Quiapo Trip: Souvenir Island + Ramon Lee’s Panciteria

Quiapo is a bustling district in Manila that is full of adventure. There are many things to do and places to see in Quiapo. This is home to the famous Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene where millions of devotees flock during “translacion” to get a chance to touch or kiss the feet of the Black Nazarene. Right outside the church is Plaza Miranda where vendors and fortune tellers manage to do business.

My friend Malou and I went to Hidalgo Street to check some photography equipment and some home wall decals. We walked along Palanca Street and found this interesting shop, Souvenir Island General Merchandise. I also showed her the “secret” stores in Kilion where to get affordable spices, baking ingredients, and packaging supplies. We met Malou’s hubby and threaded the narrow streets going to Carriedo. We had our late lunch at Ramon Lee’s Panciteria. The restaurant has been there since 1929. This is history, man! With the walls adorned with photos of celebrities and politicians, I knew we found a “gem” in this spot. Hooray for a “fine meal” – chicken, pancit, pinsec frito, fried rice, soup, and banana. Yum!

 

Souvenir Island General Merchandise

Address: 135-137 1001, Carlos Palanca Sr., Quiapo, Metro Manila

Contact Number: (02) 735 4319

 

Ramon Lee’s Panciteria

Address: 1003, 540 Ronquillo St, Santa Cruz, Manila, 1003 Metro Manila

Contact number: (02) 733 0642

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Caution Hot + Insane Chicken Challenge (Maginhawa Street Food Trip 2)

This food trip is all about hot and spicy food in Maginhawa Street and we took it to the extreme. First off, we went to Caution Hot and got our spicy noodles fix. You get to choose your meat, broth, noodles, and level of spiciness. I had pork-Szechuan-egg noodles in 2nd degree burn. It also has mushrooms, greens, and fried egg in it. 2nd degree is tolerable and I think I can handle til 3rd degree burn. Thumbs up also to the Kuchay-Pork dumplings. I like it dipped in the soy sauce + chili sauce mix rather than the black vinegar. Yum!

Next stop was at 150 Maginhawa Food Park where we had 1lb of buffalo wings with INSANE level of heat…the hottest. We also had 1lb of chicken wings in WILD level of spiciness just in case we chicken out, literally and figuratively. It is indeed insane! My mouth was on fire!!! SAM’s Vanilla Caramel shake helped dilute the painful heat in my mouth. Whewwww! With 4 wings left on the table…I guess food wins in this challenge.

Caution Hot!

Address: Magiting Corner Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City Contact Numbers: 02 3309526 and 02 4523065

Wings Gone Wild

Address: One Fifty Food Place, 150 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City Contact Number: +63 9178360087

SAM’S Ice Cream and Shakes

Address: Address: One Fifty Food Place, 150 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City Contact Number: 02 3475606

Going Crazy Over Unli Meat! Samgyupsalamat Experience

The “Saturday Group” wanted to try this restaurant, Samgyupsalamat, many have been raving about. Though we had to wait for almost 2 hours to be seated, I’d say it is totally worth it.

Customer service is superb! The staff was courteous and attentive. Our orders came out quickly and side dishes were replenished real fast. We had unlimited pork and beef for P499 per person. You can choose from 5 kinds of pork and 9 kinds of beef. It also includes unlimited banchan (side dishes), rice, and soup. The food is good! I liked the kimchi and the scallion salad with sesame oil the most. The meat is of good quality and flavorful. I lost count of how many plates we had that night!

Overall, I’d say that our experience is excellent and I recommend you try it!

TIPS:

1. The afternoon/dinner buffet starts at 3pm. Make sure you place your name in the waiting list. Please allot about an hour waiting time to be seated. They close at 2am.

2. You can order a maximum of 2 plates at a time. Once consumed, then you can order the next batch.

3. Same unlimited course should be chosen per table. Choose if you’ll go all pork or have pork and beef. Damay damay ito! Walang titiwalag.

 

Samgyupsalamat (Katipunan/Loyola Heights)

Address: 299 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Contact number: +63 9159229292

1st TASCO Tire Art Contest Awarding Ceremony

TASCO, Inc. recognized the winners of the 1st TASCO Tire Art Contest last September 30, 2017 in Eastwood City, Quezon City.

