King Bee has arrived at SM Center Angono

I absolutely love authentic chinese food!  I was more than thrilled when King Bee opened at our neighborhood mall in SM Center Angono!  What a nice addition to the mall! My First Impression:  Clean, bright and inviting.  The place is big enough to accommodate more than 100 hungry guests and is the perfect place to celebrate special occasion with family and friends.

What can I say?  I had a tummy-filling good time with my Rizal media and blogger friends as we had our lovely lunch savoring real chinese food.

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Me and King Bee

 

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Rizal Media and Blogger Community

 

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So many delicacies to choose from

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A view of the Kitchen

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Roast Chicken (Half – P250 / Whole- P520)

The chicken was tender and flavaorful.  Just the right seasoning.  I also loved the gravy.

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Chicken Feet (P80) and Hakaw (P150)

 I can never get enough of Hakaw.  So soft, yummy, tender juicy shrimp in every bite.  🙂

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Deep Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper (P280)

This dish is amazing. So soft and tender, you would not wrestle with it.  I didn’t realize it was squid!

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Beef with Broccoli (P300)

This one is a favorite as I love brocolli!  The beef was cooked well and crunchy brocolli flowers!

 

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Pancit Canton (P230)

Saucy Pancit Canton – for longevity!

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Sweet and Sour Pork (P280)

They got this one JUST PERFECTLY RIGHT. Right balance of everything!

 Over-all I am soooo happy that King Bee is here.  When my tummy buzzes for Chinese food,  I now know where to go.. King Bee! Welcome to Angono!

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Family Fun with Science at The Exploreum

When Lukas turned 4, we thought of going on an educational trip to stimulate his young and curious mind. I did my research and decided to go to Exploreum – Where science becomes fun at SM Mall of Asia.

Before we went there, I checked the net and showed pictures of astronauts, space and galleries to Lukas.  He was so excited he wanted to go right away. I have checked out the place before but then, Lukas was still a baby so I took note of the place and promised myself that we would visit once Lukas was old enough to appreciate it.  The place reminded me of a place in downtown San Jose.

What exactly is it?

“The Exploreum is a total immersion experience that will stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world and enriching people’s lives.

Our all-new interactive exhibits, to be housed in 10 galleries, will cover a wide range of topics related to life on Earth and the fundamental nature of the cosmos. You’ll be exposed to bold science and fun learning experiences in an eye-opening, awe-inspiring environment that will include 3D holograms, realistic wax models, virtual reality simulations, optical illusions, detailed replicas, entertaining games, audiovisual presentations, and more.”

What a superb choice! We went on a Wednesday so there’s not much people and so we enjoyed the whole experience-  exhibits, gallery and the show all the more.  We also loved that it is conveniently located at SM MOA. 🙂

There were 10 interactive galleries where you can learn about interesting stuff.  These are just  some of my favorite pics taken from each of the galleries:

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Human Adventure (Kinect style)

I liked the human adventure gallery where I realized that we are truly wonderfully made.  Our bodies are designed so elegantly by our creator.

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Little Doctor Lukas so busy with his surgery

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My favorite – the Amazing human brain.

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Discovery room – filled with simple machines and experiments

 

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“I want to be an astronaut!”

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Connect: Me as a “cool” weather girl

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The natural world

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Zoom – with models of cars, planes and other vehicles

 

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Science on a sphere – how did they make it float?

What I liked about the whole experience was watching a showing at the Dome Theater. At that time, we watched Astronaut which showed how space explorations were done by Astronauts and how they were trained for the journey.  It was narrated by Ewan McGregor which added a little “star magic” into it.  It talked about inner and outer space and how life in outer space is.  It was impressive!  Lukas was so thrilled and decided he wanted to become an astronaut that day!

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The Dome Theater

At the end of the day, we were smarter! We learned a lot of things and had super fun! We will definitely go back and watch more showings at the Theater! You too can enjoy the place with your family at P350.00 per head.  This includes a visit to all their galleries + 1 show at the dome theater.

Over-all, I am happy that we have a place like this in Manila. The place is clean and with friendly staff ready to assist you.  The whole area is neat, clean and kid friendly.  They also arrange kiddie parties and corporate events.

The Exploreum is located at G/F Southside Entertainment Mall,  SM Mall of Asia. You may get in touch with them at Tel nos:  +63 (02) 863-2781.

 

Salon Pampering at T & J Salon Professionals by Tony and Jackey

Rainy season is here and I was feeling sick but there’s something about going to the salon that gave me energy to dress up and put on my excited smile.  What better way to feel good and better by being pretty with my Rizal blogger friends!

The husband (bless him!) drove me to SM City Masinag –  T&J Salon where I was happily ushered to my seat by pretty Korean-looking, angelic ladies.  My old hair color needs fixing and I needed a haircut + treatment.

T & J Salon Professionals by Tony and Jackey SM City Masinag Branch is the 41st branch of Tony and Jackey Group. It established 41 branches nationwide with prime brand called Bangs Prime Salon and Tony and Jackey Salon the famous brand headed by Korean Hairstylists and the community brand called T & J Salon Professionals led by Filipino Hairstylists.  SM City Masinag Branch has Filipino experts trained by Korean Hairstylists. The branch also specializes in Digital Perm, Rebond and Stylish Haircut for men and women.

