Saturday, September 24, 2011

Big Lunch at House of Minis

Coming from our trip to Taguig, Kat and I drived along C5 to have lunch. It was a battle between House of Minis and Mom and Tina’s.  While my decisions were influenced by price and my buying power, I was geared towards House of Minis because it would be my first time to eat their famous steaks.

When we arrived, there are a few tables already occupied.  It was already lunch time and the restaurant is filling up.  The table arrangement is quite impressive adorned with multiple plates, spoons and forks.   
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Friday, September 23, 2011

One Hellish Day

Today, was supposedly a normal day turned worse and then worst.

I was up very early to meet Kat at Katipunan.  Today is the day we are applying for a South Korean Visa.  We agreed to meet at 8. But I cam late and she came late and there are other documents not yet done and so we ended up leaving Katipunan at around 9:30 ish.  So much for a plan.

I don't mind being late really or out of schedule as i have the day off from work.  But that's the thing... I was suppose to be on leave yet my boss was texting me for details of my 2012 Executive Plans and our OPEX budget, my CAPEX budget and my targets.  I feel so frustrated because I have prepared all of these data, submitted to my immediate supervisor yet she was not in today.  So my boss was barking at me because he has a meeting of which he needs to present all these stuff.  For the whole week we were not able to see each other even if I went to work for the whole four days because unfortunately he was out while I was in the office.

By the time we got to the embassy, somehow the inquiries stopped.  Good thing.  I could not concentrate with all the work drama.

It was smooth at the Korean Embassy.  Except for the limited parking, entering it was organized.  We were given numbers and when our numbers are called, we go to a window.  Kat queued at at different window because she has a US visa, although expired.  We have to wait for 30 numbers before our turn.  The queue was actually fast.  About 20 minutes or so it was my turn.  After scrutining my documents, the Korean national at the embassy scrutinized my brother's documents.  And my nightmare began.  He was required of ITR.  My brother isn't really employed.  He handles the family's business although the business is registration is by mom's.  So he is given only "allowance" and that's without taxes.

And so all of the documents are returned to me and was I should bring the lacking requirement when coming back to the embassy.  So basically, I have wasted my morning and my leave for nothing.

Kat and I decided to take our lunch along C5.  It was a battle between House of Minis and Mom and Tina's.  My preference was money and something new.  Although the prices are almost the same, we decided to House of Minis because we have known that their steaks are good.

My money is depleting to nada.  So it is depressing to actually eat something because it is the cheapest and not because it is your choice.  Argh!!

Going home, I had myself dropped off at Eastwood.  Normally, if I have the money, I would grab a taxi and bring me home and spend around 200Php.  But I only had 20Php bill and some coins so I took a jeep to Cubao and transferred into another jeepney until I reached home.

What's worser than worst? Walking home from the subdivision, my feet got blisters from the shoes I was wearing! Argh!!!! It was really painful.

It was not my day today.  Hellish as it seems, I'll rant on it for awhile and forget about it and move on.  Some things sucks but its not all the time. =)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jollibee's Hash Brown Buger

I am a fan of fastfood.  It is one of my comforts.  So after an OT, I decided to check out Jollibee's newest addition:  Hash Brown Burger.  So I ate at the branch in Philcoa before I hit home

Beef pattie and a slice of cheese sandwiched in between two hash brown.  I think it was a good idea.  The taste complimented each other, nothing overpowering.  The hash browns, according to the packaging is baked unlike the typical deep fried so it is a healthier version.
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Hash Brown Burger (Php 68) and with Drink (Php 80)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Breadtalk's Floss Buns

One of my favorite breads is Fire Floss of Bread Talk.
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I was not initially a fan because of its price.  I was merely living by my allowance and later on my small salary. So I just pass through their store at SM The Block though I could not deny the fact that their breads smells outrageous.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cream Puffs at Chewy Junior

I am a cream puff lover. It is one of my favorite pastries and I always look forward to new and amazing cream puff establishments.

