My gua ma, grandmother in the mother’s side, recently went “down” from Dagupan and visited us here in Manila. She currently teaches Chinese in Dagupan. And since Dagupan, Pangasinan is famous for fresh seafood produce, what else could she bring home as pasalubong than Bangus (milkfish) and Hipon (shrimp) - lots and lots of it!

See photos of a big pile of shrip she brought to Manila for us to eat. If you think that’s a lot already, then you might want to reconsider. The real story behind this is that I forgot to take pictures of a bigger pile-load of shrimps (that’s why it’s that much left). We already devoured a similar pile with that plenty shrimps as well.

Aren’t they wonderful looking creatures?
Yes. Inside my stomach, that is! :D

After our trip to the Senate, we went to the Mall of Asia to hang out and have some fun!

Upon arriving at the mall, I eagerly convinced my friends to pass by the White Hat to finally get to try the said “guiltless pleasure.” For weeks now, it has been creating a lot of buzz online, and blogger friends say that it’s a must try.

That made me curious to want to try it. And because it’s not like I get to visit MoA as often as I would like to, I thought that that was an opportune time to try it.

It wasn’t that hard finding the store. For my first ever White Hat Experience, I ordered the Large (Php 115) with 3 Toppings (+Php 45) : Banana, Granola and Dark Chocolate Chips.

I could eat this everyday! I really loved it. It was like frozen yakult, but only better. And since I am a banana+chocolate+nuts person, I really enjoyed my toppings too. Here are some of the 21 toppings you can choose from:

The White Hat® is a cup of SOOOOPER DELICIOUS ITALIAN FROZEN YOGURT topped with healthy premium toppings. It is 98% FAT-free and is good for the body. “A hat, I mean a cup, sells for P85 (regular cup) or P115 (large cup), plus your choice of toppings (P20 for 1, P35 for 2, P45 for 3).

Although it’s really good, and I’m sure i’ll come back for another one, I find it a little bit expensive for an ordinary student. I guess being in Mall of Asia once in a while is good enough reason to try it once again.

So here’s my White Hat Experience, what’s yours? :P

While the whole UP population in Diliman were rejoicing about the cancellation of classes, which they only knew when they were in UP already for their classes, we were south-bound to the hallowed halls of the Senate (as Tenai said) “in pursuit of knowledge” and experience.

The itinerary was a.) to meet up at Quezon avenue MRT station (9am) b.) to discuss with the Senate Secretariat the process of passing a law “How A Bill Becomes A Law” (11am) c.) to have lunch with Senator Miguel Zubiri (12nn) d.) to attend either of the two committee sessions *on the discussion regarding OFW labor issue or the privileged speech of Senator Joker Arroyo regarding Trillanes’ status as Senator (1pm) e.) to attend the plenary session (3pm) and f.) to go home (5pm).

But with the relentless and unforgiving strength of Storm Karen, the Senate staff and the people in the Senate were already allowed to go home 1pm. The afternoon itinerary was destroyed. The Committee and Plenary sessions were cancelled; thus, we were left to touring the Senate Museum and roaming around the Senate instead.

The Senate museum was great, though it housed fairly small amount of tokens, memorabilia and displays, I find it very educational and awesome.

All the Senate Presidents have portraits lined up on the walls of the museum. I took photos with my favorite Senate Presidents - Manuel L. Quezon, grandfather of Manolo, The Explainer, and Ferdinand Marcos.

We were called back to the Senators Lounge because Senator Zubiri was already there for our lunch. We hurriedly went back to the lounge, and he arrived shortly after us. I shook the hands of the senator. We discussed about pertinent issues the country is facing, and I think, with that encounter, I can say that he’s really knowledgeable and is hands-on with his work. He’s also very game in answering whatever we ask about.

After the lunch, we were left to ourselves, to wander (well at least that’s what we did) and take pictures of or with the stuff along the corridors (like the photo above with pictures of the senators on the wall).

After a while, we left already and went on our own separate ways. A lot of us, on the other hand, went to the Mall of Asia (including myself). Some of us haven’t been there before, and thus, they were really excited stepping on the grounds of the largest mall in Asia, for the first time.

You can see more pictures from the visit here at my Multiply Account. Photos of the event were taken using Athena’s camera and can be viewed here. The title of this post has no pun intended.

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