Osaka: A Photo Diary

Some shots from our trip to Osaka last month

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Jim and I landed in Osaka pretty late at night, met up with our friend Kyle who got there a couple of days earlier and the four of us had a very late dinner along Shinsaibashi. I can’t remember what the place is called but it’s open until pretty late and we ate there twice.

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Checked in at our AIRBNB which was just a few blocks away

Photo from Airbnb
Photo from Airbnb

It was a cozy apartment but big enough for 4 people. Our other friend Enzo stayed for 2 nights. Great location, too. Click here if you wanna check it out.

The next day we set out to go around Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori

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Shinsaibashi
Shinsaibashi-suji
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Passed by a pet shop and had to drop by
Passed by a pet shop and had to drop by
Would have taken more photos but they said it wasn't allowed huhu
Would have taken more photos but they said it wasn’t allowed huhu
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle

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Best place to buy sneakers! There's a ton of ABC MART branches around Japan.
Best place to buy sneakers! There’s a ton of ABC MART branches around Japan.

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A lot of tourists use the Glico Man as a spot for meet ups. "Let's meet by the Glico Man!" It's right by the bridge to Dotonbori
A lot of tourists use the Glico Man as a spot for meet ups. “Let’s meet by the Glico Man!” It’s right by the bridge to Dotonbori
Dotonbori is where you must go to eat!!
Dotonbori is where you must go to eat!!

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We had conveyor belt sushi, of course.

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We also ate at Ichiran twice while we were there. Wild talaga ramen dun, friends.
We also ate at Ichiran twice while we were there. Wild talaga ramen dun, friends.

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sup fam
sup fam

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My love
My love

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Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle

The famed Pablo cheesecakes — SO YUMMY

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Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle

Funniest thing while I was trying on a sweater from Puma, they asked me to wear this bag over my head so my makeup wouldn’t transfer onto their clothes. I was also asked to take off my shoes before entering the dressing room

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I no longer have photos of the following days because Kyle borrowed my memory card. He shot a music video for Cheats and I promise you, it’s worth it. Can’t wait for you guys to see it!! I also thought we weren’t allowed to bring cameras to Summer Sonic. Turns out they don’t check your bags at all. My tip if you’re going to the music festival next year: bring your own booze and line up early for the bathrooms because you may spend 40 minutes in line! Oh, and don’t forget to wear sunblock!! RADIOHEAD WAS FIIIIRE.

♥,
Saab

NEW TOKYO TOKYO DISH ALERT: TERIYAKI MEATBALLS DONBURI

I just recently arrived from a 5-day vacation to Osaka, Japan with Jim and some of our friends. We originally went there to go to a music festival and watch some of our favorite bands (Radiohead! Weezer!). Really though, it’s also a food festival every time we fly to Japan. It was our fourth time to visit the Land of The Rising Sun and our second time in Osaka. Some people call it Osa-KAIN because of all the eating people end up doing there.

I had all of my favorite Japanese staples — sushi, sashimi (both with lots of wasabi!), tempura, katsudon, udon, curry, ramen, etc. HOW DO I SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU: I LOVE JAPANESE FOOD. HUHUHU. Jim and I may be back in Manila but we know where we can get our Japanese fix whenever we need it.

Donburi is a general term for Japanese dishes with meat and/or vegetables are served over a bowl of rice. It’s one of the best ways to satisfy a hungry tummy and Tokyo Tokyo has made it easy on our pockets to enjoy donburi meals!

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Last year, Tokyo Tokyo launched two variants for their Donburi Festival: the Cheesy Pork Katsu and Tofu Steak. This month, they are introducing another exciting flavor to their donburi line: Teriyaki Meatballs Donburi!

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This newest addition features juicy and savory tsukune meatballs with Japanese sauce and mayo served over a hot bowl of rice. Hungry yet? The meatballs are made with chicken seasoned with onion, salt and pepper. The misono vegetables, nitamago egg and onion leeks make this bowl extra tasty.

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The best part about the Teriyaki Meatballs Donburi is that it’s reasonably priced at only P145. Other donburi products available at Tokyo Tokyo are Pork Katsudon, Chicken Oyakodon, Beef Pepper Donburi, Tempura Donburi and Cheesy Pork Donburi.

Head on to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo store and try the new Teriyaki Meatballs Donburi. Tag @tokyotokyophilippines on Instagram and Facebook and @TokyoTokyoPHL on Twitter!

