It was raining the whole day few weeks ago and we’re craving for something warm and comforting so my husband decided to have some Ramen night so we opted to try Mensakaba Geishu inside BF Homes. My husband did the research about this small ramen house and because of its very good review; we decided to give it a try.

We didn’t notice this restaurant along the way because the place is too small. Upon entering, I was surprised to see that there are only 12 high bar stools for diner placed pretty close together similar to ramen shops in Japan according to my husband. (My husband went to Japan twice so he has idea on how it looks like)

There are various Japanese ornaments on the walls and countertops. Eating utensils are properly organized and set in nearly identical spots from one another.  Bowls in the kitchen are stacked according to their kind and cooking materials are immediately cleaned. Behind the counter, you can see the owner preparing ramens for the customers and very hands-on with everything.

As soon as we got our seats, we were given fresh cold towels and complimentary Asian cold tea. We browse the menu and my husband chose Shio Ramen, ramen in salt flavored soup. According to him, broth was very light yet taste good especially with just the right kick of pepper medyo bitin nga lang perhaps because of the small bowl they are using. It was served very simple yet done to the Japanese way of perfection.

Shio Ramen Php 250
I prefer to try their Shoyu Ramen - Ramen in Soy Sauce flavored soup. Compare to Shio, Shoyu is much tastier and flavorful, the noodles were okay and the egg melts in my mouth. My husband knows me that I usually don’t finish all the broth of ramen, but this I ate the entire thing. Believe me, they serve good ramen which will make you want second servings. Gutom lang ang peg mga mumshies.

Shoyu Ramen Php 250
Ramen night will not be complete without Gyoza. The side dish has 6 servings of fried dumplings and shoyu sauce dip.

Gyoza Php 140
This restaurant offers standard ramen broths which are very affordable too, Tantanmen Red/Black (Ramen in spicy soup with sesame paste), Chashu Men (Shoyu Ramen with 7 slices of Chashu), Miso Ramen (Ramen in Miso flavored soup) and Ebi Wantanmen (Ramen in Shrimp Wanton).

Overall, I highly recommend this place, very authentic, the service was prompt as the orders are taken and served on-time, the price is reasonable, the servers are friendly and the food is awesome. Guys, please remember that the place is small and the seats are very limited. Please be considerate to those who are waiting outside, so after you have finished your food and settled your bill, kindly leave the place so others can have their seats. I believe this things work in Japan and since the owner being Japanese, they are applying this manner in their ramen bar.

The next time you’re in BF and you’re craving for Ramen, this is definitely the place to go to.

Mensakaba Geishu
345 Aguirre Avenue,
BF Homes, Parañaque City
Tel No.: 546-9302
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Today marks our 6th wedding anniversary 
12th anniversary as couple/togetherness. 

Congratulations to us!

I can’t believe that we’ve reached this far and I know we still have lots of things to do together. Actually I don’t have any plans to post about our anniversary, kaya lang may supresa na naman si mayor eh and I want to remember this event in the future at kung gano ka sweet ang asawa ko. Naks!

Our initial plan is to go out of town for two days just me and my husband somewhere in south, but unfortunately two of my bosses didn’t allow me to take a vacation leave because of the board meeting at dahil ayokong mawalan ng trabaho, kinancel ko leave ko. So we decided to look for best and romantic place for dinner instead, our first choice is the Spiral Buffet at Sofitel Manila but upon checking their rates, grabe ang mahal! OA talaga and since we are on a very tight budget we crossed out Spiral on our list. We checked Deal Grocer and Metrodeal for promos but none of them passed our standards (may ganon factor. Haha. Either malayo kasi sa place namin or pricey masyado).

