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Food Trip at Red Corner Burger Cafe and Tiny Kitchen (Dulce Vida)

Red Corner Davao

I still get random cravings for Red Corner’s Pacman burger and TK’s red velvet cheesecake.

Which is quite unfortunate because I’m trying, trying, to lose weight. 🙁

Well, anyway, for those of you who can afford to eat burgers and cheesecakes without worrying about their figures (let’s switch lives? no? okay), especially if you’re planning to grace Davao City with your presence, you need to visit both Red Corner and Tiny Kitchen.

Ready for food trippin'!

Ready for food trippin’!

Red Corner Burger Cafe

Red Corner is a small ~ actually it’s tiny ~ boxing-themed burger place in downtown Davao. If you’re not careful, you can easily miss it. But it’s worth the trip.

Via Trip Advisor

Via Trip Advisor

Red Corner Burger Cafe Davao

The place is not the only thing that is boxing-themed; their burgers are, too. I don’t know a lot about boxing — heck I don’t even always watch Manny’s fights — so let’s leave that detail out shall we lol. Let’s talk about the food instead.

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Sarah and Jona, my work colleagues, including Sarah’s hubby, Xandy, have already been there before and they recommended two burgers to me: Pacman and El Terible. Since I am only one person and can eat just one burger at a time (Yuri was there but cannot eat an entire burger on his own), I opted to buy a Pacman for dine in and order an El Terible, to go. Continue Reading

Lifestyle Preschool Review School

Eye Level (Enopi) Vs. Kumon — And Our Unique Preschool Setup

Eye Level vs Kumon

Today marks our third week of going to Eye Level, formerly Enopi.

I know it’s still May and not yet officially school season, but we already started our “schooling” because we’re not depending on the school year anyway. If you’re interested, here’s our current schooling setup.

We were set on enrolling Yuri, who turned 4 a couple of months ago, in a “formal” school this school year. However, when I weighed the options, I was convinced it wasn’t our best option now. Before I tell you why, here were my requirements.

Anatomy of a Good Preschool (for me)

  1. All of us are working. While I am working from home, my job entails following regular office hours. Because of the nature of my job, we need to find a school that is just within our area.
  2. Location has to be good. It shouldn’t face the highway directly, and strangers shouldn’t be able to access the kids.
  3. Given that I would need to work while waiting for Yuri, there needs to be a good waiting area conducive for work AKA quiet and comfortable.

We tried to go on a school-hunting but none of the schools within our area fit our standards. Better schools are farther away, and I am not willing to commute that far every single work day. I also can’t afford to be unavailable for a couple of hours each day to my team members.

Nuh uh. *shakes head vigorously*

So here was my new plan:

  1. Homeschool (we haven’t officially begun as we are still in transition period — I don’t want to overwhelm the boy)
  2. Enrol him in an enrichment school (choices were Kumon and Eye Level)

Let’s not talk about homeschooling today lol. Honestly? I haven’t laid out a concrete plan yet! So let’s just talk about the enrichment school part of the plan.

Why enrichment school? It’s not as demanding (time-wise) as regular school, but, based on my experience, is effective in driving important concepts to a child. Also, learning is personalised and according to each child’s pace — no one is pressured to keep up with the pace of the others. Finally, I want another person of authority teaching Yuri.

Both Kumon and Eye Level offer English and Math classes. Math sounds really interesting, but we are prioritising English first because Yuri doesn’t know how to write and read yet. There are also some abstract concepts (read: positions) that he can’t grasp yet. And it’s overwhelming to enrol him in two subjects. Math can come later.

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Food Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Family Dinner at Kuya J

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

I’ve been writing about restaurants since last week (and I still have two more in my drafts plus a couple of travel posts!). Bear with me — I’m just trying to clear my overdue drafts and I’ll be back in regular programming.

A couple of months ago, we had dinner at Kuya J. I’ve been hearing and reading about Kuya J on my social media fans that I just couldn’t resist trying it! The good news? It was so worth it — we had a hearty meal at an affordable price. Read on!

