Monthly archive December, 2011
Best €20 Spent

Best €20 Spent

The first thing I bought upon arriving at Roma Fiumicino Airport is a Voce 20Euro card from Vodafone. It’s the BEST €20 I’ve spent.Since I like to be connected wherever I go, literally and signally. And knowing my Foursquare/Twitter/FB/Wordpress ways… it was either break the bank or break the phone. Vodafone €20 Prepaid Sim For...
Il Gelato di San Crispino, Roma

Il Gelato di San Crispino, Roma

Remember that scene in Eat Pray Love where Julia Roberts devours a cup of gelato beside nuns? Yes, I was on the lookout for THAT yesterday. On my last visit to Rome in 2010, I was already hunting down the famed gelateria ever since I read the book, and got prodded by friends to try...
Are You Ready For a Malcolm's Twosome?

Are You Ready For a Malcolm’s Twosome?

Are You Ready For It? Coming Soon.
My Maleta Mayhem in Roma

My Maleta Mayhem in Roma

After all my travel experiences blogged and undocumented, you would think that the travel karma gods would give me a break for the holidays, no? So I arrive in Rome, and first thing I do is to set my luggage down and take a gander at my hotel room. I arrived fairly early, so I...
When in Rome...

When in Rome…

In a not-so-few hours, I’ll be back in my summer-school haunt and one of my fave places to be in: Italy. Will do a lot of walking around the cobblestone streets of Rome, Florence, and Siena. Will haunt for some exotic food finds and eat some damn good Bistecca. Might even do a bit of...
My Ultimate Christmas Treat

My Ultimate Christmas Treat

Adobong Balut from my Grandma Betty in Betis, Pampanga. Balut, as gourmands and Fear Factor addicts may know, is fertilized duck embryo. Usually served on its shell and peddled by hawkers in baskets, this version is cooked in the traditional Capampangan way: with lots of fat, garlic, and pride. People may gag at the thought...
Trip or Treats Wishes You A...

Trip or Treats Wishes You A…

Source I’m off to Pampanga this 25th for our traditional Christmas in the province with my dad acting as Santa Claus. Then I’m off for my much awaited Roomie Reunion in Italy with C. Dad wore his holiday pants for our  Noche Buena dinner… If you think these are weird, w atch out what his...
Wine & Spirits Club + Degustation at La Girolle

Wine & Spirits Club + Degustation at La Girolle

There was a time in my heyday when I could down an entire bottle of vino and, well, a whole lot of liquor. I doubt that my tolerance could brand me as a connoisseur of sorts, but it would be safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of purple lips moments to know...
11th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Executive Suite Stay + I 'Like' Hotel Elizabeth Tee! (DONE)

11th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Executive Suite Stay + I ‘Like’ Hotel Elizabeth Tee! (DONE)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ELNA LEAL! You won the Hotel Elizabeth Holiday Goodie Giveaway! Since I’m nearing the end of my holiday giveaway, I’d like to up the ante a bit and give ToT-ers a chance to escape the busyness of Manila and head out to either the summer capital of the Philippines, or the Queen City...
10th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Deluxe Accommodations + I LIKE Fersal Hotel Tee!

10th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Deluxe Accommodations + I LIKE Fersal Hotel Tee!

CONGRATULATIONS TO LOURDES D. ESPANOL! You won the Fersal Hotel Holiday Goodie Giveaway! For the past months, Fersal Hotel has been upgrading its hotel rooms. From pinstripe linens to flat screen TVs to brand new air-conditioning units, staying at any Fersal Hotel gives you the comforts of your home in the heart of the city....
ToT's Christmas Loot

ToT’s Christmas Loot

Since I’m flying out right after Christmas, I wanted to take a gander at my receivables this Christmas so I can properly store/utilize them before I absolutely disregard them by piling another set of goodies I plan to hoard while I’m abroad. Normally, I get very random gifts, no theme. But this year, it seems...
The Goose Station Tableside Demonstration

The Goose Station Tableside Demonstration

I had dinner at The Goose Station last week, and had the opportunity to witness the tableside demonstration from Chef Robert Pengson using molecular gastronomy and a lot of hoopla to make ther “Terroir” course of their Signature Menu literally look like a winter wonderland. Check it out. The normal Terroir salad is a landscape...
9th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Beyond Yoga Tee + Pass (DONE)

9th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: Beyond Yoga Tee + Pass (DONE)

CONGRATULATIONS TO BIANCA NICOLE CERVANIA! You won this Holiday Goodie Giveaway! Check your email for details Many of you know that I have a love affair with yoga, even if I’m on a very long hiatus right now. So it’s fitting that we start the year right with some stretch and style. For my 9th Holiday...
ToT's Reserve Christmas Treats

ToT’s Reserve Christmas Treats

When I arrived at home, I saw a random package sitting on my bed… It was a Christmas gift from my diver friend who is based in Monaco. Eyeing the very local packaging, I figured it could be some honey, or massage oil, or something homegrown. It’s homegrown alright, Auriva Extra Virgin Olive Oil from...
11 More Days Til...

11 More Days Til…

In about 11 days, I’ll be flying out right after Christmas to meet up with one of my favorite people in the entire world: The Roomie. Ludobites 6.0 The story of our friendship is typical university fodder. Girl meets girl. Girl rooms with girl. Girls do not want to strangle each other while living together....
8th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: AirPhilExpress Roundtrip Ticket! (DONE)

8th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: AirPhilExpress Roundtrip Ticket! (DONE)

CONGRATULATIONS to Glenn Ong! You just won the Airphil Express Roundtrip Domestic Ticket from ToT! Check your email Remember that time when AirPhil Express and I were FO? And then they totally rebounded with their personal approach to customer service that cleared them off my block-list? Well, since this holiday is all about sharing and...
7th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: FOUR Boxes of Cupcake Lab's Bestsellers (DONE)

7th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: FOUR Boxes of Cupcake Lab’s Bestsellers (DONE)

Congratulations to Kristine Conception, Smarla Angtuaco, Richard Co and Trixie Esguerra! You each win a box of yummy Cupcake Lab cupcakes! Check your email So a couple of months back, I wrote about a Cupcake Confidential, a project a good friend of mine had been cooking up for quite some time. She is so adamant...
6th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways:  ToT's Favorite Tea Set (DONE)

6th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: ToT’s Favorite Tea Set (DONE)

Congrtulations Aida Villanueva!! You are the lucky winner of the Tea Trio set!I am a BIG tea drinker. I drink tea more than I do coffee, so for the next gift for my 12 Days Of Christmas Goodie Giveaways, I’m giving a trio of my favorite teas from Celestial Seasonings! Echinacea If you’re feeling a...
5th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: The Cheese Steak Shop Set! (DONE)

5th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: The Cheese Steak Shop Set! (DONE)

 Congratulations to Gessa Marie Bartolaba Condino! You’re the winner of The Cheesesteak Shop Set#12DaysOfChristmasGoodieGiveaways! Everyone knows I love a good cheese steak, and apparently The Cheese Steak Shop loves me too. So I’d like to share the love a little bit with my next #12DaysOfChristmasGoodieGiveaways from the sandwich joint. 5th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways:...
My 2nd Time Back at 2nd's

My 2nd Time Back at 2nd’s

The first time I went to 2nd’s at Bonifacio High Street, I brought with me a battery-drained camera, and promised that on my second time at 2nd’s, I would come prepared and photo heavy. Since it was a Girls Night Out date with my ladies, I picked a spot that was not only logistically convenient,...

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