April 28, 2011

Tutti Frutti in Phnom Penh

I have seen Tutti Frutti in Manila but I have never tried it there. I guess you could say, I am not really a big fan of yogurt. I know I should because it's healthy but teaching new tricks to old dogs is quite difficult. LOL!

EJ loves yogurt. Sad to say, it wasn't us who introduced it to him. It was his school. Sometimes they have yogurt for snacks. So now, I make it a point to buy yogurt for him every week.

About two weeks ago or about a month ago, we saw Tutti Frutti opened along Norodom Boulevard just a few meters away from the Independence Monument.

Since EJ loves yogurt and icecream I made a mental note to bring him there.

Last Friday, after our dinner outside, we went to Tutti Frutti. Apparently, it's self service. So you choose your cup size, then choose your flavor.

Put your own choice of toppings. They have fruits, but they looked limp, so EJ chose sugar toppings.

Put it in a weighing scale.

And pay. We paid $2.55 for one cup.

EJ was happy!

I checked their website and this is what they have say about "Potential Benefits" of their products:

- Strengthening the immune system preventing constipation, diarrhea, and bloating
- Prevention of colon cancer
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering cholesterol
- Improving immune function and preventing infections
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving mineral absorption
- Prevents harmful bacterial
- Growth under stress

Hmmm..I wonder if www.extenzesideeffects.com can boast they same benefits? Let's find out.

Tutti Frutti
Norodom Boulevard
Phnom Penh

Wishing For This Trip

The other day, I was busy checking flights, hotels and visas the whole afternoon. I was so consumed with what I was doing that I did not even have my usual afternoon snacks. Hurray!

Hubby and I have been planning about a trip to either Paris or London. But we always scratch it because, well, we have some other priorities. But then we thought, we should just get on with it. We've been good and we've been saving diligently the past few years, we really deserve a trip like this.

We're going to Manila on June/July so I am planning a late September or early November trip. I checked the weather and it looks just perfect. Cold but still not too cold for our Asian skin. LOL!

Para masulit din, we're planning to drop by Dubai for a day or two since the flight (Emirates) will be stopping by Dubai anyway.

We still have so many things to plan.

We even have not decided if it's London or Paris. But probably it's Paris.

I checked the hotels and omg, the rates for 3 star hotels ranges from $300++. Hahaha!!! We probably will stay in a 0 star hotel to be able to afford this trip. Or I might even have to sell some of my jewelries. Hmmm...that's a thought!

I wonder how much cash for gold will I get if I sell my little collection of gold jewelries?

Hahaha!!! Desperate much?

I am hoping and praying this trip will push thru. No more $2.50 coffees for me starting today. I will just make my own. And yes, no shopping until then.

Cross fingers. LOL!

Bright Colored Fruits

I am trying to make EJ eat a variety of fruits. It's not that he doesn't like fruits. He does. But only certain fruits.

His favorites are: mango, grapes, banana, strawberry and cherry.

In school, their snacks are crackers with usually two types of fruits. So he's learning or starting to like some fruits like pear, watermelon, rambutan and longan. But he cannot take oranges, ponkans and pineapples. For him, it's a bit sour even if it's already sweet for my taste.

So yesterday, I prepared three fruits for our snacks. Fruits are definitely the healthy alternative to cookies.

Anyway, this is what we had.


{Mandarin orange, Mango and Watermelon. Such colorful fruits, right?}


EJ only ate the mango. He had some watermelon but refused to touch the orange. Sigh. How could I make him eat it? I even fed him but he just spit it out.

I guess I could say, he's a picky eater but I am going to change that. I will buy more oranges from now on so he won't have any choice. LOL!

Let's see if it works.

April 27, 2011

Shopping at Central Market (Phsar Thmey)

Central Market or Phsar Thmey has become one of my favorite place here in Phnom Penh. I used to dread going there because of the traffic but with the recent renovation just completed, the traffic has eased considerably.

Central Market is always congested with human traffic. First, it's where locals and expats buy fresh produce. Second, tourists go there to buy souvenirs like gems and jewelries and third, the building is itself an architectural landmark. It was built during the French Colonial period (1935-37).

