Monday, September 29, 2014

9:18 PM

Ling Nam Offers Affordable House Specialties

It was another zomato.com meet up and this time we are invading the Ling Nam in Glorietta 2. It was amusing that day because I feel that I was lost and don't know where I'm working and when I enter into the establishment I am not certain if it's the restaurant that I am looking for so I need to go away again and went over.

Oh gosh! This is not happening to me for the first time and even they called me already I don't even notice. Anyway, I come to Ling Nam to try their food. To try their specialty, the noodles, dimsums and everything that they can serve to us.

As usual, I have named myself if am I a food, particularly a Chinese food I would be a Siopao.


I never realized that they would served their Siopao first, asado and bola. It was good... yes the flavor of asado and bola was there and nothing special in the food. I think their siopao would be great if they put more filling in the bun instead.


Next we have the Noodles, Beef wanton, Beef and Chicken Asado Noodles. I just tried the Beef Noodles and it was perfect for me because the noodles are good and the flavor was there, but you have to add pepper and fish sauce.

Their Pork Siomai was not the usual size of siomai it was a little bigger compare to other siomai house. Hakaw was good as well as the Ham Suy kok which is like a buchi while I am very amazed in the presentation of thei Dragon Shrimp Balls.


I though that we are done but Mr. Edwin says that we are not because we are just starting. Until they served the main dishes together with the Yang Chow Rice.

We have the Home-made Tofu with 3 kinds of Mushrooms, Beef Hofan, Lemon Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork.

For me, my favorite in Ling Nam are the Beef Noodles, the Dragon Shirmp Balls, Hakaw, the Yang Chow Rice and the Beef hofan. I will give these food a 3.5 star.

Ling Nam was started in 1950's, their business becomes popular through the word of mouth. They re-launched their brand to the market early 2006. Currently they have 8 stores around the country;

WANTON PARLOR, Manila - Company Owned Store

BANAUE, Quezon City - Franchise Store, October 16, 2006

GREENHILLS, San Juan City - Company Owned Store, December 10, 2006

SHOPWISE COMMONWEALTH, Quezon City - Franchise Store, November 12, 2009

PARKMAL MANDAUE City Cebu - Franchise Store, February 05, 2010

CONGRESSIONAL AVE., Quezon City - Franchise Store, November 18, 2011

TRANSCOM, Pasig City - Franchise Store, June 2012

GLORIETTA 2, Makati City - Company Owned, 2012

Their vision is to expand the Ling Nam brand into the mainstream fast-casual dining market via franchising.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9:12 PM

Join WeChat Stick-It-To-Win-It and Your Movie Date is Free!

WeChat one of the popular social network and messaging app is giving away a treat to its mobile users from September 22 to October 6, 2014 this Ber-months thru its new “Stick-It- To-Win-It PROMO!” Simply share your favorite WeChat stickers with friends to get a chance to win free movie tickets!

How to join, just simply follow these simple steps: 

1)Download the WeChat app for free at www.wechat.com

2)Send stickers to your friends and loved ones in any Group Chat (at least 3 friends per group, valid within promo period).

3)Winners will be notified immediately within the WeChat app with an SM Cinema e-coupon code. Redeem the promo code for movie tickets at any SM Cinema branch nationwide.

WeChat will be giving away 1,500 SM Cinema e-coupon movie tickets worth P200 each. 

So download the app today and send stickers everyday to increase your chances to win!

For extra bonus prizes, like the WeChat Facebook page or share and tag us! 

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating system. For more information visit: wechat.com. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WeChatPH. And check out our official Chatterbox blog: blog.wechat.com.
1:39 AM

Experience the Luscious Food of Vyne Restaurant

It was a great opportunity to dine with other blogger friends in one restaurant where you can try some of their best seller foods.

It was my first time to attend the Zomato Foodie Meet up event, and I would say that it was amazing. When I say amazing, it not because they are all nice and smiling, give good tokens and everything. Even so, when I say I amazing, it's because they really are. 

It was my first time also in Vyne. They served European, Asian and American cuisine. I heard that they are known with their Freestyle tapas and spunky ambiance with graffiti on the walls. They have live music and different themes every night. Perfect place if you want to go out for a dare. The owner is so nice and very accommodating and when I looked at him, I remember the actor Sid Lucero because they both the same the way he talks and moved. 





Anyway, we started with their tapas. We have Pork Chasu Bun, which has Pork Chasu, Fried Quil Egg, Nori Strip, Leek, Sesame Mayo in Fried Mantao. Next is the Thai Scallops in Seared Scallops, Mango Salad in Nuoc Cham Dressing, Sambal Mayo, Crispy catfish and the Mini Crab Cakes which is in mini crab cakes, apply mayo, avruga and pickled radish. It was my first time to eat scallops and good thing is that I don't have allergies when it comes to sea food, it was chewy but taste like shrimp. 





