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Littlenars tried the Manila Bay Dinner Cruise

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

On a personal note, I would like to tell you my readers that my relationship with Nigel (my boyfriend) is not that “romantic” kind of thing, girls would fantasize about… We are like best friends and lovers at the same time. I could enumerate circumstances but I’d rather not but I this I tell you… we may even be classified as an “odd” couple for that matter.

Then one day (or night), we decided to be a “normal” couple…

So how about a lovely dinner by the bay… where you can enjoy the cruise along the Manila Bay for almost 1 and a half hour with a live music to serenade you as you eat…

Warning: Do not attempt this stunt if you have motion sickness.

The awkward-haggard faces upon arriving…

Upon arriving at the upper deck of the cruise, “awkwardness” took its place. Tables were formally arranged with all the other couples celebrating their anniversaries and what not. We were not used to that formal dinner for “couples” we just enjoy the comforts of fast foods and restaurants nearby. Yes, this experience is for a change.

Anyhow, we managed… As the cruise started and the music begins to serenade us…

The food was served. This is not a buffet style dinner. Only one plate with one serving for each person complete with desert. No table set-up but the ambiance as we cruise along the bay was enough for the night. The food was okay. Nothing special, unless you pre-requested it to be arranged.

As you know, Manila Bay has this distinct smell but during that time, we didn’t even notice it. Nigel and I conversed as we eat… but as soon as we finished, the waters become rough and the people (older people) started to get dizzy and was all over the place…

The highlight of the night was when the rain poured after 45 minutes of cruising I guess… We didn’t expect it but Nigel and I were noticing the other far side of the bay seemed to be raining already…

We didn’t care of the slight rain, we enjoyed the city lights and the lively SM Mall of Asia but then it poured so hard we were forced to gather at one side of the mini cruise ship because the rain was soaking us already. The crew knew how to manage their costumers but the elders seem to be the problem (nervous breakdown, I guess).

We then went down to the lower deck so that we can be protected from the rain until we decked back to the shoreline.

Still managed to take a picture after the rain...

We didn’t get a discount for that matter but hey, the experience was worthwhile— adventure yet again.

And then I thought, Is that a bad omen for us being a “normal” couple? Nahhh…

Sometimes, we just can’t control everything happening in our lives. Let’s just enjoy our stay in this world while it lasts. Every time is a perfect time when you are with your loved one.

DETAILS FOR THE MANILA BAY CRUISE DINNER

1. Visit Sun Cruises Inc. website and e-mail them regarding your preferred date. For the time you may choose from 4:30PM-5:45PM, 6:15PM-7:30PM, 8:00PM-9:15PM.

We chose the 6:15PM time slot because I thought that the sun sets at around 6PM but I was wrong. LOL. You can choose the earliest time so you can enjoy the Manila Bay sunset.

2. Pay the amount needed Php 550.00 per head.
3. Go to their docking area 30-45 minutes before the time.
4. Enjoy and take pictures.

Once again, thank you Sun Cruises for another good addition to our memory lane.

P.S
Pardon for the poor quality of pictures, I just used my cellphone camera.

Red Ribbon’s New Cakes: Chocolate Heaven | Roses and Kisses Cake

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Red Ribbon never fails to surprise us because they have yet released 2 new cakes for the month of L-O-V-E. Presenting to you the chocolatiest cake that will surely suit your cravings:

Chocolate Heaven

As what its name entails, you will experience heaven as you indulge yourself with it because of its 4-layer combination of creamy of chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse, rich dark chocolate icing and chocolate shaven curls. It really suited my taste because I am a chocolate addict and I super love the classic Chocolate Mousse cake. Chocolate is my energy food. It gets me going. Therefore, Chocolate Heaven, really pumped me up during my late night duties. LOL!

It is up for grabs in all Red Ribbon stores and is available in junior size (P335) and regular size (P560).

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE

Since Red Ribbon is always present in all occasion as they claimed, they continue to prove it by giving us:

Roses and Kisses Cake

a heart-shaped chocolate pound cake designed with edible sugar roses and Hershey’s milk chocolate Kisses on top. Inside it is filled with layers of chocolate fudge filling coated with white icing.

It is now available for pre-order until February 9, 2009 and is available off the shelf in all Red Ribbon branches nationwide from Febraury 12-14, 2010. Roses and Kisses cake is six diameters in size that is worth P330. It is perfectly in time for Valentine’s Day.

The cake is just sweet and creamy enough to add spice to your “sugary” moment and what’s even delighting about it is you can have it personalized and make it extra special by giving a sweet message for a total of 14-character text before and after the “Happy Valentine’s Day”.

