ANTIPOLO: What to Order at Tipulo (Modern Filipino Cuisine) Restaurant

May 20, 2017

ANTIPOLO: What to Order at Tipulo (Modern Filipino Cuisine) Restaurant

If you're visiting Antipolo and wish to dine at a good Filipino restaurant, I recommend Tipulo Restaurant. It's located along Sumulong highway inside the First Pacific Leadership Academy.



Tinapa Lumpia (135 pesos)

Boneless Crispy Pata (875 pesos)

The Crispy Pata is served with 3 kinds of sauce:
soy sauce, hoisin sauce, lechon sauce

Kare Kare (360 pesos)

The Kare Kare has large oxtail pieces in it.

ON MY NEXT VISIT, I tried the following and they were very good as well but I wasn't able to take photos:

1. Sinigang na Salmon Belly sa Miso (285 pesos)
2. Ensaladang Bagnet (190 pesos)
3. Escabecheng Alimasag (230 pesos)
4. Crispy Hito with Green Mango Salad (320 pesos)

For a clearer copy, click HERE

My tip: 

If you're dining on a weekend, the waiter suggests that you make a reservation. There are usually a lot of diners on weekends, especially payday weekends. Below are the contact numbers. They are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

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SINGAPORE: What to Order at ADRIFT Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands

May 19, 2017

SINGAPORE: What to Order at ADRIFT Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands

Adrift is a restaurant by Michelin-starred Celebrity American Chef, David Myers. Adrift is located at the Hotel Lobby, Tower 2 of the Marina Bay Sands. It's the first time we tried this restaurant and we really loved the food. So I'm recommending the food we ordered.

This is the Hotel Lobby in Tower 2 of the Marina Bay Sands where Adrift is located.
The restaurant is dark and cozy inside.



Mesclun Salad
with asparagus, pomegranate and pecorino
16 SGD

Warm duck salad
with mizuna nam jim
16 SGD


When we asked the waiter what the signature meals of Adrift are, he recommended these.

Adrift Wagyu Burger and Fries
with tomato jam, gruyere and pickled jalapenos
28 SGD

Iberico Pork Chop
with umeboshi glaze and leek shoots
32 SGD


Yuzu cheesecake
Berries, matcha
13 SGD


I highly recommend that you try the cocktails. They are created by Sam Ross, a famous bar consultant and icon of the New York bar scene (see HERE). He created the Penicillin cocktail (made of blended scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey and islay float). You should try the Penicillin cocktail. I was not adventurous so I tried my usual Margarita. The Margarita was great! 

The Margarita
Tequila, cointreau
23 SGD


For a clearer menu, click 

For the drinks menu, click HERE
For the dessert menu, click HERE

Where to Buy R & M Dried Mangoes

May 18, 2017

Where to Buy R & M Dried Mangoes

R & M Preserves is the company that pioneered dried mangoes in the Philippines. So naturally it's the brand that people prefer to buy when bringing dried mangoes as pasalubong or gifts to friends and relatives. In recent years, it has been difficult to find stores that sell R & M dried mangoes. I used to be able to find it at SM supermarkets or Robinsons supermarkets. But in the past few months, I couldn't find any even in these stores. 

In my recent trip abroad, I was able to find R & M dried mangoes at the airport, specifically, at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. There are a lot of pasalubong stores after the immigration counter and near the gates but there is only ONE pasalubong store/stall where you can find R & M dried mangoes. All other stores carry the other brands.

Here is where you can buy R & M dried mangoes at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3:
1. It is located at the International Departure Gates.
2. After passing through immigration, you turn left and walk to the gates.
3. The stall selling R & M dried mangoes will be on your right side, beside The Great Man Han Restaurant 

R & M dried mangoes, 100g. , 130 pesos


May 13, 2017

I booked Hotel 101 as a place where I can stay overnight before running the half-marathon at the 2017 National Geographic Earth Day Run. The venue of the run is the SM Mall of Asia grounds. The start line is at Seaside Boulevard, which is around 1 1/2 km. walk from Hotel 101. The half-marathon gun start is at 3:30 AM. So I decided to stay at Hotel 101 so I can rest more and avoid having to compete for parking space at the SM Mall of Asia, especially since thousands join the Earth Day Run. Apparently, it was a good decision. A lot of vehicles are stuck in traffic on the road leading to the start line.

