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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Luna, J... The Pinoy Restaurant

Most often than not its hard to bring foreign friends outside to try Filipino food because it's either the restaurant is too fancy for that it doesn't give them the real taste of "Pinoy" food anymore or it's too lousy that they will not like it. 
This restaurant named after one of Filipino's National Artist "Juan Luna" truly embodies the idea of  Filipino restaurant serving authentic Pinoy food. So when my principal from Malaysia came in for a market visit we straight away went to Luna J since it's quite near to my office...

We are a bit familiar of their menu because we have already visited this for some times. Here's what we  ordered.

Ensaladang Itlog Na Maalat. A very common staple food in every Filipino home.  Basically, a salted egg with fresh tomato and onions. So appetizing! 
Ensaladang Talong. Grilled eggplant, peeled and topped with fresh tomatoes and onions with a bit sweet and salty fermented shrimp.
Gising gising. Winged bean sautéed with coconut milk and lots of chili. It's so spicy that your senses will be awaken. Gising is a Filipino word for "wake up!".
Kinilaw na Tanigue. Fresh cuts of Tanigue fish meat topped with green and red chili pepper, onions, and ginger with vinegar, salt and pepper.
Lechon Kawali. Deep fried roasted pork. The crispy popped skin will make you forget the fat and cholesterol hahaha...
Pinakbet. Stir-fried mix vegetables with fermented salty shrimp. A combination of squash, string beans, eggplant, balsam apple and shrimp. A very famous Filipino food from Ilocanos. Their serving is a bit fancy for this, I know because this is a very staple food in my province and we don't put shrimp and we don't normally use fermented shrimp instead use fish paste which I also prefer the taste.
Sisig. One our guest favorite. Its a very tasty pork dish. Basically the pig's face is being roasted and put into the sizzling plate mixed with different seasoning. It doesn't have that umay factor unlike those of the other sisig offered in other restaurant.
Seafood Kare Kare. Always been a fail to approve dish for our dearest Southeast Asian friends. When they first heard of the name they immediately thought of the spicy taste of curry. We know that this dish has always been blunt in taste because we need to put shrimp paste... Haaay! It's frustrating to explain how Pinoy love this dish...
Chicken and Pork Adobo. This one is seriously acceptable to them. They love it actually! Same as how we love it too...
Sinangag. Basic garlic rice topped with salted eggs and fresh tomatoes sprinkled with spring onions... I find it redundant to the ensaladang itlog na maalat.
Sago't Gulaman. A very common Pinoy refreshment. I didn't get their opinion on this since it's just me to drink the whole glass hahahha
The restaurant's ambience is very modern. They have about 7 tables inside and 6 tables at al fresco. Beer is also served there. Different types actually, but surprisingly they are offering imported beers which means this restaurant intends to cater foreigners who want to try Filipino food right? Hrhrh
It's really flattering to introduce your dishes to foreigners from our neighborhood country . It's nice to know they like some of our food and even compare it to one they accustomed to. However, they say that Pinoy food is always on the "extreme" level. Meaning, our dishes are either too salty (fish paste, salted egg, sinangag) or too sweet, or too sour (Kilawin) or too spicy (Gising gising) hahaha... But i think the spicy part is manageable. As a defense I just said that we always eat them with rice anyways the taste would be balanced.
Over all rate
Budget: 120- 250 per dish.
Here's to summarize my Luna J experience
Taste: JJJJL
AmbienceJJJJJ
Service: JJJLL
Value for Money: JJLLL

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Take Me To KL -- Kitchen Art

