Wardrobe Diary #67: High on Love (Feb. 13, 2015)


I hope you had a love-filled Valentine’s weekend, just as I did!  I loved how our Valentine’s date went.    And boy, did we make the most out of it. ;)

This is a big deal for me because:

1. This was only the second time we had each other only to ourselves on an overnight date ever since Raviv was born.  ‘Yung first one, ang jologs pa nung place.

2. Valentine’s Day used to be stressful for us, because February used to be super busy for us.  As in sakit pa ng ulo for me because I would reluctantly heed Randy’s request na mag-date naman daw kami (#AkoNa).  And after a lunch date somewhere without any reservations, we would rush back to work.  Going through the motions lang talaga para hindi masabing wala na kaming romansa sa katawan.

But not this year.  Five days to go before Valenrine’s Day, we already had a concrete plan (yes, prepared na kami nang lagay na ‘yan!)

In the afternoon of Friday the 13th, Randy and I dropped Raviv at Gymboree Sta. Rosa then headed to Acacia Hotel in Alabang.  We got Acacia Hotel’s Valentine’s staycation package, and we also had tickets to its Valentine’s show.  We chose to spend it in Alabang because Randy is allergic to MMDA and traffic.  Eh haller, Saturday ang Valentine’s!

We arrived at Acacia Hotel at almost 4 p.m.  I loved almost everything about Acacia Hotel, by the way.  It’s a big part of why it was such a pleasant Valentine’s weekend.

I can’t help but feel extra special with Acacia Hotel’s little welcoming token, with matching “origami” of a turtle!

 Randy and I just had ample time to rest and “be a couple” (wink!) before the pre-Valentine’s show cocktails at 7 p.m.

Katuwa si Randy—he usually is KJ when it comes to selfies and photo ops, but he was game that afternoon!

 And then at almost 7 p.m., I changed into my “date” outfit.  Here I was:

little black dress: La Copa

bag: Louis Vuitton Alma

shoes: Aldo

Can I just say how much I loved my dress?  It’s a little black dress that just hid my love handles, made me look slimmer, and really comfortable. [Read more…]

Happy New Hair: My Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout aka Permanent Blowdry Experience

Hello hello hello hello!!!  My two weeks’ worth of chika are already jiggling with excitement as I type away!  I’m very sorry for being MIA for a long time. I know I’ve given this excuse many times in the past, but I swear I’m so busy that Randy is even frowning upon the fact that I’m squeezing this blogging in.

But how can I not blog?  Last week I got this really touching comment on my two-week old “latest” blog entry:

‘Di ba?  Denise, thank you so much for this very sweet message!  I truly, truly appreciate this!

Anyway, as Denise has alluded–happy new hair to me!  Yes, after almost three years, I’m straight again!

When my curls (digipermed in October 2013) have started getting really loose and the ends of my hair got really dry, I started hating my hair and knew pruning time was inevitable.  At first, my friends told me to renew my digiperm.  But I was tired of it.  I wanted to sport a bob to get rid of the remaining curls.

To convince my friends to support my quest to have a more modern and stylish hair, I actually pestered the salesladies of Metro Gaisano at ATC to put a wig on me:

 Chrys:  Dewmaine para kang si Katie Holmes, ang ganda…

After a few seconds…

Chrys:  Ay Dewmaine para ka rin palang si Charice nung paunti-unti na syang nag-a-out…Zaira tumabi ka kay Dewmaine, dali!  Tapos Dewmaine mag-pose ka nang parang ‘yung mga nakakunot parang si Charice…

Chrys:  Ayaaaan perfect!  Kayo na si Charice at Mommy Racquel!

Guys, ganyan talagang kaibigan si Chrysanthemum Collado! #SanayNaKami

Our peg.  Photo from Inquirer

Anyway, I actually sported a bob  five years ago.  And people told me I looked great. ;)  Lookie lookie:

Moi, 6 years ago sporting short hair with my student’s cute sister

In fairness, I think I looked fresh and young sporting that bob.  However, I’m a wash-and-wear girl when it comes to hair—as in I’m very lazy and terrible when it comes to fixing my hair (digiperms and stick straight hair give me that luxury).  And the hair in the photo above took me ten minutes to achieve, and I had to use a blower!  My hair tends to flyaway when short.  And I’m not willing to spend 10 minutes on my hair every day, thank you very much.