What are you waiting for? Try these very luscious cakes now or else….

Keso de Gallo with Eden— LittleNars’ Day 9 of Simbang Gabi

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Simbang Gabi… Misa De Gallo… 9 Mornings… A tradition for Filipino Catholics where in group of friends, families, etc… attends all 9 consecutive dawn masses at 4 or 5AM starting December 16 to December 24, after completing Simbang Gabi, you can have your wish. Simbang Gabi is a time of the year where the Church overflows with people everyday that you wish it’s always Christmas.

I have completed Simbang Gabi 4 times including this year. I have started attending it since 2002. So far, all my wishes were granted. The awesome part was this year’s wish because it was granted even before I finished Simbang Gabi. God is reaaaaally GOOD. He truly never let me down.

My Misa De Gallo experience for year 2009 was different because I attended mass at four different churches. The first day was at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Tagaytay City with my College friends, third day was at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Pateros also with my other College friends and a great way to end it was by attending the last stretch of Kraft Eden Cheese, Keso De Gallo— a nationwide event coinciding with the traditionally celebrated Misa de Gallo.

I, together with my mum and brother, Jeric had the privilege to attend our last day for Simbang gabi at San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, Pampanga. The mass was in Kapampangan and I only followed through the mass because of the order, I even responded in Tagalog. (I was kind of worried if I were able to complete it because I didn’t understand the homily. Hihi). It was my first time to hear a Kapampangan mass and that was a splendid experience.

Parallel to the nine-day Simbang Gabi, Eden brought the goodness of Filipino dishes to Pinoys in nine different towns including Bacolod City, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Naga, Butuan City, Laoag and Pampanga.

After the mass, At least 300 “kabalens” enjoyed the “Cheesy Squash Puto” a recipe done by pupils from the San Matias Elementary School in Pampanga sponsored by Kraft Eden Cheese. I can see those pretty little smiles from them that brightened the whole event after tasting the YUMM-Y Cheesy Squash Puto. You’ll never notice that there was a veggie in it. It was some sort of an alternative for our famous Bibingka and Puto Bumbong every after a Simbang Gabi mass.

Everyone was happy eating, chatting, singing, playing and taking pictures… It was a peaceful, triumphant, and superb event. I felt the warmness of the event even though its really cold outside the Church because I was able to savor this experience with my family—the most important thing of all.

Keso De Gallo as it aims to will explore the wonders of our country’s cuisine while providing an extended feast that will bring joy and delight to as many families as possible, was indeed a great means of celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This event really brought out the true essence of Christmas. Nothing beats sharing, loving and togetherness in this season.

Thank You Kraft Eden Cheese for this wonderful experience.

“Dahil kay rami talgaga nating nagagawa pag may Eden Cheese”

P.S

My mum kept on repeating this experience to our relatives during our family Noche Buena.

5, 845 Dishes with Kraft Eden Cheese on Display, In a Single Day -World YUMM Event

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

And the Filipinos have done it once again.

Kraft Eden Cheese broke the record of the “Most Number on Display, In a Single Day” last December 14, 2009 at the Araneta Coliseum with………

*insert drum roll sound effects here*

5, 845 Palatable Dishes with CHEESE!!!

There were 500 Chefs and 5,000 dishes in the event. Premier culinary school Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) contribute the most of the research and student manpower in the making of the event, with the added help of other schools such as Regina Carmeli, St. Paul University-Manila, Centro Escolar University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, La Consolacion College and Arellano University-Manila.

In the event, there were also contests that the following schools participated. The Grand winner for the Cheese Carving Contest is Centro Escolar University and Grand winner for the Noche Buena Cook-Off Contest is La Consolacion College.

There were a lot of YUMM-Y dishes and I wished I could taste them all! It was my first event with this kind of cause.

With that, I can say, Filipinos have the habit of making a HISTORY!

Here is my previous blogpost http://www.littlenars.com/2009/11/11/be-a-part-of-history-with-kraft-eden-cheese/

D’ Original Maki Haus Restaurant at Banawe St.

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Where is Maki Haus?

That was the question. My mum and I had difficulty in finding it but our effort had been paid of because of their delectable Fookien Style foodies:

D “original” Maki noodles (P95). A thick Chinese soup with undeniable tenderness and juicyness of pork meat. This dish maybe served in a small portion or a large bowl. This “already-a-full-meal-for-me” dish was just the appetizer.

Kiampong (P35). A Chinese version of our Filipino “Paella” rice atop with whole fried peanuts.

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