Archive | November, 2010

World’s Largest Bibingcrepe at Halfmoon Asian Cafe

30 Nov

November 23rd was quite a normal day for the city dwellers of Tomas Morato. But in Halfmoon Asian Cafe, something incredibly different was unveiled as the bloggers witnessed the unveiling of the largest bibingcrepe ever made.

Halfmoon Asian Cafe offers one-of-a-kind “bibingcrepe” and good old home-cooked Filipino favorites
Located on Tomas Morato Avenue, just a stone’s throw away from ABS-CBN and beside Bluewater Day Spa, Halfmoon Asian Café is the place to be if you’re the type who enjoys good coffee and conversations and more.

Bibingcrepe has the same fluffiness of the traditional Filipino delicacy and the creamy goodness of the French pancake. Eating it is like enjoying a taste of the provincial and the modern at the same time. Gillette, part owner of the cafe,  is proud to say that they’re the first to come up with the concept of bibingcrepe.

I don’t have the exact measurements, but the largest bibingcrepe is almost 10 times the size of the regular bilao.

The bibingcrepe was already cut in half when I arrived, so much for being late. There was also a design your bibingcrepe contest earlier where the bloggers got a chance to design their own bibingcrepe. They used chocnut, marshmallows, chocolate Nips, chocolate sprinkles among others to design their bibingcrepes. Here are the results:

Those are just the cutest bibingcrepes aren’t they? We had a lot of fun in the event! Specially when the owner told us that we can take home a part of the bibingcrepe. The bloggers were like kids taking turns, violently I must say, in getting a part of the bibingcrepe to take home. Some of us even took four boxes of the bibingcrepes home. I almost got four too, but I was a bit hesitant to show my “pigginess” to the blogging public so I took home just two of the boxes. Here is a video taken by Azrael of this bibingcrepe banter.

Aside from the Bibingcrepe, foodies can also look forward to enjoying home-cooked Filipino food, like Bangus, Binagoongang Baboy and Beef Caldereta. For first-timers, the Crispy Adobo is not to be missed. Served with a generous helping of rice, egg and pork cooked so tender with a little bit of zest, this dish will make anyone come back to Halfmoon Asian Café.

Foodies can also partake of the cafe’s myriad choices of Asian favorites: Siomai, Sirloin Tapa, Spanish Sardines and Gambas. To cap off a delicious meal, they can choose from a variety of hot or blended coffee drinks: Halfmoon Americano, Cafe Latte, Mocha, Cafe Bonbon, Chai Latte, Cool Mocha, Coffee Ice Blend, and many more.

 

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A New Kind of Miracle

27 Nov

Admit it. It is so easy to be selfish during the holidays and splurge all your hard earned 13th month pay to yourself just because you deserved it. How many times have you thought about giving a chunk of that money to the less fortunate, which does not include your relatives and family?

I for one am guilty for filtering my Christmas list to friends and family. But now is the time to extend your reach and give something back to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. One way to do that is through Miracle Whip’s Miracle Machine.

Miracle Machine is a social network application and its objective is quite simple: to get people and their friends and their friends’ friends working together to make miracles happen for the less unfortunate. Think Facebook but instead of status updates and comments, you get opportunities to help.

 

To set the wheels of Miracle Machine in motion, visit http://www.facebook.com/WhippingUpMiracles, click on the Miracle Machine tab. Maybe there’s one miracle or two you’d be able to help us make happen and you might also consider spreading the word to your friends. There might be someone in your friend list or your friends’ friend list who has the means to answer a call for help or support a specific cause.

If we get everyone to pitch in, we can show that as more people become part of Miracle Machine, we get to make more and more amazing things happen!

The following recipients will benefit tremendously if everyone decides to take part:

Kythe Foundation hopes to help Angelalyn Magalano, a 13-year-old angel who suffers from Nephoric Syndrome and psoriasis by making her wish come true of meeting a pilot and talk about flying.

Jamboree Mountaineers hopes to make the indigenous tribes’ Christmas in Wawa, Montalban merrier by trekking there and delivering food for Noche Buena.

Childhope Asia hopes to keep street children warm this Yuletide Season by providing them with new underwear and clothes.

Kaeskwela hopes to fill the empty libraries of public schools in far-flung areas in the country with educational books.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) hopes to find abandoned dogs and cats new families to take them in by making them adoption-ready through grooming.

Sagip Buhay and Philippine General Hospital hopes to provide medical assistance for those who don’t have the means and access to proper healthcare with new blood pressure devices and Thermoscan thermometers.

Firefly Brigade and Tiklop Society hopes to collect 10 bikes and bike safety gear for people in urban communities to help them get from one place to another faster and safer so they can be more productive in their work.

Tahanang Walang Hagdan hopes to give back to the 326 volunteers who have selflessly devoted their time to the organization by giving them gifts this Christmas.

Resources for the Blind hopes to record an audio storybook for blind children to bring them to the world of wonder and imagination.

Museo Pambata hopes to make 2, 000 children happy this Season of Giving by gifting them with pre-loved storybooks and toys.

