Tuesday, December 5, 2017

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Last Thanksgiving weekend, hubby and I had dinner at l'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. We wanted to book the restaurant, which has three Michelin stars, but it was fully booked. L'Atelier, which has two Michelin stars, was not such a bad alternative with a more relaxed ambience and no less than sumptuous offerings in the menu...

Hubby's entrée -- Salmon confit on avocado guacamole with young vegetables flavored with turmeric oil

The hustle and bustle in the kitchen of l'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, awarded two Michelin stars by the Singapore Michelin Guide

We were seated in a very nice, quiet corner at the bar, where you can see the all the action in the kitchen. It was very interesting to watch how organized everything is, and how everyone is so busy cooking and preparing the meals. The room was mostly painted in black, with red highlights. The lighting reminded me so much of stage lighting, but instead of the stage, you have the kitchen and your food on spotlight. It's as if you are about to watch a very interesting performance.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Weekend Staycation at Capella Resort, Sentosa

While trying to get the most out of our last few days in the heat of the tropics, and our credit card's points, I had a good mind to book a weekend staycation at one of the luxury resorts in Sentosa Island. I chanced upon Capella while browsing amongst hotels on a web site where I could use my credit card points. I actually wanted to book the Constellation Room, which has an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the sea. But my option was limited to the next best thing, which is the Premier Sea View room, which was not a bad alternative at all.

One of the three gorgeous pools in the resort. They remind me a bit of the rice terraces in Ubud.


Waking up to this magnificent view of tropical paradise in our Premier Sea View room... just gorgeous!

The bathroom which looks out into the sea... so relaxing to have a nice bubble bath here.

Read on to see more pics and a bit of review...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Fun times with family on a post-birthday celebration at one of the best resorts in my home town, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar...



 


Full story and review of the resort on escapecapades.com.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Champagne Brunch Buffet at La Brasserie

For my birthday, hubby treated me to a surprise date for Champagne Lunch Buffet at La Brasserie of The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Seafood and Champagne at La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
And for this occasion, I'm making a short review of the brasserie...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Montréal

I've always imagined Canada to be very cold and very far away. When I visited it a few weeks ago, I was right about the "very far away" part, but not the cold. I did not know it's possible to get very hot there in the summer.

The Basilica de Notre Dame de Montréal... you have to go inside to really appreciate its history and beauty

Here are some of my favorite images from this summer's trip to Montréal...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Miss Saigon on Broadway


I really want to blog about this while everything is still fresh in my memory. So, here I am at midnight, on the last few days of my summer holiday here in France, jet-lagged and all, but I find enough energy to write about this experience. I have just been to see the musical for the first time ever last Monday, 10th July. I have always been a big fan of Miss Saigon for obvious reasons -- because Lea Salonga was in it, and also being in my pre-teen years the first time it came out, I had a predisposition to crave sappy, romantic love songs.

I almost saw this musical back when they were doing it in Manila. It was in the early 2000's. My best friend from the university invited me to see it with him for free! Unfortunately, it was at the same time I had to go to a very important job interview. Had I known I would not have passed for that job, I would've just seen Miss Saigon. It would've been sooo nice to see it with Lea Salonga (I think it was her) playing Kim.

Anyway, fortunately enough, Miss Saigon is again on broadway at the same time as hubby and I were in New York. I booked well-ahead in advance a very nice seat, third row from the front on the left side facing the stage and right next to the aisle so nobody would bother me. It was such a fantastic seat! There were only six seats in our row. From there, I could see everything -- the pores, the sweat, the tiny microphones, and even the tiny spittle of saliva from the actors' mouths.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Toulouse Visit 2017

It's been a week since I've arrived in France for the Summer Holiday. I spent the first week eating, drinking, visiting the fresh market, enjoying the first few days of the Summer Sale, getting a hair cut from one of my friends, and hanging out with them!

Place du Capitole de Toulouse at sunset