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Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Black Sheep Coffee at the S’ Maison is one badass coffee nook and this place would top our most frequented coffee shop. Find out why. #FatGirlsDayOut

Exploring  Batangas One Road Trip at a Time

Exploring Batangas One Road Trip at a Time

This is your next Batangas weekend wanderer guide! Let’s explore the towns of Lobo, Bauan, and Taal.

Let’s take another look at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle

Let’s take another look at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle

While most of us want to get out of the city during weekends. We like to revisit what Manila has to offer. Manila may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you this special feel. Dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have a day of time.

In our Manila staycation we wanted to maximise what the city had to offer by staying at Hotel Benilde.

Hotel Benilde Maison

Hotel Benilde is a 4-star hotel at the corner of Arellano and Estrada St. They share their space with the Angelo King International Center(AKIC) of the College of St. Benilde.

Being an alumnus of De La Salle University, we would often pass by this building. And on this occasion, we had the opportunity to stay in the city and explore the area and the comfort of staying nearby.


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The check in process was quite simple. Just hand over your ID, and they will let you know when your room is ready so you can rest. From the moment, we stepped off the elevator we were quite surprised with the hallway, they had newly carpets, rooms were also newly renovated.


fgdo Hotel Benilde

We were quite surprised when we entered the room. Everything was new, it was very spacious, and accommodations were top notch. Beddings and the fittings of the room were excellent.  Aside from that, they also have a complimentary mini bar, and their plugs are internationally fitted, suited for travellers.

They provide anything you might need for a business trip or a couples stay.


Room Accommodation:
Deluxe Queen (30sqm. – Php3,850)

  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
  • Complimentary Mini Bar
  • Complimentary Welcome Drinks
  • Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
  • Free Hotel-wide WiFi access (200mbps)
  • Free local calls
  • Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
  • 40″ LED Smart Cable TV
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Electronic Bell, DND and Make-up Room buttons
  • Duvet bed linen
  • Built-in bedside reading lights
  • Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
  • Advance proximity card door lock system



After heading out to tour the vicinity, we headed back to have dinner at Cafe Romancon.  For our full Manila experience guide click HERE.


Cafe Romancon

Located at the ground floor of Hotel Benilde, Cafe Romancon offers an ala carte menu for those checked in, as well as, for walk in guests. Their menu has a variety of dishes that’s both affordable and satisfying. Some of the kitchen and wait staff are students of College of Saint Benilde(CSB), doing their on-the-job training.


Hotel Benilde


We Recommend the following dishes


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Cream of Butternut Squash Soup 130 PHP

Thick and creamy squash soup topped with bacon. Smoky bits of bacon with the soup was satisfying.


Kani Mango Salad  190 PHP

Mix greens topped with shredded crab sticks, mango strips, and crunchy vermicelli noodles topped with a Japanese mayo dressing. The contrast in textures was really good. A nice twist to the classic salad.


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Norwegian Salmon  390 PHP

Pan fried salmon with creamy leek sauce, garden vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Salmon was cooked perfectly pink at the center. Each element of the dish well thought out.



Hotel benilde cafe romancon

Fresian Express 350 PHP

Seared Beef Tenderloin with rosemary pan au jus served with a side of vegetables and fries.


For their Breakfast spread they serve classic buffet staples such as cereals, fruits, Filipino breakfast selections, pancakes, bread, and an omelette station. This comes FREE  when you book an overnight stay.

For more food choices in the area try our DLSU Food Crawl HERE. 


Overall Experience

Staying over in the Taft Avenue area will always be nostalgic to a Lasallian. The overlooking view of Manila Bay sunset, the familiar streets, and the same friendly people. Having room amenities comparable to a 5-star hotel, you’re sure to get the best value out of your money.

Hotel Benilde is a central location that is great for students, visiting parents, academe, and businessmen to stay in when they need to stay in the area. They have great facilities, top-notch service, and affordable prices.


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Play your cards right this Valentines season as the Fat Girls Day Out shows you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO. A Curated Guide.

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Los Banos Laguna food crawl weekend wandering activity! A Fat Girls Day Out Curated List 2019.

