holy week 2015 | BATANGAS

Life was a lot like better during this time (half of 2015), everything seems in order –my finances were good and I worry less. I remember being worried only on how I can flee the office during the first day of Bluecross Sale. Hehehe. Seriously tho, my life was so easy before and I’m caught unprepared about getting old and all its limitation. Life hacks, I failed.

As I sum up 2015, it’s been a roller coaster ride and it run-ups to so many episodes. And because I’m still tiding up my files and getting this blog up-to-date, let me take you to another Batangas getaway during Holy Week of 2015.

I’ve been to Batangas many times, beaches in majority and this trip on a Holy Week was of many firsts. This time we visited the western part of the touristy Batangas.

On our way we passed by the abandoned Fantasy World in Lemery, stopped for a while and took souvenir photos from afar. At the course of my reading, Fantasy World was supposed to be a Philippine version of the famed Disneyland but it was never completed. And visiting Fantasy World according to many is not really worthy especially if you’re coming from Manila because there’s no point of interest and the most you can do here is take a lot of photos. Plan your visit here as a side trip only to a bigger trip so you don’t end up disappointed and exhausted from Tagaytay traffic.

We continued our drive to Taal which was our absolute destination that day for the annual Visita Iglesia. Getting to Taal Basilica you’d pass by the heritage town and a lot of it brings back memoirs of Ilocos and its ancestral houses –truly it can be named Vigan of the South.

The Basilica de San Martin de Tours or commonly referred as Taal Basilica remains to be the largest Catholic church in the Philippines and in South Asia and wow, it was such a beauty and majestic. Its façade baroque structure stands tall in an elevated hill facing Balayan Bay and from atop it overlooks the historic town and its neighboring town of Lemery.

Its interior is even grandeur –it’s vast and airy and well-lit, wide aisles and its ornate ceilings is similar to my hometown’s very own parish church.

After praying the Station of the Cross led by Nanay we left and explored the heritage town on foot.

From the vicinity of the church stands Escuela Pia. This old structure is a school supervised by the church and was named after the congregation established by San Jose Calansaz during the 17th century. Agustinian priests constructed this convent which later became school for the underprivileged Taal youth.

It is considered also as one of the oldest educational institution in the country.

From Escuela Pia, we wandered and passed by one of Taal’s recognized ancestral house. The Villavicencio Wedding Gift House, but it was closed already so I snapped a photo of its opulent bordering. The house was given as a gift by Eulalio Villavicencio to his soon to be wife Gliceria Marella.

While still getting around we also chanced San Lorenzo Ruiz steps –125 granite steps dedicated to the memory of San Lorenzo Ruiz.

Down the stairs you’ll find the Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine believed to be miraculous.

The image, which depicts the Immaculate Conception is also believed to be one of the oldest in the country, having found in 1603 by a man fishing in Pansipit River. The subsequent Marian apparitions documented by Spanish colonial church leaders were first in the country.

On our climb back at San Lorenzo Ruiz steps, halfway through there were plenty of people leading to a pathway. We followed just like that and was surprised to find another sacred site.

Sta. Lucia Well is a pilgrimage site known for its miraculous healing waters. About 500 meters off the steps past a dried creek and gloomy undergrowth are the twin wells of Sta. Lucia. The present site used to be a brook where the Virgin of Caysasay performed miracles and where a church was built by the townsfolk. The violence of the 18th century earthquake sank the church but its half immersed facade remains intact. After the quake, spring water gushed out of the twin doors. (source: read HERE)

I was all observant all along our stay at the miraculous well, there were people who collected waters and some even took a quick bath. I cannot reasonably explain the rationality behind the waters, at the end it’s all faith.

After all the climbs and walks, it’s very probable that everyone was so tired and hungry. We looked everywhere around the heritage town for the famed Batangas Lomi but unfortunately every stall we went was sold out. How disappointing eh? We ended at this unpretentious eatery in Lemery which serves Batangas Lomi and home-cooked meals, I don’t know what happened next because I felt really drained. P.S. I did not really touch the meat and innards from my lomi bowl, the kids ate pork sinigang because the church says they’re exempted.