We also try their Prawn and Raviolli Laksa soup, which is so spicy for me but really taste good and for salads, we have Apple and Blue Cheese and East Asian Salad. I love the Honey Yogurt Dressing of Apple and Blue Cheese salad it complements the Blue Cheese. It has Arugula and I did not eat it, so I left it on the side of my plate. 



It was so interesting to see the Ramen Carbonara in the menu. I was thinking of Ramen noodles in white sauce indeed it sauce was made in Miso Cream Carbonara, Smoke Pork and Sousvide Quil Egg in Ramen Broth. The noodle is the usual spaghetti noodles. We also tried their Vyne Burger. It has a 200g Beef Pattie, Mushroom Ragout, Foie Grass, Blue Cheese, Apricot Jam in Brioche Bun. 

Off course, we simply can't wait for their main course which is the Pan-Seared Sole and the US Angus Rib eye Steak. The  prime rib steak is 600g, which is I think good for 3-4 person. I love it in medium rare. You will see the freshness of the meat by its color. 




And finally my most awaited part of the meal is when the desserts were being served to me. We have Lemon Cheesecake in citrus and basil. It has a Lemon New York Cheesecake, Lemon Custard, Basil, Chopped Pistachio and Meringue. Hmmmmm, Yummy! 

You can savor the taste of goodness of Vyne for just P1800 good for 2, and they accept cash and cards. 

Vyne is opening hours;

Mon, Tue and Thu from 5pm to 2am
Wed, Fri and Sat from 5pm to 4am
Sun is CLOSED

Reservation is recommended and you may contact +63 9175530197. Vyne is located at the 8th Floor of W Global Center, 9th Avenue Corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VyneManila. Just don't forget to rate and make a review of them at Zomato.com.

Monday, September 22, 2014

9:30 PM

The Newport Mall and Resorts World Manila’s Chocolate Festival

This year, the Newport Mall will be celebrating its Chocolate Festival starting September 15-30, 2014. In the celebration of 5th anniversary of Resorts World Manila, they promise to spoil all chocolate-lovers with non-stop sugar rush. They showcase mouthwatering chocolatier experience to all chocoholics.

In the celebration, Resorts World Manila and Newport Mall will bring the different signature of Chocolate Creations made by the chefs of participating restaurants. From decadent selections of confections and treats to delightful chocolate-infused dishes and amazingly delicious masterpieces made from chocolates.


Classic Chocolate desserts and pastries made even more delicious which is prepared by Impression, they served Souffle Triology. In addition, the sinful Chocolate Truffle Surprise Cake by Red Crab, Choco Lava by Marriott Café, Chocolate Bun by Café Maxims and Double Chocolate Roll Cake of Remington Bar. 



There’s also local favorites made even more delectable with chocolates like Chocolate Truffle Buchi of Johnny Chow, Deep Fried Choco Buchi of Passion Restaurant, and Crisostomo’s Iday, a suman dipped in chocolate fondue. Chocolate cocktails and concoctions are also ready to treat chocoholics at Bar 180, The Terrace, Bar 360, TWG Tea, Passion, Genting Club, Johnny Chow, Marriott Café and more.


From September 19 to 28, you can explore the Newport Mall’s The Plaza will transform into a huge Chocolate Market. Different stalls offering all kinds of chocolates from the Philippines and all over the world. So chocoholics… be ready!



On September 20, witness a breathing culinary exhibition, where talented chefs will create and curve out masterpieces out of chocolates. From September 20-28, from 7pm-9pm, popular chocolate-themed movies will be shown at the venue giving the shoppers an added sweet dose of entertainment.

You can also visit the Chocolate exhibit at the ground floor that is open until September 30 and features an awae-inspiring and mouthwatering display of sculptures of Filipino and American icons such as Kris Aquino, Dolphy, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley.


For more information on Newport Mall’s Chocolate Festival, please call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-0888, 709-9888 or 09178380111 or Resorts World Manila at 836-6333 and 908-8833 or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

11:30 AM

Catch The Railway Man Exclusively at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

Megaworld Lifestyle Mall invites all movie-lovers to witness another inspiring tale of heroism and true love this September as it brings to the big-screen The Railway Man.

The British-Auustralian war film featuring a powerhouse cast that includes Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skargard and Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman will be shown exclusively at the world-class and state-of-the-art cinemas of Eastwood City, Lucky Chinatown and Newport Mall at Resorts World Manila.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Gettin' Square and Burning Man) and co-written by the award-winning British novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell boyce, The Railway Man is based on the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax.

