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Mang Inasal Delivery 7331111

Wow! As if it wasn't enough that Mang Inasal is located in every street corner, now, even better, Mang Inasal delivers Pinoy Style BBQ! 

I was one of the few bloggers that was tasked by Yehey! to try Mang Inasal's delivery hotline. Since I am now a working girl, I picked my office as the delivery destination. 

I called Mang Inasal's delivery hotline number 7331111 and within 30 minutes, special pre-arranged orders arrived at my office address. Minimum order for delivery is PhP220 inclusive of tax.

Delivered right at my doorstep were:

PM2- pecho with rice PhP99

Chocolate Fudge Cake by Red Ribbon

My event: September 23, 2010

Red Ribbon Bakeshop
Rizal Drive, The Fort

The e-vite from Red Ribbon's PR company, Protege, came a day before the event. Good thing, I don't have any scheduled event that day. The e-vite piqued my curiosity about the launching of a new cake tagged as "Dessert as Comfort Food". Red Ribbon bakeshop even invited a sous chef named Sherrie Tan to discuss about the topic.

top from The Net 
skirt from Hot Kiss

Chirping bird in my room

chirping bird toy

Adidas Koolvayuna Slides

Adidas Koolvayuna slides USD32

I am loving my new Adidas fitFOAM Soft Comfort Footbed my SIL gave me! It's so comfortable and cushiony! And yes, it's in hot pink! 

When I am wearing it as if I am walking on cloud 9! No pressure whatsoever! I only noticed that my foot sweats more but it does not smell naman lol And because it's in pink, it tends to attract dust more!

I wonder if it's already available here.

*fitFOAM midsole is made of a visco-elastic rebound foam, contours to your foot like a custom mold.

Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24

Vaseline Healthy White SPF24 200ml PhP174

Last August 21, I got a wonderful surprise from Vaseline and Media Contacts. It's their new Vaseline Healthy White SPF24 Triple Lightening lotion. Whew! That was long haha

A&W Root Beer + Magnolia Classic Vanilla

A&W root beer + Magnolia Classic Vanilla ice cream= root beer float
I love root beer float! Who doesn't?!

Gerry's Grill PLUS win a collectible item!

My event: September 17, 2010

Gerry's Grill
Tomas Morato
Quezon City
4159514   4144234

It was a hectic Friday. After work, DH and I visited a back to back EXPO at the World Trade Center in the afternoon and went straight to Gerry's Grill for a what you call sumptuous dinner. 

I was once again invited by the force behind Stratigem to taste the latest offering of Gerry's Grill. I am glad to see some new faces when we arrived and some old ones too! Fellow bloggers were already capturing pictures when I arrived. I have to thank the traffic for arriving fashionably late haha

The following food were served that night: 

caldereta PhP220

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palette 19

look of the day

Girls, pardon the off center picture haha I am just starting to master taking a picture of myself... it's hard, I tell you!

DIY photo shoot!

What do you do if you are over 30 and a model wanna be? Create a DIY photo shoot! 

It pays that I have a DH who is a GREAT photographer- photoshop expert- layout artist all rolled into one haha *eyes rolling* I know he is reading my blog although I cannot simply make him confess haha

trying to be alluringly H-O-T in the middle of our living room... NOT! haha

First and foremost, I needed a reason for a photo shoot... a new lay out for my header and a blogger card. This is my third header since I started this blog haha Such a vain blogger! 

Hawaiian BBQ Grill

My visit: September 11, 2010

Hawaiian BBQ Grill 
45 Aguinaldo Hi-way 
Silang Crossing, Tagaytay City 
(046) 4131798   (046) 8602716   09273632660

And we're back in Tagaytay! It is so near Manila yet the weather is so different. I so love it there! 

We had our lunch at our favorite Japanese restaurant in Sta. Rosa, Umenoya. After visiting Tagaytay Highlands all afternoon, we were all famished! DH suggested to eat somewhere in Tagaytay.  I, on the other hand, suggested going back to Manila for good eats because memories of the food served in Cafe Platito was still fresh on my mind ; p But with four against one, I lost! 

I quickly suggested Hawaiian BBQ Grill located in The Boutique Bed and Breakfast! Not wanting others to contradict my suggestion, I told them that the restaurant's specialty is baby back ribs haha So, yes, we had our hearty dinner there!

coleslaw PhP112

Kikufuji Japanese Restaurant

My visit: September 10, 2010

Washoku Kikufuji
2277 Pasong Tamo
located outside Little Tokyo
8937319   8936131

I have first heard about Kikufuji from a restaurateur turned blogger/photographer, Richard. He gave me the restaurant's business card and I, in turn, kept it in my wallet just in case. We seldom go to Makati so I thought I wouldn't be able to try this restaurant out.

Luckily, we have a delivery over a week ago around Makati area. The traffic was not bad and we were able to find it without any glitch!

Alright without further ado, here's our order:

shake sushi PhP185

Heinz Tomato Ketchup + Knorr Liquid Seasoning

perfect combination

Tips on US Visa application with a Philippine passport

This is a repost from 2008 haha I don't know if it is still the same but I hope this can help!