St. Martin de Porres Charity Home hopes to spread holiday cheer with a potluck party for the underprivileged kids under its care.

Finally, for the 12th miracle, a fully functional miracle conduit will be made available on the 12th day of December to organizations who need it and people with something to give.

To date, there are a lot of companies and people who reached out through this endeavor and help make some of the wishes turn into reality:

If you don’t have the money, there are others ways to help. Just go to the link above for details. 🙂

Holiday Ham for the Holidays

21 Nov

Its that season once again of good cheer and being nice instead of naughty, uhhh, right. Its also the time for Noche Buena and forgetting that you are on a diet. 😀 I grew up with a mom who ensures that we always have ham during Christmas. Yes, Christmas is never complete without it.

Time and again, ham is the poster boy for all Christmas festivities. Christmas won’t be complete if there is no ham served during Christmas Eve. Here in the Philippines, families do not usually serve the entire ham to the family, rather they keep most of the ham in the freezer and enjoy it little by little. I did not know that this “custom/habit” only happens in Filipino families! Its probably due to the fact that Christmas ham is quite expensive and we only get to taste it during this festive season.

That’s why if you are looking for the perfect gift, why don’t you give your friends, family, relatives the gift of ham (pun intended). If you are looking for something new, CDO introduces their finest ham to date:  Holiday Ham: The Premium-Cut Ham. The bloggers were invited to the launching of their new product last Saturday and we were able to have a look and taste this new product that CDO offers.

Here are three things which make this ham the best among the rest.

First is that the Holiday Ham is made from one whole boneless meat from the hind leg which is the best cut of pork for hams. Hind leg ham is tastier and meatier compared to the more common shaped hams. Shaped hams are already processed and although brands would use meat from the other parts of the pork, nothing can beat the goodness found only on the hind leg of pork.

Second, the Holiday Ham is a high-quality smoked ham. The net marks attests to that. Only whole-meat hams can be smoked in ham nets because if it isn’t, pieces would fall off.

Lastly, Holiday Ham has no extenders. The appearance, taste and texture tell the truth. The ham is meat, juicy, and flavorful, and consumers really get the best value for their money.

Chef Rob Pengson presented some sleek ideas different ways on how to prepare the Holiday ham. He also answered some questions on what is the best way to preserve the ham once its opened (as we all know, Filipinos love to “freeze” food) little did I know that we can only leave the ham in the freezer for 1 week once its opened. I got to tell Mama that!

Apple iPad up for grabs

To make the holidays a cut above the rest, Holiday Ham will be giving out an Apple iPad tablet computer. Interested parties need only to register with their name, Facebook page URL, mobile phone number, and email address. It’s that easy!

The registration is on the Holiday Ham website http://holidayham.com.ph/subpages/promo.aspx and is open until December 20, 2010.

Grand Fiesta Run Update!

8 Nov

The Grand Fiesta Run 2010 is near! Resorts World Manila (RWM) will bring back the “fun” in fun runs on November 28 in Newport City, and everyone’s invited to join! Prizes await winners, and participants get a shot at the amazing raffle prizes!

Come in your weirdest and wildest fiesta-inspired costumes, or suit up and grab your briefcase for an unforgettable rat raced theme run. Prizes await for the Best Dressed, Most Unique, Biggest Group/Company, and Wildest Costume.

At stake are fabulous Reward Points from Resorts World Manila that will make sure that you and your friends will have a memorable night at the first integrated tourism destination in the Philippines! Awards and corresponding prizes are as follows:

For those who want a bit of a challenge may opt to join the 3K, 5K, and 10K categories. Runners may select their finish chute for the chance to win prizes such as shop, movie, spa, hotel, and cruise gift certificates.

Not only that, incredible raffle prizes await the participants. RWM will be raffling off a 3D/2N stay at Resorts World Sentosa  for four (4) with free tickets to Universal Studios OR a cruise for two (2) to Singapore and Malaysia and back to Singapore.

Winners of the raffle will be brought to their destinations via the Resorts World Manila private jet! How’s that for living the high life?

Registration fee for the run is Php650.00 for all race categories. Interested parties may register before November 22 at the following: Chris Sports in MOA, Glorietta, and SM Mega Mall; R.O.X Bonifacio High Street, and at Resorts World Manila Tour Counter. Gun starts at: 6:00AM for 10K, 6:05AM for 5K, 6:10AM for 3K, and 7:15|AM for 1K. Bring your families and friends on November 28 for one truly unforgettable fun run!

For more information, visit www.rwmanila.com, or call the RWM Tour Counter at (632)836-6333.

A Day at Nido Fortified’s Science Discovery Center

7 Nov

I have a confession to make: I miss field trips.

You know, those yearly thing in school where you get to ride  a bus with your classmates in elementary and get excited to go to all these educational places. Field trips are not as fun as they were when we were in high school, maybe because our school chooses venues that are far too kiddie for our angsty high school taste.

Yesterday, my sister and I get to experience those elementary days again when we decided to visit Nido Fortified’s Science Discovery Center at the Mall of Asia. It is also the premiere of Passport to the Universe in their snazzy Planetarium, the spectacle in the place that I am really excited about.

