Food Trip: Duo

Bretty’s on vacation from Singapore so we met up along with a couple of friends and former officemates at the Fort to catch up. Since it was a Friday and you know how all the restos get packed on Fridays, we decided on eating at one of the two places in Serendra that didn’t have a full house – Duo (the other one was Thai at Silk, but we weren’t in the mood for Thai that night).
Anyway, it was a bit late at night and we couldn’t decide what to order individually, so we got three platters to satisfy our cravings:

Bbq baby back ribs and grilled chicken with garlic rice, Php 895

I’m a big fan of barbecue and ribs so I was looking forward to this dish. Did it meet my expectations? I guess. The meat was very tender, falling off the bone, and the sauce was a bit too sweet for my taste but overall, it still tasted great and I would recommend this to friends. A bit pricey though – I think New Orleans a couple of meters away at High Street has bigger and better tasting ribs at a slightly cheaper price.
Trio Pasta: Angel Hair Aglio-Olio, Spaghetti Puttanesca, and Fettuccini with Creamy Pesto, Php 610


Now, the pasta – you see, we ordered this trio so we can have a bit of variety and options in case we didn’t like one or the other but sadly, all three pastas were lacking. The pasta itself was soggy (not al dente as Bretty and I lamented) and the sauce was blah. Obviously, this was our least-liked dish of the night – it remained largely untouched served for the initial serving each of us took to taste it. I liked the garlic bread though.

Seafood Medley, Php 895

The seafood medley is a bit of hit and miss. I liked the tuna belly but the squid was too fishy-tasting I almost felt like gagging. And I love squid! I love squid as much as I love prawns and eat them all the time even if I’m allergic to them. At least it wasn’t overcooked and rubbery, so I was still able to eat it while holding my breath (so the fishy taste wouldn’t be too overpowering).

Overall, I’d say the food wasn’t that great (there are a lot of good reviews about this place, though, so maybe it’s a matter of taste?) and I find it a bit expensive considering the quality. But, I would it give plus points for ambiance and quality of service – everyone was so polite and unobtrusive. Will I be back? Maybe not in the near future but I would still give it another go.

Thanks for the treat Bretts and I enjoyed catching up with you and having our coffee talk later that night! See you soon. 😛

2012 To-Do List

I wasn’t planning on making New Year’s resolutions because I would only end up breaking them, but I kind of wanted to join the bandwagon. Last year was a pretty darn good year and I have a lot to be thankful for but hey, tomorrow’s a brand new day so here at least is my 2012 to-do list, right on time for the Chinese New Year (though I am not Chinese, at all). 
  •  Take care of my health (and extend that to my family). I haven’t been taking good care of myself lately, missing doctor’s appointments, not taking vitamins, ignoring pains, etc. But I am kind of getting old so health should start creeping up my priority list.
Ok, I know I need vitamins, but to have received all of these vitamins during the holiday season is like  sending a rocket with the message straight through me.
  • Travel, travel, travel. 2011 was the first year in six years that I didn’t travel outside the country, either on business or personal trip, so I will try to make up for it this year. I should learn to plot my vacation leaves really well this year. (Oh, and to this end, I’ve already booked one trip abroad, and two local trips with the family. Yey!)
  • Buy myself a decent camera. I am such a scrooge; I’ve been telling myself I would get one but damn, I find them too expensive and I keep thinking I’ll just break it and waste all that money. But I promise, I’ll get a decent camera before I go on my trips this year.
  • Spend more time with Joey. I’ve been spending way too much time browsing the net, eating out, etc., and I realize that I haven’t even taught Joey how to read. And to think that I started teaching him the alphabet at two. My goal this summer is for him to finally be able to read. Heck, I’m such a bad mother – to think that I myself could read before my fourth birthday.
  •  Watch more movies. You all know how much I love watching movies but last year, I don’t know… I seem to have missed more good movies than watched and it’s not a good ratio.
  • Read more. I love books. I’m addicted to them – sometimes, I just leaf through them and smell them, which is why I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of electronic book readers. No matter how inconvenient and heavy books may be, nothing can replace them. Thanks to my team, I have one perfectly good book waiting for me. 
Yey! I waited for the English translation of this book for ages. Thanks to my team for this wonderful gift!
  • Spend less. I know I’ve earned some good money but where the heck are they? I should start saving up seriously. That means I am only buying one pair of shoes every month. Heck, this is going to be tough.
  • Spend more time with my family: my parents, my brother and sister, lola, everyone. I get to spend more time with my in laws than I do with them,which is kind of weird if you think about it, so it’s about time I make it a little even.
  • Work harder. I think I did a pretty good job last year (and the year before that, for that matter). But I intend to make 2012 even better.  I’m actually excited (workaholic much? Haha).
Oh, and here are some pics of our Chinese New Year celebration yesterday. 

Lots of food. And tikoy! 😛