Kitchen Art is the buffet restaurant of Empire Hotel located at Subang Jaya, KL.
Exciting on the first day to try what a Malaysia breakfast would offer and surely not your typical "silog" ("sinangag and itlog "fried rice and egg).
This hotel caters mostly for business trips in the country and can hold quite a huge crowd.
Quite a range of food but mostly are Malaysian dishes that are highly influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine. Mostly are not within the taste profile preference of Filipinos... but the hospitality and service is nice and completely feels like home because most of their waiters are Filipinos Anyways, we travel to explore and experience we cannot have within our own comfort right?
Commonly being served daily are those grilled tomatoes with basil, Mee Goreng, Nasi Goreng, and this beef stew "Rendang Daging Minang".
Good news is, they have American style and Chinese cuisine breakfast which is also a comfort food for me. The cold cuts and cheese, cereals, and salad bar are answer to your taste fatigue when you've been eating on the same place for several consecutive days.
Egg station is also generous on garnish to choose from.
They also have Congee section with few toppings.
and make your own Lemak corner.
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A very interesting shabu shabu section.
Since Chinese culture is very wide spread in this country, there is also a big bamboo steamer for dim sum.
This was my favorite section as different variants of yogurt and creams are available partner to cereals. They even have pickled beans and fruits for garnish.
Quite a selection of desserts and juice drinks.

Here's to summarize my Kitchen Art Breakfast experience
Taste: JJJJL
AmbienceJJJJJ
Service: JJJLL
Value for MoneyJJLLL


Kitchen Art Brasserie
Address: Empire Subang, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-5565 1228

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hana's Takoyaki -- Little Tokyo, Philippines

Kon'nichiwa... Travelling to Japan is getting in nowadays. Seeing their cherry blossom, shopping at the streets of Tokyo and trying famous street food. But it will take a whole lot of cost. So why not check out the famous Little Tokyo in Makati. A Japanese inspired foodie experience in  the heart of the busy streets of the business capital of the Metro.
Hana is one of the first restaurant on the left side after entering the food court section. There are about 10-15 Japanese restaurant within the establishment but those inside the food court area catched my attention. I was doing a quest for the best Takoyaki then and they are one of the few restaurants that offers this dish.

Well, before going to the Takoyaki verdict, We had tried some of Hana's best sellers.

This ramen dish has a very nice umami clear soup. However the noodles is just like those instant packs and the egg is well done which makes it a bit expensive for its price.
Kisu Fry is a bit ordinary and nothing so special. Don't order this!
This is while I wait for the freshly made Takoyaki.
Well I must say it's worth the wait...
My verdict about Hana's Takoyaki
  • Size is a bit big. Since it's served hot (normally), you might want to take 2-3 bites each balls,
  • Dressings is not so generous 
  • It's a pancake soft. The texture is a bit off, you might want to request for them to toast it a bit
  • Price is just fair compare to other Takoyaki restaurants.

Budget - P250 - P350
Here's my ratings for the Hana as a restaurant.
Taste: JJLLL
AmbienceJJJLL 
Service: JJLLL
Value for MoneyJLLLL

Hana is inside Little Tokyo at  2277 Chino Roces Ave, Pasong Tamo Corner Amorsolo Street, Makati, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 is MY YEAR


Though sometimes or most of the times we have this "Ningas Kugon" attitude towards fulfilling our New Year's Resolution, it's still a good habit to write down things you want to do, stop doing, and accomplish on forth coming year.

Here's my top list of things to lessen and thing to do more for 2017.

Less Glutony. More Exercise.
Guilty indeed for being too lazy about my favorite fitness mantra "Exercise more so you can eat more". I will still do food posting of several dishes I've tried in either a new restaurant, cuisine, or food offered in some hole-in-the-wall since this is some kind of a thing to me but I promise to eat just right and give my best to burn it. Just eat enough of what I can take, after all anything in excess is not good.

Less Critisims. More Appreciation
We all live in a world full of hatred, forgetting that this world was made out of Love. More often than not to we are being eaten up by our insecurities that we tend to pull others down by critisizing them. Next year, let's all do conscious effort to uplift one another. Appreciate potential and stop blame pointing.

Less Spendings. More Investments.
I've noticed that no matter how high our income will be there will always be times that we still need more. It's human nature that as the income goes up the spending follows which should never be the case. The right thing to do is as the income goes up savings follows and lifestyle should be maintained.

Less Judgement. More Potential.
To contribute to someone else's growth will always be part of my yearly bucketlist. When you see others give their best and you know you're somehow part of it, it's so fulfilling.

