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Monday, March 23, 2015

BBC: Best Baguio Cafes - Great Food and Free Internet

Restaurants and Cafes in Baguio with Great Food and Free Wifi

Whenever we visit a new city, it's very important for digital nomads and entrepreneurs like my partner and myself that there's plenty of restaurant and cafe choices that offer free wifi. 

Within two weeks being in Baguio (you may check my blog post about our travel from Iloilo to Baguio on The Huffington Post) we've been to several restaurants and cafes in Baguio and here are some that truly stood out.

I'd say stay away from the usual recommendations such as SM City (wifi pretty much doesn't work!), Max's restaurant's wifi was absolutely useless and Zola, which is a 24-hour-cafe was full of smokers (they did not even try to dedicate a place for non smokers) and filled with youngsters and too noisy.

It's quite tricky to find the best restaurants here in Baguio as most of the really good ones (read: not overrated) are those with unassuming facade. Yet, once you get inside, the foods are just amazing and such revelations. I only have simple criteria: service must be great, food must not taste bland and there must be decent internet connection (with the speed not just to post on Facebook or Instagram, but to be able to check emails!)


From pasta, to adobo, to the eggplant with minced pork, pizza to panna cota, this place has got it all right! The foods taste really good and their staff are so quick to every order and never did disappoint us during our two visits. Brownie points for serving service water infused in lemons and peppermints!

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Wifi: 3.5 out of 5

Eggplant with minced pork at Php 120

Panna cota and Blueberry cheesecake

Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Phone: (074) 442 2888
Address: #2 2nd Road Quezon Hill, Baguio City
10am to 10pm

2. Arca's Yard

While the travel to Ambuclao Road may be a bit too far (at least 30 mins from the city centre), it was definitely all worth it. The place was truly breathtaking and the food had that homey feel to it. While most restaurants and cafes felt too commercialized these days, Arca's remained untouched and the level of tranquility you'll feel in the place is just bar none. 

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 4.5 out of 5 (there was only one person serving by the time we were there so it took awhile for our orders to be served and all the other customers needed to wait as well. It could be improved if there's at least 2 persons in the staff)
Wifi: None (their food is too good not to be included in the list. You need to bring your SMART pocket wifi with you. Globe doesn't seem to work in the area)

Business Hours: not sure
Address: (777) Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd.
Phone: 0922-825-1880

 3. Cafe by the Ruins

It's highly recommended by my friends and while we haven't had a chance to try their foods, I'd recommend the place for coffee (or tea), they have loads of tasty pastries as well and really lovely fireplace.

Watch out, the teapot is as heavy as two irons! :D

Food (Drinks): 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Wifi: 3 out of 5

Business Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
 Address: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone:+63 74 442 4010

4. Figaro in SM City Baguio

Figaro serves nice coffee, their beef tapa is a bit too salty but over-all, Figaro is a really nice place to hang and have coffee and their internet connection is pretty much the best among the cafes in the list.

Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Wifi: 4 out of 5

Business Hours: 10am to 9pm
Address: 3rd Floor Mountain View, SM City Baguio
Phone: 0917 349 1905

 5. Patch Cafe 

Sharing the same building with the Bloomfield Hotel, Patch Cafe has an unassuming facade but very quirky on the inside with comfy couches. While I'm not a fan of their all-day breakfast meals, I'd have to give hands down to their omelete! 

Food: 3.5 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5 (it's quite difficult to get their attention, they need a bell or something as most of their staff would group in front of the cafe and since there are walls that divide the dining area from the cashier area, staff couldn't easily see what the customers need we'd have to go to the cashier to tell them what we needed or if we decide to order more)
Wifi: 2.5 out of 5

Miner's Breakfast

Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: #3 Leonard Wood Road Baguio City, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone: (074) 446 9112

So far these are the restaurants we've found to have nice food and decent internet connection. Most cafes and restaurants use the cheesy and now overused cliche "We don't have wifi. Talk to each other". If you're a digital nomad and looking for great restaurants in Baguio without sacrificing your work, have a look at those cafes mentioned and share with us in the comments if there are new places we might have missed!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chooks to Go Chicharon

I'm a huge fan of "masarap kahit walang sauce" chicken by Chooks to Go so I've decided to try their Pork Barrel Chicharon  - Garlic & Vinegar. 

It was the right amount of crunchiness and sourness! Totally no need for vinegar and immediately became my fave Chicharon :) 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Secrets of Chocolate: From Inventing Counterfeiting, Microwave and Weekends

The Powers of Chocolate: The Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate

Chocolates are naturally sweet, dark and intoxicating and its history and the powers it gave to those who have monopoly is truly fascinating. Below are some interesting tidbits about chocolate.

