May 25, 2014

I first read about The Burger Project a couple of years ago thru my fave celebrity blogger, Patty and it is owned by her BFF Alessa. Kaya lang their branches are out of the way so I have yet to try it until...

My boss tried it out with his family and swear by it. So when all members of our team reported to the Makati office, we went out to their branch in Jupiter St. Bel-Air Makati to have lunch. But I saved half of mine to bring home to hubby and as expected he liked it as well so I week later, hubby and I tried it out together.


The concept of this burger joint is that it allows the customer to create their own burger. You are a given a checklist of the available ingredients and you get to choose what goes into your burger from top to bottom and you get to name your creation. I think this will work out well with Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory.

It was already a bid tad late so naturally we are already hungry that when we were given the list, hubby and I tick off our choices separately without talking to each other about our choices. He named his burger as HBB: High Blood Burger while I named mine as Destressing Burger. But when our orders came we were surprised that we crossed out the same ingredients except for the type of bun -- Beef pattie, bacon, lettuce, pineapple with special BRGR sauce.

The mozarella sticks are also a nice appetizer. I also ordered the Choco Milkshake served chill in a huge glass. It is a go-to place when your craving for some comfort food or starving to death because of the generous servings.

38 Jupiter St. corner Planet St., Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines

Operating Hours
Monday to Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 MN

Oh, one thing more...the security guard provides superb service, assisting the patrons when parking.
I was hubby's plus one last May 24, 2014 for the Chevrolet Club Philippines EB (Eye Ball). The destination was our hometown -- Kawit, Cavite. It was set at Antel Grand Village Clubhouse, 2 kms away from our parents house.

Antel Village is one of the high end subdivision located between the boundaries of Kawit - Gen. Trias Cavite. To be able to use the clubhouse facility, you need an invitation coming from a lot owner within the village to serve as your contact. You also need to pay to use it and below are the rates:

Lot Owners: Php 75 and 70 for kids below 3ft.
Guests: Php 250 and 150 for kids below 3ft
Gazebo Rentals: around Php 1500 depending on the size

Some rules you need to abide with aside:
- No Alcoholic drinks
- No glass container
- No casserole/rice cooker
- No grilling so bring cooked food
- Put your baon on plastic containers otherwise you will leave it at the entrance guard

Despite the proximity to our parent's home, it was also our first time to see the Water Park area. The group entered at around 4pm. A staff member assisted us, put our belongings to a cart and ushered us to our rented cottage -- Bohol 1 and 2. Unfortunately, the clubhouses closes at 6pm for clean up and maintenance so we had to hurry up so we could still use the pool.

Even though we had to squeeze in everything in a just couple of hours, we still managed to enjoy but was not able to try out all the interconnecting pool -- white sand Beach Pool with two (2) water slides, Lap Pool with submerged sun loungers and relaxing water jets, Activity Game Pool with water jets, Spa Pool with four (4) Massage Beds, Party Pool with sunken Pool Bar and bubble jets, Fountain Pool, and Children’s Pool with bubble.

Obviously, I was impressed with the white sand beach pool and took pixies on it wearing the pink kimono I bought from Boracay last Feb.

Anyhow, thanks to Pres. Cookie, Ma'am Goi, Sir Ding, Ivan and the rest of the CCPI members for the warm welcome in my first Chevy EB.

May 21, 2014

With the abundance of the info in the internet nowadays, it so easy to opt for a do-it-yourself tour. But if you are the type of traveller who don't like to spend time navigating on your own and want insights from the local just like us, you would still probably book through a trusted travel agency.

What is unique about the Our Restless Feet Travel and Tours is that the owners themselves are young and well-traveled married couple... meet Charlie and Paula (Peralejo) Fernandez.

Charlie & Paula, Pre-Nup Shoot by MangoRed

Well, if you think the wife looks familiar it is because she has grace Philippine TV Screen back in the 90s together with lot of budding teenagers saying "Nyeh!" every 4:30 pm in the afternoon with the show called Ang TV then later became one of the leads in our version of Dawson's Creek which was Tabing Ilog.

Fast forward today, the couple manages their travel agency from their home office in San Juan Manila. This is my 2nd time to get a quotation from them. The first was last year for HK while they were still putting up their agency's website however I decided to go with another offer from other agency. 

