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Vikings: Buffet Restaurant


Finally, the training is done.  I had to train 18 sales people for the past three days.  It was tiring but I really enjoyed it.  It was a new experience for me and I realized I can be a trainer in the future.  It can be a good career when I retire.

APL Trainings are incomplete without good food.  This I can assure.  When I was trained in Kuala Lumpur, I really enjoyed the meals.

The culmination of our three-day training in Manila happened at Vikings.  It is a new buffet restaurant in the SM Mall of Asia Complex.

We have gone to various buffets such as Yakimix, DADS and Spiral (Sofitel).  So we were not expecting much from Vikings.  We just wanted to try it out.  But, we were surprised in a good way.  The dining hall is splendid and classy.  And above all, the choices of food are superb! When my officemate described it, she said, “Think of any food you like and it’s there!”  Literally!

Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, American, Spanish, Italian, Kebabs name it… Vikings got it!.  And did I mention it’s drink all you can and dessert all you can at Php 888! What can be greater than that!

I will definitely go back here with my family soon!

Pasta is love!

Don't get confused...these are just appetizers. There are more!Dimsum fest!Sushi dreamland!under the sea!

Dimsum fest!

Sushi dreamland!


Mood Chocolates


Chocolate is a universal favorite.  I always wonder how something so small can bring so much happiness.  They say it’s psychological that you feel happy after eating chocolate.  Others say that chocolate has certain chemicals that stimulate the brain.

 Whatever the reasons are, I love chocolates and it never fails to make me happy.

For me, I have specific chocolates depending on my mood. And there are chocolates I eat on pure indulgence.  But the latter is very seasonal because these chocolates are quite expensive.

 Ok, so what kinds of chocolates do I eat on specific times?

 When I am working on graphs, reports and powerpoint presentations, I always make sure that I have a pack of M&M’s within reach.  I munch this little chocolate candies until I finish my work.  It has become a habit since I started working.  It gives me a feeling that I can finish the work as soon as I finish the candies. And it works all the time!


When I feel that I need a quick sugar rush while on the go, I always get a bar of Snickers from the nearest store.  I share the love for this candy bar with my Mom. 


When I was a little girl, my dad used to work overseas and brought home tons of chocolates.  So every summer, I would look forward to Toblerone, Cadbury and Lindt! Up until now, these are the chocolates I would buy for my siblings and parents whenever I get a bonus or when I come home from my trips in Clark and Subic. 


And then, there’s what I call payday chocolates.  Every payday, I treat myself with Ritter Sport or Meiji Macadamia. 


Ferrero Rocher is my love chocolate.  This is the chocolate I buy when I feel “kilig”.


And local chocolates never go unnoticed.  Every time I attend our weekly Christian meetings, I also get a dose of Ricoa Flat Tops.  I used to enjoy Serg’s Chocolate but they were gone in the late 1990s. 


And finally, there are gourmet chocolates that I get to eat on pure indulgence. Leonidas pure Belgian chocolate is the first one I tried in 2005/6.  Then came Royce’s Nama Chocolate.  Now, there’s a new one in the market, Patchi Chocolates.  I have to save up to try this one.



Food finds in Antipolo City: QIZIA Café


 I always love weekends. Who doesn’t? More than a time to relax and get away from the stress of working days (school days for some), I love the weekends because I get to share it with my fellow regular pioneers and visit my friends and Bible students.

Every weekend, I usually go to Antipolo City spending the whole day with Rhona and visiting our deaf students. Sometimes, we work together with other pioneers. We start at 8:30 a.m.

Our territory covers the whole of Antipolo City; for the meantime though, we were only able to cover about 25% of it. Serving as regular pioneers brings so much joy. Despite the long walks, hot summer days and strong rains, there are always reasons to be joyful.

This particular Saturday (August 7, 2010), Rhona and I got two great finds.

 First, we were able to find a shortcut linking Nayong Silangan (southeastern part of Antipolo) to Loreland-Ahon (southwestern part of Antipolo). What used to be a 60-peso fare is now reduced to 15 pesos plus a 10-minute walk. Rhona and I were so happy when we found this road.

After our preaching work for the day, we decided to give ourselves a small treat. So we headed to this new café near Unciano Medical College. QIZIA CAFÉ. This was our second find. It just recently opened sometime in the first week of August. Rhona and I passed by a few weeks ago to check on the prices, just so we know how much it would cost us.

I did not bother to take pictures of the place since it is really bare, just the tables and chairs and the counters. No paintings, flowers or other stuff yet. I think they are still finalizing the final layout and concept of the café. But we liked the fresh colors of green and orange, plus touches of browns. It feels comfy.

Rhona ordered crispy pork belly. She loved it, especially the side dish: tomato and mango salad. I ordered beef salpicao. I loved how generous the serving is plus the tender beef and sautéed mushroom. It felt like eating in a fine-dining resto minus the price. After lunch, we ordered coffee. And I was surprised that Rhona could do café art. I tried it myself but I guess I am not as gifted as her.

For the lunch and coffee, we spent about Php 370. It’s decent considering the serving amount and the quality. Next time, we are going to try their desserts. The cakes and pastries look delectable.