Oh, the following day is Good Friday and we’re back on the road with no itinerary on hand. This time we drove passing Maragondon, and the tough magnetic hill of Ternarte. It was ze husband’s first time to drive at this route and I did not mention any about the seeming magnetic field that strains the engine until he complained that our car might be broke. Hehehe.

Anyhow, we reached Kaybiang Tunnel in one piece. Kaybiang Tunnel is the Philippines’ longest subterranean road tunnel at 300 meters that links the towns of Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas.

Of course we stopped by like most tourist and had a quick photo op.

The next turn after Kaybiang Tunnel offered a very scenic view of Patungan Cove, the long drive was so worth it. And what better way to kill the blistering summer heat, beach! We drove at the access road but eventually stopped by uniform men because it’s not open to public, but with the right connections we were allowed in due course.

Patungan Cove is a fishing village and I can still recall my Tatay’s struggle when he was still the Municipal Agriculturist of Maragondon. There was no access road back then and the only way to reached Bgy. Sta. Mercedes is by boat. My Tatay spent nights at this village for so many times especially when waves get bigger at late afternoons. I know he made friends with many village folks here and it’s sad that because of legal issues some were forced to abandon the place.

Anyhow, if you’re visiting I read somewhere that there are boats from a spot off the highway that can be rented and get you at the beach.

The coastline here is not a white sand beach instead is light brown in color and clean and you get the hilly part as backdrop. It was a nice breather because the beach is not crowded. Before sundown we left and drove to Nasugbu-Tagaytay gateway. Had a quick dinner at Jollibee Mendez Crossing Tagaytay before heading home.

Easter Sunday. It’s perhaps the most unforgettable and the most I will always cherish. We had a widespread of home-cooked meals. I told you how we celebrate Easter like Christmas, it’s merry and we have extended families coming over to lunch with us. Tatay was so alive then, there was no sign of any sickness or pain. Why he was taken shortly? I know it’s nearly four years and yet I’m still talking like it happened only yesterday. I really wanted to move forward and evolve from it but many times I caught myself still shattered beyond recovery. Sigh!

I still have tons of kwentos and trips to document but I need more time and I don’t know what’s next.

Please stay tuned. ♥



holy week 2016 | BATANGAS

Back in 2016, ze husband and I decided to spend the Holy Week in Cavite again because it was the first year to observe Lent without Tatay. I thought Nanay was always clingy then and we needed to be at her side for most days. Tho we’ll be missing the holiday road trip up North, I guess it was great also to spend time with the doggos. The big B and my litol boi Astro were equally clingy when we’re home and no amount of McDonald’s burger can’t replace the presence of their hoomans. Jowk! Insert a laughing B and Atlo 😀

Hello Alfred!

Because Tagaytay traffic gets too heavy and bad during holidays we drove to nearby Batangas for the annual Visita Iglesia.

First stop was at the Carmel, Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace. It was an accidental stop actually when we sort of got lost from navigating our way to Lipa Cathedral. Not like the many old churches I’ve been to, Carmel is unadorned and looks modern –white walls and light blue ceiling. There’s not much trace of the olden eras but despite of its unassuming interiors, it remained peaceful and holy especially that location is a bit away from the loud city traffic. By the way, Carmel was founded in 1946 two years before the apparition happened to Teresita Castillo and other sisters at the convent.

I read somewhere that there is monastery garden, the actual site of the apparition, we didn’t saw it because we didn’t really go around. It was around noon time when we were there and everyone was hungry I guess.

A few kilometers from Carmel is the Parish of Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace located in Antipolo del Norte, Lipa City. This Spanish baroque church was founded only in September 2011 and was solemnly dedicated by Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila and Most Rev. Ramon C. Arguelles, D.D., Archbishop of Lipa.

The parish interiors with retablos in gold.

I’m quite lost about history and some stories I should have researched prior to our visit. But it’s always good to learn something first-hand and eventually regret –I should have snapped many photos to remember all the details.