Chocolate fueled the Aztecs
Chocolate expanded the Spanish empire
Might just save the rain forest
 Chocolate invented counterfeiting
Chocolate invented microwave
Chocolate invented the weekends
In the US alone, the chocolate industry brings $13 billion a year
Chocolate fueled the lust for conquest

Props to my friend, Mary Jane of Fashion Travels for sharing me this sweet info! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

3 Must-Visit Cafes Near Tanjong Pagar

Best Cafes Near Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore

Since the temporary closure of the Maxwell Foodcourt, we were forced to look out for various places to eat during lunch. We've tried Capricci, Moo's Bar & Grill and many other restaurants near Tajong Pagar road. 

Then there are some days when we just want to eat at cafes. Below are must-visit cafes near the Tanjong Pagar area.

Located at 30 Penhas Road, it's a haven for people who enjoy pastries and desserts. Aside from their heavenly desserts, their pasta are pretty good too! One couldn't help but marvel at their cozy chairs. Read my full review of the place and their foods here

Antoinette at 30 Penhas Road 

Seafood Alio Olio at $28
Pasta with mussels, scallops, squids, prawns cooked in white wine sauce with olive oil, chili and Italian parsley

Cafe Viennois at $6 
Antoinette Coffee served with creme Chantilly on the side

Le Macaron D'Antoinette

30 Penhas Road
Tel :  +65 6293 3121
Opening Hours :
Mon~ Thu 11am - 10pm
Fri and eve of public holidays 11am - 11pm
Sat 10am - 11pm
Sun and public holidays 10am = 10pm

2. The Muffinry Bakery & Cafe 
The ministry of muffins! They sell the freshestly (I don't care if that word doesn't exist) baked muffins in town.  They serve several types of muffins, loaf cakes, banana bread and many many more!

The Muffinry Bakery & Cafe, The Ministry of Muffins at 112 Telok Ayer Street, 068581

Tried their Blueberry muffins and it smells really fresh and tastes way good. 

The Muffinry
112 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore, Singapore 068581
Phone 6509 6462

3. Talent Cafe

Talent Cafe is the closest cafe to our office that's why it would make it to my weekly must-go place. Living up to their name, they have simple yet unique creative decorations. 

Talent Cafe at 34 Tras Street  079026 6536 7077

I love everything Blueberry so I tried their Blueberry cheesecake. Just the right amount of sweetness!

Talent Cafe 
 34 Tras Street, 079026 6536 7077

Those are just some of my favourite cafes near the Tanjong Pagar area. Feel free to share through the comments section as to what your favourite cafes are!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Flying Hog Cafe and Bar

Flying Hog Cafe and Bar: Great Place to Chill 

Singapore has got some really interesting restaurants and I officially declare my friend, Anastasia Ong as a human HungryGoWhere! The last couple of restaurants that we went to, (both chosen from her recommendation) were quite good! Here's the review for those restaurants: Antoinette and Moo Bar & Grill

We both don't want to spend a lot of money (Read: over $30 is a lot) on food but we're always on the quest for great good and best service.

Our feet brought us to Flying Hog Cafe & Bar at Duxton Road. It is a place where everyone can go to and have a good time whether you're looking to simply hangout during lunch or enjoy a Friday night. 

We've ordered their set lunch which has free flowing drinks. One of their most popular dishes is the Chicken and Chips so we ordered that and since their waiter recommended the Chicken Chop, we went and ordered that as well. The latter proved to be ridiculously delicious and superb. The combination of mashed potato and grilled chicken was simply irresistibly great! 

Flying Hog Cafe and Bar at Duxton Road 

Chicken Chop: Highly recommended. Grilled chicken with mashed potato. I'm not a fan of mashed potato but their combination for their dish is just superb! 

Chicken and Chips: Considered to be one of their Most Popular dishes but I think the Chicken Chop was so much better! 

My friend, Anastasia Ong, I completely trust all her restaurant recommendations!

Well said. 

Well played ;)

How to Get to Flying Hog Cafe and Bar
Phone 63271518/96484828

Friday, November 9, 2012

Moo Bar and Grill: Great Food, Excellent Service

Inspired by the great Australian barbecues or the “Bar-B” as it is known Down Under, Moo Bar & Grill's menu revolves around the grill. But they're not just about grilled foods. Moo Bar and Grill serves a wide selection of salads, soups, pasta, burgers, steaks, tapas, gourmet meals and desserts. 

As my colleague calls it, "It's like an all-in-one one-for-one" because for every meal you order, the next meal is for free (they will only charge you the higher amount).

