Jan 29, 2016

Buffet 101 International Cuisine - Glorietta 2, Makati City

Rex, a good friend of mine, took me and Robert to dinner sometime last year. Yes, this is yet again another long overdue blog update. It was his birthday. We’re supposed to have steak at Bubba Gump’s but we changed our minds and decided to go with Buffet 101 International Cuisine instead, which I thought was a good idea since we both love to eat a lot.

Buffet 101 International Cuisine has several locations in Metro Manila; this branch is the one closest to where I live. Located at the New Glorietta 3rd Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, in Makati City, this place exudes an air of smart, refined elegance with their luxury-hotel-like ambiance — with lovely luxurious decors and appetizing lighting.

Note that I was only able to take few pictures of the place and the food because it was too crowded, and I was having a hard time moving around. Now – without further ado, here's our dinner experience at Buffet 101.

Jan 25, 2016

Kirstyn’s Book-Inspired Birthday Cake

My eldest step daughter, Kirstyn, turned 12 last January 15. Her Daddy wasn’t able to celebrate her birthday with her as she spent it with her Mom. Though it’s a bit late, Daniel still wants to give Kirstyn a little birthday celebration.

Our Kirstyn is a big reader. She and I both love books and reading. So Hubby decided to get her a book-inspired cake. Hubby ordered it through Lina's Custom Cakes (visit her facebook page, she’s amazing). Isn’t this the cutest cake ever? Talk about devouring a book – literally! My mouth actually watered just looking at this cake. I'd also like to have one on my birthday. Ha-ha!

Have a wonderful day. J

Jan 22, 2016

My Medical Examination Experience at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (Visa Interview Requirement)

It’s been months since hubby and I have been working on my spousal visa going to the US. Yes, we finally decided that it is about time for us to live together — after being away from each other for 3 years (total of 6 years since we started our relationship). And now that we finally got my interview date, I started working on the additional requirements needed for my interview.

Medical exam, I believe, is one of the most important parts of the whole immigration process. The US is very careful when it comes to the health of the people going in and out of their country, which I believe is for the common good of everyone.

Before I start telling you my experience, I want to remind everyone that the US Embassy only accredits medical examination from St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic. NO, you cannot have your medical tests done elsewhere.

Jan 19, 2016

Kaya Korean Restaurant - Glorietta 2, Makati City

It’s not really surprising that I am crazy over Korean food and culture, as some of your know how addicted I am with Korean dramas. Whenever I get a chance, I always try to eat out or search for a new Korean restaurant in my area. Kaya Korean Restaurant is not new, though I have tried their food through Food Panda delivery a couple of times, I still want to dine here just to check what my other options are…and freshly cooked food tastes slightly better than those delivered ones. 

Jan 11, 2016

My Top 10 (Favorite) Best Korean Dramas of 2015

Hello there. How’s your 2016 going? Today I am posting a general response to the question I’m asked most: what’s your favorite Korean drama in 2015? I’ve answered that question timidly most of the time, but today seemed like an appropriate time to finally hash it out.

I honestly had a hard time putting together my top 10 list. 2015 has been fascinating year for Korean Dramas. You have no idea how many times I’ve changed this list – swapping this drama for that, moving this drama up or down the list a few notches – as I look back with all the dramas I’ve watched in 2015, indecisiveness took hold. But don’t worry you guys, I got it together. I love a lot of dramas last year, and I could’ve easily expanded this list to Top 20, but I want to stick with Top 10 that I am quite happy with. So without further ado, I present to you my Top 10 (favorite) Korean dramas of 2015. 

10. Mrs. Cop
Main Cast:
Kim Hee Ae as Choi Young Jin
Kim Min Jong as Park Jong Ho
Lee Da Hee as Min Do Young
Son Ho Joon as Han Jin Woo

My Short Review: Mrs. Cop is a solid cop drama. I love Kim Hee Ae’s character – smart, strong, admirable woman who sticks to her principle and a good leader who truly earns the respect of her team. The plot was satisfying. There are flaws along the way, but I ignored them as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey with our cops. I love how the team are perfectly balanced and work together seamlessly. They always get the job done. And we got some kissing, that’s all I asked for. Haha! 

9. She Was Pretty
Main Cast:
Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin / Jackson
Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon
Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri
Choi Shi Won as Kim Shin Hyuk

My Short Review: This drama is sweet, light and funny. Plot-wise, it was so-so, but I like how things turned out. The satisfying finale was also a plus. But I truly wish, in my dreams, that second lead would be given a chance to live a happy life as well. But you know what’s funny? It is when you realize that the supporting characters have better stories than the main leads, except they don’t get a happy ending. Well, I wasn’t saying the leads were bad; I was referring to the story line. Enough with my whining! I still highly recommend this drama. 

8. Yong Pal
Main Cast:
Joo Won as Kim Tae Hyun
Kim Tae Hee as Han Yeo Jin
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Do Joon
Chae Jung Ahn as Lee Chae Young

My Short Review: Regardless of its flaws, I love this drama because it is Joo Won’s. This would have been my number 4 if not for its ending. I don’t know, as much as I love this drama, I just felt something is missing. Not sure what it is, could be the ending, or just because I have too many unanswered questions. But anyway, this drama is still one of the best out there. Definitely a must watch. 