Our last church that day was The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, commonly known as the Lipa Cathedral. It was formerly located on the Shore of Taal Lake and was destroyed when Taal Volcano erupted in 1754. Reconstruction of the church on the present site began in 1732 and ended in 1790. According to legend, the image of San Sebastian disappeared from the church and was later found by the townspeople on a lipa tree, which led to the town being named after it.

San Sebastian Cathedral is constructed from rough-hewn, rectangular stone and has a six-storey octagonal bell tower which rests on a rectangular base and tapers gradually to the cupola on top. ( source: read HERE)

There were so many visitors that day and it’s surprising that I don’t have any decent photos of the church interiors. Sigh! I’m too distracted or maybe I wasn’t thinking of writing about the whole trip or I was deeply meditating.

Anyhow, the trip was all worth of gas expenses and toll fees and time. At least in tough times, I have something good to look back. By the way, if you’re fasting and abstaining like me during Holy Weeks, Chowking meals are great because they serve meatless fast-food meals –tofu, water spinach, chopsuey, sweet & sour fish and of course Halo-Halo.

This day ended with another meal at Goto Me in ADB Triangle, Tagaytay City. Yes, we had rice porridge and daing na bangus to cap of the night.

Sorry for the very short info you might pick here. Am writing another Batangas trip, check out soon. ♥



P.S. Easter Sunday was always observed over big eats at home. It’s festive like Christmas. Moi at my heaviest or it’s just the wrong angle 😀



holy week 2017 | CAVITE

I think I spent too much time on social media platforms (facebook & Instagram mostly) and yet I remained hiatus on my very own space. It’s a shame really and I have no valid excuse except for my lack of interest to write life’s events. I felt there’s nothing to write about because it’s monotonous anyway. And then, I met a young lady during the Holy Week whom I had a nice chat regarding the rise of these new breed of influencers. I admire her wit and despite her being a millennial she still finds it odd to read only good reviews online, not that she detests the good life and inspiration we get from these public post, I mean can we be more truthful and write something close to reality?

So where were you during the Holy Week break?

In 2017, I spent Holy Week in my hometown minus ze husband because my brother-in-law was in town and ze husband had to accompany him in Ilocos. I had no solid plans that time but if you know me really, I can come up with an overnight plan and travel right away especially if budget was not a major concern. I commissioned ze cousin to drive us for the customary Visita Iglesia. Oh, I terribly missed Ilocos and the baroque churches I’ve been. But this time, I find it redeeming to visit nearby Cavite churches and go on a road trip, of course with my regulars –Nanay and Tita G and Shane.

First stop was The Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Naic, Cavite, constructed during the 1800s (Reference Wiki). I can’t remember the last time I visited this church, it must have been ages, 20+ years ago, a baptismal rite perhaps and I can’t even remember how it look like then and if there have been changes thereafter I can’t really tell now. This is the exterior, I wish I had a nicer camera then to capture the whole façade. With my iPhone on hand, and the church limited frontage I cannot do more. Please note that the church is tucked in the vicinity of a covered court, a school nearby and tricycle terminal, parking may be difficult especially if you’re visiting during this season.

This is the church interiors –simple and airy and I love the golden chandeliers.

The second church was Sto. Niño de Ternate in Ternate, Cavite. The history of the parish church is traced way back in 1863 at which time this town was under the jurisdiction of Maragondon. It’s historic on its own and if you’d like to discover more I recommend you read more here.

I don’t know why I missed a photo of the exterior minus us. Sorry for the shameless selfie. Hehehe

After two churches, we had late lunch at Lolo Claro’s in Maragondon. I don’t know but Holy Week is always synonymous to summer and Lolo Claro’s oversize Halo-halo was the perfect break from the scorching heat of the summer skies. Must try and specialty of the house is Claro’s Fried Chicken. It tasted like your all-time favorite fried chicken na talagang Sarap to the Bones!

