Their Chicken Wings are the best!

Whenever I go on dates and am asked what I want to eat, I say either burger or pasta. It’s practical, it’s easy, and it gives a hint that this woman does not follow a diet. Hehehe. There are many many good burger joints and go-to pasta places wherever, but there are very few I would go back to.

I’m not a burger enthusiast, I just have a certain taste I prefer — grilled, savory, mustard-y, and a little sweetness here and there. The same goes with chicken wings, fries, and pasta — savory. I think that’s the word.

I do cook but most of the time my schedule does not permit it, so where do we go then? We go to the best places to eat. Living in Manila (borderline Quezon City), it is easy to find good places to go to eat, but also hard to catch something that fuels the appetite. There are many reasons why–you’d probably get used to those recipes and choices, it probably doesn’t make a dent in your taste preference, your mood perhaps, and many more. But, good food uplifts your mood, always!

At the end of a tiring and toxic day (dealing with a difficult boss… haaay 2023 na! Hahaha), comfort food is the key (or stress eating? Hehe), Facts Burger is surprisingly the answer! They are also advocates of supporting the local economy by sourcing their ingredients from local suppliers. Their place is cozy and trendy, and their staffs are friendly and approachable, too.


This is their entry-level burger, with a 100% premium beef patty, lettuce, onions, and Facts sauce.

They do have other kinds of burger choices for your preference.


By far, one of the best truffle cream kinds of pasta I’ve ever tasted! Their huge serving really gives you value for money (I even had this for take-out). The bread was also served fresh.


This is the highlight of my Facts Burger experience! Their Garlic Honey Mustard Chicken Wings. It is served per 1/2 dozen and you may choose if you want it with fries or rice. They do suggest dips too that go well with their chicken wings. This one was independent, no other sauces or dips were needed! I should’ve ordered more.

They also have other items included in their menu–sandwiches, rice meals, other add-ons, and drinks like Coke products, beers, juices, and decent coffee, too! Facts Burger indeed offers quality and delicious food, and value for money! Money well spent. I’m not a food blogger, so I don’t know how to give justice to their food offerings, but I always like to try new good places here and there. Facts Burger is simply one of those go-to places when in search of good comfort food in the Metro.

Facts Burger is located at 915 Banawe Street cor. G. Roxas St., Brgy. Manresa, Quezon City, beside Bruno’s Barber, adjacent to Z Square Mall. They are open from 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM. Parking is limited. You may opt to park in Z Square Mall (for P40) and walk a bit to reach the place.

For more information, you may visit their social media accounts:
Facts Burger Facebook Page:
Facts Burger Instagram Page: @factsburger

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Café Inggo 1587: Cozy, Elegant, Scrumptious

Café Inggo 1587 is a Dominican concept restaurant in Quezon City, located in the compound of Sto. Domingo Church. The place crafts cozy and elegant vibes that you’d be glad to be in after a long day.

Café Inggo 1587 is a Dominican concept restaurant in Quezon City, located in the compound of Sto. Domingo Church. The place crafts cozy and elegant vibes that you’d be glad to be in after a long day.

Café Inggo 1587 located at San Pio V Bldg., Sto. Domingo Church Compound, Biak-na-Bato cor. Quezon Avenue, Quezon City | (c) Shainne Hostalero, May 2022

I knew this resto because my son was baptized in Sto. Domingo in 2018; it was probably on construction or soft-opening at that time, I couldn’t duly recall, but I only just tried it this 2022 after 2-3 years in the pandemic and booster shots from the COVID-19.

The place is clean and well-sanitized, and people don’t flock inside. Surprisingly, the place isn’t crowded–with the quality of its food, scrumptious servings, and service, this is just unbelievable. Though I really haven’t gone during weekends or after church, but I frequent on weekdays’ dinner time, after work hours.

Sta. Clara Bacon & Mushroom
Café Inggo’s carbonara pottage

I’m very picky in terms of white sauces in pasta. Previously, I only prefer Mary Grace’s and my own cooking (by default, love your own hehe), but I tried their Sta. Clara Bacon & Mushroom, their carbonara pottage, and it did not disappoint. It is savory, creamy pasta, served with garlic buttered biscotti/bread. It has big servings, even good for sharing.

I had the remaining pasta to go because it was worth keeping the remains. It was still good when I heated it the morning after. It is definitely, automatically, added to my favorites.

