Valentine Sumo Meals at Not-So-Sumo Prices!

Most people have this habit of relating Valentine’s Day to expensive dinner dates. I beg to differ! Ika nga ni mareng Jennifer Lopez: “love don’t cost a thing!” Also, Jim and I are a testament to a no-frills relationship. Sometimes, we like giving each other gifts but we know how to live within our means.

We are what you’d call “creatures of habit.” I am not kidding you when I say we have Japanese food on 90% of our dates. Haha! We can’t help it! WE LOVE JAPANESE FOOD.

Now, before you go thinking that Japanese food has to be over-the-top expensive to be good – think of Tokyo Tokyo

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This month, the #1 Japanese Restaurant Chain in the country, is launching their Valentine Sumo Meal. It’s good for two and it consists of Tokyo Tokyo’s best-selling products — 4-pc prawn tempura, 1-pc Best Chicken Teriyaki with mixed vegetables, unli-rice (music to my ears), and Red Iced Tea. To complete the meal, it also comes with a Valentine-inspired Snow Ice dessert.

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It’s basically a Valentine’s-inspired version of Tokyo Tokyo’s famous snow ice. It’s made with finely shaved vanilla ice topped with strawberry syrup, chocolate chips, heart candy toppers, and whipped cream. Perfect for sharing with your loved one!

For only PhP 409, you can now enjoy this complete meal for two. That’s only a little over Php 200 each!! Why not try something different and surprise your crush? Sharing the Valentine’s Sumo Meal during lunch break would be a nice little pit stop from another mundane day at the office.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to show your love! That’s why Tokyo Tokyo is serving this Sumo Meal special for the whole month of February! Stay in love!

♥,
Saab

Tokyo Tokyo Introduces 99-peso Donburi Meals!

Sick of seeing “New Year, New Me” captions all over the Internet? Haha! I think, to some extent, that posting about your new year’s resolutions online helps you stick to it. If you’re among the billions of people who promised to stick to your budget this year, then Tokyo Tokyo has got you covered with their new Donburi meals for just 99 pesos.

Donburi meals have been a longtime staple of Tokyo Tokyo. They’ve always been priced reasonably too so Japanese food fans like myself have loved them through the years.

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New Year, New Flavors!

After a very successful National Tempura Day last January 7th (they sold Tempura for just 25 pesos!!), Tokyo Tokyo isn’t done surprising us this month. They’ve just introduced two new flavors to its Donburi line – the Tofu Steak Donburi and the Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi.

Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)
Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)

If you want to indulge yourself in katsu goodness, go ahead and try the Cheesy Pork Katsu Donburi featuring Tokyo Tokyo’s signature Pork Tonkatsu with a combination of creamy white sauce, cheese and nori wasabi sprinkle on a bed of steaming hot rice.

Tofu Steak Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)
Tofu Steak Donburi, 99 pesos (red iced tea not included)

One of my new year’s resolutions is to definitely eat healthier so my personal choice is the Tofu Steak Donburi. Make no mistake, it’s still very flavorful – Japanese tofu coated with tempura batter topped with savory pork and mushroom sauce, crunchy tempura crumbs and onion leeks.

Here I am caught mid-subo haha!
Here I am caught mid-subo haha!

Head on to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo branch and try these new flavors. You can also enjoy existing Donburi meals such as the Pork Katsudon, Chicken Oyakodon, Beef Pepper Donburi and Tempura Donburi selections at all Tokyo Tokyo branches nationwide.

❤️,
Saab

It’s #TempuraTime!

Hope you guys are having an awesome new year so far! I’m in Singapore right now celebrating with the Bacarros. It’s Jim’s and my first year as a married couple and we geared up for the “Jim & Saab Rockin’ Family Tour” way ahead of time as you can read from my previous post. Haha! I love family trips!! It’s always a riot.

My favorite family trip has to be when Jim proposed to me in front of my mom and siblings in Ueno Park, Tokyo. We’re going back to Tokyo in February with the Magalonas and the Bunagans (a.k.a. Michael V’s family – he and tita Carol are my parents’ BFFs. Can you say #squadgoals??) and I’m sure it’s gonna be epic. Epic? That term’s so 2012. What’s a hipper term for epic? It’s gonna be as-monumental-as-star-wars-the-force-awakens-opening-day. Okay, maybe not quite but close enough.

