Simple Pleaures: Afternoon Coffee with a Friend

Last Saturday afternoon, while the kids were asleep,  I had coffee with a friend at Starbucks, The Grove.

It was the first time I’ve been to that place.  It looked so peaceful.  Great thing about it is that there’s not much people, and there’s parking!  It really made me feel relaxed in the middle of the afternoon.  Just what I needed.

Seems very relaxing, right?


After having coffee, we dropped by Sunrise Buckets beside it and bought some chicken wings to bring home for Rick.  It tasted different from the others he normally eats.  I’ll write about that the next time we get to eat those wings again 🙂

So if you want a relaxing place to go to, try driving by The Grove along Libis, Q.C.  Not much establishments there yet (just has starbucks, sunrise buckets, and a japanese burger steak resto) but great for coffee and hanging out.


Baclaran Day

One Wednesday afternoon, I drove for my in-laws to Baclaran coz their driver was out sick.  I used to go there once in a while.  But it’s been a year since I went.  Getting there wasn’t hard, just pass the way to the airport and go straight instead of turning left on Petron.  That road will lead you straight to Roxas Blvd.

What’s a bit of a challenge is near the church, lining up to get near the church and finding parking.  I was lucky that a car left a few minutes after we arrived.

There will be some men on the street who will assist you park or even look for slots for you, of course you have to give them a tip when you leave.


Here's what you'll find outside the church. A long driveway leading to the church. You'll see people from all walks of life.


Here's a view of the inside of the church. Since it's a HUGE church, they have LCD tv's all around for people to see what's happening at the altar. And there's another smaller structure at the side of the church where people can light and offer some candles.

Outside the gate of the church there are a lot of vendors of all sorts.  Accessories, clothes, slippers ,balloons, and even a small market.  There’s also Chowking, Goldilocks, and a couple more establishments beside the church in case you need to get a snack or go to the restroom.

Try visiting Baclaran to say Thanks or pray for someone or something.  It’s quite an experience.


Mommy Duties: NBI clearance at Mandaluyong City Hall

I hired a new nanny and one of my pre-requisites was an updated NBI Clearance.  So when she was getting hers, I went with her to get one for myself.  We went there at 8am.  First stop, getting a cedula.  They said if you apply for NBI clearance here, you’d need a cedula from here as well.

When you enter the city hall, it's the first door to your right.

Second stop, getting an NBI clearance application form.  Oh My!  the applicants start lining up at 6am even if the office opens at 8am.  That I did not know!  And they said they only give stubs out for the first 500 people.  Had I known, I wouldn’t have gone here.  Well, at least I learned something new.

Good thing there was mass going on inside the City Hall coz it was a Holy Day of Obligation when I went.  So I just heard mass instead of getting my NBI clearance.  At least my trip was not wasted at all 🙂

Here's how the line for NBI Clearance application looked. Didn't want to line up there, so I went inside to hear mass instead.

So even if someone says that there are less people in a particular NBI clearance office, its still in the hundreds and people still start lining up at 6am.  That’s how it is in their Robinson’s Galleria Branch as well.

Goodluck 🙂

Simple pleasures – Fifty Peso Horse Ride

Have you seen the manually operated horsey ride in Robinson’s Galleria or the New Eastwood Mall?

We let the kids try it and they had fun just by looking at it.  Chesca had a hard time at first but then got the hang of it after a minute or so.  But Lexi just rode it for photo op purposes 🙂

It costs 50php for 5 minutes.

Just smiling for the camera...
The real cowgirl!

Something to do when you’ve got time to kill.

In Galleria, it’s right beside Figaro, so kids can play while you can sit down and have your daily cup of coffee.