Malagkit’ rice from Cabanatuan boiled in fresh Spanish tablea served with fried danggit

They serve all-day breakfast, too! Their Champorado is perfect for the rainy season. It is not too sweet and even served with the best fried danggit I ever tasted in the most recent times. It also has the perfect balance of mixed fruits–in the photo: ripe mangoes, grapes, and kiwi.

The place is cozy with various artworks and books. Since it is a Dominican-themed café, salt and pepper condiments are served in ceramic canisters like these:

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Payments are very convenient, too. They accept debit/credit cards, GCash, and Cash. The service staffs are also very accommodating, very friendly, and approachable which makes the experience perfect. The place is also very solemn/peaceful/quiet–a great place to unwind within the Metro after a stressful day.

I prefer Café Inggo when I only want to talk about positively-entertaining things or good news. Hehehe. I just felt rants do not give justice to the place, to the food, and to their service, so I unwelcome thoughts of any of those.

They also serve coffee and Filipino favorites, breads and pastries, too. They also see delicacies at the resto. If you are looking for an intimate place to enjoy delicious food and quality service, Café Inggo is perfect.

Lunch at Tagaytay, City | Balay Dako by Antonio’s

The pandemic has brought us a lot of anxieties, but truth be told: I didn’t have so many things to adjust in terms traveling because I am the only person I know who is not fond of going places. However, it was also frightening going to and from work because of the danger this health crisis poses.

Early December of 2021, when we think COVID-19 cases were decreasing, I finally gave in to have lunch outside the City hehe.

Taken at Balay Dako at Antonio’s

We left Manila at around 8:30-9am-ish and arrived at Tagaytay at 11:30am. It was Monday so the restaurant opens exactly at noon, unlike weekends that they open earlier at around 11:00 am. I was expecting lesser people since it was Monday, but still the place was full.

When we arrived, we have given a number (since we do not have a reservation because the trip was spontaneous). The guard checked our temperature as well and we fill-out an online contact tracing form. We were instructed to just wait in the car and not to roam around while waiting for the restaurant to open.

The weather was cold since it was December. When we got in and ready to order, there was an online menu you may look at and it can be accessible via the in-house internet connection exclusive only for viewing the said menu. Globe signal wasn’t good also, so you won’t be able to use your Globe mobile data; on the other hand, SMART mobile internet has a good reception.

Taken at Balay Dako

Since there were a lot of people, roaming around wouldn’t be an option plus you also want to keep a social distance because of the current health situation.

We ordered their Sinigang na Baboy (good for 3 to 4 persons) and Calamares (good for 1 to 2 persons). The food gets easily cold because of the weather. The area was clean, and open so less anxiety because the airflow is good. The sinigang was good and its pork is tender. The calamares isn’t crunchy like the ones in Dencio’s, Gerry’s Grill, Kuya J’s haha sorry those were my comparisons since I don’g usually go out of the city or eat in areas where it merits to stay long (for the past three years) — hotels, formal dine-ins, etc.

We didn’t stay long in Tagaytay because it also good to not be caught in traffic when late afternoon came. We were in Manila at around 2:30 PM (yes, went to Tagaytay just to eat hehe) and went to Ayala Malls Manila Bay to continue Christmas shopping. It was nice, very few people as well because it was a Monday.

To cap off the day, we went to Harbor Square in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay to get a glimpse of the sunset to make the most of the day that I had the time to go out.

Taken at Harbor Square, Pasay City. #nofilter

These places are still open despite of the lockdowns and changes in quarantine classifications here and there. Make sure that you wear your face mask, keep your social distance, and better to dine out and choose places with good airflow.

2015 Year-End Ramble: Baguio

Last touch for the year! Wooohooo! Sorry, couldn’t get over the excitement my short travel brought. Looking back, I have started this year with a travel – to Baguio – and eventually ended it in… Baguio.

Baguio has been that good serene place for me to explore but it is just recent that I got to explore lots of places there. Though I have not explored the place in its entirety still, I guess this has been a great start and a good spree to find the chance and the time to go back and traverse the place more next time.

My good friend and former housemate (parang PBB lang) Emily hosted me for the past 3 days and 2 nights of my stay. She religiously heading back to Baguio whenever there’s a long vacation because her relatives reside there. Lucky me that I got to stroll around the city with a local and a good friend, oh but of course.

