Author: Paula Ferrer

The Tapenade: A Solid Ensemble of Mediterranean Feast

The Tapenade: A Solid Ensemble of Mediterranean Feast

Restaurant Tapenade at the Discovery Primea introduces new signature dishes and an enhanced Salad Room. A Fat Girls Day Out Dining Experience.

Diplomat Hotel: Go Up The Hill To The Dominican Retreat House

Diplomat Hotel: Go Up The Hill To The Dominican Retreat House

Spanish Baroque architecture, vantage view of the city, and perhaps some ghost sightings.

Baguio City For A Day: Where to EAT, Where to GO and What to DO!

Baguio City For A Day: Where to EAT, Where to GO and What to DO!

This is the Baguio Guide I have been meaning to write. We all know that there are tons of “Baguio Travel Guides” available on the internet and I’ve been contemplating as to how to make this content piece more resonating to you in such a way I’d be able to create a unique piece. If you’ve been a reader of this platform you’re familiar with our Neighborhood Series guides —

Known as The Philippine’s upland, pine-clad retreat from the heat and dust of the lowlands, albeit nowadays we can say that it also processes the same chaotic character of Manila only a notch lower. This is the kick-off point should you want to reach the hill tribe’s culture in Sagada, Banaue, and Kalinga.


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Igorot Women in Baguio City


Although presented with loads of jeepneys, taxis, and tourist’s private vehicles, and not to mention the SM Mall marring every view – Baguio still has this natural draw- an airy and cold place where you can tolerate the mayhem of small-scale urban spaces, a burgeoning restaurant scene, and a pretty decent public market are still a refreshing experience for outsiders.


Come away with us during our #Day Out as we show you Where to Eat, Where to Go, and What to DO if you have only 48 hours to spend in the city of Pines. 


How To Reach Baguio via Manila

Via Public Transportation

Several bus companies ply the Manila-Baguio route. You can catch a bus at the following terminals:

    Regular aircon: P485
    First-class: P800
    Deluxe: P720
    Premier: P740
    Deluxe: P730
    Premier: P760
    Regular aircon: P496
    First-class: P80

Private Vehicle

3 h 55 min (245 km) via R-8 and N Luzon W Expy/R-8

  • Continue to Balintawak, Quezon City
  • Follow E1/R-8 and N Luzon W Expy to Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union Expy in Urdaneta City
  • Continue on Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union Expy to your destination in Baguio


Accommodation Options


Considerations For Visiting

Crowded Months

Busiest months in Baguio would be December, February (Panangnga/ Flower Festival) and during the Holy Week. I personally will always avoid those months to avoid heavy traffic in the city area.

Baguio Weather 

April is the hottest month in Baguio City with an average temperature of 70°F (21°C) and the coldest is January at 64°F (18°C).


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Visit the Baguio Public Market 

Whenever we’re in Baguio we always make sure to always to visit the local public market. There you will find the freshest produce at its regional base prices.

Staple Hauls

  • Fresh coffee beans from Benguet region
  • La Union grapes
  • 100% Pure Honey
  • Fresh oyster mushrooms
  • Plump tomatoes and cherry tomatoes
  • Romaines/ Lettuce
  • Lemons
  • Sagada oranges (when in season)
  • Kale

For us, the best time to go to the market would be pretty early in the morning.

  • Location: Magsaysay Ave, Baguio City.
  • The market is located at the bottom of Session Rd. (the main street of downtown Baguio) on Magsaysay Avenue. It’s easiest to get there by through several entrances along Magsaysay, or from the back near Abanao Square.
  • Another resource: A dedicated blog resource for the Baguio City Market 


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A Visit To BenCab Museum (outside Baguio)

I personally helm this as one of the best collection of contemporary art, Cordillera collections (animalist, sacred wood figures), and not to mention the almost complete collection of the artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (BenCab).

A beautiful space by showcasing ultra-modernism mixed with traditional Filipino crafts. Make sure to spend at least 3 hours at this place and roam around its floors and outskirt mini forest at the back.


Tam-Awan Village 

This artists-centric colony is located in 366-C Pinsao Proper. This artist colony showcases indigenous craftsmanship and a venue where local artist from the Cordilleras can come together and create art. Visitors can participate in art workshops, learn dream-catcher or bead making, and enjoy indigenous music and dance demonstrations.