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You guys know what going to Japan equates to: I AM GONNA PIG OUT ON JAPANESE FOOD. As if I don’t do that enough locally hahaha but hey, iba pa rin sa Japan. I can’t wait. And for that exact reason, I am SUPER excited for #NationalTempuraDay!! Yep. It’s a thing!! Every January 7th, people from different parts of the world feast on this deep-fried seafood as they satisfy their cravings for prawn tempura.

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I know Thanksgiving has long passed but THANK YOU, Tokyo Tokyo, as they will be bringing #NationalTempuraDay to the Philippines!

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“We wanted to start the year right especially for our loyal fans. Our own take on the National Tempura Day is our way of extending our gratitude to them for loving our signature quality prawn tempura,” said Harvie Sering, Tokyo Tokyo Product Manager. “On this day, they can enjoy and fill their appetites with their favorite Prawn Tempura for only P25 per piece. That’s 50% off on our prawn tempura add-ons!”

The National Tempura Day 50% off promo applies on prawn tempura add-on and is valid for dine-in only. It’s #TempuraTime!!

For exclusive National Tempura Day contests and promos:
http://twitter.com/TokyoTokyoPHL
http://instagram.com/tokyotokyophilippines
http://facebook.com/tokyotokyophilippines

♥,
Saab

Rome If You Want To

In light of the recent attacks that happened in Paris, I’d like to invite everyone who reads my blog to say a quick prayer for all the people who were affected by the senseless act of violence. Despite everything, I hope my succeeding blog posts will serve as a reminder of how lovely Europe is. Thank you.

Woke up early on a Wednesday to catch our flight from Paris to our next destination: Rome. Nothing much happened except the handle of my Rimowa broke when the Uber driver carried it. I heard that I can bring it to any branch and they will fix it. I really hope they do.

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We stayed at a very hip district in Rome called Trastevere in a nice 2-floor AirBnb.

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Well-stocked closets!

FIRST STOP: get some pizza. Found a restaurant nearby that had rave reviews on TripAdvisor. It’s called DAR POETA and that’s where I learned that people in Italy actually ordered 1 pizza each. My kind of people.

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Hungry boy

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We had the rest of the afternoon to just walk around and discover the city.

Gelato
Gelato
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He accidentally tucked his shirt into his jeans pocket. What a nerd 😍
My favorite drummer!
My favorite drummer!
Sup with that guy on the right?
Sup with that guy on the right?
Italian women are so FIIIINE! Check out that mom with the stroller. She's more fit than me D:
Italian women are so FIIIINE! Check out that mom with the stroller. She’s more fit than me 😩

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The beautiful Tiber river

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I wish buildings in Manila were shorter so we could see the sky more.
I wish buildings in Manila were shorter so we could see the sky more.

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Daming dramatic shots
Daming dramatic shots

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Gepetto
Gepetto

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CUTIE
CUTIE

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Saw this artist on the street
Saw this artist on the street
A crowd started forming around her. Her hands moved so quickly. Those 2 kids in front didn't mind the fumes.
A crowd started forming around her. Her hands moved so quickly. Those 2 kids in front didn’t mind the fumes.
I later learned that these designs were made by a lot of street artists around Italy. Regardless, I think they're very talented.
I later learned that these designs were made by a lot of street artists around Italy. Regardless, I think they’re very talented.
He he he get it?
He he he get it?
Cute art but the artist yelled at me to stop taking a photo so I didn't buy anything 😒
Cute art but the artist yelled at me to stop taking a photo so I didn’t buy anything 😒
Saw the famous Trevi fountain but it was under construction like a lot of other monuments around the city. They're all being cleaned for the Jubilee year next year.
Saw the famous Trevi fountain but it was under construction like a lot of other monuments around the city. They’re all being cleaned for the Jubilee year next year.

We were starving by dinner time and I asked Jim if he wanted me to check out TripAdvisor. I wanted to check out reviews of nearby restaurants. He said we should “take a risk” by entering a restaurant at random.

This isn’t going to be that helpful because I can’t remember the name of the restaurant we ducked into. It had started to drizzle so we just entered the nearest decent-looking place. I hate to tell Jim “I told you so” but that was the worst restaurant we went to for our entire European trip. Hahaha. The food was SO bland.

