Food Getaway: Vikings

Everybody loves buffet? Who doesn't want to eat unlimited food of different kind, right? So when our family decided to celebrate my MIL's birthday celebration at Vikings, I am too excited to try what they have to offer on their newest branch is located here in Pampanga. 

For the love of food, let me share here all the dishes and stations this Vikings branch has to offer.

Bread Station

Salad Station
Dessert Station

Vikings Pampanga Rates


Adult Weekday Lunch: 738 (+5% service charge)
Adult Weekday Dinner: 938 (+5% service charge)
Adult Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 938 (+5% service charge)

Kids below 3 ft: FREE
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekday Lunch: 208 (+5% service charge)
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekday Dinner: 308 (+5% service charge)
Kids 3 ft - 4 ft Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 308 (+5% service charge)

Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 6" Weekday Lunch: 418 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 6" Weekday Dinner: 618 (+5% service charge)
Kids 4 ft - 4 ft 6" Weekends/Holiday Lunch & Dinner: 618 (+5% service charge)

Steak Station

Fruits Station

Crepe Station

Shabu-Shabu Station

Pizza Station

Dimsum Station

Drinks Station
Pastry Station

Nacho Station

Sushi Station

I was a little surprised that they served a very small slice of their cake. I remember visiting the Vikings branch in North Edsa and the cake there was bigger than this one. It was way 2013- 2014 I think. 

Generally the food was okay for me. There are dishes that are distinctly great and some were just quite good for my palate. I like their Angus beef and most of their steak dishes. I also like their sushi station and stayed long in getting different drinks. However, I wasn't able to enjoy most food because I used most of my time in letting my baby sleep and playing with him. 

If you are a heavy-eater or willing to dine for a long period of time, then it's worth eating at Vikings. However, I won't advise dining there if you are in a hurry, or will just eat snack because they are priced higher than regular resto and I don't think it will be worth the cost. We paid for around 3k for 4 person which I think is not really worth it. It will only be worth the bucks if I can eat there for a very long time. If only they can let people sit from lunch to dinner. Or perhaps I'm saying this because I paid for all of us. Hahaha 😅

I would like to experience eating there without me paying for my food or in short, I would like to eat there for FREE. If only.. 😀

Food Getaway: Big Bob Burger

Are you a burger fan? I am not really into buns and patties but whenever there's a good one in town, I make sure that I pay a visit to that place. Here's another burger joint that you can visit along Golangco in Guagua, Pampanga. 

Big Bob Burger started with the idea to service customers with different kinds of burgers. They discovered that colored buns were a hit recently so they copied that concept and they are the few ones who started it here in the province. Nothing to worry though because it is just plain coloring to make their burgers stand out. 

The restaurant's exterior caught my eye as they have bike outside the place. It is also clean and spotless. Maybe because there isn't much customers when we went there which makes the place clean. 

The resto is a self-service place where have to get your own utensils, condiments and hand guards. I like that they have hand guards to ease chowing down the burger. I would prefer tthat over fork and knife.

They served us their bestsellers and their different variety of burgers from their menu. The beefy nachos is my favorite among all the items in the menu. I also like the flavor of their hot and spicy chicken wings. 

Beefy Nachos - P150.00

Chicken Wings Hot & Spicy - P130.00

They also served very colorful drinks in their mason jars. As for the burgers, I like the patties better than the buns. I feel that the bun has something more to improve on. 

Assorted Drinks

Grupo Fries (Cheese) - P100.00

DQCB (Double Quarter Cheese Burger) - P145.00

CBMB (Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Burger) - P100.00

GPB (Grilled Pineapple Burger) - P90.00

BBB (Big Bob Burger) Classic - P180.00

Big Bob Burger Staff

Big Bob Burger Staff with PDI (Pampanga Digital Influencers)

It's my first time to visit the place and as a first-timer, I appreciate what they have to offer. I'm glad that there are hand guards ready in case you wanted to use hands instead of the usual fork and knife while finishing your burger. Unlike in other burger places I visited, they don't have this option available. I think they are the first around the area with this concept. 

