Isn’t it so amazing when you try out something new and realize how much you actually love it? I recently discovered a newfound love for travelling. I think the first time I ever travelled by plane was back when I was 6 years old. It was a trip to a faraway location for one of papa’s movies. It was probably “Mama’s Boys” although I’m not so sure. Anyway, that trip was more of a work thing and the family just sort of tagged along since it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to relax and bond. We were never really the type of family that had annual trips abroad. The closest thing would have to be our trips to Baguio in the summer.
On my own, I started travelling for leisure when I was already in my 20’s. But my first trip abroad was to Hong Kong when I was 15 and it was for work. It was one of my first big hosting gigs and I loved it! I was asked to cover the Disney on Ice event for a local TV show in Manila. I love being able to travel to different places for work but it was only when I met someone who loved travelling so much that I fell in love with it too.
The first time Chino and I “met” was in Boracay (the very first time we really met was when we were both still in college at Ateneo). He was there for just a while because right after that trip, he was going to Barcelona with his mom and sister. As a family, they love to travel a lot. His sister Monica is actually such an inspiration because she quit her day job to start her own travel agency now known as Bookie because her real passion in life is to explore the whole world! Awesome! It’s quite evident that a passion for exploration is shared by these siblings. They are two of the most passionate and dedicated people I have ever met in my life and because of them, I have learned to love and appreciate travelling all the more.
So far, I’ve already been to Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Hawaii, Davao, Boracay, Palawan, Cebu and so many other provinces in the Philippines. I’m so excited to go to so many more places! I’m not gonna lie. Turning 27 last November gave me a slight heart attack thinking how little time I have left before I turn 30. But since I’ve started looking at things from a different perspective, I actually see this as the perfect opportunity to travel more. I’m just so excited to make the most of the last years of my 20’s. The world is such a marvellous place! All we need to do is open our eyes and see the beauty in everything that surrounds us. It’s always just about perspective, really. My glass is always half full. :)
#MaxeneMillion (Final batch of winners)
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#MaxeneMillion (Fifth batch of winners)
For question number 8, “Sa Indio, ano ang nangyari kay Rosa sa araw ng kasal nila ni Simeon?” The answer is “Siya ay pinadukot ni Senyor Juancho at pinaslang.” Congratulations to the following winners:
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#MaxeneMillion (Fourth batch of winners)
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#MaxeneMillion (Third batch of winners)
For the 5th question, “Sa Indio, ano ang katumbas ng pagpayag ni Rosa sa pagpapakasal niya kay Simeon?” Ang tamang kasagutan ay, “Dapat na niyang iwan ang poder ni Senyor Juancho.” And the winners are:
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#MaxeneMillion (Second batch of winners)
For the third question, “I did a commercial for a shampoo brand when I was 16. My line was ‘Dati, takot ako sa ____ ________.” The answer is “hair monsters.” Congrats to the following winners:
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My last two entries are from my Looloo app which is the coolest local iPhone app ever! It’s designed to help users locate and discover different places in the Philippines. Plus, you get to see what other people think of those places!
Looloo users post reviews of the different places that they go to. It could be a hip new bar, a posh nail salon or a cozy restaurant that serves comfort food. You name it, Looloo’s got it! All you have to do is search for “Looloo” in your app store and download it. Once you have the app, you just have to sign up with Looloo and you’re only one step away from discovering great places in our beautiful country.
I love using Looloo especially when my friends and I find it so difficult to decide where to eat or go, most of the time. I quickly refer to Looloo for options. I was so surprised to see that it even generates directions going to whichever location is chosen. So awesome!
Download Looloo today :)
San Seh Noodle Haus - ★★★★★
One of my greatest addictions is my love for noodles. I am probably one of the biggest noodle fans in the world which is why finding San Seh was like hitting a gold mine. It’s a very, very simple noodle house that serves delicious and not-so-simple Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
When I first tried one of their specialties, their braised beef dry noodles, I fell in love right away. Their noodles are made fresh and hand-pulled by their chefs. You can even watch them prepare your meals through a window! It’s a fun way to wait for your food. That way, you won’t get bored plus the anticipation of eating your noodles intensifies.
San Seh’s dry noodles come with a small cup of soup. Every time I eat the noodles paired with their house broth, it always gives me that incredible burst of different flavors in my mouth — it’s spicy, just the right kind of salty and the beef is so tender. Plus, the noodles are consistently the right texture and taste. I even add a little more chili to my dish whenever I’m feeling adventurous!
The most amazing thing about this place is that their noodles don’t cost more than P300! You’ll get so full and satisfied without having to pay much! Awesome!
I highly recommend their dry noodles plus an order of any of their dimsum — it’s the perfect combo. Trust me.
Milky & Sunny - ★★★★★
My favorite meal of the day would have to be breakfast. So, when I found out about Milky & Sunny and how it serves breakfast food all day, I knew I had to go check it out.
This cute little place has walls that are painted aqua, white chairs and tables, beautiful picture frames and a menu that is sure to make your mouth water. Immediately, the name “bacon tostadas” caught my attention. Bacon has been a favorite of mine since I was little and I can never get enough of it! So, I ordered a plate of bacon tostadas along with other yummy dishes.
Everything was delicious. Nothing was a miss! Their bacon tostadas were so crisp! Plus, the veggies served with them are so fresh! It’s a must-order. Also, I highly recommend their beef tapa and garlic rice, eggs benedict, hazelnut King Kong french toast, strawberry “Milky” shake, bacon and Spam pasta and banana Nutella pancakes (as shown in photo). I love how their presentation is done nicely to make their dishes a treat not only for our tummies but also for our eyes — Just like their colorful banana Nutella pancakes! Their dishes look like plates of heaven and happiness.
As for their prices, it’s not very expensive and the servings are quite generous so it’s the perfect place to hang with friends or enjoy a hearty breakfast with someone special. Good morning!