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Friday, August 30, 2019

Staycation at Prime Hotel

Last weekend, we had a spur-of-the-moment staycation.  It was my husband’s idea because we needed to relax.  We had been very tired and anxious for the past days.  He also thought that Cean might have gotten her skin allergy from our home.  Baka daw allergic sa bahay namin.  My husband is OA like that. lol

I rushed Cean to the ER last week because of skin allergy.     Until now, I still don’t know the culprit because I did not introduce anything new to her.  As prescribed by the doctor, I eliminated chicken, chocolate, egg and nuts from her diet.   Chicken na nga lang kinakain eh, inalis pa.  lol.  But, she’s okay now.    And I’m okay now.  I was able to repay my sleep debt.  Thanks to our staycation. 

We stayed at Prime Hotel. It’s located at Sgt. Esguerra, Bgy. South Triangle,  Quezon City.  Actually, it’s just a few blocks away from our home.   I did not want to  travel far and endure the  heavy traffic in Edsa.  I chose it because it's relatively new and the room rate was cheap.   I only got the room for four for P2,050 through traveloka.  


This is the lobby. We stayed there for 30 minutes before they let us check in.  The waiting time was no big deal because we arrived at the hotel early. 

The hallway.  Okay, I need to be honest.   The hallway had a musty smell.  It must be the rug.  It was tolerable, at least for me. 

This was our room.  Two queen beds, enough for four people.  The room smelled clean, and it was actually spotless.  The beds were comfy and the beddings were new.   Yung beds talaga ang pinakapanalo.  They were not too soft nor too firm.   They gave us  a good afternoon nap and a good night sleep.  

Our room had no windows. There are rooms with windows but you need to pay more.  Wala namang magandang view sa South Triangle, so kebs na kung walang bintana.  

The room was equipped with TV/cable,  wifi, fridge and a coffee/tea making facility.  

Do I need to write more?  The bathroom was big and clean and had a bath tub!  Again, I only paid P2,050 for this room and it had a bath tub!  
What I didn't like about the bathroom was the floor tiles used.  The floor was slippery when wet.  
 Prime Hotel may not be luxurious  but it was worth every penny.    

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Chasen's Kitchen: Spicy Tuna Carbonara (Filipino Style)

As you may have noticed, I changed my blog name from  blahblahblogchef to Chasen Dreams (Chasing Dreams) though the url is still the same.  Why did I name it blahblahblogchef? What was I thinking?Lol. It’s supposed to be a food blog of a chef wannabe but then it evolved  into a whatever-enters-my-mind blog.  However, my love for food and cooking has not changed.  I am still passionate about preparing food for my family.  I still dream to cook not just for my family… to make money from my passion.  When I retire,  I will  open  a cafeteria  na medyo konti lang ang tao para hindi ako mapagod.  Besides, I will retire to pursue my passion not to get tired. Lol. 

Now, I’m gonna share the recipe of my future bestseller.  It’s actually the recipe of my friend. I just tweaked it to match my taste.


½ kg                      Pasta (I used Penne)
1 can                     Luncheon Meat (I used Delimondo)
1 420g                  Century Tuna Hot and Spicy
1 250ml                Nestle Cream
1 410g                  Carnation Evaporated Milk
1 can                     Mushroom
1                           Onion (chopped)
2 cloves                Garlic (minced)
1                            Red bell pepper (julienned)
                              Parsley (chopped)
1tbsp                     Butter
                              Olive Oil
                              Cheese (grated)


1.    Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
2.       In a separate pan, heat the butter and put the olive oil.  Saute the garlic, onion and bell pepper until fragrant.  Add the tuna flakes, then add the luncheon meat and mushroom. 
3.       Put in  the evaporated milk, nestle cream and  tuna water. Let it boil.
4.       Add the chopped parsley, salt and pepper.  
5.       Let it boil for  one minute.
6.       Turn off heat.  Pour the sauce on the pasta.
7.       Top it with cheese and lots of love.  Enjoy!



Monday, February 4, 2019

My 2018

I did not blog for the year 2018. I was busy offline.  And I think I lost my blogging mojo but I’m in the process of getting it back (What?! Feeling consistent magblog).   Anyways, I am still alive, and I would want to believe that 2018 was good to me.  Please allow me to summarize my 2018 in one blog post.