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Gallery Snippets


The Chanum Foundation, headed by the national artist Ben Cabrera, developed the project in line with its mission to preserve and teach the art and culture of the Cordillera people. This is probably one of the best vantage point to see the South China Sea.


  • You can rent its nine traditional Ifugao homes and two Kalinga huts for the night.
  • Official website
  •  (via public transportation) take a Quezon Hill–Tam-Awan or Tam-Awan–Long-Long jeepney from the corner of Kayang and Shagem Sts (P11)
  • Facebook Page



Mt. Cloud Bookstore

I’ve been in love with this bookstore for 9 years and this is arguably one of the best bookstores to get all the curated local authors.  If you love collecting books about history, ethnographic non-fictions, and novels written by great writers then Mt. Cloud should be on your checklist.


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Make sure to visit their social channels to see what kind of event they’re hosting — Author meet & greets, food tasting, novel reading sessions, and related lectures.


  • New location:  1 Yangco Road, Corner Brent Rd, Baguio
  • Monday/Sunday 10am-7pm

Camp John Hay

Visiting this 246- hectare old US military is an oasis should you want to see open grounds of greenery and heaps of natural pine trees. True to its reinvention as a mountain resort, where you can choose to stay in any of its posh hotels or for the most of us frolic the grounds and enjoy a restful coffee or perhaps ice cream afternoons.


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  • Other activities: golf, mini-golf, ziplines, walking trails, and outlet shopping (although prices are still relatively the same as Manila’s)
  • (via public transportation) Camp John Hay is very spread out, and jeepneys are not allowed in, so your best bet is to take a cab.


Drive up to Dominical Hill Retreat House (perhaps see a ghost or two)

Up the hill is the Dominical Retreat house where it used to be back in 1911, American friars and nuns of their orders in Baguio seek solace and R&R.  It became a refugee place during World War II from people escaping the terror of Japanese soldiers, but when the same forces advanced and invaded the property they turned the retreat house as their headquarters. Brutal imperial armies committed unspeakable acts of inhumane violence– decapitating priest. raping nuns, and barbaric torturing of those captives of war. During the end of the Japanese occupation and as the American forces were slowly liberating each this section– Japanese armies committed suicide to refuse defeat.


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The Dominican Hill Retreat House, also commonly known as the Diplomat Hotel, is now an abandoned structure atop Dominican Hill. Famous for its ghost sighting stories, but the whole property on which it stands has become a Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park. A panoramic view of the city unfolds from its vantage point and a great garden is surrounding the entire property.


  • Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio
  • Closes at 5pm


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There are heaps of options where to eat in Baguio and taste will always be subjective based on preference and price point will always be a consideration. So let me subdivide our recommendations based on our Where to Eat Categorization.


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Pizza Amare’s brick-oven


Good view/variety of dishes

  • Arca’s Yard (Ambuklao Rd.)

Cheap Eats

  • Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant (Near Burnham Park)
  • Solibao (Familiar comfort food)
  • Balajadia Kitchenette Slaughter House
  • Point & Eat Grill (Session Rd.)

Pizza and Pasta

  • Amare La Cusina (#1 Ignacio Villamor St.)


  • Cafe Yagam (25 J.Felipe Street, Lualhati)
  • Farmer’s Daughter (inside Tam-Awan Village)

Unlimited Korean BBQ

  • Korean Palace Restaurant (38th South Drive)

Unlimited Japanese Yakiniku

  • Tajimaya Charcoal Grill (Military Cutoff Road)


  • Oh My Gulay! (Fortune Care, 108, Session Rd)

Fine Dining 

  • Forest House (Loakan Rd, Camp John Hay)
  • Le Chef at The Manor (Camp John Hay)
  • Mario’s (Upper Session Rd)

Ice Cream/Desserts

  • Strawberries and Ice Cream (Camp John Hay)
  • Choco-late de Batirol (Igorot Park of Camp John Hay)



  • Chaya (72 Legarda Rd, Brgy. Campo Sioco)

Overrated Restaurants

  • Foggy Mountain Cookhouse (Overpriced, inconsistent, and the view isn’t that great due to Meralco wires obstructions)
  • O’ Mai Kan (Poor customer service)
  • 50’s Dinner (Yes it is still cheap, but the quality drastically changed)
  • Pizza Volante

Why Go?

