Pride + Weekend Errands

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The pride parade was on that weekend but I had to go to the city center for some errands..

A couple of weekends ago was gay pride in Dublin. A lot of people consider this a big achievement in Ireland, especially after the State legalized same-sex marriage. It could’ve been because of the country’s Catholic roots. Or, the fact there are still a lot of countries out there where individuals belonging to the LGBTQ community are still fighting for their rights. So for Ireland to officially recognize this right and grant to them – is such a huge milestone for the group!

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Review: Taste of Brazil (Groupon)

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Trying Taste of Brazil’s 5-platter menu for Groupon

Did you ever experience badly craving to go out for a bite but don’t have enough money to spend? That’s me these days. Trying to save some cash for an upcoming trip so as much as possible, I want to be a bit frugal when it comes to spending my money when eating out.
During these times, I often visit Groupon or LivingSocial and get some deals to eat out. I don’t want to keep eating the same food I have inside the house, been indoors during weekdays so itching to go out, too. And I don’t want to stuff myself with fast food the entire time I am trying to be a bit frugal, LOL! So, buying vouchers is the next best thing for me!

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Review: Beef and Lobster

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Beef and Lobster in Dublin was one of the few restaurants open on January 3..so we tried it out!

After the holiday festivities, Dublin city center seems like a ghost town. Some shops and restaurants are not open for business until the second week of January. So, if you are walking around the city center around this time of the year, expect some hot spots to remain closed for business!

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Review: Makati Avenue

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On my little one’s birthday, we went to Makati Avenue for an early lunch!

This is one of my super late posts! Apart from lacking time to write, there are a lot more important posts I felt must be published first before this. But as they say, “it is better late than never!
I posted about my little one’s birthday celebration over here. My son turned three but we didn’t arrange any parties for him. We felt that apart from the expense – he won’t appreciate it that much yet! He is still developing his social skills and doesn’t really care about other kids his age. So planning a party may not be the most practical thing to do.

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Review: Duck

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Badly craving for some noodles topped with roasted duck, alright

Back in the days when I was living in Singapore, eating HongKong-style noodles topped with roasted duck was one of my comfort foods. I love the simplicity of the food not to mention it is super cheap over there, too!
However, after relocating here, I didn’t find any that does it the way I got used to. Of course, we had the very common chow mien when dining in Chinese restaurants in the city but sometimes, simplicity is the key to finding good food.

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Review: A Slice of Cake Cafe

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A perfect brunch place just a little bit outside of Dublin city center..

My husband took some time off from work a day before his driving test. He thought that taking that extra day to “keep the test away from his mind” may help him to pass the test. We definitely had an enjoyable (and rare) brunch date that day. But unfortunately, it did not help him pass it, sigh.
For that day, we decided to go somewhere a little bit outside of Dublin city center. We did not take our son with us and left him with the minder since we only planned to step out in the morning and come back after brunch. So we ended up having our brunch at A Slice of Cake Cafe.

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Review: Pho Viet

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A nice and warm bowl of pho at Pho Viet to warm our freezing hands..

It’s been a while since I had a nice, warm bowl of Pho. I guess the temperature didn’t plummet until close to the end of winter. Or, my soup cravings have been mostly satisfied by the nearby Japanese restaurant in IFSC. But one day after catching on some winter sales in the city center, I craved for some nice bowl of pho. That’s when we decided to go to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Viet in an instant!

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Paddy’s Day in Ikea!

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On Paddy’s Day, we went to IKEA to buy some household stuff..

Let me start this post by saying that it is not what I initially had in mind. You know, this entire blog entry. But then, I guess I wanted to share something a little bit different (apart from food reviews and travel) in this blog – being a parent.
On Paddy’s Day, my husband and I planned to go to Ikea to buy a couple of household items. I made a list to make sure that I bought everything and to prevent myself from buying tons of things I don’t really need. Well, I ended up buying a couple of things I may not need. But still proud to say that I didn’t overdo it this time, yay!

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Little one’s trip to Panda Play Cafe

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My son turned three last month and we took him to Panda Play Cafe so he can have fun..

My son turned three years old last month. Sometimes, it feels surreal to realize how time flies. Of course, hard parenting times are there – especially without having any form of support system from relatives because we live abroad. But just to see my son grow before my eyes make me emotional sometimes.

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Of course, he had cake at home!

One of the reasons why there are times I feel bad for my son are milestones such as birthdays. Throughout my childhood, I celebrated this day with cousins and neighbors. They were also the same persons whom I consider as my close friends while growing up. But for him, it is hard to organize such events without spending a lot of money. Doing it DIY (to save a bit) is not an option either as we don’t have space to cater for guests at home.

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Review: Whitefriar Grill

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Our pre-Valentine’s Day weekend at Whitefriar Grill

Since having our little man, our dates became a bit different. Events such as Valentine’s Day or our wedding anniversary meant that we don’t go out just me and my husband. Of course, we always have a choice get a minder so we can have some “alone time”. We do that sometimes but we feel different eating by ourselves and not having a little demanding toddler beside us! Weird, no? LOL!

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