Back on the road was our third and probably the most significant amongst was The Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church in Maragondon, Cavite. It was consecrated in 1581 and was completed only in 1714, it’s the only heritage structure in the town of Maragondon which was declared by National Museum as a National Cultural Treasure. Tatay must have many things to say about the church and Maragondon itself after spending many years as the Municipal Agriculturist at this heritage town. I can tell how happy he would be telling stories and his experiences from way back. I remember he has this friend who owns a big grocery near the town plaza and an old friend who owns a gas station too. I know I should have been more attentive to his modest stories before.

This is Maragondon Church interiors with bright altar pieces or retablos.

And the exterior speaks so much of age and history. I love this church because the mood remains solemn despite the flock of many pilgrimage that day. Yes, I’m biased.

From Maragondon, we drove to the landlocked municipality of Magallanes. It was such a good afternoon drive because of the greeneries and nicely paved highway.

Upon reaching the quaint town of Magallanes, we parked at the side road where we thought next to the Parish Church. I noticed that the church is so small, our Visita (tuklong) was even bigger and grand, so I really thought until some church-goers came in. We felt a bit weird, I don’t know. When we went out we bumped into Shane who was looking for us, apparently she was waiting for us at the church compound. Guess what? The church we went in was an Aglipayan Church. It was an ice breaker and we laughed as we crossed the street going to the catholic church.

Nuestra Señora de Guia is the Parish Church of Magallanes, Cavite. Don’t ever make the same mistake we did, I read somewhere how he describes the Aglipayan Church more “catholic” than the nearby parish church.

Sorry for this almost vanishing photo of the church, there were too many people that time and mass was on-going. 

From Magallanes, we drove to Alfonso, Cavite. St. John Nepomucene is their Parish Church and I remember our Christmas visits to Rev. Fr. Reddy when he was still the parish priest. He would welcome us to his small office cum abode at the church compound and offer us simple sandwiches and coffee. He was my parents godfather during their church wedding and it was a tradition back then that our family visits their Ninongs and Ninangs during the Holidays. I don’t know why it stopped when in fact it’s more convenient now to travel, maybe because we’ve grown up and the parental thought it’s no longer appropriate for us to go.

From Alfonso to Indang, you’d passed by another parish church at Lumampong Halayhay which is St. Vincent Ferrer Parish. In 1851, St. Vincent Ferrer was established as a Visita under the parochial of St. Gregory the Great in Indang and in 1997 it became a pastoral center. After a short prayer, we went our way to our last destination.

It was already past 6pm when we reached the hometown. St. Gregory The Great is the Parish Church of Indang, Cavite. Founded in 1625 and became witnessed to so many life events of my family. I was baptized and confirmed here but decided to do my wedding in one of Tagaytay churches because of convenience for our Manila guests. The same church witnessed deaths of family members and friends.

This is the interior of St. Gregory The Great Church –rose colored trompe and impressive oil paintings on the ceilings. The retablo has three levels of niches and saints. The church of Indang was one of the first churches in Cavite to use galvanized iron as its roofing in 1869 and I remember how my grandfather tell us story that he was one of the carpenters who made its roofing probably in the 1950s during the restoration.

By the way, if you happen to pass by the town of Indang make sure you buy one of Indang’s old delicacy –Kalamay Buna or Kalamay Indang, it’s a traditional kakanin made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, brown sugar and young coconut meat. You can get hold of this at the pasalubong center nearby the police station and old municipal hall.

Next, Visita Iglesia in Batangas. 🙂



12 years

I missed to share so many events here including how ze husband and I marked our 11th wedding anniversary last 2016. I do not have a good recall of everything that happened because I was also sickly that time. I remember we had dinner at Friday’s because it’s the default resto I could think to celebrate an occasion. Last December during our 12th year, we also had a very humble dinner at the Power Plant Mall. It was a weekday and Christmas was so close by so we couldn’t go far besides I was always in Lola mode –I get so tired easily. Although, I really miss travelling during occasions we really have to drop the idea because we’re so low in resources for the last two years. Bills after bills, there were too many overhead while everyone around us thought my wallet is thick as a bible. I felt we were the only one’s trying to save up even the last cent and its sad. I have to live paycheck-to-paycheck and constantly scramble to make ends meet. Sigh!

