EAT, BUY, TRY: Mrs. Graham’s

Hey guys, I’m happy to announce that my segment Sabi ni Saab (lol) is back for another season of Taste Buddies! Fun!! So I had my first taping day last Friday and one of the locations we checked out was Mrs. Graham’s on Sct. Rallos st. QC, a bakery that specializes in macarons!

It’s such a cute and cozy place, I tell ya!

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Here’s what it looks like from outside. That’s our segment producer ate Em, standing in for me to check for blocking!

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Mrs. Graham (that’s her actual married name, how perfect for a baker???) makes us look bad by being a baker and a crafty wife. Plus, she’s a regulation hottie who has a kid at 27. Hahaha. Na-pressure naman ako matuto magluto at maging mas crafty AND magka-anak. Charot. Look at these macaron hanging lamps she made from old electric fans!!!

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Mrs. Graham’s has got a great sweets selection

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They’ve also consigned other home-based bakers to sell their sweets at their shop! Like these cupcakes by Sweet Cheeks.

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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes by Sweet Cheeks
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Chocolate Yema Cupcakes by Sweet Cheeks

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We featured their special Christmas edition macarons for the episode.

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Gingerbread Reindeer
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Peppermint. Those are crushed candy canes on the side!
Peppermint. Those are crushed candy canes on the side!
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All around the store, you can find quirky items. They did a very good job of paying attention to detail.

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Their sign for a co-ed bathroom
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Games you can borrow!

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Mrs. Graham’s is a supporter of small local arts and crafts companies so they have a corner dedicated to crafty products!

I’m obsessed with these comic wallets and pouches by Krafty Pirate!!!

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Hodge Podge keychains

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Loombands

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MT washi tape

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Thank you so much to Chris and Anna Graham for letting us feature their bakery!

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EAT: Gingerbread Reindeer Macaron
BUY: Krafty Pirates wallet for P150
TRY: Chocolate Yema cupcakes from Sweet Cheeks

You can visit Mrs. Graham’s Bakery at 51C, Scout Rallos St., Barangay Laging Handa, QC.

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If you want to see Sabi ni Saab on Taste Buddies, watch it every Saturday on GMA News TV (channel 11) at 8:45pm. Belle Daza changed networks and had to leave the show so Solenn Heussaff‘s newest Taste Buddy is the amazing Iya Villania! Please support the show and let us know if you have any restaurant you want us to feature. ;)

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Bear!!

My bear turned 2 last Saturday, September 20! I was originally planning to have another birthday party for her like the one we had last year but because of the storm I decided against it. Medyo BV that her birthday falls on a rainy day every year. Well, at least the sky cleared a little on Saturday so we could take her out! Last year, Joey’s birthday party was sponsored by Whole Pet Kitchen!

Effort hanapin sa Instagram yan dahil 1 year ago pa.. Hahaha! That was back when Whole Pet Kitchen was just selling treats for dogs and cats out of their website and Instagram account. Now they’ve got their own dog cafe!! It’s been open for months but I was only able to go last weekend!

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My bear is freshly groomed kaya mukhang puppy heehee. Whole Pet Kitchen’s pet deli and barkery is just near Greenhills, on Recto st. beside P. Guevarra – location isn’t the best since the road is pretty tight. Make sure to carry your pet until you get inside the store to avoid accidents! Crossing my fingers they open a bigger branch somewhere more accessible! Mag-franchise kaya ako?! Haha I wish.

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Once you get inside you forget about everything else because of the sweet ambience! The place is pretty small with only 3-5 tables but the air was surprisingly clear and fresh considering all the animals that come and go!

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If you want to hold a small party for your pet, it’s possible to hold it in the store but if you want a bigger celebration at home, Whole Pet Kitchen delivers their cakes and pastries!

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The nice servers told us it was all about disinfecting every so often. They also don’t use any chemicals to clean their floor since they know dogs tend to lick it when eating fallen food so they only use water and vinegar!

Look at my happy birthday girl!!

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We ordered one of their best-sellers: lasagna for dogs! Here’s Jim trying to steady her head for a photo and Joey’s just all GIMME THAT

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Bunny and Bear

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The server said that most dogs eat only the beef and sauce, leaving the pasta behind but with Joey, it was gone – pasta and all – in less than 10 seconds!!