They are keen on providing the highest level of salon experience and dedication when making your precious hair more beautiful. Tony and Jackey aspires to provide better services to clients to meet their satisfaction.

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Their facilities, lighting, setup and ambiance is very good.  As for the service, I was offered tea and coffee, I asked for water as I had to take my meds.  One thing I noticed: they have Gentle hands – there were no hair pulling done at all!

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Impressive facilities

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Happily undergoing my treatment with Blogger friends cheering me all the way 🙂

I had my hair colored, got a haircut and organic keratin treatment. I know I don’t look sick here. 🙂

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Us after our treatments – Grabbed from Thememetdiaries.blogspot.com

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Rizal Blogger Ladies with Ms. Vaniza of SM and T& J Salon staff (Grabbed from thememetdiaries.blogspot.com)

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The husband and me with my soft curls.

I love my hair, it felt super soft, clean and fragrant.  I actually felt better because I looked way better.  I’m definitely gonna go back.  🙂 Thank you T & J salon!

T & J Salon is located at  2nd Floor of SM City Masinag ( near Elevator; beside Mang Inasal), You may reach them at (02) 4708209.  Salon hours are from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Visit www.tnjsalon.com for more information.

10th Anniversary Getaway (Part 2) – Century Mall: Early Bird Breakfast Club and Hole in the Wall

For our 10th anniversary celebration, we opted to book a room at Serenity Suites, Antel (More of this on my blog: 10th Anniversary Getaway part 1).  After checking in, we happily toured the area.  Adrian proudly showed me his discovery – Century city mall, which is just a minute’s walk from our hotel.  He compares it to places he has seen in Singapore and tells me we should check the mall out. The place is nice, not so big, but just right.  It is neatly tucked in Kalayaan Avenue but is very near our hotel facing Makati Avenue. What I like about it? Cozy, lots of nice shops and definitely not crowded.

We were famished so we went ahead and sampled the Early Bird Breakfast Club. I have seen pics of this resto over at FB with its alfresco ambiance so I wanted to try it out.  It took a while for us to find it.  It is located at the ground floor near Starbucks.

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Can’t get enough of this happy place

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Sampled their Sunny Salpicao with egg and button mushrooms

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Whoops – What happened (haha)? (Calamansi Hazel Nut Ice Tea for me and    Pandan Iced Tea for him

From Big Bird Breakfast Club, we then went up to Hole in the wall, definitely a cool, nice place with super, awesome good food in a dynamic ambiance. This place is filled with around 15 mini-restos where you can order food and eat in a cool dining area.  The view from the window is also superb!

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Stared at the ceiling while waiting for my order…

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Cold pressed drink from Spruce and Nachos from Posporo – Taqueria Filipina

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BIG Shawarma from Liberation Shawarma

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Happy eaters!

It was definitely fun to try out new things in the metro. God willing, we will definitely go places, try things and taste good food with many more happy years together! Cheers!

10th Anniversary Getaway (Part 1) – Serenity Suites, Antel Makati

June 18 marked our 10th year wedding anniversary and it called for a celebration! The original plan was to go out of town, but since we also celebrated Lukas’ 4th birthday the previous day – June 17th, we decided to have a staycation in a hotel in the city.  Our original plan was to celebrate in a hotel in Ortigas area but the husband suggested that we book in Makati as Ortigas is an “all too familiar” place for both of us.

I followed his advice was led to check out Antel Hotel in Makati.  I spotted the hotel previously when I attended a blogging summit last year. I got great feedback on the internet and the location was perfect as it is so conveniently near A.Venue mall and Century city mall which I long planned to check out.  It boasts of 3 towers – A. Venue Suites, Antel Spa Suites and Serenity Suites.  The three towers are connected and in the common area, you would see their big pools – the biggest in the area. (There were actually 3 big pools and 1 kiddie pool – I counted!)

What a blessing to get a 1-bedroom suite at the Serenity Suites!  The hotel staff were courteous and did everything with a smile.   Reservation was quick and check in process was a breeze.  What I loved is the personal touch which made the day even more special! Our room was neat, charming and lovely.

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Personal touch: “Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary, Sweethearts Adrian and Shane” personalized greeting,  complimentary wine and rainy day giveaway.

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Our lovely, charming room!

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Cozy zen inspired rest room

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Love the red couch!

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Dining and Kitchen area

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uploaded these pictures here in this area – Wifi uploads were fast!!!

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Nice!!! Pool 1 with kiddie pool on the far side

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Indoor Pools #2 and 3 parallel to each other

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The Husband enjoying his BIG breakfast at Cafe Azzurro

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Us at Azzurro Restaurante Mediterraneo

We spent our day touring the nearby area, watching movies, eating and sampling restaurants and enjoying the city lights and the live band.  We talked about the years we had, our highs and lows, the lessons we learned and our plans for the future.  All of these, while thanking God that He wrote our love story and brought us together.

Can’t believe it has been 10 years!  Cheers!