♥,
Saab

Tokyo Tokyo Launches Beef Pepper Ramen

Rainy days are definitely here again. I for one have been a fan of the cold weather lately. I like that I can layer my clothes, put my favorite boots on rotation, and snuggle with Joey in bed.

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Another thing I love about the rainy season is that it makes food taste so much better. Don’t ask me how – it just does!!

My top 3 rainy day comfort food (in no particular order):

  1. Home-cooked champorado with tuyo
  2. A warm cup of arroz caldo
  3. A really good bowl of ramen!

Filipinos are no doubt a rice-loving people (see: champorado and arroz caldo) but since the ramen craze hit our country years ago, we’ve proven we can also be a bit noodle-crazy! And on rainy, cold days, I find myself craving for a piping hot bowl of ramen.

Tokyo Tokyo Philippines has had the authentic Japanese noodle dish as part of their product line for years. Currently in their “ramen roster” are the flavors: Braised Pork, Spicy Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki and Seafood.

This year, in line with their Beef Festival, they’re adding a new flavor to the mix: Beef Pepper Ramen.

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Beef Pepper Ramen is made with rich pork-based broth and is topped with savory and tender beef slices, corn, shredded cabbage, onion leeks, nori and Nitamago egg. For extra spice and flavor, black pepper sauce is added. A bowl of regular-sized Beef Pepper Ramen is priced at P195, while the snack size is only for P145!

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Aside from the usual gyoza add-on, the Beef Pepper Ramen can be best enjoyed if paired with Chicken karaage or Japanese-style fried chicken and Tokyo Tokyo’s signature Red Iced Tea. You only need to add P55 for a complete meal!

Other dishes celebrating the Beef Festival in Tokyo Tokyo are the Beef Yakiniku Bento and Beef Misono Bento:

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I’ve always been a beef-over-chicken-or-pork kind of girl so this is totally up my alley!!

Head on over to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo branch to get your beef ramen fix!

♥,
Saab

Valentine Sumo Meals at Not-So-Sumo Prices!

Most people have this habit of relating Valentine’s Day to expensive dinner dates. I beg to differ! Ika nga ni mareng Jennifer Lopez: “love don’t cost a thing!” Also, Jim and I are a testament to a no-frills relationship. Sometimes, we like giving each other gifts but we know how to live within our means.

We are what you’d call “creatures of habit.” I am not kidding you when I say we have Japanese food on 90% of our dates. Haha! We can’t help it! WE LOVE JAPANESE FOOD.

Now, before you go thinking that Japanese food has to be over-the-top expensive to be good – think of Tokyo Tokyo

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This month, the #1 Japanese Restaurant Chain in the country, is launching their Valentine Sumo Meal. It’s good for two and it consists of Tokyo Tokyo’s best-selling products — 4-pc prawn tempura, 1-pc Best Chicken Teriyaki with mixed vegetables, unli-rice (music to my ears), and Red Iced Tea. To complete the meal, it also comes with a Valentine-inspired Snow Ice dessert.

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It’s basically a Valentine’s-inspired version of Tokyo Tokyo’s famous snow ice. It’s made with finely shaved vanilla ice topped with strawberry syrup, chocolate chips, heart candy toppers, and whipped cream. Perfect for sharing with your loved one!

For only PhP 409, you can now enjoy this complete meal for two. That’s only a little over Php 200 each!! Why not try something different and surprise your crush? Sharing the Valentine’s Sumo Meal during lunch break would be a nice little pit stop from another mundane day at the office.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to show your love! That’s why Tokyo Tokyo is serving this Sumo Meal special for the whole month of February! Stay in love!

♥,
Saab

Tokyo Tokyo Introduces 99-peso Donburi Meals!

Sick of seeing “New Year, New Me” captions all over the Internet? Haha! I think, to some extent, that posting about your new year’s resolutions online helps you stick to it. If you’re among the billions of people who promised to stick to your budget this year, then Tokyo Tokyo has got you covered with their new Donburi meals for just 99 pesos.

Donburi meals have been a longtime staple of Tokyo Tokyo. They’ve always been priced reasonably too so Japanese food fans like myself have loved them through the years.

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New Year, New Flavors!

After a very successful National Tempura Day last January 7th (they sold Tempura for just 25 pesos!!), Tokyo Tokyo isn’t done surprising us this month. They’ve just introduced two new flavors to its Donburi line – the Tofu Steak Donburi and the Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi.

Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)
Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)

If you want to indulge yourself in katsu goodness, go ahead and try the Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi featuring Tokyo Tokyo’s signature Pork Tonkatsu with a combination of creamy white sauce, cheese and nori wasabi sprinkle on a bed of steaming hot rice.

Tofu Steak Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)
Tofu Steak Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)

One of my new year’s resolutions is to definitely eat healthier so my personal choice is the Tofu Steak Donburi. Make no mistake, it’s still very flavorful – Japanese tofu coated with tempura batter topped with savory pork and mushroom sauce, crunchy tempura crumbs and onion leeks.

Here I am caught mid-subo haha!
Here I am caught mid-subo haha!

Head on to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo branch and try these new flavors. You can also enjoy existing Donburi meals such as the Pork Katsudon, Chicken Oyakodon, Beef Pepper Donburi and Tempura Donburi selections at all Tokyo Tokyo branches nationwide.

❤️,
Saab

It’s #TempuraTime!

Hope you guys are having an awesome new year so far! I’m in Singapore right now celebrating with the Bacarros. It’s Jim’s and my first year as a married couple and we geared up for the “Jim & Saab Rockin’ Family Tour” way ahead of time as you can read from my previous post. Haha! I love family trips!! It’s always a riot.

My favorite family trip has to be when Jim proposed to me in front of my mom and siblings in Ueno Park, Tokyo. We’re going back to Tokyo in February with the Magalonas and the Bunagans (a.k.a. Michael V’s family – he and tita Carol are my parents’ BFFs. Can you say #squadgoals??) and I’m sure it’s gonna be epic. Epic? That term’s so 2012. What’s a hipper term for epic? It’s gonna be as-monumental-as-star-wars-the-force-awakens-opening-day. Okay, maybe not quite but close enough.

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You guys know what going to Japan equates to: I AM GONNA PIG OUT ON JAPANESE FOOD. As if I don’t do that enough locally hahaha but hey, iba pa rin sa Japan. I can’t wait. And for that exact reason, I am SUPER excited for #NationalTempuraDay!! Yep. It’s a thing!! Every January 7th, people from different parts of the world feast on this deep-fried seafood as they satisfy their cravings for prawn tempura.

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I know Thanksgiving has long passed but THANK YOU, Tokyo Tokyo, as they will be bringing #NationalTempuraDay to the Philippines!

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“We wanted to start the year right especially for our loyal fans. Our own take on the National Tempura Day is our way of extending our gratitude to them for loving our signature quality prawn tempura,” said Harvie Sering, Tokyo Tokyo Product Manager. “On this day, they can enjoy and fill their appetites with their favorite Prawn Tempura for only P25 per piece. That’s 50% off on our prawn tempura add-ons!”

The National Tempura Day 50% off promo applies on prawn tempura add-on and is valid for dine-in only. It’s #TempuraTime!!

For exclusive National Tempura Day contests and promos:
http://twitter.com/TokyoTokyoPHL
http://instagram.com/tokyotokyophilippines
http://facebook.com/tokyotokyophilippines

♥,
Saab

Rome If You Want To

In light of the recent attacks that happened in Paris, I’d like to invite everyone who reads my blog to say a quick prayer for all the people who were affected by the senseless act of violence. Despite everything, I hope my succeeding blog posts will serve as a reminder of how lovely Europe is. Thank you.

Woke up early on a Wednesday to catch our flight from Paris to our next destination: Rome. Nothing much happened except the handle of my Rimowa broke when the Uber driver carried it. I heard that I can bring it to any branch and they will fix it. I really hope they do.

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We stayed at a very hip district in Rome called Trastevere in a nice 2-floor AirBnb.

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Well-stocked closets!

FIRST STOP: get some pizza. Found a restaurant nearby that had rave reviews on TripAdvisor. It’s called DAR POETA and that’s where I learned that people in Italy actually ordered 1 pizza each. My kind of people.

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Hungry boy

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We had the rest of the afternoon to just walk around and discover the city.

Gelato
Gelato
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He accidentally tucked his shirt into his jeans pocket. What a nerd ?
My favorite drummer!
My favorite drummer!
Sup with that guy on the right?
Sup with that guy on the right?
Italian women are so FIIIINE! Check out that mom with the stroller. She's more fit than me D:
Italian women are so FIIIINE! Check out that mom with the stroller. She’s more fit than me ?

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The beautiful Tiber river

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I wish buildings in Manila were shorter so we could see the sky more.
I wish buildings in Manila were shorter so we could see the sky more.

