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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.

Luxent Hotel (Quezon City: Moderetely Priced Luxury At Your Reach

Luxent Hotel (Quezon City: Moderetely Priced Luxury At Your Reach

As the Fat Girls Day Out crew venture out to the city during our weekend Day Out we decided to explore the city of Quezon City to create experience-centric content for you, our audience. Now, curating places to know Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do will take more than a day the good folks at the Luxent Hotel invited us to stay over for the night.

This four-star hotel is located on Timog Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the entertainment and dining hub just along Tomas Morato Avenue.

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel

 

Upon entering their property we were already captivated by the grand and glamorous atmosphere of their facade and lobby area. Check-in was a breeze and we were immediately escorted to our Superior Queen Room

 

The Room 

We must say that the room was pretty spacious and comfortable with 2 queen size beds, perfect for family and friends.

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel

 

Our room comes with the ff:

  • Two (2) queen-sized beds
  • Buffet breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) children (5 years old and below) at the Garden Café
  • Executive desk
  • LCD flat screen TV with cable channels and DVD player
  • In-room safety deposit box
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary bottled water for two (2)
  • Coffee and tea-making facility
  • Spacious private bath with hairdryer and vanity mirror
  • Complimentary use of the computer at the Business Center located at the 2nd level

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel

 

Same with the room, our Toilet & Bath has a lot of floor space. Nice little touches of premium toiletries from Algotherm which is a marine-based line from France that utilizes seaweed extracts and other marine ingredients to help revitalize and nourish the skin. Small noticeable details as such can make your stay more pleasant.

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel

 

***See all the rooms here

 

What to Do

Staying in this hotel is like being in a one-stop place that combines a relaxing comfortable stay as well as pampering facilities, value for money food, and decent entertainment during the afternoons til’ late night.  After our quick nap, we went down to the pool area to get us some solid barbeque spread and unlimited cocktails.

Summer Rooftop Grill and Cocktails

Get ready for an awesome summer BBQ and free-flowing cocktails by the pool.Php 600 net per person. Friday & Saturday | 6:00PM – 10:00PM ***Valid until May 31, 2019

fat girls day out- luxent hotel

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel

 

***More offers here 

Although, there are different establishments that are just a stone’s throw away from the stone we opted not to go out and enjoy our nice room. That much deserved rest after the tiresome week that we had.

 

The Complimentary Breakfast 

Like most people, one of the best things about hotel “staycations” is the breakfast buffet and Luxent did not indeed disappoint. They have a complete spread of everything. The only place where you find waffle crepe, pancake, and french toast dedicated station.

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel
Exceptionally crispy bacon. 
fat girls day out- luxent hotel
Fresh Fruit Shakes

Explore their amenities inside their property

Facilities 

  • Pool Area
  • Gym
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Business Center

 

fat girls day out- luxent hotel
Pool Area

 

Meeting & Event Spaces

 

From the hotel, you can easily get to several national landmarks and parks, like the Quezon Memorial Circle and Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center or go shopping malls in the nearby shopping malls.

 

Wander along with nearby places

Nearby Shopping Malls

  • SM North EDSA (approximately 4.3km)
  • Trinoma (approximately 4.3km)
  • Robinsons Magnolia (approximately 3.8km)
  • Fisher Mall (approximately 1.7km)

 

Nearby Parks

  • Centris Walk (approximately 2.3km)
  • Quezon City Memorial Circle (approximately 5 km)
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wild Life Center (approximately 4.7km)
  • La Mesa Eco Park (approximately 17km)

 

Where to EAT (FGDO Curated)

 

Why Stay with Luxent Hotel?

As the title of this content states; “Moderately priced luxury”- They have amenities that you’d expect from more expensive 5-star hotels. You could actually get pretty good deals from online bookings for as low as 3,ooophp-4,00php ($57-$60).

The staff is very friendly and approachable. Requests are handled very fast and accommodating. Overall, we can say that we had a smooth stay.

Overall and final verdict, we’ll definitely keep Luxent Hotel as part of our recommended hotels stay when in Quezon City.

 

Luxent Hotel

  • Official Website
  • Location: 51 Timog Avenue, South Triangle
    Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1103
  • Mobile: +(632) 863-7777
  • Email: reservations@luxenthotel.com

 

 


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Where to GO and What to DO this Easter Sunday 2019

Where to GO and What to DO this Easter Sunday 2019

Plan early on and have a grand time celebrating Easter Sunday with your family and loved ones. A Fat Girls Day Out Easter 2019 #WhereToGo Guide 2019. 

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen serves healthy dishes that are packed with flavors and familiar local elements. Find out about our recent dining experience.