(That’s my sister in the middle) The Digistar Planetarium is a 15 meter 3-d Planetarium, which is considered to be one of the best in the Southeast Asia, with its all dome video playback and its star field and astronomical capabilities.

It literally brought us to the edge of our seats! The setting is your common movie house but the silver screen is at the ceiling shaped spherically. Giving you the illusion of seeing the night sky, only that you get to see planets, stars, etc. while Robert Redford, Sean Bean or Tom Hanks narrates to you the history or facts of the images presented.

We were able to watch Passport to the Universe with the oohs and aaahs of the kids we were watching it with.

The Digistar Planetarium is a must-go if you plan to bring your kids to the Science Discovery Center. Here are the shows featured in the Planetarium:

  • Dawn of the Space Age – Featuring the exciting early days of space exploration! Be part of the historic Sputnik launch and experience magnificent Lunar landings.
  • Cosmic Collisions – Take a thrilling trip through space with these cutting-edge simulations of cosmic collisions and impacts! This show is narrated by Robert Redford.
  • Passport to the Universe – Take a grand tour of the universe from solar system to deep intergalactic space then take a ‘virtual shortcut’ back to earth through a black hole while listening to Tom Hanks as he narrates the feature.
  • Seven Wonders- Turn back the time and witness the ancient wonders of the world, see their present-day counterparts and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. The show is narrated by Sean Bean.

SM Science Discovery Center also features other exhibits that your kids can interact with. My personal favorite is the Fear Shadow Wall, which simulates the feeling of being scared. You can attempt to collect fruit from a Jungle tree and if you are too careless, be attacked by a leopard. The leopard-attacking thing didn’t scare me at all, but your kids might love it. 🙂

That’s me and my sister trying out the Fear Shadow Wall

 

You also get the chance to fly an aircraft by their flight simulator. There’s a small LCD screen with the usual aircraft controls, simulating what the pilots see aboard a spacecraft.

You can also send email messages four years into the future through their ultra cool time capsule!

Take your kids to the Science Discovery Center or bring your friends to experience that field trip vibe again. 🙂

Fro-Yo Alert at California Berry!

5 Nov

Its all about Frozen Yogurts nowadays isn’t it? California Berry’s got a special treat for its loyal followers!

California Berry is giving away a free cup of California Berry’s newest seasonal yogurt. You heard it right, ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Just drop by at their branch from 6:00pm to 8:00pm today! Make sure that you are one of the first 50 customers because the 51st customer onwards would have to pay for it. Hehe.

Get there before 6pm because this offer is only good for today!

Watch out for the Grand Fiesta at Resorts World!

5 Nov

This November, the most exciting destination in Asia will hold an extravagant unveiling that will showcase the wonders of the Philippine culture and what the first integrated tourism destination in the country has to offer.

Witness the biggest celebration of Pinoy heritage at Resorts World Manila’s grand launch, the Grand Fiesta Manila 2010!

RWM’s grand launch will be a feast of flavors, arts, culture, and talent at its grandiose best.  Here are the activities that RWM prepared for their grand launch:

Saráp – delicious, good

Eating is an integral part of the Filipino culture, and RWM will prove itself as the place where the local cuisine will be at its most sumptuous. Gourmets will celebrate as RWM introduces its various dining destinations on its grand launch. RWM will whip up a spread of the most scrumptious Filipino viands and the most popular international cuisine prepared by the most experienced chefs local and abroad.

Sine – movie theater

RWM takes you on a ride on the most memorable moments on the Filipino silver screen. Watch the creations of famed Filipino filmmakers in the newest premium cinemas at The Newport Mall. It’s a whole new viewing experience at the Newport Cinemas, designed with stadium seating and superb views from any point in the movie house. Take the viewing experience a notch higher with the Ultra Cinema 1 which features fully reclining seats and leg rests and a call button per pod for personalized service.

Likhá – create

It’s Pinoy talent on show when RWM sends down the runway the designs of favorite Filipino designers. After holding successive events such as La Flora de Mayo where more than 30 sagalas modeled ternos; Broadway on the Runway which saw the best of Broadway as interpreted by Filipino designers, and more; RWM is ready to take Filipino creativity to greater heights at its grand launch!

Tanghál at Kantá – place where the show is exhibited and to sing

There’s no denying that talent for the stage runs strong in Pinoy blood and RWM will showcase this on a magnificent scale at its Newport Performing Arts Theater. This 1,500-seat theater is the metro’s biggest stage for musicals, events, performances, and more. Watch out what will take centerstage on RWM’s big day which can only be magical and memorable.

One of its magnificent productions is KAOS – a timeless tale of love and magic that will surely take one’s breath away.

Sayá – happy, cheerful, memory

Respected Filipino painters and artists will put their talents on display at RWM. This is in line with RWM’s aim to highlight Filipino talent and culture by holding exhibits featuring renowned artists.

Watch out for more information on Grand Fiesta Manila 2010 on the days to come. RWM is preparing a lavish celebration fitting of the rich Filipino heritage. For more information on Resorts World Manila, call the Tour Counter (632)836-6333 or visit http://www.rwmanila.com.