Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Visiting Robot Zoo & Planetarium at SM Mall of Asia

Me and my friends being ourselves :D

Who doesn’t want feel like a kid again? Not me, that’s for sure - because I am a kid at heart, thanks to MetroDeal

Even though I’m not really the target market of Robot Zoo, I still wanted to check it out. I asked my two friends to come along with me and they willingly obliged.

WOW O_O *speechless*
The Robot Zoo is a travelling exhibit which is currently in Manila. It is located at the second floor of SM Mall of Asia (just look for Nido Science Discovery Center). It showcases robot animals which simulates the movements of “real animals.” Here are just some of the amazing robots that we were able to see.

Aside from the robots, there are a lot of interactive stations where anyone can learn while having fun. People who are not that interested in robots will still have plenty of stuff to do.

Make sure you watch THIS
Right after visiting the robot zoo, we headed to the Discovery Center Planetarium which is located a floor below the Robot Zoo. The placed was jam-packed when we arrived since there were students on their field trip. Luckily, the usher asked the students to share their seats so we ended up having the best seats in the house! Me and my companions were right smack in the middle of the dome.

It's a big, big world...
We didn’t get to choose which show to view. We ended up watching “Wonders of the Universe” and I it was so AMAZING! It was 100x better than watching in IMAX and rightly so because the Planetarium is a full-dome theatre. I would gladly go back again some other time to watch another show.

The attraction's celebrity
There are other activities to do after the show since there are a lot of galleries to enjoy inside Nido Science Discovery Center.  You can stay there for an entire day and never be bored. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to see there.

Oh yes, it’s good to do some kid stuff once in a while! I hope you enjoyed reading my MetroDeal review :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Barbara's Restaurant: My new favorite restaurant in Intramuros :)

O_O De-li-li-li-cious :)

Barbara's Restaurant offers sumptuous dinner buffet with entertaining cultural show every day of the week. I've seen the Barbara's deal from Metrodeal before but I wasn't able to get one. I didn't want to miss opportunity this time.

Barbara's is located along General Luna Street in Intramuros, Manila. From Robinson's Place Manila, I arrived there in just 15 minutes. When I saw the restaurant, I felt like I was transported back into the Spanish era. The houses are vintage, the streets are made of cobblestone and just across the restaurant is the historic San Agustin Church. 

Upon entering, I noticed that the restaurant resembles a house from the Spanish colonial era. The floors are made of sturdy, well-polished wood, the windows are made of capiz and there are old chandeliers hanging in the ceiling. 

The ambiance is sooo classy :D
I loved their food! I heard that they change their menu everyday. So, if you go there the next day, you might get a new set of food. When I dined there, they had lemon fish, chicken with rosemary balsamic sauce, pasta, steamed okra and even ensaladang mustasa. For dessert, they offered coffee jelly, buko pandan and a cake which tastes a lot like brazo de mercedes.

The best part of my dining experience at Barbara's was the cultural show. The show featured different traditional Filipino dances, like tinikling, pandango sa ilaw, carinosa, etc., and it lasted for about 30 minutes. I didn't expect much as I've seen a lot of culutral shows in the past. However, this one is different and shouldn't be missed by anyone dining at this establishment. The production is really impressive. The dancers are pros, the costumes are expertly made. The transition between the dances were fast so I didn't get bored. I can say that it's over and beyond the typical cultural show. 
I almost feel like at Titanic's dance scene :)

Over all, I was satisfied with the food, entertainment and the ambience of the place. I can't say anything bad about the service as they were very polite and accommodating. 

If you want to enjoy great tasting local dishes while getting a glimpse of the Philippine's most distinguished dances, then Barbara's Restaurant is definitely the perfect place.