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Do you have plans this Holy Week? For some of us who’d rather opt to stay in Manila and avoid the Armageddon of cars before and after this holiday season,  Having so many things in our lives from the daily rat race we participate in it is imperative to take a pause. Finally, some peace and quiet in the city! Truly a pretty rare occasion where more than half of the population will go on a hiatus elsewhere.

EAT, GO and DO this Holy Week 

Not everything is closed for Holy Week and we’re here to show you how you can optimize your down low time during this season.

 

fat girls day out- holy week 2019

 

We’ll show you which restaurants are open, where you can go with your family and loved ones, and compliment that with worthwhile activities.

 

fat girls day out- holy week

 

So you’ve probably seen listings of open restaurants in Metro Manila this Holy Week, but the thing is those list will just give you branches of all the popular commercial chains, by which is already a Captain Obvious information. As we always commit to curate things for you, here are 5 restaurants that we frequent. 24 hours open and solid good food!

 

SINSUN SEOLNONGTANG (MALATE)

A hidden Korean Shabu-Shabu and Samgyusal Restaurant in the center of Manila. Unlimited deals, good quality meat, and excellent sauces.

 

fat girls day out- holy week 2019

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Quality and premium meats (dry aged pork and USDA beef)
  • Bang for the buck! Unlimited deals starts at 450php

What to Get?

  • Go for their excellent Shabu-Shabu
  • The Unlimix BBQ set

Find Sinsun

  • 1845 Maria Orosa St., Malate, Manila
  • Contact:02 310 8282

 

OLD SWISS INN (MAKATI)

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Quality comfort food
  • Private and comfortable ambiance
  • Zomato Gold: Buy 1 Take 1 on main dishes

Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past  70 years?  With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant.

 

What to get?

Try out their lent special, The Neptune Fondue (1,650php); The wealth of the sea on your table: salmon, shrimps, fish fillet, squid and scallops, dipped in saffron-infused seafood stock. Served with a carousel of sauces and garlic rice

 

fat girls day out- holy week

 

Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.

Perhaps go for their signature classic dishes;

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Old Swiss Inn

 

Read more about our dining experience here

THE ARISTOCRAT

The home of the best chicken barbeque in Manila! Introduced back in 1945 and has been well loved for generations of Filipino families.

What to Get?

fat girls day out- holy week 2019
Photo: The Aristocrat

 

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Comfort food served the right way
  • Central location

Find The Aristocrat (24/7 Branches)

  • Makati: 46 Jupiter Street corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City Phone: 899-5035/ 895-0725
  • Roxas: 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila Phone: (02) 524 7671 to 7

The Original Pares Mami House

Located at the corner of N.S. Amoranto (famously known as Retiro). Red and white walls are scruffily faded and the bright orange bowls are readily available to welcome patrons. The place is simple, again scruffy, and raw. But you can see the old hardware of aluminum, paint on the wall, faded old menus that it is a heritage restaurant and the tradition of eating at this place had been passed on from generation to another.

What to get?

But none of these competitors or copycats can battle out The Original Pares Mami House. I recommend ordering the classic Beef Pares, of course, the camaron rebusado and their campto soup. Good food stands the test of time. You do not need so much forward thinking concepts and expensive restaurants to satisfy your search for palate satisfaction. A complete set of Pares will cost you 90php (2 USD) as of May 2017. Expect to spend 300php (4 USD) for two people. You already have 2 sets of Pares, 1 side viand or noodles and share a bottle of cold Coke.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Pares

Find The Original Pares Mami House

  • The Original Pares Mami House (check Waze for exact location)
  • N.S Amoranto Sr. Avenue, La Loma, Quezon City
  • Open 24/7 (except Maundy Thursday and Black Friday)

fat girls day out- holy week

Engaging Reflection with Church Simplified’s WALKWAY: REFLECTIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Most will do Visita Iglesia (visiting churches) as traditional we all grew up doing, but you can pray and commune spiritually in a different way.

 

fat girls day out- holy week
Photo: Church Simplified

 

From filling an exhibit that covered 20 feet back in 2008  to 2 kilometers stretch if installations across BGC High Street. The Walkway: Reflections of the Stations of the Cross exhibit re-imagines how we experience Christ and re-establishes why there is a need to reflect during Holy Week. Experience the Station of the Cross in a different way.  The event runs from March 20-27.

Location: Stretch of Bonifacio High Street, Global City Taguig.

Get to know Church Simplified here.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need.  The feeling of Gratitude constitutes another facet of Positive Psychology.

Practicing gratitude means paying awareness to what we are thankful for the scale of feeling more compassionate toward the world at large. It can motivate people to make positive changes in their lives.

