Thursday, October 21, 2010

Momo Cafe: Momolicious Food!! :)

Since we live near Eastwood now, Mom and I spend almost every Sunday over there to hear Mass and of course, EAT! Me thinks we'd be able to eat in every restaurant in that place very soon! So far we've eaten at Italiannis, Cravings, Cafe Via Mare, and Cyma although I was with my BFFs then.

Our recent gastronomic exploration at Eastwood is Momo Cafe. Under mother company Raintree Restaurants, Momo Cafe shares its fame with "sisters" Mr. Jones, Museum Cafe, and Chelsea.

It was a dream come true when we finally ate there, I've read rave blogs about their Fish & Chips, and I knew I just had to try it out for myself! But first thing that invites you over to their posh restaurant is the HUGE bar and chiller purveyor of all alcoholic drinks and sweet desserts!

The alcoholic in me wanted to try some of their cool cocktails, like the Mojito with lychees which I saw being happily ingested by our seatmate. The thing was I was on a mega dose of antibiotics for my stye that left me sober for an entire freagen week! I just knew I had to come back to try that one out!

Anyway, Mom and I decided to first have soup. We ordered the Herb Pumpkin with Bacon Bits and French Bread. It was thick, creamy, and oozing with pumpkin goodness! We were sold with this already and couldn't wait for our main entrees!

We decided to just share a dish, since we had the pumpkin soup, and we're not really big eaters. We were so very much contented with the Country Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Corn. The chicken was tender and fried to perfection. I am salivating just by writing this, I am definitely conjuring up the memory of this dish and it is making me hungry!

Momo seems to be on the innovative end for their drinks. I was reading their menu for a perfect drink to keep me distracted from that purplish Mojito beside me. This drink, Peach and Lychee Shake got my attention. Aside from bananas and mago shakes, peach and lychee make me happy! But this one in Momo Cafe kicked ass! Perfection combination, the slight sourness of peach combined with the sweetness of the lychee made on orgasmic shake! Good God! This definitely kept me busy, slurping up the entire shake til there was no more! I found myself scrapping the bottom of the glass for more! It was so good it deserves two photos here! :D

Reading from this entry, I'm sure you guys know that I'd definitely come back here! And oh! They have a treat for you when they give you your change. CHOCNUT! Ain't that sweet! Instant dessert for Mom and me! :D

Momo Cafe
Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
Tel No. 900-1006 or 1007
11:00am to 11:00pm, 7 days a week

Kiddie Parties Today Are Way More Fun!

I am so bad..haven't really been blogging and I've got a couple more entries lined-up. No thanks to the Hunger Games trilogy which occupied most of my time! But anyway here's one my long-overdue posts! :)

My cutie-pie, yet oddly, Chinese-looking nephew (photo above), Samuel Dumana Yu-Asensi, III or fondly called Trey, turned a year old last October 3. His mom, my cousin, invited all of us to his birthday party at the Li'l Fun Ranch at Westgate, Alabang. I was excited because I love kiddie parties! Why? Number one the food's usually good (all the junk food, yey!). Number two, you just get to feel young all over again, and at 25 you'd do whatever it takes just to experience it, even if it's just a mere couple of hours!

The place was huge! Kids nowadays are just so spoiled when it comes to their playtime, they have this HUGE place just for them to have fun in! And when I was a kid all we had was the vast expanse of our street and Jollibee. Having a party in Jollibee meant you were sorta cool, or something like that! Although in today's modern world a birthday is still best celebrated with the family with a cocktail, sun, sand, surf, and sloshnation at the beach with your best friends, and salubongs on a roofdeck in Rockwell. :)

Upon entering, the first thing that greets you is this BIG ASS play pen! I was awed by this ginormous play thing, I wanted to go in and check it out. But since I wasn't a yaya, I wasn't allowed inside. It looked soooo fun! Why didn't we have this when we were kids? NOT FAIR!

Trey's birthday party was at the Upper Barn. It was a huge function room that could fit about 50 people, with a mini version of that huge play place. When we got there the kids were already throwing balls at each other, screaming, and having a go at the slides. Oooohhh but to be a kid again! *sighs*

The kids were having such a blast running around! The adults (which I unfortunately belong to now) just milled around talking about stuff. But we were soon preoccupied by a really loud host who made the kids do the usual birthday games like bring me, and a modified trip to Jerusalem. And while the kids were playing, the little stations of food started serving popcorn, ice cream, and a chocolate fountain. I was waiting for lunch so I skipped this section first.

After tiring the kids out with the games, the host announced LUNCH and it was like the gates of Heaven opened! I was hungry already ok! My cousin chose a really good food selection (buffet style) for the adults. There was a pretty long line at the buffet table good thing I was quick on my feet and got there first! :D

The adults had a good, balanced meal of carbonara (which was really good!), fried chicken (which was sooo good with the gravy), and Caesar salad (also yumyum!). We all had overflowing iced tea for drinks.

The kidlets had a meal of spaghetti and barbecue. I tasted it and it was really good! :) This is one cool kiddie party, I was loving it..and so were the kids who were really chatting it up while eating! :)

And to keep the kids happy after their big lunch, they were entertained by this really cool magician! He was really good, even the adults had a good time watching him working on his tricks!

After the magic show, it was time for the birthday boy to blow his candle. The kids, sporting really cool, yellow shirts which says, "I had fun at Trey's 1st", all gathered round the cute birthday cake and sang the birthday song.