There's so many things I really like about Moo Bar and Grill like for one they provide complimentary garden salad or soup (which tastes really good) with every main course ordered. The other thing which I really appreciate about this restaurant is that the waiters are so nice and helpful (unlike the other restaurants where their servers will roll their eyes) even if they're too busy. The complete opposite of the treatment we've had at Capricci

Linguine Aglio Olio Peperoncino at $18
With grilled pacific prawn skewer 

Hawaiian Chicken Onion Ring Buger at $22
Jamaican pineapples, chicken thigh, onion rings, cheddar, steak fries

Linguine Seafood Marinara at $22
Prawns, squid, mussles, tomato herb sauce

Moo Bar and Grill has a  very nice ambiance, excellent service (read: waiters are so nice even if they're so busy) and great food. They're even playing the music by Boyce Avenue (brownie points for that!)

Wild Mushroom Linguine at $20
Forest mushrooms, white wine cream sauce

So if you're looking for a nice place to eat, Moo Bar and Grill is a must-try! It's the kind of restaurant that I would want to eat every day because of the great service, great food plus best deal with their One-for-One promo during lunch. When we were about to leave, one of the waiters approached us with this Privilege Card which would allow us to have the same deal they have for lunch in case we decide to eat there for dinner. How cool is that?! 

How to go to Moo Bar & Grill

21 McCallum Street
#01-03 to 06 The Clift
Singapore 069047
Tel: +65 6634 2662

Photos by Zoe Ong 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Antoinette: Indulge Yourself in Parisien Patisserie

Antoinette: Indulge Yourself in Parisien Patisserie

In search for a nearby cafe with a cozy ambiance nearby our office at Maxwell Road, our feet brought us to Antoinette. It is a quintessential Parisian pâtisserie and salon de thĂ© will set the benchmark for the pastry and dessert scene not only in Singapore, but also in the region with her takes on time-honoured French classic desserts. 

(Photo Credit:

Seafood Alio Olio at $28
Pasta with mussels, scallops, squids, prawns cooked in white wine sauce with olive oil, chili and Italian parsley

Cafe Viennois at $6 
Antoinette Coffee served with creme Chantilly on the side

Le Macaron D'Antoinette

Address: 30 Penhas Road
Tel :  +65 6293 3121
Opening Hours :
Mon~ Thu 11am - 10pm
Fri and eve of public holidays 11am - 11pm
Sat 10am - 11pm
Sun and public holidays 10am = 10pm

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Makansutra Gluttons Bay

Makansutra Gluttons Bay

I know what you're thinking when you first heard of it! ;) Makan means food or to eat in Malay, thus Makansutra. 

Perhaps one of the best places for dinner and supper in Singapore. Tuck into satay, bbq chicken wings, chilli crab, oyster omelette and fried carrot cake. Every hawker is handpicked by Makansutra.

Directions to Makansutra Gluttons Bay

Address: 8 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039802 
# 01-15
T: +65 6438 4038
F: +65 6336 7029

Operating Hours
Mon-Thu: 5pm - 2am
Fri-Sat: 5pm - 3am
Sun: 4pm - 1am 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Capricci: Review of Food and Service

Capricci: Great Food, Not so Great Service 

No doubt, Capricci is one of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore. They serve great pasta and situated at Tanjong Pagar, it's of those restaurants that you would want to have nice lunch or dinner. 

So me and a couple of of colleagues went for lunch at Capricci today. The food was indeed excellent but what really bothered me was those who served the food didn't really provide just as excellent service. 

When me and my friends asked for extra plates, the guy who gave us the plates placed them obviously in such a hurry that he was almost throwing the plates on the table. It was just rude. Quite completely the opposite of the reviews that you get to read online. Sure, I'm giving the guy a break since he may be having a rough week, but seriously? Rudeness to the customers is just unacceptable!

Would I recommend eating at Capricci? Sure, they serve great food. I just hope they'd work on the politeness of their customers because no matter how excellent the food is but the service is so poor, I'd rather eat at a restaurant with average food. 

Directions to Capricci

Address: 27 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088450
Tel: 6221 6761

Opening Hours
Dinner (Monday to Saturdays)
6:30pm - 10:30pm

Lunch (Mondays to Fridays)
11:30am - 2:30pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Go The Extra Mile - It Makes the Difference

Affordable Restaurants in Singapore

Over one week in Singapore working for Leo Burnett Worldwide and I am just starting to learn more about the 9th most expensive city to live in the world.

I pretty much stink at capturing the beauty of Singapore that I wanted to try and capture some of the simplest and perhaps the most beautiful moments and stories instead. 

