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A Bite of the BLT

26 Nov

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When in Hongkong, we always make it a point to eat at our favorite burger place called Triple O’s.  But during this trip, we wanted to give other burgers a chance.  Hehe!  We would often pass this burger place called BLT but the lines were always super long.  Luckily, we were already hungry at around 6pm and the place was not busy yet.  We just wanted a light dinner.  Yes, burgers are considered light for this “matakaw” family 🙂

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BLT Burger is also located in New York and Las Vegas.  We have already tried BLT in Vegas a few years ago but I don’t remember how it tasted anymore 🙂

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Meet my lovely parents 🙂 I love travelling with these two, matibay pa rin sa lakaran! 🙂 They eat like birds though.  Haha!

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My makulit boys! 🙂 Whenever I say smile, guys, they always do this.

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Waiting for our burgers…

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Orders have arrived! 🙂 So we all ordered the combo #2 which is the BLT Burger with fries, coleslaw and soda.  Dante and I got our own burgers and my parents split one 🙂  This meal costs HK$162 each.  Pretty pricey for a burger, that’s approximately Php972 per meal.  But it does look like they prepared it with love.  LOL!  It looks so perfect 🙂

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What’s in the BLT?  7oz. grilled certified black Angus beef with double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato with BLT burger sauce.

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Damien’s favorite… French Fries 🙂

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Take a look inside my burger 🙂  Perfect layers of beef, bacon, pickles, onions and tomatoes 🙂

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Happy tummies, happy family! 🙂

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It was definitely a good burger, medyo mahal lang but I enjoyed every expensive bite! Haha! 🙂

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BLT Burger is located at Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong 🙂

 

 

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Food Republic in Silvercord

25 Nov

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Food Republic is my favorite food court in Hongkong 🙂  They’re located at the Silvercord Mall where H&M is and also Rococo, my favorite HK brand 🙂  This is where we always have our first meal when we arrive in Hongkong.  Hehe… And I always go to the Glorious BBQ King to get my asado and roast duck fix! Aaaaahhh… so good.

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The meal I get comes with soup.

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Here it is… a plate of my favorite glorious bbq king meal!!! 🙂  OMG… I dip these in plum and oyster sauce.

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Of course some veggies to make me feel less guilty about what I’m about to eat.

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Another favorite dish of mine is from this Taiwanese stall.  Eggplant with minced beef.  Spicy! 🙂

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And these pork dumplings, a MUST.

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I can eat here everyday! 🙂 Why oh why, Hongkong, why do you always make me gain weight?! 🙂

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Silvercord is located at Canton Road, Hongkong 🙂

My Little Pastry

25 Nov

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One thing I love about Hongkong is their food.  And not just Chinese food but all sorts of things you see along the way.  Like this Danish Bar, which is actually a part of the Little Mermaid Bakery, a Japanese bakery that we first saw in Japan 🙂

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Oh my, these Danish Balls are hot and crispy!  I love croissants and these are like bite-sized versions of a croissant.  This is the plain one which I loved!

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And Dante, of course, got the chocolate one 🙂

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Weeee… I love these.  My new favorite little pastry 🙂

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This was somewhere in City Super, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong! 🙂

Spring Rolls and Baguettes

10 Sep

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Dante and I, once a year, we always have that trip… the “let’s go somewhere we’ve never been before” trip.  Hehe!  This year it was Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 🙂  We didn’t know what to expect.  We didn’t have any itinerary.  The plan was to eat, sleep and be merry for four days.

Our first authentic Vietnamese meal was at this place called Nha Hang Ngon 🙂  Recommended by a friend and was also suggested by the concierge at our hotel.  It was a really nice place!  It didn’t look so much like a restaurant but more like someone’s house 🙂

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First we had the salad roll with shrimp and pork.  These are dishes rolled with rice papers 🙂

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Personally I’m not fond of bland, green, healthy stuff.  Haha!  But Dante loves these 🙂

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But in fairness to this salad roll, it tasted really fresh! 🙂

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Moving on to another dish, I ordered the fried pork and crab spring rolls served with vermicelli and fresh herbs 🙂 I liked this very much!  It’s like an extra large lumpiang Shanghai 🙂 Hehe…

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Can’t live without rice.  We ordered the steamed broken rice with grilled pork chop 🙂

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I also ordered fresh grape juice 🙂

We only spent about Php400.00 for this meal!  How reasonable for a great lunch!  And it was a really nice place 🙂  Would definitely recommend this place when in Ho Chi Minh 🙂

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Another place the concierge lady at the hotel recommended was Nhu Lan 🙂  I told her I wanted Banh Mi and she told us to go here.

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I was so amazed how reasonable the prices were in Ho Chi Minh! We can totally eat all we want here! Haha!

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This Banh Mi place had a different vibe from the first restaurant we ate in 🙂  The first place was more pang date-date.  This place had a carinderia vibe which is what I loved about this place 🙂

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Came at the right time 🙂

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I first tried Banh Mi at this vegetarian place called Wabi Sabi at The Collective, Makati 🙂  I am so not a vegatarian nor do I love eating vegetables but I really fell in love with the Banh Mi in Wabi Sabi.  It tasted like real meat.  Haha!

