Friday, April 1, 2016

Best New Japanese Restaurant in Cebu: Kushiyaki Chikuzenya

I was in dire need of a fresh and thrilling new restaurant in Cebu, and after a few google clicks here and there, I serendipitously stumbled upon Kushiyaki Chikuzenya Japanese Restaurant.

Much to my delight, it didn't dissapoint.  It's a fresh new take on Japanese Cuisine with the grand introduction of  Butabara Nare, a Pork Belly and Vegetable Stack Pan Hakata Style.

Everyone left out a few OOooohs and Whoooaaa while flashing our biggest grins. Did Christmas came early? Presentation was definitely for the books. Eye-catchingly beautiful! Serving was humongous at a steal price of Php480.

The Chicken or Tori Karaage was sheer delight! It has that perfect twang when dipped in mayo + lemon zest. To complete the Jap staple, of course there's Gyoza and Maki.

Everything was delicious except we failed to appreciate the Purple Yam Croquette or Beniimo Korokke. Perhaps our taste buds weren't accustomed to purple yum being a glorious hot viand. 

Staff was very courteous and assisted us in cooking our Butabara Nabe to our liking. It was bursting with grandiose flavors with the option to add spices.

The Newest Best Japanese Restaurant in Cebu with the best set of crew. 

Here is a screenshot of the directions. You won't miss it since its just along the highway.

Check out the mouthwatering menus minus the hefty price tag

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Princess Diary: A Dress Cafe in Edae

After that paw loving furry Dog Cafe in Myeongdong, one may find another rather distinctly unique cafe from the vibrant and quirky Edae neighborhood.

A refreshing take from the normal coffee and smoothies scene, comes a lovely dress cafe called Princess Diary

Table connotes a feminine touch of red roses which coincidentally matches my Etude House nail snickers (tee-hee) Drinks starts at 7,000-10,000 won. 

One may opt to try various clothes such as wedding dresses and Korean traditional Hanbok. Such a nice idea to play dress up while sipping cold lattes with your squad girlfriends. 

Stumbled upon these lovelies! Lots of oooohs and aaahhhs and mega swoons upon entering this breathakingly huge closet full of wedding dresses! Prices starts at 10,000 won. Expect to shell out more for trendier styles though. 

I had my fair share of wearing a Hanbok at the Seoul Global Cultural Center in Myeongdong so I only had eyes for the wedding dresses. After fussing with a sea of choices, I settled for this tube top lacey number. My pick costs me an arm and leg though, 25,000 won. I was actually tempted to try the more extravagant ones. I just kept reminding myself I'd be blowing away my extra won just for a measly one hour dress. 

And just like a real princess, a cafe attendant will help you fit your dress and pick some matching shoes too! There's even hair accessories, corsage, flowers, hats, sunnies to complete your look.

Just tossed my hair in quick bun and viola! My bride look for the night!

It just helped that I had my bridesmaids with me at the cafe. Blowing a big kiss to my cutest girls! Kamsamnida!

Looks like somebody's having fun. Whoever said that?!

Steer clear of some important house rules to keep the clothes clean. When you are wearing the dress, you shouldn't change your makeup, drink or go to the restroom. 

Fulfill your princess for a day fantasy! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

How to Go to Myeongdong from Incheon Airport. Where to Stay in Myeongdong

If you're stepping foot on Seoul, one's itinerary should almost if not always, include Myeongdong. Catch up on some of my previous reads  about shopping here and the Dog Cafe here.

There are 3 options on how to get to Myeongdong from Incheon Airport. Via Airport Limousine Bus, Airport Express (AREX) Train or Taxi. The first option is a no-brainer! Talk about the convenience of not having to lug your trolley up down the stairs and be comfortably seated as you take glimpse of the city's beauty. Take the airport limousine bus No. 6015. Fare is 10,000 won. Tap your Seoul City Pass or T-money or buy from the booth just right outside the arrival hall exits 5B or 12A.

Just a few steps away from the bus stop is the charming Hotel SkyPark III. Highly recommended for first-time Seoul visitors. Location is excellent! We've all heard of the horrors of not being able to locate your hotel especially in the wee hours of night. Take note that it is the 3rd Hotel Skypark because I & II's are located in the midst of Myeongdong. The nearness to the Hop-on Hop-off Seoul Tour bus stop makes it even more equally compelling not to mention the underground subway is just right outside the hotel entrance! It even has a 711 convenience store and Tous Les Jours adjacent. At the lobby is a mini Etude House manicure area to pass time idly and each hotel room's toiletries are from Etude House as well. I can just go on and on and won't stop raving praises for this serendipitous hotel! 

Would love to let you in a pretty little secret. If you're alone with no friends to share a room with, but would like to spend a night in Myeongdong then Casa Myeongdong Guesthouse is for you. 

It's a beautifully lighted, chic, very clean capsule guest house with amiable amenities. Think free simple breakfast, sensor locked rooms, lockers, laundromats and soft plush comforters. 1 bed in 4-beds female dormitory is a steal at Php 1,308 when booked via Agoda. Location is not as near as Hotel Skypark III but just roughly a few steps away from the bus stop as well. There is an elevator lift which is normally missing on most guest houses.

Quite fascinating to know that Koreans stay here as well. Perhaps to rest after a night's shopping spree or for students meeting friends for a quick night out before heading back home come next day.

Myeongdong always has something exciting up to its sleeve to offer its visitors. Take for instance this newest sensation. Milky Bee sculpts these picture perfect rose shaped gelato ice cream. Comes in 4 delicious flavors: Strawberry, yogurt, chocolate and green tea.

Now on sale too! From 5,500 won down to 3,800. For the yummy thrill it brings, go get one!

Each alleyway is a heaven for makeup and skincare enthusiasts! It's like having your own beauty town.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ewha Womans University Shopping Street (EDAE)

Around Ewha Womans (not a typo error, read details HERE) University are clusters of shopping stores twisted around its many streets. Turn to each alleyway and be greeted by the trendy stores offering current season's top style picks.

Since the stores cater mostly to University students, expect prices to be really cheap and easy on the pocket. Although I swear by the massive Gangnam Express Bus Terminal Go-To Mall to be the cheapest shopping area in Seoul, EDAE has the cutest and stylish ones. It has a unique charm of its own.

How much is cheap? I'd say prices starts at 10,000 krw with some occasional finds at knock-off 5,000 krw. Myeongdong prices starts at 15,000-20,000.

It was Autumn and displays were mostly thick coats and trenches in preparation for the coming winter. Living in a tropical country where we rarely see these myriad of choices back home, everything was LOVE at first sight! (tee-hee) Makes me want to splurge for future travels abroad.   

Finding EDAE is a piece of cake. From wherever you are in Seoul, take the Green Line and alight at Ewha Womans University station. At the exit are tourist assistants stationed to help you figure out directions to a particular store or restaurant you may want to visit.

The cold autumn is almost synonymous to unpredictable rainy season. Everybody's ready with their see-through umbrellas. Thus explains the rainy day sale.

Everything's just sooo dainty and pretty!

Head on to EDAE to get that University look vibe!