As for the food, I hope they will have more varieties on their burger but I like their BBB Classic  the most. Also, it would be great if the buns will be something from their own recipe. There's a little hint of after taste on the bread which isn't good to compliment the tasty patties. 

Resto Name: Big Bob Burger
Address: Golangco, Guagua Pampanga
Type of Food: Burger Resto
WIFI: None. 

I'm recommending this place to all burger junkies. If you want something different than your usual burger places, you can try visiting Big Bob Burger in Guagua. They also have two branches at Florida and their goal is to expand more on San Fernando and hopefully Angeles. 

Event: Where's Marcel? Grand Opening (With a Little Disappointment)

Where's Marcel?, a coffee shop which started from Melbourne and has two branches in PH, recently opened another branch here in San Fernando, Pampanga. Providing the customers with the fresh and exciting Melbourne experience, Where's Marcel? delivers a completely different take on coffee with fresh style food selection. 

The newly-opened coffee shop partnered with Best Western as it's situated on the ground floor of the said hotel. The hotel will soon open this coming July. 

The opening was successfully graced by people from media, influencers and the regular customers who are very excited with the branch' opening. 

Here are some photos of the event. 

The event was a success overall, but what's disappointing with it was that their complimentary coffee and snack weren't given to us because we passed the 3pm mark of the program. Their reason was that they can only give the drinks until 3pm. Most of my friends arrived at around 4pm. We still took photos so we finished late. When we were about to get the complimentary drinks, the staff informed us that they cannot give the coffee anymore as we were late. We just hope next time, brands and companies will take note of things like this. I don't know how they can't provide us some drinks when in the first place, the event started late and they should have considered it since it's their opening day. Also, how can we even review the coffee if we didn't got to taste it? 

With what happened, I don't encourage much of my friends to try the coffee shop because for one, the treatment isn't that great and also, I don't have any idea how it tasted in the first place. Don't get me wrong. I can buy my own cup but going there after work and investing my time and effort isn't easy-peasy at all. I don't think it will hurt their company if they can provide just a mere drink to people who invest their time and energy in promoting their product. To think that two of my blogger friends had half-day at work just to attend their event. They agreed when they were informed that it's okay to be late so they should have considered that. I think this is one of the #sorrynotsosorry moment Where's Marcel? 👎

Movie House: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (Dead Men Tell No Tales)

Who doesn't know about the legendary pirate and the greatest trickster the Caribbean has? Captain Jack Sparrow's witty lines always makes everyone adore him and supports his (mis)adventures in the sea. So after 6 years, finally, another Sparrow story to be told. 

I admit, I'm not a big fan of the Pirates series and I remember watching it only on it's first installment and totally forgot about the whole story. Despite that, I had a great time watching the latest one on IMAX at SM Clark during it's Super Advanced Screening last May 18, 2017. 

The Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (Dead Men Tell No Tales) is the 5th installment of the highly acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean franchise which hit the cinemas last May 24, 2017. I will try my very best to review this movie without giving spoilers so others can watch it without much hint about the plot. 

Actors: I like the new faces of Henry (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina's (Kaya Scodelario) team. Their ancestors were part of the first few installments so you'll know where they came from. Goeffrey Rush's (Hector Barbossa) character was very intriguing as well. Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar' is undeniably great with his acting performance. Of course, my favorite will still be Jack and Will Turner. Who wouldn't love Orlando Bloom's (Will Turner) good looks and Johnny Depp's really strange character. I actually don't know why he was still alive after all the misadventure s he encountered. 😉 

Story: The story began when a British Royal Navy warship where Henry works was about to sail into the Devil's Triangle. Henry, knowing all the details on the curses on the sea (because he was studying all about it) told the captain about the matter but the latter dismisses it and has Henry locked up. As they sail into the Triangle, they come across a shipwreck that quickly comes to life with undead sailors, led by Captain Salazar. The ghost crew board the ship and kill everyone in their path. Henry is confronted by Salazar, who sees a wanted poster for Jack Sparrow in Henry's cell. He allows Henry to live so he can deliver a message to Jack that death is coming his way. 