I went to Victory Liner in Cubao, Quezon City on a Christmas day to buy tickets in advance for the next-week travel. I left the bus station around 6:00AM and set foot in Baguio around 2:00PM. The travel time was that looooong due to the volume of vehicles going up North for the holidays.

And so, the fun times have reigned:

Day 1
T-Bone Steak
Sizzling Plate, Baguio City


Travel time was kind of lengthy and I got two stopovers only. Since I wasn’t able to have my breakfast before the travel, the result of all these was inevitable: HUNGER
We went to Sizzling Plate – the one located in Carino Street, along the corner of Abanao Street and Kisad Road – and ordered some heavy late-lunch.
Oh My Gulay located at the Top Floor La Azotea Building along Session Road
Since my first day was still young, we explored some good places we could think of around the city. I must admit that the volume of tourist visiting the place this year-end was and still is tremendous. It was very unlikely during my 2015 New Year visit.

We couldn’t believe how this beautiful restaurant came out and set up at the top floor of a building. It was really commendable. The place was not crowded when we visited and everything seemed picture-perfect.

The place has a nice ark feature where people can enjoy a Baguio over-looking view and watch the sun as its set
Some goodies at the back of the Madame who was having her day-off
Baguio Sunset
Baguio’s temperature went all the way down to 16 degrees that night – though it was not the coldest being recorded but still it was really cold. We decided to break down some frozenness and looked a cozy place where we can have coffee. We wanted to make sure that it won’t be a usual coffee place we are used to go to in Quezon City.
Under The Tree Book Cafe
26 Baden Powell Inn, General Pack Road

We discovered a good (and warm) cafe with books! And post-it walls! And feelings! The messages we were able to read were really cute and mostly love-confessing. Umibig tayong lahat ng lubos! Push natin yan! 

Can you read some of the ‘Uwi ka na. Hindi na ako galit’ messages? Hahaha!
Awesome wall!
Promptly took a bite because I can’t resist

If you will get the chance to drop by Under The Tree Book Cafe and would like to know what to try, I suggest you taste this combination – Strawberry Cheesecake + Cafe Mocha – comes in a very affordable price. This might be the best coffee-cheesecake combination I’ve ever tasted. The best Strawberry Cheesecake and Cafe Mocha sa balat ng lahat ng coffee shop na napuntahan ko!

Day 2
I woke up to a very very cold (understatement) Baguio. Taking a bath was a serious struggle but I have managed to survive anyway. Whatta lifetime achievement! Chos! A loooong good day was sure to come next.
I planned (even long before) and eventually fulfill and have made it to Baguio because I want to visit the BenCab Museum. I’ve been in various museums ever since – and thus, became my favorite place to chill out because… ~Art~
With that being said, I promised myself that I will not leave Baguio City (and/or Benguet, for that matter) without visiting the museum.
BenCab Museum
Km. 6, Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
Starting by January 2016, their Museum Entrace Fee will increase to, if I’m not mistaken, 20%
And please excuse my hand because it was thaaaaaaat cooooooold!
At the entrance


BenCab Museum View

Truth be told, I couldn’t get enough of that amazing view. And even I, can’t believe my own eyes. I’ve been with various places where nature was at its peak and its the ultimate star – and so, this could be one of those treasured places I will keep in my gazillion-size memory storage of a lifetime (and even beyond that).

Strawberry fields forever at the BenCab Museum
Some of my favorite artworks from the museum:
Screaming Bulol (2015) by Leonard Aguinaldo
in Rubber Print
Meditation on White and Yellow Against Black (2015) an oil on canvass work of Marina Cruz


Bahala na si Batman (2015) an oil in canvass work of Azor Pazcoguin
This one is really incredible! A work of Yao Sampana
Beautiful Decay (20150
Oil on Canvass
Cordillera Gallery
This gallery showcases tribal artifacts and indigenous crafts of the Northern Philippine highlands
Basic (2005)
Oil on Canvass by Ronald Ventura
Spin Doctors
2008, Oil on Canvass
Joel Welbart Bartolome


Mindscape: A Breeze of Expectancy II
2008, Oil on Canvass
by Justin Nuyda

Emily and I enjoyed a brunch at BenCab Museum’s Cafe Sabel after the tour.

Home-made Longganisa at Cafe Sabel

From Tuba, Benguet, we headed back to the main city and decided to go to the next stop at Camp John Hay: the Bell House Museum.

