Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jamba Juice Philippines - Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City Branch

ABBEYWhether you are only riding on the hype or seriously getting fit by eating healthful foods or just craving for unique taste on your daily routine, Jamba Juice can give you that feel. I can't say how many calories it has for every drink but one thing I'm sure I enjoyed it. 

John and Denise bought me medium-sized Banana berry smoothie (banana, blueberry, apple-strawberry juice, non-fat yogurt, raspberry sherbet, and ice). Sweet and sour burst into my mouth upon taking the first sip. It quenched my thirst after walking at noontime in Bonifacio High Street. That shop also serves frozen yoghurt. While waiting for your order, you can strike a pose on their photobooth and send them on your mail.

WILL: Jamba Juice are available only in South Korea, Philippines and Canada. And we were so delighted that my friends treat us for a sip on their Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City Branch.

I looked up on their menu and some of their classic smoothies… The coldbuster, strawberry surf rider, Caribbean passion, peach pleasure, protein berry workout, aloha pineapple, razzmatazz, banana berry.

The concoction of strawberries, banana, apple-strawberry juice, nonfrozen yogurt caught my attention and it was called, Strawberries Wild. I got a medium-size for Pho165.00. It tasted so good, fresh and creamy.

Their place is so pleasing and relaxing. They also have this fun photobooth at the side of the counter. While waiting we took a lot of shots and send the copy to our emails.

Very nice place to bond. If you’re tired of coffee kicking you with caffeine, try this refreshing and healthy drink. Jamba Juice for the gold!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NeNe Chicken Singapore - Star Vista Branch

ABBEY: We have tried BonChon and now is the time to tickle our taste buds with delights from Nene Chicken. 

We dined on their branch at Star Vista mall (nearest MRT is Bouna Vista). The place can accommodate 20-25 pax. Save your chat with your friends and place your order. It will take time to get ready and wait until your coaster lights up. It's worth the wait. 

I've got Green Onion. The chicken is crunchy outside and moist and flavorful inside. It is mouth-watering and absolutely you'll ask for more. The soy sauce mixed with rice have a hint of wasabe and really complimented the chicken. Their fries is a bit different as they are thin but delicious. You can either eat your meal with bare hands and get messy or you can ask for a disposable gloves on the counter. Depends on how you want to enjoy your experience.

WILL: Sorry… I chicken out to try the freaking hot flavored chicken! Huhu! NeNe Chicken originates in Korea, so popular in that land that found its way to cater the cravings of their Singapore fans.

I first saw their branch here in Star Vista, their place was well lit but constricted. I then asked Abbey to set a date to dine at this place and that was planned to be with my very good friend / blog model… Chat. Haha!

We met, sat and ordered. As I told you, I backed-out to taste the freaking hot when I saw some of diners keep on gasping for an air when they take a bite on that piece of red chicks. I went for Snowing Cheese, Abbey for Green Onion and Chat for Swicy. My order, of course, pact with cheese, not so salty but quite sweet. The serving is too big for me. As usual, I asked my husband to eat the rest for me.

Their french fries oh I mean their Buffalo Sticks tastes so good that if I am not that full, I will buy for tapao. I like the pickled radish too.

Go ahead and visit their Star Vista branch, their service is quite slow but I am sure that it is worth the wait.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Phuket Island City Tour

ABBEY: On our trip on Phuket we also signed up for the City tour which costs around 1,200 bhat per person. We had it one afternoon and the first two stops are at Karon View Point and Windmill; they are among the high peaks of Phuket. 

Then we went to Big Buddha site. The monks and caretakers of the place don't require entrance fees but donations instead. Be it monetary, or cement, gravel and sand, all donations are accepted. Climbing an almost hundred steps will lead you to the enormous marble statue of Buddha. Next stop is the Orchid Garden. It is unfortunate as no flowers were blooming during our visit. 

We also stopped by at Chalong Temple. Visitors pay respect and thanks by lighting firecrackers. As it is a holiday on the first day of the year, people packed the place and we have nothing to do but to indulge on their pork barbecue as we are already hungry.

Then we went to Honey Farm wherein I bravely carry a broodframe. I was nervous and scared by the thought that the bees will sting me. We also tasted wine made from honey. Next stop is the cashew nut factory. The process of picking the nut from the fruit is still done manually as to not damage it. You can choose from a wide variety of flavors for your cashew; wasabi, garlic, original roast snd barbecue. We also stopped by at the largest jewelry shop on Phuket. The pieces of jewelry have intricate designs thus the prices are lovely as well. 

We strolled by the Old Phuket Town and then we requested the tour guide to drop us is Jung Ceylon shopping mall for dinner and then rest and our hotel.

WILL: Okay guys, Phuket is an island that's so famous on their beaches and bars but isn’t fun to make some side trips at their lands?

We booked for half day city tour on the 1st day of 2014 and we're picked-up from Frutta Boutique after our lunch. Our first stop is the Karon View Point. Here we saw the the beautiful deep blue colored waters of their fine beaches. Next stop is at Phuket’s Windmill (Phromthep Alternative Energy Station), a great idea for another source of energy. Here at this spot, you can see sailboats parked. A windy place indeed.

Elephants! We just stop over to see them and take some personal business at washrooms. Haha! Phuket City Tour Package will not be complete if you will not drop by at Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha. This landmark have a dress code for girls, no shorts and no sleeveless is allowed. The construction started 2009 and we are so lucky to see the whole face and body of Phuket’s Big Buddha already sparkle with white marble. So serene that you can only hear are the bells and murmurs of the tourist.

Firecrackers? Well it is not just because it is new year, it is a way of giving thanks for granting the wishers’ wish! Welcome to Wat Chalong Temple. So many shoes swarming in front of the temples, obviously it will be very crowded inside, we never attempt to go so we just make our stomachs full with bbq pork.