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

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Food Friends Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Brunch with Girlfriends at Dong Juan

Dong Juan Davao Abreeza

More than a month ago, I think a couple of weeks after Yuri’s birthday, I met up with my girlfriends, Hazel and George, to watch the movie, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis.

Well, it was supposed to be Hele. Until a series of unfortunate events (conflicting schedules, conflicting mall locations, et cetera) led us to cancel Hele. Instead, we ended up watching Batman Vs. Superman. Wut. It was waaay waaay below Hele standard, but hey, at least we were entertained for almost 3 hours.

Because Hazel and I were there at 11 and the movie didn’t start until 2:30, we started to eat an early lunch. We looked for a restaurant that none of us have ever tried before, thus Dong Juan.

Dong Juan Davao Abreeza

Hi, Hazel!

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Food Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

A Simple Birthday Lunch at Yellow Fin

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yuri turned 4 almost a couple of months ago. Ergo, this is a late post. Tee hee.

Yuri’s birthday celebration was a very simple one because it coincided with this year’s Black Saturday. Many establishments were closed the day before so I couldn’t really plan a day-out. Also, it was expected that people would be flocking to the resorts so that idea was scrapped as well.

Instead, we just went to Yellow Fin, one of the best restaurants in the city, bought a birthday cake at Bistro Rosario and grabbed a tub of ice cream, and went home. Simple as can be yet the little boy had fun!

Lit it up with the prettiest candles which we've had for more than a year now! And some ice cream (background)

And we had a very happy little boy with a full tummy. Happy birthday!

I couldn’t believe I haven’t blogged about Yellow Fin yet. Along with Tiny Kitchen and Lachi’s (both of which I believe I haven’t blogged about yet, too!), Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is one of the must-visit restaurants in Davao City. So let’s talk about Yellow Fin!

There are currently 4 branches in the city (at least that I know of) — the original one in Sandawa, one in Torres, one fronting SM Lanang Premier, and another one in Lanang in front of Guadalupe Village (where we used to leave). The last one is the branch nearest to our house so we went there.

It’s a very simple looking-restaurant but I like that it’s spacious, clean, and cool. Here are the interiors:

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

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Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Celebrating My Friend’s Pregnancy at Vikings

Vikings Davao

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

Ideally, the reason why my colleagues Jona and Sarah and I went to Vikings a couple of weeks ago is to celebrate Sarah’s pregnancy.

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That’s what we’d like to think. Truth is, the lunch at Viking’s had been planned because Sarah had a 50% discount thanks to her credit card. When she asked us if we’d like to go, of course we said yes. We never say no to food and we’re notorious for being eating machines.

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Let’s just assume we were celebrating this lady’s pregnancy…

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Me, Jona, Sarah

Then a day before our Vikings date, Sarah found out that she’s having a baby girl. Wee! So it made perfect sense to tell people that we’re going on a trip to food-coma-land to celebrate.

And not because of the 50% discount.

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Product Review

The Phone Worth P888 (MyPhone 28S)

Smart MyPhone 28s

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

More than a month ago, our neighbour posted on Facebook a rare find she discovered at Gaisano Mall. It was a phone sold by Smart Communications for only P888. I had to rub my eyes because I had to be reading it incorrectly. But it was really priced at only P888. Sure it was not the most fab phone out there, but for P888, it was a notable find.

I checked Smart’s website and the phone was already sold out. However, I wrote my name in the waitlist — that was before I lost my phone, though, so the number I listed there was no longer contactable so I just checked the website every now and then. I wasn’t able to inquire about it in a physical store until weeks later when I applied for a phone plan under Smart and the CS rep confirmed that the units are all sold out.

But one Sunday, I checked the website on a whim and the P888 phones were available again! I immediately placed an order for two phones and waited. Despite the reviews saying that the phones took too long to arrive, my order arrived only after four days (which is normal for Davao City).

Unboxing

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Places Resort Review

Where to go in North Cotabato? Sitio Maupot!

Sitio Maupot Family Resort

Hey guys! *wave*

Right now, we’re all gathered watching the Presidential Debate which is really, really on fire. We all know it’s not going according to rules and almost no one listens to Luchi Cruz Valdez anymore, it’s all ad hominem and no one stays on topic, but let’s admit that this is the debate we’ve been wanting to hear. Or at least it’s what I want to hear!

