My Summer Rain

Love goes, they say

When the pain of loving

Is too much to bear

When you

Can hope no more

Wish no more

When the heart

finally gets tired…

Of hoping…

Of dreaming…

Of waiting…

Then love goes…

My love, I say will never go.

Even when it has been very painful

Or too much to hold still

Because all I

Wanna do is

Wish for more.

My heart will never be tired

Of hoping…

Of dreaming…

Of waiting…

My love will never go

‘Cos I found the summer rain in you

 

 

P.S.

I have been doing this summer rain theme for quite a while..and it has inspired me so much that I just can’t stop yet.

I wish you find your “Summer Rain” too

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***A beautiful afternoon Summer Rain in Singapore***

Marche @ Vivo City

I have been to Singapore many times. I love the city. And there is one restaurant that I have loved too.

It’s Marche in Vivo City.

I love the food. And I love the way foods are being ordered and served.

As soon as you enter, they get you seated over a table where you will be most comfortable with. Then they hand you over a card which you will use to order food from the mini food stalls inside the restaurant. The cashier then would charge the amount of the food you order and you will have to pay for it as you exit. The cashier is located in the exit area.

It is a fun restaurant because you actually get to do some sort of food shopping.

 

IMG-1472968009756-V.jpgmy personal favorite – Marinara Pasta

 

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What do you see?

 

What do you see?
Your dreams in an
Endless possibility;
Or a potential yet
To be explored?

What do you see?
Your beauty where no
Naked eye may see;
Or a charm yet
To be felt?

What do you see?
Your future in
Oblivion;
Or a past yet
To be redeemed?

What do you see?
That no man has ever seen?

 

 

P.S

What we see depends actually on what we are looking for.

 

The Vikings

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They say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…and the way to a friend’s heart is over an “eat all you can” treat.

Last week my husband and i got to spend some wonderful moment with a very dear college friend. He was able to make an advance booking in a restaurant, I initially thought is nothing but the usual.

I was wrong. ..

We went to a restaurant called Vikings. It is basically an “eat all you can” restaurant. At the first thought. . I was worried. .I am not a big eater…I don’t eat anything outside my comfort zone…and with the over towering price it told myself I should eat a lot…otherwise

i would regret paying it.

But as i took a tour of the restaurant, it made me reconsider my initial inhibitions though.

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If you are a fun of Japanese cuisine well…you’ll fall in love with the sight alone..I did. For some weird reasons i am not a lover of raw foods…but i just can;t take my eyes off these things. They look so good…an i am actually thinking if they taste just as good as well.

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I love pizza … and my oh my..They got the most delicious four cheese pizza I have ever tried..

If not for the fact that we paid an outrageous amount for this dinner i would settled myself with the pizza alone.

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The thought of eating everything is outrageous. ..what’s more with the thought of having to drink all sorts of juices, teas, shakes….i am a “one flavor drink” type of person but that night i can’t even remember if i did try it all.

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Who can ever resist these sweet temptations?. ..It was one of those moments when you’d wanna forget your blood sugar..your diet. ..and simply indulge…

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If you’re a meat lover…then you’ll enjoy it here..

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If you’re a seafood fan…then by all means you’ll enjoy their grill station..You get to choose by yourself and they grill it as you wait.

I regret it a little though because i got to notice it towards the end of our dinner when i was really filed – up.

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And this is the best part I suppose. …the chocolate fountain…why the best part? Old and young alike were lining up to take a dip of this adorable sight of dripping chocolates..never mind if it’s deliciously sweet or not..the thought alone transports as back when we were young and carefree…when you would just wanna grab a mallows topped with chocolates..walk around…hop in hop out..singing…

I was tempted to ask why it was named “vikings”..

But as we culminate our dinner. ..I thought well maybe because vikings as we know them are big eaters…they always enjoy festivities top with wide array of food..and that exactly what we experienced…massive foods ….

It is wonderful to remember too that unlike any other “eat all you can” restaurants; when  quality is sometimes being compromised. .the vikings was different though. ..everything tastes sooooo good…I had a full stomach then… it is also good to note that it has maintained a certain “class” which we do not see or experience in any other restaurants with similar themes.

I say…it is a “must comeback ” place for me…

P.S. Vikings is located in SM Megamall in Manila so if guys are around better check it out.

Singapore @ its best

“The world is a book…and those who do not travel read only a page”

Saint Augustine

 

Summer is fun!

Not for the sun,

nor for the amusement

Or the enjoyment. ..

