the first weekend of january


It was a working weekend for me after the long Christmas break, the support team particularly, and the venue was the nearby Ace Hotel & Suites. That day, I arrived at the hotel a little past of 9am, an hour late from the 8am call time; some colleagues were already at the Lobby Lounge waiting for breakfast. I took a seat with the bigger group because I didn’t notice right away that my team was just behind. Anyway, because I’m not really a very sociable person I just remained silent and make nods when needed, breakfast took so long to be served, so, imagine me staring in blank between times peeping on my phone and wishing someone would messaged me to keep myself busy. 😦


When breakfast was served I wasted no time, I ate with gusto especially that the breakfast plate was my favorite –generous serving of Tocino, 2 eggs, fried rice and black coffee. I was wowed at home big the breakfast was at a very affordable price, it was less than P200. I stopped myself from snapping a photo and later regret it. Right after breakfast we held an activity to test how we are as a team; it’s a test of collaboration and management, my guess. We didn’t win on the activity because we didn’t get to finish the game first; I think we’re the third group to complete the task. After the first activity we continued the second part at the hotel room where colleagues from Cebu were checked-in, there was no winner here because it’s a test that highlight more of communication. I cannot agree more.


Later on, there were discussions on learning, etc. which I find relevant only if the same will be practiced and applied. Actually, I’ve been to a numerous of team buildings and group discussion, there were action plans made each time but to date nothing good had happen out of those sessions, that each time will go back to work it’s like none had been discussed, none had been planned, so for me it’s just a waste of money for the company and everyone’s time to run things like this unless of course everything will be put into practice. I’m just saying.


*not my photo, borrowed from a colleague

Anyhow, the good part of that working weekend was the treat that awaits us after. Each was treated at the soothing water spa which was too timely for me, just what I exactly need for my legs and feet, except for that minor accident <insert clumsiness> I think the water treatment was too perfect for my aging joints –tendons and ligaments! Hahaha. I only wish photos were allowed at the water spa so you’ll get a picture of the place and its facilities and of what fun we had. The High-Pressure Massage was the best.


dimsum and sushi 🙂


baked fish, mashed potato and greens

And the treat continued to a late lunch buffet soon after, the spread wasn’t too big, just enough to fill your hungry pangs after the spa. They had Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and Grilled Station to choose from, guess what I enjoyed most?


Japanese-Sukiyaki Beef which I asked the staffs to grill instead of mixing it on my shabu-shabu bowl. This is love, with all that fat dripping!

The buffet was filling yet easy on the budget, and wait, if you get the water spa and the late lunch buffet package you’ll pay a little over than P1000 only. A good deal indeed! 🙂


Now, if you don’t want to avail of the hotel buffet there’s plethora of restaurants nearby. The drive to Kapitolyo’s foodie destination was the perfect retreat to treat your bellies. Since the husband picked me that afternoon we had our time to drive off, we stopped first at Estancia in Capitol Commons to check the newly-opened Debenhams Store and Old Navy as well. Because the shopping district was very new then, there were few people checking out and most of them were probably lounging for the strong wifi connection and mall’s classy ambiance. Hehehe. Kiddin’ aside, there’s not much to see yet that even cafés were numbered. After a few rounds, we left and drove to nearby Kapitolyo because we’re eyeing Poco Deli but because I was still very full from our late lunch, I couldn’t decide plus parking during dinner time was a big headache. So come there early if you really want to pig-out!

Guess where we settled? At Mad Mark’s because the latter was neighboring to Lia’s, where we spent the rest of the night. Like many eateries at Kapitolyo, Mad Mark’s is another of that hole-in-the-wall resto that offers good eats – steaks, sandwiches and ice creams.


This was the husband’s Mad Mark’s Healthy Signature Steak with two sides –mashed potato and bacon potato salad. I would have gotten the house salad as the other side if I was ordering a plate. But, I was still stuffed from lunch that’s why I missed this fall-of-the-bone goodness in every bite. We’ve also skipped the ice cream because I want coffee and cake at store next door. We’ll definitely consider going back at Mad Mark’s because price is reasonable in the first place.


Next is Lia’s Cake in Season. I heard so much of their famed avocado cake thus my wanting to give it a try for once. Foremost, Lia’s is a good place to hang out after a hefty dinner at Kapitolyo, the place is warm and bright in purple and green, tho a bit small like most restos in that area, Lia’s was not crowded that night with only a few diners while most customers dropped by for take outs.


We had each a mug of coffee, I only wish it was piping hot, and we got each a slice of cake. I had the Avocado Sansrival instead of the regular Avocado Cake, I love sansrival period. ♥


The husband got the Red Velvet slice, well, another of my favorite. Hehehe. Both cakes were filling but there’s this something lacking, taste-wise it was sweet but not overly sweet, it was in between so-so and a-ok, price-wise almost the same with my favorite bakeshops so I guess Lia’s Cakes didn’t left me that lasting impression and I can get better tasting sansrival and red velvet of the same price. Other than for those who really have a thing for avocado you have to try Lia’s. For cake price list, click here.


