Yutaka Izakaya

Just before a holiday (this was another late post), Boyps and I had dinner at Yutaka Izakaya. He’s been eyeing this restaurant for a long time already and it just so happen that I was craving for some noodles soup. I’ve been feeling cold ever since I started working. It looks like my jacket was not enough to give me comfort while working in a very cold environment.
Anyways, we both think that it was a perfect timing to finally try this restaurant. Yutaka Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant serving a variety of noodles, rice meals, maki and sushi. The ambiance was cozy and really “japanistic”. Haha. They have low tables were guests will sit on the floor with pillows.
Here’s what we got for dinner:
Katsutoji set (Php 149) – this is closely similar to pork tonkatsu meal. The only difference was, the porkchop was mixed with scrambled egg and drizzled with some sauce. This meal set comes with rice and miso soup. The soup was great but not as tasty as Sakae Sushi’s version. The pork was a bit pale but with the help of soy sauce, its taste has improved. 
I wanted some soup so I got one for myself. I ordered Nabeyaki Udon (Php 239).  It was a thick noodle soup with veggies and tempura as toppings. It was delicious and soothing. This is quite similar to Nemoto's version. I miss Nemoto already. :(
Service was fast and crews were nice. It was such a fun  food trip experience again with Boyps.

Yutaka Izakaya
Madison Bldg.
Taft Ave.
Malate, Manila
Kristina's Inutak
Just before I go home after work, I decided to buy Inutak at SM Mall of Asia’s food court. Every time my friends and I stroll, I always throw a glance at its stall. I even ask the lady what Inutak is and she gladly answered me and gave me and my companions a free taste.
Inutak is a delicacy with sticky rice bottom topped with coconut cream. At first glance, it looked like Cassava cake but it has a different base. The sticky rice looked (and tasted) like sapin – sapin and the coconut cream was baked until its golden brown.  The texture was smooth and its sweetness was just enough. It was really delicious. May tendency lang ng umay pag napadami ang kain.
Php 350 (Inutak Classic)
Inutak also offers a variety of flavors like Quezo de bola, Langka, Corn, Tablea and Macapuno.
If you want something new, go try this sweet delicacy.

Kristina's Inutak
2F Main Bldg.
SM Mall of Asia
Pasay City
The Linden Suites
Day before my sister's wedding, she checked-in us at The Linden Suites hotel in Ortigas. The exterior of the hotel was not attractive at all. The reception area didn't wow me as well. But the moment I entered our two – bedroom suite, it just blew me away. Haha. It was my first time to check-in in that kind of room – big and really spacious. 
Our suite has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a mini dining area and kitchen. Each room has its own shower room with bathtub, queen - size beds, cabinets with bathrobes and slippers, tables and chairs, television and phone. I love the bed, the pillows and sheets - soft and fragrant. 
The bathrooms were huge as well. There were hand towels and complimentary toiletries too. We were not able to use the bathtub because everyone enjoyed sleeping and watching TV. :p

The living room also has a television (walang away sa TV talaga :p).
The kitchen has refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, rice cooker, plates, glasses and saucers.
Actually, the suite should only be occupied by 2 persons as hotel policy but it can actually accommodate 4 people or more with extra mattresses. My sister's booking also comes with buffet breakfast for 2. Since she reserved 2 suites (one for us and the other one for groom's family), it was just the groom (actually husband na), Boyps, brother and father who availed the breakfast coupons.
Our room has also a view of Ortigas business center and SM Mega mall. It has also a good location since it was just a walking distance from Megamall, church and convenient store. I would love to back there and stay for a night again so I can try their swimming pool. J
For guest with cars, just advise the guards that you have reservation to avail the free parking space.

The Linden Suites
37 San Miguel Ave
Ortigas Centre
Pasig City
Singapore 2012: Part 2 of Day 2: Songs of the Sea + Crane Dance + Lake Dreams
Just after our Universal Studios tour, we went to Sentosa for the Songs of the Sea show. But since we're early for the 7:40 pm show, we had our early dinner first at McDonald's Sentosa. I ordered for McSpicy meal ($6.80) while Boyps had McChicken meal ($5.00).
McSpicy Burger

McChicken Burger
Fries (just like ours) 
I've seen Songs of the Sea show the first time I went to Singapore. I was really amazed with the light plus laser plus water plus fireworks plus song and dance presentation. And even if it was already my second, I still felt the same excitement and happiness I had during my first. But this time, I encouraged my friends that we buy Premium seat tickets for $15. Personally, I would say that it was not worth it because we arrived so early that we can actually get a nice spot on their regular seats. But I still liked the show even if I did not understand the lyrics of the song. Hahaha.
After the show, we went back at Resorts World to watch free shows. We went to the Crane dance show first.
We got the perfect seat in front. We arrived early before the show started but there are more people who arrived earlier than us. When the show started, everyone was so quiet watching the cranes dance to the tune of a slow music. In less than 5 minutes, it stopped moving. We didn't lose hope that it will resume the show not until we heard a voice that it will be cancelled due of a technical error. Huhu. And because it's free, I don't have any right to be annoyed.

We tried our luck to the next free show at the Lake of Dreams. There were fewer guest here as compared to the crane show. Tourist can just seat anywhere and find a good spot. This was just a light show. Changing light colors with mellow music on the background. It was relaxing but there's nothing special in it. Since it's free, wala akong karapatan magreklamo. Well these two shows simply gave our feet a rest. It was our time to relax and enjoy the sound of music.
After these, we went to the Casino just to see how it looks like. I've seen one in Macau already and I told them that I wanted to play. :) When we were there, friend's hubby was told that guests wearing shorts are not allowed inside the casino. I was so dismayed to know that. Hindi porke naka shorts walang pera. :p Hahaha.


FTFBadge Boyps and I were not in the mood to try a new restaurant or to spend much money so we settled at Pho hoa (besides, it's rainy season already). We've been to this place for so many times and in different branches but I seldom order for hot noodles (I love their tofu. Hihi). I'm enjoying the food here because I really find it delicious.
Anyways, here's what we had for dinner:
Large Seafood Noodle Soup (Php 325) – thick noodles with squid balls, shrimps and fish fillet mixed with some green vegetables. It was good but not a hit! There's not much seafood in our bowl (They have this spicy beef noodles and it was way way better). K
Fried Rice Paper Roll with Pork and Vermicelli (Php 129) – The paper roll was crunchy and the filling was really flavorful. I love the vinegar that comes with it. It was sour with some kick of sweetness. 

Service was indeed fast and crew was just okay. It was really the vermicelli that saved my day. J

Pho hoa
Robinsons Place
Ermita, Manila