Opinion on the Film: I may not be much of a fan, but for me, the plot of the fifth episode was easy to digest even if you haven't watched all 4 other installments. I also like how it concluded the series when all of the curses on the sea was lift. 

I appreciate the film because it was shown in IMAX and the characters were so alive making it more enjoyable. I like the simple take of the movie from beginning to end. I also have a feeling that this might be the last installment because of the ending of the story. Jack retrieved something that belongs to him and the curse on the seas were lifted. So I think it's a happy ending to everyone, isn't it? 

Have you watched the movie? What are your thoughts? 

Review: TU Mask Pack

Face masks have always been my favorite in my skin care routine. I always love the feeling of coolness it gives on my face. So when I found another mask from the Dis-A-Pore Althea box, I became immediately excited because I get to try a new kind of mask and feel its difference from other masks that I've tried. 

My husband can vouch that I am a face mask fanatic. I even share my stash of masks with him and he likes it. This one is new to me as there's two step and the effect was just great! It is also not common to buy these at regular beauty stores here so I feel privileged to try this myself. Thanks to Althea for coming up with the Pore Box. 

PACKAGING. It's pretty simple. Packaging looks minimalist with its colors. This mask comprises of two parts, the first one which is for Soothing and the second one for Vitalizing. Step 01 is the one in black and Step 02 is the white one. 

The main component on both pack were written on each side so you 'll know what goes to your skin. Jeju Water and Jeju Seaweed together with herb makes the Soothing part. The Vitalizing part is made up of Vita Water, Salmon Eggs and Beta Glucan.

The black portion doesn't have English translation but it has images which kind of explains what to do. The white one however explains it all! 

FRAGRANCE: Contrary to what I'm expecting, the smell is a clean distinct smell. I thought those salmon eggs would give a nasty smell but it smells pretty clean. 

TEXTURE: The essence on the mask upon opening is pretty decent. Unlike the regular ones I've tried which is overwhelming with essence on the pack even after pulling out the mask, this one doesn't have too much on it. However, the mask sips the essence itself making it better than others. The mask itself is also thin but with very powerful transfer of essence unlike others. (I'm currently writing this with a different face mask on and this one I'm wearing is heavy on the face) I love the texture of TU Mask Pack than this one I'm currently using right now.

EFFECT: With two different types of mask, I realized that the regular face masks I'm using are fooling me. TU Mask Pack is way soooooo much better. The skin absorbs the essence properly. The fit is slightly perfect on the face. It sits neatly on the face even after the 20-minute mark. (This is one of my dilemma. Usual face masks are so fussy they always want to jump out of your face. If you know what I mean) Plus the after-effect was the bomb! I like how the Vitalizing Mask hugged my skin so tight that the next day, I had so brighter skin than ordinary days. I feel that it tightened my pores bigtime! 

PRICE: Same with what I share on the first two reviews, this product is included in the Dis-A-Pore Althea box which makes this particular product exclusive for the box. Once the price is up on their website, I will edit this post. 

Yay for me! (。◕‿  ◕。) 
  • Got this for FREE. Hello Althea
  • Has English translation for easier instruction. 
  • The essence was absorbed fast by the skin. 
  • It snugged tightly on the face.
  • It tightens the pores and makes the skin look brighter. 

Nay! (。◕︵◕。)
  • Can only be bought online. No physical stores or the like.
  • Only included in the box. Hoping it will be available individually. 

Price: Part of the box for P1,269.00
Bought fromAlthea Philippines
 Size: Tzone -12g
Uzone - 15g

I think in terms on effect, this is the best for me so far!I just don't know if it will be the same when I discover it's individual price. We'll see about that! 

What do  you think of the review? Let me know your thoughts.