Shot mostly in Scotland with Australia and Thailand serving as its secondary locationsm the film offers a realistic yet touching portrayal of the horrifying oredeal of Eric Lomax (Firth), a former British Army officer who was tortured at a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.

Still hunted by his terrifying wartime experiences decades later, Lomax together with his wife (kidman) and best friend Finlay (Skarsgard), set out on a journey to go after one of his captors who had escaped prosecution as a war criminal. As he confronts his tormentor, Lomas finlly buries the ghosts of his tormented past and rediscovers his life.

After its successful premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Festival, The Railway Man has since recieved acclaim from film critics and has likewise earned very good ratings on the movie review aggregators including Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

The Film was greatly recieved in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada with leading publications such as The Daily Guardian, The Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette heaping praises to the mocie particularly to the stellar performance of its lead cast.

Those looking to watch The Railway Man can head over to the Eastwood, Lucky Chinatown and Newport Cinemas beginning September 24. Moviegoers can also buy their tickets for Newport Cinemas online by visiting www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.



They can also avail of the Lucky Chinatown and Newport Cinemas Movie Card. Available in P200, P300 and P500 denominations at Newport Cinemas, and P200 and P300 at Lucky Chinatown, the card is valid for one year and can be used conveniently to redeem tickets at the booth anytime, any day.

For more information on exclusive screening of The Railway Man, please call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-0888 or 709-9888, or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

3:49 AM

Plana's Pantry Serves Filipino-Western Cuisine

Last September 6, 2014, I was invited to join a group of food bloggers to try a newly open restaurant named Plana's Pantry. When I entered to the place, my eye caught instantly was their interiors and furniture. It was so homey yet so relaxing place to dine. 

The white and teal color combination is perfect as well as the hanging plants in the wall together with the wall frames with food-related quotes. Additionally, their place mat has different food quoted text and one of my favorites says, "STRESSED is DESSERTS spelt BACKWARDS." 




Plana's Pantry serves fantastic food choices such as Starters & Sides, All Day Brunch, Steak Special, Pasta, soup and Salad (currently not available), Mains, and Desserts & Ice Creams, as well as their signature drinks. 




We have Mushroom Salpicao and Battered Fish & Shrimp with Fries for starters. I love the Mushrppm Salpicao. You can taste the batter and garlic flavor in it. Then we tried their special dishes. I have Angus Rib eye Steak in medium done. While other blogger friends ordered Lamb Masala, Gandara Steak, Meltique Steak, and Hickory BBQ Ribs which we all tried by taking a portion in every order we had just to taste the food because they served us the food as it is the original serving.



We also tried the Plana's Sisig which reminds us (Alice, Dems, Cristal and me) the Vigan Tour because of it crunchiness and the Lengua which is really tender and tasty, the gravy like sauce  of it with mushroom complements the Lengua. I don't usually eat Lengua until I tried their version and its a thumb up for me. 

I also love the Hickory BBQ Ribs. It has a sweet taste, and the ribs are so tender too and Lamb Masala is really "Malasa" (Tasty). All foods are served with side dishes. I should have appreciated my ordered Angus Rib-Eye Steak if it was served to me hot from the grill as well as their Basil Rice but the plating, and the serving is good. 




And of course, a dining experience will ends with sweet treats. We have Chocolate Rumble and Avocado Mambo. The ice cream is made Mr. Plana (the owner) and his son.  By the way, you really get chilled with their signature drinks like Dalandan juice, Calamsi juice and Calamansi juice with malunggay, who has a little bitter taste. 

The crew are very attentive and gracefully give all our requests. Also, I have notice that the owner was very hands-on to their business.  Based on what I have seen during that day, the soft opening of their store was successful because there are customers who already coming in. One good things is that their store location which is very accessible to people in the area as well as the condominium community which is adjacently situated at them. 

Visit Plana's Panty at 50 Domingo M. guevara St. (formerly Libertad St.) Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. You can call them at 0917 630 8256, email them at planaspantry@gmail.com and LIKE them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/planaspantry/. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9:45 PM

Jelly G: The Authentic Milk Tea From Thailand

One of my favorite beverages is Milk Tea. No wonder I keep coming back to milk tea store. I used to drink tea when I am stressed,  it helps me feel more calm. So when a friend of mine ask who wants to try a new Thai Milk Tea brand in the Philippine. I made a decision to grab the opportunity to try it. 