So right after lunch, me and my friend, Karla, headed to Chewy Junior to give ourselves a treat. Chewy Junior is a franchise from Singapore, giving Filipinos an awesome experience with their flavorsome cream puffs.
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Late Lunch at World Chicken

After a walk at the famous Rizal Park, I met up with my college friend, Karla at Trinoma for a late lunch. With a rumbling tummy we searched through selections for affordable and generous servings at Food Choices, Trinoma’s foodcourt.
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And the rumbling tummy led us nowhere but the World Chicken. Affordability, freedom to choose, numerous combinations, and flavor is exactly the reasons why we were queuing for grilled chicken with two side dishes only for Php 158.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Interactive Museum for Kids and Kids at Heart

I have been wanting to discover the attractions along Roxas Boulevard. Although it is not my first time to be at the area as it has been in the itinerary of our annual College Tours yet there are some places that I still haven’t set foot at.

So I took the opportunity of going to Museo Pambata after a walk at the Rizal Park at 8AM.  I was not there for the exercise but because I have nothing to do right after meeting an old friend before he flies out of Manila.
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It was unbelievable that there are no long lines considering it was a Saturday. I was expecting for queues of children with a mom or dad one hand and a lollipop or chips on the other.  When I entered, a small scaled jeepney and a big sewer got me excited so I hurriedly went to the information to pay for my entrance of Php 100. 
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The Museo Pambata is of 2 floors.  At the first floor, is a room named Maynila Noon or the Old Manila showcasing Manila in the Spanish Era.  Children will have fun boarding the Spanish galleon, or enter and pray at the Binondo Church, or step  into the bahay na bato.  You could also ride the Tranvia, the train running around the Old Manila.  What I love about all of these is you could touch everything. They even provided children crayons to color and doodle.
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Furthermore at the ground floor is an area entitled Bata sa Mundo or the Children of the Global Village promoting the rights of every child.  There was a rehearsal of dances which I took the time to watch because I also ne to rest my aching feet.

The Environment Room is under construction and according to their brochure it will resume operation by November of this year.

At the second floor, I enjoyed the Katawan Ko or My Body Works Room which gives children a view of what’s inside our body and how our body functions.
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Also at the second floor is the I love my planet earth room, contributed by Motorola Foundation, which teaches the children on ways to save mother earth.
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The comic artists and their works are highlighted at a room that showcase the characters they have created and the artworks they have made.

The Marketplace or Pamilihang Bayan gives the kids a chance to role play in a big market place complete with props making it believable (at least in the photos).
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The kids that were at the museum surely love each room.  I don’t have a kid yet but the kid in me surely enjoyed this very interactive place.

Museo Pambata is located in between the US Embassy and Manila Ocean Park and a few steps away from the Rizal Park.  It opens Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8 AM- 5PM (September to February) and 9 AM-5PM (March to August) and Sundays 1-5 PM.  Entrance fees is Php 100 for both adults and children.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Barbeque at Grill Queen

It is not the first time that I ate at Grill Queen. As a matter of fact, it is our savior when we can’t think of a place to eat. And everytime I come to Grill Queen at Maginhawa St. branchh, it never fails to satisfy me.
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As you enter the establishment, you will be welcomed by a counter filled with skewed chicken parts, pork and a variety of seafoods. The grill is always full ready to give you a treat.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Say O' (yeah!) for O'pollo

We are once again out on field work. On our way back to the office, we dropped by PCCI, Philippine Cannine Club, Inc. to file for my brother's dog registration. It was 15 minutes before 12nn and our stomachs are crying for good food. As we enter E. Rodriguez Avenue, banners of bugers, chicken, pasta all from O'pollo are attached at posts left and right. It was so inviting that though my boss was calling out fastfood names one after another, I was persistent that we find that new grilling place.

And I was not dismayed.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Booked my Ticket for Christmas

Finally, I have tickets for Christmas!  And at cheap prices at that.

I have been waiting for fare sales and cheap deals for Christmas Season and it was only over the weekend that I finally accepted the horrific fact that I won't be able to snatch rock bottom price for my ultimate Christmas homecoming.  I used to bag tickets for only 200php (or lower) and that's back and forth. Although my tickets are on sale, I can't help but compare.