But my hopes went up when I heard about the Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout aka Permanent Blowdry.  When Randy went to Obagi at ATC for his checkup, I scoured the nearby beauty parlors and asked about Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout aka Permanent Blowdry.  I was told it does not straighten like rebonding but that it does remove the frizz.  I showed the hairstylists the hairstyles I’d like to achieve: [Read more…]

My New Cellphone’s Blog Debut

Don’t hold your breath, it ain’t the much-talked and hyped-much iPhone 6.  #WishKoLang.  Actually, far from it.  Not even its significantly less expensive counterpart from Samsung.  But I’m already so happy with it.  So anong kwento?


How to retain your lost/stolen mobile number

OK, so when I returned to the Philippines phoneless from Hong Kong, Randy was inconvenienced because I kept on borrowing his phone.  So one of the first things I did was to go to Globe to request the same number.  You need to present either an affidavit of loss or your old SIM bed.  If you have registered for G-Cash, an ID would do.  But I recommend that on the onset you tell the Globe people that you’re there to get a SIM so they could tell you right there and then whether they could provide you a SIM with your old number.  Because on the first Globe center I went to, I was told they had none available after I had lined up for half an hour!  But they were nice enough to call other Globe centers and informed me which branch had the kind of SIM I needed.


Back to bar phone

When I had my new SIM card, I inserted it to one of our existing cellular phones.  We had quite a few in our office lying around, as we only used some of them during the summer.  So I got to choose whichever I liked.  This was my “first pick”:

I did not ask Randy to buy me a new phone (because, believe it or not, I’m far from being a gadget freak.  So I let Randy choose my gadgets.  My phones and laptops last with me for a long, long time until they get broken or, in this case, lost/stolen.  Gaaah!) because I felt like I had to be punished for being so negligent.  So I told myself to suck it up.

But after weeks of being back on bar phones, I was ready to explode with frustration and tears.  First, I always had to wait for Randy to sleep before I could even check my Instagram.  Next, I read emails quite late.  Third, my thumb got sore from texting.  And fourth, I would always feel so helpless not being able to document the mundane yet pretty things around me, and the biglaang monumental stuff without a camera phone.

Inggit na inggit ako sa cellphone ng yaya ni Raviv mga baks!

I’m not fond of joining mga raffle-raffle pero guys, nag-Google search na talaga ako ng mga raffle na iPad or smartphones ang premyo at pinatos ko silang lahat!  I was that miserable.  Inisip ko na ring sumulat kay Vicky Morales sa Wish Ko Lang at i-exaggerate ang mga kamalasan ko sa gadget para bigyan ako ng bagong smartphone, but thank God my inner delicadeza and common sense won over me.

So I had to swallow my pride and went up to Randy to tell him I wanted a smartphone.  Yun lang, wala nang gana ang lolo natin na ibili ako ng gadget.  His running joke that our helpers found funny was that the surprising thing with me was that I haven’t yet lost my MacBook Air.  Of course imbyerna yan, but I didn’t have it in me to complain over his lack of enthusiasm and his joke.  I headed to my next “consultant”—my gadget-freak BFF.  Who also happened to be mean.  I poured out my heart to her via text.  She seemed to empathize.  I should have know better!


My frenemy

Nung gabing nakita kong may pinost siya sa Facebook ko, I knew she is letting the whole Facebook world see my inner misery, which I carefully cultivated to appear as though it was not a big deal.  At ito na nga po ang bumulaga sa akin pagbukas ko ng Facebook ko:


With the caption:


[Read more…]

Da Best of eLBi 4: Beauty and Brain Hubs

Now that we’re finished covering the foodies, let’s talk about the best eLBi establishments that help feed the mind naman, and then my favorite place that make me feel oh-so-pretty and pampered.

