Monday, August 20, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Rustica Restaurant Tarlac versus Rustica Restaurant Angeles City: Which One is Better?

Rustica Restaurant Concepcion Tarlac Review

Usually, a restaurant's branches should follow the same theme, price, policy, recipe, and serving. I'm not sure if the management of Rustica Restaurant has something to do with this - but these two branches, Rustica Tarlac and Rustica Angeles City seem to belong in different worlds.

We've been a fan of Rustica Restaurant, located at Concepcion in Tarlac, since 2014. Even though it's smaller than the branch in Angeles City, the place has this rustic and nostalgic aura. Aside from their delicious and authentic Filipino cuisine, the servings are significant and worth the price.

Rustica Restaurant in Angeles City is bigger, brighter, and more accessible. It's a head turner for all passers-by. It has more customers since it's in Pampanga where people prioritize food quality more than the price. However, the serving size of the food we ordered (Sinigang na Halo, Buttered Shrimp, and Sisig) is noticeably smaller. Since we have a deep stomach and a strong desire to compare things, we were slightly disappointed. Our total bill of Php 1,800 plus wasn't worth the amount of serving. Fortunately, the quality was still excellent.


We're sticking to Rustica Restaurant in Concepcion, Tarlac.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My 4-Year Old Son is Now Suffering Because of Too Much Screen Time

I'm a work-at-home mom and am the breadwinner of my family. I work more than 150 hours a week, so iPad has become a babysitter for my son since he was 2. Despite my sister's continuous warnings about the harmful effects of too much screen time for kids, I didn't listen because I had no choice. Now, my son suffered the consequences.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

What I Learned From My 4-Year-Old Son's Acute Gastroenteritis

Acute Gastroenteritis

My son returned from the hospital two days ago due to Acute Gastroenteritis. It all happened so fast. It started at 4:00 in the morning of January 23 when he woke us up and vomited his entire meal from the previous night. He was complaining and kept on pointing at his tummy. We thought he had difficulty digesting the "Sinigang na Salmon" he ate for dinner.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City Review: Still Our Favorite!

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - room

Like last year, we spent our first three days of 2018 in our favorite city - Baguio. We booked a Superior Room in Grand Sierra Pines Hotel for two nights through Agoda.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City

It was already our second time staying at Grand Sierra Pines. The first time was in June 2016, when I made a surprise family trip for my husband's birthday. It was all worth it. The hotel staff even helped me plan a little surprise for hubby. When we settled in our room a few minutes after our arrival, they came with Baguio's famous strawberry shortcake, a few balloons, and a birthday card while singing Happy Birthday. It wasn't free, though - I paid P2,500 for that. But hubby was touched and happy, so it was all worth it.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - New Year 2018

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - Veranda

The rooms are still lovely and clean—the same as the bathroom.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - bathroom

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - bathroom

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - bathroom

Wifi? It was unstable during our whole 2-night stay, despite my special request to have a room with the strongest wifi connection because of my job.

Their breakfast buffet is still sumptuous. I love how Grand Sierra Pines' kitchen staff cook their omelet. They also offer Batirol, which is my new favorite.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - breakfast buffet

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - breakfast buffet

We were a bit surprised with the new additions and improvements to the hotel - there's already a fitness gym, a playground, a bar, etc. This is probably why their room rates are now higher. I remember paying Php7,000 plus the last two years for two nights instead of Php11,584.88.

I have to comment on how their housekeeping staff handled the used cups. When I was about to make coffee on our second morning, I saw that there were still some cream build-ups on the spoons and cups. Then I realized that they weren't using any proper dishwashing stuff when they took the cups inside the bathroom after I called them the previous day to clean our room. Maybe replace them with clean ones instead of washing them in the bathroom sink?


Our recent 2-night stay in Grand Sierra Pines Hotel was still excellent. It's still our favorite hotel in Baguio City.

We plan to try The Manor on our next visit, so let's see.