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Looks good but it tasted like plain pasta.
Porcini mushroom pasta looks good but it tasted like paper.
Margherita Pizza didn't have basil so we asked for some..
Margherita Pizza didn’t have basil so we asked for some..
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Even with the basil it was nothing great

We learned later on that some restaurants really don’t serve whole basil leaves on their Margherita Pizza. I really think they should, though, because that’s the Italian flag right there: red (tomatoes), white (cheese), and green (basil).

Caught a live band while we walked around a piazza. It was very romantic to say the least.
Caught a live band while we walked around a the Piazza della Rotonda near the Pantheon. It was very romantic to say the least.
Spotted a bride and groom xx
Spotted a bride and groom xx

More photos of our second day in Rome when we booked a full-day tour! That’s coming up!

♥,
Saab

Tokyo Tokyo Launches Big Chicken Katsu

I was craving some Japanese food after a meeting the other day. Okay, let’s be honest, I think of Japanese food every waking moment. Hehehe. I was with mom in BGC and I wanted something quick but filling so we decided to go to Tokyo Tokyo. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen their pretty meals on my feed once or twice. They’ve been constantly adding new items to their menu like Snack Bento meals, Ramen variants, Donburi meals, and sweet treats – all of which I am not ashamed to say I’ve tried!! Hehehe.

Now they’ve rolled in something for all my fellow Katsu lovers! They’ve just launched their biggest Katsu ever – the Big Chicken Katsu Bento. There are 3 variants and since it’s so affordable, mom and I ordered all 3 so we could try them all.

Original Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php224
Original Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php224

Their chicken katsu is crunchy on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside – exactly how I want my katsu.

Asian Spice Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php169
Asian Spice Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php169

They’re made with thick cuts of tender chicken breast fillet coated with crispy and golden Japanese Panko breadcrumbs, seasoned with a selection of flavorful spices.

Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php179
Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu Bento Meal, Php179

My personal favorite is the Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu because it’s sweet and savory, although the other two are very good as well especially for you guys who like their sauce on the side.

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The meals come with shredded cabbage, red iced tea, your choice of miso soup and dessert or California Maki and the best part? All the rice you want. Haha!

Looking forward to more “feeling foodie” dates with mama ❤️
Looking forward to more “feeling foodie” dates with mama ❤️

Head on over to the nearest Tokyo Tokyo branch and try out the newest Big Chicken Katsu!

♥,
Saab

Octoberthdays!

Hello, guys!!! I know it’s been a while — I just wanted to take a break from our Eurotrip to share some photos from all the celebrations we had for the family!

October is the month when our family celebrates a lot of birthdays. Papa was born October 4th and mom was born on the 6th — just 2 days apart in 1964. Arkin’s birthday is the same as John Lennon, October 9th, and just 3 days later we celebrate our maternal grandmother’s birthday. I wasn’t home for that but I got her a rosary from Notre Dame in Paris! Clara’s birthday is coming up this Halloween as well! Here are a couple of photos from the celebrations.

Happy birthday, pop!

Pop would have been 51 today. I had shows for No Filter that weekend and mom sponsored the October 3rd show to offer it to him. Of course, on the morning of October 4th we celebrated by hearing mass with the family and his loyal fans on the site of his grave in Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.

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Happy birthday, mom!

We celebrated mom’s birthday by bringing her back to the 90’s! Great idea by Maxx, of course! She should totally be a party planner. We celebrated in Milky & Sunny, Makati. My mom’s favorite restaurant ❤️ Maxx and I assumed we’d be the only ones in costume as usual but in all fairness — people started trickling in looking straight out of the 90’s!!!

Hanging decorations before mom arrived
Hanging decorations before mom arrived
I cut out these letters on cartolina and used nylon string to hang
I cut out these letters on cartolina and used nylon string to hang
Maxx got an assortment of 90's chocolates and candy
Maxx got an assortment of 90’s chocolates and candy
Nic bought some old school toys to complete the 90's vibe
Nic bought some old school toys to complete the 90’s vibe

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Grammy arrived wearing her clothes, bag and shoes exactly how we remembered in the 90’s. Obviously I was so amused!

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Dibaaaa
Dibaaaa
Frank and Elmo inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Frank and Elmo inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Maxx and Robby
Maxx and Robby
Being totally 90's or totally jej. You be the judge. Or the jej.
Being totally 90’s or totally jej. You be the judge. Or the jej.

