Food Review – Vikings Luxury Buffet SM – MOA, Philippines

We finally  had the chance to try the birthday promotion of Vikings Restaurant at SM- MOA.

For those who wants to celebrate their special day, a birthday celebrant may eat for free at Vikings for ONE WHOLE MONTH only when he/she meets the following conditions:

  • Birthday celebrant of all ages can avail the birthday promo on the day itself and on their birthday month.
  • Each celebrant can eat for free on the day of their birthday on both lunch and dinner, as long as accompanied by ONE FULL PAYING ADULT.
  • Each celebrant can eat for free for one month on both lunch and dinner per day, as long as it is within the month of his/her birthday and accompanied by FOUR FULL PAYING ADULT.
  • One full paying adult are adult guests who will be paying full rate without any discounts.
  • Requirements for Celebrants: Celebrant must bring an ORIGINAL and VALID government issued picture I.D. with the birthdate imprinted on it, both local and foreign I.D.s are accepted, for proof (such as S.S.S., N.B.I., Driver’s License, Pag-Ibig, P.R.C., Barangay, Unified, Police Clearance I.D. and Passport) In the case that the celebrant doesn’t have a government issued picture I.D., he/she may bring his/her birth certificate supported by any picture I.D. (school I.D., parent’s I.D., company I.D.).
  • This promo can’t be used in conjunction with any current promotions or discounts (including senior citizen discounts).
  • Gift certificates to avail this promo is not honored.
  • This promo is available across all Vikings branches only (except NIU by Vikings).

Since this was an impromptu decision we didn’t have a chance to reserve a table. And that was the biggest mistake! Oh boy I was wrong to think that the place won’t be packed, since it’s weekday.WRONG MOVE!

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant is always full, which is the reason why they require a table reservation before you go there. A reservation of at least 2 days prior to your desired day is required. They are open for reservations from 8AM – 8PM. 

 After two in a half hour of waiting our number called and we were ushered inside the restaurant.I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with lavish interiors, sophisticated spread of extensive selection of foods.

And because of wide array of selections the biggest problem with dining at Vikings, is the moment you step on to the floor, you have no idea where to start. Your selections are so vast and diverse, you get confused on what your stomach wants.. 

The Japanese section has the requisite Shrimp Tempura that is always in high demand, but aside from that, enthusiasts of cuisine from the orient will be pleased with the Sushi and Sashimi choices the restaurant has. 

If you loved Italian food then Vikings Pizza and Pasta station might interest you. You can make your own pasta, with the different types of freshly made pasta as well as an assortment of ingredients that you select to concoct your personalized pasta dish.
 If you’ll visit Vikings I suggest to always leave a space for Carving Stations. It’s worth filling up empty stomach on slices of Rib Eye, Leg Lamb and the famous Binusog na Lechon.   

I must say, I was very much impressed with what Viking’s Carving Stations though the server are only giving us few slices.

They also have a wide spread of cold cuts,canapés, cheese and assorted breads.






Grilling station is must try as well. A selection of sea foods is always a nice option.

Like most buffets, the quality of desserts ranged from average to good, but your options almost felt limitless. You can choose from a wide array of cakes, filipino delicacies, or you could customize your own Ice Cream Sundae, or make your own Crepe! 

For those who are in a festive mood can taste the Christmas spirit by trying Bibingka and Puto Bumbong.It’s a bomb!


The verdict –  We ate for hours without noticing the time. We relish each meal we took. It was truly an experience worth sharing. Were we satisfied? A resounding yes! Was it worth it?Of course! Will we come back? Definitely! 

I think it’s great that restaurants such as Vikings is making the feel of luxury dining more affordable to the people. It’s a great place for a family to celebrate the special occassion.It’s refreshing to see that there is an affordable alternative when wanting to dine at an eat all you can buffet.

Vikings Prices:   



Family Day Out at Manila Ocean Park, Philippines

Hotel H2O and Manila Ocean Park is just right next to each other. That’s why Kuya Angelo can’t contain his happiness upon knowing that there is underwater aquarium inside the place. He insisted that we must watch the Sea Lion show. We check the ticket price and in the end settled with the Deep Sea Rush promotion for php 580 per person. 