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Daming dramatic shots
Daming dramatic shots

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Gepetto
Gepetto

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CUTIE
CUTIE

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Saw this artist on the street
Saw this artist on the street
A crowd started forming around her. Her hands moved so quickly. Those 2 kids in front didn't mind the fumes.
A crowd started forming around her. Her hands moved so quickly. Those 2 kids in front didn’t mind the fumes.
I later learned that these designs were made by a lot of street artists around Italy. Regardless, I think they're very talented.
I later learned that these designs were made by a lot of street artists around Italy. Regardless, I think they’re very talented.
He he he get it?
He he he get it?
Cute art but the artist yelled at me to stop taking a photo so I didn't buy anything ?
Cute art but the artist yelled at me to stop taking a photo so I didn’t buy anything ?
Saw the famous Trevi fountain but it was under construction like a lot of other monuments around the city. They're all being cleaned for the Jubilee year next year.
Saw the famous Trevi fountain but it was under construction like a lot of other monuments around the city. They’re all being cleaned for the Jubilee year next year.

We were starving by dinner time and I asked Jim if he wanted me to check out TripAdvisor. I wanted to check out reviews of nearby restaurants. He said we should “take a risk” by entering a restaurant at random.

This isn’t going to be that helpful because I can’t remember the name of the restaurant we ducked into. It had started to drizzle so we just entered the nearest decent-looking place. I hate to tell Jim “I told you so” but that was the worst restaurant we went to for our entire European trip. Hahaha. The food was SO bland.

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Looks good but it tasted like plain pasta.
Porcini mushroom pasta looks good but it tasted like paper.
Margherita Pizza didn't have basil so we asked for some..
Margherita Pizza didn’t have basil so we asked for some..
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Even with the basil it was nothing great

We learned later on that some restaurants really don’t serve whole basil leaves on their Margherita Pizza. I really think they should, though, because that’s the Italian flag right there: red (tomatoes), white (cheese), and green (basil).

Caught a live band while we walked around a piazza. It was very romantic to say the least.
Caught a live band while we walked around a the Piazza della Rotonda near the Pantheon. It was very romantic to say the least.
Spotted a bride and groom xx
Spotted a bride and groom xx

More photos of our second day in Rome when we booked a full-day tour! That’s coming up!

♥,
Saab

Tokyo Tokyo Launches Big Chicken Katsu

I was craving some Japanese food after a meeting the other day. Okay, let’s be honest, I think of Japanese food every waking moment. Hehehe. I was with mom in BGC and I wanted something quick but filling so we decided to go to Tokyo Tokyo. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen their pretty meals on my feed once or twice. They’ve been constantly adding new items to their menu like Snack Bento meals, Ramen variants, Donburi meals, and sweet treats – all of which I am not ashamed to say I’ve tried!! Hehehe.

Now they’ve rolled in something for all my fellow Katsu lovers! They’ve just launched their biggest Katsu ever – the Big Chicken Katsu Bento. There are 3 variants and since it’s so affordable, mom and I ordered all 3 so we could try them all.

Original Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php224
Original Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php224

Their chicken katsu is crunchy on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside – exactly how I want my katsu.

Asian Spice Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php169
Asian Spice Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php169

They’re made with thick cuts of tender chicken breast fillet coated with crispy and golden Japanese Panko breadcrumbs, seasoned with a selection of flavorful spices.

Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php179
Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php179

My personal favorite is the Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu because it’s sweet and savory, although the other two are very good as well especially for you guys who like their sauce on the side.

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The meals come with shredded cabbage, red iced tea, your choice of miso soup and dessert or California Maki and the best part? All the rice you want. Haha!

Looking forward to more “feeling foodie” dates with mama ❤️
Looking forward to more “feeling foodie” dates with mama ❤️

Head on over to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo branch and try out the newest Big Chicken Katsu!

♥,
Saab

Octoberthdays!

Hello, guys!!! I know it’s been a while — I just wanted to take a break from our Eurotrip to share some photos from all the celebrations we had for the family!

October is the month when our family celebrates a lot of birthdays. Papa was born October 4th and mom was born on the 6th — just 2 days apart in 1964. Arkin’s birthday is the same as John Lennon, October 9th, and just 3 days later we celebrate our maternal grandmother’s birthday. I wasn’t home for that but I got her a rosary from Notre Dame in Paris! Clara’s birthday is coming up this Halloween as well! Here are a couple of photos from the celebrations.

Happy birthday, pop!

