The weeks have been flying by so fast and it feels like I just blinked and it was Friday again. On the one hand, there's this gnawing thought that work is endless and there's this other relief that the rest days are unexpectedly beginning now. I would suggest going to Oakwood Premier Manila's Nostalgia Dining Lounge to check out their Friday Night Classics with a friend or special someone on this kind of day asap (plan out next week this early)! Don't you just want to go back to having a nice dinner out once in a while and dine to your heart's content until closing with soothing music on the background? As usual, for this post, I loved the ambiance, the food, the company, the service and the music here.
Tucked away somewhere near Tagaytay City is a spiritual sanctuary and a farm with products I buy at the supermarket all the time. Thanks to the invitation by Gourmet Farms in Cavite, I was able to tour the property, learn something new about growing stuff again, eat good food fresh from the farm restaurant The Dining Room (hmm I just found out about this! yummy food!) and enjoy the sneak peek of a very serene getaway (ideal for less than 10 people who want peace and quiet near Manila). I'll probably go here again when I'm in the area and also from January to February to check out their abundant harvest hehe.
Front Seat to the Desert Safari Tour, Various Sunset Activities and Dinner Under the Stars in Dubai!
The weather has been incredibly hot lately in Manila and so I always look forward to sunset. I had the same feeling when we went to Dubai. On the very first day, the adventure began late afternoon in the middle of nowhere - well, somewhere that only a few know exactly. Meteor Philippines arranged for a desert safari tour for us from Manila and we only had to wait until the hotel pickup time before the sun set that day and chilled in the desert until the stars came out.
There are times when my adventures turn a bit risky on the spot. I still do my best but I listen to my body and honor it when the time comes so I don't regret anything. This is my latest Pico de Loro mountain climb from the campsite to the peak. The rock behind me (below) is the Parrot's Beak monolith that thrill-seekers attempt to climb.
Not that I've been to many places in Japan already but my current favorite has got to be Sapporo in Hokkaido. If you've noticed, my "favorites" are tied with super memorable experiences, most of them like my first times, dates with J, new discoveries, rediscoveries, finding my way or when I had a change of heart about something :) For Sapporo, I got a dose of what they call "hanami" or cherry blossom watching in Japan. Since I can't zap myself there this year, I try to find similar experiences in Manila that make me reminisce about the real thing. Just in time because Tokyo Bubble Tea has sakura-inspired (cherry blossom) concoctions for this summer :)
When I'm back here in Manila, one of my favorite things to do is have an impromptu date with J! Haha. The latest restaurant that opened is Tapenade at Discovery Primea by the Discovery Leisure Company. We braved the busy streets of Makati and drove to Apartment Ridge Road to get here (the other entrance of the building is at Ayala Avenue but for cars, the parking entrance is at the back). After one meal, this all-day Mediterranean restau quickly became one of my favorite dating experiences in Manila this year. It's not only the food though that's up to my liking, the service of the staff, the ambiance and their unique offerings kept me interested throughout the meal. And I'd like to thank them for offering me a Pashmina shawl on a tray (no other restaurant has ever done that for me so you guys deserve this big thank you!) ;)