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Mogu Tree Noodle House

It’s my first holiday since I started working! The start of the rainy season was not going to keep me from enjoying this day. So we had a mini adventure at one of my favorite cities ever. Yup, Marikina! Woot.

After visiting the kids at CRIBS we took a cab to Lilac Street, Marikina. The cab ride was awful but that’s not what this post is about so I’ll save that for later.

For those of you who are in to the make-your-own dish restaurants, this is a definite must-try! You get to pick your soup base, type of noodles, and toppings.

 

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Front window of Macky's Goto, Marikina
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Marikina’s Hidden Treasures: Macky’s Goto

I am absolutely in love with the city of Marikina. Macky’s Goto is yet another reason to love the city even more. I’ve read & heard so many good things about this hole-in-the-wall restaurant so my family and I just had to give it a try.

After eating here we also bought the best puto kutsinta in the world from a nearby store. I swear, this is the puto of your life.

Menu of Macky's Goto, Marikina

Menu & Prices as of April 17, 2014. Click the photo for a larger version.

My family ordered the goto & tokwa’t baboy and they all loved it. I got the Sam-friendly version (plain lugaw & tokwa). The lugaw was good, but the real winner for me was the crispy tokwa swimming in their AMAZING suka (vinegar). I was that they actually cook their vinegar mix in a giant pot (I’d like to get my hands on that!)

Lugaw & Tokwa from Macky's Goto, Marikina

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Baby Love: CRIBS Foundation Inc.

My first blog post is dedicated to my babies at the CRIBS Foundation. CRIBS is an organization that caters to abandoned babies (Receiving Homes) and abused girls (New Beginnings). It is located at Major Dizon St. Marikina City, Philippines.

I could write a book about all of my stories about these wonderful kids and that still wouldn’t be enough to capture the experience. So instead of telling you about all of that, I’ll use this post to help & encourage you to have your own experiences with them.

I started going to CRIBS about two years ago and it has been a staple part of my week ever since. The kids are great. It’s not always easy to handle them, especially when they are sick or have consumed too much sugar. There are also days when they hardly respond to your attempts to play or talk to them. But all of that is worth it when you see them having fun, when they call you mama (even though that breaks my heart all the time), and when they give you hugs, kisses, and fist-bumps (yes, they now know how to give fist-bumps).

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The babies are divided into three groups: the infants, crawlers, and toddlers. You’re not allowed to visit the infants but sometimes they are brought out of their area. The crawlers are babies that are 1-2 years old. If you are the type of person that prefers to cuddle and feed babies, then this is the area for you. The toddlers are babies that are 2-4 years old. They are rowdier and harder to handle than the crawlers, but I personally prefer this area because you can actually talk to them.

If you have nothing to do or you’re looking for a new place to go with your friends, family, or even your date, then I suggest you visit the CRIBS babies. I guarantee that they will be 100% more entertaining and fulfilling than going to the mall.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Visiting Hours:

9:00-11:00 AM

2:00-4:00 PM

Protocol:

  • Call or text CRIBS (number found below) the day before visiting to make sure they will be there. Sometimes they go to the doctor, have outdoor activities, or are sick and can’t have visitors.
  • If you will be throwing a party or want to take them out on a field trip, please contact CRIBS as soon as possible
  • Strictly no photos of the kids

Tips:

  • Activities are not required but it would be better if you had some for them. The toddlers love to color.
  • CRIBS accept donations. I will update with a list of donations they accept.

Required Attire:

  • White shirt (avoid wearing expensive clothing)
  • Socks
  • Pants are preferred
  • Accessories are not recommended because the toddlers like taking them

Contact information:

CRIBS: 09175112742

My e-mail: dizonsam@ymail.com

http://www.tugon.org/

Address:

Industrial Valley Complex, 15 Maj. Santos Dizon St, Marikina 1802

Directions:  (Commuting)

From Cubao:

  • Take a jeep  (Antipolo, Cainta, Angono, Binangonan, Cogeo, or Montalban)
  • Get off at Major Dizon St.
  • Walk to CRIBS

From Marikina/Antipolo/Rizal:

  • Take a jeep to Cubao
  • Get off at Riverbanks
  • Go down the stairs
  • Cross under the highway (near the Riverbanks)
  • Go up to Major Dizon St.
  • Walk to CRIBS