Despite the struggle and all hurdles I remain positive and prayerful, I choose to shrug all the negative emotions and live life as normal as it can be. It wasn’t easy but at least its giving me peace and let me sleep at night. Oh, sorry if this post sounds too heavy and emotional, I thought it’s not really bad to vent once in a while and probably at least I’m giving you a peep of how’s it been with me for the times I was hibernating and procrastinating on what’s next.

At the moment I’m nowhere back in track but at least I’m slowly back in writing and of things that makes me happier. Please consider this post as my short comeback to the blogosphere.


And hey, I get to dine at Farm Organics twice already. The experience was impressive and worth sharing. How do I start nga with food post? Hehehe.

During the first visit, it was a no-occasion day. I was window shopping and waiting for ze husband at the same time. If you frequent Power Plant Mall especially the lower ground, you’ll notice that there’s a few fast-food outlets in there, only the big players so the rest were mid-range restaurants that will still cost you a thousand bucks for a small meal. Reality bites but mostly mall-goers at Rockwell are well-off and probably reside at the neighboring Bel-air or the surrounding exclusive villages, so they won’t mind the high priced single plate (imo). So, sometimes you really need to plan or set aside some when visiting this side of the city. And because I’ve been craving for the famed steak of Farm Organics, just imagine my wish coming true, finally! 😀

We got the New York Steak (local all-natural), medium-well woodfired cut that was really tender and delicious. I love their mushroom gravy; it was the perfect dip also of their Farm bread that look a lot like Pan de Manila’s pandesal.

Also got the Farm Salad with organic lettuce, feta cheese candied walnuts, arugula and The Farm mango vinaigrette dressing. And because we wanted something more, I ordered the Classic Cheeseburger –simply cheese, organic lettuce and sauce.

During our second visit, I don’t have any guilt at all because we’re celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary. I thought I can order anything I fancy this time except that I don’t like us to look PGs (patay gutom) with plenty of food for two. Hehehe.

This time we got the Rib Eye cut (you can choose between local all-natural and certified organic meat), well I thought it’s all the same and healthy. I love this cut especially its excellent flavor.

Got a plate of their Truffle Mushroom Pasta and it didn’t disappoint and serving was just right.

And to end our anniversary dinner we had the Chocolate Cheesecake with ganache.

Well, we don’t need a significant number to celebrate occasions like ours. Every year of our togetherness is a milestone already because we stand the test of time and circumstances and if there’s more to come I know we’ll let humour take on the very complex one and a good laugh together is all that matters. ♥



THE FARM ORGANICS | Lower Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City | T. +632 8528228


i’m 18 with 26 years experience

How times flies is so gasgas but I can’t think of a more appropriate catchphrase to say how fast a year can be. I turned a year older again, something that only some super powers can stop from happening every year. At forty-four, I’m not so proud of what I have become. I wish I can turn back time at 25 and rearrange my life, I wish there’s a way to be young again so I can work harder and grab all the opportunities that passed and probably did not commit those countless mistakes in the past. Yes, I have regrets, too many disappointments and an unhappy soul. But I’d like to think that at this point I still have time, and I wouldn’t be the person I am now if I haven’t gone thru all those dark phases of life. Each has his own life lessons and I’m still learning everyday, I’m lucky on so many counts!

So, last month I blew another candle and marked another birthday. Because my birthday fell on a Sunday I had lunch for my maternal family. It was timing because it was also the last weekend of my cousin and fam who were vacationing from Dubai, it was our last hurray to end the eventful holiday season.

While I want the occasion to be an exclusive family affair, little did I know that my closest girl friends were invited by Nanay. It was sort of a surprise that didn’t turned out well because the breakfast congee was cancelled at last minute. Not as good as my planning skill, hehehe. Anyhow, the lunch we prepared was simple and enough to satisfy the post-holiday cravings. Thank you fam for coming to celebrate our birthdays (it was ze husband’s too a day before mine, remember?).

Thank you also to Vi and Mayora for coming, I’ll promise to hook up this Feb when all the ganaps are over.