We also paid for Inigo’s ticket in full because his height is above 2feet na din. But if your child is below 2feet free pa sila.

Deep Sea Rush offer includes the following:

  1. Oceanarium
  2. Jellies exhibit
  3. Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter
  4. Sea Lion Show
  5. Back of the Room Tour
  6. Symphony Evening Show

Our first stop is at Oceanarium. The Oceanarium is home to 14,000 marine creatures from around 277 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its sheer size and diversity makes it one of the world’s best public aquariums. 

 You are only allowed to enter the attraction once so might as well sulitin mo na! They will cross out kasi the attraction once you enter.   
The Oceanarium is a stunning walkthrough of the watery depths featuring seven sections and containing 1,900 cubic meters of seawater.    


At the heart of the Oceanarium is the main attraction – a 25 meter long, 220° curved walkway tunnel with a spectacular underwater view of amazing sea creatures swimming overhead.

The exit of Oceanarium will lead to the second floor where the Back of the House is located. This is the area where breeding of the sea creatures happens. You may also see the machines being used in the operation.


After Back of the House we went straight to Jellies Exhibit.




 We were tired of all the walkings that we did so we decided to go to the Sea Lion show and wait till 3pm to start.

This show is so awesome! Ang saya and ang galing! Super nag enjoy ang mga bata! 


Due to tiredness we skipped the Sharks and Rays Encounter while the Evening Symphoney starts at 6:30pm so we decided to go home na din.We’re planning to go back if our budget permits, we like to try the Trail of Antartica.


Manila Ocean Park

behind Quirino Grandstand

Luneta Manila Philippines 1000


+63 2 567 7777


+63 2 567 2309



Learning through play – A is for Alligator

We started our alphabet exploration and we begin with letter A. I am not sure whether we’ll do it in order. One thing for sure we’ll start with the letters that he likes most.

I guess it will be easy for me to incorporate his passion to animals and the learning of the letters.

You will be needing colored construction papers and a happy kid.     

Before starting he wanted to scribble on the paper so I used the opportunity of explaining the habitat of the alligator. 

I told him that alligator lived in water and he can draw a river.

When he’s done with his drawing he’s excited to paste the pieces.            

Presenting our letter of the week- A is for Alligator..🐊
    It’s always a must to prepare a snack to our #chinitoinigo who likes mainit na pandesal sa meryenda.😋   


Happy Monday everyone and stay dry! ☀️☔️ 

Staycation at Hotel H2O, Quirino Philippines

We stayed in Hotel H2O Manila for advance birthday celebration of daddy A since his actual birthdate falls on weekday,we couldn’t let this go by without a little treat so we went for a staycation.It was wonderful choice!

Hotel H2O, a weekend family getaway located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park, noted for its iconic aquarium-themed Aqua Room, the only one of its kind in the country.


 Welcome drinks, nuts and cookies were given as complimentary.   

 The pool is located outside the hotel which is quite far and I find it too public since it is within the area of Sea Lion show. People from the show are passing by and looking on us. Minus point😞

 And because it was raining the attendant in Sharks and Rays are not strict so they allowed us to have a close dry encounter with the sea creatures.

 While resting the boys started to watched cartoons while I chose to pamper myself at Zenyu Spa.   

Part of our stay is a wellness treat for two, consists of cold facial treatment and half hour on the hot bed at Zenyu Eco Spa. With the kids around, it’s impossible for us to get away from them, so daddy A stayed first with the kids while I sneaked out to have my much awaited ME- time.Yahooo!!

I was ushered to the changing room and asked to changed into scrub suit. Then the attendant introduced me into a room fitted with antioxidant ceramic floor and wall, and supplied with high concentrations of negative ions – clean pure air molecules. The room was set at 45 degrees celsius to make us sweat, relax and gain the benefits of antioxidant absorption.  It was my first time to try this treatment and the attendant explained to me the benefits of the hot stone bed. It’s good daw for blood circulation and muscle pain. Plus one point😍

I highly recommend this treatment since it’s still easy to breath and doesn’t feel heavy unlike in a sauna.