Pop would have been 51 today. I had shows for No Filter that weekend and mom sponsored the October 3rd show to offer it to him. Of course, on the morning of October 4th we celebrated by hearing mass with the family and his loyal fans on the site of his grave in Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.

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Happy birthday, mom!

We celebrated mom’s birthday by bringing her back to the 90’s! Great idea by Maxx, of course! She should totally be a party planner. We celebrated in Milky & Sunny, Makati. My mom’s favorite restaurant ❤️ Maxx and I assumed we’d be the only ones in costume as usual but in all fairness — people started trickling in looking straight out of the 90’s!!!

Hanging decorations before mom arrived
Hanging decorations before mom arrived
I cut out these letters on cartolina and used nylon string to hang
I cut out these letters on cartolina and used nylon string to hang
Maxx got an assortment of 90's chocolates and candy
Maxx got an assortment of 90’s chocolates and candy
Nic bought some old school toys to complete the 90's vibe
Nic bought some old school toys to complete the 90’s vibe

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Grammy arrived wearing her clothes, bag and shoes exactly how we remembered in the 90’s. Obviously I was so amused!

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Dibaaaa
Dibaaaa
Frank and Elmo inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Frank and Elmo inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Maxx and Robby
Maxx and Robby
Being totally 90's or totally jej. You be the judge. Or the jej.
Being totally 90’s or totally jej. You be the judge. Or the jej.

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The cool kids
The cool kids
Janine and Moe
Janine and Moe
Wiliwils on the wheels of steel
Wiliwils on the wheels of steel
Uncle Mic and his girlfriend as Forest Gump and a Tommy Hilfiger model!
Uncle Mic and his girlfriend as Forest Gump and a Tommy Hilfiger model!
LOVE IT
LOVE IT
BUBBA GUMP
BUBBA GUMP
Guess what they're looking at
Guess what they’re looking at
Nic was demonstrating a toy that the kids probably saw for the first time. A soldier with his parachute! Do you guys remember that??
Nic was demonstrating a toy that the kids probably saw for the first time. A soldier with his parachute! Do you guys remember that??
Jim and The Jackstones
Jim and The Jackstones
Gone fishing
Gone fishing
Don't ask ?
Don’t ask ?
We take jackstones very seriously!!
We take jackstones very seriously!!

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Millennials ?
Millennials ?
Maxx and I hosted a 90's trivia game
Maxx and I hosted a 90’s trivia game
People got pretty competitive ?
People got pretty competitive ?
Preparing the Flat Top birthday cake
Preparing the Flat Top birthday cake

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!
Hugging the (self-proclaimed) favorite child ?
Hugging the (self-proclaimed) favorite child ?

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❤️❤️❤️
❤️❤️❤️

That wasn’t the only celebration for mom! Because ate Unna wasn’t able to make it because she wasn’t feeling very well, it’s a good thing we had another celebration the following night. It was the exclusive opening of new Japanese restaurant Ogawa in The Fort and they gave mom and the family the biggest private room for the night!

Ze firstborn!
Ze firstborn!
The food was amazing, of course
The food was amazing, of course
The prices are so affordable too! Set menu meals are only around 350-450 bucks!
The prices are so affordable too! Set menu meals are only around 350-450 bucks!

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Arkin would turn 16 2 days later when this photo was taken!
Arkin would turn 16 2 days later when this photo was taken!
He's grown up so fast huhuhu - BTW since the owner of Ogawa also owns Tony Roma's below, you're allowed to order from there as well. Arkin ordered this massive rootbeer float, as you can see.
He’s grown up so fast huhuhu – BTW since the owner of Ogawa also owns Tony Roma’s below, you’re allowed to order from there as well. Arkin ordered this massive rootbeer float, as you can see.
Mama ❤️
Mama ❤️
Isn't she lovely? And so punk rock too. Look at that earring!
Isn’t she lovely? And so punk rock too. Look at that earring!
Elmo
Elmo
Frank and Denise
Frank and Denise
Elmo, Clara, mama
Elmo, Clara, mama
Ate Unna and Bryan
Ate Unna and Bryan

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Thank you, Ogawa!

Happy birthday, Arkin!

For Arkin’s birthday, we decided to have lunch at Ooma in Megamall. It was the day before my flight to Europe, too! It was my first time at Ooma and hey, believe the hype. The food is amazing! “Ooma” is a play on the Japanese word “umai” which does NOT mean sawa haha — on the contrary it means GOOD. Well, we said maybe this is also kind of an extension of mom’s celebrations because it can also translate to “Oo, Ma!” Hahaha.