The drive to perfect long drive road trip to the north where every town is feels different and yet familiar at the same time. A lowlander’s dream of cool weather- Baguio will always be this attractive out of town destination. What’s your fondest Baguio memory? comment below! We’d love to hear your feedback and recommendations for our next Baguio trip.

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Kanto Freestyle 65°: Get Your Eggs Benny For Less Than 200php!

Kanto Freestyle 65°: Get Your Eggs Benny For Less Than 200php!

Kanto Freestyle is that perfect stopover when you want to sober up after a night up drinking and partying- check out the rest of Top Best Grubs Places After Drinking. Go for the good food, level-up plating, and superb value for your money.

Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

Mirèio: Provençal Food and All Its Essence

Mirèio goes beyond the perfect ambiance and we’re thrilled to experience much more delicious reasons to keep us coming back for more.

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

Poblacion was the hidden outskirt location in Makati for most of us when people started realizing that Ayala centers don’t give that much experience value rather than generic and overrated international franchises.


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It was known for years as a red-light district, Poblacion is trading its spunky reputation for seediness and skewing itself to be a place where cool is redefined. Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively.

Poblacion is the old downtown area of Makati and its second most important commercial center, after the Central Business District. It was the home to City Hall, it’s the first settlement in Makati, and has long served as the city’s center of local government

Over the years upscale developments started with the Rockwell Center where the posh and affluent do their malling and buy a few condominium units.  A-venue starting to pop out and Century City Properties starting building premium units and another mall of course. Ironically, the seediness is still there and it should be perhaps because it is part of its character.


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Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively.


Why stay in Poblacion 

the Poblacion area is probably the best place to stay in Manila because you are still centrally located in Makati, accommodation options from clean backpacker hostels up to upscale hotels. Most importantly the art and dining confluences in its neighborhood.


Here are some of the recommended accommodation options (various price points)

  • U Hotels who made their debut exactly a year ago, and today they are actually toted as the no.1 hotel in Metro Manila on TripAdvisor customer feedbacks. Average price 2,000php/40 USD
  • I’m Hotel a 5-star hotel accommodation offering impeccable service and room comforts. Average price 100USD
  • Z Hostel this Poblacion famous hip hostel offers private rooms for as low as 1,200php/ 20USD and bunk bed (hostel) accommodations. Do check out their rooftop bar.
  • Check out these rated and best-priced hotels in the area HERE.


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burgeoning art and food scene

The Poblacion dining scene is its backdoor hipster counterpart offering an unparalleled haven for those seeking to peek into another world. If you want to experience this neighborhood never miss out on these places.

El Chupacabra in Poblacion, Makati is a Mexican restaurant which earned its credo to be serving really good street tacos and cheap local beers. I remember stumbling at this joint back in 2012 while my former date and I wanted to still hang out and look for a place that sells good grubs and open til’ late.


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El Chupacabra remains dimly lit, cheap light bulbs peppered at its open dining area. Its vandalized wall and loud Latino reggaeton give much character to the place.


We recommend that you get these staples:

  • Carne Asada (grilled steak taco)
  • Baja California Fish Taco
  • Pollo Asado (chicken)

El Chupacabra’s tacos, in their most basic form. Dry griddled corn tortilla, a grilled protein of some kind, salsa, cilantro, onion, and lime. Unlike most Tex-Mex “fusion” places you see nowadays where they totally f*** up a taco because of too much playfulness. They focused so much on the aesthetics that forget to forget the truest taste of what a street taco should be.



Their proteins are well brinned as you can taste strong flavors with every bite. Generous toppings for tacos are onion, cilantro, and Pinoy lime. Like any good taqueria they finely minced onion and chopped non-wilted cilantro. Drizzle with their housemade salsa and sour cream for added texture and tartness to each bite. We want our street tacos oily, flavourful, and unapologetic. They still serve the best value for money Tex-Mex food in Metro Manila (so far).



  • Address: 5782 Felipe Street
    Operating Hours: 11AM-4AM, Mon-Sat / 11AM-12MN, Sun
    Local Beers: Approximately PHP 55 per bottle (1USD)
    Expect to Spend: Around PHP 350 per person (6-7USD)

Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli: Filipino Craft Beers and the KKK Banner

What you can expect to taste is an array of carefully combined native flavors that help you ease into the dark hours like no other place in Makati. Go for their large collection of locally produced craft beers from different makers.


