Monthly Rundown: Hectic September

So here we are in October and just days before our big #Straya trip.  I’ve been trying to put in as much work into this blog before we leave but there are just so many things to take care of offline.  It’s crazy.  Also last month was more hectic than I anticipated.  It left me more tired than usual and to think I still  had half of my things-to-do undone which obviously spilled over this October.

Read more about our Australia Itinerary.

I don’t know.  I’m not prepared for this trip plus I don’t have a thing to wear.  All my clothes have become smaller as I have gone bigger.  I’ve let go these past months.  I haven’t been watching what I eat and the constant rain doesn’t help as it kind of ruined my momentum for running.  Just when I was getting my running mojo back to normal, the rain would come leaving me with no choice but to just stay indoors and watch TV.  Frustrating!  I gained back the pounds I lost plus bad skin.

To make things worse, my daughter (MG) has been sick on and off.  Flu, cough, colds and just last night, the HIVES. What is going on?  Is this a warning that I shouldn’t be taking this trip?  Should we just postpone or worse, cancel it?  But we’ve already bought plane tickets to Melbourne from Sydney and this is our first out of the country travel with “The Gang” so I cannot miss it.

I also barely wrote this month.  I haven’t really blogged in like “forever!”  Just kidding.  But this one post a week is alarming for me.  You see, I have a ton of backlogs.  My “Banana Pancake Trail” is trailing behind literally.  I’ve just started with our Bangkok leg and there’s still Cambodia and Vietnam left in that series.   But guess what, you’ll find me active on Social Media for this Australia trip.  I hope I can keep you updated on our Facebook Page, Snapchat, and Instagram.  So if you’re not a follower yet, it would be awesome to have you on board and follow along.

Anyway, here’s what we got down to this September.



We have a new brunch place and it’s just across our old brunch place.


We’ve actually gone here before but we only had coffee. Last month was the first time we tried their breakfast and we’ve since been back twice.  Breakfast is affordable.  The place is not as busy as our other breakfast place.  Parking is not a problem.  Service is fast.  It’s becoming to be our new favorite.  The other one kind of sucks right now.  They didn’t have our usual brunch staple (French Toast) during our last two visits.

But first and always, coffee! Can’t live without my morning coffee.
Corned Beef Brisket Php 200
My order of omelet with sausage, mushroom, onions and bell peppers. A bargain at Php 120.

This September, we also tried the newly opened Makansutra Hawkers in Megamall which takes after Makansutra in Singapore in every sense except the price.  Most dishes are expensive which veers away from the authenticity of a true-blue hawker food market.


Oyster Omelet. My favorite in Singapore and this one here in Megamall is a joke with only a few oysters and just as a topping even.  Imagine that!  The batter or the omelet itself has no oysters and this is 260 freakin’ pesos!!! I could get more oysters per serving in another restaurant and it doesn’t cost as much.

makansutra_megamall-1Mee Siam, my son’s favorite.  This is just ok but at Php 250, we could get two already in some hawker market in Singapore.  But it’s great we have this now.  Just adjust the price please.


Bak Kuh Teh, our favorite.  The only dish that I think is sulit out of all the dishes we ordered.  It’s 300php but two people can share an order.  The broth is also close to what we get in Singapore.  I just don’t like the sauce that comes with it.  It’s too salty.


And they have Bandung or Rose Milk Tea!!!  We drink this all the time when we are in Singapore.


Roots & Satchmi — You know how much I love coffee and I finally got around to writing my favorite cafe in Bangkok plus this semi-hipster coffee shop in Manila that doubles as a vinyl & record shop.

Intoxicating Seminyak — I highly recommend making Seminyak your base when in Bali.  It’s got all the super cool cafes, bars and restos…and the BEACH!!!

Eat List: Hong Kong — Others go to Hong Kong to shop but not us.  We go there to eat.  Read part 1 of our recommendations.

Cebu: Eat Your Heart Out — And that we did.  Plus Banilad is a very happening place.

Bangkok Day 1 —  Finally, you can read about what happened to us in Bangkok and how we arrived in style.  Okay, that was a joke.  But read it, anyway.  A lot of firsts on that trip.

Side Trip: Malacca — We fell in love with Malacca during this side trip from Singapore.  Not only was the food delicious, the people were also kinda nice. I’ve met some of the nicest people here.



The Exorcist — You guessed it right.  This is about exorcism and we’re hooked. It stars Geena Davis as the mother of Katherine and Casey.  One of her daughters started hearing strange noises in the house and she’s convinced one of them is possessed by a demon.  Guess who?  Katherine, the reclusive one or Casey, the quiet and caring daughter.

Designated Survivor — Jack is back and this time, he’s the President of the United States.  But this is not in any way connected with 24.  It’s a totally different series and a good one.  Go catch it as it’s only in its 3rd episode.



We’re going to Australia and visiting Sydney and Melbourne.  We have a friend who lives in Sydney and has been inviting us for as long as I can remember and now, it’s finally happening!  We can’t wait.


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