After work, I would always go straight to the apartment so I could have my dinner and get some rest. Whenever I have dinner, I couldn't help but compare the foods at the Maxwell Food Centre and those are the food kiosks here at Geylang Bahru. The food are way cheaper at the latter than the former. They're too cheap that the taste often become so frustrating that I am forced to grab some bread at the Bread Talk instead.

Today, I did my usual walk on the Kallang Bahru - Geylang Bahru market and passed by a few food stalls, not entirely looking at the menu as they do not only bore my eyes but somehow looking at some of the noodles upset my stomach. I'm not a very picky eater but perhaps I've gotten sick of a few dishes that I no longer look forward for dinner. 

So today I went to this food kiosk where they sell western foods - the usual French Fries, burger, fried chicken. The old woman who was looking after the said stall approached me as to what I'd like to eat. Normally, such approach could be a little annoying. However, today, she strike me as helpful since I was indecisive as to what to eat. She never left me until I eventually decided on the Chicken Cuttlet Butter Rice at SGD $5.50.

The woman who served me didn't just take my order but also took the time to smile at me and really went the extra mile by suggesting where should I sit (since the area she referred me to is a bit colder). Both the old woman and the one who served me have that really warm approaches. Both smiled when they took and gave my order. Suddenly, I felt like I wanna go back there every time I will eat my dinner. 

The Beatitude Western Food

When the food was served, Gawd, it was generous serving! I felt like the chicken was meant for two persons (I felt bad I wasn't able to finish it all because I was too stuffed!) with tomatoes, tomato ketchup, salad - all for just $5.50. 

The small little acts of kindness usually go a long way! Don't forget to make that simple and little act of kindness today!

Chicken Cuttlet Butter Rice $5.50

Below are just some random shots of other restaurants and tea houses I've visited here in Singapore

Ananas Cafe - Near Aljunied MRT

Ananas Cafe - Affordable Foods in Singapore

Cuppy Love - Milk Teas, Shakes, etc

Mixed Duck Meat

Durian in Singapore

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mr. Misono - Japanese Restaurant in Iloilo

Affordable, Easily Accessible and Great Tasting Japanese Foods

Adding to the limited list of Japanese restaurants in Iloilo is Mr. Misono. Located at Casa Plaza, Corner Gen. Luna – Iznart Streets and opens from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm, it is the perfect choice if you want affordable, easily accessible and great tasting Japanese foods.

Mr. Misono: Tokyo Tokyo Meets Teriyaki Boy

While from the outside, the place may seem like a super expensive restaurant, Mr. Misono prides in offering great tasting Japanese foods that are affordable and easy on the budget which makes it like Tokyo Tokyo (known for its great quality and taste) meets Teriyaki Boy (affordability). Also, add the fact that they have friendly and always beaming staff. 

We started off with Beef Sukiyaki which is perfect for people like me who are not well versed with using chopsticks. It's a tasty sweet soup with large chunks of tofu, veggies and you have the option to top it with raw food or not.

Beef Sukiyaki, 
Single Serving Php 89
Sharing (3-4 servings) Php 250

Tai-Teppan, Php 99

Californian Maki at Php 150

Chicken Wakadori starts at Php 120 (3 pieces)
6 Pieces (Php 230)
12 Pieces (Php 440)

With other Iloilo Bloggers at Mr. Misono

Mixed Misono Bento at Php 150

Free Delivery Within Iloilo City

For a minimum order of P500, they offer free deliver to any part of Iloilo City. To order, call them at 336-4189.

Mr. Misono Iloilo Menu and Price List

Super Budget Meals with Unlimited Rice for only Php 99.00 (Ebi-Fry-Don, Tori katsudon, Tonkatsu, Pork Katsudon) 

Tempura (All Shrimps at Php 250, Vegetable Tempura at Php 125, Mixed Tempura at Php 225)

Bento Meals (Beef Misono at Php 150, Chicken Misono at Php 130, All Shrimps Misono at Php 150, Seafood Misono at Php 140, Mixed Misono at Php 150, Tofu Misono at Php 130)

Sushi and Sashimi (Californian Maki at Php 60, Tuna Sashimi at Php 75, Salmon Sashimi at Php 150)
Mr. Misono Fried Rice at Php 40, Gohan at Php 20, Sauteed Sprouts at Php 50

Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Wakadori, Tai-Teppan and Mixed Tempura all at Php 99 only

Wakadori: Chicken and Tofu

How to Contact Mr. Misono

Address: Casa Plaza, Corner Gen. Luna – Iznart Streets, Iloilo City
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm
For Deliveries, call: (033) 336-4189
Facebook: Mr. Misono

Misono Express
Address:108 N- Jalandoni St. Brgy. Lourdes Jaro, Iloilo City
For Deliveries, call: 329-0487