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Tatami at Serendra

Today has been a very easy day, even though I have been able to sneak in several hours of work. Late in the afternoon, I decided to go to Serendra and Bonifacio High Street - locations which I haven't visited in almost a year, I think. While there were still a lot of people - a little too much for comfort - it was still much better compared to Megamall on a Sunday. So anyway, after roaming around for a while, hunger pangs started to kick in. With so many choices, I really couldn't make up my mind. I ended up at this Japanese restaurant called Tatami. It was the quietest place in the area, and Japanese is always good for me, so I thought why not. As it turned out, it's nothing to write home about. It wasn't bad, but it was poor. I had the Tatami Style Tuna Sashimi and Miso Soup for starters. The tuna sashimi was okay, although the cut could have been better. The was more like water than miso. 'Nuff said. Tatami Style Tuna Sashimi I tried the Ebi Ch

I Blame My Job

Around two years ago, I was able to kick myself and summoned enough energy, motivation, and discipline to get off my butt and lose weight. The results were awesome, if I say so myself. There really is nothing like regular exercise and moderate food intake. Two years down the road, I have gained considerable weight and can't seem to get that groove back. I have tried so many things. Believe me, I have tried. I just can't seem to make myself regularly jog, walk, run or whatever. And the food... I blame my job. One of the things I do for my job is to work on a site that's all about recipes (this calls for a separate post, I think). It's one of the things I have been working on for the past year, and boy, does it serve as an ever present temptation. I love to cook, but working on recipes and photos of scrumptious food simply doesn't help with self control. Not that I have a lot of that. (Now if my job were working on a fitness portal...NOOOOO!) Then again, if I

Craving Italian Food? Casa Nostra is THE Place to Go!

I have a weakness for most things Italian. I'd die to spend some time in Italy just roaming the streets in amazement. I love hearing the Italian language spoken. I remember Elizabeth Gilbert saying it is the world's sexiest language. I used to think it was French, but having interacted more with people from Italy and France in the past years, I think that Italian does have an edge. Then there's the food. Glorious Italian food! Who doesn't love Italian food? I doubt that you can find more than a handful of people who are not enamored with Italian food! Having professed (for the nth time, actually) my love for Italian food, I guess I should now say how I am always on the lookout for good Italian food in Manila. There are a couple of decent restaurants that I regularly visit, but it is always a great adventure to find a new place that offers something better. And believe me, I think I just found the ultimate Italian restaurant in this part of the world. I know I am n

When You Don't Feel Like Cooking, There's Almost Gourmet!

I love good food. I love to eat, and I love to cook. I even love going to the supermarket and stocking up on things that I can use in the kitchen. Yeah, weird it may be, but I find grocery shopping therapeutic. Expensive therapy, actually. There are times, though, when I simply do not have the time to cook. Sure, I work at home, and for all intents and purposes, I have control over my time. I can take a break when I need to, but that does not mean that there is always time to take breaks. Many days, I find myself scrambling for time. (Whether it's because of the work load or because of my time management skills - or lack of it - I will not dwell on right now.) So what do I do during those moments that I do not feel like cooking or I don't have time to cook? Lucky girl that I am, I have Almost Gourmet to turn to. Almost Gourmet is a food delivery service owned by a friend of mine, Joyce. It all started out in the office where we used to work together. Her home co

Where to Stay in Bohol: Dumaluan Beach Resort

Three years ago, when I first visited Panglao Island in Bohol, I was at a loss as to where to stay. Luckily enough, a friend pointed me in the right direction: Dumaluan Beach Resort . This resort is right beside the famous Bohol Beach Club, so you basically get the same beach. I did have a great experience when I went there is 2009 and thought that Dumaluan was the obvious choice when planning the trip earlier this year. One thing's for sure - the beach is just as beautiful as I remembered. The sand just as fine and powdery. The water still as beautiful. I did forget that there can be a lot of seaweed floating near the shore. They staff does do a good job of cleaning it up everyday, though. That being said, I was rather disappointed upon arriving. It was not bad, really, but the resort management was busy making improvements on the premises. While I understand their sentiments, I think that they didn't get it quite right. What used to be almost rustic and cozy bec