In  the second quarter of the year, my family and I were confronted with a dilemma.  It was whether or not  we let our mother undergo an operation.   Both options have repercussions.    It was such a difficult decision to make but  we chose to deal with the problem head-on.  Although I was soooo scared, inilaban namin.  Thank God, we made the right choice.  Mom’s surgery  went well and there were no complications whatsoever.      Indeed, our God is such a good God.  He never abandoned us.  He   sent the best persons to assist and help us aka the doctors, friends and relatives.   We are beyond grateful.


Cean is already 4 years old, very cute and very smart (sorry, nanay lang lol).  She’s already going to school.  I enrolled her at Children’s Little University (CLU) located at Samar St., Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City.  I’m so  happy that I enrolled her at CLU. It’s just a block away from our home and  the teachers are so nice and their method of teaching is effective.  Cean is always excited to go to school and her social skills have notably improved.    But she’s still makulit and super daldal.
Cean:  Mommy, Mommy, Mommy
Me:  What? Mommy nang mommy…puro na lang mommy
Cean: Momshie…

 Last year, I resolved to travel and spend more time with Dan and Cean.  And I did.  We traveled to Pampanga, Baler, Baguio City, Tagaytay and Davao City.   We opted for local over international trips because Cean lacks travel documents.  Hopefully, we could travel abroad this year.

We stayed at Club Samal.  

Club Samal

Lsirene Resort in Baler

Our cozy room in LSirene




I found a new love.  I am so in love with running.  I was never a sporty person. Lampa talaga ako.  However, last year, my friends kept on bugging me to try running.  You know, I’m bad at dealing with peer pressure. So, one morning I found myself at QC Circle.  Honestly, it was not a love at first run.  But after three running sessions, I was hooked. I  also join  fun runs.  To date, I ran 11 races, two 5K, eight  10K and one  21K.    Guys, runner’s high is real!  

Last year, we put up a water refilling  station in Naga City.  So far, it’s doing good.   Our  apartment in Naga City is self-liquidating since we are renting out.  As to paper assets, my investments in UITF and MF have increased but I stopped monitoring  my stocks because… I kennat!  I could not stand looking at my losing stock.      Currently,  Dan and I are working on creating  other income streams.   So, if you see us working on a Sunday, please do not judge us.  We are not bad parents.  Lol.

So yeah, the foregoing constitute my 2018.  Thank you for reading!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Baby C's Peppa Pig Themed Party at McDonalds

I was a bit hesitant to host a birthday party for Baby C here in Manila because I was afraid that nobody would attend since our families are in Naga.  Actually, my initial plan for her birthday was to go out of town.  However, Baby C told me that she wanted a  birthday party.  She excitedly told me that she wanted cake, balloons and games.  The spark in her eyes made me say yes. After all, it was her birthday, and all I really wanted was to make her happy on her special day.   Indeed, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. OA na naman ako. Haha.  But, yes, she was very very very happy.  When she saw the venue of her party, her eyes literally twinkled.  OA na kung OA but   I got teary eyed when I saw how happy she was.  She had so much fun that I want to  throw a birthday party on her 4th birthday. haha

The party was held at McDonalds Eton Centris.   Before booking McDo, I  scouted for other party venues at Eton Centris.  I went to Jollibee first, but the events area is small, and the staff who attended to my query was not very accommodating. Perhaps because she had other clients, and the place was jam-packed when I came.   I went next to Shakeys.  The events area is bigger than Jollibee. And the staff were way nicer.  May pa-iced tea pa.  I considered Shakeys but  Baby C wanted a Jollibee/McDo party.   Then I inquired at McDonalds.  It was a this-is-it moment when I entered the branch.  The staff who assisted me was very professional and helpful.  The events area  looked sosyal. 

It's also good that McDonalds permitted us to have a party theme other than their McCelebration themes.  Baby C is a huge fan of Peppa Pig that she even has this "Peppa Pig accent". So, choosing a theme was a no-brainer.   

As to the invites, balloons and tarpaulin,   my officemates volunteered to do them.  I am just so blessed to have them.   

After the party, Baby C cried, "Party ko!" Apparently, she did not want her birthday party to end. Haha.

I am very thankful to all my relatives and friends for coming, and for showing their love to my daughter. Sobrang nakakataba ng puso.


Venue and Food:
McDonalds - P21,100+ for 90 pax (spaghetti, chicken, burger mcdo, french fries, coke and sundae)

Giro Arellano - P2500 (soft copy, edited pics)

Samthing Baked - 2500 (cake), 450/dozen (cupcake)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Baguio City with Dan and Baby C

Few months ago,  we  planned to have a family trip to Baguio City  to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.  Unfortunately, a month before their anniversary, my father was hospitalized, hence, the  trip was  cancelled.  We just went to Sorsogon, a three-hour car ride away from  our Naga City home.   

