Just wanted to greet everyone a Happy Easter! Rejoice the Lord has Risen! 🙂 🙏💖
Hope everyone had a blessed Holy week. And that everyone had the time to reflect, reset, and relax and thought of spreading love more than ever. May you enjoy this day with people you love and enjoy Summer in Manila and Spring in Vancouver and whatever season in the other parts of the world😀
I am not the type who would go with the hype..even in just trying new restaurants or even something like watching artists live just because people make it a big deal. I am also a bit kuripot when buying concert tickets unless I really love the artist and I know it’ll be worth it.
Then came the announcement through that “faster-by-second-per-city” clip via Coldplay’s page showing Manila as one of the stops for their “A Head Full of Dreams (AHFOD)” Tour made me giddy.. well my husband more giddy! Haha! My heart skipped a bit..Coldplay’s Yellow was part of my teenage memory and anthem which is, for me,already enough reason to go and watch.. until I have to think twice of the price, haha.
I started researching and learned that there are other venues (countries) for the band’s Asia leg with cheaper price. We considered Taiwan since it’s also on our vacation list. But, saw an opportunity to go back to one of my favorite cities to get a sure ticket and include a trip too! Thanks to my lucky preggy friend Ave and her fast fingers.. tadah! We have tickets for #ColdplaySingapore! We just really took our chances in booking. VIP tix were not available when we booked though but the next ticket type is already good for us as our back up plan and decide to go for it should there be a chance to grab it. So we did!
I was not expecting to tick of Coldplay in my concert list this month or even year! So thankful to God for having me experience this. And to my husband for making budget for our concert date hihi.
It was an experience of a lifetime. Maybe that is the reason I was not really thinking of the concert too much days before so I wont grt distracted at work lol. Although, Yellow and Fix You are my favorites (which isnt surprising). I must admit I became an official fan of the band as a whole, prolly only this decade. But, my admiration went really solid and did not expect for the concert to give us goosies! It only took for the first two songs to give that wow feeling.
Was it really worth it? Well what I really loved was how the band and the people behind the production made sure the concert was to be so engaging and very experiential as possible! From the xylobands, to the videos,the substantial mini parts of the production, to the live energy of Chris Martin and the band.. I would say yes! Two weeks after kicking off their world tour in the Lion City, the band is still on their AHFOD tour and is currently in South Korea as of this writing.
Las Saturday, I started my day early as I attended an event courtesy of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s (CBTL’s) Brew Your Best Year and Writers Block Ph’s Brew Your Best Food Feature Writing. It was held at CBTL’s 26th Bistro BGC. I am glad I did! I was not expecting a gastronomic adventure awaits.
To start off the appetizing event, we were served Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. It was an immediate hit for me! The perky-as-sunshine plating that greeted me made me try the starter in no time. No wonder it is a classic favorite! The lettuce are crisp and fresh, which I love and a personal must when it comes salad. I must say the grilled chicken was consistently cooked along with the boiled eggs and precisely garnished parmesan cheese.
Then, the Cheeseburger landed on our table. And giddily, it eventually landed on my mouth and tummy as well. Lol! Man, that big chunk of USDA beef got that authentic juicy flavor which was amped by the accompanying mozzarella and parmesan melt-in-your-mouth cheese. All these inside a perfectly prepared and textured wheat bun with crunchy, tasty fries as sidings. Ahhh what a combo for a dish!
The visually and oohh olfactory catching Seafood Marinara was served next. You know how pasta can either be too tomato flavored or too sweet? Well, I did not expect this tomato flavored pasta can just come in between! My taste buds says it landed on the middleground and I say the dish is a winner because of that. The prawns, scallops, and squid mixed with the noodles and sauce is fresh! I know it was cooked and prepared with a heart as the dish’s taste shows how evenly and generously the ingredients were combined together.
To cap off the brunch dining tales’ journey of the day : here comes the Herbed Salmon with Lemon Risotto and Hollandaise Sauce. Looking at the inviting creamy Hollandaise sauce pouring from the top of the Norweigan Salmon. It is as if its flavorful, tangy aroma is not captivating enough. It’s sophisticated taste made my taste buds and tummy thankful I digged into the dish.
I did not know 26th Bistro has a LOT to offer! They have a lot of premium dishes to try and I only sampled some. The dishes I tried are definitely worthy of a comeback. Not satisfied enough? Go gastronomically experience it for yourself.
Disclaimer: This post is an entry for a CBTL-Writers block post-workshop activity. CBTL also awarded the author the event/workshop for free. The whole post is still based from the author’s own opinions and comments.