Posts Tagged ‘Manila’

Seri Fantasy World is a gallery of 3-dimensional art painted freehand by (apparently) famous Korean artists. Basically, it is full of interactive paintings that gives out a 3D optical illusions when photographed with. I visited the museum a while back with some of my girl friends and I am gonna share with you some of my favorite snaps below.

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Welcome to Seriland!

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Ren posing with the giant mushrooms before we enter the museum

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Giant bear (???) guarding the entrance

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Two modern Filipinas with a Dalagang Pilipina. LOL my captions are ridiculous!

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Lorraine and I tending to our carabaos

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Lorraine catching a falling watermelon while I take a selfie with the vain farmer

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Gotcha!

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Oopsie!!!

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Abby and Lorraine petting a tiny dog

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While I get flown away by a giant eagle

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Falling off the wagon

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Ren helping out a fisherman with his catch

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ROAR!

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Hmmmmm… Abby and I thinking where in the Philippines should we go next

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Peeling off Mona Lisa

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ET phone home

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Waiting for the bus with Forrest Gump

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SHARK!!!

Outside the Trick Eye Museum is a little Bear Museum and a Kid’s Play Area.

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We also checked out the very short Mirror Maze. It was very short, but fun nonetheless.

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We really had a great afternoon at the Seri Fantasy World Trick Eye Museum and I would love to go back again to check out if there are newly installed artworks.

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Intramuros (Latin, “within the walls”) is the oldest district and historic core of the City of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also called the Walled City, the original citadel of Manila was the seat of government when the Philippines were acomponent realm of the Spanish Empire. Districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning “outside the walls”.

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My friends and I took a long time deciding where to go for lunch during our Luneta/ Intramuros escapade. We wanted to eat somewhere with a great ambiance so we searched online for restaurant recommendations. We actually chose a different restaurant (it’s name escapes me as of writing) but it was closed down for the day. We wandered around the area and found the very inviting façade of Barbara’s.

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They have a buffet lunch offering at Php545 per head. My companions were getting hungry and the pressure of the midday sun bearing down on us made the decision-making quick, despite the slight deviance from our original budget.

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We were led upstairs to their dining area. I was quite impressed of how cozy and warm the interior is. It reminds me of old Spanish style homes in the province with its wooden floors and sliding windows.

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The whole room was bathed in the warm glow emanating from a number of chandeliers hanging above our heads. It probably was a slow day for them because aside from ours, only two other tables were filled. The absence of a big crowd made the restaurant more ambient as we could only hear occasional boisterous laughter from the other patrons and a slight clitter-clatter coming from the kitchen.

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On to the food…

Their spread was quite limited. With that, I can still say that it is still worth the price. For me, it is quality over quantity.

For appetizers, I had a bit of Waldorf Salad and Pita chips with Hummus dip. I liked the hummus a lot! I kept prodding my friends to try it out, LOL. I also had a few spoonfuls of Sweet Potato Soup, but it was too sweet for my taste.

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For mains – I sampled the Buttered Baguio Vegetables, Paella, and Grilled Fish with Garlic Sauce. The paella was really good – the shrimp looked (and tasted!) fresh.

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I liked the fish so much, I went back to the buffet table for another slice LOL. I also got a few slices of Roast Beef (best paired with the Cheesy Mashed Potato) and the very fresh tasting Lemon Peppered Chicken with Mango Salsa. The salsa must have been a favorite among the diners because the bowl was already scraped clean when I got some. I simply requested for the servers to top it up and they immediately took out a heaping bowl from the kitchen.

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Their desserts were not so impressive, I must say. I tried their Brazo de Mercedes (meh), Brownies (meh), Banana Sesame (meh), and Coffee Jelly (yums!).

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I realize I did not eat much, considering it was buffet dining. Maybe I will go back when my tummy is up for some pigging out. I was just not the usual buffet mood that day so my friends were teasing me that I did not get the bang for my buck. It’s all good, I’ll be back for revenge. Hahaha!

Also check out my Luneta Photowalk post, if you’re keen. 🙂

In an effort to get to know my country more, I always try to visit historical places (within Metro Manila or in the provinces alike). I have never been to Luneta before. In fact, I was still quite confused which is Luneta and which is Rizal Park. As it turns out, they are actually one and the same. D’oh!

Join me as I show you some bits and pieces of this national landmark.

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It has been raining here in the Philippines for a few days now and the unforgiving rain coupled with ferocious winds and inefficient drainage system has resulted to floods everywhere. 😥

 

 

By the way, I was in the office before the suspension of work in the private sector was announced. I am now about to head home and hope that I get there safe. Being dry would just be a big plus judging from the way the rain keeps bitch-slapping our office windows.

I pray for everyone’s safety and fervently hope that the rain would let up soon.

 

 

 

The weather in Manila has once again gone berserk. These past few days, it was pouring down hard. But today, the mighty sun’s rays pierced through my bedroom window and roused me from sleep before my alarm clock did. Annoying! Unfortunately, I had ~girly pains~ so I decided to go to work late, (12-9pm) instead of the usual 9am-6pm  shift.

 

The other day, I watched The Amazing Spider-man. Andrew Garfield is oh so hansummm! But Emma Stone elicited more squeals from me, heh. I just love her to bits. 🙂 But I like her more as a brunette. It’s as if the blonde hair softened her personality – well maybe that was the intention after all since the role she plays in this movie is not really a gutsy/ quirky one. In any case, the movie was still great. It was too great, I even dreamt about the slimy lizard villain. Ulk. Movie #37 out of my target 100 for the year. 🙂

 

Then yesterday was the hump-est of all Wednesday humpdays. I woke up feeling depressed and lost. I felt as if I am not having the most quality relationships. But then I keep questioning if I’m just being choosy and nit-picky. Bottomline: I keep liking people who don’t like me back. And the people who actually like me? I question their intentions and push them away. Bah! I just can’t with all these feelings.

 

It makes me wonder if I am already on the onset of my so-called quarter life crisis. For crying out loud, I am just about to turn 25 in more than a month’s time and this quarter life shite dares to show its ugly face this early on. Meh.

 

But then again, maybe it’s just the PMS… Oh the joys of being a girl!