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Double dose of funny quips

In this blog, there’s a category I dedicated to V called “V Quips”. It’s all about her witty and funny remarks.

Well, she doesn’t stand alone now in the funnies category. Nate’s vocabulary and speech talents have grown in the recent months by leaps and bounds.

Here’s a couple of the duo’s recent riot lines.


V, memorizing a Bible verse for Christian Education test. She quotes a verse in Isaiah, with feelings and actions: “All the grasses may wither and the flowers may fall, but your word shall remain forever.” (imagine her dramatic way of talking and acting.)

She pauses, with an discontented look. “Hmmmm, you know, Mom, it should be: All the grasses may wither and the flowers may fall, but your word shall remain for all. That sounds better, right? It should rhyme…”


(I posted this on my Facebook profile, but I wanted to share it here.)

I hear Nate getting back from his afternoon walk with the neighborhood kids. He races up the stairs and into our bedroom where I was napping. With twinkling eyes and that adorable smile (this little boy will break a lot of hearts), he gives me two gumamela flowers:

Nate to me: “For you! Put it on your ears… I know you love pink… Don’t let it die!”

And the punchline, with a half-wink (he still can’t do a full wink): “Papa never give(s) you flowers…”

All together now: *aawwwwww*

Enter, Miss V to burst the bubble… “You know,  sioti (little brother), Mom’s favorite color is blue. She hates pink.”

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Shi Lin Restaurant at The Podium

My family spent the weekend at Discovery Suites to celebrate the birthday week of V and Nate, whose birthdays are just a week apart. (I got a very good deal from Deal Grocer – 50% off on  overnight accommodation in a one-bedroom suite!) Across our room window we could see Shi Lin Restaurant, a fairly new restaurant at the Podium Mall.

Shi Lin taiwanese restaurant Podium Mall

Shi Lin (“shi” rhymes with “fur”) is a famous night market in Taipei, Taiwan. And I surmise that the restaurant was named after it. As expected, Shi Lin restaurant offers Taiwanese fare.

Among my favorites to eat in Taipei are the street food – deep-fried battered squid rings, chicken fingers, skewered fruits spiced with that signature Taiwanese sweet-salty powder – and pork chop pientong (or bendong or piantong or, as we know it, bento – brought by the Japanese during its colonization of Taiwan).

In Taipei, lunch on weekdays is usually a bento box that consists of a meat dish, two kinds of veggies, rice and a drink (usually Yakult). My in-laws do not have to bring me anywhere fancy; I’m perfectly happy with pork chop pientong!

Shi Lin Restaurant taiwanese pork chop

Shi Lin’s Fried Pork Chop (Php148) did not disappoint – it is so authentic. I loved the distinct Taiwanese sweet-salty flavor (I think it’s five-spice)  and the meat’s tenderness.

Shi Lin Restaurant chicken chop

The Fried Chicken Chop (Php168) is similarly flavored as the pork chop. The cut seems like chicken breast fillet, but it was perfectly done and not dry at all.

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Breakfast at Antonio’s | Tagaytay Road Trip

My friend, Cookie, bought some Deal Grocer vouchers for Breakfast at Antonio’s. So it was the perfect excuse to go on a road-slash-food trip. We finally made the Tagaytay road trip happen!

Breakfast at Antonio's tagaytay road trip

Our itinerary included the Mahogany Market and Bag of Beans. But first stop: Antonio’s.

The first time I went to Breakfast at Antonio’s, I was with hub and the kids. We did not eat though, only ogled at the beautiful place. LOL. I forced husband, however, to promise me we’d go back for a romantic dinner date. To date, the promise is yet to be fulfilled.


Breakfast at Antonio's tagaytay

Upon entering the doors of Antonio’s, we were greeted with this wonderful anteroom that had one wall full of family pictures of, I presume, Antonio. I think this room sets the mood for the rest of the restaurant – beautiful and elegant, yet warm and welcoming.

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Hong Kong Roasted Goose in Sham Tseng

After the China business trip with Hub, I stayed behind in Hong Kong to visit with family. Sister #1, her family and Sister #2 so generously entertained me and squeezed as much as they can into my 4-day stay with them. (Thank you again, ateng Yow, kuya Adrian, ate Mons, and ate Babes! Mwah!)

I know ideally I should be blogging chronologically about the vacation. But since the topic on my blog is poultry, I want to share first about a specialty restaurant near Sister #1’s home.

For lunch on my last day of stay, Kuya Adrian brought me to Sham Tseng in Tsing Lung Tau on the New Territories side of Hong Kong. The order of the day: authentic Hong Kong roasted goose.

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There are many restaurants that serve Hong Kong roasted goose, the specialty of Sham Tseng, along this stretch of Castle Peak Road in Tsing Lung Tau. But Fu Kee Restaurant is the family favorite.

Fu Kee in Sham Tseng hongkong roasted gooseFu Kee Roasted Goose (nice name, no?) is right along the main road across Lido Garden flats and 7-11. Continue reading Hong Kong Roasted Goose in Sham Tseng

Choi Garden Restaurant, Greenhills

My family went to Choi Garden Restaurant on Annapolis Street in Greenhills for the first time a few weeks ago. I remember now – it was the day we got Parker. We had to bring Parker home from Tiendesitas, so we had late lunch.

choi garden restaurant greenhills
These beautiful light fixtures hang from ceilings and give Choi Garden its warm ambience.

Choi Garden Restaurant is an upscale Chinese restaurant with seafood and shark’s fin as its main offerings. (My family, however, does not consume shark’s fin – price is horribly high, and the means by which they are gotten –the sharks are caught, their fins are cut off and they are then thrown back into the sea where they either bleed to death or drown – is terribly cruel. Thanks, but no shark’s fin for us.)

During weekend lunches and dinners, Choi Garden gets pretty filled up. Though it has its own building, it could be hard to get a table during peak hours. So be early, or call to reserve a table. Better yet, go in for late lunch or dinner, like we did. Hehe. (We still had to wait a bit to be seated though, and the car valet-parked.)

choi garden restaurant greenhills interiors
Lunch crowd thins out around 2 PM. But the restaurant also closes service from 2-5 PM so make sure you get there before 2.

The downside of going in late is that most best-sellers would have ran out already. I wanted to try the Fried Pigeons but they ran out.

Nevertheless, we were happy with our acquiring-Parker celebratory lunch.

choi garden restaurant greenhills yangchow fried riceYang Chow Fried Rice (Php320 for a small serving). I loved the succulent shrimps. It was a bit too oily for me though. Since Nate is allergic to eggs and shrimps, we got a cup of steamed rice (Php50) for him.

choi garden restaurant greenhills braised seafood hotpotBraised Seafood and Beancurd Hotpot (Php 380 for a small serving).  The seafood is tender – the squid is cooked just right so it’s soft. I love that there’s lots of seafood and not just tofu in this dish. Continue reading Choi Garden Restaurant, Greenhills