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Shaka Shakes El Nido

Shaka Shakes, Siargao’s smoothie bowl and vegan cafe, opens in El Nido, Palawan. Since we live just a skip and a hop away from Lio Estate, where their beachfront branch is, my family frequents the place now 😊

Their Bom Dia smoothie bowl is their best-seller. It is made from Acai Berries on top of homemade granola sprinkled with crunchy dehydrated coconuts. You can do a combo of smoothie bowl +coffee for 300php.

We’ve tried their cafe latte and cappuccino. You can opt for coconut milk for an extra fee.

Our new go-to meal is the veggie Wak Wak burger (290php).. even the meat eating husband approves!

They’ve got Shaka Pancakes (270php) which is green because it is made with antioxidant-rich Matcha powder. It is folded like a crepe and filled with fruit and filling.

A generous portion of Banana and Walnut Toast for 100php. Seriously, wherelse in El Nido can you get something that yummy, healthy and cute for that price?

They’ve got veggie Smokey Nachos (300php) for sharing, too! Finally, I don’t need to fish out nachos from beef anymore. 😆

The Shaka Shakes, Lio, El Nido food and drinks menu for your reference.

This is the view from where you sit. WORTH EVERY PENNY.

If you visit El Nido, make sure to include Shaka Shakes at Lio Beach in your itinerary. Your kids will love the swings right by the beach ☺️ Enjoy!

Shaka Shakes

Lio Estate, Villa Libertad, El Nido, Palawan

OPEN from 7am to 9pm

*Lio has a scheduled free shuttle service from their El Nido town.

Bijin Nabe, S Mason, Conrad Manila

My family and I like to try out new places to eat especially when it has healthy dishes because I try to feed wholesome foods to our children at all times (of course we’ll have the occasional cheat days or weekend treats, too!). Recently, we tried the newly opened restaurant in S Maision, Conrad Manila called Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo to try their most prized dish, the signature Beauty Hot Pot soup which has many beauty and medicinal benefits.

Here’s what we had:

Romaine Lettuce Caesar Salad to start because we need our live enzymes from fresh greens!

romaine lettuce salad

Maximum Fried Eggplant was my favorite appetizer of the meal! The mix of textures of the outer crunch and soft eggplant inside just melts gloriously in the mouth!

Nikumaki is a pork based dish (rice ball wrapped in bacon) so my daughter and I passed on this but my parents had a go and really liked it, too!

Now comes the main dish! The Beauty Hot Pot Collagen Soup which has its origins from Japan and now is very famous also in other countries. Apparently, this is the beauty secret of many women. We heard that to get a table in their Singapore branch, you will need to wait in line for 60 minutes! Glad we were able to try it sooner than the crowds came!

Here’s what I lifted from their main website, here:

“TSUKADA NOJO is located in Miyazaki prefecture, Kyushu Japan. It has the most historical and popular way of poultry raising. Miyazaki Jitokko known as the organic chicken is appreciated by everyone. We provide the best quality of golden collagen chicken stock, in a safety and natural environment.

Our signature Golden Collagen chicken stock is stewed more than 8 hours until the chicken bones are fully dissolved. Eventually, chicken stock turns into a smooth and silky collagen pudding. The BIJIN NABE is a combination of the freshest vegetables, seafood and chicken cooked in our Golden Collagen Chicken Stock. We ensure that collagen will be the key of your beautiful skin and health.

You can enjoy our BIJIN NABE with genuine organic vegetables which is safe and healthy for your body. —- Ooooh, I love that! There is a tremendous difference in life forces of organic and non-organic produce. I am glad that they choose to support organic farmers, too!

Of course, we always leave room for dessert!

kamote fries

Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo
S Maison, Conrad Manila, Pasay City

Bambu Indah: A Gypsetter’s Mecca


One of the reasons why I fell in love with Bali many years ago is because of green architecture. Most properties in Ubud like Bambu Indah use local indigenous materials to build. Bamboo structures are very famous over there and I wish that we could follow suit in the Philippines because we do have an abundance of it, too!


The entrance itself is a sight to behold. John Hardy and his family, the creators of this gypsetter’s mecca have executed their vision impeccably. First at Green School, and then with this beautiful tropical piece of paradise you may call home for a few days, if you book here for the duration of your vacation.


IMG_0038Our first meal in Ubud was in their restaurant called Dapoer which promotes slow food. Most of their ingredients are sourced organically, locally and fresh, if not, from their very own gardens.



On this trip, my little globetrotter Maya got to spend precious moments with 3 of her fairy godmothers! How cool is that?


As expected, the food was delicious! Although if you’re dining with kids, be vigilant about spice levels in local Indonesian dishes. My order was too spicy for my daughter!


After eating, we asked for a tour of their eco-luxury resort. This is our almost-complete shot of the #FlowBali crew. Missing Woochae from Seoul here!


It was a hot hot day so I wished I could’ve swam in their natural spring water pool. Maybe next time we book a room here!



It’s nice that all their rooms are actually antique teak wood Javanese designed huts which have been crafted over 100 years ago by the Indonesian locals.


My friend’s son, Kai just had to climb their gigantic bamboo tree-house that resembled a mothership! Oh, how liberating it is for a child to climb and enjoy nature’s wonders! I told my son Santi that I wil ltake him here one day….


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