31 October 2008
27 October 2008
WARNING: LONG, RAMBLING POST AND PHOTO OVERLOAD AHEAD!
We finished Day 2 of our honeymoon wet and tired, no thanks to the water rides in Enchanted Kingdom and whole day of rain (!!!). Day 3 promises to be less wet but nonetheless exciting ^_^ Our itinerary: food trip in Makati's 'sosyal palengke', ocean appreciation excursion, malling in the world's third largest mall, exploring the latest in science and movies, and experiencing Manila's famous sunset. Heavy schedule huh?? LOL! And thus, we started our day very early at 6am. With no breakfast and no bath, Labsie and I walked two blocks to Makati's posh 'palengke' known as Salcedo's Saturday Market held in a park within Salcedo Village. The market starts past 5am and ends just after lunch (or when the goods are gone).
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What's unique with Salcedo's Saturday Market is that most of its sellers are from the alta sociedad. The first time I went there late last year (I was alone since nobody in my family woke up early!), I overheard conversations of gracing the cover of Tatler's magazine, guesting in this TV show, attending this high-profile party, etc, etc. My ears bled with all the English, hehe! Since the sellers are rich (old rich and not the newly rich okay?), most of them are selling gourmet food that Labsie and I just dream about in Davao. Also, the female sellers were mostly mestizas (Spanish, Chinese descent) and the males were mostly foreigners (French, German, etc). There are Pinoy sellers too with provincial goods (fresh flowers, native products, food) and wet market stuff (huge shrimps, veggies, fruits).
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The first thing we did upon arriving in Salcedo's Saturday Market was buy breakfast food. Since I was not feeling well (scratchy throat, feverish), I bought Arroz Caldo while Labsie got Chorizo Rice. There are tables and chairs in the center of the park where you can eat comfortably what you bought. After breakfast, we got a smallish grocery cart and began our systematic 'tour' of Makati's food heaven =) Photos (with labels, just hover over the pic) of our mouth-watering food trip follows. You can also click the photo to enlarge it. We spent about P1000 for bits and pieces of gourmet this and that (see last photos for our yummy loot!!), quite cheap since gourmet meals in Makati can cost more than P1000 per person. Hehe! Enjoy! ^_^
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Aside from food, there were also herbs, more flowers and nutritious stuff. I don't know if you've heard of the guy selling Wheat Grass (and other 'grasses') and claiming that its 'juice' is very good for the body -- but he was in Salcedo's Saturday Market! I think I saw him featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica (Jessica Soho's Saturday show at GMA-7) and it was cool seeing him in action =) He was explaining the benefits wheat grass to customers and was away giving samples. I heard one woman said the wheat grass 'juice' was sweetish and not at all yucky. He sells live wheat grass (just cut it when you want fresh 'juice') and pre-made 'juice' at P100 per bottle.
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And finally, here's our loot! This is not everything since we ate some stuff already (Baklava, fruit juices, etc). We ate some of the food for second breakfast (Sugar Crepe, Sausage Galette, half of the huge Beef Lasagna [P150], Beef Samosas, Japanese Cakes [with cream cheese and plain cheese fillings], Chorizo Rice, Shrimp Okoy) and stored the Arroz Caldo, Maki set, Basil and Cheese Quiche. All in all, we ate Filipino, French, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Italian and Chinese dishes. How's that for two hours of food trippin' with just P1000 budget for two persons?? ^_^
ALL PHOTOS taken with my Sony Ericsson k800i ^_^
24 October 2008
Before leaving for Enchanted Kingdom (do buy their advance passes, we saved P400 for ride-all-you-can passes + two-way shuttle rides), we had lunch at North Park first. It was just beside the shuttle service so there's no fear we'll be left behind, hehe! We had Lechon Macau over Fried Rice (see photo below) and King Dao Spareribs. The Lechon Macau was so crispy and flavorful! Much like Lechon Kawali but with Chinese herbs and spices. The servings were HUGE and sooo yummy! And the price was reasonable too! =) And the best thing? North Park delivers in Metro Manila! NEAT huh?? Anyway, the EK shuttle left past 12nn (should be 1130am but we waited for other guests) and we were happy that we shared the ride with Davaoenos and hearing Bisaya banter all around ^_^ Since it was raining, we thought there'd be much less people in EK --> we'll have the rides to ourselves!! But, we were wrong.
Upon arriving, we were mashed by hordes of hormone-raging high school teens having their field trip! I counted at least 5 different high schools there! o_O And there were grade school kids too! We were the only 'adults' there and the kids were calling us Ate and Kuya, wahehe! It was really fun hearing school talks, riding the adrenaline-rush rides with pa-macho effect male teens (I was so damn scared of the Jungle LogJam and Anchor's Away [video at the end of the post] while Labsie trembled in riding the very high Wheel of Fate where you can see the entire EK grounds [see photo below].. And no, we didn't ride the Space Shuttle, we're cowards! Hehe!), eating nachos, Domino's Pizza (yummy!!) and other junkfood while walking around, playing the arcade games (we had 164 tickets!! which we exchanged for a pink cellphone holder and red steel keychain), watching special Rialto and 4D shows, buying Enchanted Kingdom souvenirs, etc, etc. And the best part, since it was raining, there was no hot afternoon sun and nobody minded our wet clothes from riding the LogJam and Rio Grande Rapids ^_^
By 630pm, we left Enchanted Kingdom and waited for the shuttle service. There was a bit of drama as the other guests arrived 1 hour late (again!) and the driver was very much angry with them. Thank God there wasn't much traffic going back to Makati (I guess the rush hour is over by 8pm) and we were able to meetup with Labsie's friends, Goju and Kuya Anton, wet clothes and all in Glorietta's McDonalds. Too bad I forgot to take pictures with them! Maybe next time.. =) After our dinner (we had hot choco [wet clothes + aircon shuttle and mall = hypothermia!] and forgettable fastfood), Goju and Kuya Anton taught us a new way to reach our condo by foot. We used Makati's very clean underpasses and walkways that impressed us very much -- there were no beggars, loiterers and trash! WOW!! Too bad we forgot to take pictures of it too -- we were very tired and still cold this time.. And here ends our Day 2. And I shall end this post now too coz it's too long already, hehe! Actually, this post is not really for blog readers, it's for reliving our memories later on.. But, thanks for stopping by anyway! ^_^