Thank you also to my team back at the office for the healthy breakfast spread, you guys never failed to surprise me every year and I’m still not giving up on my silent request until you thought of it one day –why not a Kate Spade inspired party! 😛

And to my dear husband, please get me this party ⇑⇑⇑ when I rock the 45th. 🙂



Dear Lord, I praise you with all my heart and ask you cleanse me once more. I know I’ve fault you time and time again and many times I thought I know better, forgive my shortcomings. Thank you for the year that was and for the years ahead. Thank you for my health, for making me well in 2017 because I feel healed and whole. Thank you for the gift of family and friends. As I face the new year, I pray for better opportunities so I can provide for the family. I pray for inner peace and strength to survive all the mishaps of life and lastly please extend all blessings and guidance to my family. These I pray in Jesus name, Amen.



reflections at 43


I recently turned 43 and had a lot of realisation even before turning a year older. I dunno with you but I really don’t mind getting old each year, I worry less of age because it’s just a number and what really matter is the impact you have made to yourself, to family and friends, to your community, to your country and what made you as a person. Okay, I won’t dare talk of being a partisan, hehehe, let’s leave those articles to Mocha Uson and her counterparts. 🙂


In the past, especially of last year I celebrated my 42nd birthday with a blast, I had a number of celebrations bec I thought I needed that outlet, I needed to be surrounded by many –for what? A smug satisfaction perhaps? I really do not know what I am trying to prove the reason of my extravagant celebrations. Way of saying thank you? It was my lame excuse because I felt I owe them something. When in fact the real thing, I’m always the giver, the pleaser. And many times in the past I felt I’m taken for granted because who cares? Who truly cares? I can name a real few. Sigh!

Sometimes when you’re at age like me you came to a point, mostly on slow days, you tend to recollect things in the past and everytime it happened I’m saddened, there’s obvious fakeness in everything that surrounds me. But then, I can’t change people and events, I can’t preach sincerity, it’s not easy to deal with falseness and beyond. So, I guess for me it’s either you win it or lose it, I have to be true to myself and discard the rotten tomatoes in my basket. So there, let my drama series take a close from here, for now.


Happy happy birthday ‘ney! 


My birthday fell on a Saturday and my girls at the office gave me an advance party on the 13th. It’s ze husband’s birthday by the way but we really didn’t celebrate, I remember us having la paz batchoy at one of our favorite stop after he blew his birthday candle at home, thank you Darwin & Rosette for the chocolate cake.


Back at the office, my girls go overboard this time and decked my post like I’m James Reid’s number one fan. I’m a fan but not a die-hard one, nothing compared with my fangirling to Ely Buendia during Eheads stardom. Uhm girls, I appreciate all the effort you put in making that James Reid daydream look in your eye, other than I might be too old for this, whachathink? 😀 Next time, next year, can you please tone down to a lighter theme? Say Kate Spade inspired? That classy black and pink visuals? Go at Pinterest for some inspiration, please. Of course, I didn’t tell anyone that I’m a bit uncomfortable of the James Reid banderitas, I silently requested one of the utility boys to neatly remove the decors after everyone left that day. Sorry girls, I’m not really complaining but this is too much hype. Hahaha.


Nonetheless, thank you team for making my birthday always a merry one. 🙂


Anyhow, I was treated to lunch by the team. We had the traditional cake blowing, I got two Sansrival cake just bec it’s my all-time favorite. Hey, I also love Mary Grace and Contis and Costa Brava or Hizon’s, why not Estrel’s? I only wish they could read this blog so it’d be easy for them to prepare, hehehe. And because I don’t want to splurge anymore this year to extra celebrations I just ordered meryenda chow in the afternoon –pancit, mini-sandwiches and chicken lolly. I also don’t want to extend the celebration come Monday that’s why I also advance my birthday blow-out. Simple.