Below, my friends, is the real deal 🙂  Banh Mi means bread… a baguette, specifically, that was introduced by the French 🙂  It’s a sandwich with meat and vegetables 🙂  LOVE THIS.

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A closer look at my Banh Mi 🙂

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Of course, again, we need rice.  LOL!  So ordered barbecued pork with rice with our Banh Mi.  Haha!

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Dante’s favorite… more spring rolls.  You can have them both, Dants 🙂

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This is the meat they put inside the Banh Mi 🙂

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And the perfect looking baguettes 🙂  They remind of me of the texture of your rings, Dants!  Haha! 🙂

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Saya kumain sa Vietnam, affordable na, masarap pa!  Puro gulay pero ok lang… paminsan minsan lang naman.  Haha! 🙂

Market Market in Vietnam

27 Aug

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One of the places I had to go back to several times when we were in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was the Ben Thanh Market.  It kind of reminded me of our typical “tiangge” in Greenhills.  The difference was I pretty much memorized what they sell in Greenhills already because I’m always there.  Haha!  But here at Ben Thanh, I had to look carefully at each stall and check out the local goods! 🙂

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Looks familiar, right?  Parang nasa Greenhills lang 🙂

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“Like a moth to a flame…”  – Dante.  This is the line I always hear Dante saying to himself when I start approaching stalls that sell cute things… 🙂  Haha!  Well, “That’s the way love goes…” – Janet Jackson.

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Was tempted to buy a tea set… But I drink coffee more than tea.

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Beads! Beads! Colorful beads and things!!! 🙂  (“Like a moth to a flame…” – Dante)

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One of my great finds at Ben Thanh! 🙂 I couldn’t leave this crocheted doll behind…  SOOOO ADORABLE 🙂

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Aside from all these trinkets and cute Vietnamese dolls and souvenirs, there are also so many stalls selling candies, nuts and other snacks I have never really seen before.

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Lots of dried fruits 🙂

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And oh my goodness… coffee everywhere!!!

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There is also a wet market at the back 🙂

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Food stalls in the center selling drinks with all sorts of beans and jellies and Vietnamese food.

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We did spend most of our time at the coffee bean stalls.  The beans smelled so good and fresh!

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Out of all the coffee beans, we chose to take home “Weasel”.

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Lots of it 🙂  They smelled like chocolate 🙂

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While waiting, the coffee lady made me try some sampaloc candy!  OMG 🙂  I’ll take some!  I only bought 1/2 kilo.  I wish I bought more!  It was the best sampaloc candy everrrr….

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While waiting for our coffee beans, sampaloc candy and dried fruits to be packed, picture muna! 🙂

I really enjoyed seeing the local Vietnamese goods here in Ben Thanh.  Medyo nataranta ako.  Haha!

Ok, fine, I am a moth.

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A Home Away From Home In Vigan

4 Aug

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Last May 14 to 16, 2014, I had an on location shoot for Style Weekend Magazine in Vigan City.  It was my first time to go there and I was so excited.  I’ve always wanted to go here.  I know this is such a late post but I was reminded about this beautiful place because of a recent post by @peterjuan who was in Vigan with my handmade Batman! 🙂 Hehe…  I truly loved Vigan 🙂 It was so worth the eight-hour road trip!!!

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go 🙂

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Arrived in Vigan City during sunset…

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Check out our home away from home in Vigan 🙂 There were just too many pretty things to see in this hotel! We stayed in Hotel Luna, a very charming Museum Hotel, the first of its kind in the Philippines.  This used to be an old mansion just like a lot of the places here 🙂

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Check out their lobby…

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So many beautiful things to see 🙂

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It really was like being in a museum! 🙂  These artworks were in the dining room 🙂

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Then outside, in the middle of the hotel, is where the pool is 🙂

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The extension of the coffee shop.  Look how pretty this hotel is 🙂

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I felt like I was little orphan, Annie, inside this beautiful mansion 🙂

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This was the view from outside the rooms 🙂

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Loved our room 🙂

 

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And this… the highlight of my bathroom experience.  Haha! 🙂

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They served us excellent meals.  But I was only able to take my breakfast during the first day.  Haha! 🙂  Breakfast, my favorite meal when out of town because I don’t normally eat breakfast at home 🙂  Of course, there’s Vigan longganisa in the mix!

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And my perfect sunny side up 🙂

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Coffee.  Black.

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When we arrived inside the hotel, we were looking for places in the hotel to shoot in…  And we had such a hard time choosing because every corner of this hotel is photogenic! 🙂

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Thank God for sunny weather!

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Loved the ceilings inside the coffee shop.

