Chasing Dreams: Rikki’s Quick Guide to Enjoying Deal Grocer Coupon and to Have Fun on your Way to Cintai, Corito’s Garden

Forgive me for still talking about this but due to insistent ‘public’ demand, here’s a guide to getting all your money’s worth on a coupon and more!

First timer? Same here. How to go about it?

1. Check good travel deals on DealGrocer (www.dealgrocer.com)
2. Ignore the usual, look for not usually heard of destinations
3. Pay
4. Save the confirmation e-mail
5. Wait for the right time *i already bought a number of coupons without really having a definite plan when to use them, but I make sure I know when they will expire *wink

When you feel, it is already the right time for it, book your reservation. It only needs a phone call or an e-mail and you’re ready to go. *special thanks to Brenda of the DealGrocer team for being so helpful

Once the booking was confirmed, file for a leave (at least a day’s notice) and shout out to the beautiful world how excited you are to be one with it and the Universe once again. Before you know it, World is showering you with lots of love

What’s next?

1. Download Waze app so you won’t get lost
2. Google the directions if for reason you don’t know, Waze wasn’t that helpful
3. You’d only know the shortcut after you have traveled the long path, so be patient and find joy in getting lost. Look around, ask for help, and admit you’re being lost.

When you finally reached your destination, spread love to the world and to the people because paradise like Cintai, Corito’s Garden becomes a bliss when it is shared 🙂

How to get there?

1. Shortcut: SLEX, Star Expressway, Lipa exit, turn left on Caltex on the left side of the road going to Malvar, drive for 6km more and voilah, on your left 🙂

2. Longcut: SLEX, then this: Tanauan, Batangas

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and this: Malvar, Batangas

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and this: Lipa City

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and this: Brgy. Bulacnin

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and this spooky interesting arc: Balete

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and finally, this! Cintai, Corito’s Garden. seriously, who would miss this

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Touchdown paradise. Now, enjoy 🙂

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Love, Rikki

Attempts at Photography: Cintai, Corito’s Garden Love

A place built with love (nine years in the making), for one man’s love of his life (Corito) that is spreading love to each and every guest, Cintai, Corito’s Garden, indeed, is a stronghold not of love that was lost, but of love scattered and of love made even greater up to this day. June 29, the day I visited this place, also happened to be the day Corito was born. No wonder everything appeared magically lovely.

Visit their site to know more of their love-filled activities.

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Big Burp for Big Happiness: Cintai, Corito’s Garden Cooking Class Menu

Enrolling in a culinary school has always been one of the items in my bucketlist. However, due to the tight schedule, I just made it a point to try different dishes whenever I can.

One time, when I was browsing DealGrocer’s site, this caught my attention: a Bali-inspired place in Batangas is having a Culinary Class wherein Day Tour, Food, and use of the amenities are included. I really am a lucky girl, three wonderful and exciting deals in one coupon! Loooove.

I haven’t tried Vietnamese food yet so I am quite ecstatic especially that we are the ones who will prepare our own food. Plus, Chef told us that Vietnamese food is very light but there are different layers of flavor, hmmm, interesting.

So, what’s on the menu, Chef? Pho-Ga Vietnamese Noodle Soup, Lemon Grass and Chicken Skewers, Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork, Vietnamese Prawn and Vegetable Curry, and for dessert, Red Rubies in Coconut Milk 🙂

Ready? Fire!

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Pho Ga Vietnamese Noodle Soup
This is perfect for the cold, breezy weather, not salty and not that spicy, but has lots of interesting flavor and aroma (including that of the cinnamon sticks and charred onion and garlic). If you, however, prefer the salty one, they’ve Vietnamese fish sauce and lemon wedge and hoisin that you can add.

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Lemon Grass and Chicken Skewers
Making this was so fun and easy, you really have to be very ‘ hands on’, literally. And Chef also gave us helpful tips on the proper way of putting all these together.

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The flavor of this food comes from the sauce and this is so easy to prepare. Good with wine and beer, according to Chef. Translation, pulutan 🙂

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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork
This is my favorite. I just can’t describe how subtle the flavor is but it has that super delicious taste that can make you eat more. This, a must cook 😮

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Vietnamese Prawn and Vegetable Curry
I’m not a fan of curry but this one changed my mind. No strong curry taste, but it has that beautiful combination of all the spices that makes curry a curry, less the cumin. The yellow ginger flavor, mmmmm, tasty.

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And last but not the least, Red Rubies in Coconut Milk. The dessert with an amazing surprise 🙂 Aaah, subtly surprising, Cintai’s guests’ favorite.

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Worried about the drinks? They serve fresh buko juice and iced tea as their welcome treat for girsts. And they also serve iced tea and water during mealtime (and rice, one big bowl and one small bowl). They also have a bar inside the area in case you want an alcoholic drink and some videoke love.

Truly Big Burp, guaranteed! 🙂