Two days before our anniversary, Ian got sick because of the weather. We forgot to finalized what we are going to do on our anniversary, syempre I need to take care of him and most of the time nagpapahinga and natutulog lang sya. On the day of our anniversary, he decided to take half day leave para mas makapagpahinga sya, and as a wife I told him na to stay nalang sa bahay and magpadeliver nalang ng food for us. But nasa dugo na ata talaga ng asawa ko ang bigyan ako ng surprises every special occasion. So how he surprised me kahit na may sakit sya, ganito yan let me share you what happened. I arrived early at the office, ate my breakfast and fix myself before start working. Around 9am, our receptionist called and told me that someone is looking for me, since most of the time meron akong nirereceived na documents for my boss, I immediately went out and to my surprise may bumulaga sa aking bouquet of flowers. Wow! Just Wow! Pati receptionist namin kinilig sa mga pangyayari. I didn’t expect anything from my husband since he’s sick but he never fails to surprise me. My husband really knows me very well kasi alam na alam nya na mahilig ako sa flowers kaya eto he gave me bouquet of red roses on our special day. Ang sweet, right guys?! Alam nyo naman na most of the girls, love flowers and nakakadagdag yun sa pogi points nyo. Maniwala kayo! Haha.

So look at me today, blooming na blooming daw ako. Feeling dalaga kasi ako ngayon eh. Hehe.

After office my husband told me na di na daw sya papasok and susunduin nalang nya sa office. Wow! Haba ng hair ko, may pasundo sundo pa si mayor. Hehe. While inside the car, I really have no idea where are we going, until we reach Makati Shangri-La, dito daw kami mag didinner. Naks!

 May sundo ako today. ♥

Anniversary celebration is the main reason to spend on a buffet and so we’re having our buffet dinner at Circles Event Café. Yes! Buffet sya and hindi plated since napaka hilig namin kumain ni Ian and we love buffet! Good thing, they offer discount from June to July. This is our first time to dine in Makati Shangri-La so imagine our excitement when we arrived. At Circles Event Café, you can savour a sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet for only Php 1,250 net. You can enjoy an array of Asian and Western cuisines presented at live theatre kitchens and wide array of desserts.

My husband did the reservation; we were seated near the windows where the lighting is good. I loved the simple but still stylish table setting which brings warm vibe to the guests. The servers are very attentive, friendly and accommodating. Their food delicious but for me the dessert station was the best though. I will try my best to make review about this restaurant, but for now let me share with you some of our precious and memorable photos. Naks!

I believe that the greatest marriages are built on teamwork, mutual respect, healthy dose of admiration and of course, a never-ending pure love and happiness. Ian and I have strong foundations because we put God in the center of our relationship that’s why no amount of damage can break that particular thing. We are one team working towards constantly uplifting, supporting and respecting each other. Marriage doesn't make you happy - you make your marriage happy, kaya nga kami may #MarriageFirstFriday.

To end this post, let me share you one of my favorite quotes, A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person” and “The root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership”. I’m so grateful and proud that I have a successful marriage, not perfect but we are perfect for each other. #Tamis

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My family loves pizza, in fact every other weekend we create our own pizza master piece for our merienda. I let my kids create their own pizza using basic ingredients I bought in the supermarket. So when I received an invitation from my Shakey’s family about their Back-to-School Shakey’s Grand Junior Pizza Master happening on June 30 at all Shakey’s stores nationwide, I immediate block off our weekend for this event. I know my kids will enjoy and experience the art of pizza making.

Since we have prior commitment on morning, I chose the afternoon slot at SM Light Mall. As soon as we arrived at the place, my kids got excited since I told them that they will make their own pizza. We were welcome by the staffs and assist our daughters to their seats. The training fee for this activity is Php 499.00 inclusive of apron, Chef’s hat, Pizza Making Kit, 1 glass of Shakey’s house blend Iced Tea & Junior Pizza Master Certificate.

Each kid has their own materials and ingredients for pizza, there are also some staffs around the area that assist them in creating their pizza master piece and being a hands-on parents, Ian and I decided to help our kids instead. Ang galing kasi talagang nag eenjoy sila!

Let me photo blog what happened during the training program.

The Participants
The ingredients - Dough, tomato sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni and pineapple.
Go Ate Rhian! Go Rhaine Rhaine!
Good Job Rhian!
Good Job Rhaine!
Finish Products :)
After they received their pizza, the staff gave them certificate of completion. Congratulations Rhian and Rhaine!

Proud Parents
They also prepare fun games and prizes for the kids and of course, the party is not complete without the appearance of Suzy.

Thank you Shakey’s for inviting us to your Back-to-School Junior Pizza making program. My kids really enjoyed creating their own pizza masterpiece. In fairness, naubos namin yung pizza na ginawa nila and promise, ang sarap pa. Now, my kids are always looking forward every weekend as Saturday is our “Pizza Making Day”.

