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Kalye Juan

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I've been in this resto for a number of times and there are good reasons why Kalye Juan sits in my family's list of dining preferences in MOA. The leading one perhaps is because it offers delightful Filipino Cuisine in very affordable prices. It does not boast of a long list of choices but as its menu states, it got Pagkaing Pinoy... Mga Paborito ni Juan dela Cruz (Filipino Foods... Typical Favorites of a distinctive Filipino). This is your kind of restaurant for all meal occasions. They have food offerings anytime of day. Tastewise, Kalye Juan delivers to what it calls for. Generally, the food taste like your conventional pinoy meals at home. There's nothing special to rave about but acceptable.
For a usual Pinoy meal, what could be more appetizing than green mango with bagoong (sauted shrimp paste) to start with? The Dulong (small fish) cooked in olive oil intrigued me because its in the saleable list so, I digged in. Apparently its another conventional yet gourmet dip t…

Manila Ocean Park

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It's almost 3 months now since Manila Ocean Park opened for public viewing. A lot of good and not so good tales about the park made a buzz around the country. According to its leaflet it's "the first world-class marine themed park to adopt a fusion concept - bringing together in one complex an Oceanarium, a mall, a restaurant row, boutique hotel, open water marine habitats and multi-purpose function facilities". Unfortunately, up to this writing, it's only the Oceanarium that's completed, others are still being constructed and hardly even nearing completion. Nonetheless, it still stirred up some curiosity so, off we went and experienced it ourselves.
The Oceanarium was described as "the first and largest aquarium facility in the Philippines. It promises an experience of a wide variety of species indigenous to the Philippines and South East Asia. Getting inside the park, a dome shaped entrance hall is what will welcome the visitors. It's ceiling is a…

David Cook, My Kind of Taste of an Artist

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*photo shot of americanidol.com home page
It's been days now since David Cook grabbed the much coveted seventh American Idol title. However, it does look like the Cookie fever is not to die down any soon. I wonder how many people went gaga over this guy, still are and will forever be. Well, truth is, he's taking some space in my blog. So, yes, I'm one of them. I've been an avid viewer (close to being a fan) of what Simon Cowell referred to as "the best" show in the planet, since Fantasia Barrino's crowning moment. But it is only now that American Idol's season finale brought me sheer delight. I was in utter awe that I was prompted to actually made a post about it. There's something in David Cook that makes him the "real deal" idol among other hopefuls. Much have been said about him in and out of the world wide web. He comes in a complete package as they say it. For me, this guy has that talent of magnetizing people through his music. He b…

Happy 1st Anniversary Our taste of Life!

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It's amazing how time flies so fast really. I can't believe it's already been a year of blogging for me. A year filled with wonderful tastes of life. A writing experience rich in unforgettable memories. Having Our Taste of Life online, felt like giving birth to a baby needing to be nourished to be able to grow poperly (like how I first mentioned it here).
All 95 posts were written from our own share of life experiences, and everything there was in living a happy life. The 112 comments state how the blog is still slowly building its readership. Still very young in terms of readers' involvement. Nonetheless, the blog's visits and page views along with its other statistics are more than enough reasons to keep me going and yes, celebrating.
For first timers here, thank you for dropping by. For those who have been here a number of times, my warmest gratitude for patronizing my humble abode in the world wide web. I'd like to share with you how Our Taste of Life had b…

Fun Ranch (and a Mother's thoughts on Mother's Day)

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Fun Ranch recently opened its third play center in Westgate, Alabang. As it says, it is a place where kids definitely rule. For us, this new branch means the fun is now much closer to home. (Hooray for my kids!). Unlike the Pasig Play Center, this one is a little smaller though. It’s not a compound but a building that houses the active fun center, play area, reading area and the Big Red Barn restaurant. This place was our host in celebrating Mother’s day last sunday. My kids surely had a blast in their second Fun Ranch experience. It’s an hour of jump, play, laugh and fun. I got exhausted running around with them, but seeing them having the time of their lives paid me more than enough.
As I watched them play, I can’t help but think down memory lane on how kids amuse themselves during my youngster years. Back then; we do not have giant slides to climb but we have the trees all to ourselves to mount up. We do not have trampolines to jump up and down but we have hammocks (usually made of …

Canyon Cove Residential Beach Resort, Nasugbu Batangas

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Before the summer ends and the effects of global warming turn the already unpredictable weather even worse, we took the chance of splashing into the most raved resort in Nasugbu, Batangas today, Canyon Cove Residential Beach Resort. This resort was previously owned by the UCPB group and used to be known as White Cove. The resort went a complete renovation after it was taken by the Canyon Woods group, thus the change in the name as well. Except for the dilapidated buildings situated near the entrance gate of the resort, everything looked different from the time we first visited it in late 2003. The hotel is now fully constructed and there's a huge swimming pool to take pleasure in other than the beach. There's a restaurant where you can have a decent meal without going through the hassle of preparing and bringing your own food. The downside however, is that the food is overly priced! A buffet lunch costs around P450 with very limited food choices. A set meal of grilled foodstuf…

Villa Gregoria Terrace Resort, Nagcarlan, Laguna

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When you have small kids to bring with in any out of town activities during summer, you were always limited with nearer locations to choose and shorter distance to travel. We're one of those who were faced with this kind of dilemma. Those who have killer twos and tots will probably agree with me on this. Fortunately, there are spots that are still equally enjoyable nearby. Many have recommended VILLA GREGORIA TERRACE RESORT for an out of town summer day trip. It sits in a breezy, richly filled nature in Brgy. Buboy, Nagcarlan, Laguna. To prove that indeed it's one of the hottest spots in the area, the resort was awarded by Governor Ningning Lazaro as the cleanest and best landscaped resort in Laguna in 2006. You will be greeted at the entrance gate of the resort by no less than its congratulatory banner. Approximately 2 hrs away from Manila, Villa Gregoria offers a cool nature ambiance to its visitors. The water is really cold. No need to worry though, for it will just counte…