“Commitment to a Greener World” was the theme of the Art contest. TASCO, Inc. aims to raise awareness in protecting the environment by promoting the upcycling of scrap tires and transforming them into useful works of art.

Mr. John Erick Dancel received the Grand Prize of Php100,000 for his Philippine Eagle design titled “Magnificence and Rebirth.” Ms. Krizzia Rey Evangelista and Mr. Patrick Alvin Cham both received Php50,000 as Runners-up for their respective artworks, the “Octopus” and the “Reviving Gaea”.

Consolation prizes of Php5,000 each were also given to (20) chosen entries. The judges of the contest were Mr. Roy Espinosa, a renowned artist and Publisher of Filipino Artists Magazine, Architect Kevin J. Nieves, Co-Founder and Partner & Design Director of Headroom Concept, Design Visualization Co., and Ms. Anna Liziel Villavicencio Cosgayon, Executive Director of Quality Life Discoveries.

TASCO, Inc. continues to show corporate social responsibility by providing financial grant to support therapy services of children with special needs thru Therapinoy Program as well as protecting the environment by giving away free garbage bins to families living near the esteros.

Let us support TASCO, Inc. and its advocacy of conserving the environment. Let us promote upcycling of used tires.

 

Exploring Hong Kong 2017

I love how modernity and tradition in this vibrant city of Hong Kong intertwine. Exploring this fast-paced urban jungle, I was able to see a modern city rich of ancient culture.

Here are some places we visited during the trip:

Mongkok: This place is known for Ladies’ Market where you do bargain shopping of bags and clothes, Temple Street Night Market for street food and just about anything (toys, clothes,souvenirs), and Sneaker Street where shoes and sports stores are located.

Tip: Bargain! Bargain! Bargain!

Central: It is the business district of Hong Kong. Skyscrapers, luxury malls with high-end brands, fancy restaurants, and night clubs surround this financial hub. You can also find here the oldest Temple in Hong Kong, the Man Mo Temple.

Tip: Go to the rooftop garden of IFC mall and enjoy the view. It’s open to the public. 🙂

Tsim Sha Tsui: It is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. You can watch Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights in TST Promenade and appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline. It’s interesting to watch street performers and try out one of Hong Kong’s favorite snacks… egg tart.

I’ve only seen a part of Hong Kong and I know there’s more to explore, more places to see, more food to try, and more people to meet. I will definitely visit this dazzling city again.

All Hyped Up for the Disney Parade

I felt like a kid again! I was uber excited to see the Disney characters most especially the Disney princesses (for real). We watched all three parades: Flights of Fantasy, Mickey’s Halloween time Street party, and the Villains Night Out parade. We went to the roundabout near the Main Street and scouted for the best spot 15 minutes before the parade starts. We were able to get good seats – no obstruction. 🙂

The Disney in the Stars Fireworks display started at 8pm. I watched this fantastic sight before me with awe…and an open mouth. It gave me a surreal feeling! You better not miss this.

7 Tips for your Hong Kong Disneyland trip

I celebrated my birthday at the Happiest place on Earth – Disneyland!!! Carla and I had a fun time meeting the Disney characters, exploring the different rides and attractions, and watching the parades. We enjoyed the Iron man experience, Grizzly Gulch mine cars, Toy Story RC racer, and Star Wars Hyperspace mountain…all these thrilling and intense roller-coaster rides.

Some HK Disney tips and tricks:

1. Come on a weekday. We went there on a Monday and the park is not crowded at all. We didn’t have to queue for so long.

2. Visit the City Hall to get a Birthday badge or your First Disney visit badge…it’s free!

3. Greet Disney characters and crew and they’ll hand you special Disney stickers.

4. Download the Disneyland App. You can locate where the characters are, check shows and parade schedule, and view the map.

5. Be strategic with your route. We started with the best attractions where most people would queue for – Iron Man experience. We toured the park thrice. First, we started from Tomorrowland and toured counterclockwise. We followed the map and made sure we tried all the attractions. Next, we didn’t follow a route and just went wherever. Last, we boarded the train that circuits the park.

6. Stay hydrated! Buy a bottle of water and refill at water stations.

7. Watch the “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks. It’s the best thing ever!

Going to Disneyland is entering a world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy. Yes, it is the Happiest place on Earth!