I went to the US Embassy with an armload of brown envelope placed inside a plastic envelope. Inside the brown envelope are important documents that might increase my chance of having the much coveted US Visa. Although I am just renewing my visa, having an old/expired visa does not guarantee that the US consul will grant you a new one.

Red Ribbon's Pork Tocino

pork tocino ala carte Php70

Whenever we have breakfast or lunch at Red Ribbon, my dad and I usually orders pork tocino. Super sarap!

Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food

My visit: September 4, 2010

Eat Fresh
Ma. Clara St. near Banawe
Quezon City

Sorry folks, I messed up. I was not able to get the exact address of this restaurant haha  A few weeks back I posted on my profile in Facebook that DH and I had dinner twice! The first was in Icebergs Banawe and the second one in this new place called Eat Fresh!


Buko Pandan Salad by Nathaniel's Bakeshop

My visit: September 9, 2010

Nathaniel's Bakeshop
Unit #3 ITC Commercial Complex
Timog Ave. cor Panay Ave.
Quezon City

bowl of buko pandan salad...yum!

Good Fellas steaks and burgers

My event: September 2, 2010

Good Fellas Steaks and Burgers
36 T. Gener corner K-1st Street
Kamuning, Quezon CIty
9645385   4133187


Esprit brown blouse
Guess jeans
necklace birthday gift from AC
chunky ring Christmas gift from JJ
hair pulled up in a bun

Moving clouds in Cliff House Tagaytay

I captured a moving cloud

While in Tagaytay Cliff House looking up the blue sky, I saw these clouds moving fast. Quickly, I captured it on my Canon Ixus 860IS.

One fine day in Tagaytay

Two weeks ago, my DS drove us all the way to Tagaytay for some fresh air. Masipag pa siya because it's her first time to drive on a highway!

I could and would not drive on a highway.

Here are some pictures taken in Sonya's Garden and some in Cliff House.

my parents in Sonya's Garden 

Sansevieria and Jade plant

Sansevieria- natural air cleaner PhP250

I lost two of my Jade plants. The one pictured below in white vase is my third Jade plant attempt ; p And while scouting a new plant to add in our living room, the seller suggested Sansevieria. The seller told me that this plant act as air purifier. Further research tells me that it removes toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. It is also believed that this plant produces oxygen at night making it suitable to be placed inside the bedroom. 

Even feng shui are in love with this plant. It is often given as a gift for occasions such as opening of business and other auspicious event. You may even put it in the bathroom above the toilet to counter the draining effect of the flush. 



Sonya's Garden

I found these flowers in Sonya's Garden when we visited the place to buy fresh garden salad and Spanish bread.


These plants are so beautiful, I couldn't resist the urge to take pictures of it!

Nature is truly amazing!

Chippy and my fresh cow's milk

I know, right? This is such an unusual combination! Chippy- barbecue flavored corn chips is my favorite junk these past few days haha My fresh milk has only a couple of days shelf life so even during my afternoon snack, I downed a glass haha

CenterStage Family KTV & Resto Bar

My visit: August 29, 2010

2/F CTTM Square 
Timog cor Tomas Morato, QC
9207754   9268365   9266440   2390071

DH has been bugging me to go back to Mey Lin Pot & Noodle House. The night before my Kimpura won over Mey Lin. We spend our regular Saturday date night eating black Angus beef tee hee 

I want karaoke night, DH wants Mey Lin. CenterStage is the only way to go! Located in Timog, it has ample parking space at the ground floor and basement. 

What got me excited was that we can eat inside a private karaoke room with no minimum consumable amount per room or per person. The usage of the karaoke room was free. I can't believe what I was hearing that I probably asked the personnel twice haha He told me that it's their promotion until the end of August hehe

fried salted spareribs PhP210

Eeeer, I was busy singing plus my camera battery died on me. I know, excuses, right? All pictures were shot using DS new Canon Ixus 105 camera!

Cafe Platito atbp.

August 30, 2010

Platito Coffee Shop
Unit #2 Cliff House
Aguinldo Hi- way
Maharika, Tagaytay

It was a rainy night in Tagaytay and the restaurant I frequent to, Buon Giorno, was full of diners. We ended up in Cafe Platito ATBP.

I don't know if the rain caused the service to be slow. It was also hard to get the attention of the server. It might be because of the position of our table which was on the far side. Initially, we were given only 3 sets of cutlery even though we were four in a table. Maybe because we only ordered three dishes?

Here's our order: 

longaniza PhP198

This is quite expensive for a local fare. A plate has only four longaniza- pork sausage about the length of my pinky, 2 eggs and a rice. The taste of the longaniza was not even impressive. 

Ice Watch Press Launch & Auction

My event: September 1, 2010

Ice Watch Press Launch & Auction
C3 Events Place
18 Missouri St., Northeast Greenhills
San Juan 

outfit of the night

I chose my new Mango dress as my outfit of the night. I pulled back my hair so you can see the chest detail of the dress. But I choose to let my hair down for the event itself. 


