Father’s Day at the Hyatt

On Father’s Day, June 19, 2011, treat your Dad to a feast of culinary delights at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila.
Market Cafe will prepare a spread of international specialties like jambalaya, honey garlic spare ribs, beef Wellington with port wine glaze, roasted garlic leg of lamb with rosemary crust, lamb biriani, and assorted tempura and sashimi, to name a few.
A dessert station will be filled with freshly baked pastries, chocolates, cakes and home-made ice cream.
All these for just Php 1,800 net per person, inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks and local beer.

Father's Day at Market Cafe

At Li Li, look forward to scrumptious dim sum in a special Father’s Day Yum Cha for only Php 1,800 net per person.*
From 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, indulge in a wide array of dim sum creations such as steamed shrimp dumpling or har gaw, seafood and dried seaweed roll with asparagus and caviar, spicy chicken encased in a golden bun, fish shaped dumpling with scallops, and long-life dumpling with lobster.

Father's Day Yumcha at Li Li

Feast on Peking duck flown all the way from Hong Kong.
Plus, enjoy a variety of barbecued meats and Cantonese specialties of roast suckling pig, soy chicken, char siu pork, marinated beef shanks and more.
A dessert buffet will include chilled mango pudding and a milk chocolate fountain with assorted goodies for dipping.
*The rate is inclusive of free-flowing iced tea, soft drinks and local beer.

Peking Duck at Li Li

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
1588 Pedro Gil Corner M.H. Del Pilar, Manila
For inquiries and reservations, please call 245-1234


Aelita Andre

What if your four-year-old could do this?
“Aelita Andre is a four-year-old abstract painter of Russian heritage and the youngest professional painter in the world.
Her paintings continue to sell around the world to international buyers and she has been compared to Jackson Pollock by the press and her visionary style to Salvador Dali and Wassily Kandinsky.”

“Rarely do we have the privilege of witnessing the act of creation in a child who is so dedicated and single-minded. There is a sheer joy and pleasure in the act of painting, the feel of the paints and process of combining colours. Often Aelita will sing or have a running commentary while painting.”


Best for last

The people at the Inn at Cliffhouse were kind enough to refund the room which had a conked out aircon.
They made sure the Carrier people came over yesterday to fix the problem, but it would take a few days, according to the technician.
Tagaytay is really amazing. Wish I had a place to stay.
God, are you there?


I took the boy for some ice cream at Café Breton at the Cliffhouse

Christian, 3

We bought flowers to plant at home. What do you call these lovely things?

Bought this flower in Tagaytay

On our last night we had an amazing dinner at Antonio’s Grill, which comes from the group of Antonio’s Garden and Breakfast at Antonio’s.

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Photo: Aaron Abadilla

Inside looks carinderic, no aircon, and lots of giant flying insects which scared Markus—but I think they serve the best Filipino food ever.

inside antonio's grill

Everything we ordered was divine—from Marky’s pork sinigang

Sinigang na baboy at Antonio's Grill, Tagaytay

To my grilled liempo

Inihaw na liempo at Antonio's Grill, Tagaytay

I like that they just serve everything on white plates and bowls, without any frills like a side of vegetables or atchara.
I love this no-nonsense Filipino restaurant.
Spare me from fusion and all that. Just give me some rice and a cold glass of Coke.

Inasal Lunch at Antonio's Grill
Photo: Table For Three

It’s a good thing they’re not next door, otherwise, I’m in big trouble.
Ate there on a Monday night. I have a feeling I wouldn’t like it there on a weekend because I don’t like crowded places.

Antonio’s Grill is on Maharlika Highway, Silang Crossing, West Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines
Tel. +63 (46) 413-4847

Cooper is missing

Our friend’s Yorkshire Terrier slipped through the gate on June 4, 2011.
He was last seen in Dasmariñas Village.
If you can help find this dog, please call the numbers below.
Family missing him badly.
844-0860 • 844-0861

My creation

Tour of Tagaytay

I’m sure there are nice places to stay in Tagaytay, they’re just not open to the public.
The best place to stay is a log cabin, but we have no access to one anymore.
That is one of life’s regrets. My dream is to own a log cabin in Tagaytay one day.

Tagaytay Highlands 3

I used to wish we had shares at The Spa and Lodge, but when I visited last year the place was in dire need of renovation. So sad.
I feel bad for the shareholders who deserve a well-kept place.

Spa Lodge

The boys don’t want to go home yet, so I went all over the place looking for a nice hotel to move into.
The first place I went to was Discovery Country Suites. It looks a like a big cozy house turned into a bed and breakfast. I’m not so crazy about the restaurant they set up in the lobby, but the food is supposed to be good at Verbena.
I checked out all seven bedrooms—most of them nice and cozy, but the bathrooms are all in bad condition.

Discovery Country Suites 3

Discovery Country Suites 2

Next, I checked out The Boutique. Don’t let the pictures and website fool you. Of all the places I looked at, this was the most dilapidated—from the lobby to the common areas, stairwell, and most especially the kitchen area. I had the urge to run out.

The Boutique Bed and Breakfast

The Boutique - 5

Right next door is The Theodore, so I walked over there.
The lobby looks like it was designed by a novice, but some of the rooms are OK.
The rooms are generally dark and moody, not for children at all. It has a bordello kind of feel, so maybe good for romantic couples.
What made me back out are the bathrooms—some have no walls (I hate open bathrooms), some are really small, you have to squeeze in to enter the toilet. So I gave up.


(Photos: No Doors)


Next I checked out the Summit Ridge Hotel, which is probably good for large company outings. It is really a budget hotel.



Last, I checked out Taal Vista Hotel and all I can say is, mas maganda pa ang Medical City Hospital. I gave up.
Time to go home!

Taal Vista Lodge

After seeing all of that I conclude that the Inn at The Cliffhouse is still the best place to stay, but I’m not coming back.
Three things:
We just have to make money and get a place of our own.
We are better off just going to Hong Kong or some other country.
We can take the kids to Baguio or to Abaca Resort in Cebu. I really want to see.
Here’s wishing for better hotels in the country.

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