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Hungry Saturday at Bonifacio High Street

Bonifacio High Street

I did some changes on my blog for the past two weeks, if you haven’t noticed. The biggest one is the blog make-over. I had my blog theme changed – huge thanks to Kai! I changed my blog timeline from Lifestyle and Travel Blog to Personal and Travel Blog. I messed around with a few things here and there like my sidebar, header, footer, and about me page – but yes, some things will still be changing. What you haven’t seen is that I will also be changing a few things about my future (and even past) contents. I’m going for a more personal route now, and I’m not just gonna be talking about my major travels now. So, buckle up, friends, my future posts will be like… this one.

Once or twice a month, I go out with my father’s extended side of the family to go to the mall and church. And when I meant, extended side of the family… I really meant the extended side of the family.

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Yes, we really do go out in this number. And nope, we’re not even complete on this quick mall trip. Yes, it can be complete mayhem when we’re all together, but no, it is not frustrating. It’s actually quite fun.

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Last Saturday, the fambam and I went to visit Bonifacio High Street with a stop at SM Aura. It’s not usually where we go to since we are proudly #SouthPeeps – which means our mall of choice is usually Alabang Town Center. So what did we do?

We ate.

And ate.

And prayed.

And ate.

And bought a few lipsticks, while at it.

We found out that Japan’s Pablo – praised as the best cheesecake in the world – is finally open at BGC, so of course, that’s our first stop since we’re suckers like that. It costs PHP499 for the classic cheese tart. They also sell matcha and chocolate cheese tart for PHP599. A few more things on the menu are drinks and soft served ice creams – the latter is sold out tho. We settled on trying the classic. Can’t go wrong with the signature dish, right? I would never personally spend this much on a cheese tart but my ninang does so yey. Free taste!

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Spoiler alert: we didn’t think it’s worth the money and the hype. It’s not bad tasting but all we have is to say is we wouldn’t even pay 300 for it. Not even one of us gushed about its taste. I guess we have a different taste preference than those who loved Pablo. 5/10.

Next we went to have early dinner at SM Aura’s food court. My go-to food is cheese and bacon chicken wings and rice from Frankie’s but I ended up buying baked cheese rice from this Asian stall. I forgot what it was called. The serving is huge and is only worth around PHP150. Wasn’t able to take photos since when I arrived with my food, everyone was already digging in. 8/10.

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We also dropped by the famous La Lola for some churros lovin’. The churros are huge and the one we ordered was the assorted one. I was too full from the rice meal that I only tried the white chocolate one. I realized churros are not my thing but the rest of my family loved them so I guess… 7/10. PS. I would love it if the dip is caramel, not chocolate!

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After all that eating, we did drop by the parish on top of SM Aura and entered a few stores. Mostly, the girls were at the make-up section of SM department store. I discovered this brand, Happy Skin. I am not paid to say this but based from trials, the make-up is so good and I was thrilled to find out that they are a local brand. I thought for sure they are Korean. I’ll come back to buy their lipsticks!

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On our last stop, mom noticed this bakery (seen at the ground floor of SM Aura) selling pastries at 50% off. I’ll show you the before and after my family went through the baked goods. They’re really good! They start the discount at 7PM.

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That’s it. That’s what a usual weekend is for me if I decided to get out and socialize with my family. I just realized that there’s a common theme if I’m out with the father’s side, mother’s side, and friends. The theme for this one is obviously eating. LOL.

One of these days, I’ll talk about my trips with my mother’s side of the family. That side is not as big in number, but boy, I have seven younger cousins on that side. Enough said. And the trips with my friends, well, you can check my Hong Kong and Korea tag. 😉

HAPPY WEEKEND, FRIENDS!

xoxo, Richel V.

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Bea De Guzman
    March 10, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    I’ve tasted the one in Japan and I liked it and I think it only cost around P350 converted. I’ve never tried the ones here in PH though. Parang ayaw ko na tuloy dahil sa mga reviews.

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      March 15, 2017 at 10:13 AM

      I also think I didn’t like it because I was expecting it to be sweet-ish tapos hindi pala? Haha! Still want to try the one in Japan though since sabi ni iba mas masarap daw yung doon.

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    Tannya Aditya
    February 22, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    i heard pablo didn’t import the ingredients used in their japanese home thus why the taste is different. sorry you think it was overpriced! 🙁 i haven’t yet to try it though. hopefully soon!

    but at least you get to spend your day with loved ones, regardless of the food and place. though all those delicacies you posted made me very hungry right now :Q________

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 22, 2017 at 2:10 PM

      Then why is it still that expensive if they didn’t use the same ingredients huhu. Maybe the ones in Japan tastes much better!

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    annie lee
    February 22, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    wow, that pablo thing must be THE thing in asia atm. i’m yet to try one tho!

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 22, 2017 at 2:07 PM

      Heard it’s the most famous cheesecake shop in Japan.

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    Jhanz
    February 21, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Heard so many bad things about Pablo, I feel sad. 🙁 But I wonder if it tastes the same to that in Japan?

    Looks like your weekend is a whole lot of fun, though! WOo!

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 22, 2017 at 2:11 PM

      Have you tried Pablo na? Had someone say that we’re using different ingredients here.

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    Danica Rama
    February 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM

    Looks like a fun weekend 🙂 Been in BGC for like 5 times already for work, never really had the chance to explore 🙁 This post makes me jealous, wish I live close there haha.

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 21, 2017 at 1:07 PM

      Are you from South or North? Haha. I want to go back and explore the art. I mostly go with family and they’re more keen on the shops. Haha.

  • Reply
    Teesh Osita
    February 20, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    I wanna try Happy Skin too! <3

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 21, 2017 at 12:23 PM

      Tried the testers and they’re really good!

