A&D Eats: Buendia Food By The Court

A new food concept has popped up in Makati! Combining two favorite past times of Filipinos, eating and basketball. SUDECO (Subic Bay Development & Industrial Estate Corporation) created something of not the usual and the first of its kind in Makati, Buendia Food by the Court.

Buendia Food by the Court opened its doors to the media last February 8, giving us a taste of what the food park offers. Buendia Food by the Court is just 10 minutes away from Makati Central Business District, a great place for after-work basketball game, a hang out place to wind down and just chill after a day at the office or when you and your foodie friends want to try something new, bring them here.
With its wide array of well curated food options, Buendia Food by the Court has something to offer for everyone. From Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Mexican to Indonesian food, your options are endless!
I bet the place looks good at night with these lights at night. Ahhh with a bottle of beer in hand and in company of great friends, it's definitely a good way to end your week this way. Yes?

Here's a sneak peek of what you can enjoy at Buendia Food by the Court...
Rojak Salad offers healthy and special one-of-a-kind salads.
MAD Subs lets your build your own sandwiches and more!
Little Kodo offers Japanese street food like takoyaki, sushi and ramen!
Rouche Grille serves Filipino grilled specialties as well as pasta and pizza
Sisig and more at Sisig MNL
Bakmi Nonya serves aunthentic Indonesian food! This is something I wasn't able to try during the media launch and I want to go back for this.
Juicy gourmet burgers from BMW (Burger Meet Wings)!
Chinese buns at Shangkee Buns
Pizza from Jack's Joint. They also offer Persian-inspired fare like shawarma and kebabs!
Tacos from Lamexa Cantina
Goto and more at Goto Pinoy!

There's also Doss Pares for speciality pares, goat meat specialities at Korvitz Grill, award-winning premium beef tapa (so goood!!!) at Tapaddiction, Brothers' Blends for cold pressed juices and organic coffee, and Ice Cold for well-chilled soft drinks and ice cold beer!

Plan your next food trip/basketball game at Buendia Food by the Court!
24 Sen. G. Puyat Avenue corner Bautista St, Barangay San Isidro, Makati City
Food Park Hours: 5PM to 12MN

Pixi x It's Judy Time: ItsEyeTime and ItsLipTime + Meet & Greet!

I first heard about It's Judy Time from my friend Kaye about 2 years ago, she kept on telling us to watch the vlog. I've only seen a few episodes and a couple of Judy's FB Live and I can see why they have a big fanbase from kids to teens to moms! Early this year, Judy Travis and her family visited again the Philippines and one of the events they did was the launch of Judy's collaboration with Pixi!
If it's your first time to hear of It's Judy Time, let me tell you a little something about them. Judy Travis is a beauty turned mommy vlogger. She started her YouTube Channel "It's Judy Time" in 2008 where she would do video blogs and share her love for make-up, she would share her tutorials, her "First Impressions" and reviews on new beauty products. In 2012, she started doing daily vlogs with her husband Benji and their three daughters: Julianna, Miya and Keira (OMG, the baby bears are super cute!!!) on her "It's Judy's Life" channel, sharing tidbits about their family life to their growing audience. I'm trying to catch up on the vlog when I get the chance and I usually ended up binge watching because once you started watching, it's so hard to stop!
Such a lovely family!

Last January 29, it was the launch of Judy's collaboration with Pixi which was also an exclusive Meet & Greet for her Philippine fans at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier!
It's Judy Time merchandise being sold outside like pins, tshirts, etc. :) 
I arrived early at the venue. Lines weren't long yet but was too excited for the event so I went inside Samsung Hall and reserved our seats! The launch was also a Meet and Greet for Judy's fans in the Philippines.
 Here I am together with Sabine, Fleur, Mish and Chesca! Photo grabbed from Mish!
Say Tioco, a beauty vlogger also, hosted the event.
Lia Ramos, CEO of Glamourbox Philippines, also the official distributor of Pixi, gave a small presentation about Pixi and the collaboration with ItsJudyTime.
On the left is the eye palette while on the right is the lip palette. The eye palette is so pretty! But I don't use eye shadow that much so I chose the lip palette! A mom's life can get really busy, finding balance can be a challenge. I have never really found happiness in make-up until a few years ago which started with kilay and just recently I am starting to experiment with lipsticks because I've always sticked to nudes and shades I like and ended up with several brands with the same shade! (Who can relate??? Haha!) Hence, I chose the lip palette!

