Ko’s and St Marc Cafe

My friend and I recently got together and met at the UP Town Center. It is one of the malls I normally avoid because of parking traffic and the really long walk from the parking area to the actual stores. I decided it should be ok since I will just be dropped off anyway and do not need to do all that walking. 

The great thing about the mall is that there are some really neat dining options in that place. But since my friend and I wanted to try a new place, we decided on Ko’s. The place serves mediterranean cuisine which in our mind offers healthier options. I ordered salmon and my friend got the chicken kebab. I loved the Salmon!!!! 

The skin had like flaky salt and even though it looks charred it is not bitter at all. It was also not salty. 🙂 It was soft and baked just right. Again, I loved it and would go back to eat the same thing. 😍😋

We also ordered an appetizer of fried eggplant and zuchini with yogurt sauce. It was also great! Not oily even though it was fried. It does not look very much on the picture but it was really good.

My friend said the chicken kebab was also good so we got 3 out of 3 orders right.😁 By the way, I also ordered brewed coffee and it was nice. It is really brewed unlike the other restaurants who serve espresso coffee even if you ordered brewed. 😬 anyway it was not like that. Attendants were pleasant and I have not seen anything bad about the service. The entree was in range of 200-300 so not bad.

After dinner, instead of getting my second cup of coffee in there, we went to St Marc Cafe for coffee and dessert. My friend recommended the ‘Cros’ which is basically a croissant with chocolate inside. 

It was a hit for me!! 😍😋 It was really soft and flaky and the chocolate was just the right sweetness… but then I was drinking coffee so I guess I have to re-assess the sweetness next time. The cro was about 55 pesos and the coffee was like standard coffee price 120-150.

All in all, almost everything we chose turned out great. 🙆 It also had me consider going back to that mall again… Well well well, I guess if I can be swayed by anything, one of them would be good food. 😅

Ko’s: 😋😋😋😋 plus half 😋

St Marc Cafe: 😋😋😋😋💬

Artsy cafe 

A quaint little cafe at Maginhawa (may not be the right street because I think everything in that area is ‘at Maginhawa’). The store looks comfy and airy with nice looking tables and chairs. There’s a tree inside the outside area that they intentionally left there and has actually become a signature design of the place. (Pardon the blurry photo)

So anyway, the food we ordered were all very good! Don’t get fooled by the name Kani salad as it is not your normal kani salad. It has like crunchy fried noodles I think and the dressing is japanese sesame dressing. It was a big hit with my mom.

It was actually my second time to eat there and I just wanted to try the bangus sisig. The steak I tried last time was a big flop. The steak was already cooked before it was grilled. The bangus sisig as I remembered was nice. This time I tried it again and it was still nice although lacking a bit dry, more dressing or sauce would have made it even better. Sorry I started eating before I remembered to take a picture! 😅

We ordered also Chicken Parmigiana and again it is not your normal chicken parm on tomato based sauce. The chicken parm is the standard one but the pasta is dressed with creamy pesto sauce. The cheese was sticky and all and tasted good. The tomato sauce in the chicken parm can be improved. 🙂

The juices are also great. The smoothy with mint tastes like calamansi shake (another surprise). The lemon basil drink was what I expected though and it is also good.

Aside from good food, the store has a clean restroom than most stores. Cleam bathrooms says a lot in my book. 👍 And what’s exceptional with the restaurant is that the staff seem to be all friendly and really helpful from those attending us up to the security guard. 🙂 👏They even made sure my senior mom does not trip and gets to the car without incident. It was a great experience and we are definitely coming back. 🙂

Rating: 😋😋😋😋💬

Divi feels

Ever felt so good when you bought really nice clothes at Divi for super cheap prices? I’m sure just like me you even asked people to guess how much they think the clothes cost. Haha.

I felt that way about a paired clothing that I bought. The design and style were super nice that I even bought 3 sets!! And yes, I asked almost everyone how much they think the clothes cost to brag abiut how much of a great deal I got for them.

But now after about 2 months and 3 uses, I begin to remember why I should consider buying from other stores.. 😳 The pair was comprised of a short dress with shorts to wear inside. After 3 washes, the dress has now become really short and even goes above the shorts. Well come to think of it, I now have 3 new blouses! Talk about glass half-full!!!😄

I remembered the saying ‘if you want good it’s not cheap and if you want cheap it’s probably not good’. Again that’s a paraphrased version. 😉 In the end I think I still got a pretty good deal since the clothes are still usable. I may have to update this blog post though after 3 more washes…  😛

A newbie entrepreneur

Early in life, I found it hard to mark-up goods. I felt it was a wrong thing to do, which made me sure at that time that I was not into business.

It went on for quite a while and only during the time that I went to business school did I gain a real interest in business. I loved the fact that one’s ideas can actually benefit people and give one income as well! I do like the saying that profit is kind of the validation of the goods and services provided. That was a paraphrased version by the way.

I realized I wanted to put up a business and dreamed of putting up a business for years. I talked about it and thought about it. I remember one speaker saying those who want to do business but do not know what business to get on to are not ready for business. If you are ready for business you will know it. And that kinda happened to me, but with the help of several people very close to me. Everything fell into place but not without risks and a lot of decision-making. I think this may not be for the faint of heart. But with dreaming and praying and careful planning, anything is possible. 🙂

This is just the first part of me and my partners’ journey in business (only less than 3 months in operation) and I can say that it is not easy. But I am enjoying it in many ways especially the things I learn about the world of business, about myself, about people, about family. I dont know, whatever happens to this business adventure, I just seem to know that everything is going to be alright. 🙂

My salute to those who have kept their businesses alive and profitable for years!

Crossfit or Crosseat

And so I did crossfit today after a long time of not having exercise. I don’t know if it was the effect of the new-year-new-everything spirit or the many pictures of my once thin self being thrown my way by my friends. 

I found the workout very challenging with my knees buckling with the many squats. Slight unevenness on the roads seem like great obstacles after the workout. It was a bit sad that I was not able to complete it but then again I just paced myself and resolved to get stronger with time.

I met my mom and ate afterwards at Shakey’s for dinner. My mom was very fixed on trying out the 2017 meal which would give a huge savings. Not sure if we really saved a lot because the 3 of us of course could not finish the meal for 8-10 pax!

I mean the combo was great – you get to choose your salad and pizza flavor. I think it’s a bang for the buck. There was a lot of food! We are crazy. Lol.

Makes me think that what I really did today was more of ‘crosseat’ and not crossfit.;p 

On sharing

I have long wanted to start my own blog to be able to share my thoughts and experiences for reasons such as help others avoid the mistakes I have made, share tips on good food and things, and make lives a bit easier for people with the information they may read from my posts.

And now, finally, I got the time, energy and enough confidence to start sharing. I normally overthink and so find it hard to decide what to write and if to even write about what I wanted to write. I even confuse myself like that sometimes. 🙂

But just having the blog created is one item crossed out of my bucket list. It is one of the very reachable dreams that I only got to achieve only now. Sometimes we only need to take that one step, stop thinking about what others may think, and stop worrying about things too far out in the future to be able to follow our heart. It took years, but here I am now, living the dream. 🙂