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To keep the birthday feel, I got lasagna for myself as well!

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Don’t worry, I got the pet LOVERS’ one!! They’ve got a whole menu for humans! Check out their menus for both people and pooches here.

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Silly girls

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TAMAD!!

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Bought pup cakes for take home which I subsequently left overnight in the car so I had to throw it out. Haay. Look how cute pa naman. And Joey loves these so magpapadeliver nalang ako hehe.

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Playing with Mr. Jack, the “mascot” of Whole Pet Kitchen who was a little cranky that day haha but he was sweet to me naman!

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Joey made a new playmate named.. Wait for it.. Angus!! So cute!!! He was such a heavy breather snorter and so playful I wanted to take him home. But he was so heavy, Joey got stressed nung dinaganan siya. LOL.

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And here is my busog higad bear hybrid

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I made the terrible mistake of misplacing Joey’s baby book (where all her vaccinations are recorded) but I knew she was due already anyway so I took her to the vet yesterday where she got her blood tested (just a routine thing!) and she got all her shots for the whole year as well. Now I know that she’s due to go to the vet during her birthday week! So happy her blood tested fine. I found some ticks on her kasi. Even if you use Frontline or any other ant-flea thing, there will probably be one or two that will be immune to it. Always play with your dog and pet him/her thoroughly to make sure there are no weird bumps on her skin. Be especially careful if your dog’s as fluffy as mine because those fuckers are harder to find.

Another way to make sure your pets are healthy are by feeding them quality food. That’s why I like Whole Pet Kitchen – they use only the finest ingredients and Joey loves the taste of their treats! Browse through their catalog for both dogs and cats!

Thanks for all the birthday greetings for bear!!:)

Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli & Bark-ery Dog Cafe is located at 349-D CM Recto street near P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City.
They’re open TUE-FRI 10am-6pm, SAT-SUN 9am-9pm. Tel: (+632) 3572753 (calls only) or (+63917) 8488857 (SMS only) Email: bark@wholepetkitchen.com.

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#DetoxDiva For The Next 2 Weeks!

I‘ve been on a 1,200-calorie/day diet care of the fabulous food delivery service, Diet Diva!

For the next 2 weeks though, they’ve stepped it up a notch by introducing #DetoxDiva – a two-week program for rapid weight loss! They’ve decided to go Pescetarian with their meals. This means elliminating meat from land animals (pork, chicken, beef) and including fish, vegetables, fruits, plants, legumes, grains, eggs, & dairy products.

#DetoxDiva promises me exciting benefits:

  1. Weight loss & healthy changes – “we replace bad food with good, and [you can] use your newfound energy to exercise more and be more active overall.”
  2. Clearer skin & clearer thinking – “by focusing on specific types of ingredients, we lose that sense of fogginess, and are able to think more clearly during a detox”
  3. Improved sense of wellbeing – “when you detox, you feel good, and when you feel good, good things happen.”

#DetoxDiva does not provide breakfast meals but has recommended a list of healthy meals you can eat every morning! I went for 1 cup of whole grain cereal with 200ml of low fat milk!

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I just finished eating lunch for the day: sweet and sour fish fillet with brown rice! What a big portion! I feel full but with no regrets ;)

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Today’s snack is an orange and anti-cellulite tea from TeaTox. I got a freebie discount card for TeaTox with my #DetoxDiva subscription!

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Dinner is a simple ceasar salad!

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There were other freebies that came together with my first day on #DetoxDiva including a free class at PlanaFORMA!

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So excited! Been loving this healthier lifestyle. If you feel like trying it out together with Maxx, Lauren and I, then give Diet Diva a call! :)

#DetoxDiva available at P1,900/week via dietdivaph@gmail.com
Tel no: +632 434-DIVA (3482)
Mobile: +63917 703-DIVA
http://www.facebook.com/dietdivaph

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Ippudo is Now in the Philippines!

Funny story a couple of weeks back when Jim and I were in Singapore for a night and we were deciding where to have dinner, my Trip Advisor app kept saying Ippudo. Being a know-it-all, I told Jim that there was already an Ippudo in Manila so we should eat at a place we didn’t have back home. When we got back I realized I was thinking of a different ramen place so I was kicking myself for not going to the restaurant while we were in Singapore. But I guess everything really happens for a reason. 2 nights ago, I was invited to a private tasting event for a new restaurant just about to open on our shores: Japan’s highly acclaimed ramen emporium, Ippudo!

