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My mom and me during the Tramoramic Tour
Earlier this 2017, I went on a trip to Hong Kong with my Mom for 5 days. It was my second time to visit the city so we did not visit most areas that I’ve seen before. Below is an overview of the itinerary of our trip to HK and Macau in 2017. Added an asterisk on the landmarks/areas we visited.

Day 1 – Flight to HK and General City Stroll
Flight to HK – Arrive around 10 am
Ride the Airport Express to Hong Kong
Got out at IFC mall, and got lunch
*Hong Kong Observation Wheel
*Central Pier Station
Got on a Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui thru Pier 7
*Clock Tower
*Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Check in at Hotel and rest
*Food Trucks at the HK Space Museum
*HK Bay area
*Heritage 1881
Strolled around and got dinner, lights out

Day 2 – Disneyland
We only went to two spots on this day.
*Temple Street night market

Day 3 – City Tour
*Tramoramic Tour across Central ave
*Western Market
*Times Square Mall
*HK City Hall
*Chater Garden
*Bank of China
*Cheung Kong Park
*St. John’s Cathedral
*Peak Tram Terminus
*Victoria Peak
*Trick Eye Museum
*Hong Kong Day
*The Peak Galleria

Day 4 – Macau Day Tour
Generally, a casino hopping tour. We took a ferry ride from HK to Macau. ^_^
*Galaxy Macau
*Grand Lisboa
*Tai Lei Loi Kei – best pork chop bun
*Se Catedral
*Sun Yin Park
*Lou Kao Mansion
*Tim Ho Wan – Takeout nook
*St. Dominic’s Church
*Jerky Street ^_^
*Ruins of St. Paul
*Wynn Macau
*Macau Tower
*Wynn Palace Cotai
*The Parisian Macau

Day 5 – Final city tour and Flight back
Checked out from the hotel
*Mongkok Street Market
*Excelsior Hotel for Lord Stow’s egg tarts
Went to the airport for the flight back

The overall cost of this trip for the both of us was around 35k. Or around 17k per person for the trip. Or just 3500 per person per day! This already includes the airfare, travel tax, hotel fee, and the pocket money we used to spend for everything we ate and bought and other items I purchased beforehand thru Klook.

It wasn’t as cheap as I would have wanted, but c’mon we went to Disneyland! That alone already costs almost 7k for the entrance fee. Disneyland was expensive but totally worth it!

I’ll post more details on the places we went to on the Per day posts. Thanks for reading!

For this installment of Eats in Cubao, my friend Andrei and I try out the food at Banapple at Gateway Mall. This was also my first time eating at Banapple so I didn't know what to get. hehe

We went here after our shift around 9 am, and nobody was around yet. Thankfully the branch is open from 8:00am until 10:00pm. The place was pretty cute. Each of their chandeliers were unique, but had similar styles, all had curly wire and red lamps on the end.

There's a huge mural of a meadow and trees on one wall. Then there were exploded sandwiches on another. The chairs are pretty simple, metal form and wooden seats. The table was adorable. It had like a million white thingies on it. Not so sure if they are marbles, more like round shaped white glass pebbles. hahaha

They will provide you with a menu upon entering the restaurant, but if you want to place your order you have to go to the counter and line up. They also had a bunch of pastries and cakes on display near the counter. Makes you want to try them all out!

We ordered 2 mains and 1 drink. All of which we split between the two of us. Then we also got a free Brownie Overload thanks to Smart's promotion. :) And then we proceed to wait for the food

We had to take a ton of photos while waiting... Of course.

We ordered three items that summed up to 596 and we also got the brownie which cost 75.

 Trio of Sausages Fettuccine P235

 Chicken Parmigiano P235

 Dark Chocolate Smoothie P125

Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Overload!!! (P75)

We were feeling pretty hungry when we came in the resto which is why we ordered two meals but the servings were pretty big so we didn't get to finish everything. We mopped up the chicken pretty quickly tho, down to the last morsel of rice. Both dishes were very good too! Loved the gooey mozzarella on the chicken and the sausages were amazing in the fettucine dish. The Dark Chocolate smoothie was to die for and the brownie was perfectly fudgy. It was soft and warm and not too sweet. Just perfect.

No qualms with the service too. We didn't wait too long for the food to be served and the waitress was nice enough to take our photo. Claiming the freebie wasn't a hassle.

Overall, Banapple is an awesome resto. It should be fine for 3 people to share the food we ordered. So it's pretty affordable as well. Definitely gonna bring my mom here soon. :D

Ground Floor, Gateway Mall,
Araneta Center, Cubao,
Quezon City
02 4370204

Visited: September 10, 2016
Food Adventurers: Ana Carla Pagulayan, Andrei Lee

Cookie Mug Snack Lounge is a tiny cafe on the second floor of this modern looking building on Lilac Street. I saw the photo of the cookie with milk on a blog and I wanted to try it out myself!

This place is the main reason why I went to Lilac Street in the first place. Wahaha

Hello Betty Boop. 

We got 2 small cookie shots from the counter and paid P68 each. It's cheaper if you just want the cookie shot, but I wanted to try it out with the milk while we were there. 

Cookie Mugs and cookie shots selection.  

Coffee selection and flavored milk menu.

I really wanted to try the caramel milk or the mocha flavored one, but they were not available at the time we visited the cafe.

Compulsory selfie/twofie XD

A few minutes after paying for our order, they served the cold milk in cute tiny jars along with the cookie shots.