Summer is fun!

A time to trek…tour…and take a long trip…away!

 

Dreams do come true...even for a moment...a feel of Hollywood at universal studios Singapore
Dreams do come true…even for a moment…a feel of Hollywood at universal studios Singapore

 

They say Singapore is now considered the most expensive city to live in…well…that’s actually true. ..everything is really expensive. .from the bottled water…to the noodles…to the hamburger. ..to the coffee. ..to the gifts….well…everything. …but; who cares?  If you have everything then why not make use of it?

As I was growing up.. traveling for me would mean shopping. .. (if you remembered I wrote something about it last year) but I guess. .as I aged…I have become more aware of the real meaning of traveling. ..it has become more of keeping up as many experiences and memories together as a family. ..

Sure enough…this year was a different experience for me…

 

Starbucks

The pretty strabucks who made my latte this morning
The pretty Starbucks crew who made my latte this morning

Waking up every morning is quite a struggle especially if ….well…we’re getting a little older.

Waking with a cup of coffee. .latte or cappuccino. .is another thing especially if you go to a fancy coffee shop where you can splurge over gourmet coffees

We live in a province. .a little farther from the capital city. .and I must say I was one of the very few who rejoiced when Starbucks opened a few years ago.

Some say it’s an elite place.

Others say it so expensive.

Few commented its for those who are bored.

Well…whatever your take over this fancy coffee shop I say…I enjoyed it here. Let me count down three reasons why.

1. The crew

A fleeting smile,

A waving hello,

That’s what they are

To you and me…

Yes…they have the habit of smiling as soon as you enter the door. They wave hello and they wave goodbye. .and mind you they get to familiarize themselves with the names of the regular customers.  So I was in fact delighted to hear my name being called out the moment I entered.  And one important aspect of the crew that made me like them…they speak the English language fluently.  Whether it’s part of the application requirements or not…I enjoyed it..o enjoyed seeing beautiful girls making coffee while at the same time having a command of the English language.

2. The ambiance

Cars passing by…

People strolling around…

Friends engaging …

A place to converge beautiful thoughts

For you and me…

Yes…the place…I love the location. It is situated in a very busy street where you can practically see people from all walks of life from the inside. You get to enjoy friends trying to catch up with each other..and you got to see some people who just love to be alone with a coffee (count me in..)

3. The coffee

Sweet luscious Smell…

Unwavering distinct aroma…

A coffee specially blended…

Just for you and me…

Yes, you see…I can’t let the day pass bu without a coffee. .and for some reason, I love the way coffees ate blended n star bucks..it speaks of a lot of things..it tells a story. …it opens up emotions….it cuddles a person….it warms your heart…

This morning after dropping off my daughter in school I stopped by for a latte and a french croissant. …

Delicious. ..heartwarming. …soothing….ahhh I am ready to kick off my day…

The caffe latte made special
The caffe latte made special

It’s Always Fun in the Philippines

We were blessed to have spent the summer abroad. It’s an annual event that we always look forward to as a family.  It’s wonderful… it’s amazing…but I say…nothing beats HOME.

I’m counting down the reasons why I always love being back home.

1. THE FOOD

pork adobo is what we craved,

                   chicken inasal is what we fancied,

                   Filipino spag is what we desired,

                    early morning pandesal is what we missed.

 

I am a pizza, pasta type of girl. But when you’re out of the country for a little while you will surely miss Filipino foods..nothing beats our adobo. nothing even beats chicken inasal. nothing beats surely the sweet Filipino spaghetti- it is only in the Philippines where spaghetti is deliciously sweet…nothing beats the early morning walk to buy pandesal…

2. FRIENDS (and the way they make you smile)

people come, people go,

               but a friend will stay, they do.

               they make you smile,

              they make you crazy for a while.

 

I am not so sure if my there were people who miss me when I was away ..(sigh…..) but one thing I’m sure though.. I miss a lot when I was out…well, whether they are your good or not so good friends…you will miss the beautiful genuine smile you get even from a strangest Filipino stranger.. and when you’re out of the country…you try to look for that same genuine smile from every stranger you encounter but I guess nothing compares to the smile you see back home.

3. THE FAMILY

its crazy, but amazing;

                                 it’s irritating but loving.

                                a family dearest,

                               we always cherish.

