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Vanille + Mooon Cafe

MAY 2011 – Cebu

Living in Cebu for a few months made me miss Manila every single day. The lifestyle is very diverse and the fact that I have to go home in a house without my family after a long tiring day at work kind of sulks me up.

I’ve resorted to eating out and watching movies in Ayala once in a while to make me feel better. It somehow made me feel like “I am home”, minus the fact that I have to commute and the mall close early!

Anyway, I was craving for French Macarons since I arrived in Cebu! Glad that they have Vanille at the mall because it became my “go-to” macaron stop.

Vanille will definitely catch your attention when you visit Ayala Cebu because of it’s beautiful interior!

For my first time visiting Vanille, I ordered the basics — vanilla and chocolate.

Sparkling grape drinks is my weakness! I have just given up drinking soda so this was perfect.

The happiest girl that night!

I love Mexican food! I could eat Mexican food every day! Talk about my undying love for La Delica Cebu! We wanted to try Mooon Cafe! It’s always full every time we pass by. So we really planned a date to go and wait outside the restaurant to be seated! (The whole reservation system is not a thing in the Philippines, unfortunately lol ).

Nachos for appetizer

I ordered this fruit punch to refresh me. It was pretty humid that day so I need something good to rehydrate me!

“Secret” drink.

According to him,it tastes horrible! “kaya pala secret” (that’s why it’s a secret”

We are in love with Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan so we ordered this when we saw it on the menu.

Another disappointment! It’s unappetizing and nothing like Clara Ole’s kung pao mix even!!

Deep friend chicken smothered with cheese!

The chicken fingers were not tender at all and the cheese sauce was nothing special.

We love Quesadillas! We were so excited to try both (especially after the disappointing pasta dish!)

The chicken quesadilla doesn’t seem to have enough filling at all. Over priced for a chicken quesadilla without chicken.

Their cheese quesadilla broke my heart! The cheap cheese that they used was not melted at all! Its like eating a lumpia wrapper with grated Eden Cheese!


..and this tastes like burnt oil with mayonnaise and a hint of tomato + cheese. GREAT

I was actually relieved to know that he felt the same about Mooon Cafe! I completely thought I was just not in the mood that night, so I did not say anything.

As we exited Mooon Cafe, I found myself wishing that I have ordered more in Vanille!

<3 R




It was in the middle of May 2011 when my friend and I went to this awesome lounge in Waterfront Cebu. Most of the people around me know that I am not fond of drinking anything that has alcohol in it. I could only down a glass or two (tops) of a drink that is in a nice glass (preferably in a martini glass)- and that is enough to get me going through the entire night. If there’s anything that could keep me going all night…that would be desserts!

One of my favorites? Gelato!

We went to my all-time favorite gelateria at Ayala Mall then Waterfront Cebu for our “date night”.

Treff is Ayala Mall’s rooftop bar. After living in Cebu for a couple of weeks, I really miss anything urban.

I love how cozy this place is!! Was thinking about my girls the entire time <3

My view that night made me miss Manila more.As much as I was enjoying my adventure in Cebu, my life in Manila is so different and I honestly couldn’t trade it for anything else.

Mojito is my go-to drink so this was my “one and only” lol

We also tried other drinks — tried meaning I literally just took a sip and he finished everything else 😛

Unfortunately, I was not able to take notes! I can’t remember what the drinks are called…ugh bummer!

Thinking about it now….this green drink seems to be a bad idea 😛

Caesar Salad

I spent the night eating more than drinking…like of course!

Fried Calamari


I was really disappointed with the salsa. It tasted like it came out of a jar. The texture was not fresh at all.


Mozzarella Balls

They served it with 3 sauces — barbecue, marinara, and cream sauce.

We watched Thor to end the night! What a great Saturday <3

Good excuse that I love to use.


Ear candy: Valentine by Kina Grannis (this song explains the title of my blog)

My day started unlikely! Bad weather plus heavy traffic = an insanely pissed off mood! Its just so unbearable! Next thing I know I was hopping off my car with no umbrella, running in the rain with my driver calling my name in the background! After a few disappointing phone calls, I found myself sitting in my car, with a warm apple pie beside me, wishing I didn’t leave my umbrella in my other bag!