 

fat girls day out- holy week 2019
Photo: Positive Psychology Journal

 

One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. While regular journaling has been proven to improve your well-being, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful and experience this feeling of calmness and contentment. If you haven’t tried it, now is the perfect time to form this daily habit.

 

Check out our related article: HOLY WEEK 2019 MALL SCHEDULES IN METRO MANILA

 

The Quintessential of Holy Week 

 

Us Christians remember with sorrow all the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus also comes is the resurrection. The quintessential representation of Life, Death, and New Hope. This is the season when we can just pause and reflect on our spiritual life. We don’t want to sound preachy here, but often times we tend to forget how important it is to keep our parched souls nourished from time to time.

Wishing you a blessed and restful Holy Week.

****Make sure to also check out our: Easter Sunday Guide 

 

 


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Corregidor Island: Beyond its Stories

Corregidor Island: Beyond its Stories

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Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana is one of the 1st few restaurants in Greenbelt 3. I would remember back in the mid 2000’s that this Latino-Cuban restaurant, the bar would come across as something interesting. Why so?

You would see expats frequent this place and over the years as it developed this reputation where foreigners would come and meet the “dalagang Filipina” of their dreams so to speak. The famous al fresco area became their meeting. But see, there’s more to this Greenbelt 3 tenure restaurant.

The late Larry J. Cruz. Founder and president of the LJC Chain got inspired from his trips to Cuba. There’s something about Cuba’s collective vibe and more so its vibrant cuisine. This restaurant offers homecooking inspired Cuban comfort food that are married with spices and flavor that are pretty similar to Spanish and African cooking, with some Carribbean influence.

 

Cafe Havana
Al Fresco Area

The Character

Stepping inside Café Havana transports you to a cuban cigar and bar joint. The restaurant’s pastel-colored walls, historical décor commemorating Larry J. Cruz’s noteworthy photographs over the  years, celebrity photographs, menu and classic cocktails are a love letter to his passion and the he grew fond of re-visiting when he was in Cuba.

 

The  venue resembles a ’50s-era Havana bar, complimented by wooden homespun tables and chairs in the main dining area. Antique memorabilias and neon signs gives the space more character.  Antique Cuban cigar boxes and rum bottles, historic posters and family heirlooms. During week nights, there’s live Latino music.

 

Our Recommended Food Choices

Popular foods in Cuba are replicated in Café Havana which include everything from rice and black beans withto chicken and shredded beef, and sampling the island cuisine is a real treat for your taste buds. Below are a few staple dishes you shouldn’t missed out on.

 

For Starters 

Bianca and I love our appretifs so we suggest that you grab a glass or two of their refreshing mojito. Tangy with enough punch to prepeare your palate to an excellent meal.

 

Cafe Havana

Mojito

Inspired from sugar canes that grows abundantly in Cuba, rum is a tradition deep seated in Cuban culture. From the inhouse mojito prepared with muddled mint leaves and sugar to rum with a mixture of tropical fruit juices and the daiquiris that Hemingway famously guzzled at the Floridita Bar in Havana.

 

Cafe Havana

Sopa de Frijoles Negros (Cuban-style black bean soup)

Black beans are basically part of Cuban staple elements when it comes to food. Filling and comforting with every spoonful.

Mains

 

Cafe Havana

Shrimp in Coconut Curry Sauce

 

Cafe Havana

Chuletas de Pollo con Arroz Mejicano

Pan fried chicken breast topped with sauteed  onionss served with Mexican rice.

 

Cafe Havana

Carribean Style Salmon with Mango Mambo Salsa

 

Fillet of juicy salmon steak complimented with mango and grain mustard sauce, served with fluffy squid ink rice.

 

Cafe Havana

Spareribs  Habanera

Succulent baked pork spareibs served with Cafe Havana’s unique thick guava sauce.

Sweets

Cafe Havana

Pudin de Pan Habanero

The cuban version of a bread pudding. Rich, thick, and yet delicate to the taste. The perfect ending to a nice meal.

 

Cafe Havana

Guyabano  Pie

A warm guva pie with light whipped cream served on the side. You’d want to pair this with coffee.

Our overall take

Café Havana yields more than just a ‘meet up’ bar they have so much to offer with their well thought out concept, background history, and with fine food influenced by places like Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean, plus invigorating drinks, such as the cocktails and the Cuba Libre (rum and coke), Café Havana sure feels almost designed to delight the palate and the senses.

The LJC Group never fails to deliver quality  and cosistency over the years. Heck, we literally grew up eating at their restaurants. Learn more about their other concepts;

 

 


 

Cafe Havana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Café Havana Greenbelt
    G/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
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