Kani salad was TDF. That's internet-speak for To Die For.
Kani salad was TDF. That’s internet-speak for To Die For.
Gyoza
Gyoza
Corn and Oyster Kaki-age
Corn and Oyster Kaki-age
Spicy Tuna Maki
Spicy Tuna Maki
California Taco-Maki (SOBRANG SARAP)
California Taco-Maki (SOBRANG SARAP)
Ebi and Kani Aburi Maki
Ebi and Kani Aburi Maki
Brushing of the Kikkoman instead of dipping
Brushing of the Kikkoman instead of dipping
Gyudon
Gyudon
Tempura
Tempura
Mama and Clara
Mama and Clara
Ate Unna was matching with Lulu ?
Ate Unna was matching with Lulu ?

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Hello xx
Hello xx
Bathroom break
Bathroom break
Then I had to say good bye :(((((
Then I had to say good bye :(((((
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARQ!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARQ!!

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xxx OHANA
xxx OHANA

OKAY, GUYS, THAT’S IT FOR ME. Just had to squeeze in a blog post!! Don’t you worry, I’ve been taking a lot of photos here in Europe!! Sorry about the typos and whatever, will edit later. Right now I’ve got to go eat more pizza and kiss my husband.

With ♥ from Rome,
SAAB

Date Night: 12/10

Since getting married, the one thing Jim and I haven’t gotten used to is making time for “date night.” I think it’s because we both really just enjoy staying home, curling up on the couch to watch a movie. The only time we go out is when Cheats has gigs or if there’s a get together with friends and family. Our parents have been reminding us to set aside one day a week to go out on a date where it’s just the two of us. I understand the importance of this but when your week is packed with gigs and you have to get up early for work the next day, free nights are so tempting to use for staying home and playing DOTA together. Although it’s so much fun killing heroes and trash talking all the jejes in DOTA-world, we agreed that we really should go on more dates outside of our condo.

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Jim asked me to free my Monday night last week because he had made reservations for us at 12/10 – a restaurant I’d been wanting to try for months. It was such a nice surprise and I felt like a 17-year-old again when I had 4 outfit changes, anticipating his text that he was on his way to pick me up from work.

My love!!
My love!!

We got to a dimly lit 12/10 with just a handful of people inside. Good idea to go on a Monday night!

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We ordered a number of dishes because they only serve small plates. I think it’s perfect for a date. Before the food arrived, we ordered our favorite cocktail: The Old Fashioned.

Old Fashioned -- a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind
Old Fashioned — a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind

Our plates were served one by one – so we could fully enjoy each dish. And enjoy, we did.

TUNA: kyuri, sriracha, ebiko, panko, nori / Php250
TUNA: kyuri, sriracha, ebiko, panko, nori / Php250
SALMON - juniper infused vinegar, cream, gotu kola / Php260
SALMON – juniper infused vinegar, cream, gotu kola / Php260
KATSU SANDO: yuzu kosho, cabbage, kyuri, tare, steamed bun / Php260
KATSU SANDO: yuzu kosho, cabbage, kyuri, tare, steamed bun / Php260
SALMON KUSHIYAKI: truffle oil, curry, corn flakes, black sesame, aonori / Php290
SALMON KUSHIYAKI: truffle oil, curry, corn flakes, black sesame, aonori / Php290

We also ordered the Onigiri which is the closest thing they have to sushi. It’s spicy tuna, foie gras and balsamic maple syrup wrapped in nori. I didn’t get to take a picture of it but I’ll do you one better: WE HAVE A VIDEO REVIEW. Lelz.

As you know I just got my Sony A6000 and I can’t stop using it. It was the first time we used it to take videos that night and I’m really happy with how it captured the audio, I really thought we wouldn’t be heard at all. YAY, SONY!! Wag niyo na pansinin yung lipstick ko ha sobrang di ako nakapag re-apply before shooting the video hahaha wala namang sinabi si Jim!!

Definitely looking forward to more date nights with my love!

12/10 is located at 7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati and is open Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 11pm. www.facebook.com/twelvetenph

BTW, I just came home from a meeting with the wonderful people behind Linya-Linya. Look at the super cute shirt they gave me that I think is super apt for this blog post. Hahaha

You Had Me At Hilaw
You Had Me At Hilaw

Check out Linya-Linya’s Facebook page, they’re launching an official online store real soon: www.facebook.com/anglinyalinya

♥,
Saab