Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spice Fusion Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated my husband's birthday and had another extraordinary dining experience, but this time it was at Spice Fusion. This place fuses the flavors of Southeast Asia with all its spicy, sweet and sour dishes. It's managed by Malaysian Chef Ling Sui Ching who does a great job of keeping their menu fresh and exciting by introducing new items on occasion.


But enough talk(type), here's what we had...

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Mint Green Tea and Chrysanthemum Mint Tea
Dumpling Soup
Steamed Tofu Skin Shrimp Roll
 
Battered Chicken in a Basket
 
Sambal Mixed Vegetables
 
Grilled Tanguige Steak in Banana Leaf
 
Roasted Honey Pork Belly
 
Sizzling Pepper Beef

Everything was so good and the kids agreed the restaurant was top notch. My 4 year old even asked if we could go back and this is while we were STILL eating. No birthday meal is complete without dessert and what better way to end the celebration than with ice cream! But not just any ice cream...only THE BEST for my hubs.

Cookies 'n Cream, Milk Chocolate, Italian Cream Cake and Mocha Almond Fudge
Blue Belle...ma belle...sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble! It's been over 5 years since we've tasted your sweet, creamy smoothness and now we can experience your southern goodness once again. Happy Birthday daddy, hope you enjoyed your day of fun, shopping and good eats...Love ya' lots!

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hong Kong: Nong Ping 360 and Po Lin Monastery

Another awesome family vacation in the bag. We can never get enough of Hong Kong because there's so much things to see and do and we barely scratched the surface with last year's Disneyland trip.

The Big Buddha and the 250+ steps we climbed to get to it.
Our trip was a little longer this time around so we were able to see  more sights like Ngong Ping 360 and the Po Lin Monastery which was the highlight of our vacation. We went on a 20 minute cable car ride overlooking the ocean and mountains, climbed up 250+ steps to see the Tian Tan Buddha (the Big Buddha), and delighted our bellies with a vegetarian lunch at the monastery's restaurant. 

Boarding the cable car, kids not too sure about it all.

But apprehension soon turns into excitement and discovery.

Views below from the cable car.

Exploring Ngong Ping 360 Village before heading to the Big Buddha.

Atop the Big Buddha, climb was not that bad.

Vegetarian lunch included tofu, mushrooms, bean curd, deep fried spring rolls, soup and hot tea.
After our visit to the monastery we checked into the Rosedale Hotel Kowloon (highly recommended by the way) and headed out for dinner. We had dinner at Cafe De Coral which is considered to be one of Hong Kong's popular "fast food" chains...

Baked pork chops, spicy sausage, sweet bbq pork, spaghetti, beef soup, and bbq duck.
If this is what they consider "fast food" then count me in, I'd eat you ALL DAY!

And according to my children, no trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to Disneyland which basically made up all of Day 2's itinerary.


I would say this Disneyland visit was more relaxing, less rushed and a lot more enjoyable since we've seen almost everything in previous visits and we just focused on the rides and shows we missed last time. Like the AutoPia car racing ride that my youngest was too small to get on last year let alone drive. This year all three kids were tall enough to drive. Check out Zoe speeding like a boss at 100+ kph (really 10 kph but the speedometer was exaggerating a bit)...


Traveling with kids can be such an adventure and my children were awesome sports. They tried foods they weren't familiar with, conquered fears of height and speed, and didn't mind all the walking we did in the three days we were in Hong Kong. I'm pretty sure I burned about a million calories so that should make up for all those carbs I consumed ;)

See you next year Hong Kong!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Birthday Dinner at Tymad Bistro

(Photo taken from Tymad Bistro webpage)
This past weekend I celebrated my birthday...spent a quiet evening with my family and had dinner at a small French restaurant called Tymad Bistro. Feeling younger than ever and according to my 4 year old I'm ageless. 

Something my children surprised me with in the morning. 
"Mommy, if it's your birthday now then why do you still look the same when you were a kid?" -Ben

Gotta love this kid! If I keep aging at the same rate then I should be looking like I'm in my 20's by the time I'm in my 50's...thank you awesome Asian genes. 

But back to my birthday dinner which was absolutely delightful. I haven't had French cuisine in ages and since the owner/chef of the restaurant is French, I knew it was going to be authentic. 

Let's start off with the appetizers.

Escargot de Bourgogne (snails in garlic and parsley butter)
My "I Love Lucy" moment with the slugs
Salade Paysanne (salad with bacon, eggs, tomato and olives)
On to the main course...

10 oz. Steak Chez Philippe (angus rib-eye in a pepper sauce flambee Cognac)

Brochette de Lapu-Lapu Au Beurre Blanc (lapu-lapu and prawn skewer in white wine butter sauce)

Cotes De Porc Persillade (pork chop in white wine, garlic, and parsley butter)
Dessert, dessert and more dessert!!!

Tarte Aux Fraises (strawberry tarts)

Black Forest Cake

Berry Cake

Strawberry Shortcake

Creme Brulee

Yummmmmmmmmm!
It was all good. Chef Philippe was very gracious and even made the strawberry tarts gluten-free as per my request (which I did so a week in advance). Would definitely come back, especially for dessert. So here's to another year of a great life and good eats.

Happy Birthday indeed!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

It's that time of the year again when we honor and celebrate fathers everywhere, good and bad (but mostly good) because without them we wouldn't be here. 

A good father is so much more than just a provider, or a disciplinarian or man of the house. To me, a good father is...

Not so quick to pick you up when you fall, because they want to teach you how to pick yourself up...

Someone who will not only praise your strengths, but strengthen your weaknesses...

Willing to let you make mistakes, because they know you will learn and grow from them...

Never afraid to cry, whether they're tears of sadness or tears of joy...

A role model for what to look for in your future husband...

Going to teach you how to treat and love your wife and kids...

Always going to be there, no matter where life's journey takes you. They will love you unconditionally even if you messed up...a lot...like big time.

That is MY father! My dad, my papa, my look-alike! Thank you for being such a good father and a great example of a Godly man. It's no surprise that I ended up marrying a man that's just as wonderful of a husband and loving father as you...Happy Father's Day from 9000 miles away!

Me and My Dad (with his "jazz" hands) 2 years ago when they visited the PI
And today we showed my husband how much we appreciate him and all he does for us. The morning started off with a surprise breakfast along with a book the kids and I made for their dad titled "We Love You Because..."


My husband hasn't been out of the house in almost 3 weeks, literally. He's been consumed with launching new campaigns, running Facebook ads, and trying to figure out marketing algorithms...and the man has grown an impressively husky beard during this period.

I figured it was about time we reintroduce my sexy caveman back into society and what better way than with a day of R&R (without the computer) at a tropical beach resort! So after breakfast, we headed on over to Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort.





Daddy is really enjoying the beautiful view.....or not. At least he's napping relaxing.


We also came across a whole bunch of interesting creatures in the ocean including several different kinds of starfish, sea urchins, crabs, and one strange black pokey looking thing that scared the bedazzle out of me...





Overall it was a great and truly relaxing day. Hope everyone's Father's Day was just as awesome as my husband's!


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