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They have a veranda-style space with KKK banners and national flags hanged on its capiz ticketed walls. Their wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the different concoctions that they are selling so feel free to talk to them. We love going to Alamat on a random weekday night and sometimes they hold live performances from different OPM acts.


Alamat Deli & Pub 

  • Location: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli is at 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street Barangay Población, Makati City.
  •  Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 6PM-2AM, Sundays, 6PM-12MN
  • Contact: / +63917-5302580.



A relatively new kid on the block. A down to earth nook along the Tambai Alley in Felipe Street. The main premise of this establishment is its glorious fresh oysters being flown in daily from Aklan.


A 16-seater laid-back space. Modern, noir in color temperament, reclaimed wood, industrial steel, and low-dimmed bulbs. The whole room is very narrow, and yet oddly comfortable- comfort in such sense that it felt cozy and the ambiance of the whole place is warm. They even have their own Spotify Playlist!  Play some of the tunes to get the whole vibe of the place.


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Come for their oysters and scallops.  You’ll see the number of oysters available for the night written on the board by the wall as supplies of oysters are limited. Come early as Wantusawa is already packed by 7-8pm.


  • Location: Tambai Alley, 5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati City
  • Open: Tuesday-Sunday 7pm-1am

Yalla Yalla: Lebanese Food Done Right

In Lebanese, Yalla Yalla means “hurry up”. Everything is meant to be eaten quickly or on the go. Lebanese food uses the Seven Spice Blend that is a mixture of equal parts of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, and ginger. These ingredients together make their food tasty and full of flavor. Their menu is straight forward, order your beef or chicken in a wrap or on a bed of rice. It’s unassuming but packs a punch.


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Chicken Shawarma Wrap (125 PHP) Their chicken pieces were so rich in flavor that was complimented by the assortment of vegetables present in the wrap. The icing on the cake was the Toum, it is a creamy garlic lemon sauce or shawarma sauce. To add a bit of bite, you can also add Shata, their version of hot sauce.




Beef Shawarma on Rice (185 PHP) The sliver of beef pieces was perfectly seasoned and strong in flavor. All the elements of the platter worked perfectly together. The best thing about this is there is absolutely no trace is preservatives in their meat. Their Toum and Shata sauce was just a perfect combination to add to this shawarma platter.

Yalla Yalla

  • 5652 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
  • Facebook/Instagram
  • 400 Ave. Cost for 2 pax


A Curated & Guided Food Tour

Together with Auro Chocolate, an international award-winning, proudly Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources cacao beans from local farmers- to reintroduce the best of local chocolate not as a dessert, but as an innovative focal ingredient infused in savory dishes and craft drinks!


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Happening every Friday and Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl starts at 5 pm SHARP to avoid traffic AND so you can park before Poblacion gets crazy! They only accept 30 people per day so book your ticket now while spots last on for this one-of-a-kind chocolate experience!


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Where to Experience Art?

Ugnayan sa Poblacion (5852 Alfonso street)


  • We’ve come across the Ugnayan Poblacion during our wanderings in the neighborhood. It has an open house set up where everyone is welcome and encourage to just pick up a brush and just paint. The place is not “art-snooty” nor pretentions in any sense.


Pineapple Lab (R. Palma Street)

  • A creative hub that provides space for self-expression and gender inclusion thru diverse performances and art exhibitions. They’ve been involved in producing Fringe Manila since 2015, which is an open-access festival to a more diverse audience. Pineapple Lab Creative Director, Andrei Pamintuan adds, “What I hope is, that the LGBTQ artists see Pineapple Lab as one of the many safe spaces where their voices and artistry are seen and heard. What makes a safe space? Openness, selflessness, and honesty within the community.”

For events and listings check out their Facebook Page

DULO: A Multi-Platform Hangout in Poblacion for the Creatives

  • Inspired by gallery café in Malate, Manila in the late 70’s called Penguin Bar and Café. It was a bar for artists from all walks of life during the tail end of Martial Law. People who do not really have the money and connections put up their simple exhibit there. The owners wanted to put up a space that would address both markets in terms of their demographics and interests.


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Get a Tattoo at Arte Tattoo

  • Tattoo as a form of not just self-expression, but also it represents your lifestyle and beliefs. Arte Tattoo specializes in fine lines, watercolors, and mandala art.