Being the successful beauty vlogger that Judy is, it isn't a surprise that big cosmetic brands, such as Pixi, wants to collaborate with her. Judy together with Pixi, she came up with ItsJudyTime Eyeshadow and Lipstick palettes!
This is the eye palette, ItsEyeTime, which has 12 silky, highly pigmented and blend-able eyeshadows. I am no eye shadow expert but based on just looking at it. This palette can take your from a day look to a night look. The shades are so nice and each shade has a cute name like It's Mommy Life, Ping, Aww Snap, Honey Bear, etc. 
ItsLipTime is a palette of 12 creamy hydrating lip colours to wear each shade solo or layer to add dimension. You can use a lip brush or just your fingers then tap on the lips. The shades also have cute names like ItsEyeTime!

When the Travis family finally came out, the crowd went wild. As in! I was really really overwhelmed on how big their fanbase here in the Philippines. The Samsung Hall was FULL. I heard the tickets for the Meet & Greet got sold out really fast!
The twins gave an impromptu performance which we all loved. I am smitten by the baby bears! Gosh they're so cute!
Nakakakilig sila! I can see how protective Benji is of his family but also supports Judy. 
Judy met each and everyone here. Grabe! She met (talked to and took photos with) all of the 300 fans present at the Meet & Greet. It took about two hours to finish. I love love how she values her fans and I love her!
Me and Judy! She reminds me of Mariah Carey, diba? :) Ang bait niya! I got starstrucked and tongue tied! I forgot what I said to her na. lol
Thank you Mommy Mundo for inviting me! I wish I stayed longer for the private event with her but had to go home to my babies. I had a great time with the mommas and so so thrilled I got to meet Judy.

A&D Travels: Corregidor Island Day Trip Via Sun Cruises with the Fam!

