Pyromusical, Restaurant, Uncategorized

2011 Pyromusical Olympics experience

I will not post a video or pictures of the fireworks for now because I’ll wait for my sister to give me her pictures of them. What I intend to do is share my experience during our stay while waiting/watching the Pyromusical competition last February 26, 2011.

Italiannis facade

I made reservations in Italianni’s at the 2nd floor hoping to get a better view of the fireworks. Italianni’s reservation fee costs P350 per head. Instead of getting a good view, this is what we get:


view from italiannis
view from our table in Italiannis

I know, right? What a lovely post that is. Fortunately, since there was no reservations on the table behind us, our waiter allowed us to move to that table instead. We still see the post, but we can see the fireworks better.

View at Italiannis' veranda
View at Italiannis' veranda

So if you want to reserve table in Italiannis, make sure to reserve the ones that are positioned along the veranda near the railing and NOT the tables near the glass wall of the restaurant.


Italiannis is also offering tables along the blue bridge/walkway, though, I’m not so sure if you’ll get a good view of the fireworks.

I would recommend reserving tables in Tanabe restaurant, UCC Cafe, and Patio Guernica for an excellent view. Their reservation is Php1,000 per head, but consumable. UCC and Patio Guernica offers set menu while Tanabe offers ala carte during the pyro olympics.

View from Tanabe
View from Tanabe. Php1,000 reservation fee (consumable)

This is the view from Tanabe Japanese restaurant. When I got here, all the tables have already been reserved with names written on them. This is definitely an excellent view.

my son
my son

This is a pic of my son enjoying his rented cart. Cart costs P160 (up to sawa). We were able to return it after the pyro olympics. The cart rental is located near SM Hypermarket and you’re required to leave a valid ID.  I definitely recommend this so that your children won’t tire easily while strolling inside MOA.

Below are just random pics I took:

Entrance to the pyromusical olympics
Entrance to the pyromusical olympics
San Mig by the bay
San Mig by the bay
Random drinks
Drinks we ordered at Italiannis

Below is the schedule for the remaining weeks of PyroMusical Olympics:

March 5, 2011 :

7PM – Japan (last year’s 3rd placer)

8PM –  Canada

March 12, 2011:

7PM – Australia (last year’s 2nd placer)

8PM – Philippines

Click here for the map.

Church, Food, Restaurant

A Trip to Binondo Church and Savory Restaurant

Last January 16, 2011, we went to Binondo Church for a baptismal ceremony of one of my nieces from my husband’s side of the family. Here are some pictures I took with my struggling Sony Ericson K770i phone. I do apologize for the quality of the pictures.

Food, Restaurant

Savory Chicken in Alabang Town Center

Savory Chicken has been famous since Vilma Santos’ movie, Relasyon, showed in the big screens and I think that was some time around the early 80’s. I say this because the name of the restaurant, Savory Chicken, was mentioned in that movie by Vilma Santos herself. I guess that’s what happens if you watch too many Tagalog movies in Cinema One channel.

Since I live in the south, I was delighted to know that Savory has a branch in Alabang Town Center and Festivall Mall, Alabang. The difference between the two is that in ATC, they’re located in a food court so their store is pretty small, while in Festival Mall, it’s actually a restaurant inside the mall.

savory Chicken

We ordered 2 solo meals which costs around Php 155 each inclusive of 1 quarter chicken, 1 side dish, 1 cup of yang chow fried rice and one dessert. Drinks not included in the price.

Their fried chicken is very delicious. You have to try it yourself to see the difference among other fried chickens in the market.

FYI: They do deliveries in nearby areas.

Food, Restaurant

Cara Mia Gelateria in SM SouthMall

We were about to go to Starbucks inside SM Southmall until we saw the colorful sign of Cara Mia.

Cara mia signAs we approached the store, we were welcomed by the view of their mouth-watering gelatos being displayed at their store.

Gelatogelato cakes

And so, we gave in and didn’t waste any time ordering the following:

strawberry and mango gelatoOne scoop of Strawberry flavored gelato and one scoop of Mango Jubilee
(Php 60 each )

We told Nico not to touch the gelatos yet, so he patiently waits until we’re finished taking pictures of them. (So cute!) My husband and my son got addicted to the Strawberry-flavored one. I really can’t blame them because when I tasted it, the flavor is just so rich and so yummy! Same goes with the mango, but, we like the strawberry better.

Caramel Espresso gelato shake
Caramel Espresso Gelato Shake (Php 130)
I like this drink. It’s actually similar to your typical milk shake – milky, flavorful, delicious!  I also like its not-too-sweet flavor because of the espresso mixed into it. I’d say it’s a refreshing alternative to your typical iced coffee.

cake slice of brazo
A slice of Brazo de Mercedes (Php 45)
Just your good old fashioned brazo de mercedes.

All in all, it was a very satisfying dessert experience. We’ll definitely go back to try out their other flavors.

FYI: They also accept major credit cards for payment.

Food, Restaurant

Luk Yuen Noodle House in ATC

Ever since my then-boyfriend-now-husband had tasted Luk Yuen’s Beef Brisket Noodle Soup last 2004 in Glorietta (before the gas tank explosion), we’ve been dining to Luk Yuen ever since. Since we are residing in the south, we’re quite blessed because LY has a branch in Alabang Town Center right beside Makati Supermarket (It’s still a mystery to me as to why they call it Makati Supermarket when it’s located in Alabang).

I think this resto’s strengths are its noodles (well, it is a noodle house), dimsums, and their rice bowls, while their weakness is their ala carte menu.  When I tasted their ala carte viands such as lemon chicken, beef in broccoli, and sweet & sour pork, it was quite disappointing because there is no difference with the taste compared to other Chinese restaurants around.

beef brisket noodle soup, pork siomai, chix feet Beef Brisket Noodle Soup (Php130) , Chicken Feet w/ chili (Php 70) & Pork Siomai

When I got to taste their Beef Brisket NS, I knew right away why my husband fell in love with it. It’s because of its rich beefy flavor. You can actually smell the aroma of the beef when it’s freshly served in front of you.  Its beef brisket meat is quite tender and flavorful, and its soup is really tasty unlike in other Chinese restaurants where their noodle soups taste bland. LY also offers Beef Brisket Rice if you want to eat it with rice instead of noodles.

Pork SiomaiSteamed Pork Siomai (Php 90)
Take note that their pork siomai has shrimps in them (yum yum!)

King Dao Pork Noodle

Kung Dao Pork Noodle (Php 140)
I just tried this dish today and I find it quite delicious. It, kind of, tasted like spaghetti with  sweet and sour pork in it. It’s really good. One order can be shared by 2 people, but if you’re hungry, then it’s good for 1 person only.

Iced tea

Iced Tea (Php 42)
It has bubbles in it because it’s served fresh from the blender.

Dessert Menu

Their Dessert Menu
I haven’t tried any of their desserts yet except for their one scoop of ice cream 🙂

take out menu/platter

Their Take-Out Menu
They also offer party platters perfect for pot luck parties.

I also mentioned that their rice bowls are good. My personal favorites are: Soya Chicken Rice, Tausi Spareribs, Pork Chop with Vegetable Curry and Fried Rice with Chicken & Salted Fish.

Luk Yuen Noodle House, Alabang
Commerce Ave. Makati Supermarket, Alabang
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. (02) 772-4967