I got there at half past 7 and met with the rest of the family. We were very excited. I’m not ramen-crazy like Maxx but I appreciate all kinds of good food.

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We were served guacamole and chips while waiting for the program to start.

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We said hello to our friend Mike Concepcion, son of John Concepcion who is responsible for bringing Ippudo to the Philippines! They are also behind the amazing katsu place Yabu.

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Also trying out the new ramen place was cute couple, model Georgia Schulze and Azkal Armand del Rosario!

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When Maxx introduced us (for the nth time haha), Georgia said “hey, I’ve met you before!” and what little social skills I had went flying out the window when I responded with “I see you in magazines.” WHY. But yes, I used to see her all the time in my Candy and Seventeen magazines back in high school.

We were ushered back outside to catch the start of the program. There were 5 huge drums and I got so excited! 5 men entered and started an amazing drum routine with matching shouting. Somehow it sounded very Asian. I know, ang labo ng description ko. But I really enjoyed it!

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Mari Jasmine was the evening’s host. She is such a cute girl with an Aussie accent and we were very surprised when she started speaking in fluent Japanese! Apparently, she spent the first 5 years of her life in Japan! Jim was very impressed so I flashed him the rock on my finger. LOL.

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John Concepcion gave the opening remarks. He is such a good speaker! He said Yabu was actually inspired by Ippudo so he’s very happy to be bringing his favorite restaurant to the Philippines!

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We were then introduced to Japan’s “Ramen King” Shigemi Kawahara – founder of Ippudo. He earned the title of Ramen King and a place in the Ramen Hall of Fame after three consecutive first place wins on a Japanese television program where ramen mavens compete to create the best ramen.

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We witnessed “Kagami-Biraki” or sake barrel breaking ceremony where SM vice president Steven Tan, John Concepcion, a representative from the Japanese embassy (at least that’s what I heard, ack, somebody correct me if I’m wrong!!), and Shigemi all broke the lid of a barrel full of sake and toasted to their partnership!

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Then they hung the “noren” to officially open the restaurant!

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Finally, we get to taste the food yayyy!

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They provided a handy guide on how to enjoy ramen

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They served each of us all the side dishes on their menu and they were all yummy! This one is the Goma Q or Japanese cucumber

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Dashimaki Tamago

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Curry Cheese Harumaki – I LOVED THIS

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Ippudo Hakata-style Gyoza

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And my ultimate favorite out of everything I tasted that night – the Ippudo pork buns. I can practically eat a hundred of these in one sitting.

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Kampai!

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Japanese beer to wash it all down

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I chose the spiciest ramen Karaka-Men (rightmost on the menu above) with hard noodles

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Happy tummies!

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Writer Erica Paredes was sitting next to us enjoying her own bowl of ramen!

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Maxx was crushing extra garlic on her ramen when somebody offered to do it for her. It was Shigemi himself! Photo oppp!

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Shigemi Kawahara is best known for turning the Hakata-style, tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen into the delicate creamy version that earned Ippudo its national acclaim. The first-ever Ippudo was in his hometown of Fukuoka City, Kyushu and it only seated 10 people. Today, Ippudo has about 120 branches worldwide and they serve around 45,000 customers daily.

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My babies are growing up so fast!

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Mama is in Hong Kong right now on vacation with her friends. Hi mama!!!! We miss you!!

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Fun time! Will definitely go back! There are other items on the menu I’d like to try like the classic Ippudo rice dishes, the Garlic Teppan Tonkotsu rice and Hakata Meshi. I’m sure there will be a long line though haha!

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Ippudo Philippines is located at the 3rd floor of Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall. It officially opens on September 10 and will operate from 10AM-10PM daily. Learn more about Ippudo Philippines by visiting their website www.ippudoph.com. You can tag them on Twitter/Instagram via @ippudoph!

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Brixton Brats

I had lunch with my crazy best friend Lauren yesterday. She asked me where I wanted to eat somewhere in between us. Between us happened to be Kapitolyo and since I’ve been meaning to check out my friend Ge Mapa‘s new washi tape exhibit at Heima Brixton st., I suggested the healthy vegetarian restaurant right beside it, Edgy Veggy.