Best Antique and Book Shop

Every true-blue tipid mode bookworm of LB knows this: The Practical Shop!  In high school and college, I have frequented this place almost every other day to hunt the next installment of the Sweet Valley High series I was so addicted to.  And whenever I would see a Sidney Sheldon or Judith McNaught book (that is on every starter bookworm’s list), my heart would go thump, thump, thump.  This place was practically a tambayan for me back then.  Because that place was a portal—the books I find there took me to places!

Through the books I bought there, it’s like I’ve already toured Europe and travelled through time and lived during the Prohibition and the Renaissance.  I also had an in-depth glimpse of what it would be like to be a maiden in love with and wooed by a duke, and even the thrill of being an international con woman.  The aroma of old books that wafted through my nose in that place usually signalled that again, I could escape my reality.  It used to give me a high that only my fellow bibliophiles could understand.  That’s why I see the yellowed, worn out books of best-selling authors as precious works of art, especially when they cost only P5, P10, P15, P20, and P25.  Yes, they were that cheap there at Practical Shop, considering that the closest thing was to buy a preloved book from Book Sale, where a similar book costs about P75.

Even if you’re not a bookworm, you’d still love it here!  It is a treasure trove of knick knacks, antiques and furniture that are sure to give your house a “character” and make it feel homier.

But wait—there’s more:  every 15th and 30th of the month, external sellers have bazaars and garage sales in Practical Shop’s, well, garage.  And the products sold are varied: from preloved and new clothes to healthy juices, hair accessories, toys, etc!


Best Beauty Parlor/Salon

The services of my favorite ever beauty parlor in town are relatively cheap, but every time I’m there I feel like a million bucks!

[Read more…]

Da Best of eLBi 2: My Favorite Restaurants in Los Banos

It used to be that I thought of myself as someone who prioritizes yummy food the least.  Back in college when I was scrimping on my allowance so I could buy the clothes I covet, I used to scoff at people who wear dowdy clothes but spend so much on food.  I thought, “Duh, itatae lang din naman nila, dun pa nila inuubos any allowance nila!”

But I surprised myself when I found myself saying that I’d rather not eat if I don’t like the food, or losing appetite simply because the food bores me.

And then it hit me: during college, I was just blessed to be surrounded by restaurants serving delicious foods that still allowed me to save some of my allowance for clothes.

Fast forward to 2014:  I am already working, and I could even afford to eat in fancy restaurants in Metro Manila.  But you know what?  I often feel foolish for shelling out thousands of pesosesosesoses for foods that are actually a fraction of the cost of their counterparts in eLBi.

So guys, lemme share with you my favourite restaurants that are proudly made in eLBi:

(Note:  This is NOT an advertorial.  The restaurants I am featuring did not ask me to write about them, nor did/will I ask something in return for this.  I just really want to share their yummy foods to my readers)


1. Faustina’s

Faustina’s Restaurant opened in July 2010.  It is actually an homage to the owners’ late grandmother, the Habitos’ Lola Faustina (thus, Faustina’s) who left them with such good memories of family love and food.  With the help of the Habitos’ Interior Designer friend, Rinelle Villareal, they were able to conceptualise and include their Lola Faustina’s memory into the details of the restaurant.

I first started to get curious about Faustina’s when of our teachers at Brain Train was raving about the dishes of this quaint restaurant along Raymundo Gate.  He loved it so much that whenever there’s a reason to celebrate or whenever any one of us would muse out loud as to where to eat, he would always say, “Faustina’s!”

And then one evening, my friends and I found ourselves at Faustina’s.  I asked what the bestseller was, and the waiter suggested the silindro ribs.

It was love at first bite for me!  Everything was perfect—from the grilling to the barbecue sauce to the sukang pinakurat (I love vinegar on barbecue!)…and most especially the price!  This meal that is a symphony to my taste buds only costs P210.  I remember the time when my friends and I decided to have lunch out of the blue.  We went to this restaurant and when we saw that a similar viand cost almost P400, we just looked at each other and knew we were leaving and heading for Faustina’s.  Hahaha!