Different flavors of cashews were in front of us when we reached Cashew Nut factory. We bought a wasabi flavored cashew and tasted all the varieties. Haha! Wangtalang Lapidary gem factory is also in the itineraries, we just look, never touch, never ask, never buy. Before heading back to our hotel our van just passed Century-old Sino-Portuguese building at Thalang road, we chose not to step out from our van, we are just tired and sleepy already.

I think that this trip is a must for every tourist, getting to know more of the island, people and its religion.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Phi Phi Island Tour by Sea Angel Cruise Co. Ltd.

ABBEY: Phi phi don island hopping is a whole day tour. For 2500, you enroll on the tour and this includes buffet lunch and light refereshments. Two-way transfer (hotel-pier-hotel) is also on the package. We got on the pier by 9am. Flippers can be rented at 100bhat a pair. We boarded a 3-motor speedboat with a capacity of 40-50 persons. Our energetic and lively tour guide, "Ms. Susan", briefed on what is in store for us. She reminded us to remember our boat number else she'll come back to us the next day if we missed to board the boat. 

We went to Maya beach where the movie "The Beach" was filmed. The sand is very fine and soft. The scenery of rock formations are breath-taking. Visitors are encouraged to walk barefoot to feel the softness of the sand. Next is the Viking Cave. It is a private property so we only got to look the entrance of the cave. Then we went to monkey beach. The high tide didn't permit us to dock on the beach but we had our time to feed the monkeys. We dipped at the sea for snorkelling before we had our buffet lunch at Phi Phi Don island. This is the island which was struck by tsunami on the year 2004. Now the inhabitants recovered and doing business as usual. 

Last stop is Khai island. For 100bhat you can rent a pair of beachbed with umbrella and fruits and refreshments were served as part of the tour. We had a good time at Khai island; on the sand, water and rocks. We headed to our hotel after a whole day trip feeling refreshed and relaxed.

WILL: I love beaches, I love to see a big bodies of water but I am also afraid of it. 2nd of January is the day to tour the other islands near Phuket Thailand. That was the day to go to the beautiful Phi Phi.

We got to the Sea Angel speedboat, traveled for an hour and viola! The "The Beach" beach is in front of us. Our tour guide asked us to step at the sand barefoot. The sand is milky white, the sun is not so hot and the marvellous formation of rocks that seems covering the shore for a possible intruder. The Creator really creates magnificently.

We took some shots from outside of a private cave. Someone buying a cave? So rich? Haha! Then we went to a cliff were the old James Bond jumped off.

"Fish be with you" is all I can say when I saw a lot of fish swim around us. I am afraid of them, huhuhu! And the naughty captain of our boat have the guts to throw a bread around me, of course more fish went beside me and all I can do is shout in horror. Vince and Abbey laughing and so delighted. I hate you guys!

A buffet was served at Koh Phi Phi Don, this were the Tsunami hit big time. Ms. Susan told us that the water swept the whole island for barely 5 minutes. We stayed there for an hour just to take our lunch.

We never stepped out from the boat when we visited the Monkey Island, some tourist just handed over peanuts for them to enjoy.

Last stop is at Khai island. We sit, we ate watermelon and pineapple non-stop, we take photo, and we swim.

This is a whole day tour, so if you plan to go for this, you must get your body to soak at sea water and be bathed at the rays of the sun.

Do not forget to put a sunblock, this is a must for this kind of trip. Water was served and snack inside our speed boat. All you need to bring is your camera and yourself! Haha! A very relaxing a nice experience.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Yoong Tong Thai Massage

ABBEY: Our Thailand vacation will not be completed without a session of massage. We booked for a full body massage with foot massage. The 2-hour session gave me more relaxation. I think I've slept the whole duration. The masseur really hit the aching spots in which I was relieved. 700 bhat was the charge for the service which includes a blue tea :)

WILL: Vacation in Phuket Island will not be complete if you do not avail any massage from their local masseurs. You can have a choice: lay on the Patong Beach sand, go half nude and let the breeze gently touched your skin or be at spa salon and get a room on your comfort and privacy. We are conservative people (really? Haha), so we chose to avail it in massage parlor just in front of Frutta Boutique.

I avail the whole body oil massage, and it is very unfair that the massuer has no skill, grrrr.. it seems that she only touching my skin, no pressure at all. Disappointed, I went down to have the foot massage, oh well, I am drooling once the masseur hit the my aching muscle.

Then that was the last stop for our Phuket Adventure. Ahmm,  please wait for our blog on island and city tour 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Saint Marc Cafe Singapore

ABBEY: After a loaded snack at Carl's Jr., Chat invited us to have some coffee. We've been to Vivo City multiple times but this is the first time we set our feet on St. Marc Cafe. They offer Japanese tea, desserts and coffee. 

I picked choco banana split. It took more than a couple of minutes for my order but when my coaster lighted up and I saw my frozen delight, it was worth the wait. With my long-handled teaspoon, I scooped the vanilla ice cream and the taste is delicious. Not too sweet...very creamy and smooth. It costs 9sgd which is reasonable with all the presentation and great taste. 

Next dine in, I'll their other creations.

WILL: After our usual dinner/snack at our "official tambayan" with Chat, she told us that she want to have a coffee and its her treat!! Yehhheyy! For us, I told her to try the new St. Marc Cafe and she agreed. Hmmm, do you have this kind of friend? None? Well, pray for one. Haha!

Make way to St. Marc Cafe's hot chocolate...creamy and so chocolatey. This is a great place to catch up with your friends. Cozy, quite place. Oh for people like Abbey who love sweets, they are offering ice creams here.