Camote chips with vegan aioli

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My mexican salad

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Lauren’s spinach pasta

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My sungit date

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Schoolgirl chic

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“It’s a new art form showing people how little we care”

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We had lunch to catch up and also to plan our presentation for tomorrow’s Marketing Yourself talk in Ateneo for the Ateneo Junior Marketing Association. It’s Lauren’s first school talk so she’s a bit nervous and I told her about my first talk ever in DLSU where I almost cried because of stage fright. I’m sure she’ll do much better than I did back then. Hahaha. And I’m thinking I’ll be more comfortable this time around since I will be at home in my alma mater. I’m bringing tomatoes to throw at Green Archer Lauren. Hahaha JK love you, Lo.

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Look who I saw on my way to the bathroom! Hi, Bro-moe!

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After lunch we visited Heima where we cried internally because we couldn’t afford anything hahaha

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Finally saw Ge’s washi tape artwork featuring different Pinoy Pop Icons! Clockwise: Manny Pacquiao, The Eraserheads, FrancisM, Nora Aunor, Ramon Bautista, and Cecile Van Straten.

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Congrats, Ge!! So glad my sister bought the FrancisM one. My heart kind of broke when I saw the “sold” sticker. Yun pala, si Maxx ang bumili. Hehehe. Yay!

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Songwriting Weekend in Tagaytay

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Cheats decided to go to Jim’s house in Tagaytay for a weekend to write new songs. Here are photos I took during the trip! Our first stop was Army Navy for brunch!

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I’m so happy I brought Joey Bear along with me. It’s her first out-of-town trip but she was so well-behaved and had a blast!

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When we got to the house, we had to take out the covers of the porch furniture. It was one adventure after another as spiders and other bugs surprised us with each unveiling! The worst was when Jim took forever to find the right key for the main door and when he finally found it and shouted in celebration, a FROG jumped at us!! Grabe it was chaos thank the lord I wasn’t holding my camera or I would’ve dropped it! Hahaha! I actually thought it jumped inside my jacket so I took it off while running. So crazy.

Meanwhile, here’s Joey Bear hanging out

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Jim and I rode with Ernest and Enzo going to Tagaytay

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Manny rode with April who was my Creative Writing block mate back in Ateneo!

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We realized we were wearing matching clothes!

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Setting up!

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We grilled some steak and liempo for merienda. Well.. They did. Haha!

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Joey playing with Ern Bear

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Sarap!!

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Sanib pwersa tayo, brad!!

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Iron Manny

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The rest of the night was so much fun that I forgot to take photos na! Mau finally arrived with Mayumi coming from an Imago gig around 11PM and we played Taboo, it was so competitive you had to be there. The next morning I was up by 9:30AM and we all did our duties following the check list Jim’s dad gave me for locking up before leaving! Washed all the dishes, took out the trash, mopped the floor, locked bedroom doors, etc. So proud of everybody being so responsible and doing their part ♥

Another highlight of the trip was our impromptu radio show, here are some screenshots from my GoPro. Haha!

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Sunday, we had to say good bye to the house!

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We stopped by Bag of Beans because it’s what my Twitter followers recommended as a dog-friendly place. Not my first time there but breakfast food is always good in my book.

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April is vegetarian so she ordered a vegetarian pie!

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My coffee

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Chocolate chip pancake looks good but was just pancake a couple shades darker with some chocolate chips on top… My mom makes far superior chocolate chip pancakes

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Jim was so excited about his Chicken ala Kiev that even Enzo ordered it. They both agreed medyo waley daw. Haha!

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My personal go-to comfort food is pork tocino. It was so good but it’s really hard to mess up tocino haha!

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They did, however, manage to mess up the bacon. I asked for it to be crispy and they gave me something that was like jerky. Aww

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We surprised Mau at the end of our meal because he just turned a year older last Thursday!:) Yay!!

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What a happy weekend with the band and friends!

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Missed Candy & Miggy a lot but we’ll all be together again in 2 weeks when we go to the beach! Yay!!