When you’re craving for something sweet naman, you should order Faustina’s blueberry cheesecake.  I’ve tried it (the silindro ribs was filling, but my appetite swore to me that my tummy still had space), and I loved it!

Other bestsellers (which I have yet to try—I can’t NOT order these two every time I go to Faustina’s eh!) include Faustina’s Pepperoni Pizza, Aussie Beef and Lamb Pies (trivia: the owners grew up in Australia), Spaghetti and Meatbombs, Creamy Shrimp Pasta, and Banana Choco Hazelnut Crepe.

Faustina’s Pizza


Faustina’s Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Truly, Faustina’s is a gem in Los Banos!  But seats at Faustina’s are just like the rarest of gems—Faustina’s is almost always jam-packed, sigh!  (Celine, palakihin n’yo ang restau n’yo please!)

(Faustina’s Restaurant is located at Lola J’s Building, 10278 Ruby St., Los Banos Subdivision, Los Banos Laguna.  Call them at 049 501-1509.  They are open everyday from 11am-8:30pm)


2. Gastronomeats

I have discovered Gastronomeats only recently.  I used to pass by it almost everyday, but I did not give it any second thoughts.  It looks very simple and plain, so I took it for granted. In fact, when my friend Zaira (the same person who brought me to Faustina’s) told me that our next dinner destination would be at Gastronomeats, I had to bite my tongue to keep myself from complaining.  And so there we went.  My doubts about the quality of food was heightened when I saw that even inside, everything was just so simple.  So I was not expecting anything, really.

I ordered their Oompa Liempo:

I was surprised that it actually tasted great!  I was expecting it to taste like our regular liempo at home (which also tastes great, by the way), but no, there was really an “oomph!” Hehehe.  Since it was my first time there and since I was also dining with my closest friends, I tasted what they have ordered.  And I loved them even more!

This is what my friend ordered:


Slabbed (Bacon Steak with eggs and fried rice)

I loved it!  The mild, smoky flavour of the bacon is perfectly complemented by the mild saltiness of the sunny side up eggs and fried rice.  My friend Zaira says it’s her favourite at Gastronomeats.  So the next time I went there with my friend Irvin, I ordered this as well.

However, when I tasted Irvin’s order—spicy liempo—I told myself that it, too, was delicious!

And so I ordered spicy liempo when I went there with Randy and Raviv.  Randy ordered Slabbed (which I got bits and pieces from), and ordered Sausage Fest for Raviv.  Just when I thought I was already confused with what to order next, I also loved Raviv’s Sausage Fest.  Waaaaah!!!

Three visits to Gastronomeats made me realize this: the owners really needed not to overwhelm its patrons with any kind of decoration—heck,  there wast even a tinge of the usual colour red that is said to whet people’s appetites—because the flavours of their meats would cover just about everything!

(Gastronomeats is located along Lopez Avenue, Los Banos, Laguna.  It is just in front of Centtro Mall.  Its contact number is 09175105215.)


3. Bonito’s

I only fully appreciated Bonito’s when we dined at Bonito’s and then at Abe and at Crisostomo only days apart.  That’s because when we dined at Bonito’s, Randy had their Kalderetang Batangas combo meal.  And he loved it a lot.  He was surprised to see that what he had—scrumptious beef “stewed for a long time in a garlic-onion-liver sauce” served with rice and iced tea/lemonade cost only P140!  Yes, P140 only!

Dishes such as this at Abe and at Crisostomo would be well over P300!  And when it comes to taste, Bonito’s is definitely not lacking!

Aside from this caldereta that I am raving so much about, Bonito’s also serves these mouthwatering dishes that I have yet to try (all images lifted from Bonito’s Bar and restaurant Facebook Page):

The best thing about Bonito’s is that it is spacious (relative to other restaurants in eLBi) and can accommodate lots of people.

However, food service is kinda slow.  I guess the staff get rattled because of the volume of people and of the orders that they receive.

