Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kalesa Fiestahan (Binmaley Rd Pangasinan)

4:48:00 AM
A kalesa (also known as caritela or karitela) is a horse-drawn calash used in the Philippines. It was one mode of transportation introduced to the islands in the 18th century by Spanish colonizers, and was initially reserved for only nobles and high-ranking civic officials. 
A decorated Kalesa near the entrance
We were in Lingayen Pangasinan over the weekend and was searching for a nice place to eat. Using Waze as our guide to search for places near the area, it pointed us out to Kalesa.

We were fortunate because Kalesa opened the day before (July 28, 2017). Restaurant-style is buffet. They offered mostly Filipino dishes with a mix of some sushi in the appetizer area.

Upon getting in, ushers will direct you to the counter where you have to pay Php295 per person. Then you may get to choose a table then buffet away!

The entrance. Opening day flowers were still at the entrance when we were there
Imagine Cabalen but better. (Because it was new?) Anyway, from those that I remembered they were offering the following:
  • Patatim 
  • Kare-Kare
  • Menudo
  • Lechon Paksiw
  • Lechon Kawali
  • Meatballs
  • Beef Steak
  • Afritada
  • Laing
  • Onion Rings
  • Two or three shell dishes (I think)
  • Choice of Yang Chao or  Plain Rice
  • Ampalaya cor carne
  • Salmon sinigang
  • Bulalo soup
  • Lumpiang sariwa
  • Sashimi
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Vegetable Salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Camote fries
  • Turon
  • Fruits
  • Halo-halo
They also offer a pitcher of iced tea or blue lemonade for Php 100.
According to my husband and my mom, the following were winners:
  • Kare-kare πŸ‘
  • Camote friesπŸ‘
  • LaingπŸ‘
  • PatatimπŸ‘
  • Sinigang na salmon πŸ‘
Winners meaning you can't resist but go back for seconds (or third) helpings. 

We  arrived there at around 5:30 pm and  believe me when I tell you that the place quickly filled up. There were some dishes that people seemed to be scrambling to get a lot! Lol! Agawan sa iba that I find myself almost rushing as well. hahahah πŸ˜‚

All in all, I think the place was worth going back to. That is, when we go back to this province. πŸ˜…

Friday, June 23, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Captured: Transition

5:43:00 PM
Taken 3 years ago but the message still applies. Good morning 😊

"Transition period, when the dark tries to hold on, but eventually light illuminates everything in its path... and everything moves as it should. That is life. For every darkness, light arrives." 20170613

Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Vikings Birthday

5:38:00 AM
May is a month of celebrations in our family. Aside from mother's day, it is also the month when my Mom and Junjie celebrate their birthdays.

This year, I reserved again for Vikings for the family. Free meal for Junjie and my Mom. 😝 We also found out that my grandmother already have the 50% off privilege. She is 87 by the way 😊 

I would no longer write here about the Vikings buffet. What we liked is how the Vikings team greeted and made all the celebrants feel special. And they really did the rounds with high energy for each table with celebrants. Kudos to the Vikings team! πŸ‘

Here are some snapshots of the night. 

Happy birthday Jie and Nay! πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸ»πŸ₯‚





Thursday, May 25, 2017

I never understand until I became one

11:47:00 PM
It was my first mother’s day…

Mother’s day has always been like an ordinary day for me. Growing up, it was never in my consciousness. Of course, I greeted my mom, bought the traditional cakes, or at times, treated my family for lunch or dinner, especially after my father died… But it was just that, a regular day. No accompanying emotions.

Then I gave birth in February. First few days of May, my colleagues were already greeting me in advance.

And it was surreal. Three months into motherhood and I have become quite weepy. I know I still have not done big sacrifices, but looking at my daughter makes me realize how lucky I am to experience the joy of holding one’s own child, and how I would try to do what I can for this little being that I hold in my hands. Late nights, lack of sleep, no going outs – all worth it for just the feel of my daughter in my hands.

I was very touched when artist friend Hapiskull honored me with an illustration of me and my daughter for this year’s mother’s day. Another friend who is also a new mom was right when she said that Mother’s day is like a birthday with the numerous greetings. And only a mom would appreciate all the greetings. And it was like my birthday. In a way it is, my birthday as a mom. 😊

A memorable first mother’s day for me, all in all. And this illustration is something that will mark my first year in this new role, a life-long commitment to be the best that I can be for my daughter. 

(You can check out Hapiskull’s other illustrations here. You may also want to like his page. πŸ‘πŸ˜Š)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


5:45:00 AM

Slept the whole afternoon with Baby Elora. After all, it was time to catch up also on my Zzz's. Tonight she woke up. And when i thought she will stay up, she slept on my chest. Cannot explain the feeling 😊😍 #giddywithlove

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Indescribable #love

1:58:00 AM
Fell in love with you the first time I laid eyes on you.

Start of a new chapter
When the lady has become a mom.
Waited my whole life for you, my baby
Constant prayers and care, for you to be well.
Now that I have held you in my arms
Unspeakable joy, a shift in perspective.
An extension of my life, our love.
Welcome my baby.
May I be worthy of your life.
-20170215, 6:06am

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Burgery, Circuit Makati

1:35:00 AM
Prepare to get your hands dirty when you savor The Burgery's fare. That, we did, and enjoyed it. As a starter, we ordered their wings and potato wedges.

Since I was late, I didn't get to take a picture of their wedges. Though for me, it was nothing extraordinary.

Their wings came with vegetable sticks and blue cheese. I was saving my appetite for the burger so after trying one, I just munched on the vegetable sticks.

Then came my burger. It was pure goodness. Big Al was one big patty, bacon, lettuce, onion and bbq sauce. Prepare to have the sauce drip on your hands while eating it. Or perhaps I just did not hold it properly. LOL. That one burger was a little too big for me but I finished it anyway. What can i say? I can't resist!

Big Al
Jie and Papa Baldo both ordered the King Pin. It was 2 beef patties, cheese and bacon. And yes, their hands were dripping with sauce too while they were eating it. And it must have tasted good as well as both finished it, way before I finished mine :)
King Pin Burger
Burgery is located at the Circuit Makati. There is also a branch at BF Homes, Paranaque.




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