MNL Bound

So, I missed about 3 or more events just because of this trips but oh well, sacrifices are needed to made for business. I was truly amazed by the offers of AirPhil and Cebu Pacific lately especially that you can get a round trip ticket for Manila for the amazing price of ZERO PESOS! I’m seriously not joking. One of my companions of this trip was able to get that promo. Amazing!

I was expecting that we would be riding this small plane like a bombardier and not an Airbus but WRONG!

Anyway, when I found out that future Chemical Engineer and Jewelry Designer, Meme Dakay was going to Manila to meet up some suppliers, I immediately ask to come and I did. As my contribution, I let her, Mich Uy (MUA for the Press Release of the Alexandria), and Arn Juanillo (Meme’s crazy assistant) stay in the family’s Amarsolo Condo in Rockwell instead of them staying in the hotel. And this is the first time for me to try staying in the condo. The best part of the condo is that it is right across Rockwell Powerplant Mall which is one of my favorite malls in Manila because of the ambience, the layout and especially the interior. I wish there would be a mall like that in Cebu one of these days.

 

That’s the outside view of the condo and microwaveable meals that you can find in 7eleven but apparently, we just found out that the microwave was busted so we had no choice but cook them in the stove. hahahaha. And I thought I wouldn’t be cooking in this trip but it was fun.

It has always been a tradition or ritual for Meme and certain members of her family to visit the Baclaran Church every time she visit Manila. I liked the interior details of the ceiling but I couldn’t really focus on all that because it is a place for prayer. And I prayed that this trip would be blessed and fruitful which it was.

The first supplier that we had to meet decided that we should meet in this little Japanese Resto in the middle of China Town. I think it was in Binondo. I’m not totally sure if that’s the place but I do apologize. I have horrible directions when it comes to Manila. All I know is Rockwell and Serendra. hahaha. Back to this resto, it was really quaint and it would be definitely be place I want to chill and eat some good Japanese Food for an affordable price. What was really good about their food that despite that I have only eaten a little from that morning, I was immediately full to the point that I was not even able to finish my cup of rice which I usually do.

I wasn’t able to take photos of the other suppliers that we would meet because of security reasons but all I can say is; WOW! (in a good way.haha)

Afterwards, since we had a little spare time. We pass by some malls and one of them was Serendra. There are only four things that I look forward to when I am there and that is 1. CONTI’s, 2. Sonja’s CUPCAKES, 3. the biggest FULLYBOOKED and 4. MUJI!!

While we were walking around Serendra, the area is dog-friendly after all.  I was immediately mesmerized by this adorable Chow-Chow. I have never seen a two-tone that almost reminded me a Mammon Pastry from Goldilocks.

I forgot what was the names of the other three cupcakes but I was look for my favorite which is Vanilla Sunshine. Yumm! And I was able to buy some stuff from MUJI a Toiletries Traveling Bag and a Black Portfolio Book which is so hard to find in Cebu.

And since I was in Manila, I decided to party. Why not? Enjoy the moment.

Thanks to my cousin, Den for letting me tag along. Went to Amber. Saw new and old faces. And amazingly, I didn’t pass out considering I’m allergic to alcohol. haha. Oh yeah, the drink that I got was called Lychee Amparetto (I think?haha) and tasted great I liked that there was lychee in it. YUM!

For our last day, Rockwell. Chinese Red Lanterns filled the whole mall. Truly a treat for the eyes. I wanted to get everything that was being worn by these three mannequins. Simple, chic and classic. Chinese Fresh Lumpia being served in the hallways in celebration of the Chinese New Year. One of the best I have tried so far. And of course, PEPPER LUNCH!

In one of my past post, I did mention about this Pre-Valentine Art Exhibit. Even though I wasn’t in the opening, I visited anyway and here is my favorite. I love the play of color and the application of origami into it. It is by Rovi Salegumba and he titled it, Aflutter.

Amazing trip despite that I got a little sick on the way back to Cebu but with the help of Biogesic. I’m all good.

Yours Truly,

.N.

P.S. Lookie – lookie. Thanks Kat for the photo. Here is a news clipping of my partner and I during the Innocent’s Day Ball last December.

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