We didn't get the yellow shirts, but we all got our photos! Photo booths are a hit nowadays, and they're like in every event from wedding receptions to lifestyle events. But this one my cousin hired had a really cool concept. They had a photographer who roamed around with his printer at his back! First time for me to see this and I thought what cool innovative idea!

And so to my little cutie nephew, Trey, hope you had a wonderful birthday! I wish you grow up to be a good boy, good son to your parents, a great loving brother to your Ate Alexa, all the intelligence the Lord could grant you, and a set of wonderful barkadas in the future! It's a cool world, Trey, and I wish for you to set out and make your mark in the world! We love you baby boy!! :)

Lil Fun Ranch
Westgate, Alabang

Photoman Shooting & Printing in Realtime
Tel. No. 355-2739
Mobile No. 0917-8191414

Friday, October 8, 2010

Trip or Treats: Goodie Giveaway #7: WIN 2 VIP Tickets to the ADAM LAMBERT's Glam Nation Concert!

Trip or Treats: Goodie Giveaway #7: WIN 2 VIP Tickets to the ADAM LAMBERT's Glam Nation Concert!

My blog has been sprucing up links from Trip or Treats but when I saw this I just had to join! ADAM LAMBERT BABY!!! So click the link above and join Trip or Treats' Goodie Giveaway #7! I swear she gives out the best goodies...EVER!! :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Love-Hate Relationship with The Medical City

Last Tuesday (September 28) I get a call from my Mom telling me she wasn't able to go to her lunch meeting at the Manila Peninsula because she wasn't feeling well. Apparently her blood pressure reached 180/90, and my cousin who is a cardiologist instructed her to go to the nearest emergency room because the rise in her BP was just too sudden and besides the measurement, she was asymptomatic. Since we've already moved to the province of Rizal, the nearest hospital was the Manila East Medical Center, but since I told her I was leaving the office already I'd just bring her to The Medical City in Pasig City.

You see, I really hated The Medical City. When I was still a medical writer for a publishing company, we interviewed a lot of doctors from different fields and different hospitals. But we always had a bitch of a time at The Medical City. They're just so iffy with photographers and media people in general. I don't know what they're hiding, but they reject media people and reject them in really disrespectful manners. I won't elaborate anymore, it'll probably take up most of the blog entry, and besides it's not my story to tell. It's just really annoying that a reputable hospital such as The Medical City could have really disrespectful employees!

So there we were at the Emergency Room, Mom was immediately tended to by a nurse who checked her BP, and when they saw that it was high she was immediately wheeled to a bed.

Then came the super busy bee nurses who asked Mom about her medical history. In fairness the nurses are really efficient, they kept coming back to check on Mom every 2 minutes or so! It was also in the ER that Mom had her Electrocardiogram (ECG).

Their ER was also huge and really clean! Although I noticed that as the night wore on a lot more people started coming in! The hallway was soon filled with patients in wheelchairs, wheezing, puking, hacking, it was creepy!

Since Mom's BP was still high after taking 3 blood pressure lowering meds, I knew I had to have her confined. Since we live far off, and I wasn't sure if her condition would improve at all, I asked my cardiologist cousin if it was okay to have her confined. He said to have Mom undergo a complete blood work and 2D Echo, something I also had early this year. He referred me to his junior resident, Dr. Eric Pascual. Just a bit of an offset, this doctor is TOTALLY CUTE!! :D

Once Dr. Pascual gave us the go signal, I was off to the Admitting Department, and was amazed by their system. They give you a number, and while waiting you just have to fill up a record. Since it was late, I only waited a couple of minutes before I got entertained by this super efficient and friendly girl named Rose Ann. Sorry for the ninja pics, I was wary of TMC's policies on photo taking!

The admitting process was just really fast! And I noticed how their record keeping was high-tech with the use of bar codes and all that! Rose Ann also explained to me the house rules and even gave me a booklet on TMC's guidelines. I was thinking I'd have a bitch of a time getting Mom admitted since we weren't used to The Medical City. Ever since we've gone to the Makati Medical Center, and we always have it easy there because my Mom's cousin is head of Pathology. So getting a room and getting tended to wasn't hard! And I didn't expect getting an easy time in TMC, but boy did I have an easy time! I felt so mature and all-grown-up checking my mother in a hospital!

After almost 5 hours in the ER, we were finally taken to our room! I'd like to thank the cool nurse whose name I forgot, for being such a clown!

We were taken to Room 1423, a Standard A room. Mom's health plan allows us to stay in a Large Private Room, but when I was at Admitting, I was told that the De Luxe and Superior rooms were full.

Our room was small but cozy. It had all the essentials - private T&B, cable TV, and a small ref - but what sucked was the "bed" for the yaya. It was painfully small, even for me, although it took some getting used to.

I am totally thankful to the wonderful nurses of 14A, they really took care of Mom almost to the point of smothering her. I've never had a hospital experience where nurses kept coming in and out of our room every 5 minutes or so just to ask her how she is. It was annoying but it was completely cool! We stayed there for 2 nights, and Mom was really comfortable.

I'm still loyal to Makati Med and I have not forgotten about the disrespectful guards, but the experience in The Medical City is worth writing about. Not bad for our first time in that hospital. I'm 100% sure Mom and I will be back there. :p

The Medical City
Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City
Tel Nos. 635-6789; 631-8626

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