Anyway, I decided to write a short blog entry during the commercial break. Actually, this is a long-delayed one. I’ve been telling you about my friend’s wedding in Kidapawan. It was a lovely, lovely wedding and a huge part of its success is the venue.

When JM invited us to her wedding, none of us knew where Sitio Maupot was. It was the first time we’ve ever heard of the place so, of course, we researched. I found the website of Sitio Maupot Family Resort and oooh it did look promising! (It was a pity they weren’t renting out rooms yet as the resort is still new so we chose to stay overnight in Hof Mansion Inn — which was not a bad decision, by the way!)

But the awesome pictures shown in Sitio Maupot Family Resort’s website weren’t a match for the actual view that awaits you. Even I wasn’t expecting it to be that beautiful.

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Hotel Lifestyle Messy Weekends Review Travel

A Weekend Stay in Hof Mansion Inn, Kidapawan

Hof Mansion Inn Review

When I attended my friend JM’s wedding in Kidapawan, my friends and I decided to look for a hotel on our own to avoid adding stress to JM. Their rustic-themed wedding was entirely DIY and she was already too busy. She offered her own home to us but we declined, knowing it would be teeming with relatives and well-wishers. So, the hotel hunting began!

After a series of phone calls and inquiries, we finally decided on a new hotel with good reviews that looked lovely but had reasonable rates: Hof Mansion Inn.  We booked the deluxe room good for 3 persons at P1,800 per night.

Initial Impressions

The hotel is quite far from Kidapawan’s centre; however, everything is accessible with a tricycle so it was just one tricycle ride away from the major establishments. From the plaza to Hof Mansion Inn, we were charged by the tricycle driver P20 per head. Not bad at all!

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were just awed at the place. The grounds were lush and wide and the structure itself was beautiful. It looked like a mansion, indeed, thus the name.

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Food Restaurant Review

Pizza Afternoon at Picobello!

Picobello Davao

Woot thank God it’s Friday!

(Except it’s not really the start of the weekend in my case since I have to attend a CPD session tomorrow and on Saturday. CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development, which is a requirement for PRC professionals. Oh well, that’s life!)

I’m keen on going through all of my backlog before mid-February so here’s another one. My college friends and I always get together every year for a little Christmas luncheon and gift exchange. Last year’s venue was Belito’s Vineyard while this year’s was Picobello.

If you’re from Davao, surely you’ve heard of the iconic Picobello, an authentic Italian restaurant that serves the best pizzas ever. It used to be located at Gaisano South Mall and then it closed (much to the dismay of perhaps every Davaoeño who loves pizza). Just recently, it reopened in another location at The Shoppes at Woodlane. Upon hearing this wonderful news, of course, we just had to visit it.

Here are what we ordered:

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Beauty Makeup Messy Haul Shopping

Messy Haul: This Novice Girl’s Drugstore Makeup Haul

Drugstore Makeup Haul

I finally got into makeup during the later part of 2015.

Not the entire thing, but you know, the basics. I’ve always been just the BB cream + lip balm + eyebrow pencil girl, and it served me well, but I noticed that I looked pale in pictures. That was the sole reason why I started mulling over full lip colour (good bye, sheer lip balm!).

As I’m a novice when it comes to the makeup game, I have no idea what colours would work for my face and skin tone. No way am I going to buy expensive makeup without experimenting first — that would be too risky for a clueless girl like me!

So I’m starting with cheap — as in cheap —  drugstore makeup, brands like e.l.f. and Maybelline. I already have a handful of lipsticks, but I wanted to experiment with matte lippies. Here’s my most recent drugstore makeup haul: Continue Reading

Review TV

Confessions of an Outed Closet Fangirl

Kalyeserye

Disclaimer: Apologies in advance to those who could not relate/ do not know/are annoyed by everything Aldub. If you are not the intended audience, feel free to skip this post. 😀

(I titled this post Confessions of an Outed Closet Fangirl just because I like the sound of it. I use it on my Twitter before Saturday episodes begin haha. But I don’t think it’s super accurate because I’ve never been in the “closet” about my being a fan and I’ve always embraced my inner jologs.)

