Archive | May, 2011

A Taste of Tapella

21 May

Last Monday, me and my blogger friends were given a chance to taste Tapella’s newest menu with offerings such as tapas, seafoods, delectable stews and yummy desserts.

Chef Alexandra Cacho gave us a demo on how she cooks our Paella with manchego cheese, chicken, asparagus and shrimp! (Manchego cheese, chicken, asparagus and shrimp paella if you are looking for it in their menu. P500) Although she was able to give us great instructions on how to cook paella, it was quite difficult to follow directions specially with a wannabe-cook like me ;).

Chef Alexandra stirring the delicious paella with Manchego cheese, chicken, asparagus and shrimp.

The place was enveloped with the mouth-watering smell of the sauce. It made the paella more delectable when she added the Manchego cheese. Manchego cheese is made from pasteurized sheep’s milk. It is named after the Spanish Region of La Mancha. The cheese leaves a taste that is characteristic to sheep’s milk as the Chef told us. This is quite an evolution to our much loved paella.

The next dish that was cooked by the chef is the fried quail egg, pimiento with serrano ham also known as Cojonudos. This particular dish is a crowd favorite because everyone was amazed to see a fried quail egg. We usually eat quail eggs in its boiled form. Specially the ones which is quite a popular street food known as kwek kwek, a quail egg covered in orange food coloring. It is quite easy to cook as all you need to do is fry the quail egg. We can substitute the serrano ham with the usual Christmas hams we get during the holidays.

Crave for open-faced bites such as Cojonudos-fried quail eggs with pimiento and serrano ham in baguette and the juicy and savory duck fatty liver in bread.

Chef also prepared Sangrea. It is a wine punch with fruits and soda. I was not able to pay much attention on how it was made, but what I can remember is that it made me a little dizzy after a couple of servings. According to some articles, Sangrea is a traditional heritage well rooted in Spain. Kind of like the regular punch that we make during parties (Note: Gin Pomelo) but with a little panache.

Sangrea, a fruit based wide punch that made me dizzy after two servings. 😀

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A Call To End Hunger: WFP’s Walk the World 2011

15 May

“Feed them so they focus on their studies” It was such a simple remark from Flow Galindez, a hunger warrior for the World Food Programme who shared a lot of information to us about their cause. Last Thursday, me together with the bloggers attended the Walk the World Blogger’s Night, a culminating event to promote End Hunger: Walk The World to raise funds for school feeding activities of the World Food Programme in numerous schools in Central Mindanao.

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Participants of the End Hunger: Walk The World 2010

It might just be a simple endeavor but to some of the children, going to school is their only way out of poverty. Little do we know what this children go through to go to school. Some would walk miles and arrive to school with empty stomachs.

WFP together with its major partners: TNT, Unilever and DSM are passionate about taking action on this important issue and believe that everyone can help by joining Walk the World Pilipinas as a step towards ending hunger.

The event is going to happen at the SM Mall of Asia, IMAX Parking Lot on May 29, 2011 5:00am to 10 am. This is open to walkers and runners who would like to help in WFP’s cause to fight hunger. This is a spin-off to the usual fun runs that is quite a hot ticket these days as WFP would like the attendants to walk to the finish line. Yes walk! Categories are available after the jump: Continue reading

Bloggers climb Mt Pinatubo for a Cause

10 May

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I’ve been planning to create  a serious lifestyle blog for years. I thought that if there is one event that I would be very interested in with the bloggers, then I will consider that as a sign to “lifestyle” blog. But I think I do not need to wait anymore because I got my sign for this event happening on May 28,2011!

Let’s Go Sago is inviting bloggers to climb Mt. Pinatubo for a cause! Entitled as Akyat Pinatubo, this project aims to help Tahanang Walang Hagdanan. Happening on May 28, 2011 this is going to be a day tour to the beautiful Mt. Pinatubo.

I’m really excited as this is going to be my first climb and this event will launch my first serious blog.