After half an hour I feel rejuvenated and cleansed. Parang rosy cheeks lang!😝

Then we went to another room to have my facial done. Ay ang saya! 😛 
To complete the relaxation I was also given a complimentary Facial Cold Treatment. Super sulit!

H2O hotel transported us to a place that’s fun for the whole family. It’s a great place to bring kids because there’s a lot to do within the complex, and the sea creatures in the fish aquarium walls really keep the kids entertained and amazed.

Hotel H20

Luneta, Manila, Philippines 1000

(Behind the Quirino Grandstand)

Phone: +63 2 238 6100

Fax: +63 2 238 6188

Reservation :

Hotel Inquiry :

Guest Feedback :


Quick update to our #chinitoinigo

#chinitoinigo is 22 months old today and i can’t believe that i didn’t post his lego theme birthday party. Give me more time🔜😆.

The little boy is so talkative though there are words that we really can’t understand. 

Some of his clear words-

Parts of the face:

  • Head
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Teeth
  • he’ll also say neck and toes

Parts of the body:

  • Feet
  • Hands

When it comes to his favorite foods:

  • he clearly say milk
  • grapes
  • rice
  • itti (for spaghetti)
  • yoyet (chocolate)
  • eyk (cake)
  • biscuitst
  • toto (water)
  • ice (iced tea)
  • ba-ba-ba (banana – because of the minion song)

His expressive language:

  • ayk – for “i don’t like”
  • yes
  • Noooooo- for big NoO
  • eat
  • drink
  • shoes
  • ipers (for slippers)
  • ba – borrow

His also very OC when it comes to putting back his slippers and shoes. Kung san kinuha dun niya ibabalik..

Every night before sleeping he’ll asked all of the people closed to his heart..

  • Bobos- Lolo Bossing
  • Nanay – for Nanay Celda
  • Daddy
  • Ya- for Kuya Angelo
  • Besh – for Isabelle
  • Ek- for Tita Keke (when asked where’s Tita Keke, he’ll say Bay for Dubai)

I can’t think anymore too sleepy perhaps but i’ll definitely post more updates soon..


The Magic Lives on at Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa Laguna, Philippines

I reserve weekends for family. Even when we were in Dubai this is the sacred time of my week. It’s been real fun so far. The kids and I are even more excited to our weekends because they know that we will do something enjoyable and magical.

August has been very good to us. So many holidays and long weekends. My family along with my siblings’ took our kids to have enchanting experience”, away from the day-to-day realities of life.  

 Enchanted Kingdom opened to the public on October 19, 1995. It was and still is the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines. The theme park boasts of rides and attractions unique to the country and in size and magnitude. These rides and attractions are located within seven meticulously theme zones interspersed with food and merchandise outlets and kiosks as well as various game stands.  Weekend/Holiday entrance fee is priced at php 600 but to celebrate the Ninoy Aquino Day they have a promotion of php 200 off for ride -all – you – can if you’ll wear yellow upon entering the vicinity.  

Our visit is just perfect because of the fewer visitors. We have enough time to see the place and the kids had a great time riding all the rides and trying all the games despite the rain.  





It was a tiring day but seeing the smile on their faces is such a reward. 

Thank you Gonzales Family for hosting the staycation at your house and thank you Nanay Celda for cooking delightful dishes. 


Food Review – The Ultimate DADS World Buffet..

There are a few things some of us take seriously in this country.
Basketball. Boxing. The weather. Politics. Showbiz. Pancake. Maple Syrup. Adobo recipe(Filipinos love this dish!). 

And Food buffet..

Last August 26, 2015 DADS Kamayan Saisaki Restaurant offers a A SPECIAL 50% DISCOUNT  to all the guests on ALL DADS BRANCHES.


