Lookbook Lunes 10

I used to have a lookbook account but gave it up over a year ago. I will be reposting my previous looks up here in the blog and call it the LOOKBOOK LUNES. *Lunes is tagalog/filipino for Monday.

Let’s start the week fashionably right!

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Do you like this look?

xoxo,

The Flying Mermaid

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chez deo ristorante italiano

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Since my mom’s and my sister’s birthdays coincide in a week, we celebrated it twice at an Italian restaurant in Balayan, Batangas — Chez Deo Ristorante Italiano at Gliceria.

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The restaurant proper looks like a two-storey old house. It is much comparable to the houses during the time of our grandparents in which the floor is made of wood parquet. There are plastic chairs and tables set outside as well. They have an open kitchen so one could very well observe how his or her food is prepared.

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Another interesting fact is that they cook their homemade pizzas in a classic pugon. The place wasn’t very crowded on both times that we visited, the service was quick and efficient. We had the following:

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Jack Daniel’s Beef Ribs, P1000

This was a hearty slow cooked beef ribs with barbecue sauce. It is usually served with 4 cups of rice but since we also ordered pizzas and pastas, we opted not to have the rice anymore.

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Mare Monte, P250

Mare Monte is an olive oil based pasta with mix seafood such as shrimp, mussels, and baby octopus tentacles. It also has french beans and fresh tomatoes. Among the pastas that we ordered, this was my most favorite. I just love the range of flavor that the savory garlic, seafood, oil, and Parmesan cheese create. Yum!

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Arabiata, P200

I liked this pasta because it has a kick of spiciness from the chili flakes. Arabiata is a tomato based pasta in pomodoro sauce.

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New York Style Pizza, P350

Their pizzas have won me over because of the nice crust. It is perfectly thin and crunchy. The New York style pizza is loaded with a bit of every little ingredient in the kitchen. For toppings, it has fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, black olives, onion, pepperoni, ham, bacon bits, and the list could go on and on and on. But my favorite was the formaggi pizza. It has seven kinds of cheeses namely Gorgonzola, sharp cheddar, cream cheese, provolone, smokey Dutch, mozzarella, and Parmesan. I thought that there was a bleu cheese in the mix but I was proven wrong as I checked the menu. Oooohh how i love bleu cheese. Formaggi pizza was the family favorite we ordered a total of 4 of it.

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Formaggi Pizza, P350

We only had one dessert since we were headed to a coffee shop after dinner. The pana cotta was perfectly wobbly. It was very creamy and not overly sweet.

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Pana Cotta, P150

Overall, I could say that we had two pleasant visits on this restaurant. The staff were polite and assertive. The service did not take too long. The ambiance is comforting and most importantly, the food was divine. It was priced accordingly and the servings were not too small nor too much. If you are in the area and looking for a nice place to dine, I highly recommend you to visit this place.

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Chez Deo Ristorante Italiano @ Gliceria is located at Fe Street, Balayan, Batangas.

09273064774 or (043) 2116868

They are open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChezDeoRistoranteItaliano

**All photos taken by a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

xoxo,

The Flying Mermaid

beachin’

 

For my 22nd birthday(2010) I went out of town with some of my closest friends and boyfriend. We went to Blue Coral Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas. It was a pretty long drive from Manila but definitely worth it. Upon entering the beach area you will see various signages from resorts in the area.

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It was a summer so it is always best decision to make reservations. Planning gives you a whole lot choices as compared to just walking into a resort.

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As soon as we checked-in, we changed into our swimsuits and hit the beach right away!

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blue-coral-59We were mesmerized by the beach’s beauty. It was truly a paradise! But do not expect a fine white sand like that in Boracay because what they have in Laiya are white shells. If you look closer at the photo below you would see the consistency of the sand here. It was a bit difficult to walk on so it is best to wear flip flops.

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This is an open beach so you may pass through the beach walk of other resorts like Acuatico Beach Resort which has an infinity pool that catches everyone’s attention.

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IMG-1516Even before ‘selfies’ were a thing, my friends and I used to do this already. We have so many things in common and one of them is our love for photos!

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If you are not a sea-kinda-person, Blue Coral Beach Resort also offers an outdoor pool where you may swim at.IMG-1368

As I have mentioned earlier, you may walk along the beach walk of other resorts so at night time my boyfriend and I strolled. When we saw that there were no guards in the entrance to other resorts we came in! Well just so we could take photos though. My boyfriend did not like that but I still pushed for it. We went to Sabangan Beach Resort which was just beside the resort that we rented.

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It was indeed one beachin’ birthday to remember.

 

xoxo,

The Flying Mermaid