Check out their Instagram page for their sample works.

Overall Take

Between the night clubs and bars in Poblacion are homey Korean establishments, cool hostels, great food finds, and beautiful art – an eclectic mix that perfectly reflects our country’s melting pot of cultures. Want to explore more of Manila?


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Fat Girls Day Out Goes to Fuji Rock 2019

Fat Girls Day Out Goes to Fuji Rock 2019

What to expect, preparations to do, and why we’re already planning our next Fuji Rock 2020 adventure as early as now.

Cubao City: The Obscure, The Cool, and its Hidden Subculture

Cubao City: The Obscure, The Cool, and its Hidden Subculture

Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO when in CUBAO City. Featuring the obscure, the cool, and its hidden subculture. A Fat Girls Day Out Guide.

Bistro Manuel: Brining Continental Finesse to Gritty Poblacion

Bistro Manuel: Brining Continental Finesse to Gritty Poblacion

Patrons of fine gourmet back in the day when Manila had not many choices would remember Lolo Dad’s, an ancestral house in Leon Guinto turned into a restaurant where the discerning food patron would always frequent to get his or her fix of the famous duck confit plates. The restaurant had to move forward with time and it closed down a few years ago. Well, the hipster Poblacion kid welcomed Chef Ariel Manuel to its funky neighbourhood with three-concept punch restaurants. There is a proper tapas bar that serves Filipino-Spanish small plates called the Taperia, then of course Bistro Manuel and for the post-dinner game drinks– The Sippery.


It is actually our first time to try Chef Ariel’s food, but our snooty Titas in our family fondly shared their Lolo Dad’s wonderful dining experience back in the day.

As we traverse the weeknight traffic going towards Makati, Bianca and I were exchanging notes as to which dishes should be on our list to try.


That night that we arrived at Bistro Manuel, we saw Chef Manuel in their open kitchen doing what he does best- making sure that every plate that comes out is to the tipping point of perfection. When introductions were made, he casually discussed each dish that was coming out one by one, there wasn’t any bit of tenure arrogance , nor eh was anyone that we expected- as starry eyed as we were  because of all the dedicated past culinary feature articles that we read about him — The Ariel Manuel’s stature in the industry. All our inhibitions were proven wrong! He was kind, warm, and ever so wise!


Our Orders

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Shrimp Bisque

Lightly poached shrimps are sweet that is swimming in a light seafood bisque.


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Double Espresso Soup 

Combination of Tomato and Mushroom cream-based soups. Creamy with concentrated flavors of tomato and mushroom served in witty separate espresso cups.


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Angel hair pasta, foie gras, oysters, and cheese 

On the menu were Lolo Dad’s oysters, which were a favorite back in the day,  so we immediately ordered added them to our “Must Try” roster. The oysters were baked on angel hair pasta with cheese and topped with foie gras.


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Duck Leg Confit (Crispy duck leg with Mediterranean duck foie gras rice)

Chef Ariel’s crispy duck game is strong on this plate.


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Home Fish Platter (Smoke salmon, salmon gravlax, condiments)


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Lamb and Lamb with Lamb ( roast lamb rump, stewed lamb breast, and fried lamb sweetbread with sieved potatoes)

A gumbo of components found may be found on this dish, but you know once you have your fill it satisfies in that way only a good protein dish can.


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Tiramisu Souffle

Perfect in technique execution souffle with a crumbled cake on the side.


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Declension of Mango and Mascarpone Cheese  (Vanilla frozen cream and Dulce de Leche sauce)

This Napoleones dessert with vanilla frozen cream, mascarpone cheese, and dulce de leche.


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Why Go?

Looking around the room we see patrons enjoying their time feeling excited and nostalgic with each bite of their meal.  Then again, don’t come here just to reminisce about the past. Although the pillar that is Lolo Dad’s was able to set the fabric of expectation for Bistro Manuel, this restaurant is the perfect rebirth and it comes in three; Taperia, The Sippery, and Bistro Manuel.

Should you find yourself craving for proper European cooking, look for that non-descript building along the side streets of Burgos and seek out Chef Manuel’s cozy nook.


Bistro Manuel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bistro Manuel, Taperia, and The Sippery are all at 2/F Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.


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Tokyo Famous Kokoro Mazesoba: A Refreshing Detour From The Usual

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