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The cool kids
The cool kids
Janine and Moe
Janine and Moe
Wiliwils on the wheels of steel
Wiliwils on the wheels of steel
Uncle Mic and his girlfriend as Forest Gump and a Tommy Hilfiger model!
Uncle Mic and his girlfriend as Forest Gump and a Tommy Hilfiger model!
LOVE IT
LOVE IT
BUBBA GUMP
BUBBA GUMP
Guess what they're looking at
Guess what they’re looking at
Nic was demonstrating a toy that the kids probably saw for the first time. A soldier with his parachute! Do you guys remember that??
Nic was demonstrating a toy that the kids probably saw for the first time. A soldier with his parachute! Do you guys remember that??
Jim and The Jackstones
Jim and The Jackstones
Gone fishing
Gone fishing
Don't ask 😂
Don’t ask 😂
We take jackstones very seriously!!
We take jackstones very seriously!!

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Millennials 😂
Millennials 😂
Maxx and I hosted a 90's trivia game
Maxx and I hosted a 90’s trivia game
People got pretty competitive 🍭
People got pretty competitive 🍭
Preparing the Flat Top birthday cake
Preparing the Flat Top birthday cake

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!
Hugging the (self-proclaimed) favorite child 😜
Hugging the (self-proclaimed) favorite child 😜

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❤️❤️❤️
❤️❤️❤️

That wasn’t the only celebration for mom! Because ate Unna wasn’t able to make it because she wasn’t feeling very well, it’s a good thing we had another celebration the following night. It was the exclusive opening of new Japanese restaurant Ogawa in The Fort and they gave mom and the family the biggest private room for the night!

Ze firstborn!
Ze firstborn!
The food was amazing, of course
The food was amazing, of course
The prices are so affordable too! Set menu meals are only around 350-450 bucks!
The prices are so affordable too! Set menu meals are only around 350-450 bucks!

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Arkin would turn 16 2 days later when this photo was taken!
Arkin would turn 16 2 days later when this photo was taken!
He's grown up so fast huhuhu - BTW since the owner of Ogawa also owns Tony Roma's below, you're allowed to order from there as well. Arkin ordered this massive rootbeer float, as you can see.
He’s grown up so fast huhuhu – BTW since the owner of Ogawa also owns Tony Roma’s below, you’re allowed to order from there as well. Arkin ordered this massive rootbeer float, as you can see.
Mama ❤️
Mama ❤️
Isn't she lovely? And so punk rock too. Look at that earring!
Isn’t she lovely? And so punk rock too. Look at that earring!
Elmo
Elmo
Frank and Denise
Frank and Denise
Elmo, Clara, mama
Elmo, Clara, mama
Ate Unna and Bryan
Ate Unna and Bryan

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Thank you, Ogawa!

Happy birthday, Arkin!

For Arkin’s birthday, we decided to have lunch at Ooma in Megamall. It was the day before my flight to Europe, too! It was my first time at Ooma and hey, believe the hype. The food is amazing! “Ooma” is a play on the Japanese word “umai” which does NOT mean sawa haha — on the contrary it means GOOD. Well, we said maybe this is also kind of an extension of mom’s celebrations because it can also translate to “Oo, Ma!” Hahaha.

Kani salad was TDF. That's internet-speak for To Die For.
Kani salad was TDF. That’s internet-speak for To Die For.
Gyoza
Gyoza
Corn and Oyster Kaki-age
Corn and Oyster Kaki-age
Spicy Tuna Maki
Spicy Tuna Maki
California Taco-Maki (SOBRANG SARAP)
California Taco-Maki (SOBRANG SARAP)
Ebi and Kani Aburi Maki
Ebi and Kani Aburi Maki
Brushing of the Kikkoman instead of dipping
Brushing of the Kikkoman instead of dipping
Gyudon
Gyudon
Tempura
Tempura
Mama and Clara
Mama and Clara
Ate Unna was matching with Lulu 😭
Ate Unna was matching with Lulu 😭

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Hello xx
Hello xx
Bathroom break
Bathroom break
Then I had to say good bye :(((((
Then I had to say good bye :(((((
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARQ!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARQ!!

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xxx OHANA
xxx OHANA

OKAY, GUYS, THAT’S IT FOR ME. Just had to squeeze in a blog post!! Don’t you worry, I’ve been taking a lot of photos here in Europe!! Sorry about the typos and whatever, will edit later. Right now I’ve got to go eat more pizza and kiss my husband.

