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Got Fridays! Got Fun at Teatrino!

Thank God it’s Friday! Yes, we all look forward to that day. A day that signals the end of stressful moments at work, in school or in whatever that makes us busy. At least, until Monday comes along. Friday is often celebrated with parties, dining out, night outs, movie dates, shopping and everything that spells fun! Here’s another way to celebrate the end of the weekdays for the entire months of September to November 2011 — Got Fridays @ Teatrino! Freddie Santos, one of the most notable stage directors in the country directed and conceptualized Got Fridays @ Teatrino in collaboration with the Music Museum Group and various artist management companies. Presenting a new breed of local singers in a wide selection of musical genres, audiences will be treated to nearly three hours of great performances while enjoying food and drinks.On queue this September includes Kuh Ledesma’s daughter Isabella with ...

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Food Critic for a Day – the Ultimate Taste Test

I experienced becoming a chef for a day at the Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts. Last September 3rd, I had the chance to be a food critique at the Ultimate Taste Test by Our Awesome Planet at the Rockwell Tent. A wide selection of food concessionaires were gathered and lined up to showcase their specialties. It was my first time to attend such an event, and I have to say I was overwhelmed not knowing how and where to start. We arrived at past 11am and the venue is already abuzz with people and the media. I was with a fellow blogger – Lakwatsera Mom – and I just followed her cue, moving from one booth to another. Armed with a pen and our “passport” to rate each concessionaire and the food they served. Pastries, finger food, dimsum, drinks, pasta, meats and sausages – they’re all under one ...

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Morning Motto: Dealings On Life Everyday – Be Actively Nixing All Negativity Always

We all face different situations everyday. Sometimes they’re pleasant. Sometimes they’re not. There were times when you wished you stayed all day on your bed instead. But life can really treat you unfairly and there’s nothing you can do but face it. Maintaining a positive attitude can help greatly. It may sound a cliche but that’s the truth. Unfortunately, there are lots of negative things or people that can affect your mood no matter how positive you are. That can add to the challenge. How do I cope with it? By making sure I reject all forms of negativity. This has been my mindset ever since I became aware how negative things and people affect my way of coping with life. I have to admit that I have contributed a certain level of negativity to people and situations. I have the right to express my frustration or whatever bad things ...

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Chef For a Moment at MIHCA

I enjoy cooking which I learned from my mom who is a good cook herself. She would ask me to cut ingredients — first were onions, garlic and tomatoes, then I graduated to meat and vegetables. When I was grown enough to handle the kitchen heat, I was tasked to fry and then eventually cooked soupy dishes. So when the invite came from a culinary school, I grabbed the chance. It was one great experience to be a chef for a moment. The Magsaysay Center for Hospitality & Culinary Arts (MIHCA) held its media event dubbed “Restropective: The MIHCA Open House“, last July 29th at the their Makati facility. There I met fellow bloggers, members of the media and the academe. The institution is located at the 5th floor of Waltermart Mall in Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. This was the 2nd branch, the other located in Manila. At a glance, ...

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Experienced Love In Mang Inasal’s Media and Bloggers’ Night

I Love Mang Inasal

It was an enjoyable night at the T.E.A.T.R.I.N.O. in Greenhills’ Promenade for the very first Mang Inasal Media and Bloggers’ Night on the first day of August. It was the launching of the leading quick-service restaurant’s newest campaign dubbed “I <3 Mang Inasal” — a look back into the reasons why we Filipinos have fallen in love with this brand, and a look forward to the bigger things to come. I was fortunate to receive an invite along with bloggers friends where we were treated to delicious food, drinks and great music intertwined with fun games and raffles. But the event was more than that. It was also to announce more reasons to love Mang Inasal: The Mang Aawit Project, the Grand Gadget Giveaway and the 400th store opening at the Vmall Carpark in Greenhills on August 5. The Mang Aawit Project is an advocacy to original Pilipino music. Acknowledging ...

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Yoh Froz – Guiltless Pleasure

Yoh Froz

Frozen Yogurt is now a craze, not only in the Philippines, but in the world. In fact, our country has just recently caught on it’s popularity. I’m no stranger to this dairy, but I’m not exactly a fan. I do buy the ones from the grocery made by a popular brand, yet I haven’t had the interest to make an effort and try the ones mushrooming in the market. But came the invite from a fellow blogger, and that’s when I tasted a guiltless pleasure. We decided to visit another blogger who happens to be the franchise owner of Yoh Froz located at the lower ground floor of Shangri-la Plaza just next to the entrance of Rustan’s Supermarket. The place is a clean open space with white tables and chairs. The owner provided wi-fi access, making it perfect for customers to sit and wait around while enjoying the frozen dessert. ...

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Ryan Cayabyab Leading to Advance Filipino Music and Artistry

For the 2nd time, 7101 Music Nation launches the 2011 ELEMENTS National Singing and Songwriting Camp. Led by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab as Artistic Director, together with businessman Julio D. Sy, Jr and music industry aficionado Twinky Lagdameo, 7101 Music Nation is a pet project with the goal of building platforms that will promote the sharing of ideas and talents to advance the Filipino musicality and artistry. With the most challenging task of getting this vision done by gathering Filipino artists and musicians all over the Philippines and even from foreign land, Ms. Lagdameo acts as the Chief Operating Officer who aims to replicate or even exceed last year’s accomplishments. The success of the group’s first project hosted last year — The ELEMENTS National Songwriting Camp — led to a decision to include singers this time. The Camp is open to all aspiring singers who are 18 to 25 years old, ...

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A Beautiful Movie: X-Men First Class

I’ve watched all the X-Men movie franchise and I enjoyed them all. Who wouldn’t? It has all the elements of a superhero film with all the fight scenes and special effects. But when I watched X-Men: First Class recently, I’d say it’s beautiful and it’s my favorite X-Men movie to date. The movie is the 4th of the movie franchise. It’s a prequel retelling the early beginnings of X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The movie started on Magneto and Professor X’s lives as kids in 1944. Both had totally opposite lives – the young Magneto coming from a concentration camp in Poland, and Charles Xavier shown living in a New York mansion. Eighteen years later, the lead characters paths have crossed due to certain turn of events. And this is where the movie starts to get lovely. Sure, the fight scenes are there along with the special effects. But ...

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The Fight Against the Big C

Last night I received an email from a customer. She apologized for taking time to get back to me and pay for the remaining balance of her order. She shared that she was diagnosed with breast cysts. I was saddened by the news. These kind of information affects me greatly because my mother also went through a similar ordeal. Mom at work In the late 90s, my mom felt a lump in her right breast. As the breadwinner in our family, she ignored it for sometime then decided to have a check up at the East Avenue Medical Center. But the first time was not such a pleasant experience. She was told that she has to be re-examined. Just like everybody else, she was worried. Worried about the results, but I think even more worried that she had to skip work. The doctor’s reply scared her away and the test ...

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