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

Since 2005, I started going to ukay ukay places almost every other week and hunt for one-of-a-kind-pieces. I remember my mom introducing me to a few pieces she got from the thrift shop she went to in Pasig. She wanted me to be frugal because I started working in Makati back then and my corporate job requires me to wear pencil skirts and blazers. A brand new blazer back then from a local department store would cost around at least 1,200php comparing to these pieces that she got that only ranked up to as low as 50php per jacket.  I was reluctant at first because I was thinking that nobody would want to 2nd hand clothing and not to mention a few hygiene concerns. Then again after we washed these blazers, they looked mighty fine (also, no skin reaction from using too much detergents)


fat girls day out ukay ukay
Photo from Mean Living PH


The Fat Girls Day Out team will understudy the culture of shopping in an ukay-ukay.

  • ukay-ukay” – Tagalog: hukay, wagwag, Eng: To Dig Up

This frugal b-culture is more than just fashion, but rather a lifestyle.  This content is not to gentrify thrift shops, but rather share a few insights and point you out where to get good pieces around the metro.


Backtracking its roots

An interesting study from Rina Locsin back in the mid-2000s. She tells that, it can be traced back early 80’s, but exact dates are yet to be determined. The Salvation Army shops channeled their goods here in the country, oral accounts also point to NGOs, and other organizations who started selling donated and tax-free used clothing to raise funds for an activity.

The author states that this period after the second world war overlapped with the time the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) donated billions of dollars in value of relief to Asia, which was around the 1940’s.

Ukay Ukay is Ukay Ukay

Ukay-ukay culture having being rebranded because of this surge of online sellers. They style and flat lay clothes to appeal to the middle-class and jerk up the prices by at least 5-10 times the store price. You will see others pre-curating their items and naming themselves seller of “Class A” vintage items. I say, NAY. Stop browsing your online selling apps or even your Facebook Marketplace pages.


Mapping Out Where the  best ukay ukay locations


There are so many thirft clothing stores peppered around already, but we’d like to share the best and OG places wheere you can score solid and bargain deals.


1. Cubao City

This city is our usual go-to location to quest for good vintage band shirt finds. Numerous stores may be found near LRT stations and its all connected with one another. The best part about Cubao ukay-ukay stores is that they can go as vast as having a 2nd or 3rd floor to display their items. Score not just clothes and other fashion accessories, but also vintage toys! Thrift shopping in Cubao is really a conquest, so expect to work your way through the crowd, the dust, and humidity.

Never miss: Anonas Ukay Ukay


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Photos from Mean Living PH

How to get there: Take the LRT 2 and drop off at Anonas Station. The exit will lead you to the mall itself.

2. Star Mall in Alabang 

Never miss: Magarbo is a popular ukay-ukay store in Alabang, their pieces can retail from P100 a piece to 4 for P100. Browse through their items at the basement level of Starmall.

3. Makati Cinema Square 

The Makati Cinema Square is known as the BEST spot for ukay-ukay shopping in Makati. Numerous options contained in one complex. It’s pretty comfortable in this area as all of the shops are airconditioned.

Never miss:  3j Riza’s RTW Shop at the entrance of the mall. This ukay ukay has very good prices.

How to get there: From Gil Puyat LRT Station, ride a jeepney to PRC and get off at Chino Roces Ave. Ride another jeepney bound for Don Bosco and drop off at Makati Cinema Square.

4. Tagaytay City

When in Tagaytay City, after you’ve bought all  your Rowena’s buko tarts perhaps it might also interest you that Tagaytay has the biggest ukay-ukay store in the south.

Nevermiss: Ukay Ukay Hub along Aguinaldo Highway (in front of the new Fora Mall and Andok’s). Looks pretty small from the outside, but wait til’ you enter. It has 3 levels of neatly portioned clusters.


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Photo credit: Ukay-Ukay Hub Tagaytay


5. Carriedo Street, Quiapo

The OG of ukay-ukays, check out stores around Carriedo Street in Quiapo offers items for as low as P5. The place is near Quiapo church.

How to get there: From Carriedo LRT Station, walk to SM Clearance outlet near Quiapo church and find the ukay-ukay store.


6. Pasay City

This city is the best place to scour ukay finds because prices become cheaper every week until all goods are sold. There are roughly 8 shops around this intersection of Edsa and Taft also known as Pasay Rotonda.

Never miss: Ukay-Ukay Wagwagan branch in Pasay Rotonda is strategically located along the MRT and LRT Taft stations. Score items for as low as 10php-15php!

How to get there: Take the MRT or LRT 1 and drop off at Pasay Taft.

Pro Tip: Arm yourself with a bottle of water, some wipes, and alcohol, and an extra t-shirt. Ask when their next batch of arrivals come in (some might have a text “mailing list” or they’d just give you a mobile number)

Why I Still Go to Thrift Shops?