The cookie was nice and chewy, the chocolate was delicious, and combined with the cold milk that you drink out of the cookie makes it oh sooo wonderful!! XD

Of course we took several insta shots before eating the cookie shots.

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I absolutely loved the cookie shots!! XD I'd love to try the other variants of the cookie shots too. I'm definitely going back to this place!!

Cookie Mug Snack Lounge
116 Lilac Street,
SSS Village,
Concepcion Dos,
Marikina City

Visited: August 20, 2016
Adventurers: Ana Carla Pagulayan, Kat
On a crazy rainy Saturday afternoon, my friend Kat and I tried out a resto in the "Maginhawa" of Marikina, Lilac Street. We saw a lot of restaurants while walking around the place but we chose to eat at this orange colored restaurant that we saw in Bentt building.

Gao by Mandi's is on the ground floor of Bentt III. We were enticed mainly by the P99 peso deal plastered on their window. XD The place is designed with posters of race cars and the beatles posters on a background of bright orange. I don't see the connection with the name of the place, but we'll just roll with it. wahaha

Gao has a menu of meals, along with ready to eat viands that you can choose from. Price ranges from P90 and up.

 Kat and me while waiting for the crispy sisig. 

The crispy sisig takes around 7 minutes to be served because they still refry the pork before serving it.

Crispy Sisig Meal P99 

Lechon Kawali Meal P90

The Crispy sisig was very good. Waiting for the meat to be refried is worth the wait since it makes the meat and fat all crispy again. 

They also have a pretty neat drinks selection, and these are all non-alcoholic. XD

 They have 8 flavors that can be mixed to make 8 new drink flavors.

Purple Brew. 

Since I love purple, I chose the Purple Brew which is a mix of Blue Lemonade and Red Iced tea. Tasted pretty good too. A little too sweet tho, I mixed it with another glass of water to spread out the flavor.

Overall, we were very satisfied with the delish meal and awesome service. The waitress was very friendly and was telling us about the resto while waiting for our order. The owner's husband also came in and said hi. Would love to come back again! :D

Gao by Mandi's
Ground Floor, Bentt III Building, 
75 Lilac Street, 
SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, 
Marikina City

Visited: August 20, 2016
Adventurers: Ana Carla Pagulayan, Kat

It was my first time to try out authentic Japanese style Okonomiyaki last Sunday at Dohtonbori!! It was awesome! We tried out the Dohtonbori branch at SM North Edsa, Main Building. :)

First thing we noticed when we got there was the line. My friend Dana and I met up in front of the resto around 11:30 am, almost lunch time. While waiting for a table, we checked out the menu and chose what to order.

We went with the Cheesy Pork Okonomiyaki :D

 The Yakiniku looked pretty good too, so we ordered it as well!

We waited for around 20 minutes before we got a seat. The place was really packed and lively.

There was also the overwhelmingly delicious smell of cooking meat. Just can't help salivating. :D

We were brought to a table with a teppan, or the metal griddle in the middle of the table. :) It's for us to cook the okonomiyaki and other items on.

Within minutes, a server approached our table and asked for our order. We ordered the okonomiyaki and the yakiniku, we also got a side of gyoza and two rice sets.

The place is full of interesting Old timey Japanese posters! Makes you feel like you're in a movie set!

 Anybody know what the text on this wall says?

Also love the red lanterns lining the ceiling.

Our server came back with the raw version of our orders ready to be cooked. Except the rice set of course, wahaha!

Pork Yakiniku P180

 Gyoza P120

Cheesy Pork Okonomiyaki P240
See those square thingies on the right side? Those are mozzarella slices!!

Rice Set, 1 cup  of rice and 1 cup of miso, P90

Let's pretend that we did the cooking here. But really we didn't. Wahaha It was absolutely enjoyable just watching the server to mix and cook the food in front of us while we were sipping our unlimited House Blend Iced Tea.

Unlimited Iced Tea P120

The server started cooking the okonomiyaki first to make sure that it gets cooked around the same time as the other items. He even has a timer! 

Stages of an Okonomiyaki:

 Raw as hell, with cheese

 Flipped and almost cooked

 Cooked and glazed with the teriyaki sauce

Added the Kewpie Mayonnaise  

 Added the stripe design along with the bonito flakes and nori bits

Sliced into 4 parts and ready to eat.

The entire meal was cooked simultaneously on the same teppan. :D

This is us pretending that we did anything close to cooking the food. XD Actually, we just held the utensils for the shot. wahahaha

Here's the food, all cooked and ready to eat! The entire cooking time took probably 20 minutes or so.

I was really happy with the okonomiyaki we tried! The cheese was gooey and it was simply delicious! I would prefer it if the pork was cooked before it was mixed in the entire pancake mix, but it still tasted pretty good. I'd probably try it that way next time. :) 

Their pork yakiniku was heavenly too! It had a very tasty marinade, and it was cooked perfectly with crisp sides and still tender middle parts. I loved it with the soy sauce and lemon dip too. (sosyal version ng toyo at calamansi) 

Only the gyoza and miso soup were the "Meh" parts of the meal. Everything else was brilliant!

Overall, Dohtonbori's okonomiyaki is something I'd definitely try again! I'm planning to go back soon with my siblings next time and have them try to cook their own okonomiyaki. Wahaha
I can already imagine the mess! Til' next time!!

SM North Edsa, G/F Main Building
02 3724576

Visited: August 7, 2016
Adventurers: Ana Carla Pagulayan Dana Pena