I  was very “atat”  to go to Baguio so,  I made it  happen  but instead of going there with the whole fam (my parents, siblings and nieces/nephews), I went there with just  my husband and daughter and her yaya.  It was a less than a week preparation. That’s the good thing about going to a place via bus, you don’t need to book a flight months in advance.  The fare is constant unlike airfare.

I booked  our  bus tickets two days prior our departure.  I think it’s still advisable to buy tickets in advance especially if you’re travelling with kids.  Iba talaga pag may kasamang bata.  Everything must be planned and considered.   “Bahala na” is a big no-no.      So, for the first time,  I made a very detailed, child-friendly itinerary.

We left Manila at exactly 6:00 am via Victory Liner. Unexpectedly, my daughter barfed several times and kept on saying,  “Mom, my tummy hurts.”   It was her first time to feel sick  during travel.   And that made me feel worried and made  my husband very very very worried.  He even googled HOSPITALS IN BAGUIO.  We are OA parents. I know. We haven’t improved in that department yet.   Fortunately, she got better.  We arrived in Baguio at around 12 noon.  The hotel check-in time  was 2PM so we first had our lunch at Good Taste.   

Ginataang Hito

Buttered Chicken


It was my first time to eat at Good Taste.  I just learned about it in the internet.  So, I did not expect that there was a queue before you can enter the restaurant, and it would take them more than 30 minutes to serve the food. That’s how jam-packed the restaurant was.  Their servings were also unexpectedly hefty and cheap.   As to the taste, I have to be honest, the taste was good, but not exceptional.  Kaya siguro Good Taste ang  pangalan ng resto hindi Excellent taste. Lol.   But definitely, our dining experience was worth the wait.

From Good Taste, we went straight to  Forest Lodge Hotel.  It was located at Camp John Hay.  I really preferred a hotel outside of the center of the city.  You know,  I wanted to chill.  I wanted to commune with nature. And Forest Lodge did not disappoint.

At around 5pm, Baby C, Ate Ma and I went out, and explored the area while my husband slept.  We were supposed to go to Burnham Park but  our commute to Baguio made him very tired.  I did not insist because after all, we went there to relax. 

We did not go out for dinner, and just ate the leftover food from Good Taste.
The following day was our "gala" day.  We woke up at around 6 am, and had our breakfast.  The hotel room rate that we paid did not include breakfast so, we ate at Tapa King which was just a few steps away from the hotel.   

At around 9 am, we started the Baguio “tour.” 

Our first stop

Botanical Garden
Then we dropped by the church near Botanical.

It was drizzling, so instead of going to Wright Park, we had our early lunch at Ketchup Food Community, across Wright Park.  Our first choice was Canto Restaurant but it was full, and  we did not want to fall in line again.  So, we ended up eating at Rancho.  The food was so-so.
Then, we went to Wright Park.  Baby C was scared to ride a horse.  Actually, she was scared of horses.  So, we just let Ate Ma had her first horseback riding  experience.  

Last stop
Mines View park

Then we went back to the hotel to take a rest.  At around 5pm, we went to Burnham Park.

We had our dinner at 50s Diner.  I have heard so much about it so, we tried it out.  I thought it was  at par with Biggs, a 50s styled restaurant in Naga City.  However, I was wrong.  Without bias, the food at Biggs was better.  But, the price of food  at 50s Diner was cheaper.  Borrowing the tagline of Burger King, taste is king.  

On our last day, we went to Baguio Market.  I wanted to buy vegetables, walis tambo, longganisa and whatnot but my husband thwarted the idea. “Mag bubus lang  tayo. May kasama tayong bata blah blah blah.” So, we just bought pasalubong (lengua de gato and ube jam), ate breakfast and went back to the hotel.  We rested a bit, checked out and went back to Manila.
We all had fun and we are all looking forward to our next travel.

Baguio Expenses:

Bus Fare                  P2,700 (450x3)
Taxi Fare                      698
Good Taste                  700
Tapa King                    630
Rancho                        590
horseback Riding       200
Snacks (corn/water)    205
Boat Ride                    250 (tip included)
50s Diner                    700
Chowking                   350
Pasalubong                 1350
Forest Lodge             7000 (2 nights)
Total                        P15,373