Bataan, Beauty, Fashion, Food, Las Casas, Lifestyle, Tour, Traditional, Travel, Vintage

Tale as old as time

My Las Casas Story.

Our department decided to hold our team building at Las Casas, Bataan.

It was last April 22-23, 2017. Since I was part of the committee, we had to go to the place earlier to check the site and make sure that everything will go smoothly as expected. We had to meet at around 4:30 AM at Jollibee, Pasay road and left around 5:15 AM. We had one stop over at NLEX gasoline station to buy some chips, water and other stuff.

The Crew:

We arrived at the location around 9 in the morning and headed straight to its office. We made sure to discuss everything to our activity coordinator to help us set up our mini amazing race. It was already humid and hot but we had to check the perfect spots for every stations. Our activity coordinator advised us to wait til 2pm to check in but we could already have our lunch. While waiting for others, we had 3 scoops of home made icecream for 100php. It was superb actually but a bit expensive for an icecream. After all, it was really hot so we decided to still have it than buying a bottle of small mineral water for 35php! 

If you are planning to go here, make sure you have enough water because everything here from drinks to food could be very expensive.

We also took the chance to have some pictures while we are still not that busy.

We really love this place! So iconic and it feels like there was a time machine which brought us back to 1800s. 

Although everything is indeed picture perfect, we still got a lot of things to do and had to go back to work and continue planning for our activities and dinner afterwards.

Here are some of the photos during our team lunch and team activities:

We had our dinner near the river side and it was perfect! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any pictures. Bohoo. We had bonefire afterwards and had some drinks. 

By the way, we had our lunch, merienda and dinner in Las Casas but wasn’t really satisfied with their food choices. Since I was part of the committee, I asked around if they were satisfied with their meals but it seems like they are equally disappointed. I’m pretty sure they can do better on this area though. Hopefully by the time we come back this June with my family. 

But I had to take credit on their buffet breakfast! We really loved it that we had to go back three times. We were hungry like that. 🐷


Overall, I really had a great time at Las Casas! I even recommended this to my friends, family and anyone looking for a quick escapade from the busy city in Metro Manila. 

Their room rates though could be a little steep but they offer anniversary sale and such when you try to book it via mobile! 

We already are booked this June 13 for only 7k and we already got a two floor room. Very spacious for a family of 7! 

I will definitely update you once we are back. Also hoping for a better weather. 

If you want to reserve or an inquires, you can directly reach out to their team below:

http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com/contact-us/

Feel free to let me know your own Las Casas story! ❤️

Apu, Beauty, City of dreams, Food, Food Trip, Health, Lifestyle, Manila, Philippines, Restaurants, Tour, Uncategorized, Vintage

Spending Mother’s Day at APU restaurant, City of Dreams

Let me share with you my thoughts and impressions on this classic Filipino Cusine in City of Dreams Manila.


I was browsing the internet the day before Mother’s day to see where I can bring my mom for lunch. I know that malls would be full and it would be difficult to reserve seats for lunch especially if we are in a group of more than 5. Also, I wanted to make my mom feel more special by bringing her to a decent restaurant. Somewhere she has never been. 

I was initially checking restaurants in Sofitel such as Spiral but as expected, price is really steep! So I checked City of Dreams instead. I have been to couple of restaurants in COD such as Erwins and Red Ginger but for me nothing fancy or special for both. Although personally I still prefer Erwins since I am more of a chicken-burger person. I tried to browse all other restaurants within City of Dreams until I came across APU. What caught my attention is that they are serving Filipino food, the place looks fancy yet cozy. I also checked their menu and they have a lot of food choices and although it is also pricey, I find it way better than the others within the same range. 

My mom standing from the outside of APU

My daughter and I. On mom’s day, they have prepared a corner good for picture taking. 
It was my mom, dad and sister who arrived first at the venue so they decided where to seat. I also learned that on weekends and holidays they do not accept any reservations and with that, one should be there early to ensure that they could accommodate you. After more than 20 minutes of waiting, three buko juices were served. It is funny how it took them approximately 20minutes to prepare buko juices served in a nut shell. We even came first before their drinks got served.

Then a guy waiter approached us and handed us a tablet where we could check on their menu. We ordered several dishes such as Bicol express, Beef Nilagang, Fried Lumpia, Ensaladang Mangga, Lechon Kawali, and Chopseuy.


Surprisingly, their serving size is big except for rice. We ordered 6 cups of plain rice which costs 480 pesos but it seems like still not enough for us. I had to order 1 additional cup of garlic rice for hundred bucks.

We enjoyed our food while we catch-up. We asked for additional soup for 80 pesos since we wanted more. Their mango in Ensaladang Mangga is too sour that we could not finish it. Their Bicol Express is also not that spicy. I know they can do better than that given its price. 

But overall, we still had a great experience in this restaurant. They have also approachable and accommodating staff. One of them even offered to take our photos as many as we want. Although you will need to constantly remind them to refil your water. But it is just a minor area for improvement.
We paid around 5K for all we ordered inclusive of 500 php service charge.



Still, two thumbs up! You can easily fall in love with the place – their interior design, ambiance and their crowd. I will recommend this to my friends and will definitely be back soon. 👍🏼

If you would like to contact them for reservation on weekdays, kindly call or text their mobile number or check their website below:

+63 949 925 2600

http://www.apu-restaurant.com/our-menu/

If you have also been here and would like to share your thoughts as well, feel free to comment below. For any questions, please also do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you! 🌹 

With love,

Van ❤️