With ♥ from Rome,
SAAB

Date Night: 12/10

Since getting married, the one thing Jim and I haven’t gotten used to is making time for “date night.” I think it’s because we both really just enjoy staying home, curling up on the couch to watch a movie. The only time we go out is when Cheats has gigs or if there’s a get together with friends and family. Our parents have been reminding us to set aside one day a week to go out on a date where it’s just the two of us. I understand the importance of this but when your week is packed with gigs and you have to get up early for work the next day, free nights are so tempting to use for staying home and playing DOTA together. Although it’s so much fun killing heroes and trash talking all the jejes in DOTA-world, we agreed that we really should go on more dates outside of our condo.

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Jim asked me to free my Monday night last week because he had made reservations for us at 12/10 – a restaurant I’d been wanting to try for months. It was such a nice surprise and I felt like a 17-year-old again when I had 4 outfit changes, anticipating his text that he was on his way to pick me up from work.

My love!!
My love!!

We got to a dimly lit 12/10 with just a handful of people inside. Good idea to go on a Monday night!

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We ordered a number of dishes because they only serve small plates. I think it’s perfect for a date. Before the food arrived, we ordered our favorite cocktail: The Old Fashioned.

Old Fashioned -- a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind
Old Fashioned — a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind

Our plates were served one by one – so we could fully enjoy each dish. And enjoy, we did.

TUNA: kyuri, sriracha, ebiko, panko, nori / Php250
TUNA: kyuri, sriracha, ebiko, panko, nori / Php250
SALMON - juniper infused vinegar, cream, gotu kola / Php260
SALMON – juniper infused vinegar, cream, gotu kola / Php260
KATSU SANDO: yuzu kosho, cabbage, kyuri, tare, steamed bun / Php260
KATSU SANDO: yuzu kosho, cabbage, kyuri, tare, steamed bun / Php260
SALMON KUSHIYAKI: truffle oil, curry, corn flakes, black sesame, aonori / Php290
SALMON KUSHIYAKI: truffle oil, curry, corn flakes, black sesame, aonori / Php290

We also ordered the Onigiri which is the closest thing they have to sushi. It’s spicy tuna, foie gras and balsamic maple syrup wrapped in nori. I didn’t get to take a picture of it but I’ll do you one better: WE HAVE A VIDEO REVIEW. Lelz.

As you know I just got my Sony A6000 and I can’t stop using it. It was the first time we used it to take videos that night and I’m really happy with how it captured the audio, I really thought we wouldn’t be heard at all. YAY, SONY!! Wag niyo na pansinin yung lipstick ko ha sobrang di ako nakapag re-apply before shooting the video hahaha wala namang sinabi si Jim!!

Definitely looking forward to more date nights with my love!

12/10 is located at 7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati and is open Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 11pm. www.facebook.com/twelvetenph

BTW, I just came home from a meeting with the wonderful people behind Linya-Linya. Look at the super cute shirt they gave me that I think is super apt for this blog post. Hahaha

You Had Me At Hilaw
You Had Me At Hilaw

Check out Linya-Linya’s Facebook page, they’re launching an official online store real soon: www.facebook.com/anglinyalinya

♥,
Saab

Totoo Pala Ang Pag-ibig

Mabibili na ngayon ang pag-ibig! Well, at least cookies made with pag-ibig. Anj Orense, a Culinary Arts graduate, loves to bake for people she loves. She decided to open an online bakery specializing in delicious cookies that taste like they were meticulously made with love. It is aptly called Totoo Pala Ang Pag-ibig.

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They sent me a box of their “Mahal-Kita-Pero-Di-Mo-Lang-Alam” cookies

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Kinain namin ito ng aking “Totoong Pag-ibig” na si Jim. Sarap, overflowing na ako with pag-ibig hahaha ♥

I wanna share their very funny FAQs which I found on their Facebook page:

-GAANO KAMAHAL ANG PAGMAMAHAL (MAGKANO ANG COOKIES)?
Introductory price is 350 pesos per box. 6 big pieces per box. :)
Minimum order is 1 box. We do not sell the cookies per piece.

-ANONG MAIHAHANDOG NG PAG-IBIG NYO?
Happiness. :)) For now, we only offer “Mahal-Kita-Pero-Di-Mo-Lang-Alam*” Cookies. Watch out for new and exciting flavors!

