Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

Vanilla CB

Hey there! How are you all doing? I hope you’re all doing well.

As for myself, I was just done with my finals and I really thought that I’d still have some time to rest a bit–but of course, life is unfair and I wasn’t able to get even a week’s worth of rest.

I am quite stressed out right now especially after having a not-so-emergency “emergency flight” to Manila in order to attend an interview for my internship. The plane fare was super expensive, the trip was on the same freakin’ day as my interview–and on top of all that, I’m broke and breaking out.

And yes, I passed the interview so even if I was broke (I’m using “was” but TBH I’m still broke), I still celebrated with a cupcake and a cup of coffee.

The interview was in Alabang so I went straight to Alabang Town Center. There, I found one of the cutest cafes I’ve seen so far: Vanilla Cupcake Bakery.

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I had a hot cappuccino which came with, again, one of the cutest cups I’ve seen. My friend and I also shared a Fudge Brownie Cupcake which according to our server, was their best seller.

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The ambiance, the service, and the coffee was great! Everything’s cute and Instagram-friendly so if you’re into Instagram you might want to check them out.

If there’s one bad thing to say about them though, it would be towards the “Best Seller Cupcake”. I really feel bad about it but it was too sweet for my personal taste. My friend who had a sweet tooth found it too sweet as well.

Putting that one flaw aside though, I could still say that the experience was super nice and I’d consider going back.

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Kulyatan Adventure

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Now just a short disclaimer, I’m not one of those legit/filthy rich bloggers who goes on adventures every single day. The only reason that I happen to stumble upon this paradise was because of school work.

We’re currently shooting a teaser for our “TV Series” and Kulyatan Marine Sanctuary happened to be THE perfect place to shoot our underwater and seaside scenes. I don’t want to bore you with regards to our shoot’s details. So without further ado, here’s a couple (and more) pictures of this wonderland.

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Alright, now you might wanna know how to get here…

If you’re coming from the city, all you need to do is ride the “San Joaquin-Lawigan” jeepney. They’re usually parked at the terminal near Robinson’s Supermarket or as locals refer to it as “Super”.

Make sure that the jeepney’s route is up to Lawigan because otherwise, you won’t see even an inch of Kulyatan. But if you do this one and only step, you’d be in Kulyatan Marine Sanctuary in no time for only P40-P50.

The travel time is approximately 3 hours. I’m not very sure about this one since I visited this place coming from Miag ao (a town away from San Joaquin) but if three hours is too much for you, I’m telling you that it’s all worth it.

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SUPER Affordable Rates

The signages and facilities may not look like much but the overall experience and ambiance of the place is breathtaking enough. The water is so clear that you’d see fishes and other sea creatures swimming happily everywhere.

When we first came there, we even thought that the water’s not that deep because we can clearly see the ocean floor but we’ve never been so wrong. The water WAS DEEP, no pun intended.

This place is quite isolated so be prepared to pack your lunch/snacks/dinner because there’s no diner or restaurant near the place. Just make sure that you clean up after yourself to make sure that the marine animals are safe and protected. You should also avoid using straws, plastic utensils, and other disposable materials–we don’t want those stuff ruining this paradise do we?

I’ve been telling you good things about this place but don’t think it’s all fun and games. The catch is that going back to the city on a day-trip may be a struggle. The number of public utility vehicles that passes through Kulyatan is fairly limited. So if you stay after 4 o’ clock PM, expect to wait until 7:00 PM to ride the bus (Ceres Liner) home.

So is this part of your bucket list now? 🙂

Do you know more beautiful places in the Philippines? Comment it down below!

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FOODTOGRAPHY (Food + Photography)

DISCLAIMER: Shots are captured using only Lenovo-a7000+ smartphone.

 

Link to my previous Blog

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Buon Gelato Cafe Review

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My mother and I recently went on a date. (Yep… My mother is my only date). We were just walking around the mall and I needed some caffeine so we decided to try this cafe out.

Upon walking in, I immediately noticed the post-Valentine’s Day remnants on the decor. It irked me a bit since Valentine’s is long gone and so should the decorations be… But with that aside, the place is pretty nice. And by “nice” I mean it’s Instagrammable.

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The price of coffee in Buon Gelato ranges from P80 to a little over P100 only ($2-$3). It’s pretty cheap and it’s quite nice too. I ordered a latte and was not disappointed. My mom’s cappuccino was nice too.

Aside from the coffee, we also decided to split on a slice of Caramel Cream Cake (A Bestseller, according to the cashier which my mom thought should be in the kitchen–for her lack of enthusiasm) and a serving of Chicken Pesto Pasta.  If I am not mistaken, the cake was only P99 and the Pesto was only P129.

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The cake was mediocre, same with the pasta. “Caramel Cream Cake” would make you think that it is actually creamy and nice but except from the flan on top, it’s pretty dry. The Chicken Pesto Pasta also felt like it needed some more olive oil. The plating however, is good… It’s very Instagram friendly. However, I’m a firm believer that eating shouldn’t end on feeding the eyes. Food is only good if it feeds your eyes, tongue, and soul. Sadly, Buon Gelato is lacking on the latter criteria.

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Would I go back? For the coffee, yes. For the food? Not so much. I didn’t check if they have free WiFi but I could see its potential as a working space. It’s not too crowded (unlike Starbucks) and the chairs are super nice too. Plus, I also failed to try their Gelatos. So yes, I’m pretty sure I’d go back still.

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Over-all Rating: pig-facepig-facepig-facepig-face

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Zatazza Cafe Review

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So I recently met up with an old friend and we planned to catch up over some coffee. We originally wanted to try out Madge Cafe in their Atria District Park branch since we’ve been hearing so many good reviews about it––all from the price (which I’ve heard only ranges from 55-a bit over 70 per cup), coffee, and place but unfortunately, as expected from a popular place like so, it was fulled to the brim when we got there.

And that’s how we ended up barging in to Zatazza Cafe.

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Zark’s Burger Iloilo Review

RESTO REVIEW

 

Zark’s Burger Iloilo is located at the New Wing, Lower Ground floor of SM City Iloilo. It’s famous for its tagline: “The greasier the better.” But is it really?

The place is pretty standard. They have good decor: red walls, photos of champions (which I think supports the whole ‘gigantic burgers’ and ‘food for the champ’ concept of this restaurant), and of course a frame of people who won the burger challenges. We came here on a Sunday and a lunch time, and I know that it’s understandable that we don’t get a seat right away… but it was a bit disappointing to see some staff walking past the podium without even acknowledging our presence or asking if we were able to have a reservation already. We (me and my family) stood in front of the podium for a full 2 minutes before my mom called the attention of a crew member to ask for a seat. Once seated though, a staff immediately cleared the table and gave us the menu.

Me, my mom, and my sister all ordered the Zark’s Ultimate Burger (1/4 pound Cheeseburger with cheese sauce on a bed of fresh veggies, topped with sauteed mushrooms and bacon) for ₱150.00 each. While my brother got the Jawbreaker (Triple Cheeseburger with spam, bacon, and overflowing cheese sauce) which is also served with 400g of fries for only ₱290.00 but you can get for free if you finish it within 5 minutes.

For all the Minor League Burgers, you’d have to add  ₱35.00 for fries and drinks and add ₱60.00 for fries and bottomless drinks.For Major League Burgers on the other hand, all you need to do is add ₱35.00 to get bottomless drinks since it’s all served with fries already.

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Zark’s Ultimate Burger

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