My outfit: Top – Zara ; Skirt – Forever21 ; Wedge – Forever21

I am so crazy with the word peace and everything that comes with it since I was in high school!

The dress that I bought for our graduation pictorial 🙂

After buying our drinks in Akiba, I immediately called my driver to take us to Shang! I was super excited to eat! I didn’t know that they don’t have Italianni’s there! E was bugging me to eat there the night before! I was craving for pasta ever since he mentioned Italianni’s! I was so hungry that I couldn’t bear to walk anymore! We decided to eat in CPK instead. And boy, I’m glad we ate there! 🙂

We ordered 3 pastas!

Baby Clam Linguini in Tomato-Basil Sauce

Portobello Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic-Parmesan Sauce

Definitely one of my favorite pasta dishes!

Our third pasta: Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce with Mushroom

We did a little shopping too!

I love Yhansy! It’s the Philippine version of Diva (an accessory shop that I love in Singapore!)! I was so hyped that I was able to choose 4 accessories in less than 10 minutes!

I love this color so much!! I’m so crazy about it!

Lovin’ my feather earrings!

LOVE rings!! Need I say more? <3

My favorite amongst the accessories that I bought 🙂

..then the sweetness overflows!! <3

My day ended with a sweet bang!

Skinny Sweets!

I wasn’t the only unfortunate one you know! He was insisting to meet up in Eastwood instead the night before but I kept on saying no, just because! Long story short, he wants to surprise me by giving this! He ordered it online after I shared the link with him.

Thank you 103248082 times! :))

Royce choclate!! I love love Royce! Forevaaaah! <3

Grbe this guy is making me fat!!!

I always tell him that his penmanship is REALLY REALLY UGLY! I’ve been showing him how to write…better lol

At the back it says:

“To the girl that motivates me to write more legibly”

I love reading letters! Mainly because it gives you an idea of how a person feels about you 🙂

My favorite lines from the letter were:

“To  the girl that trimmed my nipple hair”


“your fugly feet”






2011,so far,is beautiful. I couldn’t translate into words how glad and overwhelmed I am for all the blessings that have come my way. A lot has happened since my last entry. Here’s a recap of the past 3 months.

March to April 2011

One thing that I really miss is being able to see my happy place every day!

Since I didn’t want to be a bum for a long time, I took an internship program in an in-flight catering. The experience was awesome!! A month-long experience in one of the most influential companies in the Philippines was very rewarding. Too bad I had to move on to reality and finish my internship early because I got offered a job…like a real job 😛

I must say my summer was productive. I spent the first two months,waking up early to go to the cleanest kitchens I’ve ever been to, punch out lunchtime and eat inside the car with my driver and yaya while on our way to school for some SA duties :))

I spent my afternoon with a bunch of cuties! 🙂

I’ve always wanted to teach, especially  the little ones. I was so elated to go to school everyday just because I’ll get to be an SA for these adorable babies! 🙂

Just another goal that has been fulfilled! Hopefully, I’ll get to do this again! 🙂

May 2011

I spent my apprenticeship outside MNL, but that’s a long story and I’d rather keep it in a folder (hidden somewhere deep) for the mean time.

I went back to MNL in the last week of May for 2 reasons. First, for our family trip in Singapore.Second, for the launch of Elba’s Pasta Cookbook which my friends and I are a part of.

I arrived late (I came straight from the airport and my only rest time was when I was in the car).

My friend Eldrin and Rochelle told me that they showed my pictures during the photoshoot! I really wish I saw it cause I didn’t know what I look like in those pictures, plus I don’t have a copy. All I remember was the photographer asked me to look happy and fake laugh while holding a pan while standing in front of an Elba gas range!

My recipe was also demonstrated at the event. 🙂 Salmon with Rosemary and Cream Sauce.

I stumbled upon a blog and saw this –

I couldn’t translate into words how honored I am to be part of this! Seeing my name together with Shinrou, Eldrin, Karen, Rochelle and Anya’s really touched my heart 🙂 As in, SARAP NG FEELING!

