Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok - A Gem in the Busy City

During the lockout season because of COVID-19, I can't help but miss traveling. I really miss the time when I went to Thailand last year. The country is great and I can't wait to go back. We went to Bangkok and we chose to stay at Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok.

The hostel is in a great location pretty close to Khao San Road. The street is known as a backpacker district and it comes alive at night. There are also a bunch of street vendors selling authentic Thai street food. You haven't been to Thailand until you got to try those food choices and there were so many to choose from. The Pad Thai there is incredibly cheap.

We had a private room and it was pretty clean. It is a personal preference but I loved the fact that the comfort room had a strong bidet. They also had a bar and it is open to the public similar to what I experienced in other Mad Monkey hostels. There is also a 711 just right across so you can buy what you need.

When we were there, there was a beer pong tournament that we ended up losing. That does not matter as it was just for everyone to have a lot of fun and we surely had a great time.

Just like other Mad Monkey hostels I have been to, they also have a specialty hard drink and if you drink it, you get one point for your country. It is actually a great concept.

The view from our room was amazing. There were a lot of backpackers just chilling by the pool.

We met a lot of backpackers throughout our stay here in Mad Monkey Hostels Bangkok. I actually could not wait to book a stay in another Mad Monkey hostel. Everything is just amazing and I can't really find any fault in it. You really have to take advantage of your young years.

Before we left the hostel, I decided to take a quick dip in the pool. I actually had it all to myself and I loved the fact that it had a lot of floating toys.

Tummy-Filling Lunch Before the Beach at Hobbit Tavern

We decided to have lunch in the D'Mall area and we came across this wonderful restaurant that has short people as the servers. It is a great concept that I really support. We were looking to get something to eat before going to the beach. We did not want to eat that much because you know, you don't want to look fat in your swimming attire.

We had the Chicken Schnitzel and I really like the way they cooked this dish. It is never a good practice to leave leftovers and this dish definitely deserve that. It is that good and I would not want to leave leftovers just for the sake of having a nice beach body.

We also had the Prawns in a Blanket. I have to give props to the chef for a magnificent dish here. Shrimp wrapped in bacon is always great.

All the people from Hobbit Tavern were very friendly. I even asked some of them travel advice about Boracay and they were more than happy to oblige.

All Photos Taken from Hobbit Tavern Facebook
Guest Post from Cohen Lopez


Is Panda Express Worth The Wait?

When Panda Express finally opened, I wanted to try it. It got me curious enough. I wanted to know if it is just one of those overhyped restaurants or if it is really good. I found out that there is a reason for those long lines. People are not just curious. They know the food is good. I decided to line up myself to see what the fuzz is about. Since I lined up last month, the wait was not that long anymore.

They have a great concept of choosing a meal. I picked the plate (2 entrees & 1 side) while my friend took the bowl (1 entree and 1 side). They even gave us a number that corresponded to the seat number. Thus, I must say they are well-organized when it comes to containing the huge crowd that comes there each day. They make a great effort in making everyone happy and I applaud them for that.

We both got the Chow Mein as the side and it is pretty tasty with the right amount of flavor. Also, I have to say their serving is pretty huge. The prices are not that bad for the serving size. For the entrees, I got the Savory Shrimp and the Mushroom Chicken. I have to say both were really delicious and I would not mind ordering them again in the future. Yes, this is one of those restaurants that I would come back to and I would not mind falling in line.

Panda Express
SM Megamall

Late Afternoon Drinks at Hobbit Tavern

When you're at Boracay, you know you got to have some drinks in the evening. Besides, the island is known all over the world as a party beach. Me and my friends were looking for a place to have some drinks and we stumbled upon Hobbit Tavern. I'm glad we did because the place was packed and the music was entertaining.

They have some promos that we took advantage of. I'm sure they have a lot more Happy Hour promos so check out their Facebook page for that. Their service is great too as you each member of their staff is super friendly.

We wanted some food to go along with the beer we had so we ordered BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork pan pizza. I tell you the food here is great and I can't wait to go back and try the other stuff on their menu. It was a shame how we had dinner prior to going here. There will be other days for it though as we are staying at a hostel near it.

Guest Post by Obie Mercado
D'Mall, Boracay Island
All Pictures from Hobbit Tavern Facebook

Indulge - The Only Vegan Pizza Place in the Philippines

Did you know that cheese is made by separating baby calves from their mothers? When I found that out, I wanted to avoid cheese as much as possible. I love pizza though so it is a good thing I found out about Indulge, the only vegan pizza place in the Philippines. How I wish there would be more places like them that promote the vegan lifestyle.

 Broccoli Bites (P95)

I really love the flavor in this fried Broccoli. It could even be good enough as the meat in your rice meal. Yes, I am a big fan of frying vegetables using cholesterol-free oil of course. The best part about the Broccoli Bites is its flavor.

 Trinity & Supreme Indulgence (P450)

I did the half & half for their pizza so I can try two flavors. I got Trinity which is their three cheese pizza containing cashew mozz, chickpea parmesan, and tofu ricotta. It did not take long before Trinity became my favorite flavor. You got to try it. 

A normal pizza place would normally have a signature pizza with a lot of toppings. Indulge has their own version with Surpreme Indulgence and it has guilt-free toppings in chili flakes, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and pineapples. I normally don't go for pizzas with tons of toppings but this one is the ultimate exception.

Chickun Rice Meal (P95)

I took a look at their nice selection of rice meals and I was curious at to how their Chickun would compare to the real one. I was surprised that it was actually close and it is just as good too. It is actually soy chicken and the rice meal is perfect for vegans since the egg is made of squash, coconut milk, and rice flour. You won't notice the difference with the actual egg with the looks and the taste.

Indulge Vegan Pizzeria
Map Going There
33 Malingap Street, Teacher's Village, Quezon City

Aozora Japanese Restaurant Open for Delivery and Take-Out

While you are at home figuring out what to cook during this quarantine, Aozora is open for delivery and take-out. Since they have a lot of branches all over Tagaytay, it won't be long before they deliver the food to your place. Of course, you would just need to give them time due to the high volume of orders they receive during this tough time.

When you think of Tagaytay, you think of their Bulalo. At Aozora, they have a specialty called Bulalo Ramen and I'm sure you will love it.The ingredients are fresh and it is just too delicious.

I've come across a tone of Okonomiyaki themed restaurants. However, their okonomiyaki pales in comparison to the okonomiyaki of Aozora. I have to bow down to the chef for this masterpiece.

We did a little panic ordering since we wanted enough food for the next few days during the lockdown. Unfortunately, Aozora's food tastes so good that we might run out of food sooner than expected especially the Dragon Maki and the Chicken Teriyaki. It is a good thing that the servings are huge.

Guest Post by Christine Manansala
All Photos from Aozora Facebook

Aozora Opens 4th Branch

It does not get any authentic than the Japanese food at Aozora Restaurant in Tagaytay. They are certainly the best Jap restaurant there. In fact, they just opened a fourth restaurant which has its own farm. Those who need directions can get it here

There is nothing like going to Tagaytay during the summer time. You are going to breathe fresh air which is a good break after all that pollution in the city.

The best part about this branch is that they are going to serve fresh vegetables. Because of that, I highly recommend ordering their salads and other veggie dishes. You will realize right away that you came to the right place.

You will be delighted to know that you are going to enjoy all your Aozora favorites in such a nice location. Yes, that includes the shrimp tempura and the bulalo ramen. Of course, good food is best enjoyed with nice company.

Guest Post by Louie Gugol 
All Pictures from Aozora Facebook