7. Twenty Again
Main Cast:
Choi Ji Woo as Ha No Ra (38)
Lee Sang Yoon as Cha Hyun Suk (38)
Choi Won Young as Kim Woo Chul (43)
Kim Min Jae as Kim Min Soo (20)
Son Na Eun as Oh Hye Mi (20)

My Short Review: I literally cried when this drama ended. I adore this drama and the main leads. I love how the plot focused on female lead’s simple story and her road to self discovery. It’s been an uplifting and emotional journey for No Ra; she actually inspired me to do some soul searching on my own. Lots of life lessons in this drama and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole journey with the whole cast. I am happy with how it ended, but it would have been more fulfilling to see the romance with Hyun Suk develop. 

6. Pinocchio
Main Cast:
Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung
Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo
Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae

My Short Review: There were flaws in the story but who cares, its Lee Jong Seok’s drama! Lol Kidding aside, I love this drama, not just because I love the leads but also the story is heartwarming. I appreciate how it shows and centers the importance of Family. The writer deserves the credit, for bringing such a thoughtful, compelling story to viewers. This drama carried a meaningful message while giving us lots of entertaining and cute moments, and of course a sweet and satisfying finale. Definitely a must watch.  

5. Healer
Main Cast:
Ji Chang-wook as Seo Jung-hoo/Park Bong-soo/Healer
Park Min-young as Chae Young-shin/Oh Ji-an
Yoo Ji-tae as Kim Moon-ho

My Short Review: An almost perfect drama. To all of us K-Drama addicts, we know it’s rare enough to find a drama that is consistently good from the first episode ‘til its finale. Healer gave me everything I wanted – a great and realistic story line (with lots of kisses! lol), very well written scripts, characters were all good (nobody was wasted), and of course, a very satisfying finale. 

4. Hidden Identity
Main Cast:
Kim Bum as Cha Gun Woo
Park Sung Woong as Jang Moo Won
Yoon So Yi as Jang Min Joo
Lee Won Jong as Choi Tae Pyung

My Short Review: Out of numerous excellent action packed series in 2015, Hidden Identity is the most profound. Honestly, I watched this drama because I was too bored and had nothing going on. I wasn’t expecting anything out of the top, but damn, this drama really blew my mind. The plot was good, I was hooked! This series kept me on the end of my seat from beginning to end. The fighting scenes were good. If you love action packed dramas, you should watch this. This is truly a gem.

3. Oh My Ghost
Main Cast:
Park Bo Young as Na Bong Sun
Jo Jung Suk as Kang Sun Woo
Im Joo Hwan as Choi Sung Jae
Kim Seul Gi as Shin Soon Ae
Park Jung Ah as Lee So Hyung

My Short Review: No, I surely don't believe in ghost, but I enjoyed this piece of work. This is one of the few dramas I wish would never end. I cried my heart out with its finale, the emotions were so genuine, and how the goodbyes were beautifully done. This drama is almost perfect, well it sure had its share of missteps along the way, but I really don’t care. Oh My Ghost made me laugh, weep, and the story-line really warmed my heart. The actors and actresses portrayed their parts really well, not to mention they all have great chemistry. P.S. The bromance will make you giggle, and the kisses were so real. Haha! You better watch this, you’d definitely love it. 

2. Kill Me, Heal Me
Main Cast:
Ji Sung as Cha Do Hyun / Shin Se Gi / Perry Park / Ahn Yo Sub / Ahn Yo Na / Nana / Mysterious X
Hwang Jung Eum as Oh Ri Jin
Park Seo Joon as Oh Ri Ohn
Oh Min Suk as Cha Ki Joon
Kim Yoo Ri as Han Chae Yun

My Short Review: This is one of the most interesting dramas I’ve ever seen, and one of those dramas that made me weep. It’s a good kind of weird story line, very creative, full of heart and the characters are very well executed. Ji Sung truly took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Without a doubt, this is one of the better Ji Sung’s roles in the last couple of decades. I loved all the characters (personalities) he portrayed, I laughed and cried my eyes out because of them. This drama is great, and the finale was sweet and heartwarming. I can’t be more satisfied.  

1. Reply 1988
Main Cast:
Hye Ri as Sung Deok Sun
Ryu Joon Yul as Kim Jung Hwan
Go Kyung Pyo as Sun Woo
Park Bo Gum as Taek
Lee Dong Hwi as Ryu Dong Ryong

My Short Review: Though Reply 1988 is still currently airing, I already considered this series as the best drama in 2015. I can’t tell you how much I adore this drama. Yes, it's another "guess-who-the-husband-is" series, but I love that the focus of the plot this time is not mainly about the love-story. It’s more about family, friendship and dreams, something that everybody can definitely relate into. I cried at every episode I’ve watched. I laughed and giggled more than a thousand times because of the craziness of each character. Everyone played their part so well, including the parents. Everyone did and still doing a great job at making Reply 1988 a very entertaining and relatable drama series. A real piece of work. Only 2 more episodes to go, I hate to bid good bye to this wonderful show. 

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): A Girl Who Sees Smells, D-Day, Ho Goo's Love, I Remember You, Punch, Sassy Go Go, h My Venus, Scholar Who Walks the Night and of course, Who Are You - School 2015.

Thank you, as always and forever, for reading! 


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