to talk to you about. I’m out of witty comments. I can’t think of any more normal questions to ask you. And my stupid comments will begin to emerge (see #9).

7. My ideal Friday night is Netflix binging with ONE or TWO friends.

I don’t want to be alone, but I also don’t want to exhaust myself by socializing with dozens of other people. Can’t we just throw on some sweatpants, make an ice cream run, and sit on the couch?

8. Please never make me to go a club.

What is clubbing even? Why would we go somewhere where it’s so loud I can’t even hear you? I’ll be in the quiet corner trying to engage in meaningful conversation with the other introverts if you need me.

9. Networking events = death.

There is literally nothing I hate more than having to meet new people in an environment specifically created for that purpose. I realize that’s entirely the point of networking events, but I feel so much pressure to make myself sound and look like the most interesting person you’ve ever met. I can only be charming for so long! Pass me a glass of wine and let me mentally prepare myself for this first.

10. If I say something stupid, kindly pretend I said nothing at all.

Rest assured knowing that my dumb comment/question will haunt me for the rest of my life. I’ll lie awake at night replaying the entire conversation in my head. I’ll think of a million other things I could have said instead. I’ll vow never to speak again! This is where my quietness comes from. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Enjoy!

—wanderrwithmee


February 18, 2014

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before but Leighton Meester is really one of my favorite girl crushes.

Though I only discovered her because of Gossip Girl, I know she is waaaaaay more than what her character, Blair Waldorf, is.

Awhile ago, I was surfing the net when I came across an article about her…..

GETTING MARRIED.

I must admit that it did shock me a bit.

Though 27 is already a good age to get married, I know nothing about her supposed spouse, Adam Brody.

Her love life didn’t really catch my attention in any point of her career from gossip girl.

I think I was too focused on her as an individual.

Hahaha.

Anyway..

If the said rumor is true about her getting married over the weekend, I wish the couple nothing but the best in their married life.

I couldn’t be more happier for my ultimate girl crush because she already found the man that would make her happy forever.

Again, I wish them a happy and fruitful forever together.

Love Love Love,

—wanderrwithmee


February 17, 2014

Today, I have finally secured my exam permit for an entrance exam I will be taking next month.

My cabin crew dreams are at stake and of course, I shall make sure that no matter what happens, I’ll make that dream come true.

I’ve been easily distracted lately and haven’t really – seriously – studied.

What I can say though is that the “normal” way students study doesn’t really work for me.

I can’t be one of those who studies like there is no tomorrow.

Probably because instead of my brain relaxing while studying, it gets pressured too much that I end up not absorbing everything?

Don’t get me wrong..

I cram study a lot and from experience, my brain actually copes up well with that kind of stress.

It is like I absorb even more when I know I really need to understand whatever it is I’m reading.

In this case though..

I’m still not decided what i should do.

Given that it is a VERY long exam, I cannot just cram study last minute cause that will be suicidal.

Really.

HAHA.

When I’ll start studying bit by bit..

That I’m still weighing.

I was thinking this Saturday or Monday next week.

Honestly though..

I still am not sure what  I’m supposed to study!

God knows how badly I want this.

And that I’m willing to do whatever I need to for this.

Wish me luck!

XOXO

—wanderrwithmee


February 15, 2014

I have been losing my focus lately.

Honestly, I have again succumbed to the lazy life.

I should at least be trying to study for my upcoming entrance exam next month.

What made me lose focus?

That I am not sure.

I sure do hope that when I secure my exam permit on the 17th, the adrenaline will be back and make me want to study.

I have taken their entrance exam before entering college and have passed but then I chose another school.

I don’t know how much this test will be different from the first but I don’t wanna risk not studying even though I have passed this test before without studying.

My mindset?

“My life depends on it”.

Which is really the case because this is what I really want to do in the future and if I don’t pass here, I’m going to have to wait for another term – or even year before I can retake the exam.

And taking it after a term or a year might be too late already.

Any tips on how I can get back on the right track and regain focus again?

Ciao!

—wanderrwithmee


February 14, 2014

Warning: This is, by all means, a fan girl post.

First, I wanna greet all of you a happy valentines day!

I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did.

Contrary to what you might be thinking right now..

No, I don’t have a date.

I didn’t even go out of the house today!

Barely got out of bed too.

What made me enjoy it?

Simple..

I was de-stressed today.

Thought about nothing else but making myself feel comfortable.

I missed my bed because I haven’t been home much lately and I made it a point that I spent more time on the bed than out of it today.

I read, watched TV and just slept.

Before valentines day ended also, I read something online which made me squeal in excitement!

I couldn’t believe the texts that I have received first but then it was confirmed through the online website of Bench/ – a clothing line here in the Philippines.

Korean heartthrob LEE MIN HO is coming back to Manila this March!!!

For what event, that I’m still not sure.

I shall give you an update if they release the details already.

I think this meeting will be somewhat like the fan meet also.

I surely hope that there will be a meet and greet opportunity again!!

For now though, I will save money just to be sure that I’ll not be missing that opportunity.

My valentines day couldn’t get any better than this!

Thoughts? 🙂

—wanderrwithmee



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