*Mahal-Kita-Pero-Di-Mo-Lang-Alam Cookies: Chewy chocolate chip cookies with brownie filling. :)

PS: Cookies po ang binibenta namin. Hindi gayuma at hindi rin solusyon sa lahat ng problema sa mundo. Pero if the key to his/her heat is through his/her stomach, bakit hindi?

-SAAN NAHAHANAP ANG PAG-IBIG?
Sa puso ng bawat isa. Charot. <3
Online shop pa lang ang available, but we’re planning on joining bazaars so abangan na lang this.

-PAANO MAG-ORDER?
OKAY RAKENROL! *Apir dito*
Follow this link

Once the order is confirmed, we will send our BDO/BPI Family bank bank details via text (this is for deliveries).
Please send us a picture/ proof of deposit at totoopalaangpagibig@gmail.com within 3 days after order confirmation. The order will be automatically cancelled if the said proof of deposit is not yet sent within 3 days. Please also note that we only accommodate orders coursed through our order form.

For grand eyeball/meet-ups, we allow cash on delivery. :)

Please make sure that your cellphone number is correct so we could communicate effectively. Hindi po kami nakikipag-text mate. :))

Orders placed from Friday to Monday are for Wednesday pick-up/ delivery while orders placed from Tuesday to Thursday are for Saturday pick-up/ delivery. The alagads ng pag-ibig (kami yun) will confirm all orders via text message.

-PAANO DARATING ANG PAG-IBIG SA PINTUAN KO? (SHIPPING)
We deliver the cookies via Xend. Shipping fee is 50 pesos (Metro Manila) and 100 pesos (provincial). Please expect the cookies to be delivered 1 to 2 days upon payment.

-HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU? (SHELF LIFE NUNG COOKIES)
We recommend you consume them within 3 days from delivery.
Pero, if refrigerated it could last for 1 week (stored in an airtight container) within delivery, but still it depends sa temperature ng ref ninyo. :)
If frozen, it could last for 1 week and 3 days.

PS: Putting the cookies in the refrigerator may affect the cookies in terms of texture. However, the taste remains the same–wag nga lang sya itatabi near bonggang bonggang odorous products gaya ng patis, tuyo and all their smelly friends. We suggest that you wait for at least 5 minutes in room temperature (if refrigerated) for the cookies to return to its chewy texture. Kasi ang tunay na pag-ibig, marunong maghintay. Hihi <3

-BASHA NAMAN, GANYAN KA BA TALAGANG KATIGAS?
Chewy cookies ang handog namin, Popoy. Pero nagiging less chewy kapag straight from fridge. Kung hindi mo talaga maintay ang 5 minutes in room temp, initin mo na lang. :)

-PAANO IINITIN ANG PUSONG NANLAMIG?
Next question please. Hahaha! Mas madaling initin ang cookies kaysa puso. For Microwave, at least 2-3 minutes syang iinit. For oven toaster, at least 3-5 minutes. Yan ay kung galing ref. From freezer, add at least 2 minutes from the specified time.

This is completely optional. Ang cookies, hindi gaya ng puso. Kaya parin pakinabangan kahit nanlamig basta hindi nagyeyelo. But still, just wait for 5 minutes para maging chewy uli sya if galing sa fridge. :) Better yet, try one (or two, or three) immediately from receiving the cookies. :D

For more questions and clarifications, send us a message or text us at 09279098696. :)

Okay? Mabuhay tayong mga alagad ng pag-ibig (at pagkain!) <3

Thank you so much for the yummy cookies and for making me laugh!! Sobrang cute ng packaging niyo, I think it’s a perfect gift for someone with a sense of humor that you wanna drop a very obvious hint to hehehe. Ikaw? Nakatikim ka na ba ng pag-ibig?

♥,
Saab

Tokyo Tokyo Bento Festival

Back when I was in college, Tokyo Tokyo was always my go-to place for quick meals with my friends. My best friend Marquis and I totally pigged out on their unli-rice, I’ve even got pictures to prove it but I’d rather not because it’s totally shameless. Hahaha! And their red iced tea!! Come on, who doesn’t love Tokyo Tokyo’s red iced tea?! Their bento meals filled our tummies without emptying our wallets.

