STK ta Bay (Paolitos Seafood House)

I've been here for countless times already. Just like when I first encountered this restaurant, the food still tastes great! The customers keep on coming back and I noticed that they are getting more numerous, and I even noticed that foreigners are coming as well. Sometimes, you have to wait for a couple of minutes for you to get inside, because the waiter would still have to look if there is an available table for you. Anyway, even if you wait, it's still worth it. After all that wait, you're going to have a taste of good old home cooking at it's best, and what's great is, their food is very affordable!

It was my mum and dad's anniversary so I decided to bring them here because they haven't tried it here yet. I first suggested to them the international buffet of the tallest hotel tower in the Philippines and walk in the sky afterwards but mum violently refused because she is afraid of heights. To calm her down, I asked her if she has heard about STK. She said no so I told her that they should try it because the food is very delicious and affordable. I told her that on peak hours, there are lots of customers and that the street would be full of cars parked on the side. I also told her that this scenario happens every day, a testament to the kind of food they are serving.

On their anniversary, we arrived at past 7 PM. As expected, we waited for a couple of minutes before the waiter ushered us to the maze-like entrance of the inner room of the house where our table was located. The table was not yet made up but it's okay. You will understand because all of the waiters faces looked like "Oh-my-God-there-are-so-many-customers-and-many-orders-to-fill-out-I-need-to-hurry-hurry-hurry!" The air-conditioning system was on but I could not feel it because the room had many people and the door was open, so the hot air outside the house overpowers the air-conditioning system. 

The waiter finally made up our table and handed us the menu. 

I was quite surprised by the number of food my mum and dad ordered. I was thinking that we could not eat them all but I was also thinking that we might eat it all too because I was so hungry at that time. Either way, it's still good. While we were waiting for our orders, the antique sound box was turned on so we could hear 1960s music playing! Oh yeah! Nothing beats the oldies music! We heard the Everly Brothers at that time! We also chatted about the food and the decorations in the room. They had a lot of antique bowls and antiques brass instruments like tuba and trumpet. They also had old photos, clothes, images of saints, radio, and so much more. Dining in STK is like dining inside a museum. Finally, the long wait was over. The waiter has served our orders!!!

Tinola Manok Bisaya Php 145.00

Baked Scallops Php 120.00

Calderetang Kanding Php 160.00

Tuna Belly (price depends on the size of the tuna belly)

Calamares Php 105.00

Lechon Kawali Php 120.00

We were all satisfied with the food. Mum even decided to come back. Shanky's suggestion was another success and this has been another food trip worth blogging for!  More food trips to come!!!

STK ta Bay (Paolitos Seafood House) is located in Orchid Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City. It is near Hotel Asia, across Kuya J Restaurant, and beside Yayoy's Grill. Parking space is just Orchid Street. Just make sure you won't block any gates when you park.

Live a good life, la buena vida!

Shanky Baby is a Maneki Neko

I love cats. That's a fact. I also love dogs, but I love cats more. A thought suddenly came to my mind just a few minutes ago. I think the reason why my Daddy Joe would act like the beckoning cat statue Maneki Neko when I'm around is because he knew I love cats, or maybe it's because I'm cute like Maneki Neko, or because I bring good luck to them. So I insist, whether you like it or not, that I will declare myself as a living Maneki Neko of the Philippines! 

That was a joke! 
I did not sound like a dictator, did I?

I got the photo above from this wonderful blog.  It tells us how the legend of Maneki Neko came to be. Please visit the URL--->

Live a good life, la buena vida!

Kisses On The Bottom

When life brings us down, one must not forget that it's normal.  

Up and down is the only cycle known by life. 

If the rose petals are scattered on the table, it's all right.

It's all right! 

"Love will see you through," as a famous song line would say.  

Kisses on the bottom will fill your day!

Peace and love!!!
Please visit Paul McCartney's official website at for more information about Kisses On The Bottom, his latest album. The photo was taken from his website.
Live a good life, la buena vida! 

My Kitten in Camouflage

I don't know how my kitten managed it, but he did! Our front yard has a jack fruit tree and everyday, it would be like autumn because numerous pile of leaves would always be there for mum or me or Clint to sweep off. I like how the color of the leaves come in contrast with the color of the greenish-cemented front yard. My little kitten always spends time in our front yard. Due to the numerous leaves available, I guess my little kitten has developed a nice sense of imagination. Oh well, I guess my little kitten got it from me (laughs). Maybe he wanted to play hide-and-seek with me so he decided to hide from me. Little did he know that he can never hide from me because once I call his mum, he follows her whenever she is near. Nonetheless, his camouflage is so amateur (laughs)!  

You can't hide from me!!!

Nice try little kitten! 

Well, honestly guys, it's just my imagination again.  I was imagining that my kitten knows how to hide himself, so after I was petting him, I covered him with leaves and took photos of him.  Here are other photos.

He looked bored to me so I wanted to add zest to his little life.

I took a leaf as his hat.

Protection from the cold weather perhaps?

Napoleon Bonaparte style hat
I think nothing beats almost-successful-camouflage style.  Hehehe!

Live a good life, la buena vida!

Things to Always Remember by Collin McCarty

While I was cleaning my room for two days, I was able to view the contents of all my cabinets.  One of them contained this mini poster which has very cute illustrations. This mini poster is from Papemelroti but I was able to purchase this through Country Crafts in Simply J Cafe, back when the cafe didn't even had a signboard.  I think I bought this two years ago.  I was amazed last night because of the simplicity of the message.  It is so simple that full-grown adults, like you and me, tend to forget it's impact on us.  It is amazing that it will only take a child to remind us how great life can be.  I will show you the photos.  I don't need to explain much because they are self-explanatory. I hope it will help you as much as it helped me.

Always remember, your life can be just what you want it to be.

Live a good life, la buena vida!


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