I go there to buy our weekly supply of fresh produce and to buy my monthly supply (because it gets broken almost every month) of sunnies for $3 apiece.





Inside the market, it's mostly gems, jewelries and the usual souvenirs. Outside is the wet market.

I've never bought any gems or jewelries here but I like to look at their varied collection of stones.

I will post a picture of what it looks like from the outside if I can remember to take a picture.

Happy midweek, everyone!

Hotel Review: Kowloon Shangrila Hotel

For our Hongkong/Macau trip we stayed at Kowloon Shangrila Hotel. It's located at Tsim Sha Tsui and has a fantastic view of the Harbor, at least from our room.

View from our room
The view from our room.

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 1
Our room was huge.

Mini Bar
With a nice mini bar

Complimentary Tea  and Apple
And a complimentary tea and apples in the room when we arrived. Pretty neat, huh?

Bathroom
The bathroom was well-equipped: shampoo, bath gel, conditioner, comb, hair dryer, cotton buds, razor with cream, toothbrush and toothpaste, pontytail, lotion, etc. I shouldn't have brought my toiletries. LOL!

The "office supplies" was also well stocked. I guess their market is geared towards business travellers.

I loved our stay there. The room was immaculately cleaned everyday, with turn down service every night. There was a little glitch though. Waiters at the breakfast buffet weren't exactly the 5 star kind.

It's like this..The receptionist welcomes us, asks for our room number and how many people are eating. Brings us to the table and asks us: coffee or tea? We answer, coffee. But we're already halfway through our breakfast and the coffee still has not arrived. It made me a little annoyed. Why ask us if we wanted coffee or tea when you cannot relay it to the waiters? Happened three mornings in a row.

Another thing, on our fourth day, the receptionist did not bother to ask us if we wanted coffee or tea. So we just called the waiter and asked for coffee. Guess what he brought? Tea! We only realized it when we tasted it already.

Busy? Well, they were. But that does not excuse their service. I mean, people pay about $300++ for one night and you get a mediocre or even sub par service at the breakfast buffet. Not cool.

Except for the not so good service at the restaurant, everything else was perfect.

April 26, 2011

It's Day Three

Hubby and I have started walking every morning. We are on our third day and so far, so good. We wake up between 5-5:30am. And we do a 30-minute walk/jog around the neighborhood.

I am glad we're doing this. I just hope we'll be able to continue this for a long time. I don't know why we haven't done this the minute we moved in this house. We're morning people and waking up early is no problem. So I really hope, walking will become part of our lives.

We've also played tennis again. I think we haven't played for about 8 to 10 months already. But we're committed to play again once a week. It's fun and of course it torches calories.

We play at VIP Sports Club. It's just a 5-minute walk from our house and cheaper compared to hotel's tennis courts rate. Here's the address, if you're interested:
VIP Sports Club
#227, Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Tel: 023993535

I know I promised to write about our Hongkong and Macau trip in this blog, but I have been writing it over in my other blog: My Travel Folio. Please check it out if you have time. Thank you.

A Day Tour in Macau

Macau can definitely be explored in one day, at least in my opinion. But if you have more time, an extra day or two should be more than sufficient.

We had a day tour last April 15, 2011. It was short but I felt it was enough. I have to give credit to our guide. He lets us choose where we want to go but the choice of restaurants was his. I think that was an excellent set up.

We boarded our Turbo Jet from Hongkong at about 10:30. Arrived Macau at 11:30, and were out of the immigration at about 12 noon.

We were still full from the snacks at the Turbo Jet, so we decided to go straight to the Macau Tower. Macau Tower is one of the famous landmarks of the city. It measure 338 meters from ground level to the highest point.

We did not have plans of bungee jumping (one jump costs about HK$2499!), we just wanted to see people jumping. LOL!

View from Macau Tower 1
View from the tower

View from Macau Tower 2
Another view

At the Macau Tower
Contrived smile from me. To be honest I was scared because at the back, the floor was in glass. I could see what's underneath. Super scary!