For inquiries about this program, log on to or follow their official Facebook account. 
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We celebrated our 143rd monthsary last June 24 with simple celebration at Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen situated inside BF Homes, Las Piñas. Actually this dinner was unplanned, it just that my husband is craving for pizza and pasta that day because we were tired and he wants something home-cooked dishes. (We attended Mc Donalds Grand Graduation Day at WTCCM in the morning and watched Incredibles 2 after lunch in Mall of Asia)

I really don’t know this restaurant, in fact 1st time ko lang syang narinig sa asawa ko. I believe my husband searched for the best Italian restaurant near our place. We decided to leave the mall before 6pm para iwas traffic narin and living in South is very challenging (you know what I mean right. Hehe) kaya somewhere in BF nalang kami nag decide humanap ng kakainan for dinner.

Thanks to Waze as we easily reached Mama Lou’s Restaurant. We were surprised to see that Mama Lou’s is actually a family home inside BF Homes. Bahay talaga sya na ginawang restaurant, you can easily find it because of the lights surrounded around the place. Parking is not a problem as they occupied the vacant lot in front of the restaurant; of course it is managed by two security guards. Kaya safe yung sasakyan mo. 

As we arrived at the restaurant, it’s like we enter a humble house, bahay talaga sya and upon reading their menu I found out that Mama Lou’s was born out of a real kitchen which was founded by Richard and the late Malou Tremblay. The restaurant opened their doors to welcome guests in 2010.

What started as passion for serving home-cooked dishes has now become Mama Lou’s Group comprising of two Italian concepts – Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen and Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria. In its expansion, Mama Lou’s Group continues to be a family run business, staying true to its roots by keeping its promise of providing guests the comforting memorable experience of coming home to warm food prepare by a loved one.

It’s already past 6 in the evening and the place was packed with customers. Yes! Ganon kaaga palang fully booked na and meron pa daw ibang naka reserved na. So I guess, we need to call them first before going in if we want to be seated inside the resto.

After reading some reviews, Mama Lou’s is one of the prides of BF Homes that have successfully expanded. This is also one of the reasons why my husband decided to try this place. We were ushered by one of the staffs and gave us complimentary bread served in a cute little basket.

We ordered for Half Half Pizza in which  you can combine two flavors of pizza (pay the highest price), for this one we chose the All Meat Pizza and Mama Lou’s Special. The All Meat Pizza consists of Tomato, Mozarella, ham, Italian sausage, garlic, pepperoni and bacon while Mama Lou’s Special is thin crust pizza with tomato, Mozarella, Prosciuto, Mango, Arugula, Balsamic Cream. Little bit sweetish, perfect with the strong flavor or arugula but every bite is an explosion of awesome flavor. What I really like about this Mama Lou’s Special is the combination of Balsamic Cream and Mango! I will give 2 thumbs up for this one! It never fails to satisfy our cravings.

Half Half Pizza (All Meat Pizza and Mama Lou’s Special) – Php  475.00
My husband opted to try one of their specialties, Spaghetti Seafood Olio.  I love oil based pasta combined with seafood (Shrimp, squid and mussels), which brings out the delicious flavor of seafoods. The aroma of sautéed garlic and assorted seafood makes this dish simply irresistible.

Spaghetti Seafood Olio – Php 350.00

My daughter, Rhian chose Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.  Creamy spaghetti prepared the classic way with only parmiggiano cheese, eggs and Pancetta. My kids surprisingly enjoyed it, they even consumed everything. As I asked they why they love the Carbonara, they simply answered me “Mommy, because it’s so yummy, cheesy and creamy”. O db, pasadong pasado sa mga bagets.

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Pp 335.00
By the way, my husband ordered for Bottomless Iced Tea. There’s nothing special with this drink, nasulit pa nila kasi 3 silang mag aama ang umiinom. Hehe.

We left around past 8 and we were surprised that there were still people coming in for dinner. Well, this only proves that Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen serves tasty food with rustic feel of a restored home. Overall, you simply can’t go wrong with any of their dishes. A bit expensive but the quality and taste is always worth it. So if you’re looking for a homey vibe with good food, this is the place.

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Blk 1 Lot 36 Tropical Avenue cor Palace Street
BF International Village
Parañaque City
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