Sunday, December 21, 2014

P365 TE Day 355

Fuk Wing Toy Street in Sham Shui Po



Travel Bite: The best market to buy toys from in Hong Kong is the Toy Street Market in Sham Shui Po! I guess it's a destination for Christmas decorations as well because if you come around this time of the year, half the merchandise is for Christmas. 

Location: Hong Kong
Date Photo Taken: December 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of Dec 12: 306
P365 TE Running Points: 972 out of 1016 as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
Feel free to come back everyday. just saying...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

P365 TE Day 354

Minibus to Stanley Market



Travel Bite: Stanley Market is a nice place to visit in Hong Kong. It's near the water, so you can take nice pictures, and they also have a lot of stores selling export overruns. However, it's quite expensive if you take a taxi. The easy way to do it is to take a minibus from Causeway Bay for only HK$10. 

Location: Hong Kong
Date Photo Taken: December 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of Dec 12: 306
P365 TE Running Points: 970 out of 1013 as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
Feel free to come back everyday. just saying...

Friday, December 19, 2014

P365 TE Day 353

Black King from Butao Ramen



Travel Bite: Finally got to try the famous Black King Squid Ink Ramen from Butao! Really worth the visit. They have branches in LKF in Central and in Causeway Bay.

Location: Hong Kong
Date Photo Taken: December 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of Dec 12: 306
P365 TE Running Points: 968 out of 1010 as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
Feel free to come back everyday. just saying...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

P365 TE Day 352

HK Macau Ferry



Travel Bite: A great way to visit HK from Macau or vice versa is by taking the ferry. Tickets are affordable at less than HK$200 one way for economy class on Turbo Jet. No need to to buy tickets in advance. There are trips every 15 to 30 minutes and travel time is only 1 hour.

Location: Macau
Date Photo Taken: December 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of Dec 12: 306
P365 TE Running Points: 966 out of 1007 as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
Feel free to come back everyday. just saying...

Tom Sawyer's is Back

I have two childhood memories associated with December. Being given shopping money (Php500 at that time) to buy our own Christmas presents for family members and helpers, and eating at Tom Sawyers (which used to have branches at Crossroad Arcade in Greenhills and Session Road in Baguio) for Timmy's birthday.

My favorite order used to be their Fried Chicken and Ribs combo, but eventually, they just disappeared. (Just like Choo Choo Junction Spaghetti House, another Greenhills favorite restaurant of mine.)

Since Sofia turned 7 this year, I decided she was only enough to start buying her own presents for the family. Because of inflation, I told her to make her Christmas list and I gave her Php1,500 as her Christmas budget. To avoid the crowds, I decided to help her go shopping in the newly opened Tiendesitas shopping mall. Parking is covered so it's not inconvenient to visit when it rains, and there is 1 level with tiangge (bazaar) style shops, and another level with more permanent stores. 

Since the place is small, we were able to shortlist the possible gifts we saw, and the last price they were selling it for, while we looked through everything to see if we had other options. While I guided Sofia, she did most of the picking of gifts for the family. I asked Sofia to be the one to ask for tawad (discount) and she was a bit shy, but quite successful. 

For my gift, I saw nice initial leather key chains from
Tannery (previously only an online store) that was
within Sofia's budget, so I told her to choose if she wanted
to give me N or C and what color - so I'll still be surprised.
She was so proud she did her Christmas shopping all by herself, and within her budget too! She even picked out to gifts for some people because she still had extra shopping money.

We started to get hungry when we neared one of the corners of the tiangge because we could smell freshly cooked fried chicken! It's because Tom Sawyer's is back! I just don't have any memories of Tom Sawyer's being a fast food chain! (I think I even remember waiters and tablecloth... but I may be romanticizing it in my memories).

Tom Sawyer's is now clearly a fast food!
No more Chicken and Ribs combo, but you can order them separately.
Since we were just impulse snacking so I could try it again and see if it's as good as I remembered, we opted to just share a 2 pcs Chicken order.
They have tables in the small restaurant, and also outside
within the tiangge area where Sofia and I sat.
They cook the chicken only after you order it, so this one took 6 minutes
to be served, or maybe that's because there weren't many people because
they are still new.

My verdict is it's good fried chicken, especially because it's freshly cooked when served, and the cuts of the chicken are generous (unlike Jollibee - which butchers the chicken in a weird way - so no part is really good). But at the end of the day, fast food fried chicken is still fast food fried chicken. I will not crave for it. However, I think Tom Sawyer's deserves another chance to be tried, with ribs next time, before I can truly say whether or not it's as good as what I remember from my childhood. just saying.


Tom Sawyer's Old Fashioned Fried Chicken 
2/F Building A 
Tiendesitas, Pasig City 
Contact: 966-2291, 0917-811-0338

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

P365 TE Day 351

Crispy Pork Jerky



Travel Bite: Almost all the bakeries in Macau also sell Dried Pork Jerky. There are different kinds, which you can just point to. They will let you try, so you can just buy the one you like the best. However, the best Pork Jerky for me is the crispy version. They don't sell it like this, so you have to look for it (already pre-packaged). It comes in large thin crispy pork sheets. Pastelleria Koi Kei sells it. It's actually the only thing they sell that's worth lining up for.

Location: Macau
Date Photo Taken: December 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of Dec 12: 306
P365 TE Running Points: 964 out of 1004 as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
Feel free to come back everyday. just saying...

Taiwan Excellence Mothers Know Best

*This is a sponsored post.

I'm quite excited about my newest blog assignment to write a post on the Taiwan Excellence Mothers Know Best campaign because I can totally relate. If this is the first time you're hearing about Taiwan Excellence you can read my post on that here.

I can relate because aside from being a Mom (and a Single Working Mom at that, so can you just imagine how many little things and big tasks I need to juggle), I've always had a KIA personality or what we refer to in my mom's side of the family as Know-It-All.

This is me with my equally KIA daughter Sofia.
Picture taken at Yehliu Geopark in Taiwan,
(read post here) so it's within the theme of my post.

I really love how Taiwan Excellence makes it personally easy for me to fulfill the many responsibilities I have as a mom, by providing products with the "Taiwan Excellence Seal".  I know, that if buy anything with their stamp of approval, I am using products that have been tested to give us an "excellent lifestyle", thus helping me be a better multitasking know it all mom.



To date, the campaign carries 56 different brands for home and living, sports, transportation, and personal care. For the home, there are water ionizers, home appliances, cookware, bathroom and sanitary ware products from brand like HCG, Tatung, TECO and Cashido. For electronic needs, there are laptops, USBs, routers from Acer, ASUS, Transcend, MSI. To keep the family healthy, the campaign carries brands that offer foldable bikes, fitness gear and health care products such as Strida, Microlife, and Thermedic. 




They have a variety of brands which brings us moms several options for phones and tablets, a necessity I can no longer live without because it helps me organize everything I need to do - blogging included. hahaha.

In the Philippines, the Taiwan Excellence Campaign is endorsed by Iya Villania-Arellano, a local celebrity. The Taiwan Excellence campaign is organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade of Taiwan (BOFT), and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), a non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan.


Don't think that only expensive techie gadgets have the Taiwan Excellence seal, because that's not true. They have different brands and items, across different categories that can help us make our lives easier, including the Acne Patch pictured above. Nobody says you can't look good while doing your best to be a good mom.  just saying.

You can visit www.taiwanexcellence.ph and https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph for more information.

*everything in this font was quoted directly from the Press Kit