Breakfast Buffet at Mifuki Inn

Sep 19, 2014

Did I say we paid only around P1,200 per night for our room in Mifuki Inn? But look at the breakfast selection that we enjoyed? It was buffet, and we had everything, hahaha!
Day 1
We got fat, hahaha! Of course you can only eat so much, but we had fun with the variety of choices that was available and so it was very enjoyable.  The breakfast was served at the rooftop of Mifuki Boutique so it was another reason to enjoy breakfast!
Day 2
So will I come back and stay at Mifuki Inn? Definitely!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Sep 18, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Danniel and Ishi are both Top 4! Danniel slipped one slot, but Ishi moved up so it was all good.
2. I finally went back to my ENT doctor again after 10 months. And it looks better than last year.  Had some tests done too.
3. I passed my hearing test. I thought I failed, hahaha.
4. The rainy dinner and dessert with the BFF's last Saturday. It was so good catching up with them.
5. Had some warts removed, thanks to our company's health card. I look horrible! Hahaha. Tiis-ganda mode on.
6. Done with 3 requirements out of 6 for one of my MBA subjest this semester.  I can already smell freedom!
7. Bought 2 massage vouchers for the hubby.  Hope to use it soon.
8. One huge microwable-home made cheese that lasted 5 days! A miracle it lasted that long, hahaha.
9. Peanut butter and coco jam. Yep, more carbs from bread.
10. Paying off some loans! Felt so good, hahahaha.

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Mifuki Inn, Ho Chi Minh City

I stayed at Mifuki Boutique when we went to Vietnam for a night in 2013 but since we were on a budget this time, we opted to stay at their cheaper sister hotel, the Mifuki Inn.  This was just beside the boutique, and it also comes with buffet breakfast at the boutique.  And it was just around P1,200 per night! What a great deal! And we can walk from the hotel to Ben Thanh Market anytime!
Mifuki Inn
The room was small, and the shower room adequate.  There was a small TV and wifi access too so it was actually more than enough.  The room below was our room at Mifuki Boutique and there was a bath tub, where  I stayed until I almost fell asleep.
Mifuki Boutique
But we had a very nice stay at Mifuki Inn despite the very small and very slow elevator.  But it was worth it, with the amount of breakfast we enjoyed on our stay!

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Sep 17, 2014

Travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh took us another 6 hours.  This time, we were in Mekong Express so we had a comfortable travel.  There was an English-speaking conductor, we had snacks on the bus, and we had a 30-minute stop over where we had some noodles.  We were dropped off on the bus stop and we were once again lost on how to find our way to Mifuki Inn.  We were supposed to walk and I had a map printed, but nobody could give us the proper direction on which way to take so we ended up riding a taxi for only $3 for the six of us.
I already stayed at Mifuki Boutique when I went here with office friends but since we were on a budget, we opted to stay at Mifuki Inn for almost half the price.  Then we went out in search of dinner and some money exchange.  We also booked our Cu Chi Tunnel tour for the next morning with the booking office in the hotel lobby.  It was super efficient, and then we were ready for bed, eager for our first day in Vietnam!

Lunch at Kabbas, Phnom Penh

Sep 16, 2014

After a quick tour of the National Museum, we raced back to our hotel and brought our bags down, waiting for the pick-up from Mekong Express.  We had a little time to spare so we had a quick lunch at Kabbas restaurant, which was also just along our hotel's street.  And what a surprise!
We ordered these simple dishes and were pleasantly surprised because they were so good and the service was great. The owner even gave us some sugarcane and rice on bamboo to nibble on while waiting for our food to be served. The walls of the restaurants were lined with wonderful comments from guests all over the world saying how they loved the food!
Our friend Paul left his phone charging on our lunch table and he had to race back for it from the bus station with my husband.  The phone was just where he left it! The bus was about to leave and it was such a nerve-wracking experience as the conductor was asking us to call them or else the bus will leave and the bus was almost at the gate when they came back running! Hahaha, it was such a memorable part of the trip! And kudos for the restaurant staff for their honesty.