2pieces @ PhP180+

Omg! I just bought the most expensive fruit in my entire life! A kilo of peaches in Unimart, Greenhills  costs PhP588. I picked up only 2 pieces, to my surprise when weighed it costs a little under PhP200!

Cook your own: Tomyao with Shitake Mushroom

tomyao with shitake mushroom

This was one of the dishes we ate last night, tom yao with shitake mushroom! It's pretty easy to make in under 10 minutes, preparation included ;p

Fibisco Choco Crunchies

Since I have been going to the office 3x a week now, I made sure to stock up the fridge with merienda (afternoon snack) fare. 

choco crunchies

Cook your own: Gambas

my version of gambas


7 pieces tiger prawns 
garlic chopped
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
Knorr seasoning

Coconut (buko)

my suki 4 pieces for PhP50 ($1)

DH and I love buko! I am now working three times a week. And every time I go to the office, I buy from this old man who sells coconut. 4 coconuts can fill 2 of my red lid pitcher in the picture.

How much is a buko in your place?

Ashitaba Plant and its Benefit

The entire content of this entry has been transferred in my new blog, xoxo MrsMartinez visit the link here.  

I have previously posted about Gynura Procumbens. A plant that has numerous benefits for our body. We stumbled upon this plant in our search for Ashitaba plant. Some mistakenly named Gynura Procumbens as the Ashitaba Plant. Their leaves might be the same but a closer look would prove it otherwise. The ridges of the leaves are more pronounced in Ashitaba plant than in Gynura Procumbens. Now , before I delve deeper, let me tell you more about the tomorrow leaf- Ashitaba.


What is Ashitaba?

Ashitaba (Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi), also called DON QUI, a native in the Japanese island of Hachijo (Longevity Island). Ashitaba is also known as Tomorrow leaf and sometimes longevity herb because of its ability to reproduce a leaf on a daily basis. Angelica is latin for Angel. It connotes godly or heavenly effects. 

To read the full entry, visit Ashitaba: Photos & Benefits

Delish Restaurant Blogger's Night

My event: August 25, 2010

103 Maginhawa St.,
Teacher's Village, QC

Alright, the big reveal, this is my brother and his friends' restaurant! And for the first time, I organized a blogger event not just for one night but two separate nights. Although I am not really new at organizing event because I used to organize kiddie birthday parties, sometimes even a debut and one time a friend's wedding and my very own wedding haha Inviting bloggers is not a walk in the clouds. Buti nalang naawa sila sa akin at pumunta sila . I have to check, adjust the schedule, follow up and confirm even on the last minute ; p 

My brother has been bugging me to organize a blogger event for his restaurant since day 1.  I guess I don't have enough confidence about the food that they served in the beginning that I offered excuses so as not to disappoint him. I published 2 posts about Delish Restaurant so there will be internet presence. Read it here and here.  I gave it some time so that they could experiment and settle for a theme and make necessary adjustments in terms of their specialty and their ambiance. After all, bloggers will write about his/her experience with the restaurant and its food whether its good or bad. 

And after 5 months, I finally had the courage to organize a blogger event. I was not able to take pictures of the food on the first event because a lot of bloggers have shown up even if it's a Sunday haha That's good and I am not complaining!

There are a lot of changes since. New couch, UP students' paintings for sale and a whole lot of new food on their menu. They even have lunch specials to cater to the working class on weekdays. They now concentrate on Filipino cuisine with a little bit of twist. 

The pictures below were taken on a Wednesday, three days after the first event. We were only 5 that night so I was able to squeeze in a few shots!

crispy bicol express PhP185

Don't be intimidated about the green sili on top. It was a balance of spiciness and the flavor of coconut milk. And they don't take the "crispy" word for granted because the pork was fried to perfection.

Special lunch price PhP89 with soup of the day and rice.

Escola Brasileira Capoeira


McDonald's Fruity Strawberry Twist Sundae

McDonald love ko 'to! Fruity Strawberry Twist Sundae PhP32

I love their old version of strawberry sundae- vanilla ice cream with strawberry and strawberry syrup. I dislike the new twist that they added- wafer stick. But I love anything strawberry + ice cream so I will still eat this haha

Senior citizens, you only have to pay PhP22 for an order of Fruity Strawberry Twist Sundae! ; p

Short hair ala Twiggy do!

Emily Browning

Kimpura: Black Angus beef rib eye and more!

August  28, 2010

Level 3 Trinoma Mall
EDSA cor. North Ave
Brgy Bagong Pgasa, Quezon City


Last Saturday, DH and I had a movie date night. But before that we had to eat so he asked me where I would want to eat, I said Kimpura. He said he miss Mey Lin's stir fried string beans with minced pork. I, on the other hand, miss teppanyaki. Guess who won? Me! It is but right because he was the one who asked me out on a date haha

free appetizer

We both got appetizer refill. I love dilis (salted and dried achovies).