Our family had our first out of town trip last January. We went on a day trip to Corregidor Island via Sun Cruises. I was able to buy promo tickets during a travel fair last year. Each ticket was Php1,750 for both kids and adults including a dinner cruise at Manila Bay (for more their packages and rates, check out this link). There's a funny annoying story behind Corregidor, kwento ko muna kasi unforgettable talaga! Back when BOS and I were still dating, we were very into photography and lomography and for our dates, sometimes we go on photowalks and Corregidor was one of our supposedly first trip together BUT someone (not me) woke up late and we missed our ferry going to island (kahit pinalipad na niya ang koche) haha! Now, I am laughing at it pero at that time nakakainis! There's only one trip to Corregidor a day so this time I made sure we woke up early enough, prepared breakfast too so there's no excuse of being late!
I'm glad we booked our trip on a January trip because it's not as hot, medyo malamig pa which was just the perfect weather. We arrived at the Esplanade Seaside Terminal (near Vikings) at SM MOA Complex around 6AM. While BOS and kids were having breakfast, I checked us in at the counter and paid the terminal fee, Php30/pax. We were given stickers to put on our shirt which has our seat number and bus number for when we get to the island. Note: The check-in counter closes 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.
The terminal is small and clean. It's also the terminal for trips going to Camaya Coast. It has a 7-11 and a MICAH Cafe who wants to fill themselves before leaving. Tip is to bring your own water because when I went to 7-11 to buy our water that morning and the line was long and it was little crazy in there with travelers, bikers, etc were also buying food and water.
We boarded the ferry 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure. I had the kids take Bonamine because it was their first time on a boat, I also took one because it's also my first time on a Hoverferry. It is airconditioned and well maintained but it is old, it made me a little claustrophobic. The ferry also has a mini store and rest rooms were clean.
May entertainment pa before sailing out. 
Safety first!
The trip took about 2 hours, longer than I expected, we arrived at the island almost 10am na. It was a long and slow 2 hours haha! There's a  TV on board but they only played videos about Corregidor. I like history but running on a few hours of sleep and no coffee, the video made me more sleepy. I was so happy when we arrived. I was also relieved the kids were behaved throughout the trip.
They just played together and fell asleep for awhile.
Corregidor Island is about 48 kilometers west of Manila, located at the entrance of Manila Bay. Corregidor. Formerly known as Fort Mills during the World War II, Corregidor is one of the important historic and tourists sites in the country. The island stands as a military memorial for American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served and lost their lives in the island.
After we got off the boat, we transferred to a tramvia which was our mode of transportation for our whole trip in the island. We unloaded at the Bottomside of the island. There was about 8 or 9 tramvias and each tramvia has a tour guide on board. The tadpole-shaped (for me it's a kilay-shaped haha!) island is divided into 4 sections: Topside, Middleside, Bottomside and Tailside which we were all able to see. Our tour guide, Armand, was good, he knows a lot about the island, but since we arrived at 10am and lunch was at 12nn, we were pressed for time and I felt we were in hurry for the whole tour. We still enjoyed the tour despite of that and I will let my photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Meet Armand, our tour guide,
The iconic Mile-Long Barracks! I wish I had a wide angle lens to capture the whole stretch!
Our last stop before lunch was the Corregidor Lighthouse. We were the first group to arrive so we took advantage and went up to the lighthouse while it was empty. 
Al fresco lunch! Food is already included in the package. It was just okay, I think it's by MIHCA (Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts). There's one drink included but you can also order your drinks at your own expense. After the one hour lunch, we continued our tour to the other side of the island.
The Malinta Tunnel was our last stop. Malinta Tunnel was used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker then later turned into a 1,000-bed hospital.  There's a light and sound show inside the tunnel which is an additional of Php200/person and optional. We skipped it because Y didn't want to go plus it was also drizzling. We waited for the show to finish before going inside.

Our group I think has the most people who opted not to watch the show. Since it was a 30-minute show, our tour guide thought of taking a few of us in our group on a off-limits tour. BOS and R went with the group with flashlights and hard hats with flashlights only! They went through to foxhole and came out in one of the lateral tunnels inside. I heard one of them had to crawl just to get through the foxhole. Si R lang daw ang nakalusot na nakatayo. I think this was the best part of the tour for R!
It's actually darker inside than what is in the photo. Medyo eerie siya...
After Malinta Tunnel, it was time to head back to Manila. The trip back also took about 2 hours also, we all slept during the trip. We were all tired! We arrived at around 5PM and we were supposed to join the dinner cruise also but it was raining so we went to the mall na lang.

A lot of my friends were asking: "May mumu ba?" I believe there are spirits roaming around but I have never felt their presence ("Please wag kayo magparamdam!" Haha!). I know some people who do and if you do and you're quite unsure or scared, I suggest you think about it. :)

If you like history and wants to know more, Corregidor is for you. It's not exactly a family-friendly or kid-friendly place but R enjoyed the tramvia ride, the open space, and the tunnel. I just wish the tour was in a slower pace than it was so I can take it all in. What I want to know is, is there any another Corregidor tour provider aside from Sun Cruises?

BOS and I were talking about going back when the kids are bigger and stay at Corregidor Inn. They have different activities for overnighters like hiking, biking, sunset viewing and even camping!

This was our first trip for the year, can't wait for the next one in May! Meanwhile, more city trips for now.

To know more about Corregidor and Sun Cruises, check out http://www.corregidorphilippines.com/.
Instagram: @CorregidorPH