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And this was the view from the rooftop of Hotel Luna 🙂

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Meet these gorgeous ladies 🙂  Valerie, our fashion stylist for this shoot, and Anna, our model 🙂

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It was an all girls team! 🙂  Loved working with such talented and funny ladies! Meet Miss Helen, our hairstylist from L’oreal Professionel,  Mau, our photographer, assisted by Kat and our dearest Clara from Style Weekend 🙂

I will be posting more behind-the-scenes photos of what went on in Vigan but for now hope you enjoyed this little tour of Hotel Luna.  There is still more to see in the hotel which I haven’t included yet.

Thank you so much to the staff of Hotel Luna for being so accommodating and helpful, especially regarding our important concerns such as where to find Vigan empanada and longganisa, etc! Hehe… 🙂

We loved the hotel and would highly recommend Hotel Luna if you’re planning a trip to Vigan!  Class talaga! 🙂

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Have a great week ahead, my friends! 🙂  Happy Monday! 🙂

 

A Binondo Wok

7 Jun

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Meeting place was Binondo Church at 9am 🙂 But first I lit a candle for thanksgiving.

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I always pass this Church when I’m on my way to Divisoria.  But I never saw the inside.

What a beautiful Church!

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Cute trinkets.

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I have always wanted to join this Binondo Food Tour.  And since my sister was in town, we decided to book four slots last Saturday, May 31, 2014.  It was me, my sister, mom and dad.  I think I was the most excited.  I love food, especially Chinese food.

This blog post is a little bit long and it will show you what we did during the entire tour.  Haha!  Scroll down if you have the time or if you’ve already taken the tour.  Warning to those who haven’t:  Spoiler alert!  Haha! 🙂

This Binondo Food Tour was brought to you by Old Manila Walks. 🙂

We begin with a little bit of history… 🙂

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My sister and I just had coffee that morning.  Saved our stomach for all the food we’re about to eat! 🙂

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It was a lazy, catty morning 🙂

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Goodmorning from our dear tour guide, Ivan Man Dy 🙂

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Hot tea for everyone.

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The tour begins with our appetizers 🙂

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 A very fresh lumpia… 🙂  There was so much filling, I felt like I was eating a burrito 🙂

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My dad about to try the fresh lumpia 🙂

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This is what’s inside 🙂

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On our way to the next stop, saw some fresh fruit stands 🙂

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Beautiful colors.  Beautiful morning 🙂

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At our next stop 🙂

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So excited to find out what we’ll be eating next 🙂

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Ivan brings out a plate full of “kuchay”!!! My favorite Chinese empanada 🙂  YUMMERS.

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This was sooooo good.

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A plate full of extra large tofu! 🙂

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A plate of spicy pansit.  LOVE.

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Ivan told us that the owner of this little restaurant was Amah Pilar 🙂  She opened this restaurant at the age of sixty.  It’s never too late to open up your own business! 🙂

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Outside the restaurant, there is an abundant supply of tofu 🙂

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So many interesting food to see in the streets of Binondo.

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Can you guess what some of these are? 🙂

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On our way to the next destination, cute girl scouts were selling yema 🙂  Yema for everyone!!! Thanks, Ivan 🙂

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My dad, mom and Ate ready for the third course.  LOL! 🙂  Kaya pa???

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They make the dumplings by the entrance for everyone to see 🙂

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But the secret is in the filling 🙂

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I wonder how many they make in a day!

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Manong Taho!!! 🙂

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Taho for everyone!  Who doesn’t love taho?!?! 🙂

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Special sauce for the dumplings.

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More tea?

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Dong Bei Dumplings!!! 🙂 Winner!!!

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My mom’s favorite 🙂

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“Pancakes”, anyone? 🙂 These were so yummy, too!

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Chicken with an Indian twist 🙂

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The next stop was a little stall that sold fried siopao 🙂

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I was already so full so I took home my fried siopao and had it at home for merienda.  My only regret… Not taking more fried siopao home!  I can’t stop thinking about these!!!  I have to go back to Binondo ASAP for these.

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Bicho Bicho! 🙂  This is so good with sugar and some hot chocolate.  But maybe not on that very very very hot day 🙂

Reminds me of churros! 🙂

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I am so not good at directions.  I really didn’t know exactly where we were 🙂 Haha!  But these street signs may help.

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A quick stop at a “sari-sari” store.  Sari-saring snacks and preserved food 🙂

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Yummy treats and snacks 🙂

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My favorite, good ‘ol cornicks 🙂

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My dad enjoying all the snacks handed to him.  Haha!  Going strong!!! 🙂

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I’ve never eaten so much within three hours.  Oh wait, yes, I think I have…  Haha!

So this was our final stop! 🙂  Before we go, picture picture first with our super fun tour guide, Ivan! 🙂  Thanks so much, Ivan, for the tour!  We enjoyed all the places you took us to and we’ll definitely be back in Binondo.  And I won’t forget to take out my fried siopao (as in maraming fried siopao!) next time! Hehe…

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That was really the perfect way to spend our Saturday morning 🙂  Thanks also to my super talented sister, my Ate Candy, for taking this photo of me and my folks.  Never had a happier photo with them 🙂  I will remember this image forever! 🙂

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Sio-meow, anyone? 🙂