Come on join us! For only 1,900 (blogger fees) you’ll get to help out Tahanang Walang Hagdanan as well as see the breathtaking Mt. Pinatubo. Prizes will be given away for the early registrants. See details below:

  • 1st 10 full registrants receive a pair of Havaianas Flip-flops
  • 11th to 20th full registrants receive a box (1 dozen) Starbucks VIA Coffee Brew & 1 year webhosting
  • 21st to 30th full registrants receive a Unilab gift pack.
  • 31st to 40th full registrants receive 1 year webhosting

This event will not be possible if not because of our sponsors. Special thanks to  Jollibee, Havaianas, Starbucks Philippines, Unilab, Travel Factor, Solid Hosting, Nuffnang Philippines, ChurpChurp Philippines, Orange Magazine TV, and Blogger Manila

For full details of the registration, itinerary and how to snag those great prizes, visit Letsgosago.net.

Teleserv’s Bloggers Night Out!

6 May


That is a photo of the happy bloggers who witnessed the unveiling of Teleserv’s newest offering to everyjuan :). They premiered the newest installment of the Fast and the Furious movies entitled Fast Five! I’ve been curious why they decided to have a movie premiere instead of having a normal event with the bloggers to showcase their services. According to Ronnie De Vera they believe that the movie embodies the service they are giving to Filipinos: Fast and Furious!

You might be wondering what is all this commotion about Teleserv? They are the company behind NSO Birth Certificate Delivery, POEA Balik Manggagawa OEC Delivery and DFA Passport Appointment System.

The NSO Birth Certificate Delivery Helpline started the trend with the expansion from the reliable hotline 020 737 1111 to the expansive reach of the web with the launch of http://www.birthcertificates.com.ph. The new online channel allows applicants to chat on the web regarding their NSO certificate inquiries and requests which ranges from birth, marriage, death and certificate of no marriage. The website also offers pages of countless information where people can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding NSO certificates, civil registration guides and NSO certificate problems.

They also developed the Online Payment Channel where people can pay for their NSO certificate requests online using their credit cards. Safe and secured, The online payment facility is compliant with the PCI-DSS strict certifications.

The POEA OEC Balik Manggagawa Delivery Service has made overseas exit clearance processing a breeze for vacationing OFWs over the years. With the expansion of the online website http://www.oecdelivery.com.ph, OFWs can now find more information and useful tips for their vacation in the country. This website is for OFWs. We all know the hassle of going to government offices such as POEA. This service will make getting an exit clearance easy breezy :).

The DFA Passport Appointment System is geared to expand the passporting experience of every Filipino. A FREE (yes free!) appointment service that is available via hotline 02 737 1000 and online at http://www.passport.com.ph, the service optimizes the integrated systems of processing a passport. Various information is loaded on the website including passport requirements, passport fees, a locator map and an appointment scheduler.

We all experienced the hassle of getting these important documents. Now it is going to be much much easier! Just go to those websites for more information. 🙂

Fujitsu Launches 2011 Lifebook Series

6 May

Fujitsu invited bloggers last April 27, 2011 at the Makati Shangri-La to witness the unveiling of their new range of Lifebooks. This array of enhanced LIFEBOOK is specially designed to deliver an unparallel user experience that includes solid computing performance, excellent media and graphic capabilities, and greater energy efficiency.

The  Product Marketing Manager of Fujitsu, Edmund Lim, gave us a very informative presentation of the innovations of their new products.

“We are now entering a multimedia-centric world where users demand for instant access to stunning and immersive visual, web and gaming experiences – often times all at once. Our latest LIFEBOOK line-up with versatile built-in processors is tuned to meet the varied preferences and needs of today’s customers. While we increase the power levels to achieve performance gains for high-intensity dynamic workloads; we ensure the power and thermal aspects are intelligently optimized at the very same time,” says Mr. Edmund Lim, Product Marketing Manager, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Ltd.

Aside from the new knowledge on the innovations of their Lifebooks, they also gave away a brand new Fujitsu 2011 Lifebook LH531 or a 3 days and 2 nights stay at Misibis Bay in Cagraray Island! Too bad I did not win though.

Fujitsu’s new line of LIFEBOOK that run on the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ platform are specially engineered for higher performance, allowing its users to enjoy the best multimedia, visual and mobile computing experience.

Details of the new Lifebooks after the jump!

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