But what I am most happy about is the fact that I almost booked a ticket with a 500++ variance compared with my tickets now.  Good thing there was an error and the booking wasn't made.  The following day, I found a much better deal.

So I'm ready to go home for Christmas and excited as well.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Food Expo at the World Trade Center

Two consecutive weekends, mom and I trudged to the World Trade Center to witness the food expo.  September 4-5 showcased the Food and Drinks Expo.  This exhibit features mostly food franchise and starting the business with a small capital.  The common ones are the shakes, juices, coffee and tea while dumplings and potato products like twister, wedges and fries are also very competitive.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

2012 Philippine Festivities

Below are the list of activities to guide you with the festivals and celebrations in the Philippines.  Let's plan ahead!

JANUARY, First Month of the New Year
January 9.  FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARINE
Quiapo, Manila.

Annually, devotees from all walks of life flock the district of Quiapo to join in the procession as a way of strengthening their faith or fulfilling their “panata” (vow) to Lord.  The Black Nazarene, shows a “black” Jesus Christ carrying a cross, is the patron saint of Quiapo, a small part of Manila, a hub of trade and commerce because of the Quiapo market and the many stores located there.

The statue is placed in a gilded carriage for the procession. As the procession starts, participants garbed in maroon tops grab two long ropes and pull it to make the carriage move. Many will attempt to touch the image while some throw their handkerchiefs and towels in the air. People joining the procession walk barefooted as a sign of humility.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ineng's Special Barbeque

I was dreaming about food all day. I have skipped two meals because of work and had only otap and two cupsfull of tea. So just before going back to the office from fieldwork, I dragged my team to Petron at Katipunan. Just before they could suggest anything, I was already crying out for Ineng’s Special Barbeque.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cheap Pig-out at Carinderia Buffet

I was on field today doing audits of our projects. My friends from work, who are the project owners, are raving and talking nonstop on Carienderia Buffet. That is even before lunch break.  As one is telling me, for only 119Php, you reward youself to a smorgasbord of Filipino dishes. Php 119? Too good to be true! I was thinking, “That’s cheap for buffets!”

So when lunch came, with my friends as guides, we drove along V. Luna searching for that dining place that serves you fast, cheap and delicious food, carinderia style with a twist.
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The restaurant welcomed us with a canteen or cafeteria-like ambiance. It has very minimal interiors. The ceiling is high to make the area ventilated to do away with air conditioning system. Electric fans were apt to make the customers comfortable. A fairly large number of people were already dining while others are in queue at the buffet table. We hurriedly got in line, ready to eat what our stomachs could endure and to our hearts content.
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The restaurant offers about 50 different Filipino dishes including desserts. Starters include ensaladang talong, cucumber salad, kilawin and seaweed salad. Soups comprises tahong soup, pork sinigang, tinolang isda, and clam soup. For vegetable freaks, you will be delighted with pinakbet, tortang talong, adobong kangkong, ginisang toge, bamboo shoots, and ginataang langka. Considered low-end but equally delicious are fried galunggong, ginataang kuhol, dalagang bukid eskabeche, galunggong with tausi sauce. Other seafood choices are fried tilapia and bangus. Popular carinderia dishes like dinuguan, kare kare, pansit bihon, chicken afritada, chicken and pork adobo, fried lumpia, fried chicken, bopis and calderata awaits palates. To complete the menu are sweets like kamote and bananas in syrup and gelatin for desserts. Drinks are ordered and priced separately. You could go bottomless drinks for an additional Php 45.
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Credit cards are not accepted in Carinderia Buffet so better be sure you have cash stashed in your pockets. VAT is not included in the Php 119. Usual buffet SOPs are no sharing and no leftovers as they would price customers double if they did just the opposite. One rule at the restaurant though that is quite unique and somewhat funny is that you could only stay for an hour to dine.

If fast, delicious and affordable food is what you’re looking for when you feel like pigging out, head on to Carinderia Buffet. You’ll surely get all your criteria checked.

