Persian Square


Persian Square is the new business venture of the successful tiles importer, Floor Center, which has 120 branches nationwide. It is so named because it aims to be the “town square” where Persians in Manila congregate. Also, the restaurant’s design is composed of 3,000 squares — from the table, to the tiles, to the square plates and to the square fountain in the middle of the resto.

Thai Patio, Greenbelt 5


Thai Patio is part of the restaurant group of Madison Steak House and Max Brenner. It claims to have outlets in Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei, Geneva and London already. But I can’t seem to find its presence in these countries online except for the Thai Patio in Hollywood. (Have you heard of Thai Patio outside Manila?)

1. SM Science Discovery Center


It is the country’s first highly interactive Science Learning Theme Park in a 3,000 square meter, two-level facility in SM Mall of Asia. Toddlers love playing the virtual sports in Media City where one get transported magically into the screen playing basketball or soccer with the computer.
…School field trips can fill up the Science Center so it would be good to inquire beforehand prior to your scheduled trip with your kids.

New Year’s Party in Manila

I’m trying to collect information on the New Year’s celebrations in Manila so that people will be more informed on which places to go to or which ones to avoid 🙂 Fort Bonifacio New Year’s Celebrations 6.00pm and 8.00pm New Year’s Eve Mass @ Sanctuario de San Antonio 9.00pm – Taguig Street Party with Grand Fireworks. Midnight until Sunrise — Sunrise Party at Boni High Street Ayala New Year’s Celebration (anybody know the official schedule?) Mall of Asia New Year’s Celebration (anybody know the official schedule?)

2. Manila Ocean Park


For the first time in Manila, you can bring your kid to have a first hand live encounter with the diverse marine creatures indigenous to the Philippines and South East Asia. … Don’t miss to interact with starfish and sea cucumber in the Agos (Flow) area, which is the first aquarium exhibit that features the natural flow of water from land to sea.
…You can bring strollers, which would be convenient to push around except for areas with stairs (Agos area and Ocenarium exit going to the second floor).

3. Enchanted Kingdom


If you’re on the lookout for an easy family weekend getaway, Enchanted Kingdom is still the way to go. Enchanted Kingdom is, undisputedly, the biggest theme park in the country. It is also a magical place for kids where they can ride all they want on the Grand Carousel and interact with the park’s mascot, Eldar the Wizard.

6-Ways Lechon

” The 5-hour lunch in Bale Dutung is among the 1001 things that every foodie should do before he dies. ” – Ultimate Pampanga Xmas Tour 2008 Participant
…To execute, the 5-ways Lechon, two pigs are needed where the first pig is used to serve the crunchy skin and the other pig to prepare the other meal. … The topping choices include fresh onions, fresh tomatoes, basil, kinchay, home-made kimchi and Claude Tayag’s XO sauce to spice it up, and finally, their favorite oriental sauce.

4. Leisure Farms Adventures


Leisure Farms Adventures is the first agricultural theme park in the Philippines. This 13-hectare theme park features a butterfly garden, coffee farm, herbs garden, hydroponics farm, fresh and organic produce, and mini-rice terraces.
…The usual kiddie attractions are also available in the park, which includes a play area, horseback riding, fishing, and even a hanging bridge for the more adventurous youngsters.
…Php 350 E-I-E-I-O Package (includes Fun at the Farm tour, Butterfly Garden, Face Painting, Coloring Activity),

The Day After Christmas in the Philippines

Like most of Filipino families, we would spend Christmas alternating between the mother-side of the family and the father-side. This Christmas, both of our parents are in the US for the first time so we celebrated Christmas with our siblings and cousins.
…Mrs. and Miss Santa Claus 🙂 Over to our family side, we had a family reunion with my mother-side cousins from Laguna. … Christmas for Aidan meant opening his gifts, play time with Papa and NO computer time 🙂 The Day after Christmas with new toys and happy family memories…

Happy Christmas and the Tallest Christmas Tree in Puerto Princesa

The Christmas Tree in Puerto Princesa is probably one of the tallest we have ever seen in the Phlippines standing at 112 feet with 20,000 lights. It was created by Mayor Hagedorn of Puerto Princesa. Every year, they are committed to add 10 feet to the height of the tree.
…The tallest Christmas tree in Puerto Princesa is located along the Bay Walk.