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    Pia
    February 20, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Your blog’s new look looks great, Richel! Loving the theme. <3 I've also heard a lot of "meh" reviews about Pablo saying that it's overhyped lang. 🙁 About La Lola naman, I'm not fond of the coated ones. I tried their green tea churro and I was disappointed because it was difficult to bite into it. But the regular ones are good naman. And you're right, when with family, it's always about food! Hahaha.

    http://pepperonipia.com

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 21, 2017 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks, Pia! Yeah, huhu. Buti we tried it lang and we didn’t buy as many as we were originally planning. I think only my mom really likes it out of all of us. 🙁 Maybe I’ll give La Lola another try. They mostly bought the white chocolate and green tea ones.

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    Kandice
    February 20, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    I miss bonding with family <3 I love how you spent your day.. especially the eat part haha

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 21, 2017 at 12:24 PM

      Same, but this is making me just gain more weight. Hahaha!

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    Jane
    February 19, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Sounds like a fun day out – all that food!

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 20, 2017 at 3:31 PM

      Always plenty of food around the fam. Too much calories, lol.

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    Bia
    February 19, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    I miss bonding with my family as well. It’s really hard to be far from your family because you’ll be missing moments like these. sigh.
    But anyway, I like your new blog theme it’s so minimalist and light for the eyes of the reader. hehe
    It’s been a while since I last visited BGC, I wonder what’s new there. Happy blogging!

    http://biasambrano.com/

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM

      Thanks, Bia! I’ve only been visiting BGC when it was almost done so I didn’t see much changes except for more shops. I wonder what changes you’ll notice when you go visit again.

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    Katherine
    February 14, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Herd of the place a lot and I really wanna go here too, soon!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 14, 2017 at 1:53 PM

      It’s a nice place to just roam around and explore (and eat in). 🙂

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    Xeph Hipolito
    February 14, 2017 at 1:49 AM

    How’s BGC now, Richel? I can see that it changed significantly from the last time I went there. I had my internship in Ericsson which is in BGC, a 3 to 5-minute walk from High Street. Even though I stayed there for almost two months, I hadn’t had the chance to dine in High Street. That is mainly because I spent most of my time in Fullybooked.

    I love La Lola! Especially the green one (I don’t know what’s that called). I’m kind of sad we don’t share the same feeling towards it. Anyways, have a great week ahead!

    http://www.engineerxeph.com

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 14, 2017 at 1:55 PM

      Still the same as the last time I visited it – with more puppies roaming around! The restos around High Street is a bit high class for me, but I wouldn’t mind eating in here every once in a while.

      Matcha? It’s not too sweet for me. Haha. I guess I was hoping it would taste like Auntie Anne’s pretzels. lol. I’m really choosy with food. Happy Valentine’s Day, Xeph! 🙂

  • Reply
    Alissa
    February 13, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    I wanted to go there whenever I visit Manila. I wanna try Pablo! I hope soon 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 7:26 PM

      I think there’s a few branches of Pablo na, if ever di ka makapunta sa BGC – but BGC would be a nicer location to visit. Haha.

  • Reply
    alenaraeblog
    February 13, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Personal posts are more fun to read actually. 🙂 And your new layout is fab! I love how minimalist it is. I’ve always wanted to have my header designed but I don’t know how much it actually costs so Canva nalang muna ako for now.

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 3:34 PM

      Still making some changes to make it more minimalist. Haha. For headers, I saw some really good ones on Fiverr.com. It costs around $5-30, depending on what you want and if you want some package of logo+icons+alternative logos. 🙂

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    Nora Gouma
    February 13, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    Amazing post, beautiful pictures as well, I love your blog, thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next post!!!

    xxx

    http://www.modelonamission.com

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 2:38 PM

      Thanks, Nora. Hope to see you around my blog. xx

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    The Nerdy Me
    February 13, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    I love the new look of your blog and how you decided to change your niche a bit. Also, it sounds like you had an amazing time, I’d love to read more posts like this one from you 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 3:39 PM

      Currently loving this one the most of my old themes, but I’m still doing some changes. Thanks, Leta!

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    Mariz
    February 12, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    I’m loving the new look of your blog. And seemed like you really had a great time with your extended fam! Family is lifest I actually live in the same roof with my extended family and it’s never boring. Haha. Anyway, I so love posts like this. Looking forward for more

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      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 4:03 PM

      Thanks, Mariz! I’m still getting used to the lack of colors, but I love how minimalist it is. I live in the same compound as my mother’s side of the family. Definitely not boring as I have seven younger cousins and two younger brothers nearby. Hahaha!

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    Karen
    February 11, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    I missed visiting your blog! I’m only using my phone so I can’t really see the entire blog layout but I’m already in love with your theme!

    I like personal posts, so I’m looking forward to it! It seems so much fun to go out with the entire family. Another thing that I noticed is your pictures! What camera did you use?

    Have a happy weekend, Richel!

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      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 4:04 PM

      I’m using a really minimalist theme right now, the simplest I ever had! The photos in this post are either taken by my iPhone 6S or my mom’s iPhone 7. Have a great week ahead, Karen! 🙂

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    About Bae
    February 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    I thought you were joking when you said you ate a lot. LOL. Hindi pala! Hahaha. Anyway, I’m glad I read your comment on Pablo’s. I was so ready to try it when it was fresh in the market. I was even willing to go out of the way to find the nearest branch open. (all because I wanted to be one of the firsts to blog about it). But I’d definitely taste it if it were free! 😛 Or Makikitikim lang ako. Haha.

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      February 13, 2017 at 3:06 PM

      …I don’t joke about food. LOLJK.

      I was also planning to brave the line and long commute when Pablo first came out! Buti nalang hindi. I was so disappointed with how it taste like; way too overhype. Or maybe that’s just our tastebuds. Lol.

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