Lime and Basil Restaurant

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Before I continue with my Japan posts, let me do the other (late) posts that’s been languishing in my drafts folder.

Last July, Mom and I went to Tags (Tagaytay).  She was going to have her house there cleaned and I wanted to tag along.  We dropped off the helper in the house, and then we went to fetch my Ninang Remcie so we could have lunch.  Tita Remcie stays in her Tagaytay home every weekend and she knows the good restaurants there.  She recommended Lime and Basil. :)


The place is located in the same street as Marcia Adams’.  It’s by reservation only.


We went there on a weekday and we were the only ones there. :)


We love the place and the food! :)

We ordered the Fresh Spring Rolls (Php 240), which was sooo good!: :)


Som Tam (Shredded Green Papaya, Tomatoes, Nuts, Thai Dressing and Crispy Pork, Php 260):

Also, very good! :)


Chicken Sate (Php 230):

I found this a bit too sweet.


Pad Thai (Php 270), also very good! :


We wanted to order more food but there were only 3 of us.

For dessert, we had the Banana Fritters with Langka ice cream (Php 220):

Delish!!! :)


Here are photos of the place:





After lunch, we went to the market to buy coffee beans, fruits, and herbs! :)

I bought Tarragon, Mint, and Thyme; all for Php 100 only!: :)


Tita Remcie told us about the Cheese Hopia of Sonia’s Garden.  She said it’s quite good and that it gets sold out fast.  So we went there, too.   The Cheese Hopia were freshly baked, still warm, when we got there.  I forget how much they cost.  I think it’s Php 150 per pack.  Yes, these are really good!: :)


After all that, we went back to Mom’s Tags house.

I haven’t been there in ages!

I saw these on Mom’s coffee table.:


These decorative items were hand-carved by the tribes people of Palawan.: :)


This is Mom’s living room:


I have more photos of her Tags home but  I’ll do that on a separate post. :)


Lime and Basil is at 9014 J. Rizal St., Barangay Sikat, Alfonso, Cavite.  Their mobile phone number is +63(915) 627-6393.

Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

September 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

more of Bikan district

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Here are more photos of Bikan Historical Quarter:

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The photos below were taken when we were walking back to Kurashiki train station.:

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So that was our day at Kurashiki.  There’s still so much more to see there!  We’ll go back there… someday. :)

That’s just our third day in Japan.  I still have so many photos to share! :)

Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

Kurashiki boat ride

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It started to drizzle around 1 p.m., just when we were about to take our boat ride.  But that didn’t stop us, of course.  Julian was so excited about it! :)

The boat ride takes about 20 minutes, and it costs Y300 for adults, and Y150 for kids.  Tickets are available at the Kurashikikan Tourist Information Office.

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Julian, moi, hubby, and our boatman:

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Here are some photos:

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When we passed under the bridge, Julian wanted to stand up and touch the bridge.  Good thing he didn’t. :)

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Canal-side stone masonry:

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We stopped here for a moment and the boat man started talking about (what I think) is the history of the place.  Unfortunately, it was in Japanese so we couldn’t understand.

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This was when we turned back.  Julian wanted so badly to touch the bridge!

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That’s his naughty smile.: :)

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This is the Kurishikikan Tourist Information Office.  It was originally built as a town hall in 1917.:

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And here are our friendly boat men.: :)

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

Kurashiki denim and textile exhibit

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Kojima district in Kurashiki City is the birthplace of Japanese denim.  It is the denim capital of Japan. It has also been the center for textile production since the days of the samurai.

There are about a hundred family-run indigo and dyeing factories in Kojima.  It would’ve been nice to visit the place, unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time.  This gives us a reason go back to Kurashiki! :)

Anyway, a few meters away from Kurashiki Ivy hotel, there was a denim/ textile exhibit going on!  The denim and canvass products were awesome!  I wanted to buy so many things!  But they were oh! So expensive!  The cheapest pair of jeans that I  saw there cost about Php 10,000! :(

Here are some photos:

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I couldn’t leave Kurashiki without buying something denim.  I got myself an oversized Betty Smith denim tote, which I used throughout our trip! :)

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Kurashiki Ivy Hotel

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The ivy-covered, red-brick building was originally built in 1889 as a cotton mill.  It is now a hotel that features 2 restaurants, public hot-spring baths, and a spa.

Here are photos of the place.: :)

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This is the multi-purpose public  space:

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 11, 2014 at 10:17 am


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