We’re already home during my birthday but ze husband had to drive back to Manila at 7am so I was left again, and like what I initially planned I will just sleep on my birthday. At almost noontime I was surprised to wake at the smell of pancit, oh somebody cooked for me, of course it was Nanay. She also cooked the classic spaghetti, I bet ze husband requested this because I was nagging him the other night about neglecting my birthday. Really, it’s been long since someone make an effort at home, I can’t even remember the last time.


By mid-afternoon the sister’s fam arrived and some cousins –pabebe boys, they all stayed until dinner time so the house was like in festive mood again. Ze husband and I were supposed to go out for coffee that night but sensing that he’s tired already I stopped myself from being brash. After all, his weekends are never really all about resting bec when he’s home the fur kiddos are on ultra-hyper mode, all three wanted his attention.


Sometimes you really questioned yourself what makes you happy, and what makes me happy is home. I always look forward to coming home and spending my weekend break with ze husband, with my maternal fam, with the fur kiddos. I love the crisp morning air and cottony clouds. I know every year would be a different story and every year I might have a different realisation and thoughts, but every year I’d turn to look at this blog and remember how blessed I am despite of all the misfortunes. Thank you Lord for the gift of life. ♥



mama lou’s italian kitchen, solenad


Home-cooked spaghetti vongole while recuperating from anemia at home…


When two dear friends from high school celebrated their birthdays back in July I was a day out only at the hospital following that serious anemia I never imagined. I was on leave a few days after and was jaded at home because ze husband was not giving me go signal yet to go out. He worried about relapse and other complications so I had to stay back. Following Friday of that week and the end of my torture at home I invited few friends and the celebrators over late lunch. Their little celebration was a good excuse for me to get a breather and eat Italian. 😀


Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen at Solenad has been on my must-try restaurants other than everytime we’re at that side of the city we’re always in hurry and our main concern were outlet shops. So, I think a separate food trip is really necessary minus any form of shopping. We’re all first-timers at Mama Lou’s but if you know me I have this system of checking the restaurant’s menu days prior to our visit, I read recommendations, bestsellers and most importantly I check the pricelist. I don’t want to be in trouble just in case my party won’t go dutch and if in case we’re splitting the bill at least I’d know if it’s reasonable or not. And because I was the one who initiated this group date I took care of the ordering part.


I had us Poutine P160 for appetizer. Glorious French fries topped with smooth brown gravy, and mozzarella cheese


We had 2 kinds of pasta and both were good –Spaghetti Meatballs P295. Spaghetti with mouthwatering homemade meatballs. The meatballs were huge.


Linguini Vongole P295. Linguini pasta with baby clams and garlic.


I also got an order of Risotto Tartufo Funghi P325. This is wild mushroom and truffle cream. I’m slowly loving this Italian recipe but then I always find it more satisfying when shared. There’s umay factor when you try to finish an order by yourself, I think it’s the heavy cream.


And pizza, Mama Lou’s Special Large 14” P450. Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, mango, arugula and balsamic cream.


Added Pizza Bianca P375 because it was well-recommended by the wait staff. This one in cream, mozzarella, bacon and mushroom.


Their pizzas are oven-bricked and crispy thin, served with alfalfa sprouts and arugula. You can roll it or eat as is. Pizzas are similar to C’ Italian’s.


And because we’re dining Italian and we’re celebrating Greg and Renzy’s 40 something birthdays, I thought it’s fancier if there’s a bottle of wine, I thought it’ll help increase my red blood cells in a way. On the contrary, I learned that tannins in wine are not really good with iron deficiency issues. But believe me there was no diet restriction on my home instructions from MMC.

Back at Mama Lou’s –resto is pleasant, be sure to reserve the table close to the wine racks. I insisted us be seated there because it’s a bit distant from other tables apart from its really picture worthy.


Anyhow, we had a good convo all throughout our meal, I love this pack because topic can go anything under the sun and I can stay a listener or go hysterics even at the shallowest jokes. You see I have a very small number of real friends but I’m not in any way saddened about it, in fact I always consider it as a blessing because too many people in your life can be just hazardous at times and troublesome. Be picky with who you invest your time in. 🙂



Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen | Solenad 2, Nuvali, Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Road, Don Jose, Santa Rosa | T. 049 3020752