I was surprise that it was Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea. Actually I have tried their milk tea in their Market Market branch. Since I love milk tea, I used to try different store who offer it to find the best milk tea in the Metro.

Anyway, Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea serves different kinds of juices. From their Royal Drinks, Chocolate, Coffee, and Fruit drinks. I'm sure that you will love them all. 
However, every drink has a difference to others that is why we have the so-called favorites. For me, I love their Thai Milk Tea and the Oolong Tea. What makes them different from other milk tea store is that, the only sinkers they have is Grass Jelly. I heard that it has a lots of benefits to our body.




They also served Bread Toast, we tried the Choco Banana, Pandan Delight, Spicy Tuna, Garlic Peanut Basil, and Cheesy Strawberry. I love the Choco Banana Toast and you can have it on stick or in cube.





By the way, Jelly G is the only authentic drink brand in the market that serves creamy and perfectly blended Thai Milk Tea.  

Thai Milk Tea is originated in Thailand and the main product of Jelly G. It is popular for its deep amber color of the tea and its milk-tinted layer. The combination of strongly-steeped tea, dairy and sugar make it a perfect complement to refresh your thirst. 

Visit their Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/jellygdrink.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

11:39 PM

Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 45th Anniversary Presents Musikal

In celebration of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 45th anniversary, around 200 theater actors performed for what may be called the “biggest gathering of theater superstars” in history – “Musikal,” held last Friday (September 5) and Saturday (September 6) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The celebration was led by theater superstars Isay Alvarez and Robert Sena, Sheila Francisco, Dulce, and Karylle, who did not take her spot in the front line during the All-Star Finale.

Karylle’s gesture was lauded by some people who noted her humility.



A guest, who refused to be named, said, “Karylle obviously had a spot in the first row, but she was humble enough to stick to her place beside theater heavyweights like Isay, Robert, Dulce, and Sheila. Aside from her excellent performance that night, her humility and character shone during ‘Musikal.’”

Karylle performed lead roles in stage musicals like “The Little Mermaid,” “West Side Story,” and “Cinderella,” and reprised her Sita role from last year’s successful staging of Ballet Philippines’ “Rama Hari.”

“Musikal” opened with the overture by The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with Gerard Salonga.

The revue started with musicals, which tackled old Philippines – “Walang Sugat,” represented by the comic spot “Makikiliti Kang Totoo,” performed by international musical star Sheila Francisco and Red Nuestro. It was followed by chosen numbers from “Ang Kababaihan Ng Malolos” and “San Andres B.”

The Ryan Cayabyab Singers performed a medley of songs from the musical “Lorenzo,” which elicited loud applause from the audience.


Former Sugarfree vocalist Ebe Dancel’s vocals soared in the “Rock Supremo” spot. He was accompanied by Ballet Philippines’ stars Carissa Adea, Kathrina Trofeo, and Richardson Yadao.

Children musicals came next. The segment opened with “Sandosenang Sapatos,” followed by last year’s multi-awarded “Bluebird of Happiness,” and “Batang Rizal.”

The “vaudeville” musicals were presented next with Roeder’s sexy, comic number “Titina” and the showstopping “Aba Ba Boogie,” from the 1980’s hit musical Katy with Isay Alvarez, star of last year’s revival.

The first act closed on a high note with a performance of some of the songs from Ryan Cayabyab and Bienvenido Lumbera’s “Noli Me Tangere” by the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers and the “Munting Pangarap” number of perhaps the most successful musical in recent years “Rak of Aegis.”

The second act opened with Myke Salomon’s performance of “Magsimula Ka.” Followed by spots from Ateneo’s “Sinta,” “Toilet the Musical,” and Ed Gatchalian’s “Rivalry.”

The cast of “Sa Wakas” performed next with the song “Bawat Daan.”

These numbers mirror the youth’s psyche.

The “Himala” spot was undeniably intense with powerhouse performances from May Bayot, Isay Alvarez, Cynthia Guico. and Dulce.

The mood turned gay when Myke Salomon opened the “Rainbow Segment,” with performances from “gay-themed” musicals like “Caredivas,” “Zsa Zsa Zaturnah,” and “Maxie.”

These fun numbers were followed by a revue of “Rama Hari,” perhaps the most important Filipino musical as it was made by icons of the industry – National Artists Bien Lumbera, Alice Reyes, and Salvador Bernal with the respected Ryan Cayabyab.

“Rama Hari” is based on the love story of Rama and Sita, as presented in the Asian epic “Ramayana.”