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Carinderia Buffet
Mabilis St., cor V. Luna
Quezon City

Limelight on the Orchids at the 65th Orchid Show

My mom is a plant and flower enthusiast. Our garden is a home to various orchids, anthoriums, and bromeliads. In one point she has a lot of roses of varying colors that we even supply these flowers at the small flower shops infronting Bacolod’s Cathedral. In another point, mom grew palms which was also a winner for landscape artists in the province. So you see my mom has a green thumb and a green taste.

For mom’s last day for her Manila visit, she suggested to drop by the orchid show at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. I didn’t even notice the banner at the Circle but mom surely had her eyes out for orchid shows and plants fair.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Philippine 2012 Holidays

2012 is fast approaching. And what better way to prepare for it is to know the holidays and when is the best time to book for your travels and vacation.

There are 2 types of holidays celebrated in the country, the national holidays which is celebrated nationwide and there is the local holiday pertinent only to demography or location. National holidays are of two types, the regular holidays and the special holidays. The special holidays in the country are the Ninoy Aquino Day, All Saints Day and Last Day of the Year. Some celebrations only gives students a day off like the People Power Day. Of course, there would be some declarations of holidays from time to time from the Malacañang like when the President gives his State of the Nation Address.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Enchanted Kingdom’s 15th Year

Last Monday, after coming from Zamboanga City, Ellainne and I proceeded to meet my friends Kat and Lenny for a day at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Kat was able to get vouchers from Metrodeal giving us the chance to enjoy the theme park with a Php 200 discount.

One of EK’s newest attractions is EKstreme, 150 ft tower ride where it plunges from the top. Every ten feet represents the year of existence of EK as they celebrate their 15th anniversary. My friends, Kat and Lenny, are brave souls who tried the ride. EKstreme, however, is not included in the voucher’s rides. My friends paid an extra 80 bucks to get the thrilling experience.

Angel Sent Leche Flan

I have been craving for desserts.  So I thought of cooking one for myself.  I got ingredients from the grocery to make my all time favorite sweet leche flan. So I would like to share with you the recipe I got from Angel with a bit of alteration.
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Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
1 can Angel Evaporated Filled Milk
1 can angel Condensada
7 egg yolks
2 whole eggs

Procedure
Pour the sugar into 3 llaneras then heat over medium flame until sugar carmelizes.  Set aside.  This will harden.

In a bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients.  Strain twice.  Pour over the llaneras.  Cover with aluminum foil and stea for 1 1/2 hours or until firm.

My mom is a testimony that this recipe is super!  She is my greatest critique and she doesn't sugarcoat.  When she says it's awesome, she means it.

An Amazing Sunset Awaits at RT Lim Boulevard

If there is one thing I could say about the sunset I’ve seen in Zamboanga, it is extremely amazing.  It could be at par with the famous Manila Bay Sunset.  And where else in the Z, could give you the view, but the RT Lim Boulevard. Named after, Roseller T. Lim, the first Zamboangueño to be a senator, the boulevard is similar to Baywalk in Roxas Boulevard where they provide benches overlooking the vast ocean and giving you the best picture in the sky.
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Yakan Weaving Village

Even before we set foot in Zamboanga, my friend Ellainne have been babbling about her doables: buy cheap malong and a weaved table runner for her mother. So with a tick on her checklist on malong from the Barter, we are left off with a table runner.

So after getting instructions from the locals, we rode a jeepney enroute to Sinunoc and told the driver to drop us off at the Yakan Weaving Village.

The Yakan Weaving Village is home to the Yakan tribe, an ethnic group which uses weaving loom to create cloths. It was amazing to see how intricate and complicated the designs of their creations. It is not surprising if their products gets exported to manila or even out of the country.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fort Pilar and Shrine

To continue with our Zamboanga escape, we went to Fort Pilar for a little bit of history.
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Like any other fort, Fort Pilar, which was built in the 17th century, served as a defense structure against pirates and raiders, and rebellious moros protecting the Jesuit missionaries and the Spanish conquestadores. It serves as a watch tower because from the fortress, you could see the vast oceans between Basilan and other nearby islands. It’s official name is Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar de Zaragosa because of the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary on a pillar in Spain on the 12th of October in 1492.
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