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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Angelina Takes All Six Kids To Cambodia To Promote New Film

Angelina Jolie is in Cambodia right now with all six of her children to promote her new film “First They Killed My Father”. The movie is about life in Cambodia under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, as seen through the eyes of a child. The trip is a full circle of sorts for Angelina, who first traveled to Cambodia in 2002 to film the Tomb Raider movie. That is where she adopted oldest son Maddox from an orphanage, and now, the beautiful actress has returned to the country. This time, she brought along all six of her children,Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10 and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Angelina has always used her fame for good works, embracing her role as a humanitarian and ambassador for such charities as UNICEF, traveling the globe and visiting impoverished areas, calling attention to many issues that would otherwise go under the radar. Angie has often brought one or more of her six children with her on these trips,and has really given them all a sense of the world around them, and what really goes on outside of the glow of Hollywood lights.

In an interview with BBC News during the trip, she revealed of her children: 'Everything I do I hope ... I represent the right things to my children and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of and the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life but really take them into the world where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.' We love that Angie is such a hands on mom and that she takes great pride in teaching her children about the world around them! 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Our Scrumptious Lunch At Aresi Restaurant Subic

Our idea to have lunch at Aresi happened as a result of curiosity.  We've been hearing good things about their selection of dishes from the reviews of other guests and although most of those who came and dine at Aresi has been mentioning that foods there are quite expensive, we were still keen to try their foods.  After all, we are not simply trying their foods, we are also celebrating Mika's birthday. So we called it a date!  We left house an hour before lunch time and we arrived at Aresi just on time. The place is not so crowded yet and we were able to choose the best spot in the restaurant.  Aresi Restaurant is actually located inside the Court Meridian Hotel which is at the Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

in front of the building








The restaurant itself is not so big but it looks decent and elegant.  Everything is simple but cozy.  As to the foods, I would say that they serve one of the best foods in SBFZ.  Some restaurants would claim that they serve Italian dishes but you cannot actually feel the distinct Italian taste of the foods. This was not the case with Aresi.  We ordered the 5 cheese pizza, one dish is Chicken with Tomato Pasta.  I forgot the name of the dish but it tastes heavenly.  The last dish that we've ordered is pork chop that comes with pasta, as well.





As regards to the service, it's not really good but never bad, as well.  Overall, I love this Italian Restaurant although I admit that their price range is on the expensive side.  If I could remember it right, the lowest price per dish is about Php300.00.  

If you happen to visit Subic, having a lunch or dinner at Aresi is still worth a try.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Vanilla Cup Cake Subic Bay Freeport

We just had a simple celebration for my daughter Mika's birthday last January 4. We have decided that we are going to spend it just the three of us... me, her and her kuya Edmar.  Her Dad will be home in February as he wanted to be present during her unica hija's graduation rites, so he cannot come home early for her daughter's birthday (buhay ofw). :)

Anyway, I asked Mika where she wants to go aside from our chosen restaurant where we intend to have our lunch.  I was referring to a cafe where we can hang out and have a talk while drinking coffee. She immediately told me that she wanted to try Vanilla Cup Cake inside the Subic Bay Freeport.  Honestly, that sounds new to me but she assured me that the place is nice and cozy although she haven't been there yet actually.  I think she'd been hearing about Vanilla Cup Cake from reviews on Facebook and had seen photos of it's branches in Manila.  So, Vanilla Cup Cake was our second stop after we've been to Aresi Restaurant for our lunch.  My daughter was right, the place is really cozy and the moment you enter the door, you will feel that you are entering a wonderland with all the bursts of colors and enchanting chandeliers adorned with artificial flowers.  To be honest, we could not decide immediately where we wanted to be seated as every corner of the restaurant is picture perfect.  I guess this would be a good "chill place" while waiting for our musicians friend return.  Probably my daughter is waiting for an invite to a music bar (lol).

Here are some of the photos taken inside Vanilla Cup Cake inside the Freeport.
   


Look at those lights adorned with flowers, so cool!


We ordered for some drinks, I forgot the name though.  Their prices are quite expensive although I hate to say that I don't really enjoy the taste of the cakes and the drinks.  The green salad was okay though, the Romaine lettuce is fresh and crispy.





They have choices for cupcakes that could be seen on the glass display, but we opted to have sliced cakes.