This promotion marked their milestones, memories, and merrymaking throughout 38 years in the food and hospitality business.The offer is valid for one day only and a GROUP OF 6 is all you need. 

This Half Price Treat is Strictly Pre-booked and Pre-paid.



 We booked the 5-7pm dinner schedule. Dad’s Ultimate Buffet has been there for the longest time. I remember their branch in Megamall way back college days.   

Until now, a lot of people still go there to sample dishes from 3 renowned restaurants. 

You can enjoy the dishes from 3 restaurants namely:

  • Dad’s – Continental
  • Kamayan – Filipino
  • Saisaki – Japanese



With over 200++ food choices, why settle for anything less, or more perhaps? If there is anything that I really like about eating here is not just the food, but the entire ‘experience’ in dining.      


I loved the varieties of the desserts. Too many to choose from and all of them are truly rich in flavours.   


My boys enjoyed the on the spot crepe making.   

The verdict- Over all I can say that the staff are very friendly that they give a warm, welcoming presence to the entire venue. 

I think this is one of their strengths on why they still made it all these years and why a lot of their customers just keep coming back. Kudos to the company for having such great people working for you guys.


Beauty Review – Posh Nails at SM San Lazaro

It’s not often that I get to have my nails done by professionals due to my busy schedule. Taking care of my three kids demands all my time. As much as I wish I could do it regularly but my hectic load doesn’t really permit me to do so.   
Thankfully, I had an unplanned grocery shopping last week when daddy A and I agreed to meet in SM San Lazaro.

Since it will take time fetching Kuya Angelo and I have Isabelle with me I decided to had my nail done na lang.When I entered the branch, the receptionist welcomed me with a smile. 

Posh Nails Hand and Foot Spa’s is located at the ground floor of the mall. I love the place’s ambiance! It was so pretty. The interiors were simple yet fabulous. There were white sofas with pink and purple pillows that were very comfortable and inviting, and the staff are very friendly.  


I checked out their service menu and went for POSH Spoiling for my feet.After paying the receptionist  ushered me inside where Amy the attendant is patiently prepping everything.

My feet were first soaked in warm water before the foot spa. Next, Amy used Citrus Scrub to remove some dead skin. 

While I am having my me- time, Isabelle naman is also enjoying talking to the other clients and staff. She’s so bubbly!

 The Citrus mask was slathered and left on my feet and legs for several minutes before my skin got moisturized with the lotion that smells delicious! 

 Later, I fully got to appreciate the whole treatment when I felt how soft and smooth the skin on my feet and legs are.

The verdict – great staff , reasonable prices and nails look fabulous!


Lower Ground Floor SM San Lazaro, Manila

02- 4938228 / 0916-4432288 


Family Fun Trip at Manila Zoo

Before we arrived here in the Philippines Manila Zoo is already in my list to visit. Aside from the fact that it is near our place we also have kids who are fascinated with the animals.

Inigo is familiar with the animals and it’s sounds so I guess this is perfect timing for him to see the animals up close and personal.

Manila Zoo is located along Adriatico St., corner Quirino St., Manila, the main entrance of the zoo is fronting the Playground for Manila youth. It has a land area of 5.5 hectares.


For those who love taking selfie or have a snake around them then you must visitthe Jungle Adventure, just pay php 100 and they will capture  your braveness.

  Compare to the zoo in Dubai animals in Manila Zoo are just few. But the kids still enjoyed their time roaming, running and watching the animals.







 The highlight of our trip is the fun of trying the horse back riding.


Are you familiar with Vice Ganda’s launching movie?. Well, luckily Kuya Angelo rode to the famous Petrang Kabayo..

Priced at php 100 per pax, if accompnied by parent then she must pay as well.

Manila Zoo Entrance Fee for 2015:

For Non Residents – Php100

Manila residents – Php60 (Just present valid ID like village ID, Driver’s License, TIN ID, School ID, SSS ID)


It is open Mondays to Sundays including holidays from 8am to 6pm. For inquiries call (632) 525-8157

Landmark ofManila Zoo:

The Zoo is near Manila Hospital and Harrison Plaza.