(Bonito’s Bar and Restaurant is located at Oregano St. corner Lopez Ave., Demarses Subd, Los Baños, Laguna.  They may be contacted through 049 536 3255 or 09153154521.)



I know that there may be other restaurants in Los Banos that are worthy of being featured here, but I may have not tried eating there yet…feel free to suggest where I should eat next time!  I would surely hate to miss out on anything that proudly made in eLBi!


Next Feature: My favourite street food joints in eLBi!


Ayoko nang maging artista.


I’m saying this because two or three weeks ago, I had treatments done on me at the Weigh Less Center (Mendez Medical Group) at SM Megamall.  And boy were they painfulpainful physically and painful financially!

Remember when I was ranting about my underarms burnt by waxingNaku, it happened again.  Twice pa after that!  So I really swore to myself I’ll have my underarms laseredSobrang nacacahiya talaga mag-sleeveless.  Plus my friend Dr. Sugar Blanco told me how her boyfriend was raving about her underarms not having hair.  She advised me to look for online promos, ‘coz that’s how she was able to have her underarms lasered without breaking the bank.

And then I saw this deal on Ensogo:

mendez medical group underarms ipl

Perfect, di ba?  At our local dermatologist, each IPL session costs P3,000 na agad!  So this was great.  After all, I’m always in the Metro; Mendez Medical has a branch at Megamall, and our condo is near Megamall!  So on Friday last week after my class, I headed to its Megamall branch to inquire.  I had a feeling that I could get the same deal without having to go through Ensogo.  If not, I could easily purchase it online namanBasta, I’d rather clarify all the terms before buying.  So I went.  And, I was right!  I was able to get the same deal they’re offering at Ensogo!  But aside from the Php 3,000 3-in-1 underarm package, I was also greatly “encouraged” to avail of the additional P3,000 for four sessions of blue treatment + diamond peel to remove the “chicken skin” of my underarms daw.

First, my underarms were treated with the whitening cream.  While waiting for the cream to dry, I asked about their sclerotherapy.  See, it’s also on my bucket list—to eradicate my varicose veins and spider veins!  Ever since I gave birth, they’ve started being visible on my legs.  Plus I teach the whole, and that requires me to be on my feet for long periods of time.  Eh you know how conscious I am about my thunder thighs ‘di ba?  Ngayon na nga lang ako nagkakalakas-loob mag-shorts-shorts, tapos babasagin pa ng varicose veins na ‘yan.  I can’t just ignore this, because I remember my pretty cousin, Ate Frances, very vividly said this a decade ago:  “Basta ako, hindi ako magsho-shorts ‘pag puro varicose veins ang legs ko!”

The clinic attendant called one of the dermatologists there, a Dr. Panes.  She looked at my legs and estimated that with their Buy 2 Take 1 promo, I’d be spending a huge amount to fully eradicate the unsightly and painful varicose veins.


Napalunok ako.  Here I thought I’d only be spending P3,000 for my underarms.  I said I’ll shelf it muna.

Then I asked about what may be done about my crow’s feet.  Botox daw.  Botox?!? Parang hindi ko kinaya.  Parang sobrang extreme na ng Botox di ba?  Feeling ko, ‘pag ipinagawa ko ‘yun, parang retokada na rin ako.  Because honestly, never akong naging suki ng derma or any beauty clinics.  All my life, I went to a derma just once or twice.  One of them was a few days before my wedding when I had a diamond peel.

Then Dr. Joel Mendez came to see me.  He was really nice, despite his status as a celebrity doctor.  He checked my legs and said it was OK naman daw, albeit yun nga, some veins are starting to run through them.  He offered me great sclerotherapy deal—freebies worth around P6,000!  So, GAME!  I got only a fraction of the quoted total sclerotherapy package, para at least ‘yung mga obvious man lang ang matanggal.

