Hello, dolls! Hello, weekend!! Who is ready for Spring?? I AM! I started the month with great opportunities and I can’t wait to give back to my readers again (so stay tuned cause another giveaway is in the works!). I am so glad this long work week is over!! I feel like I wasn’t able to do a lot of personal stuff because of work so I am just excited to spend the next 48 hours focusing on myself and my family.
Anyway, I know I am still 9 months away from going back to the Philippines but I can’t help but think about it every day! When you have friends who send you messages about how excited they are to see you again, it’s hard not to be this eager. The last time we were in Manila, little A was barely 7 months old. This year, I will be going home with 2 kids!! I would be lying if I say I am not nervous, but I know the plane ride will be worth it once we see everyone again.
The main purpose of our trip to the Philippines was to spend time with our relatives that haven’t seen little A yet. I’ve been fortunate for the past 3 years because my family has been coming here to spend Christmas with us so I really did not have to go back to Manila for the past 2 years. When we come home this year, I am going to make sure I spend a lot of time with my friends since it’s been overdue! lol
For our first lunch back in Manila, my parents took us to Oedo a Japanese restaurant in Quezon City.
California Rolls are extra good in the Philippines because of the sweet mangoes.
I can’t look at this picture and not drool! The eel sauce on top made this roll extra delish!
I grew up eating gyudon every time we would go to a Japanese restaurant. The yolk on top makes the cup of piping hot rice creamy.
Everyone’s favorite — a must for our family when we go to Japanese restaurants. I have to say, I always get disappointed whenever we get shrimp tempura here in the US, they are never as light and crispy!
Egg Drop Soup ; Yakisoba ; Chicken Katsu ; Japanese Chicken Curry
Raw scallops for Daddy and A 😛
This was the bomb! It was fully loaded with all the good stuff. I started a list of all the things I miss eating in Manila, one of which is takoyaki! My siblings and I would always go to SM’s food court and get samurai balls aka takoyaki. It wasn’t as fancy as this one but man was it good!
Reunited with his Titos and Tita.
“The look on your face when food is taking too long”.
“When someone asks you if they can try your food”.
There’s a Korean store next door and everyone was so excited for us to try the milk ice cream — especially my siblings who were so excited to see little A’s face!
BONUS SUGGESTION: Food Parks are a bit hit in Manila. There are usually at least 6 stalls to choose from so if you are uncertain what to get for lunch or dinner, this is a great place to go to! You won’t run out of options 😉
My siblings and I are such foodies! Whenever we come home to the Philippines, they have a list of places they want to take us so I make sure I don’t overdo mine lol. I love how we live in an area where it’s accessible to go to restaurants in Quezon City, Manila, and Makati! I pretty much gain 10 pounds easily in 2 weeks! lol
California Maki, Nachos, Adobo Tacos, and Shrimp Tempura
Little A and I have been talking about the Philippines lately. I told him some of the things my parents did for us when we were growing up and he is excited to experience some of them! Can’t wait to see my little boy the time of his life in Mommy’s homeland 😛
19 more days until our first adventure this year!!! <3