I was fortunate to have a copy of some of my recipes before they launched it! I wanted to use it for my graphical CV!

Salmon with Rosemary and Cream Sauce

Chocolate Ravioli with Strawberry Jam filling a la mode.

After the event, Enrico, Arthur and I had dinner in Mr. Kurosawa.


We surprised Shinrou with a delicious cake and  Jap Chae! 🙂

This day is definitely worth remembering 🙂

June – Gayuma Ni Maria

First night out with girlfriends after I came back from my apprenticeship.

Marry Me Moussaka

Grape Shake

I love grape shake! I always order it every time I see it on the menu.

My Kind of Mushy

Cream of Mushroom with SKY FLAKES.

This soup disappointed me. The consistency is just so bad! And I really hope that the next time that they serve this to their guests with some cheap biscuit, make sure it’s still crisp! Didn’t enjoy this at all. I even had to force it down E’s throat.

I love you cross my heart

I loved this dish! Simple yet very flavorful 🙂

We went to The Fort after and ended the night in Burger Project! 🙂 Cause we are fatties like that! lol


Bought a new camera! :)) 5th in 2 years.  aksdhafkhsg!!!

Went to Forever 21 and bought this set! Some twizzies and curlers!! <3 How cute is this?

A random photo with my favorite brats! 🙂

<3 R

Para kay Jetro.


I love to eat out and try new dishes. My friends have been raving about Van Gogh is Bipolar since I came back from Cebu. Our first VGB encounter was hapless. The restaurant was full so we had to go to Gayuma ni Maria instead. Jetro was still kind enough to entertain us for a while. He must have sensed our destitute auras that night.

It was a Sunday when we went there for the second time. We arrived there 10 minutes before their closing time. Yikes! They were still congenial to accommodate us. We had the whole restaurant all to ourselves!  Just imagine our comfort of almost running around VGB, with no footwear and some silly headgears! :))

VGB and Hausbesetzer is on top of my list —so far for the most unique restaurants that I’ve been to. Both restaurants are self-service and owned by Jetro.



Tea area

Our table was beside Jetro’s asylum. And yes, he was really there. We were all got shocked when he came out. He told us that he is sick that’s why he stayed in his “asylum” the whole day!

You get to choose your own teapot

Jetro’s asylum

This dark room was turned into a restroom.

Virginia Woolf’s Wild Turkey Soup for appetizer

My favorite ingredient in the soup is the banana chip!

Courtney’s love potion

his drink is really good! Too bad I was already full that I was not able to finish this tall glass.

I ordered Napoleon Bonaparte’s Wild Turkey Pasta with Cranberry Sauce

If only I didn’t eat 2 empanadas for my afternoon snack..and lunch in Mercato. I would’ve finished the whole course! It was so delicious!

Jho, Miggy, E and Frances all ordered President Clinton’s Aussie Lamb with Black Rice.

They all loved it!!!

Bian, ordered President Roosevelt’s Norwegian Salmon Belly with Black Rice.

We were already full that we didn’t manage to finish our dessert.

Beethoven’s Sweet Opus.

Absolute self-service! 🙂

All-in-all, it was a wonderful dining affair with some lovely people who never forget to laugh over good food 🙂


I fancy reading blogs, especially food related. One of the things that always tickle my interest is restaurants, I’ve bookmarked a lot already and I’m elated every time I get to visit one.

My friend and I were thinking of eating out after our agenda in school. He suggested that we visit this place after I showed him the link. Luckily, I was craving for some avocado tea after visiting VGB.

I was so hyped before going here! I’ve seen the pictures and gaaah it looks amazing.The fact that it is also owned by Jetro made me really excited!

It’s just a simple abode—one server,which I think also looks after the furniture and antique shop.

Tea is priced reasonably. (PHP99)

If you opt for a colder drink, you can choose from the lonely backpacker’s grub

Microwave beside the grub.



You can choose from pastas or sausages

Since we already ate lunch, we favored the sausage instead of the pasta.

I asked the server to put some cheese on top since I was really craving for it!

They have biscuits and sweets that you can choose from.

Our tray

This caught my eye. Its so exquisite!

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