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Sweet Provocation

There are days when you just want to let yourself go and forget about diet and just give in. And this weekend, that’s just what I did. Sweet freedom!

Homemade banana split

Platter of pastries from Paris Delice

I tried this a second time and I still think it’s a ‘hyped’ version of cream-filled lady fingers.

Hot chocolate mint drink on a rainy Saturday.

Graham Chocolate Cream Cheese made by moi 😉

Spread some condensed milk over your old bread; pop it in the toaster; and wait for the milk to bubble and burn a bit. Simple yummy afternoon snack 😀

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Beachin’ at Laiya, Batangas

When my sister is here, it is imperative that we visit the beach because inasmuch as there are castles and fancy architecture in the UK, beaches are close to nonexistence there. Plus the sun is rarely ever out in gloomy Oxford so when they visit, we just have to roast ourselves so her British colleagues will turn green with envy at how tan she is.

We went north to Bataan last year so we went south this time to Laiya, Batangas. If you leave early from Manila, you can pretty much get there in three hours.

We left early and didn’t make our usual stopover for breakfast at the SLEX; instead, we traveled all the way to Lipa before we had our breakfast. That way, we had a lot of headstart and escaped the early traffic at some choke points on the way to Laiya. 

Hello Laiya! This is at Kabayan Beach Resort.

Guess what he's selling? 😉

Get tattooed by the beach. It's located between Kabayan and Laiya White Cove Resorts.

A rather idyllic scene at the Laiya White Cove Beach Resort.

They sure are proud of their sandcastle.

Definitely proud of his beach bod @__@

We bought this Ice Munggo from Tatang. It was just too hot then but no one seems interested to buy so we got 7 and let him keep all the change. Tatang thanked us so profusely it almost turned me into a mush 😦

This pretty much describes just how delicious the ice cream was. It wasn't spectacular but because it's from Tatang, it's definitely good 😉

This beach scene is fairly reminiscent of this one particular summer. 😉

Though really not contented with our tan yet, we had to head back to Manila as we have kids with us so we packed our stuff and had some heavy afternoon bellyfest of bulalo and lomi.

When in Batangas, no matter how hot the weather is, Bulalong Batangas is something you don't pass up. Ever. Marimar is a simple resto by the gasoline station but it serve one mean rockin' bulalo.

Sevilla's Lomi is right beside Marimar. Try eating your lomi with a dipping of soy sauce, calamansi and chili. m/

Saba con Yelo is just too perfect for the hot weather.

Now this Leche Flan perfectly capped off our heavy afternoon "snacks" (.^_^.)

Because as always, I just can't help myself. And I had to drag my niece into it. (.^_^.)

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Cheap Caffeine Fixes

I am a certified caffeine junkie and I’ve recently discovered some cheap coffee treasures at the supermarket.

Cappuccino for just P8.00 and it comes with chocolate powder too!

These other cheap coffee fixes can be had for less than P10 each and they are surprisingly good too, hot or cold. With the super hot weather now, I love it iced. So do the math, a grande iced cappuccino at coffee shops cost around P130. You can have more than 13 of these for the price of one.

Nescafe Gold retails for around P47 for a pack of 5; while Trung Nguyen G7, the famous and delicious Vietnamese coffee, retails for around P72 per box of 10. A neighborhood supermarket sells this by piece, which is a good idea for people who want to try it first. Believe me, this tastes good!

Wickedly cheap, good coffee

But being the coffee junkie that I am, I will still go to a coffee shop, do people watching, surf on my phone or my netbook or just read a good book. (^_^)

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Starbucks 40th Anniversary

I am a certified caffeine freak and I love Starbucks (and Coffee Bean, Seattle’s Best among others) and what better way to celebrate their 40th anniversary last March 8 than to give free upsize? Yay! So I drowned myself in my ever favorite Espresso Frap. Love it!

And they launched their new wordless logo too. Just like any change, I’m sure there are commotions and violent reactions over it. People have identified with the old logo already and it takes a while to get used to the new one. I’m thinking maybe it’s their way of making the logo speak for the brand; like when people see the mythological siren, people will associate it with Starbucks. But what do I know?

So…. I will just enjoy my coffee and let the others whine over the change.

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puts foot under one leg… opens my book…

sips my coffee… this is life!

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Note:

Starbucks Glorietta 5 is now open. You can use your coupon (if you have the planner) here!

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Paris Délice

Paris Délice is worth dropping by for its delish breads and pastries. Whether for breakfast, lunch, snack or coffee bonding, you will not regret braving the often busy street of Makati Avenue just to grab a quick bite at this quaint pastry shop.

Their best-seller is the Chocolat Beignet (P85), which oozes with rich delectable chocolate with every bite. My brother is not a fan of chocolate but he easily wolfed this one down. Croissant and the pastry that looks similar to the cream puff we know are good too.

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