Make sure to follow Cheats on Facebook for updates about our upcoming album release!:)

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How City Delivery Lost Me As A Loyal Customer

I have been an avid fan of City Delivery, a service that’s been allowing me to order from restaurants other than the usual fast food joints. I’ve been ordering from them for so long, I even remember back when there was no text hotline yet and when online ordering was much simpler – I’m not a fan of their complicated new website. As a woman with little to no cooking skills, I was happy to pay a little extra to have good food delivered to my doorstep. Lately though, I’ve been losing my patience with City Delivery and today is the day I give up on it out of principle.

Jim and I are homebodies and our date nights are usually spent watching movies at his place. Most nights he cooks for me (I prepare the rice haha) but about once a week we order from City Delivery. Yup, ONCE A WEEK. There was even a time I used to actually order from City Delivery for food that was available in the mall right across my condo just because I was on a writing spree and couldn’t be bothered to cross the street. So there you have it, I am not exaggerating when I say I have been a dream customer: lazy and hungry.

Just so you know I’ve tried ordering from so many restaurants already but for the past year and a half Jim and I have been ordering from either Omakase or Cibo. So last Sunday night when I was feeling a bit feverish, Jim advised me not to go to his or my family dinner and take a nap in his place instead. When I woke up from my nap I was feeling much better but hungry so I did my routine text to City Delivery.

I use his name when ordering from his place. The blacked out info is his address FYI:

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Okay, it’s embarrassing that I ordered pasta AND a panini but I only did it to reach the minimum amount, K?! I was going to keep the sandwich for lunch the following day. Just saying!! Haha. Anyway, as you can see it took them 20 minutes to reply. This is bothersome since delivery time with City Delivery usually takes an hour and a half. This is all so strange to me because back when things were much simpler, they didn’t even need to call me to confirm anymore. I asked them about that over a year ago and they said “when you are a loyal customer we no longer need to confirm your order!” Lately they’ve been calling me to confirm but it’s not a big deal since I just have to say OKAY to everything. The reason why I used to love their text line is because I don’t enjoy talking to strangers over the phone and since I place orders so often, I literally copy paste my text to them.

Tonight, Jim and I just came home from a tiring weekend trip to Tagaytay so we wanted to do our usual movie & dinner date! I ordered way early at 4PM. As you can see from the exchange below, I sent them a text an hour after placing my order. Don’t be deceived by their reply, they didn’t send that until after another 30 minutes when I was on the phone complaining to their hot line (landline).

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Hindi ko alam kung bakit hindi nanaman nila matawagan yung phone ko eh nanonood lang naman ako ng UAAP game on TV habang nagchcharge yung phone ko sa tabi ko. The girl from the hotline told me my order was on hold because they couldn’t reach my phone. I was so shocked that I wouldn’t have known my food wasn’t coming had I not called them. While I was on their hot line, their reply to my text came in. The girl on the phone said that she would tell the agent in charge of the text line to call me right away. I waited for 5 minutes but no call came. I finally called their text line (it’s not usually allowed) and a girl named CJ answered and she was apologizing. I asked why they didn’t just text me if they couldn’t reach my phone and she couldn’t explain she just kept saying “sorry for the inconvenience.” I asked her what was going to happen now and she asked me if I was confirming my order so they can finally process it already. Naloka talaga ako – an hour and a half to confirm and process my order. That meant I was going to wait another hour and a half for my order to arrive. I doubt they were dialing my number on repeat the whole time. They probably called, it was busy (again, my line was open and phone was working correctly) and they forgot about me.

Fast food restaurants usually try to appease their customer when they are a few minutes late by giving the food for free or giving a discount coupon. My order was going to take a total of 3 hours and they expected me to just take their incompetence. I couldn’t believe it talaga, I even told the girl to ask her manager if they couldn’t do anything to keep me happy not because I’m a celebrity (they think my name’s Jim Bacarro) but because I’m a LOYAL customer. What’s one free meal to keep a regular weekly customer happy, diba? Nope, wala talaga. I told her I was never going to order from them again.

You guys know I don’t like to rant about anything here on my perfectly happy blog but this just made me feel very small and dispensable. I hope by putting this out there, other businesses will learn to improve their customer relations. I’ve only said I wouldn’t ever go back to a restaurant once before when Sand Bar in Boracay charged us for a glass of scotch that never came and when we corrected them, they argued pa and demanded that we pay. Like I would try to get out of a 150-peso glass of scotch just for the sake of tricking someone. Of course we paid for it because ayoko mag skandalo doon noh but I declared I would NEVER go back there again. I don’t think I ever tweeted about that, it happened like 3 years ago – just to let you know I’m not in the business of ranting online. Well, it was my first and last time there so it’s not like I miss it.