Next post: Traveling to Ho Chi Minh

National Museum, Phnom Penh

Sep 15, 2014

After the visit to the Killing Fields, Toul Sleng Genocide Musuem and the quick stopover for picture taking in front of the Royale Palace, we bid goodbye to out tuktuk driver in front of the National Museum, which is really just a block away from our hotel.  So we did a quick tour of the National Museum.
The picture above was taken during my visit in 2013 with office friends.  This was taken inside the museum grounds, where once can feel so relaxed and refreshed just looking the koi pond.
We were not allowed to take photos inside, but the exhibit were wonderful.  These were artifacts taken from all the temples of the Angkor Wat, some placed in the museum for safekeeping, and the replicas left in the temples.  
This is really a must-visit after a trip to Angkor Wat.  Too bad we only have limited time at the museum since we had to catch the bus to Ho Chi Minh.

A Gustatory Delight at Seven Corners

Sep 13, 2014

Last Tuesday, I and 9 of my office mates went to lunch.  Since we love eating and dieting (usually at the same time) and because BDO was having a promo, we chose Seven Corners in Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.  For the 50% discounted price of P828.70, below are the gustatory delights that I enjoyed, in plate order. 
We were there to open the buffet since the hotel was just beside our building.We headed straight for the appetizers, put down our plate and went to have some lamb chops grilled medium.  While it was cooking, I went to get some biryani rice and this beef dish (I forgot the name). With all three plates in front of me, I digged in.  And I was in heaven! 
When the three plates were cleared, I went to the sushi station and had one of each, and some tuna. Not in the picture are about 8 pieces of shrimp that I also had grilled a little. Then I wen back some more to try and taste some dishes that looked good to my already sated palate. 
And then there was dessert.  I had a total of 6 scoops of ice cream, and the avocado was the best.  The chocolate mousse only looked good, but I didn't finish it.  The macaroons was too sweet, and yeah, I was nibbling on some cheese as well.

So, was it worth it? Oh yeah! This was not the first time since I love Seven Corners (especially when free, hehehe).  And I know I will eat here again soon!

Royale Palace and Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh

Sep 12, 2014

After that solemn visit to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum we went back to the Quay area to visit the National Museum.  We passed by the Independence Monument and some other notable buildings in the city. But we actually didn't have time to go inside and visit the Royale Palace as we had to be in the bus bound to Vietnam by 1pm.
So we just took pictures from afar, after we asked our tuktuk to just stop on the side of the road.  It was such a beautiful sight and there were so many birds flying around.  It was so beautiful! 
But since I have been inside the Palace the year before, let me just share you some of the photos.  The courtyard was huge! And there were lots of  buildings inside.  We were not allowed inside some of the buildings, but we were allowed inside one which was a museum but taking pictures was not allowed. By the way, there is a dress code inside the grounds, no shorts and sleeveless for the ladies.  If you notice below, we rented that brown pants I was wearing that day for $3. 
There were so many Pagodas inside but the Silver  Pagoda stands out among the rest.  It was tall, as you can see in my photos.  And there were so many beautiful things inside the palace grounds, it was really such a feast to the eyes! 
Too bad my friends didn't get to see the inside of the Palace. But hey, that's one more reason to go back!

Next stop: The National Museum.

Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Sep 11, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Get together and dinner with BFF's last Friday. Last we were all together was during our Cambodia-Vietnam trip in February.
2. My BFF Rona's scholarship to Germany! Way to go, Rons!
3. My daughter won first place in scrabble in their school intrams.
4. My Strama paper is almost done. Achievement, hahaha.
5. Buffet lunch at 7 corners. Bursting!
6. First time to have dinner at Dampa, due to #1.
7. Fatboy Pizza from Metrodeal voucher.
8. Danggit at sinangag.
9. That 500-calorie diet that isn't gonna happen no matter how hard I keep on trying, hahaha.
10. Completed the whole week of gym! If only I could stop eating too much then I won't be fat.

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Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh

After visiting the Killing Fields, we were already in somber mood and were actually not looking forward to visiting the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum anymore.  But one has to go there to see, to understand how the killings were made. You can read more information here on what was S21 to Pol Pot's crime regime.
Some men really have a capacity for cruelty. Can you imagine killing people not using guns but any sharp object that can inflict maximum pain and instant death? 
After visiting Siam Reap and the Angkor Wat sites, and Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum, you see two sides of their country's history: grandeur and cruelty.  And you can't help but wonder about what else is man capable of?


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