These chairs are really really cute! How I wish I could bring home one. (lol)




I love the framed quotes in black and white. They come in different shapes and sizes.  I almost wanted to go near to that wall and read all the quotes. :)




Overall, the place looks appealing although I won't say that foods are exceptional.  Oh and one more thing, we got disturbed by flies.  I can't concentrate with what I'm doing until I politely told the waitress about it.  She immediately brought us a scented candle maybe to drive away the flies, but sadly, that didin't help at all.  I wonder how could these flies take entry into such a beautiful place. I've noticed that the staff are looking at us and I could see from their faces that they feel so shy, so I just told my kids to just forget about the flies. hehe

If you're looking for a nice cozy place, I think this is worth a visit especially if you want to capture really nice photos.  Our photos here were just taken from my daughter's Iphone, I wish we had a better camera. lol




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nashville Music City


I have heard from a friend that if you certainly love music and you want to search for a great music destination, then Nashville is really a good option.  This is where you can watch your dream shows and concerts with that music festival atmosphere.  Isn't it cool to visit Country Music Hall of  Fame and Museum?  How about exploring legendary music venues like Grand Oly Opry and Ryman Auditorium. How about shopping for that Hatch Show Print which is a perfect Nashville souvenir? There's a lot to explore visiting this Music City, a must destinations for music lovers/travelers. 

However, if you just like to shop for some authentic and quality brands of musical instruments and accessories, then you need not go further.  You can get the Apogee's top of the line by simply shopping online.  Pick your choice, they have all these state of the art equipment at guitar center.

I'm not really into music but I have friends who are. I'm sure they will find Nashville to be a great destination although I would prefer a place where I could catch a glimpse of nature.  But that;s what traveling is all about. To derive pure pleasure seeing what you really love.  So whether you are a music lover, a nature tripper, souvenir hoarder or simply want to back pack, there's a lot more to explore when it comes to traveling.  

On the second thought, Nashville City can be in my bucket list. What do you think?


Searching For Cheap Tickets



I've seen this travel hack and wonder if it;s true. I've seen searching for cheap tickets for future travels with the family and I am clueless except for the fact that buying ahead of time is the absolute cheapest.  I am not aware though that there is also a day and time required so seeing this travel hack is really cool.  Perhaps, I would give this a try and see if it works. There's nothing to lose but something to gain, isn't it?  I think I have to start choosing my destination first, from there I could do a search for the cheapest airline ticket.  I'm not really a fan of travel packages as I find the itinerary jampacked without the chance to enjoy and explore. I prefer DIY coz I got to choose what I want to see, what I want to do and what I want to enjoy.  Some travelers have that distinct preference for places and attractions, so I think that DIY tours is a better choice.  This is for me though as I could not speak for the rest but working with all the options is a must so you could find the right one for you.

Happy Travel! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

See The World For Free

I've been watching this new talent search for Pinoy Boy band members and for someone who is not really into music, I get to understand what it takes to be a band superstar.  You don't need just talent, you need the looks and the charm to captivate your audience.  Being a band superstar requires a total package, so to speak.  Now, I am thinking how challenging and difficult it is for some band members to travel around the country and the world to perform.  So many things need to be done, that's why they need a tour manager to fulfill this obligation.  I just think that this job is kind of exciting if you does not really have a talent for music but you wish to travel as much as artists do.  Last time, I dreamed of a job that would let me travel for free like a Flight Attendant, an airline staff or any job that would let me see the world and at the same time earn some money.  That's really coo, right?

However, sometimes things happened not exactly the way you wanted it. I managed to travel though by working overseas and took some days off crossing across the boarders and seeing another country. Looking back, I don't have any regrets.  Sometimes, we do not get things exactly how we wished for but something closer to it.  That's good enough, right?

Now, I just get contented having occasional trips not to work but to get pure pleasure. :)


Thursday, September 15, 2016

There's More to Traveling Than You Know


My family loves to travel but this has taken a back seat for the past couple of years due to our busy schedule and of course due to our never ending home improvement projects.  My daughter has been urging me to travel again but I've explained to her that I have to set priorities and our home improvement projects and investments should come first.  After all, we can still enjoy going for trips as soon as our projects are completed.  On the second thought, traveling does not only pertain to those expensive trips abroad, local travels are also  least go for included, so I told my son one day while I was reading the interview with p-nut that we should at least travel once every year whether locally or abroad, the most important thing is we are able to see new places each year.  If our budget is till tight, we could choose a destination which will not really require us to spend a lot and that we can still enjoy.

We have agreed to visit a place or two from the top local destinations during their scheduled home leave.  I guess this will not be an issue to their Dad who also love to go for adventures with the family.  So I guess, from now on, we will try to schedule a trip or two each year.

I love traveling!
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