Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Real Thing Diner

Being a coke person made me so eager to try this restaurant. It was still closed when we arrived. We didn't know the restaurant opens at 1:00 PM so we waited outside for a few minutes. First thing I noticed as we entered the restaurant were the Coca Cola memorabilia. The setting was a delight to see! This coke inspired restaurant not only offers coke infused meals but also uses Sprite, Sarsi, Royal True Orange and eight o'clock orange to add flavor to the dishes. We tried different interesting dishes and the Sarsi wings were definitely the stand out here, everything else we ordered tasted ok to me. The food was not bad but my taste buds were looking for more hint of coke flavor. Prices are reasonable for the portions and level of service. The Real Thing Diner is located at the 2nd floor of Il Terrazo Mall, Tomas Morato Quezon City.

Sis with the kids

Coca Cola Seafood Jambalaya (P229)

Sarsi Wings(P199)

Signature Platter- a combination of coca cola baby back ribs, royal tru orange pork chop and eight o'clock chicken served with rice and a pitcher of coke (P799)

Chicken tenders with Coca cola bbq dipping sauce (P169)

Kani Salad (P149)

Sprite potato cheese soup(P99)

Coca Cola BBQ Burger (P249)

Coke float (79)

Coke-drizzled Sundae (P139)

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Friday, January 20, 2012

How To Animate Photos

I was supposed to post a tutorial on how to animate photos since some of you have asked me how I do the "moving pictures" or animated photos. I usually use Photoshop or Jasc animation shop but I was thinking not everyone has them and there are several steps before you can animate pictures. Here's the good news! I discovered a website where you can easily animate your photos in 2 simple steps and I'd like to share it with you. Just upload your photos to lunapic and you're all set to animate your pictures. You can also open images from your facebook account, picasa, photobucket and flickr.

Here are the screen shots

You can upload up to 10 photos. ( I uploaded 3 photos)

After uploading your photos, you can now save this to your computer.

You can use the continuous shooting mode in taking pictures while holding the camera still. What I always do is fix the camera to a tripod for perfect position and to avoid camera movement. Then I use the custom self timer mode and set the number of shots to be taken.

What makes me happy?

Taking pictures of my nieces makes me happy! They are always ready to pose for the camera. They even suggest I take wacky photos of them. lol! Seeing them making faces and doing wacky poses makes me smile!

Taken before going to a Japanese grocery store in Makati to buy goodies for the bentos I make.

Taken before going to Children's Playgound at Luneta Park

Taken before going to SM to watch The Smurfs

The one in green is my sister's daughter while the 3 other girls are my brother's daughters.

Photoshoot before eating out for lunch and grocery shopping

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Cebu ( Part 2 of 2)

Plantation Bay also offers a day trip package which costs Php2,000 per person. Children 4-12 yrs old get 50% discount while 3 years old and below are free of charge.

I asked my sister: Which resort did you like the most? Shangrila's Mactan or Plantation Bay?

Here's my verdict:
Food- I love the food at Shangrila's Mactan
Room- I love the soft and comfy bed at Shangrila's Mactan
Beach- I love the beach at Shangrila's Mactan. The beach at Plantation bay is quite small.

Which resort will I choose If I were to go back? I'd definitely love to go back to Plantation bay! My sister liked Shangrila's Mactan better than Plantation bay because of the elegance of the hotel and it's classy feel. I just love the laid back and cozy atmosphere at Plantation bay and I think the swimming pools are also way better. The kilimanjaro swimming pool has several water jets, jacuzzi, bubblers, sprinklers and a cave with whirpool. It can never get crowded at the resort because of the huge swimming area. The next time I go back, I'll absolutely avail the special indulgence spa package!

More photos:

The next day after having breakfast, we went kayaking.

East Saltwater swimming lagoon

Ykaie in the Gazebo

Gorgeous isn't it?

We are twitter's trending topic! We bought matching tops from Whatever.

Behind are the Water's edge rooms. I was supposed to reserve for a Water's edge room but with a hyperactive kid like Ykaie who is always excited to dip in the water, it is just not advisable.

Lunch by the pool

Want some coconut juice?

This is the beach. It's this small. What you see is what you get. ( Who needs the beach when you can also have fun swimming in the man made lagoon!)

Shot from the other side

Bought Zubu Chon's lechon at the airport

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Cebu ( Part 1 of 2)

Here's the continuation of our Cebu getaway.

After an amazing overnight stay at Shangrila's Mactan, we were more than excited to reach our second destination: Plantation Bay Resort! From SM Cebu, it took 30 minutes to get to Plantation bay by cab which cost us Php350. I reserved a Lagoon Side room. The room features a balcony which opens directly onto the man made lagoon. You can be in the water a few seconds after leaving the room. Plantation bay is known for it's ginormous man made saltwater swimming lagoon.The grounds are beautiful and perfectly landscaped! A day wasn't enough for us to explore everything the resort has to offer. It was tiring to walk around and check out every nook and cranny but who cares, I have to say we loved every minute we spent here!

I think there are at least 4 freshwater swimming pools around the resort

The lagoon in front of our room

Time to dip in the water

picture taking first!

North Saltwater lagoon

Kilimanjaro swim up bar

Kilimanjaro fresh water swimming pool

I was having a hard time climbing up this rock for some photo op! lol!

Night swimming

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