Now that I’m 34 years old, I still visit my favorite thrift shops to score unique band shirts from time to time. More often than being frugal, I like finding things that are amazing and one of a kind- it is the habit that my mother passed on to me.

Want to share other hidden thrift clothing store finds? feel free to tag us #FatGirlsDayOut on Instagram and Facebook during your #DayOut


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?


MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

Imagine a market- style presentation of the frehest produce and ingredients cooked to your particular liking. A Fat Girls Day Out Dining Experience.

Two Best Places to Celebrate an Authentic Octoberfest in Manila

Two Best Places to Celebrate an Authentic Octoberfest in Manila

Us, the Fat Girls Day Out crew are recommending these two (2) places where you can celebrate this year’s Octoberfest and have solid and fun experience. 

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

In Westgate Alabang, there’s a relatively new Italian restaurant called Da Gianni Cucina Italia. You’ve probably heard or read about this from the local show business and celebrity social media feeds that a local A-celebrity owns this restaurant. By celebrity we mean, Matteo Guidicelli. As skeptics that we are, we already have set our own subjective bias that most celebrity-owned restaurants are just mere hypes and are just capitalizing on their fame to lure in customers. Da Gianni proved us wrong. We dropped all our notions, savored each dishes with an open mind, and listened to the Guidecelli’s family back stories on how they curated each menu selections.

Da Gianni is everything you want in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant —flattering lighting, plenty of exposed brick, terra-cotta floors, and wood tables with just the right amount of space between one another. The best part, though, Alabang’s laidback ambiance perfectly compliments this restaurant’s character. You are expected to stay long, enjoy a hearty meal, and save some space for dessert.


A Story Worth Telling

Da Gianni is named after the Guidecelli’s most loved grandfather who always expressed his wish to put up his own restaurant.  This is actually their second, the first one being Trattoria Da Gianni in Cebu. Born in Northern Italy, Gianni grandfather to Giorgia, Matteo, and Paolo, moved to the Philippines in the 1970’s, fell in love with the country, and never left. A family who’s fond of home cooking from their own kitchen instead of eating out.

Gianni a few years later, leaving two of his helpers, Antonia and Jean, with no one to attend to any longer.  The idea to put up a family restaurant has always hung over the head of Gianluca. Hence, Trattoria da Gianni (Cebu) was created. Puttin up this first restaurant gave Antonia and Jean something to look after now as they are the head chefs of the Cebu and Alabang restaurants.


FGDO Favourite Dishes

Freshly made kinds of pasta, from scratch sauces, premium Italian cheese and cold cuts, hearty soups, and probably the best dessert selections.


Fat Girls Day Out- Da Gianni
Formaggio Tomino 

Grilled Tomino cheese wrapped in prosciutto and served with arugula and cherry tomatoes. A perfectly balanced bite of melted cheese, salty prosciutto, earthy meaty arugula, and the acidic cherry tomato.

Fat Girls Day Out- Da Gianni
Quattro Formaggi with Truffle Paste Thin crust topped with four types of cheese topped with truffle paste. 
Fat Girls Day Out- Da Gianni
Bolzico Beef

Organic, grass-fed and 21 days wet-aged beef served with grilled vegetables. Take a slice then sprinkle a bit of  Himalayan pink sea salt and fresh pepper.

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Tiramisu Alla Nonna Savoyards ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cream, and cocao powder. Each bite starts at the bitter cacao powder and cream then you get hit by the strong coffee taste and finish with the tangy orange peel.
Fat Girls Day Out Da Gianni
Italian Lemon Sorbet Smooth iced lemon with a nice ta guy taste served inside a lemon fruit.


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Why Go?

This casual Italian restaurant is cozy, straightforward, and unpretentious. Their dishes are comforting and the most important part of all is the taste. Come for a strong offering of classics executed really well, with one of the city’s best Caprese salads. No shortcuts and no substitutions. A true Italian home cooking passed on through generations.



Their food is worth the splurge. It’s a great place to treat yourself for a hearty meal, impress your family & friends by treating them for brunch, and dinner dates.


Da Gianni Cucina Italiana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?




Wag Kang Plastik!: Bamboo Straws Over Metal Straws

Wag Kang Plastik!: Bamboo Straws Over Metal Straws

Read why you need to switch to a better sustainable straw replacement. Today, we’d like to talk about these nifty Bamboo sips and why it should replace the use of metals straws.