Weekend Story: Manila Staycation

No, the hubby and I didn’t literally stay in a local hotel last weekend for some R&R. We just stayed in Manila, period. Haha. We had some errands to attend to and it was a bed weather kind of weekend so instead of going home in Bacoor, we decided to be with our family for some quality time.

It was also my sister Jodie’s birthday last Saturday and she planned a family dinner the next day so we had to be there.

On Saturday, the hubby and I went to Banawe in QC to have our car’s dashboard tinted. After that, we headed to Robinsons Magnolia to have lunch. I chose Kenny Rogers because I already had a “complementary meal” in mind from there.

my lunch plate (I ate everything except for the carrots, broccoli, and baby corn which were not allowed during complementary meals even if they’re veggies!)

You see, I have started the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet (CAD) last Tuesday. I plan to blog about it soon so for ladies out there who want to know my experience with it, watch out for my post. You wouldn’t believe it but I have already lost 4 lbs. (could be water weight only) as of this writing!

On Sunday, I joined the hubby and my in-laws in hearing the 10AM mass at St. Pio Shrine in Libis, QC.

st pio

From there, we drove to Banawe because my FIL suddenly wanted to buy some accessories for his “new” car (a Toyota Revo) which he has gotten recently as a sort of inheritance from his employer (La Cocina) after serving as its official driver since 2010. Yes, the service vehicle of the restaurant that he was driving before now belongs to him. We are eternally grateful to the Legardas (owners of La Cocina) for this kind gesture (and for a lot more things, actually).

We also had lunch at Tasty Dumplings, also in Banawe, before going home. The hubby said their Pork Chop Rice (PHP125) was “mura na, masarap pa!”

tasty dumplings
family lunch

When nighttime came, Jodie treated us to a fun and loud dinner at Shakey’s Robinsons Place Manila. From a group of 10, we’re now 11 because a cousin’s son from the province has recently arrived to complete his seafarer’s training and is staying at my siblings’ place temporarily while doing so.

our noisy group

The birthday girl got a box of blueberry cheesecake from Conti’s (her personal choice) from her ates and kuyas. It eventually served as our dessert that night. It was yummy!

bday cake
Jodie showing off her birthday cake and her photo blurring skill, lol

After dinner, we all trooped to H&M (with entrance just beside Shakey’s) for some retail therapy. I was able to score a black dress for PHP500!

trying on the dress

dress price
big discount, yeah?

It was a steal because the original price was PHP1,490. I plan to wear this to work when I don’t feel like playing dress-up (which is almost all the time!).

Have a happy and fruitful week, friends!

May you choose happiness always,

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16 Replies to “Weekend Story: Manila Staycation”

  1. I do not own a single piece from H&M because I find their stuff a bit pricey. But when they went on SALE a few weeks ago, I bought clothes… for Zayne! Hahaha.

    1. Naku, sis, pag naka-SALE sila you can get items for as low as PHP200 (last size shoes and clothes). Good job mommy, Zayne first, hahaha. 🙂

    1. Hi sis, salamat! About the CAD, you could find more info here:


      Test yourself muna if you’re a carb addict para swak sayo ang diet. Basically, it involves eating two complementary meals (no carbs) and one reward meal (all the carbs you want) daily. Optional na yung may snack sa morning or afternoon na no carbs pa rin. If you have more questions, email me and I’ll answer you as fast as I could. 🙂

  2. We were in Robinsons Magnolia last Saturday for Baby C’s vaccination. Sayang, hindi tayo nagkita. hehe. Favorite mall ko na ang Rob Magnolia. Konti ang tao, at hindi ganun kalaki. Hindi nakakapagod.
    Nakabili ako ng leggings for Baby C sa H&M, P150 lang, from P350.

    1. Talaga? What a coincidence, di pa tayo nagkita, hehe. I have the same observations with the mall. Saka maaliwalas, maganda ang vibe. Yung H&M dun, napansin ko, wider ang variety ng items on display kaya pag nag SALE, mas marami rin pagpipilian na mura! 🙂

  3. H&M Ermita is almost always on sale! I also love that the lines never get as long as the Megamall and Makati stores, even during Christmas. 🙂 Good choice on the dress! Basics are <3

    1. Salamat, sis! Uy, mas mura yun sa PHP200 top at shoes na nabili ko dati, ah, hehe. Sa AgapeCar Enterprise kami nakabili. First time namin nakabili doon. Maayos naman kausap at madaldal si Ate dun. Mahusay magsales talk pero hindi pushy, haha. 🙂

  4. Great employer, great employee relationship…to the last days. La Cocina is to lucky to have your FIL.

    Interested ako sa Carbohydrates diet… interested lang hahahaha I doubt kung magagawa ko

    1. Yes, iba talaga sila magmahal ng empleyado! Go, Diane! Day 14 na ako with the CAD. Nakakatuwa ang results, so far. Konting disiplina lang kasi need ko gumising ng 6:30AM to prepare my bfast and lunch. Pero may reward meal naman daily kaya hindi ko rin mami-miss ang carbs. Napansin ko rin, madali na ako mabusog at matagal magutom, promise. 🙂

  5. Awwww…Kenny Roger’s and Shakey’s! Namiss ko yan. I think may Kenny dito but I haven’t tried it yet. Shakey’s wala pa yata. And oh, CAD sounds interesting! Will watch out for your blog post about it. 🙂

    Ang nice nga ng dress and ang mura ah. I have a couple of flats and dresses from H&M, and comfy niya and durable naman, and okay din yung tela ng dresses. And yeah, lagi din silang sale dito. Minsan I’ll go inside the shop just to look around, pero wala na, ang hirap magpigil, paglabas may mga bitbit na. XD

    1. Nakakamiss talaga ang fastfood dito, buti may Jollibee at Maxs na rin naman ata dyan sa Middle East? I’m on Day 14 with the CAD. So far, so good. Salamat, sis! Natutuwa ako sa H&M kasi pag nagsale, low price talaga. Piling pili din ang binibili ko. I make sure okay ang tela, yung tipong durable talaga, at malinis ang tahi. 🙂

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