Anyway, for everyone into or curious about Kalyeserye, who got over that awfully cute and funny episode last Saturday? I, for one, could not move on. Walang magmu-move on! Hahaha. Since I’m still feeling high over that episode (seriously, I think I watched it 5-6 times and then I had to show the replay to my parents who were out-of-town last Saturday), I decided to just blog about it! Before I begin, here are my fave tweets from Saturday’s Twitter party:

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Movie Review

Heneral Luna: If You’re Filipino, You Should Watch This

Heneral Luna review

What probably makes Heneral Luna a great movie is the fact that it does not attempt to make a saint out of the hero.

Malupit siya, abusado, mayabang!

This is what Felipe Buencamino says at the end of the movie, obviously referring to General Antonio Luna. And in the most twisted way, despite the bitter taste of the general’s assassination, you couldn’t really disagree with Buencamino. General Luna can be cruel, vulgar, and controlled by pride. The movie doesn’t fail to show Luna’s humanity. It shows Luna as a ruthless leader, a loyal friend, a charming lover, and an obedient son. But more importantly, it also doesn’t fail to show the core of his humanity: his love for his country.

As much as I would want this to be a formal review, I cannot reduce my thoughts to something so structured. It’s been hours since I saw the film (long overdue since I should have watched it during its first week but I never had the time), and I still can’t stop thinking about it. But it’s not because it has the makings of a classic. It’s not because of the cinematography and the actors’ brilliant acting. No, it’s not even about Luna’s heroism and tragedy.

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Food Restaurant Review

An Afternoon at Cafe Annabelle’s

Cafe Annabelles'

You have been redirected from my review of Cafe Annabelle’s on DavaoMommy.com.

I’ve been noticing Cafe Annabelle’s for a while now. It’s this quaint and dainty cafe right in front of Ayala Abreeza mall’s Robinsons grocery; it’s hard to miss it in its pink and white glory!

I’m not sure when it opened exactly since I rarely grocery-shop at Abreeza, but the first time I saw the cafe, I knew I had to try it sometime! You know naman, anything cute and pretty with food thrown into the mix piques my curiosity. 🙂

Finally, I was able to try Cafe Annabelle’s last Sunday with my super-friends.

First Impressions

I already knew it would be a convenient choice since it was inside a mall and had a small play-area. However, I did think that the cafe itself would be cramped. Upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cafe was actually spacious!

I also super love the decor. I couldn’t leave our table to take photos of the details (dalang dala sa chismisan), but I keenly observed the little things they included to build a relaxing (and kikay) atmosphere. You can take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos here!

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Places Summer Destinations Tips and Tricks Travel

Ilocos-Baguio-Cavite Trip on a Budget: Itinerary

Ilocos - Baguio - Tagaytay - Manila Trip Itinerary

A couple of months ago, I shared this post about our trip to Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cavite (with little bits of Manila in between) last summer. It’s not an extraordinary trip (though all of us enjoyed it!), but what makes it a fun trip to organise is that it was all done on a budget — of P3,500 per person!

I was really supposed to make a followup to that post for our complete itinerary, but it completely slipped my mind. Good thing my best friend George asked me about it yesterday. She’s trying to pull off a copycat move and embark on exactly the same trip. Tsk tsk. Love you George hahaha. Anyway, instead of writing her a copy of our itinerary, I figured out I’d write it on the blog instead. Here you go!

Day 1: Flight to Manila and Road Trip to Baguio

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11:30 am – Flight from Davao to Manila

1 pm – Arrival at NAIA, met up with Mang Leo our driver. Send me a message if you want the contact number of our service and please ask for Mang Leo. I highly recommend him!

Some of our companions (actually, my cousins) were quite late even though they took an earlier flight (long story) so instead of leaving for Baguio at 1pm, we were only able to leave at 2. 

2 pm – Start of our first roadtrip, which is from Manila to Baguio

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