We saw one girl bungee jumped. Props to her! I don't think I could ever do it.

After the tour of the tower, we headed for lunch. Our guide brought us to these Portugese restaurant, where all the waiters are Filipino. Totally forgot the name of the restaurant. But the food were excellent.

After lunch, we went to the Ruins of St. Paul Church. Rich in history. Only the front of the church is left after it was burned.

Ruins of St. Paul Church
At the botttom of the Church, there are stores selling Macau tarts and other specialty products.

Buying tarts

Macau Tarts
Walk a few more steps and you'd be in Largo de Senado. I do love this area. It's history meets commercialism. Old building with Starbucks, Bossini, Levi's, etc.

Largo de Senado

at Largo de Senado
I enjoyed people watching here. After a little shopping for tarts, we went to The Venetian. If I am not mistaken, currently it is the biggest hotel casino in Macau.

at The Venetian

at The Venetian
Nice architecture inside. But what's more appealing is the shopping scene. I was so tired though that I was not tempted to shop. I just sat in the food court area while hubby went to buy his loot.

After the Venetian tour (we weren't able to check the Casino area because children are not allowed inside), we went to have dinner somewhere out of the city, near the beach. As usual, I did not know where we were. But I did not mind. It was a perfect place to rest and end the day.

We had seafoods and roasted pork. It was heavenly. Though I have to say, nothing beats Philippine's roasted pork or lechon.

After dinner it was back to the jetty for a ride to Hongkong. We arrived Hongkong past 9pm. I was totally drained but I wouldn't have the tour any other way. It was just perfect!

April 25, 2011

EJ Won First Prize

Last year, EJ did not win. It was our first time to join the Easter Egg Hunting at Raffles Hotel Le Royal. And we did not have any tricks up our sleeves yet. LOL!

This year, we know what to do.

When we reached the hotel, we went to work right away. We tried to look where the eggs were hidden and remembered it.

When the game started, we already had a head start. But still, some parents were even sneakier than us. It was them who personally looked for the eggs. LOL!

There are two eggs there baby.

Hubby, helping EJ at this point. Hahaha!!!

Happy and excited. He got 13 eggs!

And the first prize went to Eric Joseph!!!

The prize? A big white chocolate egg.

I know the game was for the kids, but as parents we couldn't help but join in. LOL! I had a lot of fun. We'll be doing this again next year.

Yup, we're still here for another year at least.

Just want to add, I am so grateful for all the blessings. Thanks God!

April 21, 2011

Gastronomic Delights in Hongkong

I am not a stranger to Chinese food. I mean, Filipino food, in a way has Chinese influences. We have fried siomai, siopao, fried rice, fried noodles, etc.

So, while in Hongkong I wasn't really keen on having any Chinese food. But I am glad I did. It was a totally different gastronomic experience. Loved all the food that night. Thanks to our tour guide who brought us here.

For starters we have this fresh seafood. The guide told us it's Abalone. I am not sure though if I got it right.

Avalon
We ate it raw. A little bit chewy and gummy. But I love the taste.

Lobster with noodles
Lobster with Noodles

Pork and Celery
Pork and Celery. Yummy combination, and the pork was tender.

Fish in Oyster Sauce
Fish in Oyster Sauce. This was a winner. I loved it!

Fried Oyster
Fried Oyster with Sauce

Fried Oyster 1
On closer inspection. It was still crunchy. You eat it wrapped in the vegetable and rice crispies.

Pork, Chicken feet, Mushroom
Pork, Chicken feet and Mushroom. The soup was great with a little chili. The chicken feet was so soft.

We also had crabs and fried rice but I forgot to take pictures of both. Needless to say, we were so full that night.

Despite all the long walks we had in Hongkong, I don't wonder anymore why I gained weight after only 5 days in Hongkong. Just look at the evidence above.

April 20, 2011

Boys Marry Girls

Just outside of the Disneyland shop, hubby noticed EJ was holding a Minnie Mouse pen.

Hubby: EJ, why did you buy a Minnie Mouse pen? That's for girls. You should have bought a Mickey Mouse...

