Apr 30, 2014

A Satisfying Lunch @ Mr. Choi Kitchen in Forum Robinsons

This place is good. I've tried a lot of Chinese restaurants in the Metro, but none of the rest is even close to Mr.Choi Kitchen. I love Chinese food, but I can't eat it as often as I want to because it’s a little hard to find the “real deal”. Or probably I am just not familiar enough of where I can find the authentic Chinese places. *sigh* If you know a place, let me know! *puppy-eyes*

I don’t have any regrets giving this place a try. We were supposed to have our lunch in a spaghetti place, but changed our minds, and decided to go for Chinese food. And here’s what we ordered:

I had a hard time deciding because everything looked so good, but ended up ordering Fish Fillet Taosi Sauce Rice Topping (Php190.00). I loved it. I’m extremely satisfied with this fish dish.

Rex ordered Beef Brisket Rice Topping (Php190.00). He said it was good. And based on the reviews online, I am guessing this dish is one of their most popular meals.

We also ordered Mr. Choi Dimsum Combination (Php300.00). This one is good as well, but a little heavy. This one is the combination of everything I love – siomai, dumplings, and more. 

And I will say this again - this place is good! I love the ambiance, the food and I love how everything is well-priced. This restaurant deserves every cent we paid. Before I forget, this isn’t a fast-food, so expect to wait a while after ordering because food is cooked as you order. Anyway, I would highly recommend this place to all Chinese-food lovers.

Location and Contact Information: 
G/F Forum Robinsons, 30 Pioneer St. cor EDSA 
Highway Hills, Mandaluyong 
Phone: (02) 687-2691 
Check their Menu here

Apr 12, 2014

Christmas Dinner at NuVo Bar - Greenbelt 2, Makati City

I have posted this in my old blog, and sadly, that blog got deleted for some unknown issues. Anyway, I had a crazy Christmas day back in December. It was a busy one. But I am thankful to have so much for which to be thankful!

My Boss arrived from the US and invited me to join them for Christmas dinner. We had to stroll around Greenbelt 1 to check places but some restaurants were already close. So, we had to go to Greenbelt 2 and we end up here, at NuVo. I love it here. Good food and good live music! The overall ambiance was chic and high-class. Anyway, here's what we ordered:

We were served with their complimentary bread. I have already mentioned this before - I love restaurants who serve complimentary breads! hehe :p

Michael and Carol ordered Caesar Special. It's Caesar salad with slices of grilled chicken or scallops. This tastes really good.

Carol ordered Pork Chop. She said it was quite good.

Okay, I am not really sure what is this called. It was Michael who ordered this. Pasta? :)

Ina and I both ordered Duo of Blue Marlin and Tiger Prawn. It's blue marlin steak and tiger prawns served with vegetable relish and steamed rice. Very delicious.

I have to say that if you're looking for a nice place with great food and great ambiance, NuVo is the place for you. It's both suitable for dinner date or business meeting. A perfect place to chill, listen to great music, eat delicious food, and oh, cocktails are good as well. A bit pricey but you go on a holiday to pamper yourself occasionally, right? ;)

Location and Contact Information:
G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St
Ayala Center, Makati City
Phone: (02) 757-3699

Apr 10, 2014

DIY: Making my old fave shoes look new and stylish!

I went to the mall to check if I could get new blue flat shoes. Blue is my favorite color by the way. But nah, I couldn't find anything nice. I saw some but they are a bit expensive and don’t even look that good. And so I decided to make one myself! I went home and checked my shoes. I found these pair of bronze flat shoes that Mom gave me 5 years ago. Yes, I am not kidding - 5-year old shoes. These are really comfortable and I wear them a lot because of that. Isn't it obvious?

Apr 3, 2014

Requirements for Foreigners who want to Marry their Filipina Fiancées in the Philippines

My husband, Daniel, is an American. We got married here in the Philippines last 2012. Since then, people who want to go through the same process kept asking me questions about the requirements. So, I thought of writing a post about it for me to able to explain everything in detailed.

I understand that getting married is one of the few most exciting events in one’s life. But before you go crazy with other details like rings, gowns, tuxedos, flowers, cakes, receptions, catering, invitations, etc., you have to complete the legal documents that you need before getting married. Please note that the requirements needed in obtaining a marriage license depend on one’s civil status and residence or nationality. In this post I will be sharing the step by step process in getting a Marriage License in the Philippines.

First, both the American and the Filipina Fiancée need to prepare the following documents to be able to proceed with the marriage registration.

American Fiancé/ Fiancée need the following:
  • Passport – 2 photocopies
  • ID – 2 photocopies
  • Latest Date of Arrival – 2 photocopies
  • Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage or Certificate of Legal Capacity 
  • Certificate of No Marriage CENOMAR or Certificate of Singleness
  • Divorce certificate or Spousal Death Certificate (1 original and 2 photocopies) should the foreigner had been married before. Original copies are required.
  • Parent’s Consent or Advice should the foreigner is between the ages of 18 and 21, he/she needs to obtain a written consent from his/her parents or guardians in accordance with Philippine law on age requirements for Marriage.
  • Military Approval should the US citizen is an active member of the military. 
  • Naturalization Papers should the Foreigner is a naturalized Citizen – 1 original and 2 photocopies
Filipina Fiancé/ Fiancée need the following:
  • Birth Certificate from the National Statistics Office (NSO)  
  • Certificate of Registration from the Local Civil Registrar 
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) or Certificate of Singleness
  • Parents’ Consent or Parental Advice
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Cedula 
  • Barangay Certification or Barangay Clearance 
  • Death Certificate of Deceased Spouse should the Filipino/ Filipina is a widow or widower
  • Certificate of Finality of Annulment from the Court should the Filipino / Filipina is annulled
Second, given that you already have the mentioned documents above and the foreigner (American in our case) has already secured the required affidavit (Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage) from his respective embassy in the Philippines, then you can now start with the basic steps in getting a Marriage License in the Philippines;

1.) Schedule a Pre-marital seminar at the City Health Department or Municipal Health Department and pay the necessary fees.

2.) Attend the Pre-marital Seminars conducted by the Municipal Health Department or City Health Department and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

3.) Get your Certificate of Attendance for the seminar you have attended

4.) Get and fill out Application for Marriage License (Form 90)

5.) Attach all the necessary documents needed (these are the basic requirements mentioned above)

6.) Submit the Application and the attached documents

7.) Get Claim Slip

8.) Wait until the application had been posted by the posting officer

9.) Get the Marriage License

There is a 5-day to 2 weeks waiting period from the filing of the Application to the issuance of the marriage license, but it can be considerably more depending on whether any of your paperwork has any issues and the schedules of the officials whose approval you will need. Note that the marriage license has 120-day validity period and maybe used anywhere in the Philippines.

During the marriage ceremony, you have to present the license to a person authorized to solemnize your marriage, such as judge, justice of the peace, priest or minister of religion to consummate your marriage.

Even though the application for marriage license may be tasking, it will always be good to know that a marriage well-celebrated and well-prepared-for will always be worth the wait and the effort. It is not important how long and tedious the preparation is; what matters most is being married with the person you truly love.

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