2014-05-09 18.19.56

[Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #55: Pretty in Pink (Feb. 23, 2014)

Hi you all!  I’m so glad to have this time to chat with you again.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know I’m “Stressed Drilon” these days.  As in.  No glow ako!  It’s because we’re swamped with work.  Our new Operations Manager and staff are hardworking naman, yet we still have so much load.

stressed drilon

But Randy reminded of the positive side: our being swamped with work means that people trust our services.  And really, I am very grateful for that trust.  In fact, I get very, very upset when we commit a boo-boo.  Every boo-boo stresses me out.  While some people would take such in stride, I would take them very seriously.  As in there are times when I don’t sleep fitfully when I hear a complaint, even when the complaint is unwarranted.

Anyway, part of that heavy load is the fact that we are expanding big-time in Metro Manila this year—our venues there almost doubled from last year (thank you Lord!) Birthday cake  Ergo, Randy and I thought of getting a modest condo unit in the Metro.  That way, we do not have to waste time looking for decent, inexpensive hotels every time we, our teachers and staff when we have teaching loads in the Metro.  A condo unit, we believe, would be a good investment.  Even after the summer we would be able to use it.  Honestly, one of my frustrations in life (frustrations talaga!) is that sawang-sawa na ako sa Festival Mall at Alabang Town Center.  Talaga!  Randy is allergic to the MMDA and to traffic so when we shop it usually is just in Alabang.  But not all blame lies on him:  kahit ako tinatamad just thinking of hurdling a heavy traffic after a tiring pasyal or shopping in the Metro.

Since we were just about a month away from using our future condo, we acted fast and scheduled ocular visits.  Inipon namin lahat ng options on this Sunday, and this was what I wore to our condo hunting:





  • pink and white checkered blouse: Pretty Giraffe
  • shorts: Orange Juice
  • sandals: Aldo
  • bag: Chanel Cambon Medium Pink Tote

Fink na fink baActually I don’t really like pink, but I read somewhere that wearing clothes and accessories that are bright can actually lift our mood.  And in fairness, mukha naman akong fresh sa photos na ‘to.  By the time Randy took those photos, pagod na pagod na kami n’yan ! We were already on the road as early as 7:30 a.m.!

The properties we looked are either located in Mandaluyong and Eastwood, as we were looking for a condo that’s accessible to most of our Metro Manila venues.  Let me show you some of the units we looked at:

[Read more…]

What Convinced Me to Get an HPV Vaccine

More than two weeks ago, I got my first HPV vaccine shot.

2013-11-28 11.34.37

2013-11-28 09.52.17 2013-11-28 09.51.54

My friend, Dr. Sugar Blanco, administered the shot.  She’s actually a pediatrician hence the smiley bandage.  Hehe.


Perhaps you’re all wondering why it took me a long time to get vaccinated, when it’s been years since the campaign was in full swing.  Everyone was saying that cervical cancer is the only cancer that could be prevented, and that as a responsible and educated woman I should get vaccinated.  Well, I have a plethora of reasons that made me think it was just a waste of money.

  • First, I have never been and am not promiscuous.  I won’t get into the details of my sex life but as you can see, I was willing to bet my life on that fact.  Never in my life did I get scared I’d get any strain of any sexually transmitted disease.
  • Second, I believed that it would dissuade Randy from ever engaging in sexual activities with other women.  Why?  Because he knows he’ll be the person to blame IF I ever get infected.  My husband knows how faithful I am to him, so the only time I’d get an STD is IF ever he fools around.
    But you know what?  I learned that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be acquired in other ways.  Yes ladies—even if you’re celibate, you could get it!!!  I was told by my friend and UP Nutrition professor, Liezel Atienza, that using clothing that was used by a person with HPV could get you infected too!  That includes using towels and beddings that were not properly sanitized (good thing I always bring my own towel when we stay even in high end hotels), and fitting clothes that were previously worn or fitted by other infected females!!!  As a certified ukay queen and shoppingera, I am at risk pala!!!  So scrap feeble reasons one and two.

[Read more…]

Familia Ladaga Goes to Thailand Part 3: Safari World Review

continuation from Familia Ladaga Goes to Thailand Part 2: Transportation, MBK Mall, and Cuisines Kwento/Review

Day 2

Day 2 of our Thailand trip is probably the most memorable, because Safari World exceeded our expectationsif you’re in Thailand, this is a must-see!