EJ looked at his pen, realizing his dad was right, he answered..

EJ: Daddy! Boys marry girls. You know?

Palusot! Bwahahaha!!!

I guess EJ did not realize that he actually bought a Minnie Mouse pen. He was just excited and put it in the shopping basket right away. I did not notice it too, I just paid his purchases.

I wonder, where did he get the idea about marriage? Hmmm...

April 19, 2011

Hongkong: Avenue of Stars

One of the most visited landmarks in Hongkong is no doubt the Avenue of Stars. It is located in Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

The Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the stars of Hongkong's film industry and to people who make magic happen.

What to see there? The star's handprints, sculptures and souvenirs. And of course, there's the panoramic view of the Harbour and Hongkong Island's skyline.

Avenue of Stars is just a few steps away from our hotel, Shangrila Kowloon Hotel. So on our first day after a huge breakfast, we went there. We missed this when we first visited Hongkong last year.

Avenue of Stars 1

Avenue of Stars 2

Avenue of Stars 3

Avenue of Stars 4

Avenue of Stars 5

After Avenue of Stars, you can head to the nearest mall, Harbor City, for some refreshment and shopping.

Short Break is Over

And we're back from our 5-day holiday in Hongkong and Macau. I am still sorting out our photos and trying to get back to the daily routine.

Here's what we did in our trip. Stayed in Shangrila Kowloon Hotel. Huge room, great view of the Harbor.

Went to Avenue of Stars...

Went on a boat cruise on Aqualuna...

Visited The Peak...

Went to Disneyland...

And had a day tour of Macau.

I will definitely write more and post more pictures soon. Will also bloghop later.

Ciao!

April 18, 2011

Back from a Short Getaway

My family just had a 5-day holiday in Hongkong and Macau. It was our second time in Hongkong and first time in Macau.

We had lots of fun and I have some stories and pictures to show when I sort out my album.

I will update this blog the soonest.

Ciao!

April 13, 2011

Happy Khmer New Year!

In a few minutes we'll be boarding the plane to Hongkong. It's a 2.5hour trip from here.

We've got a long weekend so we're making the most of it.

We've been to Hongkong last year but we haven't explored the city well because our priority at that time was Disneyland and Ocean Park. This time, we'll just stay in the city. We will also visit Macau and hopefully if we can get a day tour visa in Shenzhen we'll go there too.

We'll be back Sunday night.

To Cambodians, Happy Khmer New Year!!!

April 10, 2011

Blog Giveaway at Pinaywifespeaks

My friend, Lui, of Pinaywifespeaks is having a blog giveaway. She said it's her little thank you to everyone who has been reading her blog for the last three years.

She's giving these away..

1. Cambodian silk (2.5 metres) dark red with embroidery. You can have this tailored to make a dress or long skirt or anything you fancy doing with them.

2. Two Silk scarves in deep purple and dark red.

Gorgeous right? If you want to win any one of them, please click here for the giveaway mechanics.

See you there!

April 7, 2011

Best Hotel to Stay in Bangkok

In my humble opinion, Centara Granda at Central World Hotel is one of the best hotel to stay in Bangkok.

We have stayed three times in this hotel and I can say that I have never been let down. The location is great! The service is excellent. The rooms are huge and in tip top shape. Most importantly the rate is competitive.

Hotel 1

Hotel 2

Hotel 3

Centara Grand @ Central World Hotel is a perfect place when shopping is your main agenda in Bangkok. It sits atop Central World Shopping Mall and walking distance to Siam Paragon Mall. But more than the location, what I love most is their service.

I remember, EJ was sick on our third stay there. I got a call from their guest services asking if EJ was okay. And then 10 minutes later, someone was on our door with a get well soon card and a rubiks cube for EJ. That was really thoughtful of them. I wish all hotels are like that.

It's also worth mentioning that the bathroom is huge with a very nice rain shower head. I totally loved it.

Centara Grand @ Central World Hotel
999/99 Rama 1 Road, Patumwan
Pratunam/Siam
Bangkok, Thailand