Less Failure. More Learning
Success is how you define it, same goes with failure. It's not bad to fail, cause that's the reality of life but as they said, fail many, fail tiny and fail quickly. It is the learning from the failures that molds your success as you look back.

Less Selfishness. More Giving.
Give your 100% in everything you do. In love, in your job, to charity and even for the cause of nothing, give it all. One day, life will find its way to repay you.

Less Worry. More Faith.
Declaring victory for 2017 in God's blessings!

2017 is MY YEAR!

Have a blessed year ahead!
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Your Upcoming Holidays with TravelBook.ph

In 2012, TravelBook.ph, under the management of Summit Media, started as an online catalog catering to more than 4,000 hotels and resorts in the Philippines. The company was established by Recruit Holdings Company, one of the biggest media conglomerates in Japan, and specializes in classified advertisements, publications, and human resources.
To date, TravelBook.ph is the fastest growing Online Travel Agency (OTA) in the Philippines and boasts more than 2,700 hotel listings all over the country. Over the past three years, the company has achieved a record-breaking 200% growth rate and an average of 3,900 paid bookings per month.

With various offline and online marketing efforts, TravelBook.ph has gained exposure through media partners such as TV stations GMA NewsTV through programs like PopTalk and Biyahe ni Drew, CinemaOne, and radio stations Love Radio, Monster Radio, and Barangay LS.

TravelBook.ph also boasts increasing 1.6 million monthly page views, with 455,000 monthly unique visits, 52,000 registered members, and 299,000 newsletter subscribers.

Its social media presence also continues to grow: it has more than 540,000 likes in Facebook, while its Twitter and Instagram accounts have about 2,900 and 10,300 followers respectively.

Why Book with TravelBook.ph?

TravelBook.ph aims to cater to the needs of the ever-growing market, which is why it continuously develops and expands its strengths through various customer-driven initiatives.

1. Convenient Booking
TravelBook.ph focuses on improving its offline bookings through 24/7 Customer Care that offers competitive room rates, promo plans, rewards points, membership promos, and GetGo promos.

TravelBook.ph also has a user-friendly mobile app that offers double rewards for bookings to make the service available for the growing number of smartphone users in the Philippines.

2. Multiple Payment Options

Since only about 5% of the whole Philippine population are credit card holders, TravelBook.ph has made sure that it has various online and offline payment methods to make booking hotels for every customer convenient.

Aside from using their credit cards, customers can pay via online and offline bank deposits or over-the-counter payments. They can also pay at 7-Eleven branches, Robinsons Department Store and SM Department Store branches, Bitcoin, and the newly launched Pay At Hotel, which allows the customer to pay upon check-in.

3. Corporate Partnerships and Alliances

TravelBook.ph has also partnered with top brands and companies in the Philippines, including Cebu Pacific, Robinsons Bank, Sun Cellular, Toys R Us, JG Summit, Robinsons Land, Robinsons Department Store, and Universal Robina to strengthen its presence in the business through various campaigns.

The company also has special partnerships with GetGo, BDO, Union Bank, Eastwest Bank, and Security Bank.

4. Tours

TravelBook.ph will soon launch its 359 Tour Package Plans to cater to the travel needs of its customers.

5. Affiliate Program

The recently launched Affiliate Program now has over 600 partner bloggers. Through this program, both seasoned and new bloggers are able earn income from the hotel bookings made in their websites.

6. Promotion of Philippine Tourism

More than just being an e-commerce company, TravelBook.ph aims to Philippine tourism by encouraging everyone to travel more in the country. The company believes that traveling should become a lifestyle as it promotes education, quality time, and bonding with families and friends.
TravelBook.ph also comes up with various creative campaigns to promote local tourism such as the recently concluded #Juanderlust, an international competition where travelers all over the world participated to be the lucky “Chosen Juan” who will embark on an 80-day adventure to 80 places in the Philippines. The winner, Mr. Dave Agbayani, traveled around the country to explore and experience the best things that the country has to offer.


-Press release from Travelbook.ph