My Reasons for Liking Hotel 101

1. The price
The price of the room is only 2,755.68 pesos per night for two persons. We didn't get the room with breakfast included because there's a Jollibee store beside the hotel and a lot of restaurants within short walking distance of the hotel.


2. The hotel room and its basic amenities
The room has a minimalist design but very clean. And basic amenities are complete.

Water is strong and the shower has heater.

It's very good that the toilet has bidet unlike other hotel rooms.

They provide complimentary 2 bottles of water, a snack (Pillows) and coffee.

As you can see, bottled water and Oishi pillow snack is complimentary.

There's a microwave.

There's a small ref.

You can see the storage space of the ref.
The items you see inside the ref is not free.

They provide a bathrobe, in-room safe and slippers.

They provide a flashlight inside the cabinet in case of emergency. 

They provide a hair dryer.

There's a dental kit, shaving kit, cotton and earbuds. 

They provide shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap
Of course, there's also toilet paper, facial tissue and towels provided.

3. The shops and services near the hotel

There's a 711 store at the ground floor of the hotel building

There's a Jollibee store beside the hotel

There's a Baan Khun Thai spa and a Phoenix gas station beside the hotel.

4. Ube express shuttle stop
The hotel is one of the stops of the Ube Express shuttle that goes to the airport, the NAIA Terminal 1, 2, and 3.
From 5:00 AM until 12:00 mn.
The buses pass through this stop every 30 minutes.

The Ube Express shuttle bus stop is in front of the hotel entrance

5. Ample hotel basement parking space

Hotel 101 is a value-for-money hotel choice if you wish to have a place to stay when:

1. You're running a marathon very early in the morning in the area of Mall of Asia/Roxas Boulevard and wish to stay overnight at a hotel nearby to avoid the traffic and having to look for parking space.

2. You're attending a concert at the nearby SM Arena.

3. You wish to go shopping before going abroad and leaving for the airport.
The hotel is near the airport and the shopping mecca, which is the SM Mall of Asia.
4. You leave far from the airport and wish to stay at a nearby hotel to ensure you make it to the airport on time.
In case you have difficulty finding a taxi, the hotel is one of the stops of Ube Express as shown above.


Disclosure: I paid for my accommodations while staying at this hotel. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.

How to Pay Philippine Travel Tax Online

May 11, 2017

How to Pay Philippine Travel Tax Online

Updated November 21, 2019!!: Check out my updated post in this link:

Why Pay Philippine Travel Tax Online

To avoid having to line up at the travel tax counter at the airport.  I have traveled internationally on different days of the week and at different times. My experience at lining up at the travel tax counter is different each time. Sometimes the line is short. Sometimes, the line is very long. In airports in Manila, you line up several times, at security, at check-in, at immigration. By paying online, you avoid having to line up another time.

What You Need to Prepare:

1. An email address
2. Your passport information
3. Digital copy of your passport data page.
4. Airfare ticket  number or booking reference number  
5. Visa or Mastercard credit card

How to Pay Philippine Travel Tax Online

1. Go to the Online Travel Tax  Portal at

2. Create an account by filling up the form below.

Click "Create your  account"  

Fill up the form above.
You need an email address
After you click "Register", an email will be sent to the email address you provided.
View your email. 

This is the sample of the email.
Click the link to activate the account

Your username is your email
Add a password to your account

This will appear after you have provided your password.

Now you can log in. 

Click "Proceed" 

You need to complete your profile
to be able to proceed 

These are the information you need to furnish.

Warning: Before you can click “I Agree",
you need to scroll down until the very end of the Privacy Policy 

Click "Proceed".

You need to put the ticket or booking reference number
and date of departure, seat class, what airport you are exiting from.

Add caption

As you can see, there is an additional cost of 78.35 pesos compared to paying the amount in person at the airport or at other travel tax counters.

My tip: If you're booked at Cebu Pacific and are willing to pay additional 80 pesos for the convenience of paying travel tax online, pay through the “Manage booking" link of Cebu Pacific instead. 

3. Once payment is confirmed, you can print the official receipt and present it to the airline at check-in.