I know we all despise the fact that at some point, our relatives can be so annoying and disturbing for always wanting to know every single detail of our own personal and private lives… and at some point, we all want them out of our lives..(i know you do..) but again, having been out for a while, it made me realized that one of the sweetest most magnificent gifts we have from God is the gift of the family….they complete us ..they make us safe… they love us…they adore us…no matter how irritating or annoying they may be.

4. THE “CHAOS”

children screaming,

                  people laughing,

                  neighbors fighting,

                  friends enjoying.

It is only in the Philippines when you walk around and hear people screaming as if wanting to kill each other and yet you see them at the end of the day enjoying an afternoon talk. it is only in the Philippines when neighbors scorn each other and yet you see them passing on a bowl of adobo at lunch. it is only in the Philippines when you can afford to sit down and basically do nothing all and manage to have a good meal. it is only in the Philippines when you get to hear your neighbor’s karaoke moments and never getting irritated for the unwanted noise.

 

Turi Beach – Batam, Indonesia

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Our out of the country annual summer vacation is nearing its end; and what better way to culminate it than spending the weekend in an exclusive resort in Indonesia – Turi Beach Resort. I listed down below five reasons why I should be back or say, why you should visit yourself.

1. NATURE IN ITS GLORIOUS FORM

trees swaying, how do you do?

birds chirping, come and enjoy,

monkeys waving, hello to you,

flowers smiling, welcome too.

a wonderful place to reconnect with nature. …a five-story building underneath the mountain overlooking a seamless view of the ocean-facing Malaysia (if my geography is correct).

2. FOOD IS SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIGOCIOUS

telur tersembunyi is great,

mei goreng is a real treat,

nasi goreng is delectable,

sotong goreng is impeccable.

Indonesian cuisine at its best. You will be greeted by a delicious icy cold ginger juice as a complimentary welcome drink…breakfast is good enough to fill your stomach to cover up even until lunch….dinner might bring your blood pressure high ( the price is quite outrageous..)but you will eventually get over it as you dine and listen to the live performance of the band, with a vocalist whose vocal prowess is really good. The food? it’s worth the price.

3. THE AFTERNOON WALK

water may not be my friend,

but its inviting, you wanna spend

some time alone on the beach,

or even in the pool around your reach.

You will enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon walk smelling the breath of fresh air…hearing the splashing of the water slowly creeping through the shore…resting your eyes on the view; the sparkling blue water, crystal clear sky, healthy green garden, not to forget the smiles in each guest’s face – a manifestation of a beautiful day that was.

4. SATURDAY BARBECUE BUFFET DINNER

nothing beats chicken satay for dinner,

nor the mouthwatering ikan bakar,

or better yet a table filled with desserts,

you’ll forget you on a diet so feast.

Saturday night dinner is indeed worth the price… there’s just so much food to choose from..and to double the treat, they actually got to pick guests who will win certain prizes from the resort. Some got a one hour spa, dinner for two, an hour recreational activity, one hour KTV, and I can’t forget the scream when one of the guests won an overnight stay in the hotel for two, for free… I didn’t win though, but I almost win after all… I enjoyed the night…

5. LIVE BAND – BATIK BAND

what is dinner without music?

its a live band so don’t panic,

when the price makes you turn back,

just go ahead and be tact.

The vocalist sings refreshingly good. It makes you forget the bill your about to get; and to my surprise, she sings English popular songs (i suppose she’s Indonesian)- so it makes her even more likeable and easy to sing and dance along with, giving you a reason to shed off the initial calories you’ve had so you can have another round of sumptuous meal.. its buffet dinner so basically .. eat all you can…

for some spending, the weekend here may cost them a fortune..but well..if you have..of course a fortune why not spend it here… it’s an exclusive resort, making it less crowded and less busy. It gives you time to really relax and enjoy your stay. It’s free from the noise in the city….no fancy coffee shops… no shopping… no towering buildings crowding your mind. it’s just you, your loved ones, nature, the few people…..having a quite wonderful moment altogether. oh, by the way, I love the little nipa hut … it’s a beautiful place to create wonderful memories with your loved ones. I just did…

P.S. I’ve been to different resorts, and hotels for that matter…(i have traveled a lot over the years) …but this one will surely be on my “be back” list…

siloso beach resort

Perfection

A day and a moment…
a sunrise and a sunset…
a life and me…
a wish it could be…

A snapshot of siloso beach in the morning. This photo was taken during
Our stay in this resort last April 24 to April 29. It’s like a jungle in the city- with its “back to basics” principle; siloso beach is a place for people who are “save mother earth” advocates, like me I suppose.