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Holing up

We had some minor home fix its and additions that had us holed up at home for the whole weekend. Good news is our bedroom ceiling is all patched up. –We had to damage the ceiling for our air conditioning unit to fit (there wasn’t enough space). While it does not look pretty, due to the fact that we did not restore the “original state” since we had to make sure that we can get the unit out in case we need to. That was day one. For that I am quite thankful.

By the evening, we hurriedly went back to Landmark-Makati in hopes of getting those (darned) white Christmas balls that we were supposed to get last week. Again, there were none. Arrggggh. So, we thought maybe it wasn’t really meant to be. We just have to get the white using other Christmas decor.

In the end we managed to complete our Christmas décor hunt. In our chosen colors- red, aqua and white.

red white and blue?

red white and aqua blue decor- say hello to our feathered Christmas birds!

Hopefully by Nov 30 our tree will be up.

Day two, we are back to sawing, painting, sanding, cleaning up sawdust, and plaster. We smoothed out plaster, wiped out wood glue, installed a hook for the Christmas chandelier, permanently placed the clock by using screws this time and not with command strips. #adulting

By night, we got this neat ladder/trellis type shelf up. –This is going to be decorative/storage space and emergency sampayan (indoor clothesline) in case of rainy days! We also had hooks attached to it so we can hang a swag for Christmas.

our multitasking ladder shelf

I am loving our newly made multitasking ladder shelf!

Not bad right. I am quite pleased with how it turned out! Also just in time for our upcoming “Friendsgiving”! -We called our close friends for a little get together before everyone gets too busy with the holidays. 

Then we went out to Akira to celebrate. Having a Izakaya night on a Sunday. We deserved it for the hard workday/s. hahahaha!

feast for the tummy and eyes too!

feast for the tummy and eyes too!

I am very much excited to decorate and get the tree up for the festivities!

 

 

 

 

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nihonbashi-tei

This time I share one of our food haunts.

We frequent lots of Japanese restaurants but we always come back to Nihonbashi Tei, it is our comfort Japanese/Izakaya (after work dinner out) food.

The place itself doesn’t really look appealing, in fact at times the place reeks of cigarette smoke. A number of Japanese tourists and their escorts are usually seen here. That being said, the place is definitely not a kid friendly or family friendly. But they do have good food at a very reasonable price. That reason alone is good enough for us.

sushi area

upon entry to the right is the sushi area

Their Spicy Toro Maki (lean tuna)  is their best seller. Every table orders this crunchy goodness.

*Kei and I usually fights over the last piece. 

The serving is also huge! I have to eat the rice part first before I can eat the top part.  Crunchy, not that spicy despite the spicy attached to the name, salty and sweet, its addicting.

spicy toro maki -200php

spicy toro maki -200php

We are also never without two orders of their Age Takoyaki. It is very different form the soft and soggy takoyaki sold at mall booths. It has a crunch to it and you can actually see a slice of  Tako (octopus) when you take a bite, they are served on a lettuce leaf drizzled with takoyaki sauce,  Japanese  mayo on the side and a generous amount of bonito (katsuobushi) flakes.

Age Takoyaki -165php

Age Takoyaki -165php

Since I am also a self confessed tofu addict. Agedashi Tofu is always a treat, soft and smooth with a tiny bit of crunch. They serve it with seaweed (nori) and bonito flakes.

agedashi tofu -130php

agedashi tofu -130php

Kei also has his staples. He is rather fond of their Curry Soba.

Savory hot soba in curry flavored broth with pork, and thinly sliced scallions.

curry soba -250php

curry soba -250php

And Japanese fried rice? That is Gohan for you. Rice cooked together with egg, vegetables, meat, shrimp seasoned with dashi and soy sauce.

gohan -

gohan -If I remember correctly this is around 60php

Of course how can we not have the Tempura and Gyoza? When in a Japanese restaurant we permanently get these as the fool-proof food in case we did not like what we chose. 

yaki gyoza -150php   ebi tempura -280php

yaki gyoza -150php ebi tempura -280php

That is all our favorites from Nihonbashi-tei.

I just realized that most of what we always get are appetizers. Whatever, I love them all the same. 

Oh, before I forget, they give out complimentary fruit too! (we got this after dinner)

complimentary watermelon

complimentary watermelon

  • They also charge a 10% service charge to your total bill. 
  • Sake and alcoholic drinks are served here.  you can buy a whole bottle and get them to keep it for you till your net visit. (We never did try those. We get coke in cans)
  • If you happen to visit at lunch time, they have the lunch set menu, that is cheaper. 
  • The wait staff are friendly, although at times they can be too busy that they unintentionally ignore you. The food can also take quite a while. 

nihonbashi tei address copy

Landmark: the establishment is right in front of Hyatt Hotel Manila.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the restaurant. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket. 

 


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thankful saturday

*My thankful friday will temporarily be moved to saturday to give way to Filipino Friday. 

 

Yey for another week done! And double hooray for the long weekend!

(well, at least for us in the Philippines, while I still have to got to work on the holiday, I am still pretty much thrilled for the weekend!)

thankful

1.) A long weekend to catch up with friends. Kei and I (plus the all the gamer friends) got an invite to a birthday/game day/food and wine tasting night at our friend’s place.

2.) Looking forward to my not-so-little brother’s birthday.  To me, you will always be the special. I promise to buy you ice cream on that day. I am really thankful to have you as my brother.

3.) The new additions to my closet. More shoes and dresses!

izakaya, cronut, shoes

4.) My office mates’ generosity. From random sharing of food, to advance/rushing things to get the work done, shuttling to and from venues, getting me a skirt to wear for a event on the last minute… you guys are awesome.

5.) The work day/holiday on Tuesday Oct. 15. After work, its Izakaya night!  woot woot!