But this time, I kinda knew what to expect from their price range. My default budget is always Php 5,000/pax. Paula replied back on the same day regarding my inquiry providing price range between Php 6,000 to 6,500 per pax for the Kuala Lumpur Malaysia at a Glance package (accommodation and land arrangements only). Most offers I got for the same inquiry from others are for Half Day City Tour alone but from Our Restless Feet Paula, theirs already includes two -- City Tour and Countryside Tour which is around 4 hours each, perfect fit for Day 2.  So even though it was a thousand bucks over my original budget, I decided to take her offer. Besides, I booked as early as May for our December trip so by faith makakapag-ipon pa within the next 6-7 months.

The booking and payment transaction through bank deposit went smoothly. I got my Itinerary and Receipt via email and was all set just waiting for our 17th (12 yrs bf/gf + 5 yrs wedding) anniversary celebration in Malaysia. 

Excited na ko!!!

Our Restless Feet Travel and Tours
San Juan, Metro Manila

Office Hours: Monday to Friday (10:00AM to 7:00PM)
Phone Number: +632-586-8833
Cellphone Number: +63917-559-9027

May 3, 2014

Few post ago, I already introduced you to the biking culture along Daang Hari within the Alabang-Las Pinas area. Hubby knew that there is no way to convince me in joining him in this physical activity except for me to have a bike of my own.
He researched relentlessly with two factors in mind: budget and space. Since I am still uncertain on how far I would commit to this, he did not want to splurge too much. Then as you know we are just renting a small apartment and it is already getting crowded with all our stuff so he was looking for something that will not take too much space and is compact enough.
Enter... drum roll please...

The Atomic Fit Foldable Bike in Red which we got from Cartimar in Manila. I took it out for a spin and had fun time with it.
Then in the morning of Labor Day, we went out for my first 10-km ride. I bought the top and my gloves in one of the outlet in Daang Hari. Of course, there were some sores here and there but nothing too painful. And almost instantly, I could breath better after my heart started pumping again (vs. to my sedentary lifestyle).

I still don't feel authentic but I know deep inside I need to this for my own health. So wish me luck as I pedal my way to better fitness level.

May 1, 2014

Base on experience, Metro Manila is at its best during the Holy Week. There is no traffic jams because most of the people go on out-of-town vacations. So when the rest of the crowd head out to beaches and the provinces, The Yaps strategically chose to just have a staycation.
Nothing fancy, just an overnight stay in a room with a really nice bed to rest and away from the cares of our daily lives even the chores at home. After searching through Agoda and going through the hotel reviews I finally booked a Deluxe Queen Room at Fersal Hotel Bel-Air Makati.
Located at 107 Neptune St., Bel-Air II Makati City, Metro Manila. We drove our way from Alabang using Here Drive+ App in hubby's Windows Phone with Globe 3G signal as we head to the hotel. The app was pretty accurate in the distance and the directions. We found ourselves near Kalayaan Ave. and Makati Ave. within 30 minutes and to my surprise, a few steps away from the newly opened and quite hyped up Century City Mall.
We were greeted by hotel personnel at the reception area and ushered to our room in the second floor. We were given keys for #206, a non-smoking room around 24 sqm with a double-size bed. Truthfully, the bed is as good as ones in the 5-star hotel. Too bad, there was no view from our room.

The room comes with a 24" LCD TV mounted in the wall. It has an analog cable provider which has international channels but signal tends to be grainy. Other amenities includes a personal ref, electric kettle, pairs of cups, glass and bottled water.

Food not included except the bottled water

The bathroom supplies are toothbrushes, white towels, a tube of shampoo with conditioner and some soap. The room is neat and clean but I think the bathroom needs some repainting.
Their Inn CafĂ© provides breakfast and offers room service for some homey food. But there are a lot of establishment nearby including 7-eleven so you have a lot of options. For people who needs to attend to business meetings all day and just needs a place to stay at night with a really comfy bed and attentive staff, this place can be recommended.

The best thing I like about the Fersal Hotel is the WI-FI connection. I was able to download several apps for my laptop and a number of huge files during the night. Yey!