OJ Mariano (Rama) opened the suite with “Tagistis ng Ulan.” He was followed by Karylle (Sita), who looked every inch a royalty. She sang the most popular tune from the musical – “Magbalik Ka Na Mahal.” Then, a dance solo was performed by dancers from Ballet Philippines. Robert Sena joined OJ and Karylle for “Awit ng Pagsinta.”

The “Rama Hari” was greeted by thunderous applause.

“Musikal” ended with “Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako,” a song from the musical “Katy.” The said anthemic song has unofficially been the “theme of stage performers.” Dulce, Isay, and Aicelle, stars of last year’s revival, led all the performers in singing the song.

After that magical, emotional number, thunderous applause, and a long standing ovation greeted the more than 200 cast members of “Musikal,” further proving that the local theater industry is experiencing a new “high.”

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

7:37 PM

The New Gaggenau Vario Cooling 400 Series

With its lavish LED lighting concept and perfected details, the new Gaggenau Vario cooling 400 series offers all the benefits of modern storage technology. The 14 cooling appliances in the first modular system of fully integrated built-in appliances introduced in 2007 can be combined in countless ways to create a stylish cooling wall. 

Illuminated by LED lighting, their stainless-steel interiors, designed for optimum use of space, are bright and practical. 

Precision-crafted select materials guarantee the longevity of the appliances. The quietest in their class, practically all models are rated in energy efficiency class A+ or A++. The new series has been available since October 2013. 


As the epitome of exclusive culinary culture and sophisticated lifestyle, Gaggenau constantly focuses on professional standards. And the Vario cooling 400 series now takes the company’s cooling culture a step further. The refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezer combinations and wine climate cabinets are equipped with precisely controlled climate zones to create the ideal conditions for fresh and frozen produce, preserving the freshness of delicate food items, and for storing fine wines. 


Exclusive features. 

The interiors of all appliances are entirely clad in stainless steel. The material is hygienic, and in combination with oxygen, also neutralizes odors. LED light pillars supply bright lighting; they are particularly economical and generate no heat at all. 

The shelves in hardened safety glass can be manually and some motor-adjusted, even when fully loaded. The drawers are fully extendable. All appliances in the series are equipped with No-Frost technology, thus dispensing with the tiresome chore of defrosting and preventing ice forming on frozen produce. Ultra convenience is offered by the refrigerators with an integrated fresh cooling zone close to 0 °C, which keep seven delicate food items fresh for twice as long as in traditional cooling systems. 

Decisive details. 

In addition to the exclusive LED lighting, the Vario cooling 400 series offers further assets, like its exceptionally durable aluminum door racks which are machined with millimeter precision and fitted 
by hand. The bottom door rack in the RB/RY 492 fridge-freezer combination, for instance, has a loadbearing volume up to 25 kg. Heavy-duty hinges allow a door opening angle of 115 degrees for convenient access to the interior. They also ensure that heavy furniture fronts are reliably secured for decades of service. 

The appliances can be customized with door fronts in stainless-steel or aluminum as a special accessory. At a height of 213.4 cm the fully integrated appliances in the series can be built in with doors hinged on the right or left. With its professional cooling and storage technology and iconic design, the Gaggenau Vario cooling 400 series sets new standards in function and beauty.

Monday, September 1, 2014

9:53 PM

The Relaunching of Victoria De Manila 2




Why I love Manila?

I love Manila not just because I grew up here but also because of its noisy streets, colorful nightlife, exciting places to visit, the food, bargains and a lot more. 

There are so many reasons why we may loved Manila. Not only because its the Philippine capital who continuously evolve through the years. It's heritage and the history behind the city are only few among many.

In addition, another history in the making as New San Jose Builders Inc. (NSJBI) has chosen Manila to be the location of its new high-rise condominium building called the Victoria de Manila 2.



It is located at the corner of Taft Avenue and General Malvar St., the Victoria de Manila 2 is easily accessible by Light Rail Transit (LRT) through the Pedro Gil and Quirino stations. Very accessible to all kinds of transportation, Universities, Shopping Malls and other commercial establishments.



Victoria de Manila 2 provides the best views of the city with the Makati skyline on the east, sprawling Luneta Park on the west, Cavite on the south, and the picturesque Manila Bay sunset on the north.



Victoria de Manila 2 as an indoor sports facility who will cater sports like tennis, valleyball and Basketball. There is also a gym, billiards tables, and a lap pool.

Unit owners will also have an exclusive gym and pool, their own jogging path, playground, and function room with 24/7 security.



New San Jose Builders Inc is the both developer and contractors or the said prject that is why their prices are very affordable. Aside from that they also offer flexible financing packages to accommodate all types of clientele.

Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/newsanjoseofficial and follow their Twitter account as well to get updates, @sanjosebuilders.