I’m normally chatty but for this post, I’ll just give you a few fast facts about Safari World, and then I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.

Safari World is in the outskirts of Bangkok.  Its exact address is 99 Panyaintra Road, Samwatawantok, Klongsamwa, Bangkok.  From Century Park Hotel, our chauffer Pon was able to bring us there in 30 minutes or so.

These are the rates:

entrance admission safari park and marine park in safari world

Of course, we got the bundle.  I don’t think they (Safari World) were expecting anyone would get just the Safari Park or Marine Park, because no one was checking.  Raviv got in for free by the way. :)

2013-10-30 10.32.15 2013-10-30 10.32.20 Our Thailand chauffeur Pon helping Raviv pay for our tickets

In my opinion, Safari World is Zoobic Safari + Ocean Adventure + Manila Zoo.  And even when you combine the “powers” of these three, Safari World is ten times better!

safari world entrance

The shows and attractions

Safari World is like Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure because it has several shows.  We missed the Orangutan Show because it was about to be finished when we arrived.  Here are my reviews, photos, and video clips of the shows:

Sea Lion Show

2013-10-30 10.51.19 To the Sea Lion Show

2013-10-30 11.00.45Jampacked auditorium

2013-10-30 11.19.04

The sea lion show at Safari World, Bangkok

We had fun watching Safari World’s sea lion show but it was just at par with the sea lion show at Ocean Adventure.  Also, I enjoyed Ocean Adventure’s because the dialogue at Safari World’s was incomprehensible.  There was some attempt to speak in English but it was still very difficult to understand.

Elephant Show

This was what I was most excited about!  As a kid, my favorite animal was the elephant.  And now, I was going to see more of them!  I actually ran to the venue of the elephant show to ensure we were gonna get good seats.  And we did!  So how was the show?  I was not disappointed!  The elephants were so cute (of course, I’m not talking about their sizes) and smart!


2013-10-30 11.41.21 The entrance of the elephantsI loved how the the trunk would curl around the tail!!!

elephant show talented elephants The talented elephants

PA302925 Care to get an elephant massage?  When someone asks a volunteer, raise your hand right away!


And, would you believe that an elephant painted this:

[Read more…]

Familia Ladaga Goes to Thailand Part 2: Transportation, MBK Mall, and Cuisines Kwento/Review

DAY 1 continuation from Familia Ladaga Goes to Thailand Part 1: Century Park Hotel, and Bull Mastiff Hunting Review/Kwento

Airplane and train rides in one day!

Just a few minutes back at the hotel, Motherhood went to our room and asked whether we would like to go with them to MBK, one of the malls in Bangkok.  Randy and I agreed, as we wanted to have dinner and did not know where to go.  With Motherhood were the other Philippine delegates.  Aaand, two of them were Dev Com professors.  Nacacahiya, because one of them was my teacher back in college when I was delinkwente, as in I go to her classes late and just chat with my seatmate (to my college professors whose subjects I did not take seriously—insert Kathryn Bernardo’s face and voice—SORRY POOO…Promise, pinagsisisihan ko po ‘yun.)

Because it was rush hour, our group decided to take their version of the MRT.

  2013-10-29 19.31.02 2013-10-29 19.39.00

This was Raviv’s first time to ride a train…coincidentally, on the same day he also rode an airplane (but this wasn’t his first time on an airplane)

After several minutes of walking and of riding escalators, we have finally arrived at MBK Mall.  Motherhood and her friends immediately went shopping, but the three of us were famished so we looked for a place to eat.

A gastronomic feast—plethora of cuisines!!!

On the 4th (or was it the 3rd?) floor of MBK Mall is its food court where a plethora of international cuisines were served!

mbk mall foodvourt

2013-10-29 20.03.54 2013-10-29 20.03.59

2013-10-29 20.05.56 2013-10-29 20.05.50

[Read more…]