One PINE day at Camp John Hay. Once a troll, always a troll.
Emily and the Bell Amphitheater


Since 1903
And if you’re feeling a little negative, burn it and leave it in 2015. The Cemetery of Negativism might be a good suggestion.
The weather was working well and we decided to stroll more around Camp John Hay. We also headed to The Manor after.
The Manor


Day 3
The past 2 days were really a blast. My third and last day came and it was slowly sinking in. I wanted to stay a little longer but I also needed to be in time for the New Year’s celebration at home with my folks. So before I head back to Manila, we dined in at Cafe By The Ruins for a more Baguio vibes.
Cafe By The Ruins
located at 25 Shuntug Road, Baguio City
Morning coffee with that sugar


Tapa for breakfast
And before finally heading back to Manila. One last glimpse:
Burnham Park

2015 is coming to an end whether we like it or not. We don’t know how 2016 will work but hopes are high! And we must make the new year fun, happy, and in content. Yahoooooo!

Happy New Year, everyone! Manalig!

Shercon Resort and Ecology Park

Summer couldn’t get any better when you get to spend it with happy and yes, funny people. Our whole company went to Shercon Resort and Ecology Park in Batangas for our Rest and Recreation Activity. Remember the feeling when you were a kid and you had your field trip for the very first time? That’s how it felt!

Photo by Shainne Hostalero

 This is the view from our room’s veranda. The place was really serene and you might want to relocate there when you first set your foot on the resort ground. The almost 3-hour travel time was all worth it.


Photo by Ms. Cherry Asuncion, RP, RGC

We tried so many activities like Zipline, Rappelling, Wall Climbing and Maze. This is the photo of the maze we conquered. Almost 20 of us went in and it took us no more than 30 minutes, I guess. Hahaha! It’s not easy like how it really looks, nonetheless, it was of the funniest experience we had at the resort. Good thing the tour guides gave us a hint on how we can finish the maze because if not, we might have been stuck there for an hour or so. Hehe

Photo by Shainne Hostalero

 This is the last photo I took while having our merienda before leaving the place. It was breathtaking.

It resembles Baguio, Philippines and Arkansas, US.

I still have so many photos during the trip that our beloved SAs took of – the other areas of the resort and of course, our happy faces during the games, the resort tour and the travel.

Aside from the beautiful place, the food was great, too. Kudos to the organizers of the trip! It was a fun-filled day from dusk ’til dawn.


Location: Shercon Resort and Ecology Park

Brgy. San Sebastian, Mataas na Kahoy

Batangas, Philippines

Date:        April 24, 2015

Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera 2015

Do you, by any chance, wonder why beautiful places soothe your mood? It is because new experiences bring us a certain touch from the world that could calm us. Traveling to beautiful places makes us realize how blessed we are to finally have a glimpse of the wonderful nature.

Last Holy Week 2015 (April 4-5, 2015), Rara and I decided to have our getaway to one of the most relaxed beaches (still) in Mindoro, the Talipanan Beach. Puerto Galera isn’t something new to me. In fact, I’ve visited it hundreds of times before, so I tried different beaches there then. I have gone to White Beach and Sabang Beach way back, and very recent, Talipanan Beach. That, I must say, the most relaxed one.

We are not fond of partying or drinking (well, not anymore). Maybe because as you grow older, you will outgrow this kind of thing and you will realize that sleeping late is not the ‘deal’ anymore (oldies. Hehe!)

That was what we like about the beach. It was just comforting and won’t leave you dead tired. When you work so hard every week and finally have the chance to take a break, you want more adventures to take; but then you also want to relax and rest a little bit away from the blunders of the city. I think that has just happened during our vacation and we couldn’t be any happier.

Shainne and Rara

We talked about our personal lives, our plans, careers and our next destinations. Safe to say, we are after the experience than too much of material things the world is offering. Work hard, play harder.

Puerto Galera, Philippines
Where we stayed.
 We love how quiet the place was. The food was great, too!
Chicken Tinola

 Since we left Manila very early, we haven’t had the time to eat breakfast. So by the moment, we set foot to the island, we were very famished. We left around 7:30am, arrived at the Batangas Port around 9:00am and arrived at the island around 11:00am after almost an hour of boat-travel and a few minutes of waiting time to board.

We ordered Chicken Tinola and I must say that it was A-OK! It was far from the city version, that was why we loved it.

Beautiful sea. Isn’t it lovely?