The first week of January was eventful as I expected it to be, it was my month remember, our birth month actually. And I was in bliss…


9th at TED’s


On our 9th wedding anniversary day we didn’t really went out because the husband had work, he traded his day off to be Sunday also that weekend so he don’t need to drive back and forth just to pick me up at the parental house. For once, I agree on the terms he wanted that we will celebrate the day after. So, despite the lack of better sleep that Sunday we drove to Laguna or else, he knew I would threw tantrums like my seven-year old nephew. 😀

The whole fambam joined us as we marked our wedding anniv, I wanted them to celebrate with us because they’ve been with us through our journey tho the most part maybe the “thick” times only because I was never been vocal of the times we sailed roughly. I think there are things that you should not spoke to anyone, rather fix it as husband and wife and so we did. Look at how we are now, our marriage may not be perfectly shaped other than we’re happy and assured that we’re going to celebrate our 10th and the succeeding years to come.

Anyhow, we normally don’t invite Tatay anymore if we’re driving too far because he had this tendency to displease the happy thoughts, he easily gets annoyed and drained thus his presence is becoming a burden at times but because we’re celebrating as a family, we don’t want to leave him behind with the house helps at home, except that we didn’t tell him where we’re going to and how far it will be. He thought for a while that we’re dining just around Tagaytay or the bordering Nuvali restaurants, that’s why he was silence for a while. At any rate, we know he would discover that we’re going afar from the usual route and we’re very sure he would disapprove but sorry ‘Tay, we’re almost there. Hehehe


I read about Ted’s from blogs I follow, and Jewel (of Madjewelled) made it to the place a week before we scheduled our trip so I was more thrilled to visit. Ted’s is picture perfect for me; it’s the place I’ve been dreaming and fancied to have someday. I wanted to run a similar place –a quaint café to cultivate what I love most and enhance my passion. I think with a set-up like Ted’s, I’d leave the corporate world as easy as 1-2-3.






Since its nearing Christmas then, the place was decked with Christmas ornaments including Santa and reindeers and poinsettias all over. It’s like I was transported to somewhere else, some place I can live my whole life, some place where Christmas is all year round. I love it to bits. ♥


Smoothies: Our personal favorites –Apple Basil and Choco Banana Peanut Butter Milkshake, the former was refreshing and the latter was deliciously good with all the flavors in one sip.


Clam Chowder: Not as thick as the one sold in S&R, which I can eat almost everyday, but this could be ah-uh okay.


Fish ‘N Chips: I’m not a fan because everytime I’d think of fish ‘n chips, it’s just dory in my mind. But Ted’s was a good try because the batter had that unique crisp so I love. 


Grilled Shrimp and Garlic Pizza: This could go better with the thick crust, nonetheless it was flavorful and cheesy just the way we like. 


Ted’s Sausage Linguine: Yeah, sure looks creamy and it was wipe out very quick!


Baked Lasagna: Credits to the teen lady for this cropped photo 🙂 


Creamy Seafood Puttanesca: Because it’s creamy and heavily filled with my favorite seafood, I could easily finish the plate all alone but I had to share. Sharing is loving remember that. ♥


US Baby Back Ribs: For the win! Tho a bit small for a full slab nobody mind because it was tasty and truly fall-of-the-bone.


Oreo Cheesecake: I’f you’d been reading the old blogs, you’ll probably know by now that I’m addicted to cheesecake except that oreo and cheesecake I’d like to eat them separately. We have to order this slice for the kids.


Choco Lava: Boys in our household are chocolate lovers too! This was ultra-moist and the pudding-like center was creamy, gooey chocolate goodness. 



Red Velvet: Perhaps not the best red velvet I had in my life right now nevertheless, cream cheese frosting is ♥ .

I made sure that my party will not regret coming to this dinner place, it’s quite a drive from the upland and traffic flow along the highway was not too friendly either. Since we arrived at Ted’s almost dinner time, we got some rice plates and pastas, and pizzas and soups and smoothies and cakes and coffee. They can order anything they fancy and yet I remained positive that it won’t exceed my budget because everything is so affordable and neat.


I’m sorry but I couldn’t recall by now how much each plate cost but you can take a look at the cute menu board I captured so to give you an idea that everything is reasonably priced plus serving is fine for two (not so big eaters, okay 😀 ). If you’d ask, my personal favorites were the Full Slab Baby Back Ribs, Creamy Seafood Puttanesca and Red Velvet slice.


The little downside of Ted’s was its service, soon as the resto got packed service slowed and it took us like forever following up our additional orders including glasses of water, perhaps they can adjust the number of wait staffs especially on weekend and holidays to address this, nonetheless I would still go back at Ted’s because there’s this just wonderful feel I couldn’t decode.



Well, it’s obvious that Ted’s is charming and cute just like these two.


I definitely want to go back, I should. We should. Sometime in December. I hope they’ll run another Backyard BBQ Buffet because we’re not going to miss it this time.


Our way home was kinder this time, traffic was moving and because everyone was full there was no whining anymore. We even made side trips at Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya in Victoria to get trays of salted eggs, balut and kinulob na itik. The last stop we made was at Crown Asia in Sta. Rosa to gaze at the Frozen theme display. Guess who was super happy and amaze?


One amazing weekend. One happy family. One happy couple. Thank you Lord for the giving me so much, more than what I truly deserve. 🙂



TED’s by MonDay Chefs

KM 83 National Highway Brgy Duhat, 4009 Santa Cruz, Laguna

M. +63 9158669974


Store Hours : Tuesday to Wednesday 10am to 1030pm, Thursday to Sunday 8am to 1130pm. Monday- Closed



Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya Atbp.

T. Dator Street, Barangay Nanhaya

Victoria, Laguna

M. +63 9156468134