But this is something I will probably miss so to help me keep my word and never order from City Delivery again, maybe you can give me alternatives? Thanks!<3

Train Happy!

I‘m so thankful that my maid of honor is really doing a great job of keeping me on track in terms of fitness! Maxx and I have been training with Coach Tina (who is under Coach Froilan Dioso) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a little over a month now. Not counting the week after I got attacked and last week when I wasn’t feeling well, I’ve never missed a session! I was on my 14th session today!

Maxx got her two best friends Ana and Sari to start training with us too so we always get a couple of laughs in when we see each other’s intense faces hahaha. Monday was fun as usual!

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Malungkot ka ba?! Haha

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Coach Tina believes we should train happy so some routines involve partnering up and trying not to giggle while doing the exercise haha

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Then there are the hard ones but see, I can still smile!! :D

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Coach Tina is very strict – we end up with sore bodies the next day but not TOO sore that we can’t move anymore. I’ve personally experienced my core getting stronger so my exercises are now more intense.

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Sari doesn’t even need to work out!!! But she actually motivates me because if a slender and toned girl like her works out then I’m thinking uhh yeah, I think I should too haha. Also, hi Ana!!

I’ve been eating much healthier too. Nothing drastic, just healthier portions and more vegetables. I try to stay away from rice, bread and pasta because I’m carb-sensitive. I’m glad I learned how to make cauliflower rice.

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Wash the cauliflower and let it dry. Cut up the florets into small uniform bits.

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Torture? Yeah

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Pero kebs!

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Put it in a food processor and pulse (press, let go, press, let go, press.. gets mo na?) until it’s close to the size of rice

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Transfer in a microwave safe dish, cover completely with lid, microwave for 7 minutes.

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Of course super flop I have no photo of the finished product (thanks to Lauren for taking these pics btw!!). Basta be careful when removing the lid because really hot steam will come out. Fluff with a fork and add salt and pepper to taste! I like eating ulam with rice and this is a great alternative!

I’ve also been eating a lot of salad for lunch. I had this cheese and avocado salad for lunch today after going to the gym! (photo taken with my phone)

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I’m not crazy, of course. I still have pizza and whatever I want in moderation on weekends. I very recently cut beer from my diet because I followed my super healthy diet one week but drank beer at night and para na rin akong nag pig out sa laki ng tiyan ko. KAINIS.

To thank my trainer for all the help and support, I’m giving away Coach Froilan Dioso‘s Fat Burner to 3 lucky readers!

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One pill contains 1000mg of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (80% FFA), 125mg of Green Tea Extract, 50mg of L. Carnitine and 10mg of Vitamin C. I take one soft gel 30 minutes after every meal.

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How to join? Just leave a comment below telling me why you should take one bottle home! Open to Philippine residents only! Contest ends 11:59PM on Sunday, June 22! All comments are moderated so if you don’t see it right away – don’t panic! I’ll approve it once I read it :)

So will you keep ordering fast food??

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Will you start making healthier choices?

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I’m certainly not the skinniest I’ve ever been but I have never loved my strong body this much. I swear, I keep looking at my butt in the mirror. Hindi pa perfect but super noticeable change!! I’ll post before and after photos after my 30th session haha!

UPDATE: Winners are Elle, Pat and Trina – I’ve contacted you guys via e-mail! Congrats!

Happy Family Day!

It’s been five years of celebrating Father’s Day without our dad. I’m not the type to make a big deal about these “Hallmark” occasions because I don’t get why there should be a reminder to show love for your mother and father (and grandmother and siblings, etc.). I mean: this is supposed to come naturally, right?

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Now that our father’s gone, Father’s Day feels like a reminder of our loss. I know that’s not what the special day sets out to do but, well, that’s how I feel. Although, I must admit it’s getting better each year. I wouldn’t call it a distraction but my ate Unna’s birthday is on June 15th. It’s such a coincidence that Jim’s ate Mia celebrates her birthday on June 16th. Today was a lovely Sunday because I got to celebrate with both families!