Mango Crepe at Luca’s Cucina Italiana & Lodge

 After lunch, we checked-in to the hotel room and went swimming. We haven’t had so much to do since it was high-noon; then we decided to eat. Luca’s Cucina Italiana & Lodge has really huge servings so they really give justice to every penny you pay for your food. Good food, too!

View from Puerto Galera Beach Club’s terrace
Swimming done!


Hahaha! Chill!


We had our early dinner still in Luca’s Cucina Italina & Lodge
Pizza and Pasta
During the high-noon. Photo (c) Rara Solitario
Relax time by the beach
Photo (c) Rara Solitario
Morning View

This was the day after we arrived. We had the chance to have breakfast by the beach and I must say, it was my favorite. Great view + great food, how can you go wrong?

As per the menu, this is what they call Canadian Breakfast
Breakfast by the beach

Of course, we must take the universe and the Lord above for giving us people to our lives, especially the ones we know who will be there no matter what.

I can’t thank the Lord enough for giving me such a good friend like Rara. We were friends since college days and went through a lot together. We share almost the same visions in life and she cares more than enough to those people who are part of her. She tolerates every amount of food I eat no matter how it can destroy her diet.

‘Til we run out of words to say and places to go.

Thank you for the wonderful trip and life-long friendship!

Baguio 2015

Our family went to Baguio last January 1st and I must say that this was our first for this year (or in such a long time.)

Often times these days, families get together when someone’s sick or worst, someone faced death. It happened and perhaps this is our way of making up for the lost and wasted time.

My family, I can say, is crazy. We don’t agree on much of the things like other families but I guess, sticking to it is the secret. Bound by different personalities, choices in life and beliefs, we kept it loud, clear, nonvocal yet true and fun. We were never showy but that does not mean we can never be.

We’ve had way too many photos but these are my faves.



Cousins who used to be babies are soon to be taller than me


Getaway – Pamarta Bali Beach Resort

I landed on a great sphere of life. The place was really beautiful and I would not want to blink my eyes, I could see the best thing – this was the greatest reverie. It was a tranquil place that made my heart skipped a beat, it removed all my disappointments and frustrations, and I could say, I was happy and contented.

Philippines is a wonderful country.The inner piece of the place can excite me and amuse me in every single way. I am a Filipino, and I would say that it’s a pity of me and it’s a poorness of me to not appreciate what I have and what I can see right now.. and by this I could also utter, I am a real Filipino and I am proud of it.

Pamarta Bali Beach Resort, Bataan is the perfect getaway for this sembreak. After the stressful days, with all the depressions and frustrations you had for the past semester would actually fade away with this kind of place; the people are very friendly and accommodating, you could easily talk to them or interview them about the place and you can feel that you are really a priority and a very important customer. Great customer service, I could say!

(October 19, 2011). We traveled for more than 3 hours, the journey was great because of the beautiful places you could see along the way, it’s more like you’re happy, fulfilled and relaxed rather than you feel exhausted and tired about the travel. Public transport for the win; took the bus from Cubao to Olongapo, tricycle to Olongapo terminal to SBMA and a mini bus from SBMA to Morong, Bataan then tricycle again going to Pamarta Bali Beach Resort.. with hot weather, great stories and excitement, yes, it wasn’t really tiring at all, it was more on the FUN side!

Yes, Philippines!!

Some photos from the wonderful trip! 🙂

The Pamarta Bali Beach Resort! 1:00 in the afternoon, the beach was smiling 🙂 I fell in love with the place. It was really reaaaalllly beautiful!


The infinity pool! They were actually activating the infinity pool, the fountains and the Jacuzzi by the time we landed on the place.

The room key. Nice key chain, very Bali!
Can’t wait to swim and enjoy the sand!
S is for Shainne

Exploring the beach and the pool at this moment. I have a thing for sunset, and I’m telling you this was the best sunset ever! 😉 Sunset by the beach. I don’t have a camera to take beautiful pictures, I lost it few months ago (long story) and I don’t have (yet) the time and money to buy a new one (because by this time, I want an expensive camera hahaha) so, I just used my cellphone to take pictures. Not bad at all.


Sunrise! I love my body clock; I was already up at around 6 am and I decided to walk along the beach and enjoy the sunrise.

The swimming pool
That was a wonderful trip! See you again soon, Pamarta Bali Beach Resort. 🙂
Enjoy the vacation everyone!
(All photos (c) Shainne Lim)