A Tokyo Tokyo Bento Meal is made up of one main dish, unlimited rice, vegetable misono, dessert, miso soup and my beloved red iced tea. You’ve probably already tasted their signature flavors — Pork Tonkatsu, Beef Misono, Prawn Tempura, Chicken Karaage, Honey Chicken Teriyaki and Best Chicken Teriyaki.

This year, Tokyo Tokyo is having a Bento Festival to introduce two new flavors: the Grilled Pork Teriyaki and Chicken & Ham Katsu!

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I’ve tried them myself and OMG guys, ang sarap in fairness!!

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1-piece a la carte: Php139 / 1-piece bento: Php194 / 2-piece a la carte: 229 / 2-piece bento: 284

Think of the Grilled Pork Teriyaki Bento as a Japanese version of liempo. It’s grilled to perfection and glazed with Tokyo Tokyo’s signature sweet and savory teriyaki sauce.

A la carte: 169 / Bento: 224

If you want a crunch in every bite, the Chicken & Ham Katsu Bento is the one you should order. Medyo nag-agawan kami ni Jim dito. Hahaha! Its crunchy chicken katsu with ham and cream cheese is coated with Japanese bread crumbs!

I have to say, sobrang BENTA sa akin ng new BENTO flavors… I’ll pause right here while you chuckle at that witty remark… Chos. Anyway, give the new flavors a try and share your Tokyo Tokyo food trip experience online thru Facebook (tokyotokyophilippines), Twitter (@tokyotokyoPHL) or Instagram (@tokyotokyophilippines) and use the hashtag #TokyoTokyo!

Domo Arigato,
Saab

Nancy, Sebastian, and SUSI

My friend Cholo sent me a text last Monday asking to hang out Tuesday because his couch surfers were arriving and he was a little nervous. Cholo recently joined Couchsurfing.com, a website that lets you literally sleep on the couch of a stranger. You can see why we were concerned about our friend letting strangers stay in his place! Although as a wannabe traveler myself, I could see the appeal of going around the world and not having to pay thousands of dollars on hotels. It’s kind of like Airbnb.com but a lot cheaper and more intimate as you get to share your life with your host.

So Candy and I went to The Fort to meet up with Cholo and the couchsurfing couple from Germany. I was honestly ready to meet some weirdos. But when I saw them, they looked completely normal. In fact, they looked really cool. Haha.

Sebastian and Nancy
Sebastian and Nancy

They do not eat meat and it just so happened that Candy and I passed by a super cute vegan and gluten-free place called Susi in Burgos Circle.

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We asked if it was dog-friendly and we were so surprised to hear that it was totally fine to bring my beautiful Joey inside!! We stayed in the enclosed room you can see from the photo above.

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YAY
YAY

It was so nice getting to know Sebastian and Nancy. They have been together for 10 years, married for 2, and for the past 7 months they have just been traveling the world. Can you believe that they quit their jobs, sold everything they had and just started traveling? Home, furniture, everything. Nancy said it was her grandparents who gave them the idea of traveling now while they are still young. It’s always the goal to earn a lot of money and retire before traveling. That was her grandparents’ plan but her grandma got sick so they were not able to travel anymore. It was a very good point and it’s so inspiring to just live in the moment.

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They have very interesting names for their dishes. This one is called Moby Dip(s) - 3-dip platter: olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato hummus and pesto served with toast. Named after animal lover Richard Melville Hall, aka Moby.
SUSI has very interesting names for their dishes. This one is called Moby Dip(s) – 3-dip platter: olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato hummus and pesto served with toast. Named after animal lover Richard Melville Hall, aka Moby.
Mac and Geez - macaroni and "cheese" topped with arugula and paprika. Is it as good as actual mac and cheese? Of course not. But it's not bad.
Mac and Geez – macaroni and “cheese” topped with arugula and paprika. Is it as good as actual mac and cheese? Of course not. But it’s not bad.
I have no idea what I ordered basta it was really yummy but I ended up spilling it all over my bag because I am a klutz like that
I have no idea what smoothie I ordered basta it was really yummy but I ended up spilling it all over my bag because I am a klutz like that

I’m so glad I met Nancy and Sebastian and I’ll be seeing them again tonight at our Cheats gig. I think they plan to go to Cebu and Palawan while they’re here. I suggested Siargao and Vigan even though I’ve never been to either. I really want to go to both!! If you have any suggestions, swing by Saguijo tonight.

♥,
Saab