I’m lucky my family adjusted our celebration to dinner time so I could join ate Mia’s birthday lunch in Tagaytay. It was my first time to try the famous original Antonio’s as I’ve only experienced Breakfast at Antonio’s (I’ve yet to try The Grill). It was a huge and beautiful lot.

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Ate Mia just recently moved back to the Philippines after being based in Hong Kong for a couple of years. Her boyfriend Rahul is visiting Manila for the first time (he’s currently studying in Singapore) and I’m so excited for him to explore!

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Ooooooh! Sorry, first timer here!

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Cute little Nunki and her new shades from ate Mia! I’ve probably shared this fact before but I’ll share it again because it’s so cool. Ate Mia works for Cartoon Network. Gahhhh so fun!!!

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Yummerzzz

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It was pretty awkward being offered bone marrow because of all things to get me sentimental, it was a dish loved by many. Thank goodness nobody noticed the almost-tears! When my dad got really sick he needed a bone marrow transplant so I can never look at it as food anymore.

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ANYWAY, on to happier things in life. Like Nunki and this glass of wine!

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Sosyal this little girl – her favorite food is steak

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Antonio’s organic mesclun salad, bleu d’auvergne crumbled, glazed walnuts, dried currants & cranberries with raspberry vinaigrette and drizzled with basil oil. Sobrang. Sarap.

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Jim’s ribeye steak

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Tita Bing’s seafood sampler: (1) steamed Chilean sea bass with gratin potato, fish caper veloutè (2) prawn thermidor (3) pan seared scallop on celeriac mashed, truffle cream sauce

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Tito Gerry’s pan-fried beef tenderloin glazed with pommery mustard served with onion fettuccine and scallop potato

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Ate Mia’s grilled black tiger prawns with sweet paprika and vegetable rice pilaf

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Chelo and I shared a grilled certified angus prime ribeye steak flavoured with a cardamom dry rub and served with red wine cream pepper sauce

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I didn’t get to take a photo of Rahul’s fish, sorry! But here’s a photo of the happy couple!

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Yay!

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Time for dessert! I got panna cotta with honeycomb caramelo which turned out to be good but too sweet for my taste

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Jim’s flourless chocolate cake tasted great

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Nunki’s berries and cream ice cream was also delicious! Heehee yes I had a scoop or two :p

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Happy birthday ate Mia and I’m sorry but I guess my camera really loves Rahul – he’s always the one in focus!! Haha

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Tita Bing and tito Gerry ♥

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After lunch, we headed to the Bacarros’ new Tagaytay farm! It’s so exciting what Jim’s parents are doing with the land! I really loved being surrounded by so much greenery! Oh and look at this kitty!

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And this cat looks freaked haha

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This dog was walking awkwardly, a bit sakang, but still so cute!! And clean!

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The greenhouse was fascinating

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This is Chelo’s “what am I doing here?!” pose haha!

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Father & son

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Even the mud looked good

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My love!!

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Hipster TAGAYTAY

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We left Tagaytay at 3:30pm and because of the traffic from the Father’s Day rush I got to ate’s dinner juuuust a little bit late. I suggested we eat at Yuujin along Wilson st. because the food is amazing and it’s super affordable! Plus, it was a favorite of papa’s!

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Hassle lang kasi ang init, sira yung aircon!! Haha! Still, we were 11 super busog adults and the bill was just around PhP5,000+! It’s crazy!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATE UNNA!!!!

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BROS! My big brother Nic, my brother-in-law Bryan and my baby brother Arkin!

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My goddaughter was, of course, ignoring everyone hahaha

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Mama with her baby girls Clara and Zoie

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Happy birthday and happy father’s day!!!!

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ANG TAMIS NAMAN HAHAHA

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Beautiful family!

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And here’s a selfie because I just don’t have enough photos in this blog post…. Ugh. HAHAHAHA

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Elmo and Arkin

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Post-dinner family photo!

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Here I am writing about how sort-of depressing Father’s Day is when in fact I celebrated today with so many of my loved ones! My two ates turned a year older! My mom and her mom (my grammy) have both been mother and father to their kids! Jim’s parents have treated me so much like their own daughter! Ang emo ko masyado! Haha!

Seriously though, I think the best way to honor my parents is to prove how well they’ve raised me. And with the number of people in my life who love me, I think I’m doing a fine job. Happy Father’s Mother’s Grandparent’s Sibling’s FAMILY day!♥